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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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