Owning: Things I Own

I was trying to write a EDC article, but realized that I don't even carry keys very often.

Digital Gadgets

These are the things I use:
  • MacBook pro 13" (2020): An upgrade from my MacBook (2015).
  • iPad pro (first gen): For hand-writing/drawing and occasional YouTubing. Bought this for college. Served perfectly for the cause.
  • Apple Watch Series 4: Fantastic for health tracking, weather tracking, and dictating reminders.
  • Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones: Best noise-canceling device I could purchase early 2019.
  • Kinesis Advantage2 LF: Best keyboard ever. Technically belongs to my company.
  • Apple AirPods Pro: Immediately became my daily driver now.


These are the stuff that I have replaced with other stuff but haven't had a great opportunity to get rid of them.
  • MacBook (2015): Portability is king. Trust me. I can go hiking with this bad boy.
  • Gigabyte FORCE K83 Mechanical Keyboard: My first mechanical keyboard. Great tactile, great price (got for $50 from Amazon).

Me and My Backpacks

In early 2016, I bought a Herschel City Backpack while sightseeing with my mom in Toronto. It was stylish and convenient, but too small in volume to accommodate all my carryings as an undergrad.
Me and my City Backpack
In mid-2016, I bought a Herschel Pop Quiz off a classmate for CAD$15. After 3 years of daily use, the backpack got extremely worn off. Sadly, I had to ditch it in September 2019.
Since then, I has been using a Lenovo OA33911 backpack. It works for light trips in the bay area, but seems 1) too heavy-duty for commuting (I don't carry any laptop to/from work) and 2) not as stylish to carry to social occasions. As a matter of fact, I deliberately left it at home yesterday (10/17/2019) so that I didn't have to carry it to a mixer.
I'm considering buying another City Backpack, but in the meantime I heard of a potential free swag in next week's new employee orientation event. Might need to hold off for that!

Everyday Carry (EDC)

My money clip was repurposed from a Modori Traveler's notebook pen holder. I always wrap a ID card with the bank notes. I never put my ID card together with a bank card.
The money clip. The currency is called Chinese Yuan, once popular before mobile payment took off.
For this reason, I have also a wallet in my backpack that holds bank cards (credit cards, debit cards, etc.) and extra cash. Very often I also have loyalty cards there.

Me and My Mattresses

The first mattress I could call my own was bought off from the previous tenant of the bedroom I leased from mid-2018 to mid-2019. The tenant, Y, happened to be an acquaintance and a schoolmate of mine. We later developed great friendship, and even started working at YouTube together.
During that year, I also received a free mattress from a visiting student, D, who was moving away. I hope all is well with D in Europe and her career.
The third mattress I own was bought off a fellow Googler, Z, for $208. By coincidence, Z got a refund for the seller, felt bad for keeping my $208, and Venmo-ed me back that amount. I ended up with another free mattress, as well as another friend.
Z wanted to get rid of his mattress because he thought it was too soft, which might induce backaches. Indeed, my upper back hurt so much after spending a month on that mattress, so much so that I slept on the ground for about a week before my new mattress arrived. This new mattress felt much better, and it was also the first mattress that I purchased ever.
Although that was my first mattress purchase, I did not research much into which mattress to buy before placing the order on Amazon. This might be a wrong move, considering that 1/3 of our life is spent on a mattress, but I was in a mindset that I would like to invest as little as possible into immobile goods.


I'm a loyal UNIQLO frequenter. Guess that's why my date weren't always impressed.
I'm thinking of buying a customized ("tailored", "bespoke", "made-to-fit", or "fitted", you may say) suit, mainly for attending a ceremony that falls in 3 weeks. Listed below are a few shops that I might visit. Sadly, the usual process time stretches to 3 months (with the quickest turnout to be 6 weeks), so I might have to stick with off-the-shelf (i.e., pre-made) ones if I so decided to buy one.