Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Valentine

So now it’s Valentine, time passes by so quickly. I hope everyone will spend a good day with your loved ones. Well as before I have nothing mush to say, so I’ll write something about history of Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is an old tradition thought to have originated from a Roman Festival known as Lupercalia. It was held on February 15 as a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture. During the celebrations boys would draw names of girls from a box and the pair would be partners during the festival. These matches often led to marriage.

The festival survived the initial rise of Christianity but was outlawed at the end of the 5th century when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St Valentine’s Day.

Well about the first St. Valentine, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. There is one idea that he was a priest from Rome who served in the 3rd century. Emperor Claudius II banned marriage when he decided that single men made better soldiers and when Valentine felt this was unfair he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. But when the emperor found out he was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.

There are other legends that suggest he may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were beaten and tortured.

Another idea is that when he was sent to prison, he sent a letter to a young girl he had fallen in love with and signed it “From your Valentine”. It’s thought this was the first ever Valentine’s Day greeting.

Some believe that Valentine’s Day’s is celebrated mid-February to mark the anniversary of St Valentine’s death. It’s thought to have happened in the middle of the month around 270 AD. Others maintain that the Christian church decided to place St Valentine’s feast day at this time of the year in an effort to ‘Christianise’ the pagan festival of Lupercalia.

Roses have been the symbol of love since the early 1700s when Charles II of Sweden brought the Persian poetical art known as the “language of flowers” to Europe. Throughout the 18th century, ladies loved their floral dictionaries, which listed the symbolic meanings of different flowers. The red rose was believed to be the flower favoured by Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love, and has therefore come to represent that.

(Creadits to YourTango.com, History.com & Gemma Mullin@Mirror.co)

To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes,
And dupp’d the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.

— William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5
And new chapter will be out, at the end of the day… probably… =_=;
So that’s it! have a Happy Valentine’s everyone!
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Happy Lunar New Year 2016!!!

Chinese New Year

So it’s the new years to Chinese! I’m not Chinese so well, I don’t get to celebrate anything or get any red packets… or that week long holidays, I’m sooo jealous >~<!

Anyway I don’t really have anything to say other than wishing you all new year… but since It’d be such waste of a post if I left it like this, I’ll write something about the mythology of Chinese zodiac.

As you all know, this year is known to be the year of monkey. And besides monkey, there’s rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake and horse, the 12 animals accordingly.

Well there’re lot’s of stories how these animal years came to be (if you try searching them) but the most popular one is…

Zodiac

Jade Emperor invited the entire animal kingdom to partake in a tremendous race. The first 12 animals able to cross the river, would be assigned to a year of the Chinese zodiac system in order of appearance. All the animals were very excited and the news spread rapidly. On the day of the race all the animals gathered at the bank of the river. Rat, although the smallest animal in the zodiac system, won the race. Rat, was very small and not a good swimmer at all, used his brain and played a little trick in order to actually get the first place. He convinced Ox that together they would have a better chance of winning, saying that Ox being very strong, and Rat gifted by a marvelous sight would be a perfect team. So, Rat hopped on the back of Ox. When they neared the other side of the river however, Rat quickly jumped ahead and was named first animal of the Chinese zodiac, followed by Ox, who came in second.

Tiger claimed third prize. Although it was difficult to cross the river, Tiger made it thanks to his strength. Following closely was Rabbit, who had crossed the river by jumping from one stone to the other. Dragon, who was expected to finish first, had to stop to make rain to help all the creatures on earth and came in fifth place. Then, a galloping sound was heard and Horse arrived. Snake, hidden in the hoof of Horse, suddenly appeared, scared Horse and was named 6th animal. Horse ended up being 7th. After that, , Goat, Monkey and Rooster reached the shore. By working together they were able to cross the river. Very satisfied by this teamwork, the Jade Emperor assigned Goat as the 8th animal of the cycle, Monkey as the 9th and Rooster as the 10th.

Dog became the 11th animal, since he couldn’t resist to play a little bit longer in the river before crossing it. Finally, the last to arrive was Pig. He got hungry during the race and stopped to grab a quick bite, but fell asleep afterwards. And this is how the Chinese zodiac was formed.

