Saturday, June 6, 2009

Loving family on a journey

What does this picture communicate to you?
  1. Lovely family bonding?
  2. OMG! Where the hell are the kids' helmets?
  3. Honda rules! (it is a Honda C70)
Zipping through the streets of Penang in the back of my mum's Toyota Avensis is quite an experience. Not sure why they bother to paint lines on the road. No one pay any attention to them anyway. People REALLY share the road over there! There are lots of motorbikes, motor vehicles of all types, tricycles and trishaws on the road not to mention pedestrians trying to cross the road. I am not sure if I would dare to get onto one of those tricycle or trishaw, aimed for tourist, as the mode of transport for sightseeing around that little island... Looks incredibly dangerous. What about the fumes from the truck in front?

I thought I hit the jackpot when I saw this - four people riding a motorbike together. A family affair, the old and the young. The young sandwiched between the old.

It was in the news in Japan that helmets are really important for kids especially because their skull are still soft needing much more protection than would an adult. Yet, they don't wear helmets.. The bike was a Honda C70, may be 25 years old (C70 was manufactured between 1970 and 1984), with a mere 72cc engine and top speed of 80km/h.

Love the flowing hair of the little kid in front, with his cute yellow shoes in the basket, and both hands on the handle bars. Most of the time, you won't see the passengers holding on to the driver / rider or any handles that might be available. They would sway to the left or to the right along with the bike. I thought that is pretty amazing and dangerous. You can tell I never rode on a motorbike. :P Boy, I wonder why the best rally drivers in the world are not from Malaysia!

What do you think this post should be titled? Send me a comment to suggest. You decide!

[2009-06-26] Thank you to all who voted on the subject of this post. The winning vote is "Loving family on a journey". You are sooo kind. Thanks!


  1. Carrying 3 or 4 kids on a bike is not an uncommonly sight in our "Bolehland" (Can-Can country). If you hop over the mainland (Butterworth)esp. in the 'Kampung" area, you get to see this everyday. Our people are also very can-can, that's why.

  2. stumble upon your blog :)
    u know what, i am against this stunt here in Malaysia and disgusted how the law enforce on rear seatbelts when this is equally if not more important. babies, toddlers, kids go on motorbikes all the time here and they think they are safe and no one will crash into them. you think 4 ppl on bike is amazing? you will feel sick to ur stomach when you see 5-6