We thought we would give you an up to date overview on shopping in Labuan Bajo as seen through the eyes of the locals. Since we first visited the town in late 2010, the number of shops in Labuan Bajo has grown exponentially due to the popularity of the nearby Komodo Islands. There are now ten times the number of supermarkets as there were then, there are now four or five hardware stores, a new market place and many pharmacies. All of these serve the influx of tourists, and the increased population that has moved to Labuan Bajo due to the rise in tourist related jobs. Despite the growth in the town, poverty is still a major social issue for Labuan Bajo. Thus, it is very important for the Missionaries of the Poor to continue their work, serving the poor of the town, through teaching, caring for the disabled and lame, and offering spiritual and corporal assistance to as many families as possible.

Hope you enjoy the shopping through Labuan Bajo and we will see you next time with more updates: signing off for now, Trevor and Tina Lambkin (4 September 2016) on this day of the Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who, very much like Missionaries of the Poor, was a dedicated servant of the poor.

1. Very good and famous Flores Kopi (coffee) at the supermarket Roxy Mart

Very good and famous Flores Kopi (coffee) at the supermarket Roxy Mart

2. Some more very nice robusta coffee-Roxy Mart, Labuan Bajo

Some more very nice robusta coffee-Roxy Mart, Labuan Bajo

3. Supermarkets are very different from what we remembered during our first trip to Labuan Bajo in 2010-many tourists now

Supermarkets are very different from what we remembered during our first trip to Labuan Bajo in 2010-many tourists now

4. Yes very different, now mainly due to tourists and investors-at Roxy mart

Yes very different, now mainly due to tourists and investors-at Roxy Mart

5. These cold Bintang do look good in the tropics

These cold Bintang do look good up here in the tropics

6. As we leave Roxy Mart, a fairwell from owner Olivia with Tina

As we leave Roxy Mart, a fair well from owner Olivia with Tina

7. At the markets, plenty of chilies

At the markets, plenty of chilies

8. Dried fish stacked high at the markets

Dried fish stacked high at the fish markets

9. Greens for sale at the local markets with palm sugar wrapped in banana leaves

Greens for sale at the local markets with palm sugar wrapped in dried banana leaves

10. Still at the markets

Still at the markets, a little organised chaos

10a. Where we buy the rice at the markets

Where we buy our rice at the markets

11. We visited the first hardware store downtown

We visited one of the hardware stores downtown

12. You just about can buy anything at this store

You just about can buy anything at this store

13. Br Marc is looking for something

Br Marc is looking for something

14. 14. We even try having a look, but only a brush cutter with METAL blades not plastic line, a tad too dangerous

We even try having a look, but we find a brush cutter with METAL blades not plastic line, a tad too dangerous

15. We then went to another hardware store and found garlic sold with toilets and plastic stools

We then went to another hardware store and found garlic sold with toilets and plastic stools

16. Handles for pick and shovel ends are impossible to find in Labuan Bajo

Timber handles for sledge hammers maybe, but timber handles for picks and shovels are impossible to find in Labuan Bajo

17. With some floor and wall tiles

With some floor and wall tiles

17a. Another local hardware store

Another local hardware store

18. Another supermarket up town

Yet another local supermarket uptown

19. Confusion in the shaving aisle, the brothers refer to disposable razors as shaving sticks which means something  different here in Australia

Confusion in the shaving aisle, the brothers refer to disposable razors as shaving sticks which means something different here in Australia

20. Cigarettes are also packaged grimly in Indonesia, notice the skulls hovering around the smoker's head

Cigarettes are also packaged grimly in Indonesia, notice the skulls hovering around the smoker’s head

21. Paying at the store and packing up the shavings sticks

Paying at the store and packing up the shavings sticks

22. Outside the supermarket

Outside the supermarket

23. The computer shop

The IT store

24. Working a deal out on a new printer

Working a deal out on a new printer

25. One of the local pharmacies

One of the local pharmacies

26. Another local store amoung dozens that sell just about everything

Another one of these local stores among dozens that seem to sell just about everything

27. This local store is just near the monastery where we buy the sugar for the brothers

This local store is just near the monastery where we buy the sugar for the brothers

28. The ever increasing night dining along the water at Labuan Bajo

The ever increasing night dining along the water at Labuan Bajo

29. Late for work, Labuan Bajo

Late for work, maybe? Labuan Bajo

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