Worldly Affairs and Sand Sculpture


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Li Xiangfu returned after traveling through the Nuzun Kingdom!
Life’s pressures molded him into a polymath, excelling in music, chess, calligraphy, and painting during his years of adventure. His embroidery and culinary skills surpassed all, and he assumed the role of the household manager.

The ambitious young master of the Li family, fixated on seizing the family fortune, faced exile abroad. Upon his return several years later, everyone anticipated his mischief. However, instead of chaos, they witnessed him playing the guqin in the morning, engaging in double-sided embroidery at noon, and preparing soup after washing his hands in the evening.

Li Xiangfu mused, “People resemble pale chrysanthemums, tranquil and content, devoid of desires. Let’s not disrupt this tranquility.”

In subsequent events:
The traditional and stern eldest young master of the Li family: “…Little brother, go and have fun in a club.”
The composed and reserved second young master of the Li family: “…Little brother, go fall in love.”
Mr. Li, wishing for greater resilience: “…Son, just be wild.”

One day, the head of the Qin family proposed a marital alliance.
Mr. Li responded, “I have one daughter and must consult her wishes first.”
Qin Jin interjected, “No, I am interested in your younger son.”
Mr. Li contemplated, “…Then we must prioritize those seeking a blind date with him this year. You’re the twenty-ninth.”

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mmellowyelloww rated it
October 14, 2023
Status: c15
The mystery of what happened in the past is intriguing, and at this point it's the only thing that made me able to grit my teeth and continue reading actually. Because anything else are so frustrating! Like, mc's acquaintance and family all told MC to be vigilant toward ml, and if it's possible, stay away from him. MC even agree himself that ML acting suspicious and he felt wary of him. But then, not even a chapter pass and ML did nothing to lessen the suspicious but act even more... more>> suspicious, MC suddenly thought that ML is so nice they should be friend~ Why?? I know that to create a plot point, some time we need to sacrifice some of mc's braincells. But this is not sacrifice some braincells, this is outright MC turn off his brain!! WHY?? 🥴 I hope the story get better though. I really want to know what happened in the past, I don't want to drop the story yet.

Dropped at ch. 51

I tried. I swear, I really really tried. But at this rate, the only way MC going to win against the villain's side after continue to choose dumb choice after dumb choice all these time, is for the villain himself to be even more dumber than the MC. And that would be anti-climax and didn't worth killing one own braincells continously reading till the end. <<less
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Quail_birb rated it
October 7, 2023
Status: c10
For now (10 chapters), it has an interesting setting with questionable execution and confusing character introductions.

A lot of backstory to this including the presence of transmigration and a system, but the story doesn't really explain about those things other than it being the default reason why our MC has new talents and different personality.

The MC also has some amnesia going back into his old life so as the readers we don't know what the issue is with him and his family nor the people of the (potential) ML's family.

A few... more>> things to note : because of the settings above, there are alot of plot holes and contradictory character settings (hopefully will be explained in future chapters) and there really isn't much going on right now.

The translation is okay, although it needs some editing to be more consistent (or maybe that's the author's fault?). Still, I appreciate the translator for picking this up 🙏 <<less
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User.948761 rated it
December 9, 2023
Status: Completed
Completed the main story. This story is quite interesting.

The MC transmigrated to another world where (from my vague understanding from mtl) is a women dominated world - as in women and men have exchanged roles. Therefore, his system (which is ultimately a learning system) has MC learn a bunch of skills (I want to say 10? Such as painting, qin, dancing, embroidery, etc) that are considered virtues in that world. Which results in him being a hot commodity in that world.

The story starts with his successful task completion in the... more>> transmigration world and his return to his OG world. His transmigrated body also returns with him but he was "abroad" for several years so no one can tell he's different. The System becomes his child - that's where the childcare comes in. The story then goes into the backstory of how he ended up in another country. The ML is introduced quite quickly. And MC's random skills come into play because he doesn't lose the skills with the return.

The antagonist is quite interesting to the plot too. The primary focus is this battle with the antagonist character. Pretty much until the very end. The Systems are quite important to the plot. And then most loose ends are tied nicely. The final few chapters of the main story focus on the relationship between MC and ML. I wanted a bit more tho. The relationship felt a bit rushed and with an abrupt ending.

Read up to ch 128 (the first extra). I'm hoping when I remember this story again, I'll be able to find more extras. For now it seems to cover the MC's experience in the other world. <<less
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