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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!

Introduction to The love affair beside the window (窗口边的情事) can be found here. This novel is a recommendation by Snow Berries.

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Chapter 1.1

Taipei – Tianmu

A strain of trees along the street are not afraid of the current cold weather, braving while standing on both sides of Zhongshan North Road. The street is heavy with vehicles coinciding with the timing of getting off work. Both buildings on both sides of the road are brightly lit with warm orange light in the cold city.

Among them, is the two five-storey building across a small valley of fifty centimetres standing. Adjacent to building, on the first floor of a white-brick apartment is a dental clinic. Next to the gray European-style building that is the home to Rao Fu European-style cafes.

Coincidentally, both owners are invariably residing in both the buildings on the third floor. More coincidentally, that year, on December 25, two small lives were born into both the families.

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The dentist named the baby boy, Qing Hai. The master of baking called his baby girl, Ji Xing Yu.

The story begins here.

Song Qing Hai is the only child at home. Both parents are dentists. Both parents are busy over the weekdays at work. In order to avoid their son growing up being cold, mother Song specially arranged for a small reading room in the clinic. The shelves are filled with all kinds of children books for her son.

Forgot which day was it, a pair of beautiful eyes of the little girl suddenly broke into his little world.

“What is this?” The small finger taped the picture. And she looked straight at him.

“Adults with the villain.” Qing Hai answer un-enthusiastically. Even if he did, she would not understand the article that describe giant and dwarf. So he cut straight to the point.

“Hmmmmm.” The little girl nodded nervously while her eyes sparkle with excitement. “I know. I am an adult and you are a villain.”

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Qing Hai frowned and said with a very unhappy tone: “Don’t talk nonsense!”

The little girl is puzzled and stared at Qing Hai for a moment. “But you obviously look younger than me. Just now your mother said that to my mother.”

Qing Hai kept quiet.

“Turn the page. I have finished reading this page.”

The little girl extended her hand wanting to turn the page. But the damaged self-esteem Qing Hai jumped from the chair.

“Who wants you to read my book!” He blushed while shouting at the girl. Then he turned around and ran out of the clinic. He ran back upstairs into his room.

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Perhaps because of the relatively slow development, comparing with the other children of the same age, Qing Hai is much smaller in build. Therefore, at a very young age, although he did not know inferiority, but subconsciously, he hate people saying that he is smaller.
“Qing Hai! Are you there?”

A light cries from the window. Qing Hai hesitated for a while. And then he climb the desk and stuck his head out of the window.

He had known that the gray wall has a window. But he did not know that the original voice across from the window is the little girl from earlier.

“Wait! You listen to me. I really did not mean anything earlier. I am sorry.” Seeing that Qing Hai is turning to leave, the little girl quickly called out to him. “I really mean it. Can you please open the window?”

Qing Hai looked suspiciously at her.

“Just for a little while. What are you afraid of?”

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“Who is afraid?” He pushed the window.

Seeing that the window is opened, the little girl happily open her own windows.

“Take this!”

She toss a bag across the window. Qing Hai successfully catch it.

It is a bag of chocolate biscuits with transparent plastic bags tied with a blue ribbon.

“A gift for you. This is baked by my father. Very nice to eat oh.” The little girl stood with both her hands on the window, grinning cutely.

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With the biscuits in his hand, Qing Hai soften his attitude, although the expression on his face is still cool.

“My name is Ji Xing Yu. Xing as in the star. Yu as in the language. Can we be friends?” Xing Yu smiled with two curved joints and a glowing healthy rosy cheeks while exposing two rows of white teeth.

Naturally, she left a deep impression in Qing Hai’s heart.

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mhryu: Did you all enjoy reading this short chapter introduction? This is a short novel as it is only 10 chapters although each chapters are relatively long. So stay tune for the next post!

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I love travelling and exploring the world, see things from the lense of my camera.... this is my space in sharing the many exciting places that I have visited as well as some of the wonderful gastronomy experience. I also loved baking while exploring new recipes. From time to time, I will also be sharing unique dishes that I cook for my family as well as sharing some of my baking experience / recipes.

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

  1. Hmmm… this sounds interesting… A question for you though, is the girl’s name Ji Xing Yu or Wei Xing Yu. You use both Ji & Wei for her name… 😃
    I hope that your friend can recover the information in your laptop… Merry Christmas!

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    1. Ops thanks for noticing the different in names. Let me check and amend accordingly. 🙏🏻✌🏻️ on the external hard-drive recovery too. Fortunately not my laptop just the external hard-drive. Merry Christmas Sian. Have a blessed celebration

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  2. Oh! It is definitely heartbreaking to lose something that you slaved over, translating from Chinese to English is not an easy task and you must have worked so hard…. My heart I breaking along with you. Me gives you a warm hug and kisses wishing you a merry Christmas and may the coming new year be the best year bringing you good health and overflow with joy. Thank you for all the comfort you provided me with by translating such wonderful work, it got me through hard times. When ever I felt that I can go on no longer, in my darkest times of need and despair, reading your posts got me through. It was a light shining bright. I thank you wholeheartedly for sharing your light with us readers. You are a fairy godmother for me, a being of positive energy.

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    1. Jaimy84 thank you so much for your sharing. Glad that you find comfort reading the blog. We will definitely continue to share as much as we could. Unfortunately it is totally gone now so this one will be here for now till I picked back up Finding Glowing.
      Merry Christmas my dear 😘

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  3. Haha little SQH’s heart got shaken

    Poor external hard drive, no wonder some of my friends would spend the efforts in backing up their external hard drive

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    1. Yes Yadane. I did not managed to back up due to busy schedule for months. And before I could do it, it’s all gone. My 8 months of work files and my thousands of songs as well as my photos 😰 especially my travel photos that I had edited 😰. In the meantime enjoy this c-novel first. The other one will be back within this year I am sure 😉

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