Received in June of 2007.
In a previous museum post, I posted my PlayStation Portable and some of the inserts that came with it. Apparently, I didn’t throw away all of the inserts as I found a couple of them while tidying up. With my scanning skills (and patience) having increased over the years, here are the inserts in their entirety. Amazingly it is now over 9 years since I got the PSP, and I still use it regularly. Enjoy!
My first time going to Hong Kong alone, I took the first BART train that arrived and then transferred to an SFO train at Colma. It was an early flight to LAX where I would transfer once again, this time to a Trans-Pacific flight.
I had the morning shift this morning so I was on the MTR at 6:30. It wasn’t quite the first train, but it was close enough to make me think of summer 2007, when I took the first train of the day. At that time, I wrote in my journal:
When I left the hotel this morning it was before 6AM. There were quite a few people out and about already. The weather didn’t feel so bad. So far, it has not met my expectations, which is a good thing. I knew that I should find something to eat, but wasn’t really sure from where. I thought I’d check out the MTR station, but it wasn’t even open yet. I thought that was amusing. I checked the sign and it said the first train wouldn’t arrive until 0606. I decided to walk around to see what, if any, places there were to eat.
When the MTR’s gates finally opened, I went downstairs, only to find that the fare gates all had red Xs on them. I wanted to take a picture but my hands were full, plus I was eating my breakfast. When they opened the gate, I went inside and waited for the train. I tried to imagine what kind of jobs the people I saw were going to.
Over 7 years later I am on the other side and don’t have to imagine what kind of job I’m going to because I know it, because I’m experiencing it. Experience has also taught me that if the person I am today were seeing an entire row of red Xs for the first time, I wouldn’t be afraid and would find a way to take that photo.
This is a meal from 7 years ago that I remembered after going through some videos from that time period. 2007 was the first time I came to Hong Kong on my own, and I spent quite a few evenings at my aunt’s house eating homecooked meals. This one was a four-disher:
And finally, the full ensemble:
I get hungry just looking at these photos. Enjoy!
Unbelievably, it has been nearly 7 years since I bought my PSP. Like my basketball shoes, I bought this PSP when I visited Hong Kong back in 2007, and as with the shoes I didn’t have room to bring the box back. At that time, the PSP had already been out for 2 years and I wasn’t planning to spend my hard-earned money on a system that didn’t have too many games (good ones, anyway). I usually prefer to spend only my own money, but for some reason that year I allowed myself to use my mom’s HK credit card that she’s always trying to get me to use. I’ll admit, it’s easier in some ways (a guilty pleasure?) when you’re spending someone else’s money. It’s also nice to think that my mother bought me a PSP, like how she used to buy me Sega games when I was a kid.
Because I bought this PSP in a local video games mall (as opposed to a licensed retailer), it is a European version complete with European manual and power adapter. That’s the thing with buying electronics in Hong Kong; you can get models from all over the world, or you can get the local one. The former is usually cheaper, but the latter usually has a better warranty.
Over the years, my PSP has accompanied me on various travels, and even more simply, just around town. When we were kids, we would imagine taking our Sega games on the road with us, but it never seemed like it would ever be a reality. With the homebrew/emulation scene being quite active for the PSP, I was able to realize that dream, playing Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, and Super Nintendo games on the road. Nowadays, you can get emulators on smartphones, but for me it was the PSP that was first to that party.
As you can see in the last photo (taken just before writing this post), my PSP has held up pretty well over the years. I hope you enjoy this PSP museum post.
I’ve had these shoes for 6 years. When I came home from basketball the other day, to take off the shoe I stepped on the heel while pulling out my foot (something I’ve done hundreds of times), and “BRAAAP” the sole separated from the rest of the shoe. I guess the combination of heat, humidity, and age finally took its toll.
In 2007, I was in Hong Kong and out shopping with my family when I chanced upon these shoes. I had just discovered some basketball courts near my hotel in Hong Kong and wanted to play, so my mother offered to buy them for me. 2007 was the first time I returned to Hong Kong on my own, and I was very excited at the prospect of playing hours of basketball during the day and eating like a pig at night.
When it was time to return to the U.S., I didn’t have enough room to bring the shoebox with me:
In the U.S., I kept these shoes at work and I would use them when I went to the YMCA during work breaks to play basketball. When returning to Hong Kong in subsequent years, I would always stay at the same hotel and bring my shoes with me.
When I look back on the past 6 years, I cannot believe that so much has happened, that so much has changed. When I first bought these shoes, I was just starting out as a full-time employee at my previous job after being part-time for a couple of years. Just like that, I spent five more years at that company and then traveled around the world, and now I’m in Hong Kong again, not as a tourist, but as a resident. Unbelievable.
Without my trusty old shoes I cannot play basketball, so I quickly went to the Nike Factory Store and picked up a pair of Air Jordan 2012 Lites. I never thought that I would own a pair of Air Jordans, but these were the most comfortable pair of shoes that I tried (they’re incredibly light), and since they are last year’s model, I got them at a reduced price. After testing them out on the court last night, I’m very happy with them. Here’s to hoping they last as long as my previous pair.
In 2007 I traveled to Hong Kong, Vancouver, and Hawaii. Afterwards, I kept my toothbrush to commemorate the year.
As can be seen in the photo, I got this water bottle from my Grandparents’ basement in Vancouver. That’s where they kept all the heavy Costco items, including the cases of Nestle Pure Life water.