Giovanni Orgera is the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and the chief manager of the Hong Kong branch of an Italian bank. He has lived in Hong Kong for seven years. Where are you most likely to be at 10am on a Sunday? Hiking the Wilson Trail in Tai Tam Country Park. Where are you most likely to be at 10pm on a Friday? Dining with friends. Where do you go to escape in Hong Kong? Sailing in Discovery Bay with friends. Whom in Hong Kong do you most admire? People who have worked hard to make Hong Kong as it is. Whom in Hong Kong do you least admire? People who keep predicting a bleak future without taking action to improve the situation. What inspires you? The perfect combination of the work of man and nature. Angkor Wat in Cambodia is a wonderful example. What has been your most haunting experience? When the Hong Kong dollar overnight interbank interest rates were at more than 100 per cent in 1998. What is your favourite food? Chinese food, especially crispy noodles. But I am pleased to notice that Italian food is becoming popular in Hong Kong. To you, what is the most beautiful spot in Hong Kong? Big Wave Bay at 7am. What is the ugliest? Causeway Bay during rush hour. What was your childhood dream? To become a famous explorer and archaeologist. What is your biggest achievement? Spending all my life abroad. What makes you sweat? What could be around the corner after September 11. What makes you smile? The sea - it gives me a feeling of complete freedom. What do you want to be reincarnated as? A dolphin - they are so free and agile. What is the most overrated thing about Hong Kong? Hong Kong people's knowledge of foreign languages, particularly English. What do you love about Hong Kong after you've been away? The blend of modern efficiency and Chinese traditions. What do you hate about Hong Kong after you've been away? The pollution. What is your favourite saying? Carpe Diem, which means 'seize the day'. What is your best virtue? My patience. What has been your biggest mistake? That I have not learned Cantonese so I cannot communicate with local people without a translator. What do you do to relax? Watch a good movie. Do you own anything you couldn't part with? My curiosity for mankind, nature and the arts. When was the last time you lost your temper? I lose my temper every time I realise I am losing my temper. Give us some wisdom ... Think before you make a decision, then stick to it.