Thursday, February 28, 2008

Quiapo Frugal Food Finds and Shopping Tips

My humble contribution to Money Smart's Frugality week:

Last Monday, I went to Quiapo particularly on Hidalgo St. not to splurge once again on cameras, lenses, expired films for lomography or other photography equipment but to buy vegetables and other stuff. My ways of being frugal:

1. Didn't use my car, instead rode a jeep to Quiapo. It's hard to drive there due to lack of parking space.

2. Bought lettuce, apples, onions, broccoli, cauliflower at prices half or at least cheaper than SM on Hidalgo and P. Gomez St.

3. Withdrew cash from my own bank's ATM to avoid ATM charges/transaction fees

3. Didn't buy oranges though, I can buy them at 20% discount from my suki and stalls there don't have my favorite Valencia oranges or at least Navel.

4. For frugal food find, went again to Globe Lumpia House on Gonzalo Puyat St (formerly Raon) to sample their delectably good and surprising cheap lumpiang sariwa for only P16/pc washed down with Sarsi. The place, newly renovated, already got featured on several TV programs like Kay Susan Tayo. This is a place i've known for years whenever I go there to buy electronic stuffs.

Other Quiapo tips:

Quiapo Church where vendors sell herbal medicines including abortifacients called "pamparegla."

Quiapo's side streets are lined with traders selling pirated DVD movies and CDs.

Under Quezon bridge and Quinta market you can find handicrafts at prices you never knew existed in the big city.

On Globo de Oro St, near the Golden Mosque, waits halal restaurants like Moud's whose halal chicken is unknown to most Metro Manilans.

The other side of Hidalgo St, where the jeepney terminals are, you can find supplies for cross stitching needs.

For your electronic spare parts, DIY kits, appliances, head off to the various stores on Raon. You can also find tools and hardware stuff, trophies, guitars, and other musical instruments (reminds me of V. Mapa, Sta. Mesa)

On Paterno St, optometry shops abound where you can find cheap yet quality eyeglasses and contact lenses at a fraction of their prices in malls.

On Evangelista St, industrial pumps and generators are on sale while further north lies QP and other printing presses for wedding invitations and other events. (This is also near the so-called "Recto University" where almost every thing on paper can be faked e.g. school diplomas, drivers license)

If you feel like walking, nearby Sta. Cruz, you can see art supply shops and further down Avenida are medical supplies near Bambang. Nearby Arranque also have industrial tools and supplies at low prices.

This is getting longer, I know, and this post is more like a regular post on my budget travel blog so I'll just leave this as is and post a more comprehensive guide there one of these days. :P

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