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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Humble Corner

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - DAY


  4. PETER has two speakers near him. Then one speaker speaks "left" and the other "right".


  5. PETER (V.O.): Paired.


  6. Peter taps a video clip on his phone. We hear stereo oldies.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Goodies - both the bluetooth speakers and the songs!


  8. Peter then stares at a bigger speaker under the TV set.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm already listening to very nice stereo sounds with extreme bass. That bigger one is superfluous.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Perhaps, I'll bring it back to my NT home. While decluttering, I can also have music in my ears.


  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, let me do that tomorrow.


  14. Act 2


  15. EXT. ROADS - DAY


  16. Peter is driving his WIFE. The car radio is breaking news.


  17. PETER (V.O.): Oh, an actor has passed away due to stomach cancer. He was 67.


  18. Pausing.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm turning 67 soon.


  20. INT. STUDY - LATER


  21. Relaxing on a sofa, Peter is reading Quora notifications.


  22. PETER (V.O.): Here's an interesting one.


  23. On phone screen, we see: What is a list of things you want to do/accomplish when there are 99 days to live?


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm living my life. I've no regret if I don't have another day.


  26. Pausing.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The life expectancy of people in Hong Kong is around 85 years of age. I haven't had my bucket list yet.


  28. Pausing.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But if I knew I've just another 99 days to live, the first thing I'll do is to prepare my bucket list, disposing of my legacy.


  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The second thing I'll do is to complete my unfinished works eg songs and music videos. No one can do that for me.


  32. Pausing.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And the third thing I'll do is to complete my decluttering early. I've been doing that, but the job is never done.


  34. Peter types on his phone.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me share my answer with my 1000 odd followers.


  36. Peter types: It might be resonating...


  37. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - DAY


  38. Sitting room. After tidying a messy corner and turning on a lamp, Peter places a bluetooth speaker on top of a lecturn.


  39. PETER (V.O.): Looks good.


  40. As Peter taps his phone, we hear: Bluetooth is connected. Peter then taps a video icon, we hear oldies with extreme bass.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sounds good.


  42. Peter then sits in a rattan swivel chair opposite to the speaker.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I feel at home, and not in a storeroom now.


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, I haven't cleaned the chair for a long time. Let it also enjoy some sunshine.


  46. Peter then takes the rattan swivel chair to the front garden.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My late wife and I bought this chair in 1983. The cushion is relatively new though.


  48. Peter takes a deep breath.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To sustain this humble corner, I need to buy a USB plug socket to re-charge the speaker and my phones.


  50. Act 3


  51. INT. HOUSEHOLD STORE - LATER


  52. Holding a USB plug socket and an electric glass kettle, Peter pays at the cashier.


  53. PETER (V.O.): I need an electric kettle to boil water as my home's gas supply has been cut due to leakage.


  54. INT. KITCHEN - LATER


  55. Peter boils water with the kettle.


  56. PETER (V.O.): When the boiled water is cooled, I can make ice in the fridge. It's like summer time now.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): With electricity and boiled water, my house is habitable now.


  59. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  60. Peter looks at phone images, depicting his home corner.


  61. PETER (V.O.): The humble corner looks beautiful to me.


  62. Pausing.


  63. PETER (V.O.): I'll go back to more often. It's my first home.


  64. FADE OUT.


  65. THE END



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