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Phothong

Phothong is like a mini bus, the public transportation of Phuket.

To accommodate more goods and passengers, vehicles were modified by cutting the body leaving only the front part and lower chassis. Then a new body was built on it, made entirely of wood, with a roof on which goods can be stored and with two rows of benches along the length direction of the vehicle for passengers.

No need to modify pickup trucks but just install the new body.

Dazaifu Bus

Bus Window Peddlers

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At the rest stops for bus journeys in Cebu province, peddlers will hawk refreshments, mostly local delicacies and travel food staples such as boiled eggs, boiled peanuts, or boiled corn in the bus open windows — that is if you’re on a window seat in a non-aircon bus. The advantages of riding non-aircon bus apart from paying less are the natural breeze, bukid scents, unobstructed view for sightseeing or capturing photos, and convenient window buying of snacks.

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Vendors resting while waiting for the next bus

 

Pintos

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Bus window peddling is one reason why I prefer ordinary non-aircon bus apart from the chance of smelling each passing town and having clear view of roadside everyday life

When traveling by bus to northern Cebu, whether to Hagnaya or to Maya, it’s highly likely that Ceres bus will have rest stop for few minutes in Bogo. A happy stop for it means one is almost at¬†the end of the bus journey, and also it means the acquisition of pintos via bus window sellers.

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A pack of 5 costs 20 pesos

Pintos is distinctively Cebuano, a specialty of Bogo City that’s primarily made from ground corn. The smell of the warm corn husk wrapping is pleasantly barriotic, and snacking on pintos is akin to making memories where one would love to recall fondly this delight especially its texture, taste and aroma sometime in our lives.

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Honestly simple packaging of young corn husk

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For only about 15 minutes of stop in Bogo, bus vendors’ pintos will do for now

El Nido Poblacion

Tourism is the trade in this town center. Here are some photographs of the poblacion including its beach.

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Narrow town street

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Early morning clouds

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Sundown in El Nido beach

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Beach of the poblacion

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El Nido poblacion beach where the island hopping starts and ends

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More boats and that’s the pier on the leftmost side and the Coast Guard building

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Public market as seen from the bus terminal side

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I’d rather ride a bus than a van between El Nido and Puerto Princesa. It may take longer but each stop to pick or drop local passengers is something worth noting. Bus ride gives more stories and views than the point-to-point characterless vans

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