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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Without Water?

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Calculator in hand, PETER is doing some maths.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Good, having done my Profits and Loss Account and Balance Sheet, I've completed my tax return in time.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can go and see the Water Exhibition this afternoon.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've a passion for water. It's the driving force of life.


  11. A hot sunny day. Peter is walking towards a MTR station.

  12. PETER (V.O.): Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. Oceans are younger - 3.8 billion years when Earth's surface temperature cooled below the boiling point.

  13. Pausing.

  14. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd) : I've been wondering how the new Earth was like when it was raining non-stop for million years to make oceans happen.

  15. Pausing.

  16. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My lifestyle is that I don't worry about raining or getting wet.

  17. Peter enters a MTR station.

  18. Act 2


  20. We see elegant design in a colonial setting. Peter checks the exhibits.

  21. PETER (V.O.): To catch water in Hong Kong wasn't easy. To bring water to people was another logistical issue.

  22. Recalling.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Before 1960, my family was living in Central. There's tap water.

  24. Recalling.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When my Dad took me to Tin Sum San Tsuen in early 1960 to inspect the building work of our new home there, I found the NT water wasn't clear and it tasted like water from soil.

  26. Peter examines some newspaper cuttings.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1963, when I was in Primary 3, there was a literary campaign in my school to urge people to save water.

  28. Peter sees some graphic slogans.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I recall I wrote a slogan: A drop of water is as precious as gold, so treasure water.

  30. Peter reads an exhibit of an article headline.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Well - "Four hours of water supply every four days".

  32. Peter touches a zinc container.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): City dwellers used such a container to transport water. I only used a bucket to draw water from our home well by hand.

  34. Recalling.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although the water level of our well was nearly rock bottom, we had never run out of water on any day even though there was no rain.

  36. Pondering.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's always good to be self-sufficient.

  38. Recalling.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Our well is now 60 years old and we've been using an electric pump to draw water from it.

  40. Peter notices something behind a facade.

  41. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I can see a fire place. What was this place?

  42. Peter checks a plaque at the entrance.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, this premises was the old Tsan Yuk Maternity Hospital. When I was a kid, I heard my Mum referring to "Tsan Yuk" from time to time.

  44. Reflecting.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This's my first time here - a silver-haired old man now. Let me go to another heritage nearby.

  46. Act 3


  48. Checking the entrance, Peter steps inside.

  49. PETER (V.O.): This is literary a public bath - the last one in Hong Kong.

  50. Peter undresses.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Happiness is to take a bath inside a Hong Kong heritage!

  52. Finishing, Peter takes a photo.

  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Another new experience to me!

  54. Looking wet, Peter smiles.


  56. Peter works behind a computer.

  57. PETER (V.O.): People can live without love, but can't live without water.

  58. Reflecting.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Water is like life. We can't afford to waste it.

  60. Reflecting.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Chinese uses water to symbolize money - something we can't do without.

  62. Pausing.

  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But spending is like spilling water on the ground, while earning is like picking up the spilled water from it.

  64. Pausing.

  65. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Fortunately, my mind still flows like water.

  66. FADE OUT.

  67. THE END

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