Category Archives: Transport

Back View Embellishments

Empty sugarcane truck
Fairy tale embellishments
Bisaya version of Goku

Friday Snapshot: Skeleton Slow Boat

I think I found a dock by the Mekong river where they build slow boats

Terengganu Boats

Speedboat as seen from our speedboat

Tourist boats at Merang Jetty bound for Pulau Redang

Yanagawa Canal Boats

Charcoal heater under the table

They were smiling at me

Monobloc Trikes

At Burham Park you can see those tiny three-wheeled pedal vehicles. Kids rent them to playfully go around a short distance path of about 200 meters (I think) for an hour. Some have fancy looking roofs, some have “A” roofs, and some have no roofs. Those single seater ones are the most common but I have also seen several tandem ones. What truly caught my attention is the practical design of its seating. A Monobloc chair is removable, replaceable, readily available, and easy to clean.

Long-tail Boat

This long-tail boat is used as tourist boat in Mekong river within the Golden Triangle.

Pickup Truck Jeepney

Normally red in color, this pickup truck transformed into Philippine jeepney-like vehicle is used as a means of passenger transport around Chiang Mai. I like the idea that there is a trash basket on one side of the step platform.

Train Window

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Watching the jungle passed by from an open train window

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Window for the clergy

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A Sri Lankan watching Sri Lanka go by

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Stopping at a station

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The window at the other side

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Sea view

Lake Lumot Boats

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Hanoi Motorcycle Culture

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Noodles

Motorcycles are deeply integrated in Vietnamese day to day life that utilizing them for cargo transport is a practicality.

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Beer kegs cargo

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Where’s the rider?

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How the rider sits

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Lake Buhi Boats

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This commuter boat will carry people to the barangay across the lake

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Mount Asog and Lake Buhi at dusk

Saturday Snapshots: Bicycle Seafood Vendor

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Bicycle seafood vendor with umbrella doing his daily rounds

Mr. Fish Vendor would make rounds in the village daily. He will always have three choices of fresh seafood on his cargo bicycle. There’s always shrimp, while the two other tubs would contain fish and other kinds of seafood. His favorite color must be red as he always don red shirt and his three tubs are all in red color.

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Three choices of seafood and what's available today are shrimps as usual, squid, and Hasa Hasa fish

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His improvised cargo bike has improvised bicycle seat cover as well

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Hull Hues

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As I walk by the Kawaguchi lake, I would encounter from time to time parked boats lying in bottoms up position having uniform hull color. That wasn’t just a short walk as I’ve managed to collect four snapshots.

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Hospital Ship & Hellship Memorial

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Hospital ship USNS Mercy behind the tiny Hellship Memorial in Subic Bay

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USNS Mercy

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A closer look of the hospital ship docked in Subic Bay

Bicycle Commuting

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Pedaling is speedier in Manila’s rush hour

Here is an honest and spontaneous depiction of folks using bicycles for commuting on major roads of Metro Manila which I took from inside a vehicle while traveling to work. It appears that there are more bicycle commuters now than in the past but still the numbers are too insignificant for urban planners to provide lanes for bicycle commuting, and for private establishments to provide bicycle commuting-friendly provisions such as parking, shower rooms, or lockers. Also, bicycle commuters are still not that numerous enough for motorized vehicles to get used to them on the road.

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If ideal provisions are provided, then probably hundreds will pedal to work thus easing traffic congestion. Otherwise, if it will be seen that there are already significant number of bicycle commuters on the road, then probably Metro Manila will evolve to provide provisions. It’s a chicken and egg scenario.

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Cycling can be precarious in Edsa

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His preference is the center line

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Sharing the rightmost lane with motorized vehicles

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Stopping at the center of the road

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Some wear helmets, some do not

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Single file to lessen life threatening risks

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It’s better to pedal than ride an overloaded jeepney

Masa Art

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Masa art is expressed not only in jeepneys but in banca as well.

Overloaded Tricycle

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Sta Cruz, Marinduque: A tricycle with cargo occupying even the driver’s seat

The arrangement of stuff to maximize the load of a transport is not unusual in the country, or generally, in third world countries. Because of limited resources, improvisation and art seen in day to day life make third world countries more interesting than sterile and expensive cities.

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River Waltz

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Approaching the jetty of our host as we end our river cruise

It was around 10:00 in the evening when we cruised the Pengkalan Datu River. There were no artificial lights seen along the way except from distant houses, from the torch of lone fisherman seen occasionally by the riverbank working on his net or trap, and from the headlights of the boat navigator. The water was so eerily still and quiet except for the sound of some huge fish jumping now and then.

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We cruised that night on a boat just like this one

We were actually cruising deep in the night to see the fireflies. Those insects must be huge for I can see them flicker from distant trees and bushes as we ride along the river. Too bad the moon was very bright that the simultaneous flickering was not that spectacular. On the other hand, the full moon was perfect. It made the night so beautiful while we waltz along the river.

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Pengkalan Datu River at sunset

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Pengkalan Datu River at sunrise

Siam Decorated Truck

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Trucks with embellishments at a gas station

I’ve seen plenty of double trailer trucks with embellishments in the highways of Thailand between Nakhon Ratchasima and Bangkok.

Siam Vehicle Ornamentation

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There is always that faith based ornamentation

If the Philippines has its vehicle abubots that are typically hung in the ceiling (or rearview mirror), or placed on the dashboard, then Thailand has those too. Plus the not so typical one like the gear shifter cover.

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Palm frond grasshopper

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Palm frond dragonfly

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Beautification of the gear stick

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