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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.


  38. EXT. UPPER CHEUNG SHA BEACH - 14:15


  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.

  48. EXT. TOWN CENTRE, TUNG CHUNG - 14:50


  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


  52. EXT. MTR STATION, TUNG CHUNG - 16:00


  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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