HK Magazine: You’re a successful 30-year-old in charge of one of the most popular dessert shops in Hong Kong. How bitter was your life before? Ng Yat-san: It’s a really long story. The first 20 years of my life were miserable, a mess. My mom was an alcoholic and died when I was 8, leaving my dad to take care of me and my brother and sisters. But he was only a farmer and never earned enough to run the household. We were the poorest family in the village and I had to wake up at 2am everyday to help in the field and the market, before going to school at 6am. I didn’t study well because I had no time, not even time for a nice long sleep. When I was 12 my dad had a stroke and had to rely on a wheelchair until the day he died. I was bitter, not just from my own misfortunes, but because of the people around me. Nobody seemed to care and some even laughed at us. I decided that when I grew up, I wanted to do something that would catch people’s attention. I hung out with my gang, using drugs and bullying other people. HK: What saved you from ending up in jail? NY: An accident that almost claimed my life. When I was at about 18, I was deeply influenced by an Andy Lau movie where he played an illegal car racer. I quit my kitchen job and worked in a garage, driving late at night with my colleagues. Then one day, I was in my colleague’s car and it lost control on a corner of Tolo Harbor as we were going 220kph. I felt the chill deeply when I was paralyzed. My neck was broken and it took me a year and a half to recover. Anyway, it made me rethink my life. That's when I found God. HK: How did God change you? And why did you choose to open a dessert house? NY: The biggest influence of God on me is that I had never experienced that kind of love outside the church: unconditional love. This was exactly what I needed throughout my childhood, and I have it now. So in return, I want to help other people. I always wanted to be my own boss, and from my kitchen experience, I knew I was good at making desserts. So I opened a dessert house so I could nourish people’s hearts and bodies, and spread God’s word. HK: How can you help the community with dessert? NY: In many ways! If you have the heart, you can help others with whatever you do! The shop is closed every Monday for community service. We take our sugar water and dessert to the elderly center to cheer them up. And we also hire youth-at-risk and retraining program graduates. It amazed me to see how a little help from others can change a person. And you know what? We once beat worldwide companies like Zurich and Citibank and got the top prize from The Caring Company competition in Hong Kong! HK: Do you think Hong Kong is a caring society? NY: I think it has improved over the years. When I was growing up, the economy was booming and people were more alienated. They only cared about themselves and how to make money. I think after certain setbacks, Hong Kong has grown into a more sophisticated society. HK: Still, many Hong Kongers are very result-oriented. Some people might convert in order to get benefits from the church, what do you think about them? NY: Sure, these people exist. But wicked seeds will never grow into good fruit. I believe in the Judgement Day.