Hello, it's me @krystalogue
It's been barely a month since my intro post in Hive and I can say that I've found my match.
That may sound like a cheesy one-liner success story from a dating app (😅), but it's the best way to describe my experience so far.
You see, I'm a social media hermit. It's been that way since social media became a thing. I'd have some moments of being active on different platforms, but most of the time I just don't bother checking. I find it too taxing and to be honest, I don't have much energy for it.
But what makes it ironic is that I love sharing and telling stories. I'm an introvert, but when it comes to books and travel, I'm willing to talk your ear off if you're willing to listen.
That's where Hive comes in. It is not quite social media, not quite a traditional blog--it's a community and I love it!
TALKING YOUR EAR OFF ABOUT TRAVEL. Look at how serious @thejoeprocess and I are in this photo. Trying out these royal guard costumes were for free, but we were only allowed to wear it for 15 minutes. Also, we were not allowed to go anywhere--borrowers are limited to stay within the vicinity. You can only avail of these costumes after the changing of the guards ceremony at Gyeongbokgung.
Hive is filled with people who just want to support and uplift each other. It encourages me to write more for me and what a relief that is! I've always written/edited for work in all my jobs so far, and it's refreshing to write where I can have fun instead of the pressure of a deadline.
In a way, my Hive account is my public journal.
A PECULIAR SIGN. Being this my public journal and such, let's talk about that "Pickpocket Area" sign. It does not seem to be a warning (like "Beware of Pickpockets"), so are they saying it is allowed to pickpocket in this area? Just a random thought. This still nags at me years later.
What's better than sharing stories, though, is getting to read them. I love love love reading anything that interests me! Reading is my greatest form of escapism and reading the stories shared by my fellow Hivers allow me to live an extended part of life where I experience the things they experience. And to me, that's beautiful.
PINTEREST INSPIRED. Did I say I love reading? Here is a photo of some of my books at my parents' house. They utilized the area under the stairs as extra bookshelf space.
MY CHILDHOOD READS. This is on the other side of the shelf. If you squint, you can see my Hardy Boys book collection and some Fear Street books by RL Stine--my beloved reads when I was a teenager.
Aside from books and travel, I am fascinated by anything related to the skies. Be it sunrise and sunsets or the moon and stars, I am here for it. I took the following photos below as I clocked out of work and while I was contemplating how much Hive means to me.
EARLY TO RISE. Even though it's still bright out, the moon showed up early. Here is a photo of the moon from afar with our office building under construction.
A LITTLE BIT OF ZOOM. I tried the middle zoom function of my Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and this was the result.
MAX ZOOM.I forgot the exact zoom setting, but I zoomed the photo even more to get this shot. Taken using my S21 Ultra.
Even though I haven’t traveled to a certain city/country, I still experience part of its grandeur because a fellow Hiver cared to share their experience there. Even though I haven’t been to cafes and restaurants lately, I’m updated by the new places to be because fellow Hivers have checked out those places.
Sharing and experiencing stories as well as building meaningful connections: that's what Hive means to me.
This is my entry to the Hi from Hive Contest hosted by the community of the same name and @livinguktaiwan . Thank you for reading! Hope to see you in my next blog.