And Cat was excluded, why? well it’s also because one of Rat’s schemes. It goes like this, Cat and Rat were the best of friends, the kind of friends that spends almost every waking hour together. Both were very excited about the news of the great race and immediately started to make plans to cross the river.

Cat and Rat were the best of friends, the kind of friends that spends almost every waking hour together. Both were very excited about the news of the great race and immediately started to make plans to cross the river. On the day of the race, Cat wanted to take a little nap before partaking in the race, since it would ask a lot of effort and would therefore be very exhausting. Winning this race, however, was the only thing Rat could think about. Instead of waking up Cat, Rat silently sneaked out and spurred to the shore of the river. After enjoying his splendid nap in the sun, Cat woke up to discover the race was already over and Rat had finished first. He was devastated and furious at the same time and swore to hate Rat forever.

And that’s it! Enjoy!

Lanterns

 

I’m really sorry! >_<

sorry

I am really really really sorry everyone! Lot’s of unexpected and unfortunate things happened to me last month, so I wasn’t in the right mood to continue translate nor read any novels. Actually my last month was kinda like one of these depressing BE novels. Friends betraying you, breaking up with your bf, screwing up the exams, getting in to a huuuge fight with your bro (well this one’s pretty normal… I guess) etc etc. What sucks the most is, when it happens altogether, I don’t even have tears to cry… or should I say, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry 😛

I was kinda depressed for last few days, spend time mostly sleeping and playing games, vegetable stealing or whatever (actually this game called FarmVille 2 is pretty interesting… for now at least) talking about games, now I really want to cry. Since now I’m not talking with both my game sources >.> I missed the division’s beta T^T

Anyway now that I’m all better, I’ll continue translating but I’m sorry to have broken my promise. There’ll be weekly releases but I can’t be sure if I’ll be able to release them on Sunday. I’ve got lot of catching up to do, in both novels and studies, plus there’s Chinese course’s final exam. But fear not, I’ll still translate!

So… that’s all for my excuses, feel free for the trash-talking and bad-mouthing 🙂

 

If I Have You, What More Could I Ask For In This Life? (如若有你一生何求 [医生,一生何求]) : Chapter 3

Chapter 3

 

C3

Yisheng led her father to a small hotel booked a room for them. After they tidied up their luggage, Yisheng turned to her father, picking up his clothes said, “Dad, you go take a shower first”.

Ye Tianming held his daughter, earnestly looking at her said, “I asked your uncle Song to help me buy our old house back. And as for the money uncle Song owed me some a while back so it won’t be a problem. Us, father and daughter together, we can go back to our old place, what do you say?”

Yisheng withdrew her hand, tuned away appearing to be busy, “Dad do you still think there’s a need for us to stay in this town anymore?”

“Of course there is, although this is still a small town, this is where I first met your mother, got to know to know each other, fell in love with each other and gave birth to you, Yisheng. If it weren’t for me being muddled at that time, then it wouldn’t have….” thinking back at how their family went bankrupt after corruption case, Ye Tianming let down a heavy sigh, lowering his head.

Yisheng walked towards her father, hugging him from the behind, “You shouldn’t think about those things anymore, for six whole years this daughter have been very unfilial to you, haven’t even bothered to visit you. To tell you the truth, at first I too blamed you, but after thinking things through I realized that Dad did all that because of Mom’s illness”

“Hey!” Ye Tianming couldn’t help but laugh at himself, how absurd of him to recall all these sad things again. “Yisheng, don’t you want to stay here?”

“No, I don’t want to” to her this little town held many cruel memories, if she were to stay here again she’ll not be able to return to her peaceful life again”.

“But if father still wish to stay, then you can stay. I’ll go back to B city, it’s fairly close and it would only take two or so hours for one trip from here. And it’s a prefecture level city, so it’ll be easy to find place to work too”.

“Are you really okay with being alone like this?” Ye Tianming’s eyes carried a hint of concern.

Yisheng tried to console him, “My senior is there too. He’s the one  took care of me from back then, helped me a lot too. Also, this time he helped me to take up a internship at there, using his connections. If work hard, I might be able to become a resident there”.

