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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

My Own Company

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. ROADS TO NT - MORNING


  4. Driving his numeric-blue SMART, PETER checks the mileage at the dashboard.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I bought this car in 2003 and its mileage is still under 30,000 km.


  6. EXT. GOLDEN COAST CAR PARK - LATER


  7. Having parked the car, Peter takes an image of himself through the reflection of the car's rear window.


  8. PETER (V.O.): Yes, that's me.


  9. EXT. SWIMMING AREA, GOLDEN COAST BEACH - LATER


  10. Peter swims around the whole area.


  11. PETER (V.O.): I enjoy swimming in the sea. I won't be swimming here for at least a week. I'm going to take my 2nd jab tomorrow.


  12. Peter swims back to the shore.


  13. Act 2


  14. INT. LAKESIDE RESTUARANT - NOON


  15. Peter is having steamed rice topped with a grilled eel fillet.


  16. PETER (V.O.): As I can't have it in Japan, I'm having Unadon here. But the taste makes me yearn to visit Japan.

  17. Peter sips his ice coffee.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This freshly-brewed one is excellent though.


  19. Pausing.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'll have ice creams and lolly sticks at home later.


  21. Reflecting.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This is how I enjoy my simple life now.


  23. EXT. ESTATE LAKE - AFTERNOON


  24. Walking around, Peter observes the fish swimming in the water.


  25. PETER (V.O.): When my late wife and I first bought our home here in 1983, boat-hire services were available here.


  26. Peter takes a look of the boathouse.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No one would run a money-losing business.


  28. Recalling.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's why I went rowing at Ueno Park in Tokyo.


  30. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - AFTERNOON


  31. Sitting Room, G/F. Background music. Peter turns on an air-conditioner.


  32. PETER (V.O.): This air-conditioner was installed in 1983, and it's still functioning well.


  33. Sitting in a revolving sofa, Peter begins to enjoy his ice cream and ice lollies.


  34. PETER (V.O.): I like sweet stuff.


  35. Recalling.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although few can entertain me more than I do, I entertained some answer requests in Quora before leaving my city home.


  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Someone asked me what was the best hidden bonus I found in my home after living here for years?


  39. Pausing.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I read other answers. They're long narratives - all about windfall.


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I just inserted a photo taken from the balcony with two words: Loving Memory.


  43. Pausing.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This is actually what I find whenever I come back.


  45. Peter begins his decluttering.


  46. Act 3


  47. EXT. ROADS TO CITY - NIGHT


  48. Peter is driving his signal-red Nissan S13.


  49. PETER (V.O.): This morning, I heard a medical expert's opinion on vaccination safety.


  50. Pausing.


  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He noted that the casualty rate didn't increase with the increase of vaccination rate. Thus, there's no casual link between the two.


  52. Pausing.


  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not just scientific, but consoling. I should still have some time.


  54. Taking a look at the dashboard, Peter checks the car's mileage.


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I bought this coupe in 1989, its mileage is still under 130,000 km. I should like to increase that.


  56. Peter accelerates.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've spent too many years putting others' interest before me.


  58. Reflecting.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm alone, enjoying the pleasure of my own company!


  60. FADE OUT.


  61. THE END



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