My Australia: Episode 12 - Part 3

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Hi guys.
Hello there, how you doing?
Good. Now how good are you guys at map reading?
Iím not very good.
Youíre not very good?
What about you?
Well, Iíve got a boy scout badge for map reading so I think Iím pretty good.
I donít think it gets much better than that.
No, I donít know where anything is.
We went to the zoo yesterday, tried to find the koalas and we found the crocodiles instead.
So are you guys good at reading maps?
Sort of.
I think Iím pretty good.
Yeah, but obviously when my partnerís there he reads it and I donít really get a look
Ah okay, so what do you then say to that idea that men are better at reading maps than women?
I think itís true but I donít do it myself, because Iím always doing all the driving.
Oh okay, sure.
So Iíve just got to tell him where to go, so that has no problem.
I have no problem with that.
So, youíre the navigator?
Not it is whether it is a girl or a boy but everybody uses technology so GPS is the thing
usually people use to navigate themselves to new places they are exploring or something.
Driving, Iím navigating and heís also got his navigator and thatís when the time comes,
you know, ëWhoís driving? Me or you?í
Can you tell me about a time when youíve been in an argument over getting lost?
No, Iím always right.
So those are some peopleís thoughts on navigation.
I have GPS on my phone and that has saved me getting lost on more than one occasion.
But letís see how Faye and her sister go when they try orienteering.
They donít even get a map with street names on it.
Faye is from the Republic of Fiji Islands.
She grew up in Suva City.
Sheís the eldest of four children and now lives in Melbourne with her family.
When Faye was growing up her mum worked as a flight attendant and her dad was a seafarer.
So we werenít ... we didnít have the most traditional family set up where weíd have
parents at home in the morning and in the evening and in the weekends.
And so I grew up with my grandmother on a university campus and I really miss that place
because I actually got to graduate from that university.
When I was in university I was hired as a research assistant to do a number of geoarcheological
so I started to gain an interest in research and in general travelling and thatís something
Iíd like to do more of.
Will you say grace?
Iím here today at Ridlerís Hill and I know Iím about to enter reserve and go on an orienteering
which is something Iíve never done before but Iím really look forward to it because
Iíve got my sister with me here today.
According to my sister, sheís saying we are going on a walk but I really donít know what
the walk is, where weíre going, so possibly weíll get lost.
I donít know but ah, just hope for the best and weíre competing against people and Iíve
noticed they all seem to be older people.
So if we lose thatíd be shameful.
Iím very excited because one, I love the outdoors,
two, I hear there may be maps involved and I like reading maps and getting lost every
now and again and finding my way back to where Iím supposed to be.
We donít spend much time together so today would be a good catch up session basically.
Youíll notice when everybody leaves, that theyíll go off in different ways.
Some will run down here to go here.
Some will go up through here probably to pick up number nine.
Someíll come out here to number eight.
So theyíll all go in different directions.
We can go over and fill out your cards now.
F for female.
And weíre circling PW for power walkers. And weíre putting our name.
I understand that we have to try to find control points that weíve been shown on a map thatís
been given to us.
Thereís twenty controls on the map.
You've got an hour to get to as many of those as you can and get back.
And in doing that weíre actually going through parks and up and down hills and um,
following roads that weíve never been through before so we anticipate that we might be a
little lost at some stage.
Do people go missing sometimes?
Occasionally thereís been somebody whoís got lost, they taken a wrong turn because
you've got no names on your streets.
Yeah, a lot of people, the first time they do it get to street corners and, ëOoh, hang
on, which way do I turn, left or rightí you know.
Yeah, just remember, that the sun sets in the west,
orientate the map the right way and yeah, thatíll be the easiest way to do it.
Since getting the rundown on the event and what itís all about I am thrilled.
Iíve never done anything like this and it reminds me of some of those shows they show
at the moment
where everyone races around trying to get a prize, doing obstacle courses and things.
How long have you been orienteering?
This is our first start, so.
Oh, youíre just starting?
Yeah, weíre babies at this.
Do you know what youíre doing?
I hope so. I think I have a fair idea.
Ah, a lot of people struggle on the first time, but I think theyíve had some good coaching
and some good tips so I think theyíll go okay.
Very excited and feeling quite competitive actually at the moment.
So weíll see how we go.
Better not lose.
Okay, well weíll start with A course and B course behind me.
Letís go.
Straight down this way, first roundabout.
Second one and turn left.
Itís on a bus shelter.
Number 11.
Number 11 and weíre collecting a good four points.
This looks like the the next roundabout and Iím guessing weíre not to far from the thing,
or the check, the control point.
I think itís just ahead.
Looks like itís on the left side of the road.
Should be up there somewhere.
Yep, itís right there. Letís go have a look.
I think I see it.
Yep, thatís good, letís continue.
I think being in Australia has given me more of an opportunity to make different choices
for myself
and I have become a lot more independent while being here and thereís so much more for me
to dream about and do in this country.
I still love Fiji.
I still am Fijian at heart but this countryís really shown me how being Fijian can be unique
and very different.
Howís work?
Oh, workís okay.
Yes, a little bit of an adjustment, waking up much more earlier in the morning to get
onto the bus and train but itís alright.
Weíre kind of just in our own world now that weíre here.
Sheís off doing her own thing. Iím off doing my own thing.
Weíre both a bit more independent so weíre not always at home.
So it is good for us to just come back and touch base and see whatís happening with
each other.
So which countries are you thinking of in going to Europe?
Dunno, just wait and see when I get there.
Probably start with Aunty Mar.
In London, have that as your base.
Thatíd be fun.
They just keep running past us.
Be so much easier if theyíd just put the street names on it.
Thatís the whole fun isnít it, we donít know where weíre going.
Is that a nine or a six?
Itís a nine yeah.
Yeah, itís a nine.
I think weíre doing really well.
I donít think so coz so many people jogged past us.
Well, I think weíre doing well.
Ah well, itís our first time but I mean think it is alright.
Yeah, we havenít actually found anything weíre sort of interested in together.
In together.
You are more interested in things that I just have no understanding of, but this is fun
Common ground.
And I think we could do this. Woohoo!
And there goes some more people passing us. Weíd better catch up to them.
Weíre losing ground now.
Looks like we could be on our way back here.
And weíve got to pick up a mark at that corner first.
Which one?
Weíll see whether or not weíll go back to the number 8 control marker,
otherwise weíll just hang around there and finish off because I think itís nearly time
to finish as well.
Be funny if that is not the right like ...
Orienteering group.
That would be hilarious.
And theyíre like ages away.
Itís the last one.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Now we know that youíre in, otherwise weíll have a search party.
Oh no. weíre back.
Okay thank you.
I always remind myself that, you know, at first I was a bit hesitant about moving to
Australia because naturally there was the fear of the unknown.
But having come here and having been through all that Iíve experienced and meeting all
the people Iíve met,
I never regret the decision I made to move here with my family.
Coming over I wasnít sure what was going to happen, what am I gonna do here.
But all these little things that I keep doing, like orienteering, road trips,
theyíre all good and they make me me love Australia even more so, it was good.
I had fun.
I think Faye and her sister did really well, and a great way to explore the suburbs too.
We found our way to the end of the show. Hereís whatís coming next week.
Preeti finds some bargains on an op shop tour,
Three garments for fifty cents.
Sahj has a go at juggling
and Weiping heads to her first Australian Chinese New Year festival.
See you then.