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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Sleep Better

  1. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - DAY


  2. Waking up with an outburst, PETER looks disorientated.


  3. PETER (V.O.): I often dream of facing strange problems, there isn't to be any quick fix. I'm so disciplined that I'd ask: "Is this just a dream?" as the quick solution is to wake up.


  4. Wondering.


  5. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How to sleep better? Am I still stressful?


  6. INT. STUDY - DAY


  7. Having checked his phone mails, Peter begins to type on his computer.


  8. PETER (V.O.): Different offices have different practices. I just modify my invoice in the way they like and sign off from the assignment.


  9. Phone rings. Peter takes it and talks a lot.


  10. PETER (To phone): Okay, I'll send the documents you require.


  11. Finishing his unfinished work, Peter scans some papers before sending them.


  12. PETER (V.O.): Okay, I've done all that I need to do. I can now relax and do something different.


  13. Phone in hand, Peter taps Google Photos, selects an image and inserts it in an App's content.


  14. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This is something I've wanted to do several months after my monthly-traveling life. I've been distracted by other matters and am years behind schedule.


  15. Pausing.


  16. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I forgot or got confused with the time and the places that I've been, I've wasted my life. I take memories as just as valuable as present moments. If I don't treasure mine, who cares?


  17. Act 2


  18. INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY


  19. Phone in hand, Peter talks to his WIFE.


  20. PETER: In our last December motoring in Japan, you insisted that we hadn't been to Akita.


  21. Peter shows his wife some small prints on his phone screen.


  22. PETER (Cont'd): Look, Googles Maps tracks that some of my photos taken were in Akita.


  23. Having examined the particulars and the route from Aomori to Tokyo, Peter's wife looks content.


  24. FLASHBACK


  25. INT. SUPERMARKET - DAY


  26. Peter and his wife are checking some rice products on display.


  27. PETER: Oh, Akita rice is available for sale here. We passed through Akita and saw some snow-covered padi fields. We should buy some.


  28. WIFE: No, we haven't been to Akita.


  29. PETER: Yes, we didn't go to its urban area, but we passed through its padi fields.


  30. Peter's wife looks disbelieving.


  31. END FLASHBACK


  32. Peter continues to check his photos on the screen.


  33. PETER (V.O.): Where did I go in the years 2015 and 2016? My mind is quite blank. As I've been travelling every month since May 2014, I must have travelled to somewhere!


  34. Remembering.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I remember my wife and I had a great time in the Philosopher Walk in Kyoto. Was it in 2015 or 2016?


  36. Peter taps his phone diary, swipes to search, and some images and information appear.


  37. PETER (V.O.): Oh, yes! We went in 2015...My solo trip to Inner Mongolia was memorable too.

  38. Which year did I go? Was it in May or June?


  39. Peter swipes his phone a couple of times.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh yes, I went in June 2015. We were in Hokkaido in May. In May and June 2016, I went to Hokkaido alone, and then to Longi in Guangxi to see the rice terraces there.


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, I went to see the Japanese rice terraces too. The trip must be made after that. But which year and which month? My mind is blank.


  43. Peter checks his phone again.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe we saw that in April 2018...I see some photos taken in Japan that month...


  45. Reflecting.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No... it seems quite a while.


  47. Peter checks his phone again and again.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd) (Relieved): I see. We saw it in July 2016. But how can I be that forgetful!


  49. Peter sighs as he scratches his head.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've to blame the Japanese rice terraces. They didn't resemble the Chinese ones and were impressive. But they're just by the roadside and are facing the sea.


  51. Peter takes a deep breath.


  52. Putting aside his stuff, Peter does some push-ups on the floor.


  53. Act 3


  54. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - NIGHT


  55. Peter puts aside all his hand-held devices.


  56. PETER (V.O.): I'm glad that I have retraced the main destinations that I've travelled since May 2014. I needn't struggle to remember them anymore.


  57. Going to bed, Peter taps a table radio button. We hear the music from the 60s.


  58. PETER (V.O.): I've been following the evergreen program since the 1980s. Recently, I've missed a greater part of it as I slept late. It's high time I returned to my sleeping schedule.


  59. Looking relaxed, Peter turns off the light.


  60. FADE OUT.


  61. THE END



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