Presidents and mayors have come and gone, promising to solve Metro Manila’s infuriating traffic situation. However, even today, going from point A to point B is still a daily challenge for millions of commuters in this crowded urban agglomerationwe call our home. As they say, when you ride the MRT-3, “sasakay kang empleyado, bababa kang mandirigma.”
We can only laugh at maxims like this, but also cry a river at the thought that the following day, papasok ka na naman, bes. Be that as it may, it’s still a good thing that there are gear and gizmos aplenty that you can count on to momentarily distract you from the vicissitudes of MRT schedules (“nasira po ang tren, so baba na po kayo—haha, huhu”).These products—along with your novena booklet—are also designed to give you the fortitude that you need to endure the long and winding journey from Bulacan to Taguig while straphanging aboard a bus that’s packed like a can of 555 Sardines.
So, hang on tight as we present to you the 10 best gadgets and accessories to help ease your hellish daily commute around Metro Manila.
Asus ZenPower 10050 mAh
With its massive 10050 mAh capacity and compact size, it’s easy to understand why the Asus ZenPower 10050 is the world’s number 1 credit card-sized powerbank. It’s powerful enough to keep your device powered 3 times over, so the next time there’s a surprise religious event on EDSA or another major highway, you don’t have to worry about your smartphone being drained of battery while you’re stuck in traffic. What’s more, this device costs just a little over PHP 800 on Poundit.com and even comes with a cool bumper case to keep it safe from dings and scratches.
Aftershokz Trekz Titanium
The Aftershokz Trekz Titanium was probably designed with Metro Manila commuters in mind. It’s a wireless Bluetooth headphone, so no wires can get tangled with the clingy manong sitting next to you on the bus. It’s also sweat proof, so you don’t have to worry about getting it wet on your next sauna session aboard a poorly ventilated MRT car. Best of all, it’s designed in a way that your ears remain sensitive to the ambient sounds around you, which is helpful when you’re crossing the street and you have to avoid Jeepneys being driven by tsupers spawned from the pits of hell.
The MiLi iData mobile external storage is a godsend for media-loving Metro Manila commuters who choose to while the hours away watching their favorite shows on their smartphones instead of being bummed out about the mad traffic situation. Whether you’re hooked on Game of Thrones, Narcos, How to Get Away with Murder, Orange Is the New Black, Legend of the Blue Sea, or La Luna Sangre,you can save all your yet-to-see episodes in your MiLi iData so you can watch them later on your iPhone or Android device.
Nokia 3310 3G
Do you need to keep in touch with your family and friends, but you’re worried that your shiny new smartphone might get nicked by a pickpocket in Cubao? Worry not because the low-cost Nokia 3310 3G will help you stay connected while not being hot on the radar of snatchers and other types of scum that ply their trade in some places in Metro Manila. At less than PHP 2,800, the Nokia 3310 3G punches above its weight class with its 3G internet capability, built-in MP3 player, integrated FM radio, 2MP camera with LED flash, and extra-long battery life. Gotta wonder, why didn’t we have these way back in the early aughts with the original Nokia 3310?
Fitbit Flex 2
Did you want to know how long you had to walk to your office in Boni today because nasira the MRT and your northbound train can only take passengers up to Shaw Boulevard? Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore because the Fitbit Flex 2 fitness wristband will tell you exactly how many steps you took, how long and how far you walked, and how many calories your burned. The Fitbit Flex 2 can also automatically track the type of activities you do (e.g. running, aerobic workouts, and sports), as well as how long and how well you slept.
Are you looking for a commuter bag with a top flap that will deter thieves from easily pilfering your belongings as they would if you had a bag that closes only with a zipper? If you are, then consider the Gouache Knapsack. This beautiful bag is made with 100% cotton canvas body and genuine leather details. It comes with a top flap and an adjustable drawstring opening, which should discourage many would-be thieves from going through your stuff while you’re walking kasi mahahalata sila.
Nonda - ZUS Smart Car Finder and Dual USB Car Charger
Yes, motorists are also commuters, and just like people who take the public transportation, they also need gadgets to help them deal with life in Metro Manila. One of these is the Nonda –ZUS Smart Car Finder and Dual USB Car Charger. This product will allow you to charge two high-wattage devices at their swiftest speeds—2 times faster than regular car chargers. Even better, you can use it with the official ZUS smartphone app, which lets you save your car’s location every time you park. This way, you don’t have to worry about forgetting where you parked—and Henry Sy and the Ayalas overcharging you for staying in one of their malls for too long.
Abee M6 Dashcam
With the many shenanigans that take place on Metro Manila roads every day, it pays to have a dashboard camera in your car to record everything that happens during your daily commutes. The Abee M6 dashcam is one of the best options in the market today, boasting outstanding specs like HD resolution recording capability, a 3MP high sensitivity image sensor, and a wide F1.8 aperture to help you record details even in low-light conditions. This dashcam can also perform emergency recording during a parking collision accident to preserve all the details of the incident for you.
Mi Ninebot Black
If you’re a pedestrian commuter living in an area with nice roads, and you only have to walk a short distance from your home to your place of work, then consider commuting in style aboard a Mi Ninebot Black. This self-balancing personal transporter can carry 220 pounds of payload and features a frame made of lightweight aircraft-grade magnesium alloy. Its 10.5-inch pneumatic air-filled tires also boast military-grade shock absorption capability, ensuring that you’ll be able to enjoy your transporter for many years to come.
Fuse Chicken Armour Charge Cable
Are you tired of how flimsy and, er, biodegradable your OEM smartphone charger seems to be (we’re looking at you Apple)? If you are, then consider switching to the Fuse Chicken Armour Charge Cable. Available in Lightning and USB Type C variants, this charging cable is incredibly strong due to being wrapped in woven stainless steel. You won’t have to worry about it breaking ‘pag sumabit sa braso ni ateng bumaba sa Glorietta Bus Stop.
Commuting in Metro Manila can be very challenging, but with the right gear, you’ll be well equipped to take on whatever our crazy town throws at you. Which among the products above are your favorites?