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5 perfect gifts for Filipino motorists

For those who haven’t had enough of Metro Manila’s traffic

Want to share the best of Philippine motoring with your loved ones? PHOTO FROM PEXELS

Christmas is almost here, which means it’s time again to pick presents for your loved ones. Instead of buying boring socks or plain gift vouchers, why not go for something a bit more personal?

Something that really resonates with the drivers, the riders, and the commuters in your family? Here are five ideas to make this Christmas traffiliciously special.

Recreate your daily commutes with this playset. IMAGE FROM MIDJOURNEY

1. EDSA playset. Get your young ones used to traffic chaos from an early age with this EDSA playset. It comes complete with a realistic road layout and enough vehicles to cause Carmageddon in the comfort of your living room. You can add Express Lanes with the Private Investors Toll Road Expansion Pack” sold separately. Please note that this will not speed up gameplay.

No humans will be harmed when this 'kamote' crashes. IMAGE FROM MIDJOURNEY

2. Kamote Rider figurine. Do you have friends who like to ride like they’re racing in the Isle of Man TT but without any of the skills? Are some of your mates switching off their brains when taking to the road?

Then give them this beautiful Kamote Rider figurine. A cute, little sweet potato enjoying the ride of his life.

Pose him for TikTok and crash him for the camera as many times as you like, without any real human beings getting injured. It’s fun for all the family.

Why get stuck in traffic when you can live in it? IMAGE FROM MIDJOURNEY

3. The Movondo. Let’s face it: We spend so much time stuck in traffic around here that the roads are practically our second home. So why not make it the first one, too?

Meet the Moving Condo (or Movondo for short). This is more than an RV. This is a roomy studio apartment on wheels that means you’ll never be home late, because you’re already home when you’re stuck in traffic!

Do you think you have what it takes to survive EDSA? IMAGE FROM MIDJOURNEY

4. EDSA: The Game. Do you enjoy being stuck in traffic? Is wasting your life away while sitting in a slow-moving vehicle your idea of fun?

Then EDSA: The Game is for you! Recreate your favorite traffic jams and play on three difficulty levels: Morning Rush Hour, Payday Friday, and Rainy Christmas Holiday.

Play it safe and wait it out or risk it all and try the bus lanethe choice is yours, as are the excuses when you get caught. In the end, it doesn’t matter what you do: The concrete monster always wins.

You can never be too safe on the road. IMAGE FROM MIDJOURNEY

5. The Bubble Bike. Cycling through Metro Manila is safer than most people think, but you can never be safe enough.

For that extra reassurance and protection from oversized SUVs, the Bubble Bike will surround you with your own inflatable safety zone. Bonus feature: It keeps the bad air out, too.

Okay, so all of these things obviously don’t exist…yet, but they might as well. Happy Christmas!

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.