Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

The well deserved break of the Filippino biker

OFFSEASON. : a time of suspended or reduced activity; especially the time during which an athlete is not training or competing.


The tricycad or pedicab (tricycle) is a classic in the Philippines. It’s basically a customized bike, like a side car. In theory, they are made for made for 4 passengers. The reality is pretty different, as you’ll often find 4 … on each bench! Add the children on the laps. Plus an additional passenger just behind the driver.

A little road trip in the Philippines will make you realize how comfy (selfish?) we are when we travel in Occident…

See what I mean by athlete?


16 comments on “The well deserved break of the Filippino biker

  1. Fantastic take on off-season, I love it. Such a great find, beautiful. Happy Sunday to you!

    • estelea
      June 14, 2015

      Thanks so much 🙂 TIme for bed in my side o the world, and so to wish you a happy week 🙂

  2. GreenRideBikers
    June 14, 2015


    • estelea
      June 14, 2015

      Heheheh, I hoped you would stopped by 🙂 He made me think of you, another kind of Athlete on a bike!

  3. Andrew Seal
    June 14, 2015

    Wonderful colours Estelea. Of course you knew I would love them 🙂

  4. LifestyleswithLia
    June 15, 2015

    My dear! What an interesting look into transportation in the Philippines! Yes, indeed these pedicab drivers have to be athletes, in order to pedal with passengers aboard and the heat/sun bearing down upon them!
    This gentleman definitely deserves a relaxing break!

    • estelea
      June 15, 2015

      Now that the season is off, I rented a pedicab to travel around with the kids. It’s so convenient (stable) and I could not believe it was so cheap: 1 US dollar for the day! OK, I have to admit that this did not include proper brakes and direction, as we discovered a bit later. Even snails were faster than us this day 🙂 Have a lovely week my dearest XXX

  5. Rechito
    June 15, 2015

    It also speaks of the hard work Philippinos are willing to do, except during the off-season 🙂

  6. yolomoments12
    June 15, 2015

    A dad who is working under the heat of the sun! Thanks for sharing Ms. Estelea 🙂

    • estelea
      June 15, 2015

      Thanks for stopping by! Very glad you like the pict, and I love your comment 🙂

      • yolomoments12
        June 15, 2015

        Np. 🙂

  7. jimholroyd365
    June 16, 2015

    Fantastic image, sleeping on the job, suggesting off season because no one wakes him to take the cycle rickshaw. Wonderful colours too “jaillissants” in the Filipino sun.

    • estelea
      June 17, 2015

      Thanks so much 🙂 Everything always look so much brighter and beautiful with a glimpse of sun, don’t you think? And in the Philippines, where we are blessed with almost 200 days of summer, we can’t really complain (although it is HOT!!)

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