Edmond Kwok Wai-ping worked in advertising for 20 years before he became a full-time tarot-card reader and spiritual counsellor. As well as operating out of his own office in Causeway Bay, he works part-time at the New Age Shop in Central and plans to run tarot-reading classes in the near future. Where are you most likely to be at 10am on a Sunday? In the middle of a 10-minute meditation session, having just woken up. Where are you most likely to be at 10pm on a Friday? Probably dining with friends in Causeway Bay. Don't expect me to have candlelit gatherings - I'm not that mysterious. Where do you live? With my wife and mother in an apartment in San Po Kong. Where do you go to escape in Hong Kong? Anywhere. If you can find peace of mind it's the same everywhere. You can find peace in the noisiest disco. Whom in Hong Kong do you most admire? A genuine, kind-hearted lady I've only met a few times. She's a busy businesswoman from a large family, but she sacrifices her time to visit a cancer patient she heard about through a friend. Her motto for friendship is 'don't call me when you are in the mood for fun, because you will have plenty of choice. Call me when you are most lonely'. Whom do you least admire? No one. I believe sympathy rather than hatred is appropriate for an evil soul. Such a person needs help instead of being despised. What has been your most haunting experience? I am a cockroach-phobe like a lot of people, and I once had a tingling feeling on my big toe for a whole day. I thought it was a scrap of paper but when I took off my shoe I discovered to my horror it was a cockroach. What inspires you? Calm. If your mind doesn't stay cool, you risk missing out on inspiration. Where in Hong Kong is there the most positive spiritual energy? The highest point on The Peak - the air has the richest spiritual power. Which place has the most negative atmosphere? Tin Hau temple. People say it gives you prosperity, but in my opinion it favours people with shady businesses. What was your childhood dream? To be a zoo-keeper. I've always been good with animals, and when I was young I found the thought of looking after animals appealing. I gave up the idea after I realised I'd be responsible for their cleanliness and physical needs. Is there something you never part with? It used to be my wedding ring, but I lost it. What is your best virtue? To be able to look into other people's hearts. This gives me an effective channel for building trust and helping them search for their direction in life. What has been your biggest mistake? Spending all my money on buying an office instead of a home for me and my wife. I regret paying so much attention to work; in the old days I wasn't aware of the importance of a home. What is your most unforgettable moment? When the dog I had for 13 years died. What would you to be reincarnated as? I rather go to heaven - I have no desire to be human again. I believe the world we live in isn't true reality, and I long to explore other worlds. What are your plans for the future? None. I never planned to give up my 20-year advertising career to become a tarot-card practitioner. If something happens, it happens. All we can do is to try to prepare ourselves for whatever the future holds. Give us some wisdom ... For every loss, there's a gain - and vice versa.