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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

An Excursion

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. EXT. FERRY PIER#6, CENTRAL - 10:00

  4. As PETER is checking the ferry schedules on a sign post, we hear a loud bell sound and see a WOMAN approaching Peter.

  5. WOMAN: Has the ferry to Mui Wo just gone?

  6. PETER: No, that one goes to Peng Chau. The one to Mui Wo leaves at 10:30.

  7. Peter points at the 10:30 trip for Mui Wo and then the 10:00 one from Mui Wo.

  8. WOMAN: I see now! How about those trips highlighted in blue?

  9. PETER: They accept cargoes.

  10. PETER (V.O.): I had the same issue weeks ago.

  11. PETER (Cont'd): You can check in now.

  12. WOMAN: Okay.

  13. PETER (V.O.): Like me, she wants an excursion on a fine day.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. MUI WO BUS TERMINUS - 11:27

  16. Peter gets on board a Route#1 bus to "Tai O".

  17. PETER (V.O.): I know the bus leaving at 11:30. My third time taking it now.

  18. Peter sits in a middle row.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I went to Lower Cheung Sha Beach and then Pui O Beach, I sat in the front row as I could seek the driver's advice.

  20. EXT. TONG FUK BEACH - 11:50

  21. Getting off at a bus stop, Peter sees a sign "Tong Fuk Beach".

  22. PETER (V.O.): My first time coming here by a bus.

  23. Recalling.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was a Justice of the Peace (JP), I visited Tong Fuk Correctional Institution a few times, by helicopter.

  25. Entering, Peter sees a signage: Lifeguard services have been suspended.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It isn't Nov yet. Another reason why I've come.

  27. Apart from seeing waves lapping on the shoreline, Peter sees BEACHGOER#1 sunbathing near an empty lifeguard tower and BEACHGOER#2 doing the same on the other side.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me stay in between them and play my ukulele.

  29. Depositing his stuff under a shade, Peter plays the fingering of "Fly Me to the Moon" and the strumming of the chords of "Stand By Me" or C, Am, F, G and repeats.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not having heard my songs before, people can't resonate with them.

  31. Later, while Peter is playing the ukulele under the sun at the shoreline, we see a cleaning STAFF sweeping litter on soft sands nearby.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There's no time to be bored in a place as beautiful as this.

  33. EXT. SOUTH LANTAU ROAD - 14:00

  34. Walking towards Upper Cheung Sha Beach, Peter gives way to a bull and avoids cow dungs. Then, we hear whup-whup-whup and thith-thith-thith.

  35. PETER (V.O.): Are they coming from a helicopter? It's unlikely a JP visit would extend beyond 13:00.

  36. Looking up the sky, Peter sees no helicopter. Looking seawards, Peter sees a motor boat working by a beach's shark prevention nets.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's my cognitive bias. Yes, the good old days.


  39. Arriving, Peter sees a signage: Lifeguard services have been suspended.

  40. PETER (V.O.): This beach is the largest in Lantau and the water is the roughest. I won't take the risk.

  41. Peter watches the sea.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Without water, there wouldn't be life on Earth. Water is the driving force of all nature.

  43. As he's waiting at a bus stop, Peter sees a Route#11 bus approaching.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It isn't Route#1. It goes to "Tung Chung"...

  45. As Peter doesn't hold out his arm, DRIVER#1 drives past without stopping.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, why should I stick to my Mui Wo destination?

  47. Later, Peter sees a Route 11A bus to "Tung Chung Town Centre" approaching. He has no hesitation to signal to DRIVER#2.


  49. Carrying his red bag and ukulele, Peter is the last to get off the bus. A young COUPLE carrying tent gear are before him.

  50. PETER (V.O.): In 1973, I was 19. Together with my classmates. we walked down from Lantau Peak to Tung Chung. It was just a rural village then.

  51. Act 3


  53. Coming out from the Citygate Outlets, Peter walks towards the station.

  54. PETER (V.O.): I've just had a "Pepper Lunch". I feel good to be somewhat lost in the new direction.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While the purpose of a journey is the destination, the purpose of an excursion is the process.

  57. Reflecting.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Whether one goes looking for sorrow or joy, the excursion is the same.

  59. Happily, Peter disappears in the crowd.

  60. THE END

  61. .

  62. FADE OUT

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