'Handsome boy' a hit with ladies but working-class routine leaves teens cold Donald Tsang Yam-kuen may have chosen a large bakery to taste a traditional 'wife cake' on his first campaign walkabout last week, but yesterday he opted for the real thing - home cooking. Visiting a Tin Shui Wai community centre where residents were having cookery classes, the probable next chief executive tucked into a coconut tart. And having devoured it with relish, he donned an apron and tried his hand at making a few more. Mr Tsang visited the troubled new town and nearby Tuen Mun on his third meet-the-people mission, after touring Central and Aberdeen on Friday and visiting Amoy Gardens on Sunday. Without the huge media presence that vexed him on Friday - yesterday's coverage was by a pool system - he mingled with the people, also trying his hand at calligraphy and bursting into song. He was a big hit with some women at Tuen Mun, where one of them hugged him warmly to a chorus of 'ho leng jai' (handsome boy) from the others. The former chief secretary pronounced himself 'very touched' after hearing about the lives of the underprivileged in the northern New Territories and promised to take more time to communicate with social workers if elected. 'When I was working in my office in the past, I learned about the difficulties faced by frontline staff and about the lives of Hong Kong people,' he said after visiting the Tin Shui Wai North Integrated Family Service Centre. 'But it is not comparable to seeing it for myself. The feeling is so different.' At the centre, he met several social workers, new immigrants and Indonesian-born Chinese. 'Voluntary workers and frontline social workers here told me of the new challenges they faced in the new towns where ... facilities were incomplete,' Mr Tsang said. He praised the immigrants for their self-reliance, saying they were new forces in society as Hong Kong's birth rate remained low. Mr Tsang then went to Yan Oi Tong Jockey Club Community and Sports Centre in Tuen Mun, where he received a mixed reception. Speaking again of his working-class origins, he drew no response from youngsters in the Youth Pre-employment Training Programme after telling them how it took him five months to find his first job. But the elderly treated him more like a movie star than a candidate for the top job, asking him for photographs and autographs. Mr Tsang also paid a brief visit to the karaoke room, singing a few lines of TV star Lisa Wang Ming-chuen's There is Love, Thousands of Waters and Hills Apart, before visiting the library and computer centre for the elderly. He said it was the government's duty to provide facilities for the elderly. Before leaving the centre, he bought a fish decoration made from beads, adding one more carp to the collection at his home. He ended his visit to the New Territories with lunch in a Chiu Chow restaurant in Tsuen Wan owned by an old friend.