What were you doing before you moved here?
I was living in Beijing, completing my degree in Mandarin language.
How long have you lived on the island and why did you move here?
I have lived in Phuket for 16 years. I moved here to be a Mandarin language teacher at Dulwich International College [now the British International School].
Tell us about your job.
Running Gitano Restaurant & Love (Mexican and Thai cuisine) is my everyday job. Gitano at Pa Khlok has been open for two years and the other one in Cherng Talay opened seven months ago.
It is opposite Tesco Lotus in Cherng Talay. Every day I go to both restaurants, complete the accounting and chat with the staff about any comments or problems from guests the previous night.
What is the best thing about living here?
First of all, there is no traffic unlike where I come from.
The combination between nature and civilisation is perfect here. I love to go to the beach to get some sun and breath fresh air.
At the same time, I like that there are decent shopping centres where I can really enjoy a day of shopping.
What do you do to relax?
I get a great foot message in the afternoon. It always makes me so relaxed.
What hobbies or sports are you interested in?
I love watching movies. Wednesday is my day off as well as the first show day of the newest movie at SF Cinema, so I always go to watch a late night movie on Wednesday.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
Joining the annual Buddhist ceremony at Phraprathom Chedi Temple (Thailand’s biggest pagoda) in Nakhon Pathom province where I lived until I was 10.
I got to ring every little bell around the pagoda. I had so much fun doing it.
Favourite food or dish?
My favourite foods are Thai and Japanese.
I have no problem eating spicy stir-fried basil everyday. When I need a change, then I eat sashimi at a Japanese restaurant.
What kind of music are you into?
I like Putumayo World Music very much. All songs are always filled with beautiful instrumental sounds and vocals. It is great to listen to while I am driving.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you while living on the island?
When I was living in Kamala, I had my first visit to Phuket Fantasea. On the way out of the theatre, I met an old girlfriend who I had not seen for at least 10 years, since I moved away from Bangkok.
The person you admire the most and why?
I admire my dad for how he has taken care of his seven children.
It was not easy for him to give all of us a good education and living conditions until we all have our own lives.
He is now 76 years old and living in Bangkok with one of my brothers.
Where in Phuket would you take someone on a first date?
I would take him to a restaurant on the cliff between Patong and Kalim.
I find it so romantic listening to the sound of waves while enjoying a drink and chatting with someone I like.
If you could come back as any other person who would it be and why?
I would like to come back as Jessica Alba. She is the most beautiful and sexiest woman.
Besides, she is also involved in the business of toxin-free household goods, diapers, and body care products.
It is great that she wants to encourage people to use environmentally-friendly products.
Favourite place on the island, and why?
At the end of Surin Beach is my favourite place to go on the weekend with kids.
There’s a small area where my little kids can swim alone.
For myself, I like to go to Phuket Town and chill out in a local pub. It is always lovely to see different people from the ones I usually see during my working days.
What’s your favourite night out?
The Twinpalms anniversary party (also known as the White Party) is always a great night out on the island. I believe many people think the same as me.