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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Pineapple-like

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. CAFE DE BEANS, SHEUNG SHUI - NOON (Sept 24, 2021)


  4. PETER in casual wear is queuing at the entrance.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I don't know about this "ice house", but I see a queue.


  6. Later, after being led inside, Peter reads the menu.


  7. PETER (VO.) (Cont'd): Ah! It has Fried Noodles Vegetable Deluxe.


  8. Recalling.


  9. PETER (VO.) (Cont'd): When I was a part-time hotel waiter, I recommend this noodles dish to guests.


  10. Recalling.


  11. PETER (VO.) (Cont'd): While I was working in Wanchai, I had this noodles dish as lunch regularly.


  12. Reading.


  13. PETER (VO.) (Cont'd): Ah! It has Iced Pineapple... Tolo Harbour Style?


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. EXT. 23 1/2 Miles, CASTLE PEAK ROAD- NOON (1964)


  17. At the entrance Park U Middle School, Peter (10) gets close to a HAWKER (20s) with an ice box fixed on his bicycle.


  18. PETER: One slice of Iced Pineapple please.


  19. Peter pays 10 cents as the hawker passes him a slice of Iced Pineapple in a translucent bag.


  20. PETER (V.O.): He's the "ice-cream boy" living in my village. His home has a big fridge! My family hasn't a fridge.


  21. Unwrapping the bag carefully, Peter begins to sip the pineapple juice before eating the slice very slowly.


  22. END FLASHBACK


  23. PETER (V.O.): I was half-way back to my primary school - Po Kok - after lunch. If I had 10 cents to buy it, it'd make my day.


  24. Recalling.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can still remember the bitter taste of the bag. The pineapple juice sweetens it. That was my Iced Pineapple - Hung Shui Kiu Style!


  26. Having scanned the QR code, Peter taps icons to do his order.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Technology is part of everyday life.


  28. Later, WAITRESS#1 places on Peter's table a slice of pineapple in a glass full of dry ice smoke.


  29. CUSTOMER#1: What's that?


  30. PETER (V.O.): The fog effect is Tolo Harbour Style.


  31. Soon thereafter, a dish of Fried Noodles Vegetables Deluxe is placed before Peter. He samples it.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Delicious! Exactly the taste that I miss.


  33. Quickly, not a bit is left.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I like fried stuff, but I also want to be healthy. This is a good mix.


  35. Recalling.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For many years after 1992, I didn't eat meat.


  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I drank a lot of carrot juice. I believed it might boost my immunity and might provide anti-cancer effects.


  39. Recalling.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Later, when I learned that eating lemon pulps might be good for gut health, I began eating them.


  41. Smiling.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I once did it in front of a friend. I can still remember her impossible facial gestures.

  43. Pausing.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When life gives me lemons, I just swallow them - tasting one of life's flavours.


  45. Pausing.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And then I may add honey and water to get a cleansing feeling.


  47. Pausing.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's how I stay positive in adversities.


  49. Act 3


  50. INT. CAFE DE BEANS, SHEUNG SHUI - TODAY


  51. Peter in a black suit is finishing the Fried Noodles Vegetables Deluxe.


  52. PETER (V.O.): Having done hectic court work, I come here again to reward myself.


  53. Peter begins to enjoy the Iced Pineapple - Tolo Harbour Style.


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Pineapple is sweet on the inside.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.): Before peeling, its external appearance is symbolic - wearing a crown and standing tall.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This is how I'm leading my pineapple-like life.


  59. Peter looks content.


  60. FADE OUT.


  61. THE END


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