THE MARKET: TAKE HOME A HAMMOCK
Many young travelers buy a hammock (made from rattan) to take home as they are cheap and would probably not be available in their own country. You can find hammocks in the old market at the handicraft stalls and should cost around 300 pesos. I have no idea how these people manage to return to Manila, then the International airport with such a cumbersome object. I guess if they intend to hang the hammock inside their own house it would last a while, but if it is for use outdoors it should be taken inside when not in use as the rain and dampness will destroy it within a year. It would also be a good idea to varnish the hammock to prolong its life.
NATIONAL BOOKSTORE or BOOKSALE: BOOKS---NEW AND SECOND HAND
A few restaurants and hotels will have a few books lying around for exchange or even free, which have been left by previous guests, but there are two bookshops in town that have quite a good selection and yoy should be able to find something of interest. Both are located in Robinsons Mall.
The NATIONAL BOOKSTORE is on the ground floor, in the right wing as you pass through the main entrance. There are travel books, non-fiction, fiction and even a shelf where there are discounted books.
BOKKSALE is on the second floor on the left wing and has a good selection of second hand books , most of which are around 100 pesos.
BINUATAN CREATIONS: LOCAL CRAFTS----BUY A QUALITY BAG
Binuatan Creations has a showroom where you can buy local products that are made here. The products are exported worldwide and such products as bags, table mats, coasters, caps and many other items. Everything is made in the weaving shop next door from local grass, bamboo on the island.
PASALUBONG CENTER: LOCAL SOUVENIRS
Robinsons Place Pasalubong Center recently opened up at Robinsions Shopping Mall. There are several stalls inside selling t-shirts,bags, key rings, fridge magnets, shell products, wooden products and various other items for you to remember your trip by. The outlet is located on the ground floor at the northern end on the mall.
Oh, by the way pasalubong means 'homecoming gift'
DUTY FREE PHILIPPINES: GOOD QUALITY WHISKY, CIGS AND CONFECTIONARY
Yesterday the new Duty Free shop opened up in Puerto Princesa so i thought i would visit it today and write a review. It is rather a small building located in San Miguel area, around 1 km from The Capitol Building on the National Highway where the souvenir complex is. I found that there was not too much to become excited about as the store sold whisky and other spirits, imported cigarettes and some chocolates. On one shelf there were cans and cans of corned beef and luncheon meat. This may sound strange but many Filipinos who work abroad sent boxes of the ghastly meat home to their relatives. A ream of Marlboro cost around $21 and A bottle of Johnie Walker Red was $26 if i remember correctly.
Filipinos who have arrived in the country in the last 48 hours may purchase items.
Overseas Filipinos and their spouses may purchase items within 15 days of arrival
And luckily enough for me Senior Citizens and disabled people may purchase items for up to a year!!!
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KAINGUD & CASTAWAY SHACK: BEST TRIBAL SOUVENIRS IN TOWN
This place is located 500 meters before you reach the airport along Rizal Avenue and has a wonderful selection of native crafts. You can also sit and have refreshments there and even catch the locals having a drumming session on traditional drums.
MERCURY DRUG: MEDICINE
One of the biggest pharmacy chains is Mercury Drug and should you need medicine this would be the shop to head for as they would have the most stock. For many medicines you do not need a doctor's prescription and antibiotics are sold over the counter without a problem. In Puerto Princesa there are at least 6 branches of Mercury Drug.
1) Rizal Avenue, opposite Mendoza park
2) Malvar Street , at the southern side of the market
3) Malvar Street, near junction 2, with the National Highway.
4) National Highway, near the traffic lights at junction 2
5) National Highway in San Pedro
FRUIT STANDS: NEED SOME FRUIT
Just near the intersection which is called junction 1 there are maybe 10 fruit stalls art the side of the road selling a good selection of fruit. You will find the stalls on the National Highway 50 meters from the intersection in the direction as if you were going out of town. Normally the prices are not displayed and the sellers demand more than the local market so be prepared to bargain a little.
Wagowagan, Ukay-ukay, Bagsak Presyo etc: PLENTY OF SECOND HAND CLOTHES
There must be 50 second hand clothes outlets around the town and since i lived here in Puerto Princesa i have never bought a new shirt or shorts for working in. The second hand clothes mainly come from America, Japan or Korea and quite often you may find large shirts, or even a new shirt for around 50 pesos. Ukay ukay means to sift through or dig up in Cebuano and many Filipinos take advantage of the clothes on offer. So if you need a new shirt while traveling pop down to the nearest Wagowagan . You may see the sign Bagsak Presyo which means lowest price.
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ROBINSONS PLACE: newly opened
I am pleased to inform everyone that the new Robinsons Shopping Mall was opened yesterday with supermarket, department store , food court and many other outlets. It is located at km 4 on the highway north
OLD MARKET OR NEW MARKET: PASALUBONGS (GIFTS)
Palawan is famous for 3 items to take home and usually the local people will all be carrying the following:- DRIED FISH, CASHEW NUTS and HONEY and they are all available at the local markets and many other establishments
A large souvenir market opened up this year with many stalls offering items from 5 pesos to pearls at 85,000 pesos. This is crowded with tourists buying tourist junk and quality items too. The name appears to be LRC 903 for some strange reason. You will find this place around a km from the Capital building if you take the road leaving town
try the old market: HANDICRAFTS SOUVENIRS
There are many souvenir/handicraft shops in Rizal Avenue between the Capital Building and the Airport, but it is also worth checking the old market out. Walk down Valencia St, take the first right, go halfway down the street and enter the covered marker and you will find perhaps 20 stalls selling locally made items such as hammocks, baskets,and wooden items.
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