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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Spring Begins

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. EXT. ESTATE -14:30

  4. Walking towards a crossing, PETER notices flowers in shades of pink and white in a distance.

  5. PETER (V.O.): They blossom brightly.

  6. Recalling.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In early 1960s, my Grandma planted beautiful Bougainvillea in our garden.

  8. Recalling.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She taught me how to plant it.

  10. Peter captures a photo of the beautiful Bougainvillea.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The shades look like a butterfly to me.

  12. Thinking.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Growth is a process.

  14. Act 2


  16. Peter is enjoying Stir-fried Beef Noodles.

  17. PETER (V.O.): It's high-calorie food, but I can't desist the temptation to have it.

  18. Eating.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I read that people spend 15% of their time each day thinking about food.

  20. Eating.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I also read that students may think about food 18 times a day while adults 221 times.

  22. Finishing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was a young boy, I even dreamt about breakfasts.

  24. As Peter checks a phone message, we see on screen: Today is the Spring Equinox which marks the first day of Spring around the Northern Hemisphere.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Today's the Spring Equinox?

  26. We continue to see on screen: After this date, the North Hemisphere begins to be tilted more toward the Sun, resulting in longer daylight hours and warmer weather.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me check with Sage on the significance of the Spring Equinox.

  28. Getting Sage's near-instant reply, Peter reads it.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Four main points: 1. Equal day and night, 2. Agricultural traditions, 3. Cultural celebrations and 4. Spiritual significance.

  30. We see on screen: Overall, the Spring Equinox is a time of transition and renewal, marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It is a time to celebrate the beauty and abundance of nature, and to welcome the return of longer days and warmer weather.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But the Spring Equinox isn't celebrated as a holiday here or in mainland China. If my friend didn't share the chat, I wouldn't know.

  32. Pausing.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In fact, I think a lot all that nature provides, from the food that I eat to the air that I breathe.

  34. Peter sips a cup of Ovaltine.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Last Saturday, I experienced acute lower back pain, decreasing my range of motion.

  36. Peter feels his lower back with his hand.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I didn't know what caused it. But resting is the key.

  38. Pausing.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For days now, I haven't done any push-ups and swimming.

  40. Pausing.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I just focus on learning Japanese. My wife and I will tour Honshu from this Saturday.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Meanwhile, I feel bad missing my daily exercises, as health is wealth.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I also remember a lot of those who went before me.

  46. Thinking.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Why don't I go swimming later today?

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't have to swim non-stop in different styles for an hour.

  50. Finishing the Ovaltine, Peter leaves.

  51. Act 3


  53. Walking from the crossing, Peter observes the beautiful Bougainvillea again.

  54. PETER (V.O.): Blossom by blossom, Spring begins. It adds new life to all that is.

  55. Thinking.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My mind is like a garden and my thoughts the flower seeds. A butterfly has to go through change to achieve beauty.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): May the days ahead of all be filled with colours of love.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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