Jeep, taxi, tricycle, or kalesa?

@tkleyr (406)
Philippines
October 28, 2009 8:20pm CST
Jeepneys are current king of the roads. You can find them everywhere in the Philippines. In my place we still have tricycle as a means of transportation. Of course we have taxi, Van, Buses going to adjacent towns and provinces and even going to Manila through RORO. We even have motorcycles who carry more than 7 persons. Whew! Too scary! I have not have the opportunity to ride in a kalesa. In your place? What is the primary means of transportation?
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• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Here in Baguio Philippines jeepneys is our main transportation. then taxis yes even taxis now a days will ride up 10 people alternative for jeepneys especially after 9PM where all jeepneys are gone, then buses.. You can't find tricycles here or even kalesas though =P
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@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
I know how are you talking about it is habal habal it is common in visayas. It is very dangerous to ride it because motorcyles are always accident prone. We have tricycle, jeepneys, bus and van but we don't have kalesa and pedicab here. I hate riding in muliticab it is too small and inconvenient to ride.
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@kareendj (254)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
Here in the Alabang area, jeepneys are the most popular and most accesible means of transporatation. We seldom have taxis here for the reason that most of them don't use meters. There are a lot of buses here as well going to all parts of the Philippines (even BORACAY!). In Taft Avenue, where I used to study, we usually ride tricycads (i don't really know the spelling. haha!) whenever we transfer from one building to another. I would say they are the Kings of the Roads in Manila.
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@earth2jacq (1503)
• Philippines
30 Oct 09
The primary means of transportation here in our place is the jeepney. I did have the chance to ride in a kalesa when I was younger. But then I really did not like riding kalesa not because of anything else but because I pity the horse. I am so sad that the horse has to work that hard in order to earn its keep of grass, feeds and water.
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@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
29 Oct 09
here in cebu, it's still the jeepneys that is the primary means of transportation in going to and from the metro, that's inter-city. but actually, there are still jeepneys available from cebu city to the south and north, up to about 50 kilometer distance. longer than this, buses are available too, to reach the south-most and north-most location. taxi's and vans are also available for more pleasure ride. tricycles are still available for the shortest distances, like within the city or municipality, there are still pedicabs in some places here, and single motorcycles, which they call "habal-habal" in cebu, to carry more than 5 persons, including the driver. kalesa's are too seldom, but i still see some of them in the city, mostly accommodates passengers going to "carbon market".
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@lealuvy2j (1989)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
My Top two would be the taxi and the train. The taxi is pretty pricey though but if you really want to be comfortable, the taxi is the way to do it. I do like the train though because it is affordable and fast. If you really want to avoid the traffic in Metro Manila, hop into the train. However, I do know that the jeepney is the staple vehicle here in the Philippines but I really how most jeepney drivers drive, they always cut me off when I'm driving.
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
yes Jeepneys still dominates here Nueva Ecija, and not just ordinary jeeps, some of them have superb sound and stereos, some of them as long as a truck, i even see jeepneys here with bigger tires like that of a truck, their trips are those for Baler, Rizal provinces, the mountainous roads and long trips. and they have bigger engines. the tricycles are for shorter trips almost all tricycle here are Bajaj. perhaps you know what bajaj is, the new model which is very efficient in gas mileage. We also have Kalesas here, but you definitely don't wanna ride there coz it is used for carrying the coffin during interment.
• China
29 Oct 09
Wow, it sounds interesting, though I've no idea about them!Once it is said we are the kingdom of bicycle. Do you know it? Yes, it's China.But now bicycle is used less and less as a means of transportation. The numbers of car is increasing sharply. In another way, ele-bicycle is the replacer of bicycle. For me, I'd like to take bus, cab (they belong to public transportation) or take bicycle or ele-bicycle directly(they are so flexible and I never worry about traffic jams.)
