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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Can-do Culture

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - MORNING


  4. PETER works on his laptop.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Let me issue this invoice before I go to the beach.


  6. EXT. ROADS - AFTERNOON


  7. Driving, Peter listens to the radio: ...Hong Kong women's table tennis team has won a bronze medal...


  8. PETER (V.O.): Good - a variety of medal colours.

  9. Listening.


  10. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Hong Kong trio came back from behind...


  11. Listening.


  12. PETER (V.O.): Claimed bronze is something, if they had expected none.


  13. Act 2


  14. INT. GOLDEN COAST BEACH - LATER


  15. Entering the beach area, Peter sees a red flag.


  16. PETER (V.O.): Rough water or thunderstorms...


  17. At the beach, Peter walks seawards.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh no! It's so dirty.


  19. Returning to a beach bench, Peter taps his phone screen.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since I've come, let me feel the breeze and listen to the waves as I entertain some Quorans' answer requests.


  21. INT. RESTAURANT - LATER


  22. Raining. Finishing his afternoon tea, Peter taps the phone screen.


  23. PETER (V.O.): A Quoran asks me what motivates hard work and resilience the most?


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I had first-hand experience: Hunger & Shelter.


  26. Peter types his answer on the phone.


  27. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - LATER


  28. Peter does his routine decluttering.

  29. PETER (V.O.): I won't dump much today as the garbage may get wet.


  30. Peter spots a bottle opener with 5 rings on it.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I bought it in a stadium souvenir store when I first visited Munich in 1989.


  32. Pausing.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): These 5 rings have become particularly relevant today.


  34. Peter captures images before checking other phone notifications.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): "What are some good things from your country that we can follow it to our life?" That's another answer request from another Quoran.


  36. Thinking.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Hong Kong, China, has been a Special Administrative Region of China since 1997. One of the good things from us is our can-do culture.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Let me use Hong Kong, China's Olympic achievement to demonstrate that.


  40. Peter surfs the web.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The ranking of Hong Kong, China in Tokyo 2020 is quite remarkable - better than some countries.


  42. Peter inserts an image depicting primarily 4 rings in his Quora answer.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, we've got 4 medals so far.


  44. EXT. PETER'S NT HOME - NIGHT


  45. Hearing phone notifications, Peter reads them.


  46. PETER (V.O.): Oh, they relate to my professional work.

  47. Having typed on the phone, Peter sees a prompt reply.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Want to talk? Let me go back to my urban home first.


  49. Act 3


  50. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  51. Having engaged in lengthy phone conversations, Peter ends the call.


  52. PETER (V.O.): I don't mind doing extra without charge - my way to celebrate Hong Kong, China's Olympic success!


  53. Turning on the TV, Peter looks perplexed.


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Hong Kong, China has got a total of 5 Olympic medals? Two bronzes today?


  55. Checking with his phone.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In women's solo kata. What a record! I'd better amend my earlier Quora answer timely.


  57. Peter does the editing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And for today's blogpost, the featured image should be one with 5 rings.


  59. Pausing.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While the 5 rings are meant to represent 5 continents, they mean to me a total of 5 medals for Hong Kong, China, on August 5, 2021.


  61. Peter begins to work on his laptop.


  62. FADE OUT.


  63. THE END



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