drive today, Titoy?" I ask. The husband and his brother operate
a small tricycle fleet.
hours," he says. "Not bad, made one hundred and thirty
twelve hours, he'll be back tomorrow."
tricycles operate 24 hours a day. When Titoy or Ruel aren't
driving they hire a driver who pays 75 pesos and keeps the rest
of his takings..
myself and head for the comfort room (toilet). One of the kids
lends me her slippers and I flip flop to a small room off the
kitchen. It has a wet concrete floor, a bowl with no cistern or
seat, and a couple of buckets in the corner by a tap.
Back in the
lounge room I notice some village kids watching TV through the
window. They wave. "Those kids have no TV, no electric," Titoy
says. "Very poor."
down and takes over the Pig-wig watch. "Say something to Uncle
Allan," she says to the youngest daughter. The daughter giggles
and hides her face. More prompting. She holds up a drawing of
some trees that seem to be bent over at right angles. "The
wind is faster to running," she says between giggles. The
kids laugh and clap. More English practice and laughter, and
then it's time to go.
Some of the
kids escort me to the road and flag down a tricycle. They are
still waving when the tricycle turns the corner. The tricycle
bumps its way back to the Manhattan Inn. I wonder - what have I
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