The weird things you collect

The weird things you collect

We asked our readers about a weird item or collection they have that they value a lot, but wouldn't mean that much to other people. Here are our favourite answers ...

1. Just can't be without a baseball

I have a baseball that I carry around everywhere, and it's not for sports. I use it to kill my boredom. When I simply don't have anything to do, I just throw it around in my hand or play catch ball against the wall or with my friend. Without noticing, it has already become a part of my life.

Haram Yoon, 14, YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College

2. Cuddling up with comfort

I still love my blanket, even though it's smelly, torn, ragged, and my family hates the sight of it. You'll usually find me, as Taylor Swift says, "lying on the cold hard ground" … with my blanket.

Nitika Chandiramani, 14, King George V School

3. Road to recovery

I collect the wrapping and plastic containers of my pills. I keep them on my desk to remind myself how far I've come on my journey to recovery. Another wrapper, and another orange cylinder, is another one of my milestones.

Annette Kim, 16, Chinese International School

4. What a way to remember

I have a scar on my chin, and although most people hate scars, I treasure mine. This is because I got the scar while playing with a boomerang in London, and it's a nice little memoir for my trip.

Christy Cheung, 16, St Paul's Co-educational College

5. I feel like money

When I was younger I was fascinated by the plastic HK$10 notes with the transparent bit. I tried to collect as many of them as possible. I would never spend them, and even used to trade other money I had for the plastic notes. I only stopped when all my money was HK$10 notes.

Tinaz Mirza, 17, South Island School

6. All wrapped up

You will definitely think this is weird, but I collect bandages (clean ones, of course!). I don't know why or where I got the idea from, but it has been a kind of habit for me. I think of it as a hobby, but other people look at me like I'm crazy. So that's why I keep my collection a secret, and I don't add that many bandages to it. I like collecting bandages because I like the different patterns.

Marissa Chow, 10, Kowloon Junior School

7. A real airhead

I love collecting aviation-related news articles, opinions, issues, updates on the future aviation industry and even air-crash incidents. I have been collecting them for two years, and I value them a lot because it brings me a step closer to my dream.

Kaur Mukhjot, 15, St Margaret's Girls' College, Hong Kong

8. One to burst a bubble

I really value bubble wrap. Every time I open something new, or anything in fact, I immediately take it out, and stomp on it to get that satisfying rush of popping.

Liam Fung, 13, Chinese International School

9. Sea shells on the sea shore

I'm a crazy shell collector - the little beauties mean a lot to me! Each shell holds a memory of the beach and my experiences there. I always miss staring at the cityscape from my window. It's all about the sheer beauty of nature to create something so intricate and unique, just like every unique individual out there!

Belinda Ng, 15, South Island School

10. All about that lotion

My Garfield lotion holder. It caught my eye the very first time I saw it on a store shelf at Hong Kong International Airport, and ever since, I've cherished it more than money. My day doesn't go well if I don't use lotion from the bottle. It's as if I've left my wallet at home! It's handy and almost always matches the colour of my nails!

Anushka Purohit, 15, Renaissance College Hong Kong

Next week:

The first iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. For our next Top 10, tell us the weirdest use you have found for your smartphone! Send your answer, together with your name, age and school, to with "Top 10: Smartphone" in the subject field. The best ones will be published on our next Top 10 page!

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Trash or treasure?


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