Now that I have MyLovelyFilipinaGifts.com online with a few items, I wanted to visit the Carbon Market to see if there was anything imported I could place on the site. I brought Kristine along since my hunch was that not as many people there would be fluent in English. Plus she hadn’t been there before so it was a good chance for both of us to get out and take a look around.
To get there we first rode a Tricycle (motorcycle w/sidecar) to the Ferry Pier along the Mactan coast that faces Cebu. From there we rode the ferry across the short bay and grabbed a taxi to the actual Carbon Market. Looking at it on Google Earth, it’s a fairly large place.. about 20 square blocks or so. I don’t think we covered more than 70% of it that one day. Much of it is mostly for local vendors of fish, fruits, vegetables and some local items. Another area had mostly clothes and household goods. I was mostly looking for teddy-bears and gift items, but had little luck. I later spoke with someone who said they know a part of the Carbon Market that has what I’m looking for so, I figure another trip in a few weeks.
We got some items though and had a relaxing time. Everyone I spoke with said that the Carbon Market is a complete zoo on the weekends with shoulder to shoulder people everywhere. Also told it’s not the safest place to be flashing any cash or cell phones during those busy times as well. But since we went during midday on a Monday.. we had a nice relaxing time of it. We finished up around 4pm so from there we caught a taxi to the nearby SM Mall where we saw a very good movie called, “A Secret Affair”. Gave us so much to talk about we were “those people” constantly commenting on the movie in the theater. (ha!) Very good storyline from 3 perspectives, I’m glad we took the time to see it.
Here is a short video and some photos of our little adventure. Before you ask.., Kristine and I are just good friends and we’re both cool with that. I only have maybe four people I can count on local to me and she is absolutely one of them. She’s totally awesome as a person, I’m very glad we met. So.. here’s a little glimpse of how our day went…
After 49 years living in Southern California, USA, I decided to move to the Philippines despite never having been here before. I spent a year getting all the information I could online and in July, 2012, I took a leap of faith and transplanted myself first to Mactan and then began my trek through Cebu, Bohol, Panglao, Moalboal, Dumaguete, Bacong and now living in Cebu City, here in the amazing Philippines.
Starting in January of 2019, I will begin a slow trek through Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and possibly Malaysia, China and Japan. My itinerary is open with no big rush since I hope to share in detail what each place is like as I enjoy it for months at a time.
I am a single man taking an honest look at all that Southeast Asia has to offer, one day at a time. I hope you find my channel informative and/or entertaining. 🙂
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