For Ry Cheng and her family their car is more than just a vehicle. It’s part of their family and that’s why they don’t mind parking it inside their home in Imus, Cavite.
They’ve been keeping their car, which they’ve had for seven years, in their living room since September 2020. Before that, their automobile was parked in their other house.
“Una pa lang po, hindi na namin pina-park yung car po sa labas, kasi po alam namin na hindi iyon tama and hindi po naman namin property yung labas (kalsada),” she shared with Wheels.
Ry said that it was safer this way, too. “Mas pinili po namin sa loob para mas safe at hindi na need bantayan pa sa labas iwas na rin sa mga trip na gasgasan ang car.”
Keeping something as big as a car in a house might sound odd, but the family has learned to live with it.
“Malaki po yung space na sakop ng car, pero yung tira na space enough naman na po para sa dining table and kitchen,” Ry said. “Sa iba, weird siguro na kasama car sa loob, pero para sa amin, okay and safe kasi parang part po siya ng family talaga.”
And it looks like the family is fine with literally living with their car for now, as Ry says they haven’t planned to build a garage yet.
In 2019, DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives should pass a bill which will prohibit individuals without their own garage from purchasing vehicles.