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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

When Life Gives Me Monday


  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - AFTER MIDNIGHT


  4. Working behind a laptop, PETER is drafting something

  5. PETER (V.O.): Last Friday and Saturday, I spent good times with my wife. On Sunday afternoon, I watched the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. It's only right that I've to catch up with my professional work.


  6. Checking his draft.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Done! I can send it off right away if I hear from the other side on Monday morning. The task has to be completed by Wednesday.


  8. Peter shuts down his laptop.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can go sleeping now.


  10. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - MORNING


  11. Peter wakes up.


  12. PETER (V.O.): After driving my wife to work, I'll deal with other outstanding tasks.


  13. Act 2


  14. INT. STUDY - LATER


  15. Peter appears.


  16. PETER (V.O.): Let me first check how I may file the papers to the Court Registry on Wednesday.

  17. Engaging in phone conversations, Peter jots down some numbers.


  18. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I expect the other side would respond to my Saturday enquiry anytime soon.


  19. Checking.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, great! She has just replied. I can send off my draft.


  21. Having sent his mail and attachment, Peter soon gets another reply.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Okay, she needs at least a day to settle that. The ball is in her court now.


  23. Pausing.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That means I can focus on other outstanding tasks.


  25. INT. CHAMBERS - NOON


  26. Dressing in flamboyant outfit, Peter is giving red packets to SECRETARIES.


  27. PETER (V.O.): It's my first time returning to Chambers after the Chinese New Year holidays.


  28. Pausing.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've also settled my rent, as Feb is a short month.


  30. INT. PACIFIC PLACE - LUNCH TIME


  31. In front of an ATM, Peter is depositing a cheque.


  32. PETER (V.O.): It's only now that I've the time to do it.


  33. Later, standing on a moving walkway, Peter hears and sees a LADY greeting him from a distance enthusiastically. Peter reciprocates.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's great that my former colleague was so pleased to see me. My outfit also reflects my mood.


  35. EXT. WANCHAI AREA - LATER


  36. Peter takes photos from time to time.


  37. PETER (V.O.): From 1994 -2014, I was working in the area. Now, the area has become more interesting than before. I feel like having a staycation.


  38. Peter enters a computer mall.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I need to buy an external DVD player/writer. I've located the store quoting the cheapest price. And I want to support it.


  40. Later, inside the store, Peter pays for a slim gadget.


  41. PETER (V.O.): I've never had one before. The laptop I bought immediately after retirement got an in-built DVD drive.


  42. Pausing.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've got a new laptop without such an in-built drive. But I need to view documentary evidence on discs regularly.


  44. Later, as he strolls along Hennessy Road, Peter feels something on his right ear.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What's that?


  46. Peter picks up a broken temple tip of his eye glasses.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it has come off now.


  48. Pausing.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I bought this pair of eye-glasses on the first day of my retirement life...


  50. Recalling.


  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That was nearly 7 years ago now...


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. CHA CHAAN TENG - LATER


  54. Sipping a cup of coffee, Peter checks his mails.


  55. PETER (V.O.): Recently, I've bought many SONY products. Through product registrations, I've earned bonus points. Through redeeming them and the paying of a nominal sum, I can get other products.


  56. INT. SONY STORE - LATER


  57. A STAFF is serving Peter.


  58. PETER (V.O.): So, I just redeem 7000 bonus points and pay $1 for one small blue-tooth speaker?


  59. STAFF: Yes.

  60. At the cashier, Peter pays $2 for two speakers.


  61. STAFF (Cont'd): We'll do the product registrations for you. For each speaker, you'll get 3000 bonus points, the equivalent of $150.


  62. PETER (V.O.): That's a very generous way to reward loyal customers! I must write about it.


  63. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  64. Peter takes a look of the colourful audio-visual gears surrounding him.


  65. PETER (V.O.): Yes, when life gives me Monday and others, I've dipped it in glitter and let it sparkle all day and night!


  66. Using glue, Peter re-fixes the temple tip to his eye-glasses.

  67. FADE OUT.


  68. THE END


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