I was reminded only recently of my wonderful schooldays in the 1960s when an old school friend paid me a surprise visit at my shop in Central. She saw my name on the sign and wondered if it really was me. Of course I look very different now - for a start I wear contacts and not glasses - but we chatted away catching up on old times. I was very fortunate. I grew up in the care of my grandparents who had no expectations of me. It meant I could be very free. I think it's a shame when you see kids today who are pressured to perform. You should do the right things at the right time of your life otherwise you'll regret it later on. I'd sing and dance, and anything that was fun was fine by me. I also loved to do calligraphy and was fascinated by Chinese history, the dynasties, palaces and so on. I'd always be involved in some project after school and would be the last to go home. There were 40 kids in my class, all different and bursting with energy. I was generally a very good student, surrounded by friends and loved by teachers, although academically I could have done better. I'd also study like crazy until dawn before an exam stuffing my brain with facts and then forget them all when it was all over. We lived in Diamond Hill where there were a lot of artists. You'd see the stream turn bright blue and orange from the dyes they used. There was also a flea market. I first went to Good Hope Primary School in Clearwater Bay and it was beautiful. In those days it was out in the countryside. You'd drive up the hill out of the city and down these narrow roads to a school that would not have looked out of place in Italy. Really, it was like travelling to another country. During the week, grandma would take me out for lunch and to the cinema in Kowloon City and on Saturdays I'd go to my grandfather's office in Central. We'd get a rickshaw from the Star Ferry. I went on to the Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School in Kowloon because all my aunts went there. It was very different to Good Hope, it wasn't out in the country and I missed the mountains and nature, and it took a while for me to get used to it. Ms Sin was my geography teacher and I remember her not just because we shared the same family name. She was a beautiful, stylish graduate from Taiwan who drove a sports car, which seemed so cool. She was single and after school she'd take me to a hotel for tea. I loved that. I left school after gaining my Hong Kong Certificate of Education and did a variety of things. I worked in a medical clinic and a garment factory and even managed to buy my first flat at the age of 21. I was also an opera singer and after a break returned to it. Now I'd describe myself as an artist. I design clothes, accessories and jewellery and also have an art gallery which was a recent and unplanned venture. I don't believe in wasting time. You should not only try things but throw yourself into doing them. By always learning, you discover learning something new helps keep you young in mind. You learn, you enjoy and you share. I can't say what I'm doing now is what I'll do forever. Life doesn't work like that for me. I believe it's fate who I am and how I live my life. I'm a magnet for sure, I attract people and chances. I've always been like that. I live for those opportunities but more than anything, I just live in the moment. Sin Sin is an artist. She was talking to David Phair.