I love going to the supermarket. It’s a very therapeutic experience for me. I remember when I was in college I lived in a condominium in front of the university and there was a Fresh (Rustans) Supermarket nearby. Whenever I would be stressed (my problems were so simple then – grades, boys, etc.) I would walk to Fresh and just prowl the isles. Something about how organized the display isles were was so soothing.
And part of the thrill of going to the supermarket is finding new products to try. Here in Jakarta shopping in the Supermarket at first was a very frustrating experience for me because. I am in a new country and obviously my favorite go-to brands are no longer available. So I have try new brands and make mistakes (waste money! eeeep!). It’s really all about trial and error. And it is a victory for me as a housewife when I find good quality brands at reasonable prices.
There are so many imported products in the Philippines are reasonably priced but here those items are crazy expensive so they are considered treats! Just to give you an idea SPAM is only about Php 120, here it is Rp 60,000 (Php 300). Crazy right? Products like breakfast sausages, hotdogs and corned beef are a splurge for us here. One time I was raving about having Purefoods corned beef for breakfast (which we have to ask people to bring over from the Philippines) and my friend in Manila jokingly asked me if we were going broke here. LOL! If he only knew how expensive proper corned beef is here! (if you can even find it) The disparity between prices of imported local products are kinda insane.
Here are some cool supermarket finds:
Tropicana slim (local) also has honey substitute and low-calorie/zero sugar juices, sweet soy sauce, etc. Great for diabetics! So much cheaper than Splenda, etc.
While the Belgian chocolate is a bit expensive at Rp 90,000 ( 9 USD est.) it’s more for an after-meal treat. After all Dark Chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate. But the item below was more for the novelty of it. Also perfect with coffee!