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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Sept 26

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Waking up, PETER checks his phone.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Today is Saturday, Sept 26. The date was special. What was it? Anyway.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I slept pretty well. Yesterday, I sent my draft arbitration decision to the secretariat to review the format. No more intensive intellectual activities for a while.

  8. Pausing.

  9. Pausing. (C.O.) (Cont'd): I also got a festive gift hamper to collect in my chambers. And I'm also awaiting some papers from the the Duty Lawyer Service.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.): Traffic is generally easy on Saturday morning. Yes, see if I can arrange to take a 25-year old car to the government designated car testing centre. The car's licence expires on Oct 2.

  12. INT. STUDY - DAY

  13. Phone in hand, Peter is listening to a phone answering machine.

  14. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the car testing service has been suspended? I've been going there for years.

  15. Peter surfs the web.

  16. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me try this alternative.

  17. After making a call, Peter looks happy.

  18. Act 2


  20. As he waits, Peter checks his mail.

  21. PETER (V.O.): Oh, the papers I've been waiting have arrived in my chambers.

  22. Then, MECHANIC#1 (50s) approaches Peter with a paper report in hand.

  23. MECHANIC#1: After exam, your car failed the test. Here're the problem areas.

  24. Peter nods, getting the report and driving away a silver coupe.


  26. After talking to MECHANIC#2 (30s), Peter leaves his silver coupe and walks away.

  27. PETER (V.O.) : It's good that the car's problem areas have been identified and that I've arranged to have the problems fixed.

  28. Thinking.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'd seize the time and go back to chambers now.


  31. Carrying a gift hamper with both hands, Peter is leaving.

  32. PETER (V.O.): I'm glad that I've done all the tasks that are within my control.

  33. INT. STUDY - DAY

  34. Working before his computer, Peter is recalling.

  35. PETER (V.O.): I believe Sept 26 has something to do with the draft Sino-British Joint Declaration.

  36. Peter surfs that web.

  37. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): My memory still serves me right. The draft Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed on Sept 26, 1984.

  38. Recalling.

  39. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): My late wife and I bought our first home in NT in 1983 when nobody was buying any property. Hong Kong's future was very uncertain then.

  40. Recalling.

  41. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But we had housing need. And so we bought one when we afford the down payment. It was the buyer's market.

  42. Recalling.

  43. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Soon, the mortgage interest rate skyrocketed to 18.5%. It was a huge burden just to pay the interest.

  44. Recalling.

  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): At one point, I regretted buying the apparent cheap property. But there was no way out.

  46. Recalling.

  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The Sino-British negotiations regarding the future of Hong Kong were on-going and there wasn't any positive news.

  48. Recalling.

  49. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I was reading the final year of my LLB study at HKU. An optional paper that I took was Chinese law.

  50. Recalling.

  51. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It was a relatively easy subject as there wasn't much law to read. But the study broadened my legal horizon on socialist legal systems.

  52. Recalling.

  53. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): In Sept 1984, my wife and I even rented a sub-divided unit in Wanchai. She could walk to her Music Office and I was doing my PCLL at HKU.

  54. Recalling.

  55. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It was a great experience for us as we used to travelling from NT to urban Hong Kong.

  56. Recalling.

  57. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Those were some of the happiest moments of our partnership.

  58. Sighing.

  59. Act 3


  61. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): With the signing of the draft Sino-British Joint Declaration on Sept 26, the future of Hong Kong became less uncertain.

  62. Pausing.

  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sept 26 was indeed a very special day in 1984. And that was some 36 years ago.

  64. Pausing.

  65. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The Sino-British Joint Declaration was like a gift hamper to people living in Hong Kong.

  66. Pausing.

  67. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): My heartfelt thanks to the gift-hamper sender.

  68. FADE OUT.

  69. THE END

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