How a Filipino illustrator see Vietnamese life on bike

These funky representations are a pretty accurate depiction of what locals can actually fit on the back of their two-wheelers.

Like many visitors to Vietnam, Eisen Bernardo was gobsmacked when he saw just what people carry around on the back of their motorbikes and bicycles.

But unlike others who usually reach for their cameras to take a snap of the amazing scenes, Bernardo decided to create something of his own by doing what he does best: illustrating.

“I recently moved to Hanoi, Vietnam. And I realized how motorbikes/bikes are integral to Vietnamese’s life. Bikes are the main means of transportation in the country. Every day, I see amazing/funny/bizarre things being carried in bikes. This is just my way of documenting my favorites.

It is kind of metaphorical for me. Like a daily reminder, that in life we should put our burdens behind us. Our baggage should not obstruct our vision. No matter how heavy or bulky our loads are, just continue driving!– By Bernardo

Check out the "magic" of motorbikes in Vietnam in the “Hanoi sOOperbikes!” project by Filipino graphic designer and illustrator Eisen Bernardo, and give us your thoughts.

Vietnamese life on bike: Bird cages

Bird cages.

Vietnamese life on bike: Big tree

A big tree.

Vietnamese life on bike: Giant water botter

Giant water bottles.

Vietnamese life on bike: A Mattress

A mattress.

Vietnamese life on bike: Electric fan

An electric fan.

Vietnamese life on bike: Dog

A dog.

Vietnamese life on bike: Baloons and pin wheels

Baloons and pin wheels.

Vietnamese life on bike: Household water tank

A household water tank.

Vietnamese life on bike: Whole family

The whole family.

Vietnamese life on bike: pigs

Pigs.

Vietnamese life on bike: Flowers

Flowers.

Vietnamese life on bike: Fish

Fish.

Vietnamese life on bike: Bonsai trees

Bonsai trees.

Vietnamese life on bike: Feather dusters

Feather dusters.

Vietnamese life on bike: Ducks

Ducks.

Vietnamese life on bike: Eggs

Eggs.

Vietnamese life on bike: Beer

Beer.

Vietnamese life on bike: Jackfruit

Jackfruit.

Vietnamese life on bike: bamboo baskets

Bamboo baskets.

Vietnamese motorbike rule: as long as there is a person sitting behind, anything can be carried.

Vietnamese motorbike rule: as long as there is a person sitting behind, anything can be carried.

By Minh Nga – VnExpress