“Hello, I’m a reporter from the financial channel of X TV station. I’d like to interview you. What impact has the financial crisis had on your work?”
When the reporter suddenly stopped in front of her for an interview, she put the spicy rice cake snack she had just took back into the bag.
She sniffed at her stuffy nose. The tip of her nose was red and her volume was slightly lower. “No… No impact. I’m just a student so I’m not working yet. I can’t feel any impact for the time being.”
“Thank you for your answer. I wish you a happy life.” the reporter smiled.
When the reporter walked away, Nian Gao ate the spicy rice cakes.
TL notes: Teokbokki in Korean, but because this isn’t Korean let’s settle for Spicy Rice Cake. I can’t use the Chinese name because her name, Nian Gao, literally means Rice cake.
Before arriving in front of the door of her home, there was still some spicy rice cake strip in her hand. She hurriedly finished eating it. She threw away the garbage, and spray some perfume.
When she had accomplished the whole thing skillfully, she lowered her head and sniffed to make sure that there was no “criminal evidence” left before stepping back at home.
As soon as she entered the house, she saw her Mother eating Spicy Rice cake on the sofa. She asked, “Gao Gao, are you feeling better from your cold?”
While changing shoes, Nian Gao replied, “Better.”
“Gao Gao, you’ve been sick for the past three days, and your physique is still too weak. You should really exercise from time to time.” Her Mother said earnestly.
When it comes to exercise, Nian Gao has a headache. She never liked exercise.
If she exercise, she starts to get dizzy and wants to sit down.
Her parents always advised her to go to the gym for exercise. Every time they say those words, she pretended not to hear.
Nian Gao went to her bedroom and was ready to slip away from the conversation.
Her Mother suddenly called her, “Wait!”
Nian Gao was nervous, “What’s the matter?”
After coming two or three steps closer, her mother came to smell her.
The next second, her Mother frowned, “Did you eat spicy rice cakes again?”
“No! No! Absolutely not!”
Her mother sweep her ear with her little finger and looked at her sternly.
“You are lying! My nose is not clogged. Gao, I told you many times. Don’t eat those junk food. You don’t have a good physique and eating those things will be harmful to your body!”
“Mom, I’m wrong. I’m wrong. I won’t eat any more.”
Her Mother let go, “What if you eat it again?”
“If I eat again…I’ll go… I’ll go to the gym to exercise!”
“That’s what you said. If you eat spicy cake strips again, you’ll go to the gym to exercise!”
Nian Gao nodded heavily.
How could she give up spicy strips? It’s impossible to give up. It’s impossible to do it in her whole lifetime.
If she wants to eat it in the future, her mother must never find out again.
A week later, when she was shopping with her classmates, she met her mother, who was also shopping with her friends.
At that time, Nian Gao was still stuffed with spicy rice cake strip in her mouth.
When her mother saw her, her face turned green and she ate them whole.
That same night, her Mother threw her a card and said, “This is your fitness card membership. Go here tomorrow!”
At this moment, Nian Gao wanted to cry without tears looking at the card.
She really wants to break the card.