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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Notes of Adventure

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 09:22

  4. Sunlight peeks through curtains. Lying in bed, PETER slowly opens his eyes, stretches and yearns. He takes a look of the table clock.

  5. PETER (V.O): I don't have any appointment today. To start off with some extra sleep is nice.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd):  Oh, I've forgotten my dreams. They must have no strong emotional significance to me.

  8. INT. LIVING ROOM - 10:30

  9. Peter notices some notes on the table. He picks them up to read.

  10. PETER (V.O): I see. They're notes of adventure. My wife has worked out the details of the places where we'd visit from Tokyo to Niigata and return.

  11. Pausing.

  12. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): That's about our April travel. I'll do my March solo travel next week.

  13. Act 2

  14. INT. DINING ROOM - 11:00

  15. Peter and his WIFE are having McDonalds.

  16. WIFE: How do you find the CX Vintage Pass offer.

  17. PETER: It's worth considering. You want to visit Paris to buy luxury bags, right?

  18. WIFE: We've to avoid the Paris Games 2024.

  19. PETER : The Olympic Games will be held from July 26 to August 11.

  20. WIFE: We can go in late August then...Meanwhile, I'll go to do my facial.

  21. INT. LIVING ROOM - 13:00

  22. Taking the piano seat, Peter begins to play a familiar tune: Around the World.

  23. PETER (V.O): Playing each note with precision and clarity has been a challenge to me, not to mention its articulation.

  24. Peter refers to an online piano tutorial and the sheet music from time to time.

  25. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): With regular practice, patience and perseverance, I believe I can master the intricacies of "Around the World" in the end.

  26. Later, his wife returns. Peter stops practising.

  27. PETER: You come back so soon...

  28. WIFE: I've been away for over two hours... I think we should do our flight bookings without delay.

  29. They sit together in a sofa, focusing on the laptop screen.

  30. PETER: Okay. As we'll begin taking the weekly class in Korean, the maximum days we can travel is six days.

  31. PETER (Cont'd): The Vintage Pass requires buying two separate trips.

  32. WIFE: I haven't been to Hokkaido for many years.

  33. PETER (V.O): On two occasions, I persuaded my sons to join me. Otherwise, I travelled solo, as I loved to see the Snow Festivals there.

  34. Peter's wife begins to track flights and then they see the price: $78,320.

  35. WIFE: For six-day trips, especially the one to Paris, it isn't value for money.

  36. PETER: But six days are good enough for shopping.

  37. WIFE: Saving the travel cost, I can buy a nice bag in Hong Kong.

  38. PETER: If that's the consideration, we'd only fly economy class...

  39. WIFE: Let's fix the travels we must do during the year...I need to fly to Seoul to rent a Korean wedding dress of a mother-in-law.

  40. We see Peter's wife doing bookings to Sapporo as well.

  41. PETER: Just treat the second trip as a complementary one and you'll see value for money.

  42. PETER (V.O): Actually, I don't mind spending more money if my wife would travel with me.

  43. WIFE: Done! But I won't give up booking the Paris trip plus an adventure somewhere...

  44. Noticing CX notifications in his mobile, Peter checks the small prints.

  45. PETER (V.O): Yes, our trips to Sapporo and Seoul... I'd better make notes of our adventure.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): My wife is determined not to work in retirement. We dare to live the life we've always wanted.

  48. Smiling.

  49. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): My wife has encouraged me to follow suit...

  50. Peter resumes practising the piano.

  51. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Living a life without music and adventure is unlikely to be satisfying.

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. BEDROOM - 22:00

  54. Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "Notes of Adventure" to a draft.

  55. PETER (V.O): It takes me a lot of effort to play the notes of a musical piece well. To travel well, it's handy to jot down notes of adventure.

  56. As Peter turns on a pair of Bluetooth stereo speakers, we hear oldies with extra bass sounds.

  57. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Both the musical element and the sense of exploration bring excitement to me.

  58. We hear the lyrics of a song "...I've got this burning, burning, yearning feeling inside me..."

  59. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Yes, there's a delightful blend of music and travel.

  60. FADE OUT

  61. THE END

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