a jeepney in norway

With a strong penchant for travel, Knut, our friends and I went to the 2007 Reiseliv Exhibition in Lillestrom, an 11 minute train ride from the Central Station.

The exhibition is Norway’s only international travel and tourism trade show, with over 1000 exhibitors from 60 nations. I was able to enter the grounds for free, albeit changing my identity to “Tom Pettersen” (not his real name) a neighbour who’s working for one of the hotels here in Oslo. Hahaha. I was so worried that they might stop me at the entrance since I, for all the obvious reasons, don’t look like a Pettersen. Had that been the case, I can just tell that I was a poor boy from the third world country adopted by Norwegian parents when I was two.

The exhibit area was separated into three great halls – Norway and Scandinavia, Europe/America/Africa/Asia, and Real Estate Abroad. It was nice to roam around and get lost in different countries, cultures, and colors. We spent most of our time in the Europe/America/Africa/Asia since there was a plethora of destination inspirations and we just wanted to explore what’s there outside the Nordic region. Europe offered the playgrounds of Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy among many others. Africa took us to Egypt, Morocco, and South Africa. Asia promoted staples such as Japan, India, Dubai, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Where the hell is the Philippines?

The closest one could get to seeing the Philippines is this exhibition of the humble and colorful jeepney, the major public transportation in Manila and other major Philippine cities, prepped up by one travel agency offering the Philippines as one of its areas of specialization. It would have been great to see the Philippines promoted as that secret paradise brimming with immaculate beaches and azure waters, a diverse country of goodlooking, smiling people and great world-class shopping at bargain prices, a rich hotpot of culinary delights inspired by all the world’s best. Aesthetically pleasing booths, audio-video installations, giant posters and all that showmanship shit.

Not just a two-dimensional map resting against a Goodyear.


8 Responses to “a jeepney in norway”

  1. 1 Dazed and Confused January 15, 2007 at 10:42 am

    Another strange place where I saw a jeepney once was in Atlanta, Georgia. They had half of a jeepney displayed at the Coca-Cola museum, and it was a popular photo spot among the visitors.

    Well, if Thailand has the tuk-tuk, at least we have one that’s uniquely Filipino.

  2. 2 tricia January 15, 2007 at 11:24 am


    just read the lyrics of 4 IN THE MORNING by gwen….

    love it……uhm….sounds familiar ba? waaahhh!!!!!!



  3. 3 NeiLDC January 15, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    I had an english friend of mine who went home last month and he saw a jeepney in the middle of nowhere country side in ENGLAND, ill send you a copy once i have!


  4. 4 R*Y A N January 16, 2007 at 12:41 am

    a somewhat deficient looking display, isn’t it? for shame.

    at least it’s good to see a jeepney. :)

  5. 5 c. aléssandro January 17, 2007 at 5:47 am

    wow. that’s a small jeep. it must be from the olden days (the 70’s).

  6. 6 savante January 18, 2007 at 8:07 am

    Malaysia was there?! :O I am astonished!

  7. 7 chase January 18, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Anyway dear, when they are fed up with Thailand they’ll focus more on the Phils.

  8. 8 Mark January 18, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    That’s great to hear, Dazed and Confused, and I think our jeepney has more spunk and road attitude than the tuk-tuk.

    Hey 3sh! Yeah, I know! This is your song!

    Wow, that’s a strange sighting, Neil! Our humble jeepney is going places.

    Yeah, it didn’t give the Philippines some justice. :-) Yeah, it was a breath of fresh air seeing that one, R*yan.

    I was surprised, too, C that it’s tiny.

    Yeap, KL and all, Paul.

    It’s time these foreigners discover our 7,107 islands, Chase!

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