Burning the Incense at Both Ends

Burning Incense at Both Ends

I’ve been telling people my head popped off earlier last week and I’ve been kicking it around ever since trying to keep everything in order. Here’s a taste of what the fixed portion of my schedule looks like:




  • 8.5 – 11.5am: Chinese
  • 11.5 – 1pm: Lunch
  • 12 – 6/7pm: Work
  • 6/7 – 8: Teach
  • 8 – 9: Eat
  • 9 – 11: Work/Meeting
  • 11 – 12.5: Gym/Study

  • 10 – 3: Teach English
  • 4 – 6.5: Volleyball
  • 7 – 8: Eat

  • 3 – 5:30pm: Chinese Corner (I)
  • 6.5 – 10pm: Chinese Corner (II)

Aside from this schedule I also need to prepare materials for the Chinese and HTML classes I teach as well as do a good deal of online marketing work for the Volleyball and Chinese Corner event’s I run. Of course this doesn’t include my nightlife activities which usually occupy me at least twice every weekend.

I’ve been trying my best to break up my week and responsibilities in a manageable fashion but boy let me tell you, it’s a bit of an intimidating task. I guess it’s worth it though, I’m young I’m supposed to run around like a crazy person trying to make the right connections, put things together, and suck up as much as I possibly can on the way. I’ve been thinking to restructure my commitment to Topnotch Partners as I don’t think I’m going to have sufficient time to develop myself in that direction while I’m taking classes. I guess my thought was simply place “learning Chinese” as my commitment to the company. It is after all a critical skill to have in order to successfully expand our business here and maintain the relationship with our current portfolio of suppliers. I wonder if my Dad will buy into that :) .

I guess everything considered what I’m putting myself through isn’t in any way, shape, or form uncommon here. Long hours, poor sleeping/eating habits, obsession with making money, allowing myself too much ethical leeway… hehe. I wonder sometimes about what we do to ourselves – being here you get to take a glimpse back into the past of developed countries. Everything’s moving, looking in one direction with the majority of people disconcerned with some of the big problems they create in their ignorance. Can the world afford populating a nation of 1.4 billion with automobiles and all those wasteful trinkets we developed country folk can’t bear to live without.

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  • http:blog.michaelmichelini.com mike michelini

    yea dude, smoking crack helps too….