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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Refreshing Experience

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. FIRE & AMBULANCE SERVICE ACADEMY - MORNING


  4. STAFF at gates. Observing PETER in suit driving in, STAFF#1 greets Peter.


  5. PETER: I'll come here to teach.


  6. STAFF#1: Are you a doctor?

  7. PETER: I'm a lawyer.


  8. STAFF#1: Just find a parking lot near the aeroplane.


  9. PETER: An aeroplane?


  10. STAFF#1: Yes, go straight and then turn right.


  11. PETER: OK!


  12. Peter drives inside.


  13. PETER (V.O.): What aeroplane is it?


  14. Art 2


  15. EXT. FIRE & AMBULANCE SERVICE ACADEMY - CONTINOUS


  16. Peter drives slowly, observing the environment.


  17. PETER (V.O.): Ah! I can see it.


  18. We see a mockup aeroplane on the ground.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Its cockpit looks like an A380 but its third engine at the fin looks like a DC10.


  20. Having parked, Peter walks around and takes photos.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There're other mockups.


  22. Pausing.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, the firefighters have to be trained to deal with all sorts of emergencies. Interesting place!


  24. Peter enters the Teaching Block.


  25. INT. FIRE & AMBULANCE SERVICE ACADEMY - AFTERNOON


  26. Entering a canteen floor, Peter and a LADY see uniformed TRAINEES having meals. They approach a CASHIER.


  27. CASHIER: This floor is for trainees. Please go up to the 4th floor.


  28. As they walk pass the trainees, some TRAINEES begin to greet them in a disciplined fashion.


  29. TRAINEES: Good afternoon Sir! Good afternoon Madam!


  30. PETER & LADY: Good afternoon.


  31. LADY: They believe we're their senior officers.

  32. PETER (V.O.): No one has greeted me like that before. What a refreshing experience!


  33. At the officers' canteen, Peter takes a photo of the menu.


  34. LADY: What's the point?


  35. PETER: I haven't seen such inexpensive lunch sets before!


  36. As food is put on the table, Peter can't wait to try it.


  37. PETER (V.O.): Reasonably good.


  38. Beat.


  39. STUDENTS, Peter and the lady are inside Lecture Room.


  40. PETER (V.O.): I plan to start off with my afternoon lecture with a refreshing experience to the students.


  41. Peter invites the lady to sing a bit of a song. She sings the intro of Sometimes When We touch. Stopping, we hear a round of applause.


  42. Then, Peter takes out his guitar from a gig bag and begins to play, rather awkwardly.


  43. PETER (V.O.): Oh, I couldn't remember the chords and lyrics of my own favourite song!


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me try again.


  46. Act 3.


  47. EXT. FIRE & AMBULANCE SERVICE ACADEMY - CONTINUOUS


  48. Peter plays and sings another song reasonably well. We hear a round of applause.


  49. PETER: I just want to showcase that there's creativity in us. It's difficult to innovate though. Intellectual property protects the results of creativity and innovation.


  50. Beat.


  51. As Peter bows to the students, we hear a round of applause.


  52. PETER (V.O.): When was the last time I lectured like this?


  53. Recalling.


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the late 1980s, I taught at HKU in the evenings - three hours each.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Six hours in a day? That was the time when I was a teacher in a secondary school. I was 19-20 then.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can still make it after so many years.


  59. INT. PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL - NIGHT


  60. Peter enters the pool.


  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I need another refreshing experience.


  62. FADE OUT.


  63. THE END



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