For episode 22, regular host and editor-in-chief of Esquire Singapore, Norman Tan, was joined by guest co-host Adam Choong—former artist manager of Tabitha Nauser and editor of culture convention, Culture Cartel. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you ask) regular co-hosts Anita Kapoor, Debra Langley and Ben Hopkins were all out of town.
Norman and Adam welcomed two guests for this podcast: DJ, producer, and model Kim Lee and Singapore rapper Yung Raja. As hosts of the new MTV show, Yo! MTV Raps, Kim and Raja spoke to the podcasters about the level of hip-hop talent in Southeast Asia, spilled the beans on what happened when the cameras weren’t rolling, and discussed the pros and cons of being a rapper from Asia.
Before closing, the podcasters played a game where Kim and Raja had to decide whether the text read out by Norman and Adam were written by Shakespeare or a rapper. How did you go?
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Episode 21 (Can you tell the difference between an AI writer and human writer?)
In line with Esquire Singapore's April 'Artificial Intelligence' issue—an industry-first that enlisted the help of an AI bot to help write and curate stories for the magazine—we discuss the influence and impact of AI on the future of storytelling with GS Jackson, head project lead for creating AI Editor Squire. Yup guys, it's an industry-first: a magazine edited by both a human editor and an artificially intelligent bot.
With the return of Ben Hopkins (after a super long hiatus) we start the podcast with the hosts discussing Ben's nutri-ceuticals company, Bioonics; Debra's recent work with Singapore's Textile and Fashion Federation's (TaFF); and the launch of Esquire Singapore's fully digital Big Black Book—the go-to men's style bible now available on your mobile as a URL-based interactive microsite.
Before closing, the podcasters reviewed the 'Forcefield' supplement from Bioonics. Yes, listeners, Bioonics, as it turns out, is real.
Episode 20 (Will AI take over our jobs?)
For the twentieth episode, and in line with Esquire Singapore's April 'Artificial Intelligence' issue (an industry-first that enlisted the help of an AI bot to help write and curate stories for the magazine), we discuss the influence and impact of AI on the future of work with Jason Sosa, founder of Blackbox Foundation; a consortium that helps distribute work powered by AI and trust on the blockchain.
Episode 19 (The F&B game)
For the nineteeth episode of Esquire Singapore's podcast series, our regular hosts Norman Tan and Anita Kapoor discuss setting up an F&B chain with London-based restaurateur and winner of two Michelin stars, Alan Yau OBE, as well as maestro of member's club 1880, Gibran Baydoun. We start the podcast with the hosts discussing their end-of-year breaks and the men's fall/winter 2019 fashion weeks in Europe—before closing the show by reviewing a set of new fragrances for men and women by Bottega Veneta Parfum—Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano XIII Quadrifoglio, Parco Palladiano XIV Melagrana, and Parco Palladiano XV Salvia Blu.
Episode 18 (What is robo-investing?)
For the first podcast of 2019, our regular hosts, Norman Tan, Debra Langley and Anita Kapoor, explore using a digital wealth manager versus traditional human financial advisors with CEO of robo-investing platform Stashaway, Michele Ferrario. We start the podcast with the hosts discussing the Academy Awards 2019 before closing the show by reviewing two sets of new fragrances for men and women: Eternity Flame Calvin Klein and Gucci Guilty.
Episode 17 (Is the future Asian?)
For the seventeenth episode (and the final for 2018) of Esquire Singapore's podcast series, our regular hosts, Norman Tan, Benjamin Hopkins, Debra Langley and Anita Kapoor, discuss the global influence of Asia with regards to commerce and culture with Parag Khanna—leading global strategy advisor, world traveller, and best-selling author. We start the podcast with the hosts talking about the recent high-profile Indian weddings—Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra (#Prick), Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, and Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal—before ending with a Secret Santa gift exchange between the hosts.
Episode 16 (Should you start a business with your partner?)
In the sixteenth episode of Esquire Singapore's podcast series, our regular hosts, Norman Tan, Benjamin Hopkins, Debra Langley and Anita Kapoor discuss the pros and cons of starting a business with your partner.
We dive straight into our topic of the day with our guests Nina and Dmitry Minkov of Hello Chocolate, and Nejla Matam-Finn and Michael Finn of The Fifth Collection to find out if work-life balance is fact or myth.
Episode 15 (Is life coaching for you?)
In the fifteenth episode of Esquire Singapore's podcast series, our regular hosts, Debra Langley and Norman Tan discuss life coaching and goal achieving with Andrew Stead, speaker, executive coach and resilience teacher.
We start the podcast with the hosts reflect on their life and share what life advice they would share with their 12-year-old self—as seen on the November 'Man In The Mirror' issue of Esquire. Debra also shares her thoughts on Michelle Obama's latest book—Becoming.
We then close the show by reviewing a trio of chocolate bars from Hello Chocolate: Ocelot Dark Chocolate with Fig & Orange 70%, Kad Kokoa Dark Chocolate Prachuap 70%, and Pralus Chocolate Barre Infernale Pistache.
Episode 14 (Creating a hotel for trendy millennials and creatives)
In the fourteenth episode of Esquire Singapore's podcast series, our regular hosts, Norman Tan, and Benjamin Hopkins discuss the different elements required to create a trendy destination hotel for digital millennials with Jason Schlabach, Brand Director of Ryse Hotel; an award-winning hotel located in the Hongdae neighbourhood of Seoul, South Korea.
