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.

Travel theme: Move (by jeepney!)

Jeepney is the easiest and most common mean of transportations in the Philippines. The ride is very cheap, and the driver can stop you wherever your want (even though I heard that jeepneys should stop at designated stops but I am still looking for those signs after almost 2 years in Cebu). No air con obviously, crowded seating but so convenient!

They are incredibly colourful and kitsh, with many blessings and religious quotes. Jeepneys are not a government service but are individually operated by the drivers, who manifest their identity, values, and dreams in its painting and decoration. I am currently working on a series on those typical Filipino buses, and their drivers.. Fasten your virtual seatbelt and get ready for take off…

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(Thanks Ailsa for initiating this photo challenge on “Move” 🙂 )

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26 comments on “Travel theme: Move (by jeepney!)

  1. brittabottle
    September 24, 2015

    Can’t wait to see more from this series! This is a fascinsring photo. Love the bright colors. 🙂

  2. trablogger
    September 25, 2015

    Yes, I am checking out them 😉
    Looks like a big tuk tuk

    • estelea
      September 25, 2015

      A massive one! 20ish people can squeeze in here 😉

      • trablogger
        September 25, 2015

        We do that in a small one itself 😛

      • estelea
        September 25, 2015

        😀 incredible India indeed !

      • trablogger
        September 25, 2015

        of course 😉

  3. LDG luciledegodoy
    September 25, 2015

    Fabulous! I want to see more! Now I am curious.

    • estelea
      September 28, 2015

      This series will keep me busy the 2 weeks before we head to Japan.. I have just started and I am having so much fun with the drivers, they are natural models. I made a point of printing all the pic and bring them to them as way to say thanks. The reactions are priceless 😀 So touching to see what a little attention can do, this series is a moral booster in every way …..

  4. that traveling nurse
    September 25, 2015

    Have you ever been in one where they squeeze in a little wooden bench in between the seats? 😉

    • estelea
      September 28, 2015

      The mere mention is still very painful my dear!

      • that traveling nurse
        September 29, 2015

        I can’t wait to read THIS series! Find me one with a “bumper sticker” that has “basta drayber sweet lover” on it! Bonus points for you. 😛

      • estelea
        September 29, 2015

        Looking for it 😀

      • that traveling nurse
        September 30, 2015

        yay, thanks! its usually found inside the jeepney not outside 😉

      • estelea
        September 30, 2015

        OH THANKS for this tip!! I have been looking outside all week long! I am beginning to fall in love with jeepneys, wish I could buy one too and customize it totally. Would be so neat to turn it into a camping car ..
        I already almost bought a tricycad in Bantayan (before realizing all the energy it takes to cycle non stop for 1h 😛 with hyperactive monkeys on board)

      • that traveling nurse
        September 30, 2015

        oh but trisikad makes for great exercise! hehe.. have you seen the multi cabs? the little pick up trucks that can be of whatever purpose, from private vehicles to jeepney.

      • estelea
        September 30, 2015

        Yes, we rode them in Bantayan. At first I did not even think we could ride them. But hey, we are in the Philippines, what can we not ride? 😉

      • that traveling nurse
        September 30, 2015

        the tartanillas (horse carriages) in taboan? 😛

      • estelea
        September 30, 2015

        Not yet. Although we rode on in Manilla, does that count? Planning a little trip to Viggan, have you been there yet?

      • that traveling nurse
        September 30, 2015

        nah, don’t bother going to taboan. lots of snatchers. 😉 and you all will be sticking out like a sore thumb. the one in manila counts so you’re good.
        vigan? wow! i’ve never been! it is so beautiful there with all the old spanish architecture still being preserved. can’t wait to see your pictures!

      • estelea
        October 1, 2015

        On the January roadmap.. stay tuned 😉

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  7. Emi
    February 17, 2016

    Have you tried riding the Habal-Habal yet?it’s more fun and scary. There are lots in Cebu.

    • estelea
      February 17, 2016

      Of course ! 20 P from my house to the center 😉 Safer now that passengers (especially foreigners) must wear helmets (or pay P 2000!). I know all the prices now, and I am also fluent in Trycycad and motorcycad 😉

  8. justbluedutch
    February 18, 2016

    Totally only in the Philippines!

    • estelea
      February 18, 2016

      Indeed 🙂 Most of the jeepneys are so beautiful, and the deco they put for Xmas was amazing. This is our main way to travel in town, and the kids love it, no window, no seatbelt, “so cool” as my daughter says. Probably because she does not have to take it at rush hours though ..The only thing that beats the jeepney is the motorcycad!

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