Monday, March 06, 2006

What an American would call a motorcycle with a side car, Filipinos call a tricycle. They are everywhere, serving as the local equivalent of the taxi. It is not uncommon to see four or five people, all without helmets, riding one down the highway.

Need a truck but only have a bicycle. No problem. Bicycles with sidecars for passengers, cargo or both are all over the place. These examples are pretty tame but many are loaded to the hilt with everything imaginable.

In the US we have busses. In the Philippines, the Jeepney is used (along with conventional busses as well of course). Picture a stretched jeep capable of holding 15-20 people any you get the idea. These owners of these vehicles are seemingly trying to out do each other in garishness. Virtually all of them are loudly decorated.

Filipinos are the ultimate road warriors. If there is a way to make it roll, they will find it. In the shot above, a scene out of the middle ages. The animal is the local equivalent of an ox pulling a peddler's cart down the highway. We saw several of these during out trip so I assume they are not uncommon.


Blogger JobyRivers said...

I think Ox power would be my prefered method of transport!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Great fuel economy but watch the exhaust :)

5:34 PM  

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