There are garden cafes with mynah birds croaking throaty versions of "nihao!" and gazing down at you with their perfectly round, black, bead-like eyes, turtles neatly stacked on top of one another like circus performers, and leafy green courtyards.
The eels freak me out a little bit. There's something about the snakey-ness of their movements, the shear number of them in the tanks, and (while I will spare you the gory details) their slaughter is an awful sight to behold.
This tiny kitten has no such compunctions. She (assumption of girly-ness based on her calico coat) is a new addition to the area around the market. As near as I can tell, she lives with a dry goods seller, who's nearly always napping in a folding lounge chair outside his shop.
Yesterday, she was entranced by the wriggling eels.
I just hope she keeps her nose and paws away from their bitey jaws!
What did you see in your neck of the woods this week?