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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Staying Home

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. DINING ROOM - 21:00


  4. Accompanied by KAJI, the family pet, PETER and his WIFE are having dinner.

  5. WIFE: Just the two of us.


  6. PETER: Yes. Any news from our younger daughter?


  7. WIFE: She's just had a nice dinner with her friends in Tokyo.


  8. PETER: We're empty nesters again until her return next week.


  9. WIFE: You'll go to the Airport to drive her home, right?


  10. PETER: Yes...when we embark our late March trip to Japan, only she would be at home.


  11. WIFE (Looking at Kaji): She'll have to stay home as no one will take her anywhere.


  12. PETER (V.O.): Staying home may not be bad.


  13. Act 2


  14. FLASHBACK


  15. EXT. HIGHWAY FROM AIRPORT - 07:30


  16. Driving a Previa, Peter sees the rising sun.


  17. PETER (V.O.): I've just dropped off my younger daughter at the Airport.


  18. We hear from the car radio the instrumental music: "Baby Elephant Walk".


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Traffic at the Airport is congested. Lots of people are flying out.


  20. EXT. ROADS TO CENTRAL - 09:15


  21. Peter's wife is driving a New Beetle. Peter sits in the passenger seat.


  22. WIFE: Going back to chambers?


  23. PETER: No, I'm going to swim at Kowloon Park.


  24. WIFE: Why are you taking my lift?


  25. PETER: To keep you company. I'll take the Star Ferry from Central to Kowloon.


  26. EXT. STAR FERRY - 10:00


  27. Sitting at the upper deck front, Peter observes the TOURISTS capturing photos of the panorama view of the Victoria Harbour .


  28. PETER (V.O.): For most tourists, taking the iconic Star Ferry ride is a must do. As a Hongkonger, I'm never tired of taking it.


  29. EXT. TSIM SHA TSUI - 10:15


  30. We see CUSTOMERS queueing to enter luxury brand stores.


  31. PETER (V.O): The brands get most of the revenue from these stores.


  32. EXT. SWIMMING POOL, KOWLOON PARK - 10:30


  33. Seeing the blocked entrance, Peter reads a notice: Weekly cleaning begins at 10.am today.


  34. PETER (V.O.): Okay, let me re-visit the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre.


  35. INT. HONG KONG HERITAGE DISCOVERY CENTRE, KOWLOON PARK - 10:45


  36. Having re-watched "Light of Jinsha - the Ancient Shu Civilisation" on G/F, Peter looks up.


  37. PETER (V.O.): What's exhibiting on 1/F?


  38. As Peter takes the escalator to check it out, we see a red-and-white sign: Explore Our Heritage.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I specialized in IP. I don't know much about that.


  40. Peter begins his discovery tour about Hong Kong from modern times back to the prehistoric period.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've witnessed how Hong Kong changed from 1950s to the present.


  42. In a screening room, Peter watches a video clip.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the Discovery Centre was actually an old barrack built in the late 1890s.


  44. In an exhibiting room, Peter sees a floor of broken blue-and-white Ming porcelain.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): OMG! All found in Hong Kong! The light-up presentation is particularly aesthetic!


  46. In an exhibition room with drawers, Peter opens a couple and sees sharp stone tools.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's only now that I know these stone age tools were also found in Hong Kong!


  48. Pausing.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I won't see such physical remains exhibited anywhere except in Hong Kong.


  50. Pausing.


  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The sun at home warms just as good as the sun elsewhere.


  52. RETURN TO PRESENT


  53. Act 3


  54. INT. DINING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's interesting to know that some historic artifacts were unearthed in the area of my NT home.


  56. Recalling.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Months ago, I saw the pre-historic rock carvings in Big Wave Bay. Should I revisit the one in Cheung Chau?


  58. Pausing.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anyway, I now have a better understanding of where I come from and what makes a human race.


  60. FADE OUT


  61. THE END



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