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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Zoom, Travel & Study


  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BEDROOM - 08:45


  4. Waking up, PETER looks refreshed. He checks the bedside clock.


  5. PETER (V.O): I've slept for eight hours, more than I had the past few nights.


  6. Stretching, Peter gets out of bed.


  7. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I feel ready to take on the day.


  8. INT. DINING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


  9. Peter sees the empty dining table.


  10. PETER (V.O): The maid must be on leave.


  11. Peter sees KAJI, the family pet, staring at him.


  12. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): She lives for the present.


  13. PETER (To Kaji): I'm going to buy breakfast for us!


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. LIVING ROOM - 11:00


  16. Peter and his WIFE join a Zoom seminar. On screen, we see: TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean).


  17. PETER (V.O.): Soon after her retirement, my wife enrolled an introductory course in Korean.


  18. Watching.


  19. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I had no hesitation to join her. It'd be fun for us to be classmates as well.


  20. Watching.


  21. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): And soon, we'll join our elder daughter in TOPIK.


  22. Watching.


  23. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Our incentive is to get subsidy from CEF (Continuing Education Fund).


  24. When the seminar ends, Peter turns to work on his laptop.


  25. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I've got to issue a fee note before my June travel.


  26. Pausing.


  27. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I did substantive work yesterday. My instructing solicitor was so pleased that he urged me to send him my fee note.


  28. Typing.


  29. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Right now, doing my professional work is easier than learning Korean.


  30. Later, Peter watches his wife taking a mock online exam in Korean.


  31. PETER: You're quick in comprehending and typing the Korean characters.


  32. Soon, his wife checks her results.


  33. WIFE: Oh, I've made a few mistakes...

  34. PETER: OMG...I won't take the mock exam now. I've a lot of catching up to do.


  35. PETER (V.O.): I need to prepare my travel to Osaka.


  36. Mobile in hand, Peter visits the Visit Japan website, fills in an e-form and gets a QR code for immigration clearance and customs declarations.

  37. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Done! Having done the same frequently, I've become pretty quick in completing the e-process.


  38. Then, Peter checks in his outgoing flight from Hong Kong to Osaka and gets another QR code.


  39. PETER: Darling, you said you'd drive me to the Airport...


  40. PETER (V.O): I've asked my wife to join my monthly travels many times, but she's been unyielding and thinks I'm inflexible.


  41. WIFE: When will you be back?


  42. PETER: Just in time to catch our Korean evening class...


  43. WIFE: That means you've to bring your textbook, worksheets and study while in Osaka...


  44. PETER: Oh, yes, I'll study Korean while flying and staying in hotels...


  45. His wife bursts into laughter and Peter looks embarrassed.


  46. PETER (Cont'd): I want to walk the family's pet turtle in the park now.


  47. WIFE: And afterwards, we'll walk our Shiba Inu...I've to support a friend's dancing performance tonight.


  48. PETER: I've to eat alone on a Saturday night?


  49. WIFE: Yes... I suggest you go to the mall's Japanese restaurant...


  50. Later, we see Peter practising the piano alone.


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. BEDROOM - 21:45


  53. Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "Zoom, Travel & Study ..." to a draft.


  54. PETER (V.O): As an old man, I'm still actively pursuing new skills and challenges.


  55. Peter takes another look of the AI drawing.


  56. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I've been adapting to and taking advantage of technological advancements to accomplish my objectives.


  57. We hear harmonic and rhythmic oldies from the extra-bass Bluetooth speakers.


  58. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Creating my balanced lifestyle, I glance at the past, live in the present and focus on the future.


  59. FADE OUT


  60. THE END


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