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I was very much fascinated with the half-cars I saw all over Europe and took photos until I saw too many and got used to it. Aren’t these cute by the way? Can these survive Manila’s crazy drivers? Would it ease our traffic and pollution?

Half a car
Little car
Half car
Little car

Then I saw the fancy buses in Paris. I’ve always wanted to own a fancy van or Coaster so I can pack my family, helpers, and all our stuff to Baguio with the luxury of space. I wonder how much these buses cost.

A nice bus
A nice bus

So jealous

Another cool van

Finally got to ride one on the way back to Schiphol when Jeroen hired this maxicab from Theo Middelweerd

Theo Middelweerd maxicab

The coolest thing, it had this ramp that helped us load our luggage easily. The boys were fascinated.

Jan, Jap, Ben

I had a great nap on the way to Schiphol. It was love!
Jeroen loves the triple Dutch accordion public buses which are not as cute. Do you think these would fly in Manila? Or more traffic for us?

Triple Dutch bus

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For the accordion buses–that will be tricky. The drivers will have to be re-educated because they’ll be too used to the “regular” buses. Let’s not forget the drivers of the open-air types that seem to attempt to break the sound barrier…

For the half-cars, they would work best within villages here, I guess. Maybe if they could add more space in the baggage compartment? 😀

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Ang kulit ng mga kotse hehehe. Dapat ganyan ang mga kotse sa Pinas eh. Since makikitid mga kalsada natin 🙁

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I drive a small car here in Manila and I’m always so scared whenever I have to take EDSA. Kawawa mga small cars sa mga buses natin dito! To compensate somehow, my husband had a very loud busina installed in my car. But I’ll have to say, making singit and parking is no problem for me.:))

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omnesia

 Si Jessica Zafra ata yan LOL

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Manix Genabe

would love to have one of those smart cars but my partner doesn’t like small cars anymore after i got an accident with our jazz – too bad. hehehe 🙂 saw that type of minibus in HCM. wondering also how much would one cost. i think the one we saw was a volvo and i called volvo phils but they don’t have it here. special order ata. most probably around 7-10M, low-end SUV costs around 3-4M – so i just estimated it. on the other hand, the long buses can’t be used here since they’ll have a difficult time maneuvering… Read more »

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i remember seeing those accordion buses years ago plying the Edsa route, but ours was only double.  I don’t know what happened to them, they just simply disappeared from EDSA.
those half cars would work well in chinatown but other than that, i’d be too scared driving those along the major thoroughfare. what with crazy bus drivers and all. those things will flatten out like a pancake if hit

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Jeroen

correct, the red ones are for the disabled. They have a maximum speed of i believe 35 km per hour. They are also allowed on the bike lanes.

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How to Europeans squeeze into those tiny cars?!?!
As for the bus, agree with the others, don’t think that will work here unless buses are run by the government…

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I always see those Smart cars here in HK. One is always parked on the curb outside our office building and I’ve seen how the owner parks it. Galing! And he is able to squeeze into tiny spaces. Good thing, the guy isn’t so tall so I think he has no problem with the leg room. 

My 5’8 friend however says she can only drive one  with her chin on her knees. 😛 

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Ays Randrup

i dont think those accordion buses would be a hit in manila. the bus drivers who like to overtake won’t be able to weave through traffic as easily.

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We drove one of those tiny cars recently (Smart car, not the chopped-in-half car). Fun and so first world. I should to blog about it.

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Hello Ms. Chuvaness…nice photos..For me, your blog is the best blog site ever!…thanks for sharing these kind of trips to us, your avid readers…Personally, you give me that feeling like I want to go to places you’ve been because of your photos and the experience you share about your trips..I read your blog like everyday!It’s very informative and entertaining at the same time. Just wanted you to know how your blog affects me in a very good way. Through your blog, I also strive to become not just a plain wife and working mother of three, but also to  strive… Read more »

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Surely di pwede yung accordion buses… mahahati lang yan sa dami ng mga sisingit haha but the rest are cute!

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I love watching Parisians try to park those tiny cars, squeezing them into the tiniest spaces, not caring if they graze or hit the cars in front or behind them. As in wala silang paki. Isasaksak talaga nila kahit saan.

As for those buses, those will only work here (and any city for that matter) if they all ran on a tight timetable, stayed in their one designated lane and made only designated stops… i.e. if public transport was ran by the government… i.e. NEVER. Or at least not in our lifetime.

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