Chiang Mai is a highly cultural city. Everywhere I went, there was a celebration of Lanna arts, crafts, and culture. I found shopping in Chiang Mai to be a delight. There were malls, sure, but what I found more amazing is how the city made it very easy for tourists to access local arts, crafts, and food that, as a true blue Pinoy, can bring home as pasalubong (souvenirs). Advertisements
Bazaars are popular this Christmas. They’re everywhere. But they’re not the ones I’m looking for. I am glad Zero Three Two organized Mercado Central, the kind of “bazaar” I am into to. The businesses are local and small and most sell handmade products. The food were also delicious, homemade and of high quality, and we were entertained by a group of ukelele-playing musicians. (If you don’t know, I used to play ukelele when I was young. It’s my kind of music).
The Banilad Town Center (BTC) Sunday market is one of the earliest farmers’ market I know in Cebu. This is where I learned that organic farming is not just a trend in Cebu but a sustainable livelihood for many farmers. This is where I learned that Cebu does not just have many local diners and restaurants, but also artisans who can make authentic regional and foreign food.