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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

What a Happy Monday!

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDIO - 10:30


  4. Letters and papers by his side, PETER is working on a laptop.


  5. PETER (V.O.): It's end May. I've to file my tax return within this week.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How come my "tax" and other folders have disappeared?


  8. Peter rushes to check his desktop.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The same. OMG!


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Be calm. I can re-enter the entries again...


  12. Peter then checks a WhatsApp notification.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My second younger brother has got Covid again?


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. STUDIO - CONTINUOUS


  16. Peter opens a Covid -19 Rapid Antigen Test Kit.


  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I got one line yesterday. Let me double-check if I can set myself free.


  18. Peter sees one line in the test strip.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As I've fully recovered, I can now speak with authenticity my Covid -19 + Paxlovid experience.


  20. Peter types on screen.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm the first male of the my generation in the Cheung family. Before I got Covid, I can't help my siblings in a practical way.


  22. Later, Peter sees another WhatsApp notification.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My brother has made a medical appointment. Good!


  24. Recalling.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having Paxlovid to get cleared within five days is a lot better than just hoping the illness wouldn't be serious.


  26. Smiling. Peter plays the piano.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): During my days of isolation, I've practised playing the piano and I can hear my improvement.


  28. Later, Peter checks a family chatgroup notification. We see images of Manzamo, Okinawa.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Our elder daughter is motoring with her friend to places where my wife and I went in 2016.


  30. Thinking.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now that I've experienced Covid, I wouldn't mind travelling solo again as I believe I could cope with Covid if it strikes again.


  32. Turning to his desktop, Peter clicks the "Recycled Bin".


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ha! All my lost folders are here!


  34. Pausing.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since its keyboard had a cup of water, it'd type on its own.


  36. Pausing.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's now intelligent enough to delete a patch of folders and their contents.


  38. Staring at the "Empty All" and "Restore All" commands attentively.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Before it has another frolic of its own, I must make no mistake in restoring all the deleted items!


  40. MONTAGE OF PETER'S OTHER ACTIVITIES


  41. A. Restaurant. Peter is enjoying dumplings and noodles in soup.


  42. B. Swimming pool. Peter is swimming past the ELDERLY.


  43. C. Shower. Peter is having a hot bath.


  44. END MONTAGE


  45. INT. STUDIO - 20:48


  46. Peter checks a message from Messenger.


  47. PETER (V.O.): Oh, Joe, a former colleague, has come back to me! We first met around 1998. I found him a smart and outgoing person.


  48. Peter types his reactions on screen.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): On Aug 30, 2015, while having breakfast in a Milan hotel, his wife Peggy was so nice to say "Hello" to my wife. Then we recognized each other.


  50. Thinking.


  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, we haven't been to Milan since then.


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. SITTING ROOM/BEDROOM - 21:00


  54. From his studio/study unit, Peter returns to the family unit.


  55. WIFE: Congratulations! Welcome back!


  56. KAJI, the cool family pet, looks lost.


  57. PETER (V.O.): Have I become a stranger to her?


  58. As Peter walks inside the bedroom, Kaji follows. Seeing Peter sitting by the bedside, Kaji jumps onto bed to kiss Peter at eye level.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Good dog dog! What a Happy Monday!


  60. FADE OUT


  61. THE END


































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