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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Navigating Life's Third Act

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. LIVING ROOM - 09:45

  4. Sitting on a sofa, PETER stares intensely at stock prices shown on his mobile screen.

  5. PETER (V.O): Hmm, the market is looking good now.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I'd seize the opportunity to trade some of my stocks.

  8. Logging in securities trading apps, Peter checks his portfolio, makes an order and checks the status.

  9. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): The order is executed. Done!

  10. Peter checks the time.

  11. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Time to drive up a car from the underground car park. I always make life easier for my family.

  12. Exiting.

  13. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): My son-in-law-to-be is returning to Seoul, having had a short break in Hong Kong and watching IU's concert in Hong Kong.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. ROADS TO AIRPORT - 11:00

  16. Peter is driving his WIFE, their elder DAUGHTER and SON-IN-LAW-TO-BE. We hear conversations in Cantonese, Japanese, and Korean.

  17. PETER (V.O.): It was through learning Japanese that brought our elder daughter and son-in-law-to-be together.

  18. Chatting.

  19. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I can chat a little with them in Japanese.

  20. Chatting.

  21. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): My wife and I are learning Korean seriously. Our small talks in Korean are serious stuff for us as we aim to pass the exams.


  23. Before the departure hall. Peter, his wife, their elder daughter and son-in-law-to-be pose for a selfie together.

  24. PETER (V.O): Last Friday night, he came. When we're together in Buzan and Seoul in Feb, I realised I'd become a father-in-law again.

  25. SON-IN-LAW-TO-BE: See you all soon.

  26. As Peter's son-in-law-to-be heads through the security check point, Peter notices their elder daughter is still taking images of her darling.

  27. PETER (V.O): I've no doubt they're deeply in love! And we love them dearly too!

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Actually, our elder daughter will continue to stay in Hong Kong just for a few more days.

  30. INT. STUDY - 15:30

  31. Sitting before a laptop, Peter is surrounded by stakes of letters and papers.

  32. PETER (V.O): I've already delayed in my bookkeeping. I shouldn't miss the deadline in filing my tax return.

  33. Pausing.

  34. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I never like accounting. The winding down of my operations now is making my annual task easier.

  35. INT. STUDY - 17:00

  36. Tapping the Duolingo app in his mobiles by his side, Peter begins to practise Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and German.

  37. PETER (V.O): I've done some exercises in Japanese and Korean earlier.

  38. Practising.

  39. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I won't let my 35-day streak end.

  40. Later, Peter puts aside his mobiles.

  41. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I feel like I'm addicted to learning languages. I need a break.

  42. INT. STUDIO - 19:00

  43. Taking the piano seat, Peter strikes a few notes.

  44. PETER (V.O): Leaning languages, I know how important it is to correct my mistakes.

  45. Pausing.

  46. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I haven't visited the online piano tutorials for a long while, let me see what I've missed.

  47. As Peter is watching video clips on YouTube, he notices incoming emails.

  48. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Oh, mails from HKUST's secretariat...

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): From tomorrow till weekend. I'll be doing voluntary work for HKUST. I can't even go swimming, not to mention returning to my NT home.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. LIVING ROOM - 21:45

  53. Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "Navigating Life's Third Act ..." to a draft.

  54. PETER (V.O): Even at the later stage of my life, I find new opportunities and challenges to actualize myself.

  55. Thinking.

  56. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): They range from financial investment and family relationships to personal passion and voluntary work.

  57. Reflecting.

  58. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Actively engaging them in the Third Act of my life - like a movie's resolution - I strategize and execute, achieving more with less.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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