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Chiang Mai, Thailand: The Markets

One of the things I love about Asia, is all the markets you can go to.  They tend to be fairly different from country to country, offering local food and goods.  I can spend hours in them and not get tired (Karl gets tired after 5 minutes…).

Michelle doesn’t love markets as much as I do, but she was a good sport.  I bought a bunch of new things (how can you resist when it’s all elephant themed?).

Chiang Mai has a night market, a food court that I totally failed to take a picture of (yummy Thai food!), a Saturday market (over a mile long!) and a Sunday one.  We explored them all!


Yep, totally bought some cute aprons…


These little fried quail eggs were amazing!


YouTube MySpace and I’ll Google your Yahoo!  Or let’s go back to MySpace and you can twitter all over my facebook!


Yep, still got the old lady hands…



Filed under Asia, Travel, Traveling in Asia, Trips!

I *heart* Greenhills

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There is a shopping center/market here in Manila called Greenhills.  If you ever been to Manila, for sure you have heard of it, because that’s where people go to buy pearls.  Lots and lots of pearls.

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I have to be honest, before moving here, pearls didn’t really excite me.  But I had no clue how much variety there was to be found!  I have since stocked up on many different colors and styles of freshwater pearls, and also bought a tiger eye necklace, a lapis lazuli one, a couple of turquoise ones… 

Yes, one can say I have a problem…  (But wouldn’t you have one too if you could score all of the necklaces below for a little over $150?)


Now where does one store all these new necklaces?  Well, in pretty jewelry boxes also bought at Greenhills, of course!  They’re made with coconut shells, seashells, seeds, bamboo…


Another one of my favorite Greenhills purchase?  This awesome vase made of coconut shell!  I think the asymmetrical sides are so cool!  I have a feeling I’ll be buying a couple more of these before we leave Manila…


Boxes and vases aren’t the only thing made of coconut shell – there are many bowls made with a technique similar to the boxes and vase above, or just a simple shell, glazed on the inside…


And let’s not forget my collection of coasters made with seashells…


And if none of this excites you, they also sell clothes, pillow covers (our couches are a lot prettier now!) and other tapestries, handbags, backpacks, electronics and even furniture!  (I’m in love with a dining table they sell, and though I like my dining table ok, I’ve been wondering if they can make it into a coffee table for me…)

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So though I’m walking distance to fancy-shmancy Greenbelt mall, I never shop there.  I wait to do all my shopping at Greenhills.  I can’t wait to take my mom there, as I know she’ll fall in love with that (crazy) place as much as I have!

And yes, if you ever decide to visit me here in Manila, get your wallet ready for some shopping!  And that’s my biggest problem:  every time I go there, either to buy gifts or to take a new person to Greenhills, I come home with more necklaces for myself…

(Photos of Greenhills were taken by my friend Liz when she was visiting.  You can check out her other photos of the Philippines, or all her travels at her photo website.)


Filed under Manila, Philippines