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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

From Start to Finish

Updated: Oct 2, 2022

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BEDROOM - 15:30


  4. PETER is checking images from Google Photos on screen.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Google Maps has just notified me that dozens of people have already read my review on Big Wave Bay Rock Carvings.


  6. Scrolling up/down the screen.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Before I went there, I had gone to Lantau and Lamma Island, but I hadn't reviewed the places of interest yet.


  8. Selecting some images, Peter adds them to a draft and posts them.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Okay, I've done one. A couple of more reviews to write.


  10. Surfing Google Maps, Peter examines places of interest in Lantau.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, I haven't visited Upper Cheung Sha Beach.


  12. Peter then focuses on Lamma Island.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, there's a Kamikaze Cave. I walked past it but missed it!


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. INT. RESTAURANT - DAY (2015)


  17. Peter (61) & his WIFE are having lunch with a LADY and a GENTLEMAN.


  18. GENTLEMAN: Do you enjoy your retirement?


  19. PETER: I'm still adapting to the change.


  20. GENTLEMAN: How?


  21. PETER: I've started travelling at least once a month.


  22. GENTLEMAN: Would you consider working as a local guide?


  23. FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK - DAY (2015)


  24. Rome. Spanish Steps. Among other TOURISTS, Peter and his wife are listening to the briefing of a local GUIDE.


  25. PETER: She's very good. How much does she charge?


  26. WIFE: Not a cent. We'll give her tips.


  27. END FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK


  28. PETER: I've never considered the option.


  29. RETURN TO PRESENT


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't think my time would be well spent that way.


  31. Recalling.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I visited Ishigaki in July 2017 for the first time, I was very impressed with the service of a scuba diving guide.


  33. Pausing.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Apart from thanking him in person right away, I joined the same tour the following day.


  35. Pausing.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But he wasn't on duty. And I felt the second tour wasn't as good as the first one.


  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As I still wanted to recognize the guide's excellent service, I joined Google's Local Guide and started writing travel reviews.


  39. Pausing.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They also serve as my memory triggers as to where I've been and what I've done.


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Playing my role as a real local guide, I've also started promoting Hong Kong to the world.


  43. Pausing.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Soon, I found that people liked to read my reviews and photos.


  45. Pausing.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But the pandemic has demotivated me, until recently.


  47. Peter checks his profile on Google Maps.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So far, I've written 1284 reviews, and I'm a Level 9 Google Local Guide.


  49. Peter takes a look of Google Maps.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I've missed places of interest myself!


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS


  53. The setting sun shines through a window.


  54. PETER (V.O.): Upon retiring from civil service, I travelled for travel's sake, treating travel as work.


  55. Peter writes another review on Yung Shue Wan Pier.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This pandemic makes me realise that it's a great affair to travel here, there and everywhere.


  57. From Google Photos, Peter selects an image depicting the setting sun shining at an approaching ferry.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Wherever I go now, I go with all my heart, from start to finish, aiming to finish strong.


  59. THE END

  60. .

  61. FADE OUT











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