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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.


  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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