top of page
  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Senior Children's Day

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 10:00

  4. PETER is having screen time.

  5. PETER (V.O): I see that my matriculation classmates are interacting. Let me check what's happening.

  6. Tapping a "Sailingers" chat group, Peter sees a cartoon picture featuring white-haired men and women with the caption: Happy Senior Children's Day!

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, today is Children's Day.

  8. Recalling.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was a primary school pupil, I thought something good might happen to me on Children's Day.

  10. Recalling.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But, it was just another day.

  12. Clicking a video clip, Peter sees a MAN (70) and a little GIRL (7) speaking.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My friend has got a lovely daughter. She was in kindergarten the last time I saw her.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. RESTAURANT - 13:30

  16. Peter is checking the menu.

  17. PETER (V.O.): Let me order the oily Stir-fried Beef Flat Noodles.

  18. Peter does his order at the cashier.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My excuse is Happy Senior Children's Day!

  20. EXT. ESTATE STREETS - 13:45

  21. Traffic lights. While waiting, Peter takes a photo of a kindergarten nearby.

  22. PETER (V.O.): That's the kindergarten where my younger children went.

  23. Recalling.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe the chain's first kindergarten was at Tin Ha Road where I walked past it day in and day out in the 1960s.

  25. Recalling.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was curious about it. I dropped out of kindergarten but had no problem to be admitted to primary school.

  27. Recalling.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yesterday, I watched the 2015 Hong Kong film "Little Big Master". A kindergarten graduation scene struck me.

  29. Recalling.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When my elder daughter was graduating from kindergarten, she chose not to perform on stage at all.

  31. INT. SHOP, CAUSEWAY BAY - 15:00

  32. Having scanned a QR code on Peter's phone screen, a SHOPKEEPER passes him a box containing a Bluetooth speaker.

  33. PETER (V.O.): The product's series has 6 colours. I want to collect them all. My kiddy way to celebrate the Senior Children's Day!


  35. Walkway. Peter sees "HKU 111th Anniversary" logos here and there.

  36. PETER (V.O.): It was a dream come true when I was admitted in 1981.

  37. Pausing.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When compared to my alma mater, I'm just one of its senior children.

  39. Law library. A young STUDENT sees Peter reading at a corner.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is it encouraging or discouraging to see a white-hair guy reading here?

  41. Later, Peter helps himself at a self-service lending machine. Then, we hear an annoying sound.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What's wrong? I think I've entered the correct password.

  43. A STAFF nearby assists Peter.

  44. STAFF: Oh, someone may have reserved the book you wish to borrow...

  45. PETER: OK! It doesn't really matter.

  46. PETER (V.O.): It's just my bad habit.

  47. INT. STUDIO 19:00

  48. Comparing his new light blue Bluetooth speaker with another one on a desk, Peter looks puzzled.

  49. PETER (V.O): Both are light blue. I thought the one I bought earlier was dark blue.

  50. Pausing.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Have I matured into senility?

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. STUDY - 20:00

  54. Working on a laptop, Peter surfs the web.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I recall Children's Day is celebrated on different days in different countries or territories.

  56. Peter reads a table on screen.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Only Taiwan and Hong Kong observe Children's Day on 4 April. I understand the historical reasons.

  58. Scrolling down the table, Peter stops at a row.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Mainland China and Macau observe Children's Day on 1 June. That was visionary!

  60. Re-watching the cartoon picture of "Happy Senior Children's Day!" and the video clip featuring his friend and his lovely daughter, Peter smiles.

  61. FADE OUT

  62. THE END

5 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page