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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


  15. INT. RESTAURANT - LATER


  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


  52. EXT. ESTATE - LATER


  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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