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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Like a Song

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 10:00

  4. Looking out of the window, PETER sees a gloomy sky.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I'm in high spirits though.

  6. Peter taps a chat group on his smart phone screen.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yesterday, my family was very happy to learn that my elder daughter had passed her initial written and driving tests in Japan.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She wasn't sure if she could master 500 questions to score 90/100 marks and the basic driving skills.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having got a limited licence she has begun learning driving in public roads now.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Whether she gets a full licence would depend on her performance on June 15. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. RESTAURANT - 12:30

  16. Crowded. Peter is enjoying food on hot plates alone.

  17. PETER (V.O.): When I was with the Government, I had many business luncheons.

  18. Recalling.

  19. 'PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I was free, I'd either have a lunch box in my big office or eat out in a small restaurant in Wan Chai.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since the pandemic, I'd eat out if circumstances permit.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Business here is better now.

  24. INT. KITCHEN - 13:30

  25. Scooping out the soft flesh of a papaya to eat, Peter also listens to the radio news.

  26. PETER (V.O.): Oh, the Government has announced the second batch of recognized medical qualifications, enabling doctors from non-local universities to practise in Hong Kong public hospitals.

  27. Surfing the web with his smart phone, Peter finds an e-list, reads it and then sends it to his family chat group.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The University where my second son and his girlfriend are studying is on the list!

  29. Smiling.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although it isn't unforeseen, it's nice that our expectations are met.

  31. Peter sees a reaction on screen.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's from my wife. She's very happy.

  33. Pausing.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Wanting to rebuild my family, I took the risk to love again, back in 1993.

  35. INT. STUDIO - 16:00

  36. Having connected a red Fender Stratocaster with a Fender guitar amplifier, Peter tunes it before strumming chords in the Key of C.

  37. PETER (V.O.): I haven't played my song "Uplifting Everybody" for a long time.

  38. Later, Peter tracks his investment shown on a Yahoo!Finance list on his smart phone screen.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There's 2.24% rebound of stocks traded in Hong Kong today.

  40. Peter checks his "Day's gain" on screen: +2.49% (in green)

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I do a bit better than the market.

  42. We see Peter's "Total gain" on screen: -5.82% (in red)

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm happy that I'm losing less.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Taking the financial risk, I've been experimenting and learning in stock investment.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I'm able to leave a tangible legacy to my family, whatever actions I take now will have an impact.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know now that if I'm no longer able to change a situation, I change myself.

  50. Peter plays a guitar riff in the Key of A Minor.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. STUDY - 20:30

  53. Peter takes a look of a harmonica near him.

  54. PETER (V.O.): Family is where life begins.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When family members have successfully mastered tasks in one stage, they'll move to the next.

  57. Thinking.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Family is like a song - with some high notes, some low notes - but always beautiful.

  59. Pausing.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Family is also where love never ends.

  61. Looking out of the window, Peter sees city lights.

  62. THE END

  63. FADE OUT

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