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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Good Things Take Time

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - AFTERNOON


  4. Sitting together, PETER is typing on his phone, while his WIFE is working on a laptop.


  5. PETER (V.O.): When I share my decades-old stories in Quora, I feel happy.


  6. WIFE: You still haven't transferred to me your share of our children's tuition money and the usual money for family expenses.


  7. PETER: What date is today?


  8. WIFE: 13th...You usually do that at the beginning of the month. Just a gentle reminder.


  9. Peter checks his phone calendar.


  10. PETER: I went to the July 1 reception. And then I completed a professional assignment on July 2. I began to feel relaxing from July 3-4.


  11. PETER (V.O.): What followed was my own week-long holiday. Then, my wife and I had our staycation in the Peninsula.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Right after that I drove my wife to take her 1st jab. Oh yes, the jab phobia.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. INT. THE PENINSULA - MORNING; (Yesterday)


  17. Peter and his wife are having breakfast at the Lobby.


  18. WIFE: I believe the classic Green Spot commercial was shot here. Remember the non-carbonated orange-based soft drink?


  19. PETER: Yes, the commercial featured a young boy, a waiter and a gentleman - all wearing bow ties.


  20. PETER (V.O.): When I was working as a part-time waiter in the Castle Peak Hotel in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I wore a bow tie too.

  21. WIFE: When I was a young girl, I found the commercial very persuasive.


  22. PETER (V.O.): It was a popular soft drink way back when. I served a lot of Green Spots to hotel patrons.


  23. WIFE: As we only live once, we should experience and enjoy more.


  24. Pausing.


  25. WIFE (Cont'd): It's only now that I could have a good feel of the Hotel environment.


  26. PETER (V.O.): I believe the historical Hotel hasn't changed much since the early 1970s.


  27. Peter takes a look of his cup of coffee.


  28. PETER: I had a story to tell about the symbol of this Hotel too.


  29. His wife listens.


  30. PETER: I was doing matriculation in the early 1970s. One day, a classmate came up to me and boasted that we had been to the Peninsula.


  31. Pausing.


  32. PETER (Cont'd): He wasn't from a well-off family either. Unlike me, he had no earning capacity.


  33. Pausing.


  34. PETER (Cont'd): He said he wanted to feel the high-society lifestyle in the Peninsula. He paid HK$10 for a cup of coffee.


  35. Pausing.


  36. PETER (Cont'd): He added that he sat in the Lobby for long hours.


  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (Cont'd): I was then working in Castle Peak Hotel from 4:30pm -11:00pm on week days, earning a daily wage of HK$10.


  39. Peter sips his cup of coffee.


  40. PETER: I hate to live pretentiously. Now, we're here.


  41. RETURN TO PRESENT

  42. INT. MALL - LATER


  43. Peter parts his wife at a nail salon.


  44. PETER (V.O.): She's enjoying her jab holiday. The Government is quite a good employer.


  45. Peter goes to a nearby ATM.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've to work tomorrow and shall appear in court early next week.


  47. Hitting ATM keys, Peter transfers some money.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm taking my 2nd jab coming Friday. I hope any adverse effect will be gone before my court appearance.


  49. EXT. PET GARDEN - LATER


  50. Peter and his wife are walking their family PET.


  51. PETER (V.O.): I want to keep my wife company. I've already had my 1st jab for 22 days but my wife has just taken it yesterday.


  52. Pausing.


  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I didn't swim yesterday. Perhaps I'd only swim tomorrow.


  54. Act 3


  55. INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT


  56. Peter's younger SON is playing the piano.


  57. PETER (V.O.): He is returning to Sydney for his clinical courses in a fortnight.


  58. Pausing.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Our younger daughter will be returning to UK in Sept for her final year in Animation Art.


  60. Pausing.


  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Today is 2nd work day of our elder daughter now living in Tokyo. And my elder son is doing quite well on all fronts.


  62. Thinking.


  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Good things take time.


  64. FADE OUT.


  65. THE END


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