I’m A Baller - Chapter 43
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Wang Yan didn’t attempt it.
Jumping around and executing splits—wouldn’t he be asking for it?
Only uncivilized people would jump around all the time. The Habit Incubator had brought about a huge change in Wang Yan and defined his day-to-day habits and mannerisms.
He was, of course, still young at heart, but not all kids were into sports anyway.
When selecting the habits he wanted to acquire, he hadn’t bothered choosing exercise.
How could exercise compare to sleep? Sleep, sleep, sleep!
After spending about ten minutes flirting with Liu Li, he had quickly fallen asleep.
On August 3rd, a Monday, there was extended warm weather and still no signs of rain.
The first thing he did when he woke up was look at the system panel.
The sleep rewards hadn’t appeared, but the Mall had been refreshed. There was a new product in the inventory.
[Attribute Modifier (Excellence)]
[After purchasing this, you will be able to use cash to modify your attributes until you reach the upper limit of 79 points for Excellence]
What… the… f*ck…
Wang Yan slowly enunciated these three words before rolling about on his bed.
Was it amazing?
Was he feeling torn?
If spending five hundred thousand meant having the opportunity to change their personal attributes, those tycoons would probably be willing to fork out even five billion.
The problem was that he didn’t have that much money at his disposal, and he still had to top up money to change his attributes after purchasing them…
Alright, he was going to keep it in mind…
Nah, who was he kidding? He had to get it no matter what!
It wasn’t really a problem at all. In fact, this was what they might consider a “first world problem.”
Wang Yan started calculating his EXP and projected earnings.
His EXP was currently 87/100, and he had less than 100,000 dollars at his disposal.
If he were able to sell 100 watermelons before nightfall, he could then upgrade the System and have enough money to purchase the Attribute Modifier.
He could even focus on upgrading the System first, then wait until the weekend before deciding what to do about the Attribute Modifier.
It would be waiting for him in the Mall anyway, and even if he did buy it now, it wasn’t as if he had enough money to make a top-up.
Therefore, it would be a better idea for him to first achieve 130,000 points in EXP so that he could increase his breathing wages.
He had to use his money wisely, because his finances were going to become tight.
There was too much stuff that he would have to buy for college. How was he going to get everything within such a short period of time?
Besides, he wouldn’t be able to bring that much stuff with him, so he had long planned to buy items in Xingcheng instead.
Staring dazedly at the System panel, Wang Yan didn’t really have any concrete plans in his mind right then.
Crab King Card?
If he wanted to make something of a crab feast, he first had to have the raw materials, right?!
Haha, he had found something that he could spend money on!
Wang Yan jumped into action. After giving his face a quick wash, he drove straight to Dong Yuan International.
Dong Yuan International was a famous five-star hotel in Gujiao. The buffet they served at the price of 258 dollars per person was top-tier, and their banquet hall was a popular choice for weddings. One would have to make a booking at least a month in advance.
Wang Yan went straight to the catering department to look for the manager.
Because he was going to collect watermelons right after, Wang Yan had dressed very simply, in a nondescript t-shirt, shorts, a cap, and black-rimmed glasses. He was looking kind of plain.
Therefore, the manager was a little haughty when speaking to him.
“Uh… who’s this? You’re looking for me? What can I do for you?”
Wang Yan didn’t have much time to waste, so he went straight to the point.
“I would like to make a booking for 20 king crabs. They should be around ten catties each. Just charge me accordingly. I’m not certain when I’ll be coming though, so hold them for me.”
The manager was taken aback, and a solemn expression formed on his face.
“How do I address you, sir? I won’t be able to book you the banquet hall if you’re unable to provide a fixed time…”
“I don’t need the banquet hall. A private room will do. There won’t be more than ten attendees.”
The manager’s eyes widened in confusion.
“Ten people? Twenty huge king crabs?”
Wang Yan gestured impatiently. “You don’t have to worry about how they’ll be eaten. I’ll pay in full for the crabs right now. As for the beverages and service charge, we can settle that later. What do you say?”
“Sure, sure, sure! Certainly!”
The manager bowed courteously, his face all smiles.
“You must be worried that there won’t be enough crabs in the size you want when the time comes. Don’t worry, we’ll choose them right away and set them aside for you. We’ll weigh them again when the time comes. If the weight varies, we’ll adjust the prices accordingly. We won’t waste a single cent of yours!”
Wang Yan raised his arm to look at his watch. It was almost eight, so he didn’t want to waste any more time. He immediately took out his cell phone.
“Give me an official receipt with your company stamp. I will make the payment right away. It’s 80,000 for the crabs, right? I’ll pay you another 40,000 in advance for the beverages and the room. It will be 120,000 in total.”
The manager was literally grinning from ear-to-ear. “Actually, 80,000 would suffice! Eighty thousand is fine! I’ll make sure everything is perfect and take care of the discount and all that.”
Wang Yan glared at him. “I don’t want any discounts for the crabs, not a single cent! If you want to give me freebies, look elsewhere. Understand?”
To be honest, he didn’t quite understand.
The manager was baffled. He felt as if he had just met an idiot.
What was the difference between giving him an overall discount and not giving him a discount on the crabs but offering free beverages?
Wouldn’t it be the same when the receipt was issued?
Since he couldn’t figure it out, he decided to just leave it. Whatever it was, he had to satisfy the customer’s demands. It was easy enough dealing with ordinary customers, but someone who could afford to pay 80,000 for a single table was a VIP, so he had to try his best to fulfil his requests.
“Don’t worry, I’ll get it done!”
Wang Yan immediately made the payment.
After it was processed, his EXP went up to 99/100, which meant that there was just another two or three thousand to go.
That was fine. He’d just pay Wu Ye for the watermelons later.
Besides, a requirement of using the Crab King Card was to pay for the meal upfront, so that whatever rewards he reaped after would be pure profit.
What if he couldn’t find any big eaters?
There were plenty of construction sites in the city. If he were to comb them one by one, he would definitely be able to find seven big eaters. After starving for an entire day, these workers would definitely gorge on the king crabs at night!
There would be plenty of fight in them!
Where there was a will, there was a way.
In the event that there were leftovers, he could always bring them home for his parents and Brother Xizi!
If it weren’t for the fact that he wouldn’t be able to explain how he had so much money, Wang Yan would have long bought an air conditioner and massage chair for his home.
His phone rang right after he finished paying.
Wang Yan kept the receipt and left.
At 9:30, he paid Wu Ye three thousand in cash and upgraded the System to Level 6.
[System Level: 6]
[Breathing Wages, 2 dollars for each breath taken]
[Gourmet Crit Hit, 5% probability]
[Drink Crit Hit, 4% probability]
[Game Crit Hit, 3% probability]
[Sleep Crit Hit, 2% probability]
[Read Crit Hit, 1% probability]
[The Mall, Attribute Modifier]
The System was indeed aptly named.
It was practically an Encyclopedia of Life.
Eating, drinking, sleeping, reading, exercising—there were rewards for almost
everything. It was earth-shattering. He could reap so many rewards from just refining these little things in life.
Wang Yan suddenly realized that he only had to do what had to be done. He didn’t have to go out of his way to do anything out of the ordinary.
It was having a good meal when he was hungry, having a drink with his good friends when they gathered, learning anything he wanted, playing when he wasn’t in the mood to study, and going to bed when he needed rest.
Since there were surprises waiting for him in everything he did, he didn’t feel pressured to go after anything in particular.
There was no need to push himself!
Everyone led the same life in this world; the only difference was that these people simply lived, whereas he lived and learned at the same time.
Bit by bit, he’d become an expert at living.Becoming an expert in the game of life was as simple as that.