Pop singer Charmaine Fong Ho-man says she tried to capture the independent spirit of Hong Kong girls in her latest album. The album, her third studio recording, is set for release later this month. She penned most of the lyrics herself, and the themes centre around feisty local women and their attitude towards love. 'I've been to Taiwan and Singapore, and have a sense of the culture and people there, said Fong. 'I wanted to write about the unique qualities of Hong Kong girls. 'Singaporean girls are very passionate and not petty, while Taiwanese girls are quiet and cute. Hong Kong girls are self-reliant and metropolitan, and have their own opinions.' The album may be a career breakthrough for Fong, who worked as a part-time model before she turned to singing. She released her debut album in 2002 in Taiwan. She then went to Singapore to promote her music career after releasing her second, Mandarin album. Her latest release is her first Cantonese album. The past two years had not been smooth for Fong. Her singing career came to a halt as she sorted out a recording deal. 'It was difficult because I didn't know whether I would continue singing or not. I had to wait while the contract was negotiated and couldn't rush things through.' But she said the period was crucial for her development as an artist. 'I didn't waste my time. I practised writing and built the foundations of the lyrics in the new album,' she said. 'My feeling towards music is different now. The whole thing [creating music] seems more complete when I can sing the things that I wrote myself.' Fong describes the recording studio as her home, an intimate place where she can relax, take off her shoes, dance and sing. 'I feel comfortable and relaxed in the studio. The whole world seems to belong to me, and I can hear only my own voice. I don't think about anything except singing and recording,' said Fong. But Fong said she still has a lot to learn about lyrics writing. An avid reader of history books, biographies and novels, Fong said she wants to add more vocabulary to her literary arsenal. 'My school teachers taught me that, even if you have many things to say, you need the right words to express yourself. It feels awful when you are writing and can't find the appropriate word.'