I am proud to be a Palauan, an island boy, and I wouldn't change my position as president of Palau for any other presidency. I come from a unique culture and have a unique identity as a Palauan. We appreciate the simplicity and beauty of life, but most importantly we appreciate our own culture. My typical day starts about 6am to 6.30am. I wake up and I spend an hour on the treadmill, but that depends on whether or not my wife gets there first. I like to start the day with exercise. I don't really eat breakfast. I might have some fruit, but generally I don't eat, then I have a huge lunch. I do drink a lot of water, though. I travel by car to the office, which is only five minutes away. I'm usually there by 8am. The president is entitled to an official residence but I live in my own house. I think home is where the heart is and I try to maintain as much of a home life as possible. The beauty of Palau is that it's very safe. I go jogging on the street every now and then. I have a moped and I drive my six-year-old daughter around town on it. People in Palau feel secure. I do have two security guards on a 24-hour basis, but that's really because of the law. If I had my choice in the matter, I wouldn't feel the need for them. People here are respectful of others and people in authority; it's a time-honoured tradition. In the morning, I line up my appointments for the day. I'm normally in a good mood so it's the right time to get everything organised. I do my paperwork in the afternoon. I have an open-door policy: people walk into the office and they don't necessarily need an appointment. It can be good and bad, but it's something I'm known for. That policy isn't limited to the office; it applies to my home as well. We get a lot of visitors there too. Normally I have business lunches, so I'm lucky if I can go home for lunch. The First Lady will have fixed a big seafood meal with taro and other things. Coming from the islands, we eat a lot of fish; it's our staple. It's a healthy diet. It's not unusual for a week to go by without me having had lunch or dinner at home, but I try to eat as much home cooking as possible. I love to cook and I'm a good cook, too. People know me for my great fish burgers. It's a recipe from my mum and I make it with tuna fish. It looks like a regular burger, then you bite into it and it's completely different. Back in the office, the day continues with more appointments. Survivor was recently filmed in Palau. It didn't take a lot of convincing for CBS to decide on Palau as the location. Once they came and saw it, they pretty much made up their minds. I believe we were one of three or four options for that series. Our main request was that they come, film, then leave everything as it was. Mark Burnett, the producer, was adamant nothing would be destroyed, so it was nice we were on the same wavelength. There were some structures built but they were true to their word and everything was cleaned up. They had never been to a production site before that was as clean as Palau. They didn't have to spend a penny cleaning the place and make it more worthy of filming. He specifically mentioned this to me: that we had saved his company a lot of money [because] they usually budget to clean up potential filming sites. The weather co-operated. On the nights they wanted rain to make it tough for the survivors it rained, and when they wanted sunshine, we provided it. Survivor as a series is perhaps the single biggest promotion Palau has had. Before it our website used to receive, on average, several hundred hits a day. Now, it's well into the millions. One thing we have to be realistic about is that Survivor only showed pictures of Palau; we still have to tell people what they can do when they come here. Palau is the best diving spot in the world. It's been ranked by oceanographers as the No.1 underwater wonder, too. You can snorkel, do a lot of eco-tourism activities, go kayaking and hiking. We have a rare jellyfish lake. The jellyfish were under no predatory threat so they evolved without stinging tentacles. This means people can swim with them and see them up close without being stung. It's a unique feeling swimming with them. I'm a scuba-diver but I wish I had been certified a lot earlier. As an island boy, I learned how to go skin-diving, spear-fishing, snorkelling. I thought I had seen everything, but diving is a special activity. A normal free dive is only six to nine metres deep at the most, but when you scuba-dive you go down 24 to 27 metres - it really is a different world down there. You have more time to observe the lifestyle of the underwater inhabitants. That's the lucky thing about being president of Palau: you get to go diving and fishing - casting, trawling or even spear-fishing at night with all the sharks around. The beauty of the sharks in Palau is that they are 'vegetarians' - they've never attacked anybody. We've had many richer-than-Branson types approach us with a view to buying one of our uninhabited islands. We have to tell them paradise isn't for sale. In the evenings after work I go for a walk or to the race track. If you want to see important people in Palau, that's where you go. Politicians, businessmen, community leaders - they're all there catching up. Because we don't have a golf course, that's the place everyone meets. There are some nature trails that my wife and I like to walk, but sometimes I like to go alone. After that I might have to attend a business or official dinner. After my presidency, I'm going to reclaim my title as best fisherman in Palau. I was once the Northern Pacific Champion for trawl fishing; I caught a 160kg marlin during a tournament in the Marshall Islands. I was vice-president at the time. I'm not fond of travelling, so I share travelling responsibilities with the vice-president and the ministers. Sometimes I have to go, of course. I used to loved to travel, but nowadays I would rather go on a fishing trip than an overseas trip. We have our share of dignitaries from all over the world coming to Palau on diplomatic trips. I'd be lucky if I went to sleep at 10pm, but normally I get to bed about midnight. That comes with the territory of being a head of state or public official. You do sacrifice your personal time with your family. Last year, my daughter looked at our boat parked in the yard, turned to me and said: 'Daddy, what's the point in having a boat if it's parked all the time?'