Monday, March 01, 2010

第一生命, 第二生命 / First Life, Second Life

After a hiatus of over two months, I am back. It took some will power to refrain myself from blogging while I was travelling in South Africa where I had access to Internet cafes in btwn bush camp; and I needed even more discipline after coming back to Canada where Internet access is just a mouse-click away. The reason for my hiatus is simple: I wanted to be temporarily away from the Net (but not off the grid) and put my primary life back on track.

Ever since I started blogging in September 2006, I have been putting in a significant amount of time "gardening" my little plot and sharing my thoughts with friends around the world. There is always this urge to write an article abt this and that or post some photos to keep my blog up-to-date. By the end of November 2009, I was staying up late trying to keep up with my virtual treadmills. Blogging was fast becoming a way-of-life, a second life if you may.

Don't get me wrong, blogging is fun. I always enjoy being creative and sharing experiences with others around the globe. Unfortunately, there is always the risk of becoming addicted and before you know it, the mean has become the end. Indeed, the medical profession has been questioning whether cyberspace addiction should be categorized as a form of mental illness (the answer is 'no' for now). Experts are also debating whether social networking is causing more obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) behaviour, or whether OCD is a pre-condition of Net-addiction.

Regardless of the cause/effect relationship, I don't want to go down the path where my second life might consume the first one. Taking time off is my own way of "rehab" to make sure my primary life takes priority.

I look outside the window. The sun is shining and the ski hills are beckoning. I have more or less re-set my daily routine. I now have more time to run, ski, skate and work on my six-packs. I feel more comfortable blogging again, with the full knowledge that I am on more solid footing and that my primary life is dominant. Now, only if I can will myself to get off the Internet after I have posted this article ..... just kidding !!!


xiao zhu said...


michelle said...

great Haricot, as long as we find you are in good sharp in life (i am talking about in life, not in second life ;), it is great :D

周游 said...

Good to have you back!
wish you another year full of travel, happiness and peace in mind.

Kempton said...

Good to hear you had a good trip in SA and is safe back in Canada.

Don't know if you got to enjoy the last bit of the Vancouver Olympics, it was a lot of fun.

Take care.

exile said...

Haricot, glad to hear from you again.

San Wen Ji said...

welcome back :)

able to aware is always a GOOD thing.....start to do this and will never end :)

Anonymous said...

微豆兄: 歡迎回歸 blog 界.

我也減少寫 blog 的時間,

The Inner Space

微豆 Haricot said...

Xiao Zhu: I appreciate your sharp observations and comments.

I wish I had better control right from the beginning. But again, it's better late than never !!!

微豆 Haricot said...

Michelle: Thank you !!! I try, I try. BTW, I hope you are not affected by the storm in France and other parts of Europe.

微豆 Haricot said...

周游: I am glad to be back too !! Best seasonal greetings to you and your family :)

ps: Congrat to Sweden for winning the GOLD in Women's curling!!! Canada's Bernard was so close and yet so far in the delivery of her skip rocks :(

微豆 Haricot said...


Yes, I did enjoy the S Africa trip. Thanks !!

As to the Olympic games, I was following the men's and women's curling, the women's downhill, and of course, the Canada-USA hockey final for gold. Man, what a nail-biter for Canada @_@

I feel sorry for Miller and happy for the Kid.

O Canada !!!!

微豆 Haricot said...

Exile: Thanks !! Glad to be home :)

微豆 Haricot said...

San Wen Ji:

Quote from a movie:

"... would it be worse to live as a monster or die as a good man? "

Being aware of one's failing can be painful. For me, it is better to face reality and take actions.

微豆 Haricot said...


My relationship with blogsphere has been renewed !!!

Hope to exchange book reviews with you some day :)

gwenzilla said...


this is why i don't blog everyday, i don't want to feel obligate; i don't want to addict to it too.

anyway, good to have you back!!

微豆 Haricot said...


I too am glad to be back, renewed !!

Done any skiing/boarding lately ??

gwenzilla said...

well... you were away for awhile, anyway, i am pregnant so i haven't been doing any skiing/boarding this year.

微豆 Haricot said...


Congratulation - What exciting and happy news !!! I am so happy for you and Ian !!!

I visited your blog and really enjoyed looking at the photos and reading your latest articles. Congrat again :)

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