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 Head Of Mission Profile

      

H.E. Mr Bernard Baker, Singapore High Commissioner in Pretoria, South Africa

DS: Last country where you were based before coming to South Africa

HE: Canada

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.

DSMost 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

DSTastiest dish of another Country.

HE: South African potjiekos, especially a lamb potjie.

DSThe 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.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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No/Dec 2017 Edition

 
 
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