Category: container

  • computer – desktop

    Missing components like hard drive, power supply, and SATA cables. Still has it’s disk reader to play DVDs and CDs that might be gathering dust in a corner, basement, or box. Can also be used as a temporary desk or to store important things. Salvaged in 2013

  • USB – half moon credit card

    A credit card shaped and sized USB drive. Features a half waxing moon on one side or half waning moon on the other; a design to make sure it can cover all possible moods,but only at half. Was also the first time trying to order something on Alibaba. Ailbaba in 2017

  • stamp – 🙁

    Pocket sized so you can show your 🙁 wherever you go. Comes with a red string to fasten to your keyring or your phone. Probably used by school kids to show how they feel to each other without getting scolded. Hong Kong in 2015

  • stamp – O.K.

    A convenient stamp of approval to give mass approval without needing to put too much effort into it. Hong Kong in 2015

  • shelf – wooden 5 tier

    Kinda tall. Legs are somewhat wobbly and not aligned, but is stable once things sit on it, kinda Been built and unbuilt 3 times and should no longer be unbuilt and built more than one more time. Ikea in 2017

  • roll – laser disc foam nubs

    Sticky foam nubs to store your CDs and DVDs anywhere: on the wall, on a book, on a cd player, etc. A roll comes with 1000 nubs. ULINE in 2016

  • paper – kraft bag lunch size

    Bags that don’t hold lunch. Instead they hold precious memories, gifts, promises, and objects. Wholesale Club Calgary in 2016

  • packets – sauce sauce in takeout box

    A takeout box filled to the brim with takeout soy sauce packets, so you can bring soy sauce with you with ease. Wholesale Club Calgary in 2016

  • jar – sweet & sour sauce

    A jar of sauce I never use at home. Wholesale Club Calgary in 2016

  • jar – paper lucky stars

    A jar of lucky stars. Contains around 30 origami stars to give you a head start on folding that 100. Looks a bit like candies, but please don’t eat these. Handmade in 2016

  • DVD – what can we do

    A video mixtape that asks the the most uttered question thinly veiled as also an answer. Handmade in 2016

  • DVD – wait a minute

    A video mixtape where waiting is hard to come by and a mintue isn’t something that can be afforded. Handmade in 2016

  • DVD – useless

    A video mixtape that feels a bit useless despite everything. Handmade in 2016

  • DVD – take care, take it easy

    A collection of short videos that chronicle internal thoughts while going through the external motions of daily life, like being at a laundromat, cleaning a toilet, grocery shopping, and visiting the dentist office. Handmade in 2016

  • DVD – strange, this boat is going to the mountains

    A video mixtape where weird things happen. Handmade in 2016

  • DVD – slanted

    A video mixtape where everything is slightly off and not quite straight. Handmade in 2016

  • DVD – player

    A nice almost square shape to fit into square-like spaces, like milkcrates. Has an anachronistic collection of outputs, like coaxial, composite, component, and HDMI, which means it can play DVDs in your grandma’s, cousin’s, friend’s, and everyone’s house. Thriftshop in 2016

  • DVD – goodnight

    A video mistape that wants to go to sleep, as they’re so, so tired. Handmade in 2016

  • DVD – enough

    A video mixtape trying to figure out what being enough means and enough to who/what. Handmade in 2016

  • DVD – empty case

    Empty DVD cases for all the loose CDs and DVDs occupying endlessly stuffed and forgotten drawers. Also useful for containing and sharing hard-to-find, bootlegged movies with friends and loved ones. Donated in 2017

  • DVD – don’t be hurt

    A video mixtape that desperately wants to avoid being hurt even though the hurt has already happened. Handmade in 2016

  • DVD – asian beauty & snacks

    Features our friends trying things out for art, like becoming more beautiful and eating things blindly. Created with Michel Samiadji. Handmade in 2016

  • container – milk crate

    The most versatile object: can be a seat, a table, a shelf, can store and move things around, be table legs, keep plants off the ground, keep other boxes off the ground, and be stackable with other milkcrates. It’s so useful that they’ve made it a punishable criminal offence if you own one that you […]

  • container – cashbox

    A cashbox that almost never holds real cash, just small precious things like remote controllers, funny stamps and pens, keys, and postcards. If there is cash, it just loose change that is easy to forget about. Borrowed indefinitely in 2017

  • clipboard – wooden

    A portable table. Naturalized in 2017

  • canned – whole mushrooms

    So many whole things that fit inside other whole things. These were the only mushrooms I liked eating as a child because these mushrooms would hold small spaces of soup better than fresh mushrooms. It also lacks that medicinal smell that reminds one of herbal stores full of bitter things. Wholesale Club Calgary in 2016

