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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Self-Love

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - DAY


  4. The TV is on. PETER isn't watching it. He checks a Quora answer request.


  5. PETER (V.O.): "Are you ever too late or too old to start self-love?" That's the answer request.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've let others to be my priorities. Gradually, I've become one of their options.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Have I ever made myself a priority? I didn't seem to have time to think deep about the matter.


  10. Reflecting.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is falling in love with myself the 1st secret to happiness?


  12. Act 2


  13. INT. STUDY - CONTINUOUS


  14. PETER (V.O.): How one loves oneself should be a cue to let others know how to love back in return.


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT (Earlier)


  17. In bed, Peter opens his eyes.


  18. PETER (V.O.): I suddenly remember some events that I heard about when I was in my teens.


  19. Pausing.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was the early 1960s, a well-to-do neighbour's daughter discontinued her studies suddenly for unknown reasons. She was just 15.


  21. Pausing.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Around that time, I also heard that a relative's teenage daughter left home.


  23. Pausing.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When she returned home after a long absence, she came with her parents to visit us once.


  25. Pausing.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She was quiet and pretty. Later, I heard that had left home again.


  27. Pausing.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She might be a mess. But she was her parents' darling daughter..


  29. Thinking.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Earlier, I responded to a Quoran's request about why we like or love something or somebody.


  31. Pausing.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Physiological and psychological explanation aside, my conceptualization was that liking or loving revolve around procreation and recreation to sustain a better life force.


  33. Thinking.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I couldn't understand the all-powerful cosmic design. Why the bringing about of human off-springs requires a sexual relationship between a man and a woman.


  35. Pausing.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Introspectively, the desire of the man is for the woman. As I'm not a woman, I don't know if the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.


  37. END FLASHBACK


  38. SEQUENCE OF PETER'S ATTENDANCDE OF A WEDDING BANQUET


  39. A. Peter and his WIFE, in smart attires, are having photo sessions with the BRIDE and the BRIDEGROOM, their PARENTS and PARENTS-IN-LAW.


  40. B. The HOSTS and the GUESTS are having good food and drinks.


  41. C. In kneeling positions, both the Bride and Bridegroom present tea to the SENIORS including Peter and his wife.


  42. END SEQUENCE


  43. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  44. The TV is on. Peter isn't watching it.


  45. PETER (V.O.): None of my children have got married yet. I think the marriage institution is mainly for the protection of women.


  46. Pausing.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I married twice.


  48. Reflecting.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If one just loves oneself first, will the rest will fall into place?


  50. Act 3


  51. INT. STUDY - CONTINUOUS


  52. PETER (V.O.): Do I've to unplug myself from the surrounding circumstances for a while to reset myself?


  53. Pausing.


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've to re-think about my priorities, change my outlook and take personal responsibility to love myself.


  55. Reflecting.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But it's a fact that difficult parts live in all of us. In the course of loving myself, I believe I've to accept and embrace them.

  57. Peter mines the Quora answer request.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's never too late or too old to start self-love. Yes, be one's own reason to smile.


  59. Peter types his answer on the phone.


  60. FADE OUT.


  61. THE END


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