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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Time Doesn't Sail

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1


  4. In bed. PETER opens his eyes and checks the time. It's 05:45.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Am I still under stress?

  6. Peter continues to stay in bed.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've only slept for 5 hours.

  8. Peter tosses.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I didn't eat too much yesterday night. My sleep habits aren't bad either.

  10. Peter turns.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My schedule today is relaxing - a lunch appointment, an afternoon shopping and an evening concert.

  12. At 08:45, Peter gets out of bed.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And I've remarried for 29 years.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. MALL - 09:15

  16. Entering, Peter focuses on the mall logo.

  17. PETER (V.O.): It's only now that I can see the logo is dotted with fine turtle devices.

  18. INT. DINING ROOM - 09:30

  19. Sharing a chair with KAJI, the family pet, they share a loaf of bread together.

  20. PETER (V.O.): It's our morning delight.

  21. INT. STUDY - 09:45

  22. Looking out the window, Peter sees sunshine. A sailing boat wind chime gets his attention.

  23. PETER (V.O.): My matriculation class club was called "Sailing".

  24. Recalling.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): 50 years ago today, I was still working as a part-time waiter in Castle Peak Hotel - a seaside resort.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Public holidays meant work days for me. I never missed any part-time working opportunity since Form 3.

  28. Recalling.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I needed the money to support myself. I thought I had all the time in the world.

  30. Recalling.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And then in the summer of 1974, two of my matriculation classmates "Wu Shu-fun" and "Chan King-chau" were struck dead by lightning at Lantau Peak.

  32. Recalling.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): 20 years ago, an entrepreneurial classmate "Ah Chung", who didn't smoke, died of lung cancer.

  34. Recalling.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 2014, a compassionate classmate "Ah Shea", who fixed my Kam Tin rental home's electricity in 1973, died of bone cancer.

  36. Recalling.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And during the pandemic, another classmate "Debbie", who was a school principal, died of brain cancer.

  38. Pausing.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've written a song called "Sailing" to document our mood when we're young and how we've grown up.

  40. Sighing.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A smooth sea never made skilled sailors.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And time doesn't sail, it flies, whether one's treasuring it or wasting it.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And once time is lost, it can never be found again.

  46. Act 3


  48. At a corner, Peter is working on a laptop.

  49. PETER (V.O.): My sleep or wakefulness may be due to physiological changes of aging.

  50. Pausing.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):I accept that. It's an alternative way that I can have more time.

  52. Thinking.

  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While insomnia may sap my energy level, I shouldn't allow it to sap my work, my mood and my quality of life.


  55. A. Restaurant. Peter and his WIFE are having a dim-sum lunch with RELATIVES.

  56. B. Outlets. Peter and his wife are shopping.

  57. . C. Hall. Peter and his wife are watching a concert.


  59. THE END

  60. FADE OUT

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