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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Good Omen

Updated: Feb 26, 2021

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Rainy. Windshield wipers are on. Traffic jam. PETER is driving a silver coupe towards Sai Kung.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Since the pandemic, this is the first time I go back to HKUST's Clear Water Bay campus for a Council meeting.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): For the past year, all optional in-person meetings have been held at HKUST's Business School at Central.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Otherwise, we simply met via Zoom. I've got used to the new mode of communication.

  10. Arriving at an entry gate, Peter points a finger on a label on the windshield. The gate keeper lets Peter's coupe in readily.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): HKUST is quite convenient if I can readily find a parking lot.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I attend meetings in Central, I'd check out matters in my chambers or do some research in the Court library afterwards.

  14. Act 2


  16. Having parked his coupe, Peter rushes towards a building complex.

  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's actually a prestige that I can give back by doing voluntary work for HKUST.

  18. Peter takes a lift up.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having the background in philosophy and law, it was quite inconceivable that I'd work in the science and technology sector.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I do have decades of leadership and execution experience.

  22. Before entering the Council chambers, Peter enjoys the panoramic view.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's so nice to be back.

  24. Inside the Council chambers, Peter settles down, exchanging greetings with COLLEAGUES.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's fortunate that I can join today. But for the unexpected intervening events, I should be appearing in court now.

  26. When the Council begins to transact its business, Peter isn't slow to make an opening intervention.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Whenever a proposition aligns with my core value, I'd be quick to speak up.

  28. The Council continues to transact its many businesses.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was with the Government, there were so many things I liked to change. But the systemic implications had prevented me from changing anything after all.

  30. Peter observes his COLLEAGUES making interventions.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Within HKUST, our collective wisdom should help drive changes for the better.

  32. Peter reads papers on his iPad Mini screen.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We all want to do good. And we'd be leaving something good for HKUST.

  34. Hours later, there's no other business. Peter packs his mobile gadgets. Getting out of the Chambers, a lunch reception awaits.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How nice! Instead of having a sandwich and a drink at Central, we'll have dim-sums and other snacks.

  36. Peter begins to show support to the catering STAFF, consuming the delicacies and chatting with colleagues.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know the supporting staff have done a lot to make this happen.

  38. Standing at the podium before a microphone, the CHAIR is going to speak.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it's more than a lunch session.

  40. CHAIR:...Today is the 14th day of the Chinese New Year...

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, that's a good reminder. I resumed working on the 5th day of it. My holiday mood has long gone.

  42. TWO GENTLEMEN and a LADY then happily join the Chair, posing for a few photos. Peter captures the moments before joining them.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, it's an appropriate occasion to celebrate. Through the Chair's leadership and the Administration's relentless execution, HKUST has sustained itself as a value centre.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We might be leaving a legacy outlasting our lives. While we might like to be remembered, the hard truth is that any real remembrance is short.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Another hard truth is that all things that aren't sustainable must come to an end, no matter how good they were at the inception.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The world is dynamic and what's constant is change. A further hard truth is that nothing is everlasting.

  50. Finishing his desserts, Peter says goodbye to the remaining colleagues.

  51. Act 3


  53. At the entrance piazza, Peter walks towards HKUST's icon - the red sundial sculpture or the "Redbird".

  54. PETER (V.O.): The sundial - making use of the sun's ray to tell time - is one of humankind's earliest invention.

  55. Peter takes a few photos, focusing on the Redbird.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I hope it'd become the focal point of science and technology at least in the Greater Bay Area - China's powerhouse-to-be.

  57. Then, we see the sun's ray beginning to cast on the Redbird.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A good omen.

  59. Looking pleased, Peter walks towards a car park.


  61. Sunny. Through traffic. Opening the sunroof of his silver coupe, Peter continues to drive towards Kowloon.

  62. FADE OUT.

  63. THE END

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