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Re-open My Heart


FADE IN:

EXT. ROAD - NIGHT

Exiting from a swimming pool, PETER checks his phone mails. We see in the inbox a mail from "Harvard Club of Hong Kong".

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, "Memorial Service for

Dr Tao Ho"...

Peter reads on.

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

One of his earlier projects

was the Hong Kong Arts

Center...

Pausing.

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

The building made a

refreshing difference from

other Wanchai buildings.

Pausing.

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

My late wife worked in

the Music Office there

from 1979 to the early

1980s. She parked her

her car in a nearby

open-air car park.

Peter reads on.

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

But there's no mention of

his work in St. Stephen's

College.

Pausing.

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

I recall one of the College

buildings was designed by

him. Our elder son boarded

there from age 5-16, shaping

him into an independent

person.

With eyes still sticking on his phone screen, Peter follows others to take the cross walks.

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

Who hasn't visited the first giant panda pavilion at

Ocean Park? It's his another

project.

Pausing.

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

It was just in Feb 2019 that

I went there with my wife.

We couldn't see any panda

but I admired his work

once again. And our elder

daughter is now working

at Ocean Park.

FLASHBACK

INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY (1990s)

Dr TAO HO arrives to chair a meeting attended by distinguished LADIES and GENTLEMAN. Peter sits with the secretariat, observing Dr Ho, chairing it.

END FLASHBACK

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

It was only when he willingly

assume the Chair of the

Hong Kong IP Society that I

began engaging him in person. He's very easy-

going.

Pausing.

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

I knew he was designing

the HKSAR Regional

flag. My interest focused

on his copyright authorship,

ownership, and assignments.

Pausing.

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

I believed that he didn't

care about the IP in the

flag design.

Pausing.

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

He was such a warm

person that when a

junior colleague who

supported him for the

Society's work got

married, he would join

her wedding dinner.

Peter arrives his residential block.

INT. ROAD - DAY

Waiting at the driver seat of a car, Peter re-reads the Harvard Club mail.

PETER (V.O.)

He was 82. Since 2002,

he had been debilitated

by a stroke.

Peter does some mental calculations.

PETER (V.O.)

He was about 65 then...

I am turning 65 in weeks.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

Good health is the basis

happiness, fortune and

hope.

EXT. SWIMMING POOL - DAY

Exiting, Peter sees the China and HKSAR flags hoisting nearby. Peter waits for the wind to open the flags and takes photos of the HKSAR one.

PETER (V.O.)

His work makes the

spirit of an elite

Hongkonger so visible and tangible!

INT. STUDY - NIGHT

PETER (V.O.)

Regrettably, I'd have to

miss Dr Tao Ho's Memorial

Service at his chosen

venue - the Wing Kwong

Pentecostal Holiness

Church - another of his

work, as I won't be in

town.

Peter surfs the web and checks the aesthetic design of the Church.

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

The little personal thing

I can do is to feature Dr

Tao Ho as one of the

characters in my Memories

website, which isn't quite

visible and tangible.

Pausing.

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

Memories aside, that's

how I'd put an end to a

relationship and to

re-open my heart!

FADE OUT. The End

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