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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Special Date

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 09:15

  4. Peter checks this phone diary.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Today is June 27, a special date.

  6. On YouTube, Peter searches "Happy Birthday 2022" in his channel.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Twenty-two years ago, my wife gave birth to our younger daughter.

  8. After inserting a link on a Facebook timeline, Peter checks Yahoo!Finance.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the Hong Kong stock market is up again, I should lose less money.

  10. Later, Peter sees a WhatsApp image, depicting a Japanese driving licence.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh! Our elder daughter has just passed her official driving test in Tokyo.

  12. Smiling, Peter types his remarks.

  13. Act 2

  14. EXT. MALL - 10:30

  15. Standing in front of an ATM, Peter is withdrawing cash.

  16. PETER (V.O.): That's my customary gift to my children.

  17. Peter takes the notes from ATM.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the first time, I've also set some "sell" orders of my stock investment.

  19. INT. RESTAURANT - 13:30

  20. Peter is having salad.

  21. PETER (V.O.): My wife is on leave today. June 27 is also the birthday of our family pet.

  22. Peter is having soup.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To celebrate our pet's 6th birthday, my wife and our younger daughter will have a professional photography session.

  24. Peter is having baked chicken spaghetti.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I've to return to chambers and then to attend a HKUST meeting.

  26. INT. CHAMBERS - 14: 30

  27. Reception. Peter greets the SECRETARIES.

  28. PETER: I'm so pleased that you're all well!

  29. PETER (V.O.): Last week, Covid-19 was in the air.

  30. EXT. CENTRAL - 17:00

  31. Exiting from Hong Kong Club Building, Peter hesitates at the MTR entrance.

  32. PETER (V.O.): It's a sunny day. After the meeting, I feel like taking the ferry and bus home.

  33. Taking a look of the Court of Final Appeal Building, Peter captures a photo of it.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It used to the Legislative Council building.


  36. A. Council reception, 1993. Grabbing visitors' cards, Peter (39) enters with other COLLEAGUES.

  37. B. Council anti-chambers, 1994. Peter (40) waits with other COLLEAGUES.

  38. C. Council small rooms. 1995. Peter (41) briefs individual LEGISLATIVE COUNCILORS.

  39. D. Council Bills Committee rooms. 1996. Peter (42) explains Bills to LEGISLATIVE COUNCILORS.

  40. E. Council Chambers. 1997. Peter (43) and COLLEAGUES respond to COUNCIL queries.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As Assistant Director of Intellectual Property (Policy & Legislation), I was answerable and responsible to design and build Hong Kong's intellectual property system.

  43. Recalling.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the mid-1990s, the policy Secretary worried that we might not be able to deliver the system before Hong Kong's rejoining the motherland.

  45. Recalling.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In early 1997, I spent long hours working in the Legislative Council.

  47. Recalling.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): With support from all fronts, the Copyright Ordinance, the Patents Ordinance and the Registered Designs Ordinance all came into force on June 27, 1997.

  49. Thinking,

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): June 27, 1997 was a special date and that was a special time.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. STUDY - 23:00

  53. Peter is having screen time.

  54. PETER (V.O.): That my elder daughter can drive in Japan now makes me happy.

  55. Peter takes a look of the financial news on TV.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That some of the stocks that I've invested are doing well now makes me happy.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That my younger daughter is the most artistic one in the family makes me happy.

  59. Reflecting.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My favourite things to do is to make memories with Hong Kong and my family.

  61. THE END

  62. FADE OUT

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