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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Best Jobs

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT - STUDY - DAY

  4. PETER is watching TV.

  5. PETER (V.O.): One of the US Supreme Court Justice has died at the age of 87.

  6. We see TV video clips and hear a woman's voice: ...the best job...

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The US' system is such that one can work as long as one is still competent in doing the job.

  8. Recalling.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In a farewell party, I heard a top judge retiring at the age of 80 thought it a blessing that those practising the law could still deliver at old age.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I share the view too. When young, I imagined how my life might be like when I became old.

  12. Shrugging his right shoulder.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Resuming my swimming exercise this morning, I realized that my right shoulder joint wasn't as good as before. I haven't swum for just over 2 months.

  14. Pausing.

  15. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm 21 years younger than the late Justice.

  16. Act 2




  20. Entering the building, Peter bumps into a GENTLEMAN (50s) inside the lift.

  21. PETER: Hi, it's Peter here! I come here to do some voluntary work.

  22. PETER (V.O.): Oh, I've forgotten his first name. The last time we met was at my farewell party in May 2014.

  23. They chat happily.

  24. GENTLEMAN: You must be a happy man.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, I'm.

  26. PETER: And you?

  27. GENTLEMAN: I'm about to finish my pre-retirement leave.

  28. Nodding and smiling.

  29. PETER: Yes, it's good time to quit government.

  30. As the lift door opens, the gentleman gets out.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Like me, he has done his best job.

  32. Thinking.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was Director of Intellectual Property, I wanted to go to the office early and leave late.

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I enjoyed what I did, although the responsibility wasn't light.

  36. Getting off the lift, Peter enters a conference room.


  38. Sitting, Peter is thinking.

  39. PETER (V.O.): I didn't know I could contribute that much on finance and audit matters in the university context. It's good that my past experience can put to good use.

  40. Pausing.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The next thing on my work agenda today is to see if the technical problem of the efiles submitted in a case I've to settle online is resolved.


  43. Peter stares at his computer screen.

  44. PETER (V.O.): Great! I've no problem in opening the big files now.

  45. Having read the stuff on screen, Peter checks the time.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it's already after midnight. But I've done what I wanted to do. Good.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Am I still doing my best jobs now?

  49. Peter looks perplexed.

  50. Act 3


  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): After retirement, I was under the government required two-year sanitization period; and I didn't seek approval to take on jobs as I hated the bureaucratic procedure.

  53. Pausing.

  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I began my monthly travel hobby instead and treated travelling as my new job.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Looking back, particularly in light of the present travel restrictions, it was my best job ever. I won't exchange it for anything.

  57. Peter's attention is distracted by TV reports.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the flag at White House is flying half-mast. So upset?

  59. Watching TV.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But her fervent wish on her death bed was that she didn't want to be replaced until a new President is installed.

  61. Pausing.

  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is that rule-based?

  63. Picking up a guitar near him, Peter begins to play.

  64. FADE OUT.

  65. THE END

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