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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Spring & I

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - MORNING


  4. PETER is reading Quora notifications.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I like to read its digest. I often discover something that I don't quite know.


  6. Reading.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's also interesting to read divergent views on a subject. I synthesize the thesis and the antithesis, raising my level of understanding.


  8. Reading.


  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Everyday, I'd receive about a dozen answer requests. I select some of them to answer, delivering value in the process.


  10. Reading.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, this mention about Hong Kong, China, is something that I don't quite know.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): On average Intelligent Quotient (IQ) score of average IQ tests, Hong Kong, China, tops the world.


  14. Act 2


  15. EXT. CHA CHAAN TENG - AFTERNOON


  16. Peter is enjoying his fried noodles while watching TV news. We hear: President Xi visits Tsinghua University ahead of its 110 anniversary,


  17. PETER (V.O.): Upon my retirement in 2014, the first visit I made was to Tsinghua University.


  18. Watching TV.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): President Xi got his science degree from Tsinghua. In 1996, I attended the month-long national studies course for Hong Kong senior civil servants.


  20. Pausing.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was 25 years ago now. I had a great time there.


  22. Recalling.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A classmate later told me that she was shocked to find that irrespective of the subject matters, I could post three short, sharp questions to professors.


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I did enjoy the high-level intellectual exchanges.


  26. Having noodles.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I still like to wear the Tsinghua University ties.

  28. FLASHBACK


  29. INT. OFFICE - DAY (1996)


  30. Peter (42) is discussing with a lady colleague, SPRING FUNG.


  31. PETER: To begin drafting the Copyright Bill in Chinese first is an unprecedented attempt.


  32. SPRING: Yes, the drafting instructions are always in English. Let's see if we could cook up the Bill in Chinese first.


  33. Peter nods.


  34. SPRING (Cont'd): Otherwise, there won't be any law drafting in Chinese. The Chinese version would again be the translation of the English version.


  35. RETURN TO PRESENT


  36. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Spring and I tried. But the need to pass the Bill before 1 July 1997 didn't permit us to continue the experimentation.


  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Spring and I became good friends though.


  39. Pausing.


  40. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): So when it was her turn to attend the Tsinghua University course, I asked Spring to buy a Tsinghua tie for me.


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): When I was there, I was given one in red and one in grey.


  43. Recalling.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Spring bought me a blue one. That's the one I've been wearing the most.

  45. Recalling.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Years later, Spring suffered from breast cancer and died not long thereafter.


  47. Peter takes a deep breath.


  48. Act 3


  49. INT. STUDY - EVENING


  50. Peter is watching George Floyd: Derek Chauvin trial on TV.


  51. PETER (V.O.): I don't know about the defendant's IQ. But in my opinion, his Emotional Quotient (EQ) ie his ability to perceive, control and evaluate must be very low.


  52. Pausing.


  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I am not "IQ/book-smart" either. I was already 27 when I was admitted to the Law School.


  54. Pausing.


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I believe I should be "EQ/street-smart" as I began working part-time at 15.


  56. Peter checks his Quora profile.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since July 2019, I've responded to 3.2K answer requests.


  58. Reading.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've a total of 6.9M content views, and of which 193.2K are within this month.


  60. Pausing.


  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I hope I've been delivering some possible value to the world, in my humble way.


  62. FADE OUT.


  63. THE END



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