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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.


  38. FLASHBACK


  39. EXT. PET GARDEN - EARLIER


  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.


  47. END FLASHBACK


  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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