  • canned – whole mandarin in light syrup

    It’s a world wonder how they’re able to fit a whole mandarin into a can with enough space for light syrup. It’s like when you try to eat a mandarin whole, and your saliva is the equivalent to the light syrup. Unlike fresh mandarins, you don’t have to peel these and be embarrassed at your […]

  • canned – peach slices

    For when you’re craving peaches outside of peach season. Canning just means making food forever, right? Unlike fresh peaches, these peaches don’t bruise so easily, even if they’re protected by a can. Wholesale Club Calgary in 2016

  • canned – luncheon meat

    Mystery meat mechanically separated and mashed together to make a dense loaf of delicious meat. Can be eaten without further cooking, such as paired with soda crackers. At its best when fried until crispy and/or made with eggs. Good to have around when fresh meat is a luxury. Wholesale Club Calgary in 2016

  • canned – condensed milk

    Would recommend eating a spoonful if you’re feeling a bit sweet. A superfood that sweetens and makes your tea and coffee creamier in one go. Also yummy when spread over toast. Wholesale Club Calgary in 2016 Wholesale Club Calgary in 2016

  • canned – coconut milk

    Not recommended to drink coconut milk without any kind of dilution. Sometimes comes separated when the fat is sits long enough without disturbance. Best used when poured over warm black rice with taro. Wholesale Club Calgary in 2016

  • canned – chunk light tuna in water

    Chunk light tuna in water is the best canned tuna for water to tuna ratio, with the tradeoff that you have flake the tuna yourself. Unsure if the tuna in the can is tuna or another tuna-like fish. Wholesale Club Calgary in 2016

  • canned – baby corn

    Baby corn is actually baby corn that haven’t yet matured into grown corn. Is an obligatory vegetable in every dinner meal because it’s the only veggie you’d eat until you became a grown human. Wholesale Club Calgary in 2016

  • box – fortune cookies

    Unsealed box of 250 unsealed fortune cookies with 250 unsealed fortune slips. Probably still edible. Probably a little stale. Fortune probably still valid. ??? Richmond, BC in 2017

  • basket – neon orange

    A basket that can also be a strainer. Good for keeping things from getting moldy or wet, like clothes, dishes, napa cabbages, etc. A neon that’s really fluorescent and reminds you of fish markets. Hing Wah Imports in 2016

  • baggie – rice

    Small, soft sacks of cloth with small amounts of rice as a good luck charm. You can eat the rice inside, it won’t curse you if you do. Maybe? Handmade in 2016

  • USB – practical luxury 1GB

    Each USB is affixed with resin and random bits of leftovers, like plastic gems, cherry stems, stolen fake succulents, and dead plants. All USBs are formatted to FAT32 for multi OS compatability. Some might have PDFs uploaded onto it. Useful for things that need USBs, like uploading a program into a sign and playing MP3s […]

  • shelf – wooden portable bookcase

    Though light enough to move around, it’s still made of wood and so is annoying to haul. The back panel got ripped off and the shelf likes to sway around, but is still functional. Size is good for various things, like fermenting kimchi in an onggi, storing melons and other fruits, and transformed into a […]

  • canister – fire extinguisher

    Unsure when it was acquired. Nice to have around to make it seem like things are safe. Has never been used, likely expired but maybe still functional? Pressure gauge is in the green, though slightly overpressurized. Comes with a falling-apart box with important information. Naturalized in 2018

  • water dispenser – plastic jug

    A large jug that can carry a lot of Ribena or chilled roasted barley tea for sharing with others. Hong Kong Supermarket in 2019

  • water dispenser – electrical

    A fancy water heater with 3 hot water settings to suit any and all your tea temperature needs. Likes to make boop and beep sounds, not like the water heaters at your grandparents place in your memories. This heater’s dispensing mechanism needs to be fixed; still boils water well. Hing Wah Imports in 2019

  • tray – tofu press

    A small tray and press to make a small block of tofu. Not suitable for anyone who is looking to make tofu for their family. Engineered to make the perfect tofu, so long as you do everything else correctly. Can be used to press other things, like red bean paste. Tray is soy coloured. Hing […]

  • tray – 15 eggs

    15 spots for your dozen eggs. Great for dishes that need a lot of eggs with quick access, like making tea eggs. Just make sure to remember the expiry date before transferring the eggs over. Tray is eggshell coloured. Lucky’s Supermarket in 2019

