It will all depend on support from Beijing and the people, says chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said yesterday his decision on whether to seek re-election next year would depend on the continued support of Beijing and Hong Kong people. Without saying he will run for a five-year term, the chief executive moved a step further in mapping out the criteria - which he apparently possesses - vital for a second term. 'You need the support of the people and the central government. If not, every step you take will be difficult,' he said on a Commercial Radio show. But he said thinking about re-election would only affect his performance and an answer to the question would come naturally. Mr Tsang was the uncontested winner in the chief executive by-election last June and his term ends in July next year. 'When the election comes, what you do is take a look at your own health and see if you have the support from Beijing and the public,' he said. Comparing last year to a Disney roller coaster, Mr Tsang said his rise to power and many other developments were beyond his intentions and control. He did not shy away from saying he had received support from President Hu Jintao and other state leaders. 'Their support and trust in me is out of sincerity,' Mr Tsang said. The president's support and encouragement was linked to how well he governed and whether he had the people's support. 'They also very much hope that the Hong Kong people have a government they can respect,' he said. The 61-year-old leader confessed he had become less adventurous at the helm compared with his early days in the civil service. He had also become more cautious with his words. While the defeat of electoral reform proposals was the most distressing memory of his seven-month rule, Mr Tsang said a simple smile could make him happy. 'Sometimes a kid and his family smile and wave in a car next to mine - it warms my heart for almost an hour,' he said. Having moved into the symbolic seat of power at Government House, Mr Tsang conceded he was not quite at home yet. He said he was still trying to get used to working one floor below his private residence in the colonial mansion. 'Sometimes my secretary just calls me to come downstairs again to sign some documents,' he said, even if he has called it a day and started jogging exercises upstairs. His first week in his new home was particularly difficult. 'I had no idea where my ties and socks had gone. My wife has tried her best [to settle in] and now everything is nearly recovered.' He also revealed he had found a way to control his notoriously hot temper - by contemplating his pet carps. 'Unlike me, my fish do not have a temper,' he joked. Although he has yet to officially declare his bid for another term, Mr Tsang is already worried about where to house his fish once he steps down. If his successor does not want to keep them in the pond, which cost taxpayers $300,000, he said he might have to give them away.