Chan Heng Wing is Hong Kong's Consul General of Singapore. Chan arrived in Hong Kong in March 1997 to fill the post of commissioner before the title was changed. He was a television producer before he entered politics. Where are you most likely to be at 10am on a Sunday? If not out walking the hills, or having to play a social round of golf, then at home wondering what to cook. Where are you most likely to be at 10pm on a Friday? If I had it my way, I would to be at home, spending time with my family. But now that my children are all away at college, I'm more likely to be at an official function. Where do you live? Barker Road on The Peak. Where would you most like to live? I'm quite satisfied in Hong Kong. I suppose I could go farther up The Peak but that's a bit much to ask for. Where would you least like to live? I don't mind congestion, I grew up in the city. I just don't like to live in a place that is nondescript. I like a bit of character. Where do you go to escape in Hong Kong? The hills. I don't really need to escape, though. I have a very special view from my home and lots of peace and quiet. Where do you go for dim sum? Happy Valley and the very large, down-to-earth places where they have stalls so you can point and choose your dishes. Where does everybody know your name? Nowhere, I hope. Whom in Hong Kong do you most admire? The old people I see walking the country trails. They are so energetic and fit. Whom do you least admire? The sense of personal space in Hong Kong is different from what I'm used to. I'm not used to people standing very close and cutting in front of me. When did you last cross the harbour? One recent night to go to the Polytechnic University. I took the Star Ferry. What do you love about Hong Kong after you've been away? Its sheer intensity. What do you hate about Hong Kong after you've been away? The intensity. What is your favourite building in Hong Kong? The Bank of China building. When did you last cry? A little more than a year ago after the death of a friend. What makes you sweat? Not much. Part of my training is to remain calm and handle situations that may arise. What makes you smile? Little children. Do you own anything you couldn't part with? No. Because if I did, I'd make myself very vulnerable. What has been your most unforgettable experience? Learning to be a father. And in Hong Kong, the Trailwalker race I did last year. I enjoyed the camaraderie. What has been your most haunting experience? Standing on the deck of the Singapore Navy boat, looking at dilapidated wooden boats overloaded with refugees from Vietnam. It was in 1979, at the height of the situation. It was terrifying. What is your biggest vice? Finding excuses not to exercise. What has been your biggest mistake? Allowing myself to be too distracted when I was young, and not being able to focus and learn mathematics as well as I could have. What is your favourite food? Noodles and pasta ... I'm a funny Asian, I don't like rice. Give us some wisdom ... To appreciate another's viewpoint is as valid as your own.