  • pot – vegetable fermentation

    A traditional fermenting pot that utilizes a tiny moat near the entrance by keeping the cup sealed and germs away. Great for any fermenting that needs a lot of liquids, like mustard greens. Lambda Oriental Foods Market in 2019

  • pot – ceramic resealable with wooden spoon

    An airtight ceramic container that comes with a short wooden spoon with a spoon holder. Great for ingredients that need to keep moisture away and needs a lot of scooping, like chili flakes. Glossy exterior means it better left alone once placed somewhere. Thriftshop in 2019

  • pot – onggi (small)

    Personal-sized clay pot for personal-sized needs, like kimchi, soybean paste, and rice. Great for fermenting and other things that likes breathing. Barely fits in a large suitcase. Oegosan Onggi Village, South Korea in 2019

  • pot – metal (small)

    A smaller pot with a heavy bottom, suitable for smaller cooking over a long time in heat, like chili oil and candied dates. Comes with a metal loop for storing veritcally or diagonally when not in use. Thriftshop in 2019

  • pot – metal deep and heavy bottom with handles

    A deep pot that’s suitable for cooking something in heat over a long period of time, like red beans and congee. Comes with a handy 2 handles for easy handling onto the dining table for shared soup eating. B&J Kitchen Equipment in 2019

  • pot – big (metal)

    A pretty big pot that probably needs one more handle to safely carry when filled to the brim with liquids. A kinda pain in the butt to use. Good to use if you never move the pot from the stove or the counter next to the stove, like for stews and soups that sit out […]

  • pen – red (warm sunshine)

    This pen is no longer being sold at Hing Wah Imports because I bought out their entire stock. The red is like a warm setting sun. A ball point pen with blue ink. Hing Wah Imports in 2019

  • pen – pink (warm sunshine)

    This is actually a replacement after the other one was stolen at a dinner night. The pink is like the warm pinks under clouds during sunset. A ball point pen with blue ink. Hing Wah Imports in 2019

  • mortar & pestle – red plastic and wood

    A large, deep mortar with many tiny teeth on the bottom half, making it ideal for mashing things like veggies and fish into paste without worrying about getting the paste all over you. The wooden pestle is nicely shaped to nicely fit into your hands as you pound and mash violent without worry of it […]

  • ladle – blue plastic

    Commonly used in shower rooms to transfer large quantities of water into buckets or to pour over yourself. Also good for carrying large quanities of soup into other buckets and your goldfish into other aquariums. Arirang in 2019

  • gloves – red plastic (long)

    These gloves are great for any tasks that you need to put your elbow into, like cleaning large pots, making kimchi, and washing your dog. These gloves are the back up gloves in case they broke. The original gloves were left behind and location is currently unknown. Amart in 2019

  • electronics – blue blue planet digital watch

    A semi-flexible, semi-water resistant cheap digital watch. Not sure why it’s called Blue Planet, but the blue on this watch reminds me of looking at the ocean from the sky. Daiso in 2016

  • cup – teal stackable

    Stackable drinking cups that are suitable for street food stalls. Sized similarly to a large fountain soda cup, but without the lid and straw. Matches nicely with the teal water jug, for a nice Ribena sharing session. Hong Kong Supermarket in 2019

  • cups – red plastic measuring (1 cup to 1/2 tsp)

    Comes in a set of 6 to meet all 6 of your measuring needs. The rough-ish texutre of the cups makes measuring easier, especially when trying to measure things that like to roll around, like mustard seeds and sichuan peppers. The red colours also helps to avoid red stains from things like chili oil. Hong […]

  • container – red plastic thermos

    They say you can tell it’s a geniune product by listening to the inner cavern of the thermos. Can be found next to fishermen or with groups of older men playing mahjong or Chinese chess during early hours of the day. Hang Fung Foods in 2019

  • container – red plastic tub with sesame seeds

    The plastic container used to house packets of assorted fruit jelly cups before being filled with sesame seeds, which might be a bit stale. There’s enough sesame seeds in the container to make sesame sauce, another container filled with roasted sesame seeds, make more sesame sauce, make more roasted sesame seeds… Hong Kong Supermarket in […]

  • container – metal beaker

    Commonly found in cafes with Italian espresso makers to make foamy milk into art and concentrated coffee in something more drinkable. Has a convenient spout for pouring. Can be used to heat and pour other things, like, sweet soup. Naturalized in 2018

  • container – 100% pure lye

    Also known as sodium hydroxide, please handle the contents of the container with extra care, as the beads like to stick everywhere and when mixed with water, can eat away at exposed flesh. Also used to unclog drains of long strands of hair, and make soap and century eggs. Soap n’ More in 2019

