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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Happiness Is...

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 09:15

  4. PETER wakes up.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I've slept well. Today is Monday. But it's a public holiday.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The importance of the Mid-Autumn Festival is only second to the Chinese New Year.

  8. Peter takes a look of his sleeping WIFE.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We managed to watch the 1986 film "Top Gun" yesterday night. She bought the blue-ray disc weeks ago.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While the maid is enjoying her holiday, we've to prepare breakfast and meals for ourselves.

  12. Peter sees KAJI, the family pet, staring at him.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She must be wondering when she'll have something to eat.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. DINING ROOM - 15:30

  16. Entering Peter, his wife and younger DAUGHTER.

  17. PETER: I'm hungry.

  18. WIFE: Have a moon cake then.

  19. Peter checks the packaging of a small moon cake.

  20. PETER: It's made by a 5-star hotel.

  21. WIFE: A relative's present.

  22. Peter and daughter take one each.

  23. PETER: It's no different from the one I had yesterday.

  24. WIFE: The one you had yesterday was made by a well-known cakeshop too.

  25. DAUGHTER: Nothing special - just salted egg yolk with sweet paste.

  26. Peter does his research with his smart phone.

  27. PETER: The 5-star hotel one costed $478 for eight small moon cakes...

  28. Reading another web page on screen.

  29. PETER (Cont'd):Wow, the one I had yesterday was more expensive, costing $498.

  30. PETER (V.O.): I prefer cheap Wonton Noodles & Red Bean Ice.

  31. WIFE: Half of today's public holiday is gone.

  32. DAUGHTER: But we've witnessed how our pet's new hairdresser did the job.

  33. WIFE: Yes, there're four staff working on her.

  34. Kaji gets all the attention.

  35. WIFE (Cont'd): Another Shiba Inu taken there was so afraid that he couldn't hold his pees.

  36. Pausing.

  37. WIFE (Cont'd): So if we didn't take our pet to the pet garden to get light first, the hairdresser wouldn't be surprised if she acted the same.



  40. After seeing Kaji kicking the grass, Peter's wife picks her up to return to their car parked nearby.

  41. PETER: I see the lorry parked behind our car has been booked.

  42. Peter's wife turns her head to see.

  43. WIFE: Three tickets.

  44. PETER: Three? Oh, yes, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

  45. PETER (Cont'd): I can imagine how unhappy the driver/owner would be when s/he discovers this the next day.

  46. WIFE: But I s/he shouldn't assume no bookings would be done.


  48. PETER (V.O.): The penalties would be equivalent to two boxes of moon cakes from prestigious cakeshops.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And moon cakes are neither delicious nor healthy.

  51. .Act 3

  52. INT. BEDROOM - 22:30

  53. Peter is listening to stereo oldies with extra bass sounds.

  54. PETER (V.O.) : For office workers like my wife, happiness is - weekend + Monday holiday.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the self-employed, happiness is not having to set the alarm for the next day.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For me, happiness is not having to sleep with my eye mask on; and I can wake up the next day.

  59. THE END

  60. .

  61. FADE OUT

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