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You Never Know


FADE IN:

INT. MANSION - NIGHT

Sitting at a high table were PETER, Peter's WIFE, an OLD MAN (86), Peter's FRIEND (50s), the friend's WIFE (50s) and their DAUGHTER (23). Peter and his wife rise and bid farewell to the old man.

OLD MAN

(To Peter and smiling)

I wouldn't stand up...See you

next year!...You never know...

Peter nods.

FLASHBACK AND MONTAGE OF PETER'S AND HIS WIFE'S VISIT TO KUALA LUMPUR (DEC 31, 2018 - JAN 2, 2O19).

A/ EXT. HOTEL LOADING AREA - DAY

Peter and his wife are picked up by a car.

B/ INT. MANSION - DAY

Peter and his wife chat with Peter's friend, the friend's wife and their daughter.

C/ INT. SEAFOOD RESTAURANT - NIGHT

Raining. Peter and his wife have dinner in a restaurant with the old man and his FAMILY.

D/ INT. WESTERN RESTAURANT - DAY

Trendy. Peter, his wife, the old man, Peter's friend and his daughter eat and chat.

E/ EXT. ROAD - CAR PARK - DAY

With the support of a MAID (30s), the old man is seated in the driver seat of a car. He drives Peter, Peter's wife and his granddaughter to a shopping mall.

GRANDDAUGHTER

(To Peter)

Why are you taking photos

and videos all the time?

PETER

I just like to do it... Hours

of my video clips might

only be edited into a one

minute movie.

PETER (V.O.)

That's only an excuse. If

I didn't capture the moments,

I doubt if I'd have another

chance.

A beat.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

You're young and won't

appreciate the true value of a

moment until it's gone.

The old man parks the car neatly in a parking lot.

F/ INT. NYONYA RESTAURANT - DAY

Peter, his wife, the old man (on wheelchair), his granddaughter and the maid have Nyonya cakes.

END FLASHBACK AND MONTAGE

INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

Peter bathes and sings inside the bath room. We hear: "In the new year, wish you healthy, adding years to life. In the new year, wish you merry, adding life to years. Enjoy the days and the weeks, enjoy the months and the years..."

PETER (V.O.)

I seldom sing my song alone,

but the messages resonate in

me too. Our sole purpose of

of visiting Kuala Lumpur is to

see him.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

It's clear he wishes to live for

another year. But his health is

declining and he has become

widowed months ago too. You

never know whether it's too

early or too late to show

kindness.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

What happens to one physically

is quite beyond one's control.

Smiling and struggling come

together. Being psychologically

strong is the only choice now.

EXT. ROOF-TOP POOL - DAY

Wearing a loose-fitting white pyjamas, Peter takes photos of the rising sun.

PETER (V.O.)

You never know what tomorrow

can bring...

After a few shots, the sun hides behind the grey cloud.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

...and great moments can be

taken away fast.

Peter swims a few lengths of free strokes and butterfly strokes. He then rests on a reclined deckchair, finding angles to take selfies. He studies the images.

PETER (V.O.)

I'm not young now... Time has

become very valuable to me

too...How can I be young and

fresh as the year?

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd) Perhaps, resting on a deckchair

after swimming to engage in

self-talks is one of the ways.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

My inner voice seems to say:

"Peter, be cheerful and take a

positive stance of daily experience

and continue to be supportive

and creative!"

Peter looks at scenes from different perspectives.

.

FADE OUT. The End

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