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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

New Beginnings

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - BEFORE 06:00

  4. PETER wakes up.

  5. PETER (V.O.): It seems that I've slept enough.

  6. Peter checks the time.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's before I slept around 11:00pm last night.

  8. Peter gets out of bed.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Time to begin my early swimming routine.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a way to add more hours in a day, even though today's Saturday.

  12. Act 2


  14. Entrance. People are queuing in lines.

  15. PETER (V.O.): OMG, the quota limit has been reached.

  16. Peter follows the queue.

  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As the session began at 06:30, I'd have to wait until dozens of early swimmers have done their exercises.

  18. Thinking.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To begin a morning by queuing isn't fun. I can't allow waiting to become a habit.

  20. Peter overhears OTHERS chatting.

  21. OTHERS: Tomorrow, we'll come here to queue up well before 06:30...

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Do I've to beat them?


  24. A wet-haired Peter exits. He sees no queues at the entrance.

  25. PETER (V.O.): People come and go after the first wave of intake. I'll come here around this time.

  26. INT. BEDROOM - 09:45

  27. Peter rejoins his WIFE In bed.

  28. PETER (V.O.): My wife wouldn't know I've gone swimming 1000 meters.

  29. EXT. MALL - 11:30

  30. Peter and his WIFE get takeaways from restaurants.

  31. PETER: We enjoy buying breakfasts for our children. They always wake up very late.

  32. INT. DINING ROOM - 11:45

  33. The FAMILY are enjoying breakfast, chatting at the same time.

  34. PETER (V.O.): So pleased to hear that our elder daughter in Japan has got job interviews. I just trust the magic of new beginnings.

  35. Pausing.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): All of our children have overseas exposure, but our elder daughter is the only one who may be working overseas.

  37. Pausing.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's her dream. And now, step by step, she's making it happen.

  39. INT. COLUMBARIUM - 15:15

  40. Peter and his WIFE are inside a cosy room with dozens of compartments for placing urns. They pay particular attention to unit C085.

  41. PETER'S WIFE: Mom! We come here to see you.

  42. PETER (V.O.): Now, we've to accept this imperfect substitute.

  43. They pay their respects. Later, a photo inside a nearby unit catches Peter's attention.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She looks so young.

  45. Pausing.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know such misfortune happens.

  47. Peter takes a deep breath.

  48. Act 3

  49. EXT. GAS STATION - 16:30

  50. Having filled up the tank of his SMART car, Peter pumps its tyre pressure.

  51. PETER (V.O.): I just want things to be in good working order.

  52. EXT. PET GARDEN - 18:00

  53. Peter and his wife are walking KAJI, their pet.

  54. PETER (V.O.): This's what we like - it's good for the body and the soul.

  55. INT. DINNING ROOM - 21:45

  56. Peter's wife presents Spanish Seafood Rice and Pumpkin Soup to the FAMILY.

  57. PETER: Thanks for preparing.

  58. PETER (V.O.): My wife enjoys cooking and eating.

  59. Peter finishes every bit of them.

  60. INT. BED ROOM - 23:00

  61. Peter goes to bed.

  62. .

  63. PETER (V.O.): It's good that I don't have to set any alarm.

  64. Pausing.

  65. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As the day ends, I've a positive thought - life is good and can be better tomorrow.

  66. FADE OUT.

  67. THE END

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