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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Feeling Japanese

As I was about to step out of the house this morning for the office ride, rain fell.


I grabbed an umbrella and headed towards the train station. On my bike.


You see, the station is quite far from my new apartment and for the past week, I’ve been regularly biking to the station parking lot. There I leave the bike for the entire day’s safekeeping, for a fee.


It’s the first time I’m biking on a downpour. So, with one hand on the handlebar, the umbrella on the other and office bag on my back, I cruised the half-kilometer distance savoring the fresh breath of autumn. There were many bikers on the road: mothers with schoolchildren back-riding, kids in groups, old folks, and of course, salarymen like me.


As our wheels glided and crisscrossed through the streets (which by the way have reserved bike lanes), I just felt so …. Japanese! This with the realization that they who produce most of the world’s cars and motorcycles, would prefer riding the lowly bicycle for the daily grind.


And yup, just like many of the other bikers, I was donning a suit.

30 comments:

carlotta said...

isa rin siguro yan sa mga reasons kung bakit payat mga hapon, halos araw-araw sumasakay ng bike. di na kailangang pumunta pa ng gym. =)

reanaclaire said...

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Nice said...

Oh! How I love to ride bicycles even now! It just brings back my childhood memories.

I hope "bicycle lanes" in the Philippines be prioritized by the authorities, especially now that gasoline and oil prices continue to hike.

Abou said...

hindi ba mahirap mag bike na isang kamay lang at madulas pa ang daan? sana ganyan din ang pag iisip nating mga pilipino, na ok lang mag bike kahit naka suit.

madbong.kotsengkuba.com said...

pards, ayus yan tipid na sa pamasahe at gasolina sabay exercise pa.

R-yo said...

carlotta: they bike, at pumupunta pa sa gym. kahit yung matatanda na. kaya nakakaasar minsan pag ampapayat ng mga nakakasalubong mo. parang mga walang effort! :-)

R-yo said...

thnks for the visit reina.

R-yo said...

nice: one thing i really appreciate here, safe talaga mag bike. walang humaharabas na sasakyan at walang humahabol na aso. :-)

Abaniko said...
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Abaniko said...

So, what's the color of your umbrella? :D

Turismoboi said...

ako din gusto ko ring magfeeling japanese

la lang!

the donG said...

hahaha... astig yang kuha mo. hindi ko pa nagawang magbike habang umuulan, umaambon pa lang.

BlogusVox said...

I was just wondering, if you're driving the bike with one hand and holding the umbrella with the other hand... who took the picture? : )

R-yo said...

abaniko: as in ella, ella, ella? he he

R-yo said...

madbong: oo nga e. at least di ako apektado sa pagtaas ng presyo ng gasolina. pero mahal din ang parking ng bike dito, hehe.

R-yo said...

blogusvox: di po ako yan he he.

enrico said...

grabe, pangarap ko yan. mag-bike papuntang offie tapos naka-business attire. kaso imposible, 1st job ko sa laguna e taga Paranaque ako. Tapos ngayon sa Ortigas. Anlayo.

ay, bukod pala sa bisikleta, pangarap ko rin palang mag-skateboard papuntang office. yung binili kong skateboard, dalwang beses ko pa lang nagamit yun. hindi pa rin kasi ako marunong e.

joaqui_miguel said...

Wow, I can totally imagine that in the streets in Japan.

If you are in your teens, you might be influenced by Japanese street fashion and that would be totally awesome. lol

The Gasoline Dude said...

Balak ko bumili ng bike dito sa Singapore. Madami din kasing bisiklatero (?) dito. Kaso nag-iipon pa ko kasi gusto ko 'yung natutupi na parang Transformers. Ganun kasi 'yung sa opismeyt ko kaso mahal. Hehehe.

R-yo said...

Enrico: Uy, mas astig nga yang skateboarding. Wala pang problema sa parking! he he

R-yo said...

JM: And who says that I can't be influenced by Japanese street fashion? Wait til i post my pics. hehehe

R-yo said...

gasdude: yung sa akin, natutupi. sinigurado ko kasing mailalagay sa kahon pag uwian na sa Pinas. :-)

caryn said...

astig! feeling japanese na talaga. i couldn't do that even if it wasnt raining ;-)

slim whale said...

wow, wish i could do that here! aside from being a great exercise, it can also help me save on gas or fare money. but with the pollution here in manila, never mind.

Panaderos said...

That must have been a challenge biking in a suit and holding an umbrella in one hand. I haven't tried it. :)

R-yo said...

caryn: dati kasi akong member ng circus, hehehe

R-yo said...

slimwhale: kahit na nga walang polusyon, wag pa rin. mapapadali kasi buhay mo sa walang katinuang mga kasabay sa kalsada.

R-yo said...

panaderos: twas a breeze, actually. ;-)

joaqui_miguel said...

Oh yeah? Hmmm.. Can't wait for that pics. :)

rya said...

uy torney! ganda ng shot mo ah! nagpanning ka? napadaan lang po.... great blog!