I found this postcard in a bookshop and it stirred my curiosity to research it's origin.
When my children were little and visit the Philippines, they would prefer us riding the Jeepney than taxi. "It's fun. It's full of people!" they would say. Last night I was squeezed inside a jeepney, almost half of my body was hanging off the seat. But that's the cheapest way to get to my destination. A taxi would be more than 10x the fare price, and it's not always as crowded as it usually is.
For those who are not familiar with jeepney, it is the popular public transportation in the Philippines. But most Filipinos, like me, don't know how these jeepneys, that occupy most space of the road, became popular. Here's the brief information that sufficed my curiosity.
I have been collecting postcards here but still have no time to go to the post office. Anyway, I'm sure I have sent all Postcard Exchange Project participants one before, so I would like to invite others who have not joined the project. Send me your address via email and a postcard will be on your way.When American troops began to leave the Philippines at the end of WWII, hundreds of surplus jeeps were sold or given to local Filipinos. The Filipinos stripped down and altered the jeeps to accommodate more passengers, added metal roofs for shade, and decorated the vehicles with vibrant colors. Although the original jeepneys were simply refurbished military jeeps, modern jeepneys are now produced by independently owned workshops and factories in the Philippines.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeepney)
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