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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

What to Keep

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 10:00


  4. PETER checks the changing numerals on his smartphone screen.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Wow! The stock market has risen sharply. Why?


  6. Checking.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As I won't sell or buy high, there's nothing I need to do.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me first go swimming in Golden Beach and then declutter my NT home.


  10. EXT. ROADS - 11:30


  11. Driving, Peter is listening to the radio.


  12. PETER (V.O.): Oh, the stocks have already surrendered most of their early gains?


  13. Act 2


  14. EXT. GOLDEN BEACH - 12:45


  15. Towing a green swim buoy, Peter swims breast strokes.


  16. PETER (V.O.): Swimming in the bay waters is a lot better than in swimming pools.


  17. From one side of the swimming area, Peter reaches the other side.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So quick? Was I flowing with the tide too?


  19. Turning around, Peter swims in the opposite direction.


  20. PETER (V.O.): Ah, I'm swimming against the tide now.


  21. Peter begins to swim free style.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've to change the style or I won't swim anywhere.


  23. Peter swims and swims.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's hard. But it should develop my muscles.


  25. Returning to shore, Peter looks tired.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've done my quota today.


  27. INT. LAKESIDE RESTAURANT - 14: 30


  28. Glued to his smartphone screen. Peter eats his tea set.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, most stocks have negative gains. Gravity is at work. I've to buy low to average down the costs of my portfolio.

  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I won't buy much as the stock market may continue to fall.


  32. Tapping on his smartphone, Peter adds some salad sauce finger prints.


  33. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - 16:00


  34. Peter monitors numerals on the smartphone screen.


  35. PETER (V.O.): The Hang Seng index has retreated for a sixth trading day.


  36. Recalling.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For weeks, I flowed with the stock tide and gained day after day, easily.


  38. Thinking.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the past six days, I've been swimming against the stock tide, striving to lose less.


  40. Pausing


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As my investment goal is a long-term one, I needn't bother with the daily fluctuations.


  42. Peter looks at the stuff near him


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can treat the stocks like the stuff that I've been keeping here.


  44. Peter checks a document inside a file.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I see. The reason why I've been keeping it is because it documented a story.


  46. Reading.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was a Delegate in the UK Delegation in WIPO sessions in Geneva before 1997.


  48. Recalling.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was quite an impossible Delegate then.


  50. Peter takes a photo of the document.

  51. Act 3


  52. INT. STUDY - 23:00


  53. Peter is in thoughts.


  54. PETER (V.O.): In decluttering, I actually decide on what to keep than what to throw away.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When something has jogged my memory, I can decide at ease if I'd continue to keep it, throw it away or take an image of it.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although my NT home is like a storeroom, I try to leave fewer troubles to my family when I'm gone.


  59. Peter takes a look of his Investment List on his smartphone screen.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For any positive gains, their decluttering should be easy.


  61. FADE OUT


  62. THE END











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