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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


  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?


  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.


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


  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


  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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