Andre was born and grew up in Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius. One year in the 1970s, he happened to pass through Hong Kong on his way back home from his studies in the U.K. At that time, I had already obtained a diploma in French from L’Alliance Francaise but still wished to improve on my oral French. So I placed an ad in the SCMP to find a French tutor. Andre replied to my ad and became my French tutor for a few months, during which time I learned some French idioms and sayings, plus a bit about Mauritius, the fascinating place of his birth. Born of Chinese parents, Andre had the good fortune to have absorbed three different languages and cultures (Chinese, French and English) all at once from his childhood.