Category Archives: Receptacle

Tainan Post Boxes

Singapore Post

Post box in Pulau Ubin.

Lao Pottery Village

Pay for the entrance fee ticket

Kiln

Kiln hole. Top view.

Finished product

Tricycle Accessories

Multipurpose holes in the fiberglass windscreen to secure driver’s stuff, and a plastic noodle cup to hold tricycle fare coins

P.O. Box

Lao Steamed Sticky Rice

Steaming sticky rice in a bamboo basket that sits on an aluminum pot with water

Steamed in a basket, served in a basket

Aep khaoh – woven bamboo container for cooked sticky rice

Luang Prabang Letter Boxes

Mekong river in the background

 

Spot the Kimchi Pots

Previously, Gamcheon was a slum village in Busan, but instead redevelopment they’ve opted preservation and rejuvenation. Nowadays it’s a creative community where art works are seen everywhere, and where imaginative small shops thrive. I love this concept of urban revitalization boosting cultural content rather than erasing it.

I’m pretty sure there are plenty of searchable lovely pictures of this village out there minus the kimchi pots. And so here are the kimchi pots I’ve spotted in my walkabout.

Chiang Mai Post Box

Laos Post Boxes

Post box and Beerlao

Ceylon Letter Boxes

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Railway Pica-Pica Carrier

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Finger snacks in cellophane packs are tied to a thick wire that is formed like a bag handle for easy carrying on a packed and moving train. Now from a passenger’s perspective, it is easy to see different sort of pica-pica available for sale.

Pretty Coop

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The idea of hearing nature in the cramped quarter

Hanoi’s soundtrack is the beep beep (and vroom vroom) of the motorcycles though in the background one can often hear bird calls. As one looks up expecting to see urban birds on trees like those magpies in Korea, there are none. Instead, there are attractive ornamental wooden birdcages housing pretty countryside birds (too pretty to be city dwellers) hanging in front of shops or at the balcony of thin buildings everywhere.

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Let me guess the number one pet in Hanoi

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Delivery Tin Box

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Attaché-like case with wooden handle is used by restaurants in Hida-Takayama presumably for their food delivery.

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Kimchi Jars

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Kimchi jars as seen from the second floor stairway window inside an old building in Seoul.

Korean Postal Box

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HK Green Post Boxes

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Hong Kong green post box with Royal British isignia

Even though Hong Kong is no longer under the British colonial rule, as a visitor, it is edifying to see some history miscellany in society’s practical objects such as the post box.

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Of modern type but still green

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A closer look of the letter slot

Temple Rain Barrel

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Rain barrel at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

Rain barrel of Japanese Buddhist temples is one thing that I find particularly attractive even though every section of the temple is intricate. Perhaps because something utilitarian was melded into the structure.

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Rain barrel at the right side of the temple

The simplicity of the idea to collect rainwater by means of a barrel cannot be undervalued for it’s a measure to preserve the beautiful wooden temple in case of fire. And for all other practical uses such as watering plants and cleaning, rain barrel is truly a functional beauty.

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Another rain barrel from another temple inside the complex

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Spot the two rain barrels

Post Boxes in Taiwan

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Red and green post boxes in Ximending, Taipei

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Cat themed post box in Houtong

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Two-toned post box in Pingxi

Toilet Coin Bottle

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Toilets are available at the huts along the Yoshida trail of Mount Fuji where each usage is understandably expensive at 200 yen. The higher you go, the higher the ‘donation’, and so it’s 300 yen at the summit. Some toilets have high tech vending machine like repository for coins, but a couple, or three of them use repurposed plastic bottle as receptacle for dropping in at least two 100 yen coins.

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