Manila, the capital city of the Phillipines, has a population almost the size of Australia’s. My last visit to that major Asian city involved me in a taxi having a minor accident with another vehicle on a busy roundabout. When my cab was side-swiped my immediate thought was selfish: “Great… now I’ll have to find another ride…. it’ll take them ages to exchange insurance details!”
My taxi-driver must have sensed my Western inexperience with Filipino ways. He put his hand on my shoulder (I was riding in the front seat like all Australian males should in taxis) and reassured me: “Stay here. This will only take two minutes.” He was wrong. It took a minute before he was back in the cab with a fold of cash he had negotiated from the at-fault driver in the other car.
They do things a little differently in the Manila of the Phillipines.
The Manilla of Australia is where the Rileys spent yesterday afternoon. With a population ten thousand times smaller than its Asian namesake, the Manilla of the Northern Tablelands is better known for rich wheat harvests, and cute lambs playing in paddocks (and I soon discovered that my vegetarian kids didn’t want to know the fate of those cute little lambs when I began to explain it to them…).
The Australian town of Manilla has those far-too-wide main street that proudly shouts: “We have plenty of space here!” And the Art Deco inspired architecture strangely reminds me of my grandparents generation.
Despite this small town becoming world-famous for paragliding, the thriller in this Manilla was to drive our car across the long, narrow bridge high above the Namoi River. Each of the Rileys instinctively breathed in to reduce the width of our Toyota Landcruiser as we edged passed a car coming in the opposite direction. At the end of the bridge my kids yelled “Do it again dad!” and so we did an immediate u-turn and drove back over the bridge and returned to town.
Afternoon tea in Manilla needed to be had with an elderly great-aunt that Joanne hadn’t seen in three decades. Chocky bickies and lemon lolly-water to hype the kids up, and chats about recent meetings of the local arts and crafts association. Country towns in Australia are all the same in their uniquely different ways.
Oh, and I’m sure the town of Manilla in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales has had an accident involving a taxi sometime in its history – but there was none today.
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About this blog: Pastor David Riley is a minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and is taking a sabbatical year to drag his family around Australia in a caravan. This article is from his “Reverential Ramblings” series that meanders around a series of subjects pondered and stuff seen. You can subscribe to this blog by clicking “follow”.
10 thoughts on “NO, NOT THAT MANILLA”
Very interesting David. Joanne looks happy in the picture. Did you force her to smile or is she secretly enjoying the trip!
There are good days and there are…. 😀
You all look so happy. Good move i think.
You all look very happy. Good move i think.
You all look very happy. Good move i think. 🙏🌏
On Tue, 19 Jan 2021, 5:27 am Reverential Ramblings, wrote:
> reverentialramblings posted: ” Manilla, the capital city of the > Phillipines, has a population almost the size of Australia’s. My last visit > to that major Asian city involved me in a taxi having a minor accident with > another vehicle on a busy roundabout. When my cab was side-swiped my ” >
Hey Marianne. Lovely to have you “on board” as we do our Lap 🙂
You are quite a writer brother! Here I was thinking that you’re just a great speaker and not a bad Aussie bloke lol 😆😜
I’ll be following!
Kia Ora and Talofa to my sister Jo and the kids 🙋🏽♂️
Hey Jake. Great to have you on board with us as we travel this fabulous continent of ours 🙏
Thks to you Pastor lam learning about Austr… what a positive for me a massive Thks!! annliebenberg