Have you been to Batha? Chances are, I’ll be hearing a resounding “yes!” from all Filipino OFWs and their families in Riyadh.
Batha is the first place I’ve seen in Riyadh, aside from our flat in Mursalat and the Jarir Bookstore in North Ring Road. And when I saw Batha… “Nasa Quiapo o Divisoria ba ako?!” Yes, Batha reminds so much of home. Not only because it looks like two of the most popular places in Manila but because of the number of Filipinos in the place.
Batha, the Filipino’s haven in Riyadh
This is where you’ll find most Filipinos, especially during weekends. It’s a helluva place during Fridays after pay day! Traffic is so bad you can’t even get in, and when you eventually get inside, you’ll have headaches looking for a parking spot. Avoid Batha at all cost during payday weekend! Don’t say we didn’t warn you. (Watch out for a more extensive post on Batha soon.)
Anyway, Batha houses one of my favorite supermarkets in Riyadh… the Pinoy Supermarket! This supermarket contains almost all the Pinoy goods we Filipinos love and crave for. I just hate the narrow aisles but that’s just a minor incovenience in exchange for the happiness a box of Chocnut or a pack of Eng Bee Tin ube hopia gives. 😉
Vegetables from the Philippines
Pandan and banana leaves
More veggie shots
I have no fruit shots because I was taken aback by the price of banana saba… 28SR per kilo! Huwaaat?! Almost P300?! I miss banana cue but I am not paying 28SR for a few pieces of saba! Haha. And even the price of Philippine carabao mangoes surprised me. I immediately withdrew my cart from the section and moved on…
Junkfood from Pinas
Ri-chee and Moby!!!
Okay, so Lay’s and Pringles outshine Ri-chee and Moby with their quality and packaging and taste but whatever! I love, love the chips from Pinas. Don’t you? The 2SR price is higher compared to the Pinas price but I don’t care. Ri-chee is such a staple snack in my childhood. Also Kirei Yummy Flakes and Oishi Prawn Crackers, they’re all-time favorites!
Er, I realized I only took photos of food, hehe. I’ll post pictures of non-food Pinoy products found here on future entries. And here’s a list of my must-buy Pinoy food products in Batha:
Navarro’s Aligue in a bottle (11SR for regular / 22SR for premium)
Eng Bee Tin mungo and ube hopia (11SR for a pack, hell expensive!)
La-la fish crackers (love the sweet chili flavor)
Squidballs and fishballs (they taste different from their street counterpart in Pinas but they’ll do for now)
Purefoods Chunky corned beef
Lady’s Choice sandwich spread
Kopiko 3 in 1 coffee
Muncher coated green peas
Rebisco choco/cream/strawberry sandwich
What’s your fave Pinoy find in Pinoy Supermarket? Share! 😉