Rice Pot Next Door: Chapter 8

Tora Igarashi 1Just when we are getting ready for more Qiao Feng – Lan Shan cuteness, let me introduce you to Mr Song Zi Cheng. He is a potential car buyer who has made some small appearances before this (which I find rather distracting honestly) and it is time to take him out of his wrapping. I have some things to say about him but I will put my comments after the post so as not to affect your impression of him. Continue reading

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Rice Pot Next Door: Chapters 10 & 11

5-1So Qiao Feng does know about her “crazy neighbor” remark before inviting Lan Shan to share his dinner.  As Inno says, it is really nice of him and in today’s chapter, we get to see yet another nice/useful side of him. Although Lan Shan is very thick-skin to butt her way into people’s home for meals, I think I may also do the same if I am a household kultz while my neighbor is such a handy-manny.

We also get to meet a new character – Song Zi Cheng – today and I will write more about him in my next post. He has actually made 2 small appearances before this but I find his appearances a bit distracting at this stage so I’ll tell you more about him in one go next time.

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(The Prequel) Chapter 20: One Step Behind

Legendary Book of Sun-Moon Swordplay – The Prequel

Characters appearing in this chapter:
Sun Fei Fei 孙菲菲—Fa Heung Yan a.k.a. Black Rose 花香燕
Yuen Siu Mo 袁劭武
Wallace Chung Hon Leung 鍾漢良—Sit Chung Nam 薛钟南

AFTERNOON
NORTH STAR TOWN
ALLEYWAY OFF TO SIDE OF MARKETPLACE

Yan had never felt so miserable before.  Her stomach now protested every few seconds with loud grumbles, and she started to shake slightly from hunger.  Weakly, she meandered slowly into an alleyway, away from the humdrum of the busy main street.  Stopping midway in the alley, Yan squinted up at the sky.

Just a few minutes ago, the storm clouds had blocked out all traces of sunlight, but now the sun somehow managed to fight its way past the gloom and cast its warmth and brightness onto the earth.  Feeling dizzy from the glare, Yan carefully lowered herself onto the ground and leaned against the stone wall of the alley, huffing and puffing, trying to keep herself from fainting.

She closed her eyes, hoping to solve her hunger problem by thinking serene thoughts of gentle flowing waters and soothing qin music.  Unfortunately, her traitorous mind kept conjuring up images of delectable dishes of steamy food.  Soon, she even began to smell food.  Then from her left, she heard a woman’s voice asking if she wanted to eat.  Frowning, Yan popped open her eyes and jerked her head toward the voice.  She blinked at the sight in front of her, thinking she had gone crazy from extreme starvation.

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Rice Pot Next Door: Chapters 9 & 10

cat 4So it is true. The way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach. I think I give our OTP too little credit when their misunderstanding went from bad to worse in the last few chapters. To my pleasant surprise, both Lan Shan and Qiao Feng are not the petty sort and neither are they stubborn types who cannot bend when apologies are in order…..  so truce?

And Sect Leader Qiao has a cat, how sweet is that? I like it when authors make use of pets to reflect their master’s personality and I think this will be the case in this book.  Although I doubt I can ever pronounce its name, I love you kitty, all the same!  ^_^

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Rice Pot Next Door: Chapters 5 – 7

usui 2The bad blood between Qiao Feng and Lan Shan continues and I am starting to wonder if these 2 are the OTP since their initial impressions of each other are so bad?

I am not following the exact flow of the novel for the next few chapters but I will come back for the characters I have missed subsequently. I love, love the ending at Chap 7  and I think you will like it too. : )

 

 

 

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Rice Pot Next Door: Chapters 3 & 4

chap 2R8After the first meeting, we get to know a bit more about our main characters. Lan Shan is in her twenties and sells cars. Throughout the novel, the author uses the term “4S Shop” which I take it to mean a car showroom. They are so named in China for they offer the 4 ‘S’ – Sale, Spare Part, (Post Sales) Service, Survey.

As for Qiao Feng, I can only say he has the best family ever.  Without further ado, let’s delve into the next chapters and meet them!

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Rice Pot Next Door: Chapters 1 & 2

1028-538An overdue ‘hello’ to everyone! I love the humor of Chinese writer 酒小七 Jiu Xiao Qi (fondly known as ‘Seventh Brother’ on the internet) and hope that you will also enjoy her latest novel entitled “The Rice Pot Next Door” as much as I do.  This is a modern romance that has no heartbreaking angst, no corporate espionage, no birth secrets… just a sweet story of how one gorgeous associate prof fell in love with one gorgeous car sales woman – or is it the other way around?

The novel has a draggy start, so other than the first 2 chapters below, I’m going to quickly summarize the next few chapters before going into what I feel are the lovely chapters. This will not be word for word translation like Gentleman Free-Floating Cloud and I may not always be able to bring across the jokes (too many phrases that do not have an English equivalent I’m sorry) but I will try my best.

Enjoy the read …. and do pardon my grammar mistakes, if any.

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(The Prequel) Chapter 19: Legendary Swords, Heavenly Weapons

Legendary Book of Sun-Moon Swordplay – The Prequel

Characters appearing in this chapter:
Sun Fei Fei 孙菲菲—Fa Heung Yan a.k.a. Black Rose 花香燕
Hu Ge 胡歌—Miu Jing Hung 苗靖雄
Yang Mi 杨幂—Lau Ji San 劉紫珊
Huang Xiao Ming 黄晓明—Lau Ming Leung 劉明良
Wallace Chung Hon Leung 鍾漢良—Sit Chung Nam 薛钟南

MORNING
NORTH STAR TOWN
MARKETPLACE

“Is he bothering you?”

Before Yan could turn around to respond, a masculine hand suddenly reached out from behind Yan and clenched hard around Young Master Yuen’s arm, forcing the privileged, arrogant man to yelp in pain.

Yan jerked her head around at that moment, and recognizing her rescuer, sighed with relief.  Before she could utter a singe word, the spoiled man gripping her arm exclaimed with outrage.

“Hey!”  Young Master Yuen sputtered.  “How dare you?  Who are you?”

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