My Australia: Series 2 - Episode 9

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Hello, I'm Vijay Khurana. Welcome to My Australia, the show about people from overseas having
Australian experiences. Coming up today
Jasmine gets up close and personal with a giant panda
Christina gets to know and eat some kangaroos
and Frankey checks out a parade at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
A lot of people are excited about two giant pandas from China who've recently come to
live in Australia and Jasmine has a special treat in store.
She not only gets to see them but she goes behind the scenes with their keeper as well.
Take a look.
My name is Jasmine. I'm from Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia.
I grew up in a family with high expectations.
My parents worked really hard, expected us to do well in school.
I don't know if I played a lot as a child.
We didn't watch lots of TV. It was always about doing well.
I spent two years in Singapore, finishing my last two years of high school.
and then I started my journalism degree in KL before I came here.
I Skype home once a week, every Tuesday night.
It's just a good way to stay in touch.
I've been away from home since 17, so I think it's really important to just make sure that
the bond is still there and my parents know what's going on.
It's nice.
Yes, I'm very happy living in Australia.
I'm settled.
I like the quiet environment in Adelaide.
I've no problems with the transport system. It's not as efficient as Singapore. It's better
than KL but I can get around fairly easily.
I think it's really comfortable.
I don't think - no, I think I might have a problem if I go back home and live where I
used to live.
I think I'm gonna start having real problems.
I've made friends in Australia.
Most of them are still Asian or international students.
Being one of the few international students in my course it can be challenging.
It's kind of hard to jump into a clique.
I don't know what to talk about with my local friends sometimes.
I have few really good local friends.
They're from church and I'm really comfortable with them but yeah, I think I would still
really like to meet more.
A couple of weeks ago I was here at the Zoo to see the pandas.
My whole family's seen them before.
They went to Hong Kong in 2008 so that was the year we had the Beijing Olympics and the
panda was the mascot and I didn't get to see them.
When I first saw the pandas it struck me how huge and cuddly they were.
Funi even climbed into a tree and she posed for a photograph.
And today I'm back again to do a special VIP tour.
Hi Jasmine.
My name's Angela and this is Matt.
I'll be going behind the scenes to see how they're being cared for.
Are they still sleeping?
Ah, they just had their breakfast.
I know that they there are very few of them left in the wild.
I know they're an endangered species.
So we'll go straight into the back of the panda building and you can come and meet the
I don't know anything more about their lifestyle besides that they eat bamboo.
Oh wow.
So this is Funi in the lockaway over here.
So this is their back night quarters that they sleep in at night time.
Wang Wang is on the other side and …
Oh, it was really exciting to see the pandas.
They looked really cuddly, just really adorable and warm creatures. Really friendly.
This is the bamboo room that we store all our bamboo in for the pandas.
We feed them around 20 kilos of bamboo each day.
It was an eye opener.
You don't realise how much care actually goes into taking care of the pandas.
Even though that's very heavy and very thick they've got very strong teeth.
The green outside layer, they'll peel off with their teeth and just eat the white inside
of the bamboo.
We cut up a special cake, a recipe that was brought over from China so they're a few different
nutrients for the panda.
Wow, it's tough.
It's to give them vitamins, minerals and also we use it for training.
What do you train them to do?
We train them to do many different things, mainly medical procedures -
so we don't need to anaesthetise them.
If we need to give them an injection or if we need to check their teeth.
So you give them a treat instead.
So where do I leave the bamboo?
We've got a little bit of cake, we've got a little bit of fruit.
We'll just spread it out.
We try and make it different every day so it's not in the same spot.
So like this is fine?
Yep, wherever you want.
Up the trees.
On the logs - he'll climb up on the logs.
Well, my impression about pandas were that they were lazy creatures who slept most of
their days away.
I was quite surprised to see that they were quite agile.
So this is one of Wang Wang's favourite trees, so you can see all the claw marks ...
where he's been.
So this is a toy, you can put food in there as well and he's gotta try and get it out
of there.
The pandas have their temperatures taken ever day to make sure they're healthy.
Come Funi. Come.
Good girl.
