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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Year 2016 has flown by so quickly. It has been about 9 months since mhryu started translation of Caught in my Own Trap (作茧自缚). Being a first time translator, it had indeed been a lovely journey and learning curve. The translation started March 14 and finally completed October 22 with the completion of Epilogue 3, a story on another couple.

Tinkerbellsan then decided to try translation by started Boss’s Blind Date Notes (Boss相亲笔记), a funny and light read. Translating this novel, although the pace a slower, we had so much fun and laughter as we learn some funny chinese idioms. From time to time when both of us could meet up, the discussion about this novel kept us in stitches… We hope that all our readers are enjoying this novel to date and is anticipating the return of Xiao Bei and Yifan early 2017.

Finding Glowing Beauty in Books (书中自有颜如玉) had been fun translation. Unfortunately, when mhryu decided to return to the workforce back earlier this year, time does not permit her to translate as often as she wishes to be. Thank you for your patience. Hopefully Finding Glowing Beauty in Books (书中自有颜如玉) would be able to return soon. So stay tune!

The main purpose of this blog is to share our love reading C-Novels. Both tinkerbellsan and mhryu actually could not read chinese. So we are listening to the audio and translating the novel as we are listening to them. The journey of translation have been both fun and enjoyable for us. And we hope that our readers and followers are enjoying them as much as we are enjoying translating.

We also share our thoughts on some of the dramas that we are watching. The discussions and comments are truly entertaining.

Thank you everyone for the months of support. We would not have gone this far without the support from all of you. Especially those whom had helped to us along the way (you know who you are).

Merry Christmas 2016!

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T-Drama Review: Someone Like You (聽見幸福)

With me taking a break from translation this month, I have more time whenever I could finish work early to catch up on dramas. I have been watching from C-Drama to K-Drama and now T-Drama.

Kingone Wang (王傳一) is one of my favourite Taiwanese Actor. Several years ago, I was recommended to watch Why Why Love where Kingone Wang starred alongside with Rainie Yang and Mike He. And from then onwards, I had made an effort to watch the dramas whenever Kingone Wang starred in.

Someone Like You (聽見幸福) is a story about Fang Zhang Cheng (starring Kingone Wang) whom overnight over a tragic car accident, lost everything. His fiancee Liang Luo Han (starring Lorene Ren) died from the accident and he lost his own eyesight.

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Devastated over the lost of his beloved fiancee, Zhan Cheng is inconsolable and refuse corneal transplant that would restore his vision.

Zhan Cheng’s life took an unexpected turn when one day, Chen Yu Xi (starring also Lorene Ren – 任容萱) is hired to become his day nurse. Yu Xi who looks exactly like Luo Han although Zhan Cheng could not see it yet.

Although they started off on a wrong foot, Yu Xi as frustrated as she can get from time to time, also had a soft heart. So through her patience, she took great care of Zhan Cheng while slowly bring him back to the lovely Zhan Cheng whom everyone misses.

When Zhan Cheng’s family first met Yu Xi, they were shocked to see how much she look like the deceased Luo Han. However, the family slowly warmed up to Yu Xi when they see how well she took care of Zhan Cheng.

Sweet and thoughtful as ever, Yu Xi learned Tango to enable Zhan Cheng dance with his mother through his blindness. Those moments were indeed very touching.

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Zhan Cheng and Yu Xi eventually started dating. And Yu Xi also became Zhan Cheng’s secretary. These are the moments that I had truly enjoyed their sweet interactions. 

Zhan Cheng slowly warmed up and open his heart. When the opportunity came, Yu Xi though her own gentle way, managed to convince Zhan Cheng to do the corneal transplant.

Of course, in any taiwanese drama, there would never be a smooth romance story. Zhan Cheng and Yu Xi become friends with Xu Ya Ti (starring Nita Lei – 雷瑟琳) whom is one of the receiver of Luo Han’s organ donation. Ya Ti whom received Luo Han’s heart began to exhibit many of Luo Han’s mannerisms and personality. And she also feel in love with Zhan Cheng.

Zhan Cheng, although realized that Luo Han’s heart is in Ya Ti, however his heart never sway from his love to Yu Xi.

Yu Xi, whom had always put anyone ahead of her, eventually chooses to leave Zhan Cheng. The moment of breakup was so heart-breaking.

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Zhan Cheng whom realized the reason why Yu Xi wanted to break up with him, never gave in to the request to break up. He, in his warm and gentle way, try to win Yu Xi’s heart with the help of her friends and also Ya Ti.

