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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Golden Reflections

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDIO - 11:45

  4. An iPad Mini by his side, PETER touches the red "leave" icon.

  5. PETER (V.O): The Zoom meeting isn't productive. Lost time isn't found again.

  6. Having turned on the background soft rock music, Peter picks up his other handheld devices.

  7. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Let me make good use of my precious time.

  8. Peter taps the Duolingo App and practises foreign languages.

  9. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I think I can now tell some differences between Portuguese and Spanish, Italian and French.

  10. Then, we hear the intro of the Japanese song: "Oe o Muite, Aruko..."

  11. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Now, I know some characters of the Japanese Hiragana...

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): In 2024, I visited Okinawa in Jan, Tokyo, Niigata & Nikko in April, and I'm going to Osaka in June...

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. RESTAUTRANT - 15:00

  16. Peter savours Prawn Dumplings and Noodles in Fish Soup.

  17. PETER (V.O): I try to eat healthy, and I'll go swimming in the sea afterwards

  18. Checking a WhatsApp, Peter smiles.

  19. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Stanley likes to send me birthday greeting a day beforehand.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I've been doing voluntary work for HKUST, and Stanley was my former Council colleague.

  22. Peter types on screen:...I'm turning 70...

  23. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Yesterday, I got birthday greeting from my dear friend Dora...She always adds joy to people.

  24. Pausing.

  25. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Dora and I first met years ago in Chevening Scholarship function. We're there to share insights with the audience.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Usually, I don't care about my birthday anniversaries. But my imminent 70th one reminds me about what happened 10 years ago.



  30. Peter gets off from a chauffeur-driven white saloon car with the registration no. "AM71".

  31. PETER (V.O): I'm INTA's invited guest. The Grand Finale of INTA's Annual Meeting in Hong Kong is here.

  32. Checking information in hand, Peter enters the theme park.

  33. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Unlike previous days, I don't have a particular role to play tonight...

  34. Sighing.

  35. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I'm turning 60 in a few hours and am retiring.

  36. Queuing up at a buffet under a drizzle, Peter covers the WOMAN behind him with his umbrella.

  37. PETER: I'm Peter. You work in IP?

  38. WOMAN: No, my boss got an invitation and couldn't come...I know nobody here...

  39. PETER: Let me keep you company then...

  40. After dinner, they explore the enchanting world, take photos for each other and together, and enjoy the fireworks.


  42. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Years ago, I tried to reconnect with her, but she had left her position.

  43. Pausing.

  44. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): How is she doing now, 10 years on?

  45. Pondering.

  46. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I hope she's happy and well. Life has a way of taking people on different paths.

  47. Recalling.

  48. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Over 10 years ago, a civil servant friend suggested to me that our "Golden Years" were from age 60 to 70 as we could still move about.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Taking it to heart, I've been travelling monthly since I turned 60, except for some pandemic months.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. STUDIO - 21:00

  53. Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "Golden Reflections" to a draft.

  54. PETER (V.O): "Golden" connotes value, richness and significance. It aligns with my concept of the late stage of my life.

  55. Thinking.

  56. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): "Reflections" suggests introspection, contemplation and looking back on the past. I delve into my memories and personal endeavors.

  57. Reflecting.

  58. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): During the "Golden Years" of my life, I still 've unexpected connections and cherished moments that make me feel appreciated and loved.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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