Unusual To Some, Common Reality For Others
What is unusual to some is an everyday reality for others. Growing up in small town where poverty is just as common as the air I breath, images of everyday life is anything but unusual. Today, I share with you the main vehicle of transportation called the “tricycle.” I used to call them and their drivers, “King of the road.” Our city streets are too small and too close to each other that bigger vehicles like the local jeep and buses are impractical if not impossible to use.
Tricycle: A Vehicle Of All Trades
The tricycle has multiple functions. Despite of its small and frail appearance, it is a heavy-duty, all terrain vehicle that can put a 4 wheel drive car to shame. It can accommodate 8-10 people depending on how brave the passenger is. Each space counts including the roof of the vehicle. Unusual? Crazy? Suicidal? Not for these countrymen of mine. I too rode them myself but I still want to live longer so I preferred riding the inside of the tricycle or sit at the back of the driver. If you want to experience the thrill or want to know what it feels like to join “Fear Factor,” try riding the tricycle during a heavy traffic where no stop lights exist and no rules are followed for most of the times. Everything is based on common road courtesy, instincts and courage. The bravest gets to go first unless a road officer is standing nearby to ease the flow of traffic.
Other Unusual Vehicles That May Interest You
The famous, dependable public jeep. In some cities, their drivers are the “King of the road.” It’s fun to ride them. It’s a great way to air dry your hair too.
What can run without using gas? That would be the “Trisikad.”
Trisikad And What It Means…
“Tri” means three wheels and “sikad” is a local dialect that briefly translates to paddling the wheel with your legs, knees and feet. I usually feel guilty riding them since I don’t like people to be used as the main man power or energy source for transportation. It looks and feels wrong. But it’s an honest way to earn money where job is not easy to find. For a lot of Filipinos, this is their way of bringing food to the table. When you ride one, you are helping another human being feed their family. Again, unusual to some but a way to survive life for others.