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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Time and Tidings

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY/STUDIO - 10:30

  4. Sitting at the Clavinova, PETER's fingers hit the keys, practising scale shifting.

  5. PETER (V.O.): This 1989 Yamaha Clavinova is doing well.

  6. Playing.

  7. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Most of the keys are still sensitive.

  8. Playing.

  9. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Unlike an acoustic piano, the Clavinova is always in tune.

  10. Playing.

  11. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): While using voicings is easy, I still don't know how to use its other non-acoustic functions.

  12. Peter chuckles.

  13. Act 2


  15. INT. DINING ROOM - 09:00 (Earlier today)

  16. As he finishes breakfast with Kaji, the family pet, the family MAID approaches Peter.

  17. MAID (Curiously): Sir, has your wife retired?

  18. PETER: Yes, there's no need to wake her up.

  19. PETER (V.O.): My wife retired in Jan this year. Now is March.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For a greater part of Feb, my wife returned to office as if she was still working.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): It's only last Friday that she finished all the farewell meals hosted for her.

  24. Recalling.

  25. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Yesterday, she told our daughter-in-law's family that she had adapted well with her retirement.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): She's referring to her very flexible waking time.


  29. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Since she stopped returning to the office, I've tried to keep my wife company, but I felt like wasting the mornings.

  30. INT. BEDROOM - 14:15

  31. Sitting by the bed, Peter sees his WIFE waking up.

  32. PETER: I'm going to have an afternoon tea set. Should I buy one for you?

  33. WIFE: No need, just tell the maid to make breakfast for me.

  34. EXT. ESTATE STREET - 15:00

  35. Rainy. From a mall, Peter walks towards a residential block.

  36. PETER (V.O): It's a cold day. Yesterday, I invited my wife to join me to go back to our home in NT to declutter the place.

  37. INT. SITTING ROOM - 15:15

  38. Returning, Peter suggests to his wife.

  39. PETER: Should we postpone our trip to another day?

  40. WIFE: I've already dressed up, waiting for your return.

  41. PETER: Let's go then!

  42. PETER (V.O): In our 8-seater Previa, there're boxes of personal items from her former office.

  43. Recalling.

  44. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I did the same when I first retired nearly 10 years ago. I stored them in my NT home.

  45. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - 16:30

  46. Peter and his wife scan the cluttered rooms and staircases.

  47. WIFE: You've done so little for so long.

  48. PETER: Sorting through them, I reminisce about the past and can't decide what to keep and what to discard.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.): The passage of time lends me a hand now.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. STUDY/STUDIO - 23:00

  53. Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "Time and Tidings..." to a text.

  54. PETER (V.O): Time and tidings encompass past events, knowledge and wisdom that bring insight, guidance and perspectives in the present.

  55. Thinking.

  56. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Time flies, but I should be the pilot. Making good use of time, I live a fulfilling life.

  57. Reflecting.

  58. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): For common prosperity, I play my due role, attempting to bring some good tidings to all.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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