Just as when they got back together finally, Yu Xi met with an accident and went into coma. Heart-broken Zhan Cheng requested to marry Yu Xi although she was in coma. What I really love about these moments are when Zhan Cheng’s family step in to help to convince Mama Chen that Zhan Cheng is serious about wanting to marry Yu Xi and she is not a burden to them although she is in coma.

And so the wedding happen when Yu Xi is still in comatose stage. And Zhan Cheng brought her home to take care of her personally. Their prayers were finally answered and Yu Xi finally woke up. A sweet ending to the drama.

Someone Like You (聽見幸福) is indeed a lovely drama that I know I would re-watch again whenever I have the time to spare. Watching about 5 dramas where Kingone Wang (王傳一) had starred in before, I must say that I have not been disappointed in any yet. And his pairing with Lorene Ren (任容萱) despite their age gap is a perfect match.

Apart from the lovely OTP couple in Someone Like You (聽見幸福), I had also enjoyed the lovely interactions between the following:

  1. Sisterhood between Xu Ya Ti and Chen Yu Xi – although they feel in love with the same guy, there were never any moment where both wanted to fight to win his heart. And the support they extended to each other are so warm and touchingtwins
  2. Siblings love between Chen Yu Xi and Chen Yu An (starring Xu Hao Xuan – 徐浩軒) – both were adopted and they were aware although they never spoke about it. The support and love that they have with their adopted mother were warm and lovingshoulda-said-a-louder-no
  3. Xie Fei Fei (starring Katie Chen – 陳語安) – Fei Fei, the stepsister of Zhan Cheng whom originally loved him but soon accepted that he will always be her step brother.
  4. Sweet moments between Chen Yu An and Xie Fei Fei – the bubbly Fei Fei fell in love with Yu An whom initially rejected her. But later, he realized that she is a lovely girl despite being a little spoiled from time to time. Fei Fei finally won a place in Yu An’s heart4625_14
  5. Li Bo Yan and Vanessa – One being Yu Xi’s selfish ex-boyfriend and the other whom have always loved Zhan Cheng, found each other in their heart finally although Bo Yan started off using Vanessa for his career. Bo Yan unfortunately died trying to protect Yu Xiwont-stop-you
  6. The friendship between Vanessa, Zhan Cheng and Yu Xi – despite all that happen in the past, Zhan Cheng and Yu Xi choose to let go the unhappiness and supported Vanessa when Bo Yan died.
  7. Friendships – William and Xiao Lin, both best friends of Zhan Cheng and Yu Xi are very supportive from the start to the end of the whole drama

Someone Like You (聽見幸福), this 2015 is definitely a recommended T-Drama. And one wants to read the recap, it is available on Someone Like You (聽見幸福) recap

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Chen Qiao En and Wang Kai Rumored to be Dating in Real Life After Filming Drama Stay With Me —

The C-ent on set couples may be continuing if this latest gossip is to be believed. A C-netizen is reporting that drama costars C-actor Wang Kai and Chen Qiao En may be dating in real life after starring in the … Continue reading →

via Chen Qiao En and Wang Kai Rumored to be Dating in Real Life After Filming Drama Stay With Me —

Imagine my excitement after reading this news… Being a fan of Chen Qiao En from her early days, I hope that she is dating someone and find her happiness soon.

I love her pairing with Geoffrey Gao too….

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Happy Winter Solstice (冬至节快乐)

Happy Winter Solstice (冬至节快乐) everyone!

A brief on what Winter Solstice is all about.

Winter Solstice (冬至) is one of the important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and some other East Asians during the winter solstice period which usually fall around December 21 / December 22 (in accordance to the East Asia Time).  Continue reading “Happy Winter Solstice (冬至节快乐)”

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Introduction & Chapter 1.1: The love affair beside the window (窗口边的情事) by Gui Yan (鬼芸) (HE)

Hi everyone, I hope that everyone is well. It is another 4 days to Christmas! I am so excited! It is amazing how the year have flown by so quickly. It is almost the end of 2016. The year had been a year of ups and down for me. Lots of exciting moments and memories. 

But before I start, let me share the reason why I had to move on to doing another new translation. 

My external hard-drive containing my years of work files (through various organization that I was attached with), translation files, music, dramas along with my travels to many exciting places had decided to crashed a week ago. It is so unfortunate that I did not even managed to back up my files due to my recent hectic work schedule. So everything is gone and along with it are also the translation documents that I was using for the translation of Finding Glowing Beauty in Books (书中自有颜如玉).