  • container – compost bin

    This bin can only be used as a compost bin, as it’s the colour of the compost bin that the city gave each household: dark beige with white cover. A fairly deep container, it can hold more compost waste before emptying. Might smell like stale coffee grounds, like a lot of other compost bins. Naturalized […]

  • cloth – cheese

    A versatile cloth that can do a lot of things, except clean surfaces efficiently. Is large enough that it can be double folded for double cheese cloth needs, like squeezing out soymilk from soybeans and getting rid of all moisture from red beans to make red bean paste. Slightly stained from the red beans. Might […]

  • cloth – blue face mask

    Has rating of PSM2.5, good for protecting your breathing from particulates in the air. Has inner pockets for more protecting and adjustable straps for various head and ear sizes. Comes in a medical blue to denote medical intentions. Medical store in Zhongshan, China in 2015

  • cap – docker

    Malleable and can fit into somewhat large pockets and bags. Looks like a guāpímào but less watermelon-y. Keeps the top of your head warm but your ears open for good listening and good for with little-to-no sun blocking needs, like in a kitchen. Hasn’t been washed since purchase. Seoul, South Korea in 2019

  • canned – sardine tins

    An empty sardine tin that still has the faint smell of sardines in tomato sauce, which go really nicely with instant noodles and blanched broccoli. Perfect size for holding soup spoons while stacked sideways. Hong Kong Supermarket in 2019

  • canned – powdered custard

    Unsealed container of custard powder, should still be edible? A popular powder to make egg tarts, custard cakes, egg waffles, and creamy jellies. Primarily made with corn starch. Hong Kong Supermarket in 2019

  • canned – coffee

    Doesn’t come with coffee grounds, as they were all used up. However the container is the perfect shape to hold things, like chopsticks. Coffee found in these tins are often used for Vietnamese coffee and Hong Kong coffee milk tea and milk coffee. Hong Kong Supermarket in 2019

  • canister – sesame oil

    Still sealed, sesame oil should still be edible? Was purchased for the aesthetics of the container, unsure if this is considered good sesame oil. Hard to stack but the provided spout makes pouring out sesame oil into smaller containers a lot easier. Amart in 2019

  • canister – butane 4 pack

    Purpose made for portable butane stoves. Handle with care: risk of explosion and highly flammable. Though explosions are less likely due to a Korean patent. Should last about 1 hour at full, rice frying heat or 3 hours of soymilk cooking heat. Amart in 2019

  • bucket – gold plated metal

    Comes with a dent, which allowed me to buy the bucket at a discount with the help of a Korean friend. Don’t put anything inside that might react to metal, such as fresh soymilk. Usually contains makgeoli, but is currently not. Arirang Mart in 2019

  • bucket – blue plastic

    Periwinkle blue, though doesn’t speak the language of flowers. The perfect colour for an object that exists at the edges. The perfect height to dry mandarin peels by a window. Smells a bit like handsoap, bleach, and incense. Most importantly, the perfect size to carry all your paper burning needs, just be sure that nothing […]

  • bowl – yellow plastic stackable

    Used in the same way as the small metal bowls, but cuter and more stacking efficiency. Can also be used as a serving bowl. Lucky’s Supermarket in 2019

  • bowl – small metal

    Bowls not really meant to be served to people, though it can if it needs to. Usually found in cooking shows where the cook preps ingredients ahead of time so they don’t have to potentially embarrass themselves in front of the camera. Also used as dirty utensil holder, like tongs and ladles. Amart in 2019

  • bowl – pink plastic personal

    Is lightly speckled to lightly imitate stone textures. The kind of bowl you would trust to survive street food stall life while providing street food stall portions. Matches the blue bowl. Amart in 2019

  • bowl – mint plastic personal

    A soft V shaped bowl (or a sharp U shape?) that’s suitable for carrying noodles, soups, stews, or enitre tables worth of side dishes. Is slightly ribbed, makes holding the bowl easier, or is it so it can contain more soup? Matches the pink bowl. Amart in 2019

  • bowl – green plastic

    Has a nice bluish green colour. There’s a slight cracker on the lip but still very functional. Great for quick and aggressive work where you don’t need to think about possibly breaking something. Hing Wah Imports in 2019

  • bowl – ceramic serving

    A generic bowl for generic meals around generic tables. Bigger than a rice bowl but smaller than a noodle bowl, but can contain both things; big enough without sacrificing one-handed-holding-ness. Can be stacked, but only by 3 before the tower becomes unstable. Hong Kong Supermarket in 2019

