Tag: 2 cents cart

  • paper – blue, green, grey, pink, red, yolk dark, yolk light

    Part of the pastel family, as it’s a pastel blue. Like the blue found closer to the horizon on a clear sunny day. Apparently used a lot in the legal industry and therefore somewhat unpleasant by association. The most grey that could ever grey, but on the lighter side, like the midsection of a somewhat […]

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 […]

  • strainer – 1 cup tea

    Unsure where or when this was acquired. Very useful for making small quantity of tea when there’s no company to tend to or for drinks that has floaty bits, like flower petals, seeds, and spices. Not recommend for straining things like soup unless absolutely necessary. ??? in 2018

  • LED – SMD strips

    A no frills way of lighting anything and everything, even comes prepared with 3M adhesive on the back of each strip. With the right connectors, you can attach many strips to each other to create infinite lines of rainbows. Though make sure to buy from the same brand or else the colours might be different […]

  • cloth – yellow towel

    Came with other towels someone was trying to get rid of because they were moving to another town. The many dimples plus the thickness of the cloth makes it really nice to clean caked-on surfaces, like bits of noodles stuck to the bottom of a pot. The edges likes to scallop when not dried flat. […]

  • 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

  • zip tie – neon pink

    50 ties per package. Smallish in length and width. High visibility for an already high density of things in the periphary of attention. Stays locked unless you know the trick. Has the kind of glow you would never find here. Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong in 2019

  • 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

  • utensil – yellow tip and handle tong

    Rubber head and handle makes picking things up more enjoyable. And suitable for picking up softer things that might break easily, like blocks of tofu and mounds of mochi. Feels nice when squeezing your nose. The locking mechanism has a satisfying click and lock feel. Lucky’s Supermarket in 2019

  • utensil – wooden chopsticks (cooking)

    A pair of sticks that will never lose each, forever bound by a single weaved string. Sometimes makes using the chopsticks a bit harder. Longer than your typical chopsticks. Not coated for better cooking. Lambda Oriental foods Market in 2019

  • utensil – spatula

    A spatula with a semi-soft head for clean and easy transferring of gloopy food like unset jellies. Can also be used an impromptu spoon. Is probably also used to beat children who don’t listen. Hing Wah Imports in 2019

  • utensil – rolling pin (noodle)

    A wooden stick that is used to roll dough into large sheets, like noodles and rice cakes. Can also be used as a stick to pound things. Is probably also used to beat children who don’t listen. Lambda Oriental Foods Market in 2019

  • utensil – red plastic chopsticks

    Smooth plastic for smooth noodle slurping. A red chopstick that reminds you of eating noodles in the sticky heat outside with strangers, asking you what you ordered. Hong Kong Supermarket in 2019

  • utensil – mint soup spoon

    A soft mint. Soft plastic. Soft curves. Soft like visiting your grandma overseas while lying on the floor looking at worn wallpaper. Nicely shaped and sized to fit everything: rice cakes, noodles, jellies, rice cakes in soup, human mouths, soup, other soup spoons. Hong Kong in 2019

  • utensil – metal ladle

    Not used usually for eating. A shallow and somewhat flat ladle that’s excellent for scooping things that needs to keep shape horizontally, like silken tofu, or if you want to scoop only a little bit of something, like ginger syrup. Ideal for gingerly actions. Hing Wah Imports in 2019

  • strainer – metal half sphere

    A very normal strainer for very normal needs, like straining chili oil spices from hot, infused oil and for making mung bean jelly not clumpy. One part of the handle is no longer attached to the top like of the strainer. Maybe too much squeezing when trying to strain something faster. Hing Wah Imports in […]

  • stool – red plastic

    Stackable and easy to clean, can also be used as a makeshift table. The holes in the centre is for you to lock the seat(s) up after hours so people can’t steal them. Also helpful if you’re wet for some reason, it helps to make you less damp. Comes with little bumps for your sitting […]

