Samuel Hui Man-sing says he wants to be a postman, which to some may seem a mundane ambition for a child born at a special moment - the stroke of midnight that heralded the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule a decade ago. But Samuel sees it differently. 'Being a postman you can help deliver messages, as well as appreciate the beauty of the scenery along the way,' the 10-year-old says. 'And I like letters because people write letters instead of just typing in words.' 'But these days, people use e-mail, don't they?' says his father, Joe Hui See-hung, sitting next to his son and appearing a bit surprised at what the boy had just revealed. 'No problem, I could deliver parcels,' insists Samuel, a reply that draws a smile from his father. Samuel conducted a countdown to his birthday, similar to the one that ticked off the last seconds to the handover 10 years earlier. Asked if friends and relatives had made much of his son's link to history over the decade, Mr Hui said that was exactly what he did not want. 'Actually, I don't really want him to always feel too special about it because what I want the most for him is that he can lead a simple and happy life,' he said. This is understandable given what the family has endured since 1997. From being an owner of a Shenzhen toy factory and a property owner in Hong Kong earning HK$400,000 to HK$500,000 a month, he now earns about HK$10,000 a month as a taxi driver after being driven into negative equity during the Asian financial crisis.