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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Cosmic Design

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 08:00

  4. PETER wakes up.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I dreamt that I was still in my teens.

  6. Wondering

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It seems that I've two lives - one for myself and the other for my dreams.

  8. Smiling.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Have I drift through my years, leading a boring life?

  10. Checking his smartphone, Peter is attracted to an answer request.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Why does boredom often lend itself to creativity?

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If that's right, am I bored all the time?

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. PARK - 13:45

  16. Peter is running.

  17. PETER (V.O.): I prefer dancing to running.

  18. Pausing.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Dancing is a whole-body workout that's actually stylish.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But I've to squeeze the time to buy lunch for my wife.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Today's March 8, International Women's Day!

  24. Pausing.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My scheduled court appearance today is adjourned. But my wife has to go back to her office to prepare her appearance later in the week.

  26. Stopping abruptly, Peter takes a snapshot of his shadow.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's my artistic choice.

  28. Checking the photo.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The apparent black-and-white image might mirror my soul.

  30. INT. RESTAURANT - 14:10

  31. Waiting for his takeaways, Peter checks his entrepreneurship fund on his smartphone screen.

  32. PETER (V.O.): Seeing all the red numerals for a fortnight now has been boring.

  33. Pausing.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But if I don't take any calculated risk, I'll never achieve my dream to leave a more tangible legacy.

  35. INT. STUDY - 15:30

  36. Peter is working on a laptop.

  37. PETER (V.O.): Access to my on-line banking has never been easy. I've got confused with the passwords and security details.

  38. INT. BANK - 16:15

  39. Lift lobby. Seeing the blocked lifts, Peter checks a notice.

  40. PETER (V.O.): Oh, it closes at 4:00pm as a pandemic control measure.

  41. Pausing.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As I can't change the situation, let me change my response to the situation.

  43. INT. SUPERMARKET - 16:30

  44. Peter is shopping aimlessly.

  45. PETER (V.O.): I can at least buy some facemasks.

  46. Peter picks up a box and pays.

  47. INT. STUDY - 17:00

  48. Smartphone in hand, Peter is doing mobile banking.

  49. PETER (V.O.): Oh, I've managed to transact what I wanted to do!

  50. Peter then turns to the Quora App.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A Quoran asks me about my normal schedule at the age of 10! It wasn't boring! I liked to fly kites to cut others...

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. BEDROOM - 22:00

  54. Peter checks one of his Quora answers. We see: Boredom is an emotion with a purpose. It detaches us from our objectives, allowing new ideas to spring to mind with ease.

  55. PETER (V.O.): That's why boredom often lends itself to creativity.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O)(Cont'd): We've two lives - the life we live and the unlived life within us.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Boredom motivates us to create so as to be fit to survive.

  60. Pausing.

  61. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): That's cosmic design.

  62. FADE OUT

  63. THE END

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