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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Embrace Volatility

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 7:30

  4. Getting his smart phone, PETER checks his diary.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I've a Zoom meeting in the afternoon.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife has to return to the office today.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's Tuesday, but feels like Monday.

  10. Peter taps Quora on screen.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me help those who need my guidance.

  12. We see on screen an answer request: Should one embrace volatility?

  13. Act 2

  14. INT. STUDY - 09:30

  15. Holding his smart phone, Peter is in thoughts.

  16. PETER (V.O.): My wife has urged me to sell the many stocks that I own.

  17. Pausing.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've been buying shares for over seven months now, but I've never sold one lot.

  19. Pausing.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not only that my investment is long-term, I also want to test if the buy-and-hold strategy would work.

  21. Pausing.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It has never occurred to me that I'd witness so much market volatility in so short a time.

  23. Pausing.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I expect today's stock market will go down.

  25. Peter taps Yahoo!Finance to check.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Wow, very sharply.

  27. Pausing.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Worst of all, it dampens my working mood.

  29. Recalling.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Days ago, I watched a stock pitching program. Perhaps, I should buy low.

  31. Peter taps a Hang Seng Bank App and does the order.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To distract myself from negative emotions, let me entertain more Quora answer requests.

  33. Peter types on screen.

  34. INT. RESTAURANT - 14:15

  35. Peter is waiting for his takeaway.

  36. PETER (V.O.): Having just jogged in the park, I'm rewarding myself with Char Kway Teow.

  37. Pausing.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'll have lunch with my wife tomorrow - the last day of her work from home.

  39. Peter gets his takeaway.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Just hope that we can travel again before long.

  41. INT. STUDY - 14:55

  42. Peter attends a Zoom meeting.

  43. PETER (V.O.): Familiar faces, new roles. It's April 2022 already.

  44. Peter makes interventions from time to time.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since 2015, I've been volunteering my service to HKUST.

  46. Listening.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I retired in 2014, I didn't map out my way forward. I didn't know I could create my own websites, and I didn't know about Quora.

  48. Listening.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): By default, I developed a monthly travelling hobby. But the pandemic travelling restrictions have suspended it.

  50. Listening.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And I don't even travel to Clear Water Bay or Central for HKUST meetings!

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. BEDROOM - 23:00

  54. In bed, Peter is checking the Quora App.

  55. PETER (V.O.): Wow, there're over 600 views of my answer on Embracing Volatility.

  56. We see on screen: Like it or not, happenings in life can change rapidly and unpredictably for the worse. Embracing volatility may lessen one's stress, enabling one to seize possible opportunities.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've bought a lot of the new stock that I wanted to buy.

  58. Thinking.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the course of helping others in Quora, I've also got my mind right.

  60. Pausing.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Tomorrow is another chance to begin again.

  62. Peter dictates his diary.

  63. FADE OUT

  64. THE END

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