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Go Back To That Moment


FADE IN:

INT. STUDY - DAY

PETER researches with his smart phone. He taps the Buildings

Ordinance, reads the small prints and swipes up from time to time.

PETER

Well, this's the first time

I've somewhat read all

the sections.

FLASHBACK (1979)

INT. HKU LECTURE THEATRE - DAY

A LECTURER (40s) lectures over 100 STUDENTS including Peter (24).

LECTURER

I've to state at the outset

that the Buildings Ordinance

and Regulations don't

apply to Government

and Housing Authority

buildings.

PETER (V.O.)

Okay, I 'm going to learn

something that I don't

need to apply.

LECTURER (Cont'd)

But public sector buildings

should be on par if not

better than private sector

ones.

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

Public sector has internal

control. It's bureaucratic

enough. Anyway, no harm

to learn anything at HKU.

END FLASHBACK.

Having used a cable to connect with his smart phone with his computer, Peter sees a red line on the computer screen.

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, I didn't know I captured

that much in three seasons.

I've to manage my photos

without further delay...

Peter taps the photo icons and sees a set of cable car images.

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

I was in the Ocean Park

just weeks ago. It has

changed a lot, but not

the cable cars.

Peter researches with his phone again.

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

Oh yes, the Ocean Park

was open in Jan 1977. It

was a big attraction and

I soon had a cable-car

ride.

Pausing.

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

The cable cars was very

stylish then. I was just

23, working as a Housing

Assistant in the public

sector. I didn't know then

my turn to study Housing

Management at HKU would

commence in Autumn.

Pausing.

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

It was so hard to get into

universities in the 1970s.

But some of my colleagues

then were already HKU

graduates. Anyway, being

able to attend lectures

at the HKU campus, even

as a part-time day-release

certificate student was

something.

Pausing.

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

My best friend then scored

a distinction on Building

Regulations. I didn't even

know what "setting out"

was all about!

Pausing.

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

Those were the good

old days... struggling

on all fronts, shaping me

into the person I'm today.

Pausing.

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

However, my best friend

and I haven't been in touch

for a long time. We haven't

said goodbye either. I know

his daughter is a lawyer

and his son a medical

doctor.

Pausing.

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

Perhaps, we've too

many on our plates, like

my phone's internal

storage.

Peter takes another look of the image of cable cars.

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

These lacklustre cable

cars do keep time in a

bottle. I wish I can go

back to that moment

to feel somethings

more.

Peter is distracted by a mail notification.

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

Oh, that lawyer pioneering

the study of Chinese law

died? How old was he?

Peter serves the web.

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

He was 82, not bad.

It looks Peter is doing some mental calculations.

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

Time is ticking. Nothing

was ever the same again.

INT. SWIMMING POOL - NIGHT

Peter's swimming gathers momentum. He watches the pool clock lap after lap.

PETER (V.O.)

Yes! Another 40 laps in

40 minutes. I didn't

waste any seconds.This's

something I can do to

myself.

INT. STUDY - NIGHT

Checking piles of papers, Peter types on his computer.

PETER (V.O.)

Did I expect that I would

apply now what I first

first learned 40 years ago?

If I let it, it can happen -

- and that's life!

FADE OUT. The End

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