E16 : Family, self-realization & mental illness in Singapore (w/ Davelle Lee)

We sit down with Davelle Lee to talk about cultural differences between Asian and Western cultures when it comes to parental expectations, emotional distance and the sense of duty and obligation towards one’s family.

We also take a deep dive into the differences between our ideas of self-realization and the ways in which society understands, and reacts to, mental health issues.

Davelle has a great podcast called “Some Scuffs” (https://somescuffs.com), in which she explores the psychological underpinnings of the fears, insecurities, dreams and desires we share in the beautiful city of Singapore. Throughout the episodes, she tries to figure out how each of us can lead happier and freer lives.

Also we don’t mean to dwell on this, but :

  • One of us had to be Asian!
  • Children come in three terrific flavors : engineer, doctor and lawyer
  • In Paris they have to spray for Ballerinas twice a week
  • If you have problems, just drink them off like a man
  • Today’s episode is brought to you by Command Strips & Hooks – they will never leave you hanging!

E15 : Two White Chicks in China (w/ Nora and Hollie)

We sit down with Nora and Hollie, aka the Two White Chicks in China, to talk about what it’s like to live in China as a foreigner, the super-hustle of Shenzhen (9-9-6 baby!), adapting to Chinese culture and about how in Shenzhen even the homeless take AliPay.

Be sure to check out the Two White Chicks in China podcast here https://www.writtenchinese.com/blog/

We don’t mean to dwell on this, but :

  • Always go straight for the plug
  • Drinking wine at lunch is a fundamental human right
  • Don’t play chicken with the Chinese, they’ll win
  • If a child is running away from you, please don’t feed it
  • Don’t be a thief. Being a thief is bad, m-kay?

E14 : The History of Southeast Asia (w/ Charles Kimball)

Charles Kimball is the producer and host of the History of Southeast Asia podcast, which provides in-depth coverage of the region’s history – from prehistoric times all the way up to the war of Burma…and beyond! Be sure to check it out here : https://www.blubrry.com/hoseasia/

Also we don’t mean to dwell on this, but :

  • Travel once, podcast forever
  • History is not for the unprepared
  • Always measure time by Soviet leaders
  • You say Bali, I say Bali (but definitely don’t say Baileys)
  • 17 million people is clearly a small minority in China

E13 : Excelsior, Stan!

This is not an interview with Stan Lee – this is just a tribute.
We talk about how comic books shaped our childhood, our favorite super heroes, playing fantasy role-playing games; basically all of the things that made us into well balanced adults. *ahum*

Also we don’t mean to dwell on this, but :

  • The AllFather is in Valhalla. Excelsior!
  • Our favorite super power is the Republican Death Gaze
  • Superman is just an irresponsible slacker
  • Don’t trust Death – they is a total bitch
  • One day the world will learn about the “other” X-Men

E12 : Six ft one and barely funny (with Gary Tan)

Our guest is Gary Tan, Singaporean stand-up comedian and former grab-driver.

We don’t mean to dwell on this, but :

  • We only wear pants when we have guests
  • The best pick-up lines are about global warming
  • Hookers gotta eat, you know?
  • Bill’s in it for the long con
  • If the peasants invite you to the Bastille, it’s a trap

Gary has his own podcast called “Not Again”, check it out here : https://notagainpodcast.com/

Also be sure to check out his performances at Singapore’s #1 comedy club “The Merry Lion” (https://www.themerrylion.sg/)

E11 : Omar, international man of adventure

Omar Osman is a translator who specializes in Somali and has worked for several international intelligence agencies.

We don’t meant to dwell on this, but :

  • We’re pretty sure most words are just made up
  • Never park your car next to a market that sells IEDs
  • Don’t fuck around with the Landlords
  • Bulletproof glass won’t safe you from explosives
  • When stuck in traffic, drink Prosecco

E10 : Developing our voice of authority

Today’s guest is Cynthia Zhai –  a Voice Coach, Speaker & Author. Cynthia helps executives develop a voice that commands attention and makes people look up to them. We really hope some of it rubbed off on us.

Find out more about what Cynthia does on her YouTube channel : https://www.youtube.com/user/cynthiazhai/

Also we don’t mean to dwell on this, but :

  • Don’t worry, people will reject you anyway
  • To Extroverts you’re really just a battery
  • In Russia you make translation error, you go to Gulag
  • We’ve been power-posing all the way through this recording
  • Leave us a 5-start review – we’re perfect!

E09 : Dumb luck makes the world go round

We talk about how one gets used to living in a tropical paradise, wealth differences in South-East Asia, Singapore as an example of social welfare and guiltily enjoying our white privilege.

The “Dollar Street” website – mentioned on the show – allows you to see how people really live across different cultures and levels of wealth. This is really a great resource and playing around with the different visualizations is extremely informative.

Check it out here : https://www.gapminder.org/dollar-street/

Like the show? Please leave us a review (5 stars or GO HOME) – it would really help us out.

Also we don’t mean to dwell on this, but :

  • Just throw on that ALL CAPS AND KEEP YELLING
  • Baby Jesus had bad Feng Shui (不好)
  • If you don’t look Aryan, you probably shouldn’t be a Neo-Nazi
  • We really, really hate monkeys
  • Bill has ALL the privilege

E08 : Singapore has the best food in Asia!

We talk about Singapore’s food scene, food allergies, comfort food and the merits of bad parenting.

Also we don’t mean to dwell on this, but :

  • Shaking babies may cause food allergies
  • In terms of logistical overhead, enslaving the locals makes sense
  • Grass-fed beef tastes of communism
  • The Dutch were eating Kale before it was cool
  • The trick to effective parenting is giving up early

E07 : Offal cuisine : eating animals nose to tail

We sit down with culinary expert Mark Mottram to talk about “Offal eating”, or “Nose-to-Tail” eating, which is where you purposefully eat the bits and parts of the animal that most people would consider garbage and just throw out.

We also ate reheated duck-tongue and sucked the gelatinous fluids out of duck-feet – right here on the show. If that sounds delicious, there’s probably something wrong with you.

We don’t mean to dwell on this but :

  • Just feed them alfalfa and tell them to fuck off
  • Eye-balls are a bit tough
  • The French sure like their maggots
  • Gelatinous fluids are a delicacy
  • It’s not often you get an 18″ organ sitting on your plate

Mark Mottram is the co-owner of the wonderful restaurant “Bakery & Bar” in the Telok Ayer neighbourhood of Singapore. He’s a terrific cook (his freshly baked bread is one of the best of Singapore), so go check it out :  https://www.bakeryandbar.com/