So it is with regrets that I had to put this novel on hold while my friend try to ‘rescue’ my crashed external drive. I promise that should they are able to retrieve them, Finding Glowing Beauty in Books (书中自有颜如玉) would be back early January 2017. However, should the drive is beyond ‘rescue’, I would need longer time while I go and retrieve the novel from the original source before I am able to re-start the translation. So bear with me in the meantime.

So today, I brought to you all the new novel that I have just started reading and translate at the same time. However, please note that this is just a short review of the novel as our early Christmas gift for all of you. We will be back in full only in January 2017 after the New Year celebration.

So, enjoy the read and Merry Christmas everyone! Continue reading “Introduction & Chapter 1.1: The love affair beside the window (窗口边的情事) by Gui Yan (鬼芸) (HE)”

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C-Novel Review: Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) by Mo Bao Fei Bao (墨宝非宝)

Another fantastic book by Mo Bao Fei Bao (墨宝非宝), the translated work of Hoju.

Need a light and fun read? This is one that I would definitely recommend. After all, I am re-reading it again!

C-Novel Review: Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) by Mo Bao Fei Bao (墨宝非宝) via mhryupassions.com

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One of my favorite translator, Hoju on Hui3r has recently completed a light novel by her favorite (now also mine) author, Mo Bao Fei Bao (墨宝非宝). After having following her translation for Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) for several months, the end has finally arrived. With the completion of Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼), I must admit that I am having minor withdrawal. This leads me to re-reading the translation all over again….

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C-Drama : Stay With Me (放弃我抓紧我)

I finally managed to get some time off for myself. So a quick update online only to discover that the long awaited drama, Stay With Me (放弃我抓紧我) is finally aired on Hunan TV.

Penned by popular Tong Hua, Stay With Me (放弃我抓紧我) is a story of fashion designed, Li Wei Wei (starring Chen Qiao En) whom due to a car accident that landed her almost drowned, loses her memory. She woke up to the age of 23. The boyfriend in her memory, Chen Yi Du (starring Wang Kai) is her rival at work. And her fiance, Huo Xiao (starring Kimi Qiao) is a man whom she cannot recognize nor remember.

Based on her vague memories, she doesn’t trust the story that she had broken up with Chen Yi Du and started her own investigation on finding out the truth.

Hua Xiao is worried about losing her and tried to protect her by hindering her plan. While investigating, she realized that the busy lives kept her and her loved ones from the dream they once had pursued so passionately. The main reason behind the break-up was due to their workaholic life which inadvertently pushed away the love and understanding.

The now 30 years old Li Wei Wei decided to change her lifestyle. She is determined to change the way things are going, erasing misunderstandings from the past, erasing conflicts between them, never stopping until she finds love and the dream and heart she one possessed.

Would she be able to succeed in her plan? Who would she choose in the end, Chen Yi Du or Hua Xiao?

Excited that Stay With Me (放弃我抓紧我) is now aired, I can’t wait to watch this drama. A quick check on Stay With Me (放弃我抓紧我) online, I am so excited to see that it is finally now available although only for 2 episode. So, guess Stay With Me (放弃我抓紧我) is now on my to watch list… after all with Chen Qiao En, Wang Kai and the late Kimi Qiao starring, the drama has a good list of all my favorite Chinese actors and actress.

Back in September, when I heard the news on the passing of Kimi Qiao due to depression, I was devastated. I first saw him in Cruel Romance and had truly admired his acting skills. Stay With Me (放弃我抓紧我) I heard is his 2nd last drama before he ended his time on earth.

The official Trailer of Stay With Me (放弃我抓紧我) can be found here

Below are some of the stills found online:

And so…. who is watching Stay With Me (放弃我抓紧我) as well?

Stay tune… as I might come back soon with my review of Stay With Me (放弃我抓紧我) ….

 

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HK-Drama Review: A Fist Within Four Walls (城寨英雄)

Been a while since I last watched any Hong Kong TVBI Drama. Recently, as I return home from work late in the evening, I was attracted to the drama that my husband is currently watching, A Fist Within Four Walls (城寨英雄).

Finally the weekend is here and finally a little more relax from work (finally submitted the budget, just waiting for the presentation day which is scheduled for this coming Thursday), I took some time to watch the drama. No wonder it is said to the the second highest rated drama of 2016. After all, for a non-lover of martial art drama, I am hocked.  Continue reading “HK-Drama Review: A Fist Within Four Walls (城寨英雄)”