The theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, at the Daily Post, is to share photographs that capture a fleeting moment on the street.
My photo submission is the “put-put” — a transportation method found in just about every town in the Philippines.
Put-puts are bicycles with a side passenger attachment (making them tricycles), or motorcycles modified to carry passengers (side and back). I think the name “put-put, or pot-pot” may come from the sound of the bicycle horns.
It is a great and inexpensive way to get around town. Obviously, the tricycle — human-powered — put-puts are slower, but can also be just the right method to get you where you want to go, especially when it is simply too hot to walk. You get a little breeze while riding, and enjoy the street scene.
The photos below were taken while my sister and I were riding on put-puts (of course, right?)
Among my favorite Philippine traditions are the slogans, or creative, catchy phrases on privately owned, vehicles — painted on buses, jeepneys, as well as the smaller “put-puts”. Often, vehicles will have the names of the driver’s family members, and a religious phrase, or a funny saying.
And sometimes, an odd combination, like the one below with “God Bless Our Way” and “Basta Seksi Libre” — meaning, “if sexy, then free”.
Hmmmm, I wonder if anyone is ever really sexy enough to get a free ride on this put-put…
Have you ridden in put-puts or something similar?