This Mom Transformed Her Van Into a Tiny Home for Only P5,000

She's in the city during weekdays for her jobs and they travel on the weekends.
by Bernadette Rivera   |  Oct 9, 2020
Image: Katrina Quisil
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We’ve seen a lot of people living on wheels, but this one is different. If you have read the story about the woman who has been living in a van for two years and completely left everything behind, this mom is the opposite.

Katrina Quisil bought a Suzuki DA62 Big Eye Van for P215,000 and spent P5,000 for the customization to make it look like a tiny home that she and her two kids live in. It has a room for them to sleep in and a mini kitchen where they can cook and eat. She usually showers at her brother’s apartment and she has this makeshift portable toilet inside her van.

As a single mom of two, Katrina has to do two jobs in order to provide for her family. She works in a pharmacy in the morning, and in a BPO at night, so she spends her weekdays in the city and travels on weekends to relax.


Working two jobs while living in a van is very convenient and liberating for her because she doesn’t have to experience the stressful commuting, she has easy access to her home where she can rest during her break at work, and she’s saving a lot from travel expenses like hotel accommodation.

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For those who want to try the van ~life~, Katrina has a piece of advice, “If I was able to do it, so can you, guys. Kaya niyo ‘yan. Just stay positive. Patience is a virtue.”

Dreaming of living in a van like Katrina? Watch this.


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