This article was published in the South China Morning Post in July this year. JUN KUNG (Joventino Couto Remotigue) is trying to live a normal life in Macau after three years of hectic work. The 25-year-old musician recently returned to where he grew up. He wants to spend more time with his family and friends and lead a more relaxed life. 'Over the past couple of years I've been doing a lot of things because other people wanted [me to] or I was on a contract,' says Jun, whose contract with record company Universal ended this year. 'I used to have a messy schedule, going to bed in the morning and waking up at night. One day, I thought: 'Enough of this.' I didn't want to live that sort of life anymore.' To him, this is a break as well as a time to think about what to do next - something he hasn't had time to do since his career first took off. Jun, who released his debut EP Here And Now in 1999 and Nowhere Man in 2001, is regarded as one of the most promising musicians on the Canto-pop scene. He has been actively involved in various projects, including Kung Chi-shing's theatrical production City Inside A Broken Sky in 2000 and M: Garden last year. He also arranges music for other Canto-pop singers. He formed the rock band Hann with Beyond guitarist Paul Wong Kwoon-chung, friend Dino Acconci and LMF bassist Jimmy Mak Man-wai in 2000. Last year, Jun staged a live concert at the HITEC in Kowloon Bay and formed a funk and jazz band - JunK Art - with Eugene Pao, Angelita Li, Jondi Mac, Ray Vaughn and DJ Darryl. The band played a gig at the Hong Kong Hard Rock Cafe earlier this month. Jun, who says music is his life, thinks as a professional musician there are too many things, such as meetings and people, that get in the way of giving his music 100 per cent. Then there is the business side of music. He describes the relationship between an artist and his record company as going to school. 'Whatever school you are sent to does not matter. Whether you put effort into your studies is more important,' Jun said. Before going onstage at the Hard Rock, Jun hung around with his friends, some of whom came from Macau to see his show. This is the time he enjoys most - hanging out with friends. He has also spent more time with his family in Macau since he finished performing at Paul Wong Koon-chung's solo concerts last year. Jun wants to write songs that inspire people to think about their lives. 'Ultimately, I'd like to give everybody something to think about,' he said. 'Look at everything you do in life. You are always doing something, you are always on the run. But, are you really doing that for you? Try to do something for yourself. It'll make you happy, I guarantee.' Lately, Jun has been focusing more on musical instruments and less on lyrics. In one of his new songs, this line is repeated over and over again: 'All that I want is some peace and tranquility.' Jun recalls of the words: 'I was playing the guitar at home. It was a windy night. The war [in Iraq] was on and I was going through some emotions, good and bad. 'Then, I came up with a melody, and I remembered many years ago, when I was living in Australia, my cousin always said, 'All that I want is peace and tranquility, that's all that I want'. 'The world is a mess right now. I haven't watched the news for a long time, because I don't think there's anything I want to watch. 'News is news. But right now I choose to be in my own world, and choose to do the things that I want to do.'