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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Steam, Sushi & Surprises

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 08:30

  4. PETER checks the MyObservatory app on his mobile.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Just 7 degree Celsius in urban area? Colder in NT?

  6. Peter puts his swimming gear and a jump-starter into a bag.

  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I still want to go swimming as I have suspended exercising for over a week.


  9. A. Snowy Japan, Peter is bathing in an open-air hot spring.


  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): When I was at my NT home the last occasion, my red coupe's battery was so weak that it couldn't start.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I hope I can still start my SMART car today.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. ROADS TO YUEN LONG - 10:00

  16. Sitting at the rear of a bus, Peter is watching a video clip: Read and Play Every Chord.

  17. PETER (V.O.): This is my third time studying it.

  18. Watching.

  19. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Yesterday night, I learned to play the song "Around the World". It has a few augmented or diminished chords...

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Car free, carefree.


  23. Open-aired pool. We follow Peter to see a mesmerizing display of steam on the water.

  24. PETER (V.O.): What a captivating sight!

  25. Peter approaches the pool.

  26. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): When the warm water inside the pool meets the chilly air, a fine mist rises.

  27. We see Peter swimming leisurely and his body slicing through the water.

  28. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): This is what I can get for a few dollars in Hong Kong.

  29. INT. YUEN LONG PLAZA - 12:45

  30. Exploring, Peter bumps into a Japanese restaurant.

  31. PETER (V.O.): Oh, this is the Sushiro chain. My wife spoke high of it.

  32. Excitement fills Peter's eyes. Soon, we see many empty dishes on his table.

  33. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd):I enjoy every piece of the sushi.

  34. Later, as Peter is queuing to pay, a STAFF approaches him with a bag.

  35. STAFF: Sir, you've left your bag behind.

  36. PETER: Oh, thank you very much!

  37. PETER (V.O.): I'm not even aware of that...Let me write a good review of the restaurant on Google Maps right away.

  38. Tapping Google Maps on his mobile, Peter begins to contribute.

  39. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): My contributions since 2017 have attracted 91 million views. I believe my stuff are helpful too.

  40. EXT. PETER'S NT HOME - 14:30

  41. Driveway. Inside his SMART car, Peter inserts the key into the ignition and turns it. With hesitation, the engine catches.

  42. PETER (V.O.): A nice surprise! I can focus on my disabled coupe now.

  43. With all the necessary jump-starting connections made, Peter starts the coupe and the engine responds swiftly.

  44. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): No unpleasant surprise.

  45. Getting out of the coupe, Peter scans it and notices something.

  46. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): How come the brake lights would stay on?

  47. Thinking.

  48. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Has the brake pedal got stuck?

  49. Peter goes to step on the brake pedal a few times, we see no change.

  50. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I must have the problem fixed timely as the battery capacity of the coupe isn't unlimited.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. STUDY - 23:00

  53. Working on a laptop, Peter inserts an AI drawing into a draft post.

  54. PETER (V.O): The prompt "Steam, Sushi & Surprises" is difficult for the AI drawing bot to grasp.

  55. Peter takes a look of the images of his red coupe in his mobile.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My red coupe has been idling for months. Having driven it for a short while along estate roads, the problem has gone away.

  57. Peter takes a look of his Google Maps reviews.

  58. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): While a small act of kindness can impact on someone's day, constant kindness can accomplish much.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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