Ye Tianming let out another sigh, patting his daughters hands that weren’t fragile nor delicate as they were once before, a sudden sadness gushed through him.

“Dad, it’s all fine” Yisheng buried her face in his back, faintly closing her eyes, thought about her hazy future, she felt at loss. She couldn’t see it, she couldn’t see the other side, only had her blind beliefs”

As long as I’m alive, it’ll all be fine.

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The means and methods of Song Zheng were quite capable, in no more than three short days he was able to buy back Ye family’s old house. Even Song Zheng himself couldn’t help but laugh, said, “It was nice to talk to the previous owner, he promised to pay seven years of installments too, still really haven’t had such good deal before”.

Ye Tianming looked at the house he didn’t see for six years, also followed in laughing. “To buy this house, like a collection, still same as before”.

Song Zheng  said with a smile, “It was good, to help you take care of this house all these years”

Ye Tianming happily smiled. To live in this old house again, Yisheng  looked around to see traces of herself left there, the eventful days she spent in this house, every corner and every item was deeply engraved in her mind.

Those birthday parties, those fun times, their simple yet exaggerative actions, now it all seemed things that can not put in to words, only leaving behind a taste of pitiful regret. And yet those were, truly the most carefree days of her life.

After few year of remolding it’ll be as father wishes, it almost didn’t have any need to be repaired, except for some changes in furnitures. And so they quickly moved back to the old house, this was not within Yisheng’s expectations at all.

That night, after settling back in her old room, Yisheng received a massage, it was from Song Anchen, “Are you asleep?”

Yisheng replied, “I’m just lying down on the bed”

Then Song Anchen called her. Seeing him calling, she was somewhat hesitant to answer the phone right away. A somewhat (unfamiliar) voice came through, “Hello”

“Still not sleeping? it’s 1 o’clock already” Song Anchen’s voice sounded through the mobile phone. Yisheng blinked, her brain seem to have stopped working for a moment, not sleeping? she’d love to sleep when it’s time to sleep, who’s the one bothering her in the middle of the night. Moreover he took a phone call just to ask this?

“I was sleeping till now, when certain someone’s massage woke me up” Yisheng’s replied in an indifferent tone. Then there was a moment of awkward silence, it took a while before Song Anchen finally said, “Good night, Yisheng”

Yisheng opened her mouth to say something, then closed back again. But she didn’t hang up the phone, neither did he, the awkward silence continued to linger between them. After taking a deep breath to calm herself, Yisheng took the initiative to and hung up first. Curling up on the bed, she closed her eyes.

If it was her from six years ago, then she might’ve took this hind and wouldn’t have hung up on him like that. But now, she must not delude herself such fantasies. Song Anchen and her… was merely childhood friends, nothing more, she didn’t have the freedom for those imaginations anymore.

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Yisheng’s father was somewhat worried to leave his daughter with her senior brother alone, wanted to tag along. But Yisheng denied him, she was no longer the pampered she was once before, those few years of grinding added more experience to her life. Seeing her, appearing so calm and composed, Ye Tianming felt relieved and decided to let her go alone.

Yisheng carried her heavy luggage to station with her, directly went to buy a ticket to the train headed to B city. All she wanted was to leave this place soon, to break away from those painful times.

Yan Heng, Yisheng’s senior brother, they were both on same university but he majored clinical science. She knew him for almost three years. They first met when she was still a freshmen at university, he was already at hi fourth year then. Due to both being from the same hometown, they got to know each other pretty easily.

Yan Heng was very simple and a gentle person. Although they were on different majors, somehow they both understood each other vey well, making them eventually harbor good impressions of each other.

Yisheng was quite introverted and withdrawn back then. By being with her to hear her sorrows, Yan Heng helped her get through the haziest period of her life. So it was only natural for him to know a lot about her, about her life, including Song Anchen. It was quite clear that his concern for her was way past being just her senior. But as for her, she had met with people more caring in her life.

They were merely together for a year, on his fourth year he applied for internship in city B. They only rarely met each other at university, but this distance never had any effect on their relationship, they were still good friends.

