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

HE: Canada.

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.

DSMost 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.

DSTastiest dish of another Country.

HE: Thai cuisine and delicious sushi, including Tom Yum Soups, green curries, red curries, seafood dishes.

DSThe 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.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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