It’s Sunday and I just got back from the Laoag Public Market in Ilocos Norte province of the Philippines. Now I’m hiding in an air conditioned McDonald’s to share with you the photos I just captured in the buzzing market.
It is a combination of an outdoor and indoor market. Outdoor hawkers spread out their goods onto tarps on the road and inside the permanent structure, 4 levels of shop stalls keep their goods in a more organized fashion.
It is literally swarming with people stocking up on fresh produce and daily necessities.
Growing up in Hong Kong meant seeing my mom visit the traditional wet market every day. In the last three decades much has changed. The level of cleanliness has improved substantially. Large governmental structures houses most of the fresh food hawkers, divided into various sections; fruit & vegetables, dried goods, meat, seafood, poultry and cooked food. Some still maintain their presence on the street with their goods spread out onto the pavements or sidewalks. It is an aspect of Hong Kong that I treasure.
Fresh is the name of the game in Hong Kong. Variety is also highly regarded.
Imagine, a slab of soft tofu that’s so fresh, steam is still rising off as the vendor cut out a square for your purchase. It is without preservatives. It is not wrapped up in plastic containers and stored in the supermarket refrigerators with an expiration dates stamped on top. Continue reading
One of my favorite things to do while traveling is blend in with the locals. This time in Istanbul, I stayed outside of the typical touristic neighborhoods and lived among locals.
On a rainy Wednesday, I stepped into the supersized outdoor market in the Fatih neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey. I brought along my camera, shopped with the locals and walked shoulder to shoulder with them all.
Weekly markets around the world feed my curiosity; visually, mentally and physically. From the way people dress, what they eat, how they bargain and buy, how they socialize, how they react to the weather, it’s all part of the local culture. Continue reading