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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.


  23. SEQUENCE OF PETER'S MEMORIES ON TREES (1960 - 1976)


  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.


  29. END SEQUENCE


  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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