Actually Yisheng once suspected that he had feelings for her, but she didn’t dare to make rash assumptions, afraid that it might lead to misunderstandings between them. Fortunately for her, she didn’t bother making guesses that time because he found a girlfriend soon after, which she was really glad to know.

After she got off the train, she carried herself with her heavy luggage, out of the station. Lifting her head up Yisheng’s eyes caught the image of a good looking man, leisurely leaning on a car while smiling at her. Two dimples on each corner of his mouth, slight smile revealing fine line of teeth, familiar figure made her surprised.

He walked up to her saying, “Welcome, my little junior”

“How come you’re here?” I already said I’ll come to find you. Yisheng pushed her luggage, advancing step by step out of the station.

Yan Heng reached out to her, letting out a slight chuckle, lifted her luggage releasing her hand from it. “You were planing to carry all these things all the way to the hospital alone?”

“Like you care!” Yisheng jokingly said, while pouting like a spoiled child, provoking Yan Heng to laugh out loud. “How could I dare to our famous hot-headed little junior”

Yisheng chuckled, slowly following him to the car parked beside the road, After clearly seeing the car he was heading to, she was startled “Ah!” it was an Audi Q7. She stood there staring blankly at him for a while, feeling somewhat stumped for words. Not missing the chance to tease him she said, “Oh, senior’s so rich now, huh? riding on such millions”

Yan Heng only smiled a little, putting her luggage on te trunk, he went to front and opened the door to get in. After starting the car, he turned towards her, “Get in”. Looking at him dazedly, she was startled awake by his voice, while getting on the car she heard him say, “This, my father bought it for me”

Indeed, Yisheng already expected this, he was the son of a high class family after all, they had the economic conditions to supply their son with millions worth houses and vehicles, so as to marry a matching wife. Yan Heng’s family conditions were that good. Yisheng laughed, “It looks like seniors going to marry sister-in-law soon?”

Yan Heng looked distracted for a moment, followed soon after with a light laugh, “I don’t even have a girlfriend, so how am I suppose to get married?”

“Ah! you broke up with sister-in-law?” Yisheng was alarmed.

Yan Heng started the car, stepped on the accelerator, car steadily moved forward. Yan Heng leaned to the side with a smiling expression on his face, “Silly girl, you always take things too seriously, you know your seniors requirements are very high, trying to find the suitable one is not that easy”

Yisheng blinked, staring at him not knowing whether to laugh or cry, was this suppose to be a joke?

Seeing her stare Yan Heng felt a little embarrassed. “Yisheng, what about you? got yourself a boyfriend yet?”

Yisheng withdrew her gaze after a quick glare, “You know me, I’m not heading that way”

“Still for that toy horse?”

Yisheng didn’t reply to him, rather shifted her gaze outside the car, towards the bustling B city. A sub provincial city really is very different, tall buildings rising up one after another, like in a mountain range, mountains raising up one after another.

“I’m transferred to B city’s third affiliated hospital” Yan Heng said while turning to her, “No idea if you also like to go there?”

“Can I really?”

“Well, you’ve got pretty good luck, third hospital renovated all-around, have good amount of capable doctors and attendants to run around, and they directly agreed for the internship after going through your profile” Yan Heng suddenly winked at her saying, “Or maybe it’s just that I have a great charisma”

“Cocky!” Yisheng sneered. She felt really happy, she didn’t expect for everything to turn out so well, perhaps heavens are helping her.

Yan Heng stopped the car beside a community, then two got out of the car, heading towards a house.

“This is the one, it has a annual rent, I paid for the first year, you’ll have to figure things out for later ones”

Yisheng gathered her hands in gratitude, “Senior is really a very capable adult”

Yan Heng reached out to scratch her head out of habit, “You… ah”

Yisheng gently chuckled, appearing extremely silly. There was hint of tenderness in Yan Heng’s eyes when he looked at her. He only wanted for her to be happy, from the moment he first saw that petite and frail person, slowly walking step by step, dragging that heavy luggage with her, until now he always wished for her to be happy and just like then step by step to forget the fact that he was her senior, only as this senior.