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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Most Alive

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 08:30

  4. In bed, KAJI, the family pet, is licking Peter's nose.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Yes, that's a better way than barking at me.

  6. Peter does his morning routines.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Today, I've two HKUST Committee meetings to attend.

  8. Grabbing his smart phone, Peter checks the App "MyObservatory".

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If it's cool, I'll wear a beanie hat.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It hides my white hair.

  12. Smiling.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not sure if I'd look cool.

  14. Act 2


  16. Heading in the direction of the Hong Kong Club building, Peter sees a cascade on the side.

  17. PETER (V.O.): I like the imagination projected onto water and rock in the urban context.

  18. Peter stops to take a photo of it.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In my early 20s, I wanted to uplift myself to become a professionaI. I thought about to become a landscape architect.

  20. Recalling.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was living in the NT, landscape architecture was like gardening to me.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To make human architecture part of the natural landscape requires higher level of skill and judgment though.


  25. HKUST COMMITTEE#1 is transacting its business.

  26. PETER (V.O.): There're a couple of architects and engineers here.

  27. Pausing.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Just then, I've made a wild suggestion to create possible value in future.

  29. Pausing.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Two days ago, I got information that the Civil Aviation Administration of China had issued a special flight permit for the XPeng X2 - a flying car model.

  31. The meeting ends at 12:40.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My next HKUST Committee meeting will begin at 14:00.


  34. HKUST COMMITTEE#2 is transacting its business.

  35. PETER (V.O.): The presenters and many of their team members have PhDs in science and technology from prestigious universities.

  36. Pausing.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't even have one in arts or in law from any university.

  38. Recalling.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I did consider the possibility after getting my 1st BA and my 2nd LLM.

  40. Reflecting.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But life is like a cascade - always moving but the flow can be uneven.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Upon retirement, I did consider reviving the idea.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): All factors considered, I've accepted that life doesn't flow backwards.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Instead of developing a thesis for years for the sake of the degree, I prefer writing and publishing on topics that I love.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, I can't cascade the exciting information I'm getting right now, as I've to keep them in confidence.

  50. Act 3

  51. INT. BEDROOM - 22:00

  52. Peter checks a cascade image on his phone screen.

  53. PETER (V.O.): Any cascade can't be silent.

  54. Pausing.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As an old man, when I speak, I sometimes feel my voice of power.

  56. Smiling.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, go wherever and do whatever I feel most alive.

  58. We see Kaji getting onto the bed.

  59. THE END

  60. FADE OUT

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