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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


  14. FLASHBACK


  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.


  28. RETURN TO PRESENT


  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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