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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Me-Time

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 10:00


  4. Smart phone in hand, PETER is checking Quora.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I've got many new answer requests each day.


  6. Scrolling down, Peter sees a notification from Quora.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): 198 people have requested my answers to questions this week?


  8. Tapping a request on screen, Peter inserts an image and types.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've never counted. I just share my knowledge, wisdom and insight.


  10. Repeats.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This is my way to a leave a legacy behind.


  12. Later, Peter packs his swimming gear and a car jump starter.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me now spend some time with myself.


  14. Act 2


  15. EXT. GOLDEN BEACH - 12:15


  16. Arriving. Peter checks the digital display of time/temperature near a lifeguard tower. We see 12:15 and 34.6°

  17. PETER (V.O.): I haven't come here for over a week now.


  18. Having inflated and worn his cyber-green buoy, Peter swims towards an outer corner of the swimming area.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's cool. I'm clearing my mind too.


  20. Returning to the beach later, Peter checks the digital display again.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Okay, I've swum non-stop for over 45 minutes. The temperature has risen 2°?


  22. INT. LAKESIDE RESTAURANT - 13:30


  23. Sitting in a corner facing the lake, Peter is enjoying Seafood Rice in Soup, sipping Ice Orange Drink at times.


  24. PETER (V.O.):Good food and drink. Good mood!


  25. EXT/INT. PETER'S NT HOME - 14:30


  26. Having parked his silver coupe by the roadside, Peter goes to the driveway to start his SMART car. We hear engine-cranking sounds.


  27. PETER (V.O.): Although not swift, it still manages to start. Good!


  28. After moving the SMART car to the front garden, Peter goes to his S13, presses a button near the roof and sees the cabin light.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It seems Okay...


  30. As Peter switches to start the car, we hear a few weak dying sounds.


  31. PETER: Oh!


  32. Getting the jump starter, Peter opens the car hood, connects the cables to the battery and then re-starts the car. We hear strong engine cranking sounds.


  33. PETER (V.O.): Done!


  34. Moving the car towards the front gate, Peter turns on a tap and uses a water hose to spray his cars.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They deserve a good bath!


  36. Later, at the 2/F terrace, Peter spots some spalling concrete along the drainage.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Perhaps, it's too hot. Let me go and buy some waterproof material to fix it.


  38. G/F. As Peter takes out a white bike, its front fender comes off.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I haven't ridden it for over 10 years. I accept any fair, wear and tear.


  40. EXT. ESTATE ROADS - 15:45


  41. Riding the white bike and staring at the fender-less front wheel, Peter recalls something.


  42. PETER (V.O.): During primary school days, I rented bikes. They didn't have any fender at all.


  43. Twisting the dial forward, Peter changes the bike gears.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They still work! Surprise!


  45. INT. MALL STORE - 16:00


  46. Having talked to the PROPRIETOR, Peter leaves.


  47. PETER (V.O.): She doesn't have small portions of waterproof concrete to sell today.


  48. Getting on his bike, Peter rides again.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'll come again the next time round.


  50. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - 17:30


  51. Penthouse. Cleaning an electric organ, Peter turns it on to play and we hear music.


  52. PETER (V.O.): It still works. I should use it to compose new songs.


  53. Act 3


  54. INT. STUDY - 20:00


  55. Watching TV, Peter also works on his laptop.

  56. PETER (V.O.): For the past four decades or so, I didn't seem to value my time.

  57. Thinking.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not just be good to others, I should be good to myself too.


  59. Reflecting.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I do value my me-time now.


  61. THE END


  62. FADE OUT







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