  • slippers – grey plastic

    Shower slippers that are ribbed all around to ensure there’s no slipping on the wet floor and between feet and slipper. Has stains as if it’s been used by multiple other people who have also rented the same AirBnB. Size 9 womens. Ladies Market, Hong Kong in 2019

  • plate – plastic floral

    Oblong shape is other oblong things, like subs, rice cakes, chopsticks, and carrots. Hint of floral around the edges to accelarate your journey to auntie-hood, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, and sibling status. Hong Kong Supermarket in 2019

  • 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

  • mat – green plastic anti-slip

    Looks like grass. Feels not like grass, but nice to rub your bare feet, face, and hands over. Can be used for anti-slip purposes, like in showers, kitchen shelves, and claw machine interiors. Can attach to other squares of green rubber mat to make infinite lines of anti-slipperiness. Smells like warm plastic and dusty incense. […]

  • light bulb – CFL pink

    A fluorescent tude that glows a warm pink. Used to be used in meat shops to indicate that it’s a meat shop and to make the meat look nicer. Now people use LED lamps. A good bulb to use when you want to feel like romantic meat. An A19 bulb. Jeonju, South Korea in 2019

  • LED – menu sign

    A sign that’s suited to be written on by neon wet erase markers to make your shop glow or as a space to write down your schedule of the day. Comes with many colour options and in fading and flashing modes, to suit whatever mood and people you’re looking for. Uncle Weiners in 2019

  • LED – digital counter

    A digital counter that comes with fun buttons to press, like make numbers go up and down, or to start and stop and countdown. Can also tell the time if you want, but less fun as there’s no button pressing. Only comes in red lights. Amazon in 2019

  • 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

  • knife – meat cleaver

    A soild metal to help solidly cut through meat and bones. It’s kinda heavy, so please handle with care and keep your fingers away, as they’re also made out of meat. B&J Kitchen Equipment in 2019

  • food – mochiko

    Glutinous rice flour that’s more grainy, gooey, and less chewy than other glutinous rice flours, making it a bit harder to work with. Still great for daifukus. Lambda Oriental Foods Market in 2019

  • food – dried shiitake

    Needs to be rehydrated for 6 hours before consuming, or else you’ll get a stomach ache. Has a strong aroma when soaking in water on a counter, signalling a revival and promise of flavour. Also used for making veggie stock. Lambda Oriental Foods Market in 2019

  • fan – cyan portable with clip

    USB micro charged with a colour-matched clip. Has 3 speeds: gentle, medium, desparate. Only good for one person or small number of persons huddled really close together. Can be used clipped onto a surface or standing on a desk. Hong Kong 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

  • 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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

  • board – wood cutting with metal handle

    Big wood board with a metal handle. Too big for many household sinks, so use accordingly. Mildly stained with some kind of oil, probably toasted sesame. 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

  • 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

  • apron – yellow plastic

    Has 2 convenient front pockets for things like mung bean pens, towels, and a snack. Water resistant and fairly flexible, good for fast pace work in kitchens when thinking about anything other than cooking is a nuisance. Makes you kinda sweaty. The kind of yellow that matches well with many colours. B&J Equipments 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 […]

  • LED – faux neon

    Meant to emulate neon lighting without needing to use neon gas and artisans to make. Easy to bend into shapes, like a flamingo. But kinda unwieldy when not tied down; likes to curl and do whatever it wants to do. ??? in 2019

  • 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 […]

  • electronics – black portable FM radio

    Spent around 3 weeks in South Korea and Hong Kong trying to find a portable speaker for the purpose of being a temporary tour guide in the future. Can play MP3 files straight from a USB or Micro SD card, giving modern music a mono 20th century filter. Comes with a convenient clip. Also comes […]

  • 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 […]

  • lucky cat

    Given as a gift for the opening of Perfect Memory: Authentic Gift Shop. Was mentioned to have bought in Honeyworld. Mildly broken, arm swings sometimes but will need the occassional push. Brings good fortune into the shop and café. Gifted in 2017