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Household Chores


FADE IN.

INT. STUDY - NIGHT

PETER checks a phone message.

PETER (V.O.)

Mum's smart phone

is dead again?

Peter types his reply: I'll come back to pick it up and take it to the repairer.

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

I've got so many things

I want to do each day

- my self-actualization -

that I'd commute as

little as possible. Even

NT is far away.

INT. CLUBHOUSE - DAY

Peter takes a call.

CALLER

(From phone)

Your home's gas safety

check is long overdue...

PETER

(To phone)

Okay, Nov 5 then.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

Right, I'm going back

to NT on Nov 5. And

when I pass through

my Mum's home, I'll

pick up her phone. .

FLASHBACK

EXT. FAIRVIEW PARK - DAY

Car park. Clamping the battery terminals of a Toyota Previa and a Eunos 30X, Peter sees sparks and can't jump-start the coupe. Seeing some smoke, he quickly detaches the cables.

PETER

Oh, some of my palm

skin got burned by

the heat from the

clamp! So painful!

Peter quickly puts his hand to the tap running water in a nearby sink.

Later, he dumps the clamping cables.

END FLASHBACK

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

I'll buy a new, handy

and safe jump-starter.

EXT. FAIRVIEW PARK - DAY

Garden. Taking mails out of a full mail box, Peter sees the main water supply valves at the skirt of a sidewall.

PETER (V.O.)

There's a leaking valve

in the toilet. See if it can

be fixed while I'm here.

Peter makes a call.

PETER

(To phone)

...So someone can come

come to fix it today...

PETER (V.O.)

Hong Kong is really

efficient.

EXT- INT. FAIRVIEW PARK - DAY

Using eyeballs and equipment, a uniformed TRADESMAN#1 checks the gas piping from supply points to the user points in the bathroom and in the kitchen.

PETER

I seldom come back and

haven't used the gas for

a long time.

The tradesman focuses on his work.

TRADESMAN#1

I can detect some system

leakage. I've to disconnect

your the gas supply system.

This is the standard safety

procedure.

PETER

No problem. Safety comes

first.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

Perhaps, I'd switch to

electricity...

TRADESMAN#2 arrives and Peter shows him the leaking valve.

PETER

Let me go to the

garden to shut off

the main water supply.

I'll leave the job to

you.

TRADESMAN#2

Yes, please.

Inside the sitting room, Peter signs something for Tradesman#1. He later pays Tradesman#2. The tradesmen leave separately.

PETER (V.O.)

Okay, a safety hazard

has been removed and

a water supply valve has

been fixed.

Car park. Opening a new set of jump-starter and connecting with the car's battery terminals, Peter then jump-starts his Eunos 30X with it. We hear strong engine cranking and starting sounds.

PETER (V.O.)

It works! Great! The

car has become

operational again!

Happily, Peter washes the dirty car.

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

The last time I drove

it was in June. I don't

have to jump-start it

if I drive it more often.

Peter touches his stomach.

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

Yes, I'll drive to the mall to have a tea set and fix

my resident smart cards

with the management.

INT. MANAGEMENT OFFICE - DAY

A STAFF (20s) greets Peter.

PETER

I just want to fix my

resident smart cards

for parking in public

car parks.

STAFF

No problem.

INT. A FLAT, NT - NIGHT

Open door. Peter arrives and sees his MUM (80s)

PETER

Hi Mum, I come to

collect your smart

phone. I'll have it

fixed and return to

you...

EXT. HIGHWAY - NIGHT

Peter drives swiftly with windows lowered and the sunroof open. We hear music in the air.

PETER (V.O.)

I've been lazy in not

going back to NT that

often. Thus, I've to be

efficient in doing the

household chores!

FADE OUT. The End

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