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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.


  22. INT. HK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - 11:30


  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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