David (Smiley) Phillips
Working Father / High School Teacher
I’m renowned for: Cooking big paellas.
Only a local would know… if you go for a Phelen’s on Mooney Street at 12:30 they’ve probably sold out.
My most memorable holiday was… Walking the Camino de Santiago with my family (El Camino del Norte). Spending a walking holiday with one change of clothes and a six kilo backpack. Having plenty of time to chat, eat pintxos, drink wine and take in the views along the villages of the Basque and Cantabrian coast.
Right now I wish I was… at rugby training preparing for my upcoming Wallabies test match.
My favourite day is: Every day I get out of bed is a blessing.
The biggest influences in my life are: My wife Idoya and my son Patxi. They laugh at my dad jokes and are very supportive of everything I do.
The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… having my underwear torn off by a bull’s horn at a Spanish fiesta, some years ago. It got under my skirt (that’s another story).
Someone famous I met was: Rob de Castella (Deek) at the Gold Coast Marathon six years ago. He was nice, had a chat and posed for a photo. Legend!
My motto is: Go hard early, don’t complain.
Song Suspicious Minds by Elvis
Eat Donna Bionda