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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

May 15

Updated: May 17, 2021

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 0:00 - 1:00

  4. In bed, Peter's listening to radio. We hear: ...the final hour of the final show...

  5. PETER (V.O.): It's Uncle Ray's last show, ending at 1.00am on May 15, 2021

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was 7 years ago today I turned 60 and ceased active civil service.

  8. We hear guests chatting with Uncle Ray.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Once in a while, I would dial in and make a request.

  10. We hear Uncle Ray reporting the weather before the time check.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I rang 2338 8266 soon after his final show began. I was excited that my line was connected - 4 times - but no one picked up my calls. And then the line became busy.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've tried.


  15. Peter types on his phone.

  16. PETER (V.O.): Since Summer 2019, I've become pretty active in Quora. My answers have so far attracted over 6.9 million views.

  17. Peter continues to type.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This is one of my ways to capture and deliver value to all.

  19. Peter checks other incoming phone messages.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, friends have sent me Happy Birthday wishes. Their wishes make me happy.

  21. Pausing

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As to how to stay healthy, I swim each day to make myself a priority.

  23. Pausing.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I won't go to the beach today. I'd just swim in the estate swimming pool, saving the inconvenience and the travelling time.


  26. Rather crowded. Peter is swimming.

  27. PETER (V.O.): This pool reopened on May 1. Before that, I swam in a nearby public swimming pool. It reopened after April Fools day.

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sometimes, there're long queues and bumping into one another wasn't unexpected.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But it was still better than not having the swimming facilities.

  32. Recalling.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I jogged for months before that and got knee pain.

  34. Peter does backstrokes.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Before the pandemic, I travelled at least once a month. I'm glad that I've made over 70 trips in a row.

  36. Peter does a few butterfly strokes.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Then I treated my study as a 1st class plane cabin. And for the past couple of months, I've taken my staycations in my NT home.

  38. Peter leaves.


  40. Peter is watching a French film.

  41. PETER (V.O.): The last time I visited France was Summer of 2014.

  42. Watching.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Some of the scenes aren't unfamiliar to me.

  44. Then we hear from the TV set:...It all began on May 15...

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What a co-incidence! I bought the DVD months ago and didn't have the time and mood to watch it. And today....


  47. Peter is having dinner with FAMILY.

  48. PETER (V.O.): My elder daughter sent me her good wishes in the afternoon.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm looking forward to our skype communication after dinner.

  51. Later, the FAMILY reunites via the web.

  52. PETER (To screen): The last time we met was Chinese New Year Day...

  53. DAUGHTER (On screen): I'm keeping all my options open...Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea...

  54. PETER: Yes, focus on the positive, treat any obstacles as temporary setback...

  55. Act 3


  57. As family members take turns to talk to the screen, a birthday cake is put on the table.

  58. WIFE: Make a wish!

  59. PETER: I wish I can work for another 30 years!

  60. WIFE: Good! Good for the family!


  62. Peter is in bed.

  63. PETER (V.O.): Having worked for 40 years with government, I retired. Then, I had a few years on a frolic of my own. Since 2017, I've been in private practice.

  64. Pausing.

  65. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Uncle Ray is 30 years my senior in age. I really hope that I could having the privilege to work for another 30 years.

  66. FADE OUT.

  67. THE END

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