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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

All Connected

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 07:45

  4. In bed, PETER recalls something.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I seem to have got an IP seminar invitation but I haven't responded to it yet.

  6. Peter surfs the web and finds something .

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can see a lot of effort has put into it to fix a 1-day workshop and 2-day conference.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As Zoom meeting has become the norm or alternative, arranging such events has become cost-effective and efficient.

  10. Having done his registrations online, Peter checks his mail inbox.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ha! The host has just sent me a 3rd Announcement of the events. Is it a coincidence?

  12. Act 2

  13. EXT. GOLDEN BEACH - 12:30

  14. Towing a cyber-green buoy, Peter is swimming under the sun.

  15. PETER (V.O.): When the sun is out, the sea is calm.

  16. Peter swims along the orange buoy line.

  17. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Swimming non-stop in deep water, my way of swimming provides an additional safeguard.

  18. Swimming leisurely.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While it's okay for me to swim in a cloudy day, my only fear is possible lightning.

  20. Peter takes a look of the Lantau Peak hiding in the clouds far away.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Two of my matriculation classmates were struck dead there in 1974. They're forever young.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): On my way here, I listened to the car radio and heard that a woman passenger of a motorbike was killed in a traffic accident.

  24. Swimming.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I won't miss the opportunity to enjoy life while I still can.

  26. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - 15.00

  27. Sitting room, G/F. Peter turns on the air-conditioner.

  28. PETER (V.O.): It was first installed in 1983 when I bought the premises.

  29. Pausing.

  30. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It's said that to achieve financial success, one should stick to boring investment.

  31. Peter checks his mail inbox on his smart phone screen.

  32. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh, I've got papers in my chambers.

  33. Peter then engages in a telephone conversation.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Done! I've got to do something immediately after my court appearance tomorrow.

  35. Peter looks around the files and papers near him.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me continue to declutter.

  37. Picking up a file marked "TRIPS Council Review", Peter reads the contents.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me recreate digitally my diary from Nov 16-21, 1997 in Geneva.

  39. Peter dictates with his smart phone.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was staying in the Inter-Continental, Geneva.

  41. Peter captures the images of some papers.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Hong Kong, China's IP regime was being scrutinized by WTO Members from Nov 17 to 21, 1997 at WTO..

  43. Dictating on his smart phone.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I had business lunches with officials of WTO, WIPO, China Mission and my colleagues in the Economic & Trade Office in Geneva.

  45. Pausing.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The result: Hong Kong, China's IP regime was WTO-TRIPS compliant as early as 1997.

  47. Pausing.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Hong Kong, China, was taking the leadership in WTO, showcasing its readiness to honour its international legal obligations.

  49. Thinking.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): All the personnel in the process have left their positions except one. She has been one of WIPO's DDG.

  51. Having done his dictations, Peter puts all the papers into a garbage bag.

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. STUDY - 20:15

  54. Peter has finished a telephone conversation.

  55. PETER (V.O.): It's another professional communication. Today was a busy day.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Every event in my life connects to the next. It's all connected.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'm glad that I took a little time out of a busy day to enjoy myself at the beach and in my NT home.

  60. Reflecting.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've already got through many things in my life. I know what I should be busy about.

  62. THE END

  63. FADE OUT

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