Just off Plaza Calderon in Sta. Ana, Manila, is a little street lined with shops that sell many different things.
We took a walk there one day to see what we would find.
There were pirated DVDs at three for a hundred pesos (US$2).
Clothes, perhaps from China, Vietnam, or Thailand, most of them only available in small sizes.
A rainbow of handbags.
Plastic beads attract with color…
…as do children’s toys.
Ripe golden mangoes, summer’s sweetest fruit.
Vegetables beckon with color.
Eggs come in many sizes and prices.
Name these fruits in ten seconds – go!
Cookies and bread in a bakery window.
The pig bread has raisin eyes. No pigs were harmed in the making of this bread.
Rice cakes of different kinds.
Hot roasted peanuts – garlic, spicy, and “skinless” – are scooped into a small glass a little bigger than a shot glass, then poured into a little brown paper bag.
Parrots for sale at a pet shop.
Tricycles lined up to take shoppers home.
Apart from things, we also found life – teeming, noisy, vibrant, full of itself, basking in the summer sun.
Photos taken with a Nokia XpressMusic cellphone camera.