Subic Bay Freeport Shops: Shop at Subic Bay Freeport
after a day or two of Staycation Mode at the Anvaya Cove, you will be passing through Subic Bay Freeport via the SBMA Morong Gate, about 8 kilometers north of the Anvaya Cove along winding roads and to the Ilanin Forest and eventually to the Center of Subic Bay Freeport. If you are fond of shopping, then you can buy various stuffs along Subic Freeports many Shops and eat the the various Restaurants before going back to either Clark Freeport on your flight back via the DMIA Airport or back to Manila to where you are staying.
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What to buy: Subic Bay Freeport has various Duty Free Shops Offering various goods, ranging from imported canned goods, frozen meats, leatherware, cosmetics, perfumeries, shirts, chocolate, off season branded items, bags, jeans, back packs and a lot more. And they are all Duty Free, so take a pic from Puregold Duty Free, Royal Subic Duty Free, Subic Freeport Exchange, Fashion Racks Outlets and other Duty Free Shops!
What to pay: maxx out your credit card
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just stalls along the roadway: Cashew! (Gazundheit!)
I bet you never thought cashews are made by nature like this. The cashew nut/seed is on the outside of the fruit. The fruit, although edible, isn't that well liked. I tried it once but tastes tart with a spongelike texture to the flesh. Like biting onto a tart dish sponge. haha.
The Tagalog bugtong (riddle) for Kasoy(cashew) is:
"Isang princessa, nakaupo sa tasa."
(One princess, sitting on a teacup.) I guess it does look a bit like somebody sitting on a cup.
Amazing how many fruits it would take for a bagful of nuts. But there is no shortage of Casoy in Morong. Many of the trees lining up the zigzag roads are either cashew trees or mahogany trees. Even off season, you can still buy cashew nuts packed in jars off some stall by the road.
What to buy: The packaged cashew nuts are already roasted so ready to eat. The ripe nuts are bigger in size. They shrink after cooking. If you can, try the fruit too. It is said to be a cure for diabetes. Maybe not a cure but it lessens the sugar in your system (so they say)... the same way ampalaya (bitter gourd) does.
What to pay: Nice thing about buying things in the Philippines is you can always haggle for a discount on the price of items. But, this time, I think.... better to just pay the price they quote because so cheap. I think we paid P150 or around $3 for a big jar of cashew nuts. There are various sizes to choose from and even bags worth $1.. even less, if you just wish to try it. Come to think of it, they offer to let you taste samples if you like. Anyway, dont haggle over the price and just consider it a gift on your part. You'll understand what I am saying when you notice how friendly the people are despite a bit hardships with money.