(Was supposed to be posting my Visita Iglesia photos today, but I remembered that I didn't bring Shin-Chan2's cable with me. Left it in Manila. Anyhoo, I should have just used Edgie-kun for the photos since I can send them to Mi-Chan2 via Bluetooth. Anyhoo...)
On the eve of my last day at work, Cris, Lei, Rose and I decided to go to Mercato Centrale to find some goodies that I might be able to give some of my colleagues. Alas, I came home with nothing to give them because most of the stuff you buy at Mercato Centrale are cooked on the spot. Except maybe for the desserts.
NOT-SO-RANDOM TECH BABBLE: I was using Edgie-kun (my Samsung Galaxy S I9003 phone) that night just to test it. At the end of the night, I realized that Edgie-kun takes crisp photos during the day. It's a different story for night pictures. In a way, Edgie-kun and Shin-Chan2 have the same weakness. It's just that I can adjust Shin-Chan2's settings because Shin-Chan2 is almost like a dSLR in some ways (during the day, he trumps a Nikon D80 or a Canon 450D). Edgie-kun, on the other hand, is a smart phone. Although highly useful, he's still primarily a cellphone.
Anyway, here are the photos. Will just give my general opinion of Mercato Centrale at the end. (Since I already gave my opinion of Edgie-kun's cam capabilities at the beginning. XD)
After that, we went straight to Mercato Centrale. It took us a while to find the place because my sister said it's at The Fort. We thought it was near Market Market, but it's actually nearer to SNR and Home Depot.
hotdog sandwiches are a big hit in Canada.
Overall opinion of Mercato Centrale:
Hm. Okay, I'm not really too impressed with Mercato Centrale. It's not so bad, as the wide array of dishes were really something to behold (and taste!) but...I don't know. For me, it didn't live up to the hype. It's too cramped and filled with so many people.
I asked Cris why I wasn't overcome with joy and she told me that I'm not a meat eater (I am, too -- except for pork -- it's just that I don't indulge). It's a haven for those that love seeing their meats cooked and all. She says it has a lot of room for improvements, of course. Like maybe the Pinoys could clean up after themselves. And bigger space would be nice, so we could leisurely stroll down the aisles instead of trying not to get into the next person's face.
Plus, I went down with colds (accompanied by fever and followed by coughs) the next day. I suspect that the smoke from the outer tents was the culprit. My body immediately reacts to cigarette smoke so I figured that it might also react the same way to grill smoke, especially when there are massive quantities of it.
I would like to go back in the future, maybe when they've allotted more breathing space for the area. I know I could enjoy it there, but maybe not now.
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