8 March 2014. I got a day's leave from work. After a very good night's sleep, I decided to go to the market for fresh meat and produce. I took my shopping bag, stuffed my pocket with my cellphone, my handy digicam, and of course, money.
When I got to the market, I noticed that there were more people than usual this morning which made me think, "Is there an upcoming holiday? Why are there so many people in the market today?" What I saw got me excited. Good thing I always have some gadget with me to capture pictures.
Today, the market was full because a "Timbangan Ng Bayan" was installed and inaugurated by the Congressman, the City District Councilor, the Baranggay Chairman and the Market Administrator. A "Timbangan Ng Bayan" is a calibrated weighing scale that the public can use to check if their purchases are weighed and priced accordingly. It is a way for the government to protect the consumer from unscrupulous businessmen.
Thank God for my trusty little digicam. My intent to buy meat and vegetables turned out to be an article for a blog post. Sharing with you pictures of the event.
|Councilor Gian Sotto (2nd from Left) and Congressman Bolet Banal (Right with microphone)|
And now, I will take you on a picture tour around our public market.
|The rice stall|
|The meat stall where I get my choice cuts of beef, pork and chicken, sometimes sausages too.|
|The seafood section. Fresh catch of the day - mussels, clams, squid and shrimp.|
|Fresh fish of all kinds and sizes|
|When you get hungry while shopping, you can always have fried plantains, skewered and covered with caramelized sugar. Yum!|
|This is my favorite vegetable stand. The old lady always gives me a discount or a freebie (an extra onion or a head of garlic.)|
|This is where I get my green leafy vegetables.|
|Dried fish, anyone?|
|Smoked fish and shrimp fry|
|Coconuts! The basic ingredient for making rice cakes and creamed fish or meat. Curry won't be curry without coconut milk.|
|The dry goods stand. They have everything houseware - from pots and pans to flower pots, plungers, clothes hangers, brooms, trash bins, etc.|
|Clothes and slippers store where you can get shirts, shorts and sandals at a very low price.|
Seems like we got everything covered, right? All you need in one trip. The bakery is just across the street together with the drugstore and fruit stand.
I love living here. All I need is just a stone's throw away.