Saturday, 4 October 2014

Cheaper Fruits And Vegetables In Papua New Guinea

Pinoy In PNG - A Pinoy Expat In Papua New Guinea
So, you want to buy cheap fruits and vegetables in Port Moresby (POM) but you'are afraid to risk safety?

The cheapest items like fruits and vegetables can actually be found in open markets and Malaoro Market is one of them. If an expat wishes to go there, I recommend that it is with the presence of a local friend or a staff in your company. Although this is not necessary, the local friend can serve as a guide and can be of help if something unfortunate happens along the way.

If an expat is still conscious about safety then there are stores like Tango, RH Hypermart, Boroko Foodworld, Vision City or SVS that meet the safety standards. They usually have a sufficient number of security guards to see that peace and order around the store is implemented. But one must expect the prices to be a bit higher (around 4 to 8 Kina difference) which is reasonable after considering their operation expenses.

An alternative market for fruits and vegetables is found in Murray Barracks compounds. The Green Fresh (TGF), as my local friend refers to it, is a warehouse-like store which sells goods at a lower price. They have apples, oranges, broccoli or carrot. Unlike the big names that I mentioned beforehand, TGF didn't have much to offer but the idea of having to pay less compensated for the lack of other things to sell.


I cannot assume that only a handful of people know the place, but I can use dactylonomy to count other customers wandering around. Finding one with a happy thought isn't difficult either. I, for one, am for sure and the lady behind me.


Literally speaking, cheaper by the dozen means to buy more and get a discount. Applying the idiom with a much deeper sense, my colleague and I could spend less by combining our purchases to offset the loss in fuel consumption to personal expenses comparative ratio.


Pinoy In PNG - A Pinoy Expat In Papua New Guinea
A container like this serves as a gigantic chiller to provide yet an another secret shop to fill your stash from.


As I walk through the shadows of stockpiled chillers, I held my purchases closer to my chest feeling triumphant for having enough goods to last me a month.



And here I am trying to quench the thirst with water spilling out from a hydrant nearby that doesn't close well.

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