My idling hours

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I find the subtext of best use of time fascinating.

This time last year, between jumbling up in the apathetic air of daily commute and sitting tight in office, I spent most of my time watching Olympic games. I was transfixed by the significance of seconds. That under-a-minute period of time sends one of the equally hard-working athletes to the triumphant honour. Despite the instant regret of not spending time on more productive activities which might otherwise contribute to a form of success by now, my idling hour businesses never strike me as frivolities.

Until I realise one plus one is not two.

For the longest time in history we have been debating whether multifaceted or specialised labour receives more love from the society. We strived for qualifications, proves and references to validate our work capacity (– whether or not it is the purpose of education will be discussed in another time), but none of them seems to matter anymore.  What I find fascinating about the best use of time nowadays is that everyone is so busy living in a personality bubble. The millennial-specific form of community interaction causes constant consciousness of our offline behaviours to the make-believe of a fulfilling and constructive life. But, you know, if youve seen one youve seen ’em all. Working up the numbers across digital channels as a quick-key to recognition is ingeniously felicitous in the age of ‘sharing’. Yet, the paralysing effect of such effortless online success thwart our pursuit of genuine knowledge and perception of real-life events.

I wouldn’t say I point my fingers altogether to the internet, not at all. In fact, nothing I write or create or not even this site would exist without the internet. You and I would have never met (virtually). Global warming still exists. The world will still reach its end.

Well, not that I have any better excuse as to why my Instagram has been idled for an unforgivable amount of time (and this space also), but I just handled my life dilemma, got my summer tan (finally) and booked an exciting trip to feed my idling hours and socials.

So, yea, see you soon.

COS Top | GAP Jeans 
Photography and Text: Hong Hiu Ching


  1. Kiri

    Again I love love your photography. But I always come back to your blog because of your writing style. I agree that we all spend way to much time online cultivating our own personal brands.
    I like to make sure I am only using social media or being connected to the internet during certain hours a day. That way I can connect with people and go interesting places.
    I hope to hear about your trip soon.
    I am off to london and russia!
    Set to Glow

    1. Hong Hiu Ching

      Thank you so much Kiri! That’s a really high praise ! Oh you are off to Russian ! What a interesting place ! I look forward to your trip too! xx Marg

  2. Jenn

    What an interesting post. Technology (or the internet) has always been a double-edged sword. Just like you said, it helps us connect with one another and allows us to see beyond our surroundings! But if used incorrectly (especially with social media), it can lead us into a chase to create a make-believe, seamless, and perfect life. And then unhealthy comparisons come into play. Everything needs balance. Having friends to keep us accountable and knowing our limits will help us all from falling into the race for a fairytale life.

    Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful trip! Love your photos and outfit too 🙂


    1. Hong Hiu Ching

      It’s very well said Jenn! Surely we should keep ourselves grounded with friends! And thanks for the compliment! I will definitely update here and Instagram of my trip! xx Marg

  3. Carmen

    I just love your strong point of view dear and I really hope that a lot of people are going to read this post. Everyone should get reminded that there is also a life which is happening besides social media. I think you spent your “break” totally right!
    And thank you so so much for your kind words on my new designed website. This really means a lot to me <3
    xx, Carmen –

    1. Hong Hiu Ching

      You are always so supportive Carmen! I like your new web design hahah and I also hope a lot of people are going to read this because i think it is important for heavy users like us. Hope you have a great summer! xx Marg

  4. Nicole Gramcko

    So funny that you posted this! I’m sitting here just about brain-dead from dedicating myself 2 days for social media. I thought I would try and “be a good blogger that engages with a lot of people” but my brain is…fried. Lol I’m going to go hiking so that will get me back to reality and clarify my intentions. Have fun on your trip!!

    Nicole /

  5. Nancy

    I love how simple your outfit is! I agree with you about how we spend our time trying to build some sort of brand of ourselves. A lot of it has to do with perception and what we choose to share. Sometimes, it’s not the complete picture. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  6. Nicole

    I always love your posts and photos! They’re amazing! I totally agree with you. We put so much time into building this perfect online persona to connect with people and sometimes forget to connect with real people and ourselves. I understand that we do have to connect with others virtually as bloggers to grow and relate to others but sometimes you just need a break and a moment to yourself!

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