The clicker is to say 'You're doing the right thing and you're going to get a reward with
So where do you stick the thermometer?
In her cloacae.
And what's that?
In her bum.
In her bottom.
Wang Wang and Funi, they're very different personalities.
Funi is a year younger than Wang Wang, so she's four years' old.
She's still very playful.
Funi, up. Yeah!
And she likes a lot of keeper interaction.
Where Wang Wang, he's just that little but older.
He's very gentle and very relaxed, just like an Australian male.
He likes his sleeping, his eating and -
Hopefully his women.
So have they shown interest in each other?
They have shown a little bit of interest in each other but we haven't put them together
to breed yet because they are still a little bit too young.
There's on 1600 of them left in the wild and that's why Wang Wang and Funi are here in
There's only 30 pandas outside of China in breeding programs.
When Wang Wang and Funi breed we will keep the young here until it's weaned and then
it will be sent back to China and it will go back into the breeding program.
He got my fruit.
I think the best part about being with the pandas today was that I got to feed them and
touch them.
They were responsive to my touch.
I didn't feel they were, you know, afraid of a stranger or anything like that.
Ah, she actually holds the cake.
The fur is thick and coarse, unlike what I thought.
I thought it would be nice and warm and soft,
and Matt says it is to protect the pandas against the cold weather.
When you have a deeper understanding of how these creatures are I think you are able to
appreciate the importance of keeping them alive and you realise the importance of conservation
work as well.
The VIP experience was great.
It was one level above just the normal panda tours and, you know what,
my family saw the pandas but I touched them today.
I fed them today and tonight I'm gonna ring my mum and I'm gonna tell them and they're
all gonna be jealous.
You've got to love a panda, so cute.
Speaking of animals, kangaroos are much loved by Australians but that doesn't mean we can't
eat them.
Christina is about to see kangaroos for the first time but will she also like them on
a plate.
Let's find out.
My name is Christina Odorus. I was born and bred in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia.
I have been living in Perth, Western Australia, for a total of six years now, and I'm loving
Well, I have one dad and one mum, one older brother and two younger sisters.
And here in Perth I actually live with my older brother and one of my sisters.
I love this place. It's a small little place. It's really cosy and homey.
As a family we would pick this place because it was close to where we studied at Curtin
It's an apartment and it's a good place to live.
I love singing and I have a band so we use a lot of time for that as well.
We have performed in a few events so far.
A lot of them are fundraising or Indonesian events and I love it because singing it my
One of the things that I really wanna do is see kangaroos in real life because I've been
here in Australia for a few years now but I have never actually met or seen kangaroos
in real life.
I have always just seen them on TV and magazines,
so here I am today in a wildlife park and I'm really excited because I'll be able to
touch, feel and play with kangaroos and get to know them a little bit more.
So, here we go.
We have three basic kangaroo,
the Eastern Grey, the western Grey in the south,
and in the middle is the Red kangaroo and that's all these guys here, are all red.
Although they're protected, the government does control and we do have to cull.
We do have to cull out in the wild a little bit.
Why? So many.
So many.
So many, that what will happen if we don't, see there will be no food and then they will
It will be horrible.
There are so many of them, it's crazy.
They're not as big as I thought.
They're really, really friendly.
Because they are overpopulated they do kill them so that they are not starved and they
do use, you know, the meat to be eaten.
Since I've been in Australia a few of my friends have challenged me to taste kangaroo meat.
I haven't personally tasted and, after playing around and touching and holding kangaroos
I feel a little bit - I'm not sure -
but at the same time I do want to try it while I'm in Australia.
Kangaroo meat is eaten by people and it is a delicacy so I think it will be - it's something
I do want to try, yeah.
Whether or not I'll like it - not sure.
I heard about this butcher in Perth that specialises in gourmet meat and I knew that they had kangaroo
meat there as well
so I went there today and I got to meet Fred who showed me how to cook kangaroo,
the best way to cook them and also a bit of information about kangaroo meat as well which
was interesting.
This is the cuts that I suggest for you tonight.
Okay, you've got your topside and you got some fillet.
