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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Life in Decades

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDIO - 11:45

  4. Sitting in a sofa, PETER ends his language practice on the Duolingo app in his mobile.

  5. PETER (V.O): I've maintained my daily streaks.

  6. Peter then checks his mails and sees a Quora notification.

  7. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Someone has shared my answer to a chatgroup. How good was my post?

  8. We follow Peter to view his post and see an insert of a young Peter singing in a band with the subtitle: My Singing of the Beauty of Life at 16.

  9. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): A picture is worth a thousand words.

  10. On screen, we also see the question: Those who are older, what would you consider the happiest decade in a person's life? Why?

  11. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): What did I say?

  12. We follow Peter to read his answer: As a senior citizen now, I've 6-7 choices. I've reflected on them, balancing my feelings...

  13. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): My post in 2021 was a relatively long one. I was then fully engaged in Quora, sharing my insights publicly.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. GOLDEN COAST - 14:30

  16. Sunny. Peter is swimming from one buoy line to the other.

  17. PETER (V.O): In the 1st decade of my life, I had childhood worries. I was playful but I was largely dependent on family support.

  18. Pausing.

  19. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I feel the 2nd decade of my life was the happiest, as I was independent and didn't know what to expect.

  20. Recalling.

  21. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): From age 12-13, I was a top student in my class.

  22. Recalling.

  23. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): From age 13-14, I was carefree and had no sense of direction except the want to look good.

  24. Recalling.

  25. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd):From age 14-15, pretty girls sat near me in class, and I performed when X'mas mood was high.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): From age 15-16, I began working part-time during holidays, waiting in a hotel to support myself.

  28. Recalling.

  29. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): From age 16-17, I was passionate about performing, but managed to refocus on my studies.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): From age 17-18, I was studying, part-time working and dating.

  32. Thinking.

  33. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): From age 18-19, I began my philosophical pursuit, examining the meaning of life.

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): And from age 19-20, I began full-time teaching...

  36. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - 15:45

  37. Peter appears.

  38. PETER (V.O): This old home was bought in the 3rd decade of my life.

  39. Peter walks up to his study.

  40. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I prepared my PCLL exams here.

  41. Peter then plays an old Yamaha piano.

  42. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): The 4th decade of my life was initial success and then tragedy.

  43. Pausing.

  44. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I rebuilt my family in the 5th decade of my life.

  45. Peter goes downstairs.

  46. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): In the 6th decade of my life, I reached the top of my career. And then, the only way was down.

  47. In the living room, Peter begins to sort through stacks of documents.

  48. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): In the 7th decade of my life, I decluttered lots of stuff that evidenced my work achievements over the decades.

  49. Pondering.

  50. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Would I have the privilege to look back on the 8th decade of my life?

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. STUDIO- 21:45.

  53. Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "A Life in Decades ..." to a draft.

  54. PETER (V.O): As I grow older, I can look back on the many decades of my life with nostalgia and appreciation.

  55. Thinking.

  56. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): The challenges and uncertainties of youth can actually contribute a sense of freedom and possibility.

  57. Reflecting.

  58. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): While driving back from NT, I saw the near full moon rising; and I must go through phases of emptiness to feel full again.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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