• bar – wooden magnetic
    A wooden bar made to house magnets to keep knives and other dangerous things away from clumsy fingers. Can also attach other non-dangerous things onto it, like noodle strainers, tourist magnets, and an enamel pin collection. Amazon 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
  • book – AOHITWAMBTRU menu
    A saddle-stiched book that contains recipes like how to make tofu and noodles, with additional notes of what not to do when cooking. Also features writing by Amy Lam, Areum Kim, and Ryan Tang, with illustrations by Cindy Mochizuki. Vide Press in 2019
  • brush – wooden bristles
    Was bought for the purpose of cleaning tables and pots stuck with hardended noodle and rice bits, but this just sat on a shelf. Lucky’s 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
  • 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
  • clipboard – wooden
    A portable table. Naturalized in 2017
  • 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
  • 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 – 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. Donated …
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 …
  • 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
  • electronics – electric fly swatter
    Shaped like a toy tennis racket. Wires crisscross the face of the swatter, meant to be sligtly shocking. Electricals are broken but can still be used to swat flies or at people who are being annoying. Probably not good for tennis or other racket sports. Hang Fung Foods in 2019
  • electronics – ethernet switch
    Can switch internet between multiple devices at 1000mbps each. Good for things like LAN parties, if you have more than one computer that needs internet, to connect computer(s) to a printer, etc. Features tiny green lights that flash whenever it’s receiving and delivering internet. Salvaged in 2013
  • electronics – full rubberdome keyboard
    Features 104 keys (or maybe 108 keys?) for all yourkey needs, like a full numpad, F-row, and scroll lock. Is slightly curved to make typing slightly not straight. Comes with feet that flips to change typing angles. Switches are rubberdomes. All these features make this keyboard ideal for environments with more than one person, like …
  • electronics – laser mouse
    A laser mouse with 2 buttons and a scroll wheel. Despite its age, is surprisingly still not outdated. Connected to devices via USB-A, allows for user to interact with digital contents with ease. Not suited for precision tasks, like shooting digital enemies or drawing an MS paint masterpiece. More than suitable for playing solitare and …
  • electronics – scientific scale
    Not sure if it’s a scientific scale, just remember someone saying it is. Probably needs to be re-calibrated often to ensure science enoughness. Has a lot of buttons but have only used the power and tare functions. Pretty accurate, probably. Good enough for resin mixing at least. Really sensitive, will measure your breath if you …
  • electronics – webcam
    Likes to auto focus all the time. Likes to never to be in focus really. Can sit on top of a monitor or on a flat surface. 720p resolution. Used to be considered really HD and made you look nice when video conferencing. Uses USB-A connection. Not adaptable but is reliable. Memory Express in 2013
  • 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 …
  • knife – korean handforged
    An appropriate object for when Seollal and your birthday lines up. Forged by hand for those looking for authenticity and tradition. Rusts easily and cuts rather poorly. Or maybe, it just needs someone who understands what’s needed to bring out its potential. Korean Folk Village, South Korea 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • printer – single function inkjet
    A bare-bones but reliable printer. Doesn’t have duplex function but rarely jams. I think someone won this printer and then gave it to me because they heard I needed a printer to make books. Unfortunately, toner ink was discontinuted in 2014. Features lyrics of a song written on masking tape. Donated in 2013
  • roll – fake wood cloth tape
    A cloth tape adorned with the colours and shapes of would-be wood. Can be used on wood and other surfaces to bring more wood into a space. Home Depot in 2016
  • 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
  • sticks – wooden with bead and braid
    Wooden picks with decorative painted wooden beads and colourful braids. Was used to keep mandarin peels straight, unsuccessfully. Likes to fall everywhere no matter how many times you gather them up and put them in a container. Pick is extra pokey. Amart 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 …
  • 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
  • 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 – 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 – 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 – 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
  • 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
  • whetstone – 2 layer
    2-tiered for 2-tiered sharpening of your hand forged knife. The blue side is for fine grit, grey side of coarse grit. Or was it the other way around? Make sure to wet the whetstone before use. Hing Wah Imports in 2019
  • zip tie – green
    50 ties per package. Mediumish length and thickness. Somewhat hidden amongst all the other green things. A green that reminds one of the chipped, corrugated roof tops of street stalls with rain water slowly dripping down. Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong in 2019