At home with HsinWei Ho
What does home mean to you?
“To me, home should be where you go when you’re feeling unsure, unsafe, insecure or bored. It’s certainly not somewhere I’m ever bored.”
How have your interiors changed?
“Before isolation, I used to eat out a lot and I missed that sense of occasion. I’ve bought some kitchen appliances and small things like flower vases to replicate the experience at home – the small details I didn’t pay enough attention to before. Having flowers in the house makes me happy.”
How are you remaining creative?
“I usually work from home a lot, so it doesn’t have a huge impact on my creativity. If anything, being home has made me more creative as I’ve had to become more organised and more resourceful in finding content around the house. It’s challenging – but in a very good way!”
I’m dreaming of a better world with less selfishness and more kindness towards others and the environment.
What are you reading/watching/listening to?
“I’m finding myself so busy with all the working challenges, but I’m still finding time to read and paint. I’ve also been listening to old, more calming music during this time. We should enjoy the calmness at home.”
How are you staying connected?
“I talk to my family every day on WhatsApp – I’ve lived away from them for half my life so that’s normal. And with apps such as Instagram you can reach friends almost immediately. I don’t feel disconnected – I’ve learned that those who care about you will still be there even if you can’t see them in person.”
What’s inspiring you at this time?
“People who are just carrying on with their lives as best they can are inspiring me. We’re all feeling much more sensitive at this time, so I’ve muted anything that doesn’t help me feel calm."
“I felt lost in the beginning. I was checking the news constantly and trying to keep up with a constant social media stream. There were the optimistic people, those ambitiously learning new skills, and those who kept saying it was okay to do nothing. I realised everyone is different and we shouldn’t compare ourselves or try to blend in."
“Since then I’ve stopped checking the news all the time and muted meaningless social content, which has helped clear my mind."
How are you caring for yourself?
“I’m lucky to have a small garden in London where I can spend time outside, but the lack of sun, fresh air and exercise really does affect your hair and skin.
“I’m drinking more water for better body circulation and as many fresh fruits and vegetables as I can. I’m also treating myself to more face and hair masks than before, and I’m trying to include more cardio when I exercise – sweat and deep cleaning are my detoxes!”
What are you reflecting on?
“Planning too much in advance. Instead, in the morning, rather than scrolling the internet mindlessly, I write down what I want to achieve that day and work from the list. I know there will be delays, but at least I’m moving in the right direction. Each evening I’ll reflect on what I’ve done, and plan for the next day.”
Where are you dreaming of?
“It might sound clichéd, but I’m dreaming of a better world with less selfishness and more kindness towards others and the environment. After all this I hope we’ve learned that the world is not just about ourselves.”
I’m dressing in normal but comfortable clothes to get me into work mode. For me, dressing up gives me motivation and good vibes.
How has your style changed at home?
“To begin with I lived in pyjamas, tracksuits and leggings, but now I’m dressing in normal but comfortable clothes to get me into work mode. For me, dressing up gives me motivation and good vibes. I’ll even wear party clothes if I feel like it – mixed in with the odd tracksuit too.”
What do you miss most about city life?
“The fine dining! I’ve tried to recreate the foods I love at home, but I’m not the best cook. Trying makes me happy though.”
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