Where do I start? I have quite a few, so perhaps I should begin with my my most recent passion.
I have previously done Tai Kwon Do, but I was looking for a purer form of martial arts, one that was both mental and spiritual. Shaolin was originally a form of physical meditation, and the purpose is to create a strong mind, body and soul.
It’s beyond breaking blocks of wood – it’s core to learning is how to defend yourself and achieving a focus beyond the everyday issues that we face.
My family was very musical, and music is a real passion. I have played violin since I was young – in Year 10, I was in ten different bands. I played a little bit at the Melbourne Con Orchestra, until medicine became too busy and there wasn’t enough spare time.
I still love going to opera, concerts and ballet. The classical music genre is something I’m really into – in fact, it moves me like nothing else. It made me a geek when I was growing up because all of my friends were into pop! I’m trying to expose my kids to it.
I grew up barracking for Hawthorn, and although I am restricted by living in Sydney, I ‘m still a huge supporter. When I was younger, my weekend would be ruined if they lost! Hawthorn is very much a family team and promotes togetherness – I’d dearly love to bring my boys to more AFL games. Every weekend, I have the online radio on and follow games.
I’m passionate about my family. My father passed away when I was quite young, so that does impact on you. I have a ‘nuclear family’ – wife and two boys. Work is of course a passion, but family is my structural need. If your family isn’t right, everything else collapses around you.
My boys are such unique individuals – you can see both your strengths and weaknesses in them. Our ultimate goal should be to make our children better than we are.
My wife is a doctor, so she understands the pressures that the profession can bring with it. I finished ophthalmology when I was quite young, and I was one of the first of our medical school groups to have children.
We like nothing better as a family than having a day out. I think of myself of Australian and I can’t speak Chinese, but I still have a very strong Chinese background. We try to impart out childhood experiences and educate them as much as well can. I guess this is a traditional Chinese way of bringing children up.
I love reading fantasy novels, especially by David Eddings and Raymond Feist. I used to walk around into walls because I was reading so heavily, even when I was on the move!
If I could choose an ideal day on my own it would be in a park, reading a fantasy novel. It ‘s an escape and can deliver you into another world, letting your imagination grow.
I also love movies, especially Disney and Pixar. It’s just such a great form of escapism, a vision of the world the way it should be. It helps that my children love them as well!