Okay? The topside I suggest for your stir-fry or your Asian dishes, your stir-fries, cut
into nice strips,
and your fillet, you could do like an Aussie dish, like on a barbecue or steaks.
Just very lightly.
Most chefs prefer it medium rare because you get all the goodness and juices out of it.
It's very, very high in iron and it's one of the most naturally organic meats on the
Tonight me and my sister Jessica will be cooking the kangaroo meat.
We will be inviting a few friends over and we will have a gathering and then just tasting
the kangaroo meat.
We will cook it in two different styles, two different ways.
First is barbecuing them the Aussie way and then the second way we will try to have an
Indonesian recipe.
Normally, back home in Indonesia we eat a lot of what?
Braised goat.
Yeah, goat.
And chicken, yeah.
Something different, kangaroo meat.
Because who would have thought you could actually eat kangaroo meat because, before we came
here, we thought kangaroos were like, what ...
Kangaroo is more like ...
Tourist pet, the soft toys that you buy.
I thought it was like an Australian icon or something.
I thought it was like ...
Kangaroo and koalas.
not meant to be eaten.
So what I'm doing is I'm gonna pressure cook the kangaroo meat for the Indonesian style.
It's sort of like curry style especially because the butcher said that it's gonna be tough
to cook, as in the meat can be quite tough.
So this will make the meat soft.
So we're cooking the barbecue for the Aussie way.
It's actually pretty simple and quite quick as well so we're just gonna fry them.
That's my friends.
Come on in.
How are you?
All right, where's the kangaroo?
Smells good. Smells good.
Is that it? Is that it?
Yeah, that's the Aussie way.
We also have kangaroo rendang.
Kangaroo rendang, oh yum.
That looks a bit scary.
While waiting for it to rest, we'll just make the salad.
I'm hungry. Sorry.
Get out of my kitchen!
Okay. We'll just make the salad now.
We need some peace.
Welcome to our five star restaurant.
This is fantastic.
Our special menu tonight
Bon appétit, bon appétit.
I gotta say I have never tasted …
I honestly have never tasted kangaroo this good before.
I've tried it a few times.
I like it - I like the texture.
I like that it's juicy and tender.
It's very nice. Really nice.
I think I'm gonna start having more kangaroo meat now.
So everybody try the kangaroo rendang now.
Oh yes please.
Okay, I'll give it a try.
Oh yeah, that's tender.
Yeah? Your meat.
Why don't you finish it ...
It just gets better and better.
They're both fantastic but if I had to pick one, maybe the Aussie one.
Because you're Aussie?
Yeah. I'm just being patriotic.
How about you?
Ah the rendang definitely. I like the rendang.
Because you are being patriotic?
No. I don't know.
It's because it's nice, tender.
They all liked it.
They all gave it 8, 9 out of 10 so
and they can't decide which one they like better so I think that's a good sign.
I am pleased that I've done it.
I have conquered the challenge and it turned out really well.
And well at least now I can say to my friends yes, I have tried kangaroo meat.
And I have seen kangaroo and fed them so I'm happy, it's good.
That looked like a tasty meal.
Kangaroo meat is a healthy alternative and, as animals, they're kinder to the environment
After the break, we head to a parade at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and ask people about
their secret circus performance dreams.
Stick around.
Hey guys, I wanted to ask you about circus performance.
If you were going to run away and join the circus what would you do?
Oh yeah? Are you good at acrobatics?
I can try.
Can you show us?
I'll show you.
Oh, at a circus I'd be a monkey.
Well, I do gymnastics already and it's really fun.
I'd do acrobatics as well.
I think I would like to be a clown.
Be in the lion tame.
A lion tamer. If you had a lion what would you name it?
Tyrannosaurus rex.
Be the ringmaster.
Okay, why?
Well, he's in control of all the operations isn't he?
Well, being a performer doesn't have to just be a dream. Lots of people do it.
Our next guest, Frankey, is about to meet up with a bunch of performers as they parade
through the city.
My name is Frankey Gerard Fernandes. I come from Goa, a former Portuguese colony along
the west coast of India.
