The Philippines Overloaded Jeepney! Get on Top!

Went to the Old Site in San Miguel in the province of Guimaras to place an order of hollow blocks and sand with The Sainted Patient Wife's Emma who owned the Jade Market along with a hollow block factory. Snapped the above photo right across from Emma's place.Overloaded Jeepney in the Philippines
See a lot of packed jeepneys like this in our rural province and especially on a Sunday when a lot of the people from the neighboring towns come to the San Miguel New Site Market to sell and buy cows, goats, sheep, vegetables, fish, etc.

Let me tell you that even with all the passengers you see on top, the jeepney driver navigates our roads at the same breakneck speed as if it were empty. It's a risky ride, but it just adds to the sense of adventure here in the Philippines.

Going to have my brother-in-law Joery and neighbor Rudolpho fill in some gaps underneath the new roof that was installed at "The Compound" last year before the rainy season starts (usually starts in June but can begin as early as May.)  The new CR (Comfort Room/Bathroom) needs some more blocks underneath the roof area as does part of the front of the house.

The new roof was built somewhat higher than the existing structure. Don't ask me why. I just live here. (Actually I think it was built higher to give some more space from the roof to the ceiling so as to cut down on the heat build up.)  Well, time to have some lunch, some Century Tuna salad with fresh baked bread from our local Sari Sari Breadstore. SPW and the crew are having fish and rice. Just washing my food down with some tubig (water.)  Don't want those kidney stones to return!

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

4 thoughts on “The Philippines Overloaded Jeepney! Get on Top!

  1. yeah that's a risky ride, and it's also 95 degrees and 249% humidity and it don't leave until it's packed to the gills. But at least the Jeepney probably has a "hows my driving" sticker on the back. haha
    Tony B

  2. Hi Tony! Yep, you're ride. "The How's My Driving" sticker is on the back of all of these jeepneys. Kind of funny! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Dave, looking at the picture of the jeepney with lots of passengers at the top reminds me of my experience some years ago when I was still working for a non-government organization. In one of our project monitoring visits to an upland barangays near the vicinity of Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia, Negros Occidental, my two American companions from the World Bank in Washington D.C. who were visiting the project site also saw a jeepney with many passengers riding on top. They expressed amazement and took lot of pictures of it. They told me the sight was picturesque. The two Americans even said if it was possible for them to ride on the next passing jeepney going to Mambukal as they want to experience the thrill of it, but I discouraged them, for obvious reason.

  4. Great story, Eli! I was amazed, too, first time I saw my first overloaded jeepney, we American aren't used to such a sight. Good thing you discouraged the guys from getting on top and riding it.

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