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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.


  28. FLASHBACK


  29. EXT. HONGKONG DISNEYLAND - NIGHT (May 14, 2014)


  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.


  41. RETURN TO PRESENT


  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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