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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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