DS: Last country where you were based before coming to South Africa
DS: Most interesting place in South Africa
HE: So many beautiful places, among them Cape Town.
DS: Your impression about South Africa in 3 words
HE: Friendly, warm, and diverse.
DS: One place you would like to be posted to or visit
HE: I hope to be able to travel and spend more time in all the provinces in South Africa. I lwould also love to go to Vancouver and London.
DS: Most memorable appointment thus far
HE: My first posting in Australia 20 years ago.
DS: Most challenging situation that you had to handle thus far
HE: Organizing for the high level visit by Prime Minister Phan Van Khai to Canada in May 2005 when I just arrived and resumed my posting there in March 2005, given the complexity and high demand for the visit to three cities, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.
DS: My inspiration is/comes from.
HE: My inspiration comes from the demand of work and the need to support other people, especially the poor and disadvantaged.
DS: Place in your country that you love to visit.
HE: Ha Long Bay and Phu Quoc Island are among the most beautiful places in Vietnam.
DS: Most interesting place to visit elsewhere
HE: Canberra where my wife and I met and got married.
DS: Favourite dish of your country
HE: Vietnamese Spring roll and “Pho” noodle.
DS: Tastiest dish of another Country.
HE: Thai cuisine and delicious sushi, including Tom Yum Soups, green curries, red curries, seafood dishes.
DS: The best book I have ever read.
HE: Uncle Tom's Cabin
DS: At the moment I am reading
HE: Long Walk to Freedom
DS: I spend my leisure time
HE: Playing golf, walking and reading.
DS: One sentence describing a lesson that you have learnt from being a diplomat
HE: We should be open to learn and to know as much as we can.