Categories: Cebu

Carbon Market : Cebu City

There’s something a little creepy about walking around at night by yourself in a strange land through a negatively stereotyped city, but somehow – it’s something I find very hard to resist. In a way, it is only during night time that I truly get the sense of what the city is and as irrational as most of my people would have me think this is – I need my personal battle in fighting the urge to crawl up into my safe haven of a hotel to which I am probably expected to arrive in a shielded comfy taxi.

 

So, yeah, Cebu City has got a grand reputation of being unsafe, sleazy and generally very unwelcoming starting from the evening hours, unless you’re an expat looking for an easy lay in one of the many prostitution bars that are all over the place. Indeed, walking around without knowing where to, and getting weird stares from practically every local I pass has made me feel that this was perhaps not a good idea. But onwards I march, unto the depth of alleged "local culture", into the mystery some call "Carbon Market", moments before it shuts down.

 

Carbon Market : Cebu City

 

Sunset time in the streets leading to the market…

Carbon Market : Cebu City

 

Just as chaos calms down and all that’s left is a big quiet mess…

Carbon Market : Cebu City

Carbon Market : Cebu City

Carbon Market : Cebu City

Carbon Market : Cebu City

 

Which all sorts help to clean up…

Carbon Market : Cebu City

Carbon Market : Cebu City

 

 

 

As night finally arrives, the true local fiesta fires up in the nearby streets…

Carbon Market : Cebu City

Carbon Market : Cebu City

Carbon Market : Cebu City

Carbon Market : Cebu City

Carbon Market : Cebu City

Carbon Market : Cebu City

Carbon Market : Cebu City

 

… with endless colors and crazy smells.

Carbon Market : Cebu City

 

So I lingered for a while, getting lost around the southern streets of Cebu, getting laughed at, stared at, poked at, and what not with the occasional solicitation and marriage proposals. And I survived, imagine that.

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