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  • My full name is Turara Pomprap

  • but in Thailand everyone been given a nickname, which my nickname is Bhoom

  • and Bhoom means dimple.

  • Volunteer work always been my passion and I really like to work for people and working

  • for community.

  • And I chose this course which is Lifestyle and Leisure

  • Validate -

  • Agree with what they're saying.

  • But are we allowed to do that?

  • Absolutely.

  • Oh, we can? All right, sorry.

  • I just really want to do this course and finish and get some experience and my wish is maybe

  • in the future I can go back to Thailand and use this experience for my country.

  • After my class I pretty muchhang out in the city with my friends and we go for coffee

  • or go for a walk.

  • In Bangkok everything it's like on 24 hours, which is here you can have a very nice and

  • relaxed and enjoy the quiet time.

  • I bought a painting the other day from a shop.

  • It's really cool. It's from Kenya.

  • From Kenya?

  • It's like bright orange and blue together.

  • It's really nice.

  • I didn't cook much at home because I live with my family so when I first have to cook

  • myself and sometimes it not taste as good.

  • We have to make this last for four things.

  • A good looking mushroom.

  • Yes, nice and big.

  • Because the first night I get my housemate around but then the second night I've been

  • alone by myself because my housemate went to their parents place

  • and I get really hungry and then I don't know how to use the oven because in Thailand we

  • don't use the stoves that you have here.

  • And I'd go on Google, how to like use the oven and nobody can tell me really.

  • So I'm just, 'Okay, I'm not eating tonight. I'm just eating banana.'

  • Good morning Bhoom

  • Good morning.

  • and welcome to Meals on Wheels.

  • Hi, nice to meet you.

  • Hi Bhoom, how are you?

  • Hi.

  • I am really looking forward to this volunteer work I am going to do.

  • I was hoping that I can learn more about communities and I can contribute in some way.

  • First of all I can learn about what actually was the food that they eat with Meals on Wheels

  • and I also what is the work culture in Australia with volunteer food which I never experienced

  • before.

  • We'll go for the carrot section and start peeling some carrots.

  • And we'll be cooking for 120, maybe 130.

  • Okay.

  • Okay.

  • I'm a bit nervous and a bit awkward because everybody is just so professional and do things

  • so fast

  • and for me, and for me, even peeling the carrot,

  • it's just so hard for me, it keeps falling off and Andy's very quick and you know,

  • fast and he finish one carrot in like two seconds, but for me it takes like one minutes.

  • Have you ever done this before?

  • No, not really cooked.

  • No?

  • How would I be able to help to prepare over 100 meals because only one carrot take me

  • quite some time to peel off

  • and now I have to prepare meal for many people and I'm not sure if I can do that on time.

  • I've never cooked before today, got here, so it's quite hard for me to cook, even you

  • know, peeling vegetable.

  • It's quite hard for me.

  • Yes, yes. Your family does all your cooking?

  • Yeah, and plus sometimes in Thailand it's cheaper to eat outside so, yes, I've got family

  • who prepare for me.

  • Well, that's great, that's excellent.

  • Yeah, I just finished, made my first peach crumble desert.

  • I feel so much more relieved because at first I thought it's gonna be much more complicated

  • and lots of method to do but

  • but this time I've got somebody to help me and tell me what to do.

  • You just do that with your fingers like that, so that the butter gets mixed in.

  • It's not that hard and I hope they like it.

  • Volunteering, it's a big passion in my life and every time I do some sort of volunteer

  • work it just makes my day

  • and it makes me feel good about myself and feel like today I do help some people

  • which makes me really happy and really good, feel really good.

  • And do you have a lot of clients here?

  • Yeah, we've got - how many clients have we got today?

  • One hundred and twenty, I think.

  • Yeah, that's right.

  • One hundred and twenty.

  • It's one hundred and eighteen.

  • My feeling concern is before I arrived here, I really concerned about how would I get along

  • with people, how would I make friends.

  • I know very few people here, how would I make, make a new friend and belong in the society

  • and like would I be confident enough to talk to people and, but yeah …

  • it's not that bad.

  • So how long have you been doing this?

  • Twenty-six years.

  • Impressive!

  • Andy do I start this one?

  • No, that one there.

  • So you carry on like that.

  • We just dished up over one hundred meals and it's almost the time that the delivery people

  • are coming and then we are going to deliver for 25 people.

  • My first impression when I came here I loved it because where I go is very well organised

  • and very clean and there's a lot of rules to follow.

  • But it's a very good thing to put everything in order which is

  • back home sometimes, people will not follow the rule with the traffic and it can be quite

  • dangerous

  • but here people strict on the rules and very well organised.

  • At some houses it can make me feel that I'm the only person that they contact on the day

  • and I deliver them meals and they try to talk to me and keep me and be their company for

  • a while

  • but I can't stay with them and I have to leave because I still have many people's meals

  • and have to deliver and they get so excited to see you and yes, it's very nice.

  • Mrs Alexander, Meals on Wheels.

  • Hello.

  • How are you?

  • Good, thank you very much.

  • You're welcome,

  • Happy Birthday for next week too.

  • And you told me what was the best birthday present you had?

  • The best one is from my doctor to get my licence.

  • Your driving licence.

  • Ah, very nice.

  • Well, we're going to head off.

  • We've go some other people we need to deliver to.

  • Okay, bye bye.

  • I have learned a little bit more about Australia today, especially when I first peeled the

  • carrots today so now I know the trick,

  • how to do this faster and what do you eat for food and you know you have roast pork

  • and some vegies and some potatoes

  • and so I learned more about Australian food and culture and stuff.

