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Fleeting moment on the street – Philippine “Put-Puts”

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?)

Motorcycle “put-puts” awaiting passengers at a terminal, Philippines

Motorcycle “put-put” loaded with passengers

Tricycle “put-put”, Philippines

Tricycle “put-puts”, Philippines

Put-put tricycles parked and waiting to pick up students

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?


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  2. Comment by Jo Bryant — June 29, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    Love all of these images…great captures

  3. Comment by Market Admin — June 29, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    Thank you for visiting Jo — glad you enjoyed the images.

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  6. Comment by amar — June 30, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    great collection of pics for theme

  7. Comment by Market Admin — June 30, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    Thank you Amar…my 3rd post for these photo challenges. What a great way to review, rethink, and share photos!

  8. Comment by ElizOF — July 1, 2012 @ 3:24 am

    Terrific shot of the activity on the streets. I love all the colors too. 😉

  9. Comment by Market Admin — July 1, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    Yes, I love the colors and personal touches on the put-puts, too! Thank you for visiting the blog.

  10. Comment by The Retiring Sort — July 4, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    Great, colorful entry for the challenge!

  11. Comment by Market Admin — July 4, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    Thank you for visiting and the comment, TRS!

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