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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.


  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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