  • Well done Bhoom for helping out with a great organisation.

  • Next up today we take you into the world of music.

  • Often in Australian cities you'll see people outside the train station or the bus stop

  • playing music and if they're good they might earn a few bucks as well.

  • When I heard our next guest, Rif, was jamming near my place I thought I'd drop by and see

  • how he was going.

  • All right, so how can I help you today?

  • Rif is 22 years old and comes from Bangladesh.

  • He met his girlfriend Praia in Malaysia and they both came to Sydney to study.

  • Rif recently completed a media degree at Macquarie University and got a temporary job working

  • in a call centre with Datacom.

  • Good morning, you've reached Datacom. My name is Rif.

  • Can I please start with your first and last name?

  • He and Praia know a lot about cardboard boxes.

  • So far in Sydney they've moved house eight times.

  • At the moment they live in a flat with two girls from Norway.

  • We work at the same place so that's one of the main things.

  • We also come back home, watch the laptop, go down to the shopping centre, The Macquarie

  • Centre, watch movies.

  • Yes, she loves window shopping.

  • I can't like ... some of the times I will be tired and I want to go home but she will

  • drag me to every shop.

  • I guess all girls do that.

  • Every day at the gym for about two hours I do about an hours worth of cardio and another

  • 45 minutes of weight.

  • My main interest is just keeping my body looking good, that's the main interest so that's what

  • it started off as.

  • And nowadays, after like, ever since I was a kid and I watched Brue Lee I've really been

  • into martial arts so that's the main thing.

  • It's just martial arts and weight training.

  • Right now I'm not playing as much guitar as I would normally do but I'm working more on

  • electronic music production.

  • Because it's much simpler. I can just put on my headphones and be on the computer.

  • Whereas the guitar I'd have to set up the whole amplifier and people would get annoyed

  • with me.

  • I always watch the people that do the busking and if they're really good I will sit there

  • and watch them for a little while.

  • I always liked performing and busking is probably one of the most interesting forms of performing

  • because you're just doing it just for the love of actually performing.

  • You're not doing it for - most people at least are not doing it for getting the money out

  • of it - they're just doing it just because they love performing.

  • I'm excited. I want to see how it goes.

  • Yeah, I want to see how everything plays out.

  • I don't know if they have this busking culture in Malaysia.

  • I've never seen this, this kind of thing, I guess it's mainly in the more western countries

  • that you see this kind of thing happening,

  • maybe in England I've seen buskers and out here I've seen buskers.

  • Malaysia, no.

  • Bangladesh, no.

  • Nice sunny day today so I think that's a good thing.

  • There's some pretty nice buildings out here.

  • The Town Hall building was really nice.

  • There's also the Tower. That's a really nice building.

  • Just generally just looking around and seeing what the place looks like.

  • I do get a real buzz out of performance.

  • It's unlike anything else I guess, like just if it's in front of a big crowd

  • that's like probably the most fun you can ever have in your life because you just feed

  • off the energy and it's a really interesting feeling.

  • Hi, how are you?

  • I want to apply for a busking permit.

  • Okay, great.

  • Have you filled out the paperwork?

  • Yeah, I have.

  • Excellent. Okay.

  • So you've got your passport there.

  • I'll just take a copy of that for our records.

  • Okay, so you're just playing guitar?

  • Yes, playing guitar and vocals as well.

  • Fantastic.

  • Okay, that's ten dollars thank you.

  • Okay, that's all fine and we'll just take your photo now.

  • If you'd like to take a seat just here

  • and that's great.

  • Here you go. You're all done.

  • Thanks a lot for that.

  • You're very welcome.

  • I think my next step is to find a spot and just set up and start busking.

  • I guess I'll see how people on the street will react to a person of my background just

  • standing there and playing.

  • I mean I'll be playing stuff that probably most people wouldn't play when they're busking.

  • Yes, I saw another busker over there.

  • He had a really interesting instrument. I've never seen that before.

  • I've seen an upright bass, electric bass but he was playing it like a cello kind of.

  • So, yeah, that was pretty interesting.

  • Yeah, I'm not really worried about much.

  • I'm pretty confident in my playing ability. It's mainly my singing ability that I'm a

  • bit nervous about.

  • Yeah, this is a very, a really interesting song. It was written by my dad initially.

  • It's a protest against institutionalised religion.

  • It's based on how people have warped religion to a certain degree.

  • That was awesome.

  • I loved it yeah.

  • I was a really nice feeling to just be outside and playing.

  • Initially I thought there'd be a lot of people walking up and down.

  • It kind of dried up when I started playing.

  • Maybe it's something to do with my playing.

  • So maybe we'll try a different spot.

  • When there wasn't any people passing by it didn't really affect me that much because

  • I was just playing and doing my thing

  • so I didn't really care that much but it would have been better to have a bit more people

  • though.

  • Next place I went to was Martin Place.

  • There was a lot more people there and so there was a bit more of a crowd. There were more

  • people listening.

  • Again, I didn't really get that much of a reaction.

  • I blame the camera crews.

  • It did put people a little off. They didn't know how to react.

  • They didn't know whether we were shooting a music video or what we were doing so they

  • wouldn't come in line with the camera.

  • They'd just kind of walk away but it might be my music as well.

  • There you go man.

  • It felt pretty nice. Somebody actually paid money to hear me play.

  • It was awesome.

  • People were kind of wandering off so I decided to go down to Pitt St Mall and the walk down

  • there was really interesting.