H.E. Mr Bernard Baker, Singapore High Commissioner in Pretoria, South Africa
DS: Last country where you were based before coming to South Africa
DS: Most interesting place in South Africa
HE: I love the vast open spaces in South Africa especially the fauna and flora of the game reserves.
DS: Your impression about South Africa
HE: A very complex country, but a country with many giving and generous people.
DS: One place you would like to be posted to or visit
HE: New Zealand, a very beautiful country and the country of my first posting.
DS: Most memorable appointment thus far
HE: New Delhi
DS: Most challenging situation that you had to handle thus far
HE:My professional work in South Africa
DS: My inspiration is/comes from.
HE: My main source of inspiration is my wife Susan who has stood by my side through thick and thin.
DS: Place in your country that you love to visit.
HE: Gardens by the Bay.
DS: Most interesting place to visit elsewhere
HE: Lake Wanaka and also Milford Sound in New Zealand.
DS: Favourite dish of your country
HE: Singapore beef or Singapore chicken curry
DS: Tastiest dish of another Country.
HE: South African potjiekos, especially a lamb potjie.
DS: The best book I have ever read.
HE: Sex, Scotch and Scholarship by Khushwant Singh and The Accidental Diplomat by Maurice Baker
DS: At the moment I am reading
HE: Good Morning Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange
DS: I spend my leisure time
HE: Reading and tinkering with my vintage motorcar.
DS: One sentence describing a lesson that you have learnt from being a diplomat
HE: Being a diplomat has taught me patience, tolerance and compassion.