I met Vijaya at a Easter party.
She was very caring and something ... someone that I had at the back of my mind, 'Well,
if I'm going to look out for a partner for myself.'
and yes, we are really happy with life.
How was your day today? What did you learn?
We've got two boys, Samson who is nine years and Shane who is six years.
Australia was a priority for us because I found that you can have a better standard
of living.
The children can be given the best of education out here.
Well, when we moved in here, obviously the thought of finding a job was at the back of
the mind.
At Conroy's I basically look into the dispatch and packaging,
so, it's a job that I've taken up primarily because it enables me to spend more time with
the kids.
Back in Goa it was like I would see my children either late at nights when they were fast
asleep or when they were moving out for their school.
I've never even ventured out into my kitchen back in Goa.
Everything came onto the table but over here I have all the time to assist my wife and
helping her out in the kitchen.
If I look back to the time when we just arrived here, I think there were a lot of apprehensions:
how we are going to settle down over here,
what's going to happen medicals,
what about their schooling?
What are the friends that they are going to have?
One year later
we've achieved 99% of that.
We're up at the starting point of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
This is the place where all participants, the artists are going to be assembling before
they actually move down in a parade.
So with this weather out here - it's been raining since the whole day.
I wonder if it's going to be something really joyful, to see the artists moving down in
the rains.
So what are you up to?
Well, we were going to be walking on stilts with flags
Oh, right.
in the parade but the road lines are a bit slippery and so we might be having people
with flags on the ground and stilt walkers who just go without.
Ah, do you think that the rain has dampened your spirits?
Probably not really.
It's a challenge I gotta deal with but..
We're still out in the rain because we want to be in the parade and it's heaps of fun.
It's raining. Who wouldn't be out in the rain when it's raining?
Woo hoo! The Fringe is happening.
This is the lunatic fringe and we're the lunatics so …
Out in the rain.
Worked too long on these costumes to stay home so here we are.
I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain.
Right now the rain is getting more and more and the organisers are apparently trying to
take stock of the situation.
We're not gonna let anyone rain on our parade.
We've made the effort to come out, made the effort to come out.
That's right.
And dress up!
It's the Fluffy Freak Show at the Squatters Arms Hotel.
Rain, sun or shine we're still performing tonight. Woo!
We don't really know what's happening, whether it going ahead or not.
It all depends on the weather and I can't really say.
And the show must go on, you know. Rain doesn't stop art and theatre or music.
What's exactly happening now?
I think because of the rain - not for us, we're really, really keen -
it's that there's no audience, so the parade is over.
That's it, everybody go home.
I'm gonna go get a big loudhailer and let everyone know so there's no confusion.
Am I disappointed?
I'm extremely disappointed.
Been waiting for the last couple of hours so, yeah, because it's a fantastic night,
so it's disappointing.
And a lot of people have worked really, really hard for tonight too.
I'm quite sure you're all disappointed.
Tell us about it.
We should still be doing it.
We should still be cruisin' down there.
Yes, they are definitely - they are disappointed that the parade has been called off.
They have all decked up and worn their planned outfits.
Still they - behind me, look at these ladies in all pink.
That's the spirit. That's the spirit that I think makes this big event happen every
Okay, I'm going to join you now.
I can hear some music and I like to go out and check out what exactly is in store at
the Garden of Unearthly Delights.
Nice work man.
Good mate. Thanks.
We'll show you something you'll remember for the rest of your life.
Listening to me spout babble.
You could get yourself a $6 ticket right now and see one of the modern marvels of the world.
The rain may have played spoilsport but definitely not my spirits.
Not the spirit of the large gathering out here at the Garden of Unearthly Delights.
For me, a first timer, it's been a great experience to know a little bit about the Australian
culture, the Australian festivities, the Australian artists,
and also participating in a couple of joyrides, amazing efforts.
I'm going to be taking the sweet memories back home.
That's it for My Australia today. Here's what's coming up next week.
Tony takes a big leap and becomes an Australian citizen,
Shobbie tackles her fear of fish,
and some of our guests meet each other for the first time and talk about their experiences.
See you then.