A HAPPY, PEACEFUL WORLD I make new year ideas, not resolutions. If I make a resolution and I don't keep it, I feel really guilty. If it's an idea, I can dismiss it as a bad idea - or not feasible. Really, I am just making excuses for myself, but I get that temporary feel-good high out of them. The only 'ideas' I am able to stick to are the ones I make public ... I guess I don't want to show my failure. This year's idea? Minutes ago I bet my Lan Kwai Fong operations manager Mark Cholewka that I could quit smoking, so this question is perfectly timed. My strategy for sticking to it is simple: if he loses, he pays me HK$10,000. If I lose, I pay him for a trip to go on a safari in South Africa with his wife. Now that this is going to be in the press, I'll have to couple this wager with a hefty dose of embarrassment, if the Marlboro Man gets his way. Ideas I am most proud of having achieved are mostly business ones. Quitting smoking is one idea that always seems to fail. As for my hopes and wishes for 2005, well, quitting would be one. Another, and a more important one: I would like to see a year with no major incidents. No Sars, no wars. Just a happy, peaceful world where we can all get on with what we do. I also want to relax more, and spend more time with my wife and two kids. On New Year's Eve 2005, I hope to be able to say: 'Mark, thanks for the 10 grand. Have you booked your own ticket to South Africa?'