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@usemyname (640)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Jeepney are the most dominant modes of transportation out here. Tricycles, vans and buses are also common. How i wish there's a kalesa out here. It would be like experiencing a taste of history as the horse gently taps its noisy hoofs on the road.
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• Philippines
29 Oct 09
the ever reliable jeep is still the basic mode of transportation in metro manila but times are changing and i guess also the transportaion sector should also modernize their ranks. I wish all the jeepneys are converted to electric jeeps and that will save a lot of gas and is also environment friendly. This is still far to reality but nobody puts an effort to make it happen, except only in taguig
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@danitykane (3192)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Jeepney! I also took cab, almost everyday going to work and tricycle. I don't get use in riding buses or MRT (metro rail transit) because I don't find it that convenient. (I hate stairs..and subways) Wait! Motorcycle that carries more than seven person? how was that? hehe.. I know it could take 3 person at a time but 7? Happy Lotting!
@rsa101 (14874)
• Quezon City, Philippines
29 Oct 09
I think the Kalesa is slowly an extinct mode of transportation these days. I seldom see them on the road except maybe on Binondo where I see them still plying over the roads and they seem to be out of place since there are many jeepneys plying over the roads. In the provinces the tricycle are the major means of transpo that is because they can easily go through the streets that are just too small for jeepney to ran through. They call it the poor man's taxi. In the provinces, jeepney usually are used for long distance travel like from one barrio to another barrio. They are considered as "poor man's bus" since they are far more cheaper than riding a bus. You just have to contend with being uncomfortable if you ride them on longer trips since it is pretty uncomfortable especially when roads are not that good.
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@MJAL08 (275)
8 Nov 09
the typical jeepneys, buses and motorcycles.
@jamzy19 (73)
• United States
30 Oct 09
Jeepney is the means of transportation in our place. we also have tricycle but people will choose to ride on jeepney it can take you to your destination faster than a tricycle... I once had riden a kalesa way back when im still very young.. 5 yrs old i think when my mama bring me to my lolo's barbershop.. and im proud that once in my life i have riden a Kalesa.. hehehehe
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
To get to my house from where my office is at the economical way, I need 1 jeepney ride and 1 tricycle ride. Taxi is most convenient of course!
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Jeepneys are the undisputed king of the road here in my area... since the buses are only for traveling to Manila and nearby provinces... taxis are only for going to the airport... and they can be very expensive... we do have tricycles and few calesas around...
@beadguru (40)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Tricycles are also the main means of transportation here in our place. However if your planning to go to another city or nearby municipalities, you have to ride a jeepneys or a bus. Luckily for us, we have kalesa. My son loves riding kalesa basically, because if the horse. When me and my husband have some packet of time to spare we would usually take kalesa in going home after office hours or after we had our trip to the grocery. Since kalesa is not as fast as other rides, we can get to talk things that we experienced during the day and many other things. I can call it one of our "bonding moments". I hope everyone could try riding kalesa because the feeling is really extra ordinary.
@sky886 (16)
• China
29 Oct 09
My usually buses ,taxis are also , but I usually drive their own!
@calai618 (1781)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Our subdivision is too far away from the main road so we have to take a long tricycle ride to get back home. A kalesa would be nice to have in a community but I just dont like the idea of having to punish a horse while he takes you to wherever you want to go to. I also dont like taxis because I don't feel safe in them especilly if I am alone. I would rather ride on a public transpo (jeep, tricycle, bus) with other passengers than be alone on a taxi with just the driver.. :(
@checkmail (2042)
• India
29 Oct 09
Hello tkleyr this is checkmail and mostly in over here the main transportation is of trains and buses as being an city there is lot of rush too.So those three wheelers and cars are of less use in transportation purpose.Yeah motercycles are also there but most of us prefer to go by trains and buses as its safe and convinient to travel.
@rhan04 (309)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Jeepneys are still the king of the road in our place. There are still some tricycles around though. It really depends on how far your destination is. Tricycles are usually found outside subdivisions.