A local Filipino-Australian family in Betoota’s Hot Bread District have yet to find a celebration big enough to sit down on the ‘good’ couches.

Even after several engagements, a marriage and several grandkids in their family, Rosamie and Arvin Torres (59, 58) still haven’t invited anyone into the plastic-coated living room in their cosy down-town four-bedder.

While the plastic furniture covers appear to be vacuum-friendly, it is not yet known what purpose they truly serve, given the fact that no one is allowed near them anyway.

Their 25-year-old grandson, Jessen Torres (real estate property manager, Betoota Grove) says the closest he ever got to the plastic couch was after a wake in 2002, before receiving a flying chinelas to back of his neck.

The iconic ‘Chinelas’ – a style of projectile Filipino footwear most commonly associated with disciplinary methods.

“I don’t know when I’ll get the call up to sit on those couches” says Jessen.

“My brother passed out on one of them when he was house-sitting for our grandparents once. It took him about 20 minutes to peel himself off it”

While the couches appear to be the most sacred piece of furniture in the entire household, they aren’t the only objects coated in plastic.

Plates, bench corners and even some cutlery also appears to be protected from any form of human contact. Similar to the dashboard of the family car, which hosts a range of miniature Catholic sculptures and a pair of tiny boxing gloves with the Filipino flag.


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