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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Lazy Thursday

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 18:00

  4. Lying on a sofa, PETER looks at his smartphone, which reads "Thursday, 18:00"

  5. PETER (V.O.): It's my lazy Thursday.


  7. A. Roadside. 09:00. Peter sees his WIFE driving away a New Beetle.

  8. B. Study. 09:30. Having set up his iPad Mini, Peter joins an online workshop with camera off and audio muted.

  9. C. Study. 10:30. Grabbing his smartphone, Peter checks his investment list in Yahoo!Finance.

  10. D. Studio. 13:00. At his Clavinova, Peter is playing "Theme from a Summer Place".

  11. E. Restaurant. 14:15. Peter is having a plate of Fried Noodles Singaporean Style.


  13. Act 2


  15. Rather crowded. Peter is swimming in the deep water area.

  16. PETER (V.O.): Swimming here rather than in the sea, I've no concern on my safety.

  17. Swimming slowly.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Unlike sea water, there's no temperature change and my body doesn't have to adjust to it.

  19. Swimming lazily.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The water enveloping my body isn't refreshing. There's no current pushing or pulling me either.

  21. Swimming in circles.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can't get connected to the natural world.

  23. INT. CLUBHOUSE - 19:00

  24. Sitting in a chair, Peter checks featured images at the back page of the South China Morning Post.

  25. PETER (V.O.): Stunning images of the cosmos...

  26. Peter reads the small prints.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're from the James Webb Space Telescope which can hunt first galaxies in the early cosmos.

  28. Peter researches with his smartphone.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Telescope's long infrared wavelength enables it to see light from over 13 billion light years in the past.

  30. Reading.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's 1000 times more powerful than the Hubble Telescope or it can see details of a coin 38 km away.

  32. Pondering.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Beings are made up of the same fundamental particles and energy that exist throughout the cosmos.

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Physically, bodies are composed of atoms that were formed in the hearts of stars through nuclear fusion.

  36. Recalling.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was studying Cosmology, I'd gaze up at the stars and wonder about my role in the cosmos.

  38. Peter researches further.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A potential habitable planet that is 1.2 times the size of Earth is 4.24 light years from Earth.

  40. Pausing.

  41. PETER (V.O.): A light-year is the distance that light travels in a year, which is equivalent to 9.46 trillion km.

  42. Peter investigates further.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Moon is about 384,000km from the Earth while the Sun about 194.6 million km.

  44. Wondering.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How unique are earthly beings, in particular intelligent ones, in the cosmos!

  46. Peter then reads the news in a Chinese newspaper.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, a 60-year old taxi driver was killed and tourist passengers injured in a traffic accident...

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Life granted, making a living isn't easy.

  50. Peter shakes his head sideways.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. STUDY - 23:00

  53. Tapping an AI drawing App in his smartphone, Peter inputs "part of the cosmos".

  54. PETER (V.O.): If I'm lazy this Thursday, it's my relaxed way to enjoy a day on Earth.

  55. Soon, we see a cubist image appearing on screen.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It resembles the data visualisation of the James Watt Space Telescope.

  57. Reflecting.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As part of the cosmos, I'm participating in its evolution on a lazy Thursday.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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