  • bottle – yellow plastic

    A little short, this bottle is great for things that are high in concentration and need only little drops, like sesame oil. Comes with a convenient cap holder when cap isn’t holding the contents of the bottle inside. Yellow body is slightly transluscent, ideal for gauging whether you need to refill the bottle soon. Hing […]

  • bottle – red plastic

    The perfect bottle to house all your red sauces, like ketchup and for gochujang cold noodles. The slightly blubous tip cap makes this bottle a nice addition to the dining table; to make your space look like a hole-in-the-wall you might encounter while travelling abroad. Hing Wah Imports in 2019

  • bottle – plastic spray

    A tri-coloured spray bottle, this bottle is a great size for many needs, like sanitizing tables, moisturize eye bean bags, and keep your noodles moist. Comes with a convenienent clip in the back so it can be hung in various places. Hing Wah Imports in 2019

  • bottle – mint top plastic

    Somewhat tall and squishy, it’s ideal for liquid things, like soy sauce, so you can squeeze the liquid out and see how little you have left. Although the cap sometimes doesn’t like to stay on, so be careful when storing. Hong Kong Supermarket in 2019

  • blender

    Has a kind of loudness you would worry about, but it can still blend various materials into one, like soaked soybeans and red beans. Has a smell that reminds one of thriftshops that doesn’t seem to go away no matter how much it’s washed. Comes in 10 speeds. ??? thriftshop in 2019

  • basket – red tray

    A deep, rich red, almost like #0000FF coloured. Comes with small handles for small lifting. A little short, it’s good for also other slightly short objects, like brushes, spatulas, and small bottles. You never have enough red around, so may as well also have your baskets red too. Bianca Amor’s Liquidation Centre in 2019

  • basket – pink

    A tall and narrow basket with a lot of holes. Not recommended for storing chopsticks. Instead, use it to store soup spoons, small bowls, and tea cups. Has a soft, matted feel that’s nice for wet dishes and is nice to touch. Amart in 2019

  • basket – light blue tall

    A nice periwinkle blue basket with thick handles. A little small for normal laundry but is perfect for small laundry, like 20 dirty hand towels and tofu cloths. Can also be converted into a bathroom rubbish bin if you wrap a grocery bag inside. Hing Wah Imports in 2019

  • basket – blue tray

    A deep, rich blue, almost like #0000FF coloured. A perfectly-sized basket to fit into other perfectly-sized things, like shelves. Can also hold other perfectly-sized objects like boxes and bags of spices. Hing Wah Imports in 2019

  • basin – pink plastic

    A nice size and shape to make homemade kimchi with. Bonus for being pink, therefore less likely to stain from the gochugaru paste. Is stackable with the blue version. Bianca Amor’s Liquidation Centre in 2019

  • basin – blue plastic

    A nice size to store large amounts of dirty dishes, like 20 ceramic bowls, many chopsticks and soup spoons, slurry of leftover soup and sauces, and whatever else people like to leave behind. Is stackable with the pink version. Bianca Amor’s Liquidation Centre in 2019

  • bar – silver paper holder

    A bar with trapped metal balls. Commonly used in restaurants for orders and receipts. Can also be used for organizing bills and postcards from friends who travelled abroad. Makes a fun sound when shook, like “tcha-tcha”. Amazon in 2019

  • strainer – sock cloth

    Essential tool to make smooth milk tea. Sometimes called pantyhose cloth. Sock cloth is removable for easy cleaning, though it’s slighty ripped, so be careful of tea escaping. Sock cloths come in variety of sizes, this one is meant to make a large batch of tea, so use accordingly with a large pot and quantity […]

  • heating – black convection kerosene 23,500 BTU

    Commonly found with a kettle on top to keep water or tea hot. Not commonly found in Canada, where central heating is found in most buildings. Commonly found in northern parts of Asia. Some people also cook with the tops of the heaters, like instant noodles. Operate with a window o or with some circulation […]

  • cup – tea

    Tiny cups for tiny sips or one big sip. Ideal for those who like to drink their tea with many flushes. It’s also a good cup for people who want to try things but can’t commit to a big cup. Made with purple clay, which is supposed to help with tea flavour, but maybe the […]

  • capsules – 2″ blue, green, pink, purple, red, white, yellow

    Is used primarily to house prizes inside, so long as the object can fit or be made to fit inside a 2” sphere. Can be oed by squeezing the capsule between your palms or 2 other flat-ish and solid-ish surfaces. You know it’s o when it makes a “pop” sound and the prize falls to […]