In the Philippines, only two things are sure to come this Christmas: Jose Mari Chan songs and miles of traffic. It’s inescapable, really, even if you manage the superhuman ability to wake up really early or stay out really late to avoid rush hours. Somehow, everyone’s got the same idea, so the traffic remains the same. How then, can we emerge from these daily gridlocks (partially) unscathed? We came up with a nifty solution: get busy. From our collective experience of sitting our asses in hours of traffic, we have a list of books, albums, movies, and podcasts that’ll make the long commute slightly more bearable. It may just make traffic a little more bearable — and maybe this time, Jose Mari Chan songs won’t be the only things to look forward to this Christmas.