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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

From Seeds to Trees

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 08:30

  4. Kneeling on the floor, PETER is doing abdominal exercise.

  5. PETER (V.O.): A fortnight ago, I discovered an easy way to gain stomach muscle.

  6. Exercising.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know it'd take months for me to notice the change.

  8. INT. STUDY - 10:00

  9. In the Quora App, Peter reads an answer request: How can one form the habit of a daily routine?

  10. PETER (V.O.): Be motivated to start, and be committed to keeping it.

  11. Pausing.

  12. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While it's easy for me, it may be hard for others.

  13. Act 2

  14. EXT. ESTATE PARK - 14:00

  15. Dotted with plants and trees. Peter is jogging along a track.

  16. PETER (V.O.): Before the re-opening of swimming pools and beaches, I can only have outdoor exercises here.

  17. Pausing.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm careful as I might get shin splints.

  19. Peter looks around.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I bought a flat nearby 30 years ago, this park was brand new.

  21. Pausing.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Small trees have become big ones.


  24. A. 1960. Seeing a sprout from a dirt, Peter (7) transplants it inside the family garden.

  25. B. 1962 - 1968. As the sapling has turned into a mature tree, Peter (8-14) climbs on it.

  26. C. 1968. Peter (14) plays the guitar and sings the song "Evergreen Tree".

  27. D. 1974. In a guitar lesson, Peter (20) teaches STUDENTS to play and sing "Sweetheart Tree".

  28. E. 1976. Peter (22) observes that the tree's bark is falling off, there's a rot and it's leaning.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I miss the tree I planted, the first song I played the guitar and the first song I taught others.

  31. Peter jogs towards a mall.

  32. INT. KITCHEN - 14:30

  33. Peter is enjoying Char Kway Teow.

  34. PETER (V.O.): Having done my routines, I'd reward myself.

  35. INT. STUDY - 15:00

  36. Smart phone in hand, Peter is in thoughts.

  37. PETER (V.O.): Let me use the simile "From Seeds to Trees" to inspire the Quoran to form a habit of daily routine.

  38. Peter taps his Google Photos App.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've captured many tree photos.

  40. Having compared the images, Peter selects one.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This one is particularly good. It was taken in Tokyo in Jan 2020.

  42. Pondering.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The winter trees look like me - some have become bony and some are still green.

  44. Typing on screen, Peter reflects.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Seeds grow with no sound, and then they struggle to reach the light.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not different from me. I never forget my struggle.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When the time comes, a tree will fall with loud sounds.

  50. Act 3

  51. INT. SITTING ROOM - 22:30

  52. Peter and his WIFE are watching TV news.

  53. PETER (V.O.): Oh, a Hong Kong star has fallen.

  54. Pausing.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When one becomes less positive, just look at the trees.

  56. INT. BEDROOM - 23:30

  57. In bed, Peter is watching video clips. After an harmonica intro, we hear Cliff Richard singing: Oh Darling, will our love grow like an evergreen tree? Stay evergreen and young, as the seasons go...

  58. PETER (Singing): They say there's a tree in the forest. A tree that will give you a sign. Come along with me, to the Sweet Heart tree. Come and carve your name next to mine...

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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