We start the podcast with the hosts sharing their recent memorable holidays—before closing the show by reviewing a trio of new men's fragrances: Dolce and Gabbana GREY, Jimmy Choo Man BLUE, and Issey Miyake L’eau Super Majeure D’Issey.
Episode 13 (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response—ASMR)
In the thirteenth episode of Esquire Singapore's podcast series, our regular hosts, Norman Tan, Debra Langley and Anita Kapoor discuss the Internet phenomenon, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) with Melinda Lauw—a Singaporean artist, curator and performance creator based in San Francisco who also runs Whisperlodge, a live ASMR theatrical experience. Melinda and Whisperlodge was featured in Episode 1 of the Netflix Series—Follow This.
We start the podcast with a discussion on what stimulates the hosts, before delving into our first ASMR demonstration for the first time—from putting on latex gloves and stroking a hair brush to fingering a fan and crinkling bubble wrap. Have a listen and let us know what you think.
Finally, we close the show by answering questions from Pillow Tok—a conversational card game.
Episode 12 (Diet and nutrition advice from fitness experts)
In the twelfth episode of Esquire Singapore's podcast series, our regular hosts, Norman Tan, and Benjamin Hopkins discuss diet and nutrition advice for the everyday working man and woman with Dan Dubois (personal trainer from Ultimate Performance), Natalie Dau (fitness entrepreneur from Rockstar.fit) and James Yeo (sports nutritionist from Core Collective).
Episode 11 (Why is protecting your personal data important?)
In the eleventh episode of Esquire Singapore's podcast series, our regular hosts, Norman Tan, Debra Langley and Anita Kapoor discuss protecting your personal data and data security with Duncan Brown, General Manager of Shred-it Singapore. Duncan’s top priority is to advise and consult with organisations on the urgency of safeguarding their confidential data, as well as protecting the privacy of their customers.
We then talk about Riccardo Tisci's debut Burberry fashion show in London, and whether you should get your hands on the new Apple iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4.
We close the show by reviewing new fragrances out in the market: Cartier Carat, Calvin Klein Eternity Air for Men, Calvin Klein Eternity Air for Women and Gucci Bloom Nettare Di Fiori.
Episode 10 (Taking the leap of faith to pursue your passion)
In the tenth episode of Esquire Singapore's podcast series, our regular hosts, Norman Tan, Benjamin Hopkins, Debra Langley and Anita Kapoor discuss taking the leap of faith—leaving the corporate world and pursuing one's passion with award-winning documentary filmmaker, Dr Thomas A. Morgan. We also analyse the updated logos for fashion brands—Burberry and Celine: do you rate it or hate it? We close the show by answering questions from our social media followers.
Episode 09 (Crazy Rich Asians and the Psychology of Shopping)
In the ninth episode of Esquire Singapore's podcast series, our regular hosts, Norman Tan, Benjamin Hopkins, Debra Langley and Anita Kapoor discuss the issue of representation in Crazy Rich Asians and the psychology of shopping with Lani Chan, Style Services Manager of Club 21, as well as resident podcast host Debra Langley, who in her previous life, worked with DKNY Jeans and has consulted with multi-label brands on the intersection of fashion and technology.
We close the show by reviewing the new Screen Time feature—designed to provide greater insight into device and Internet usage—available as part of Apple iOS 12.
Episode 08 (Tips from an ex-Navy SEAL about good leadership)
In the eighth episode of Esquire Singapore's podcast series, our regular hosts, Norman Tan, Debra Langley and Anita Kapoor discuss leadership, mental strength and achieving goals with Rob Roy, an ex-Navy SEAL and author of “The Navy SEAL Art of War: Leadership Lessons from the World's Most Elite Fighting Force”.
We close the show by reviewing three new fragrances out in the market—Prada Black, Acqua di Parma Colonia Sandalo Concentrée, and Bvlgari Man Wood Essence.
Episode 06 and 07 (Modern Day Masculinity Part One and Two)
In the bumper sixth and seventh episode of Esquire Singapore's podcast series, THE BITE (which you can listen to on Apple Podcasts as well as below) our regular hosts Ben Hopkins and Norman Tan are joined by special guests Calvin Soh, founder of One Kind House; Terence Quek, CEO of Emergenetics APAC; and Angela Ng, Managing Director of ANtrepod to discuss what does it mean to 'be a man' today. The group examines hard-hitting topics from men and addiction, toxic stereotypes, to male suicide in the first of two discussions recorded live in the #EsquireShophouse pop-up at Duxton Hill in front of a live audience.
For part two, our regular hosts Ben Hopkins and Norman Tan along with guests Paul Loiz, global brand director at Unilever; Lavinia Thanapathy, Vice President of SCWO; and Dylan Soh, the 16-year-old son of Calvin Soh (from part one of the panel) chimes in on what does 'masculinity' mean moving forward?
The group discussed questions like fragile masculinity, the role that media and advertising play in shaping masculine archetypes, and whether men need to break away from rigid social constructs and expectations. Again, this insightful dialogue is recorded live in the #EsquireShophouse pop-up at Duxton Hill in front of a live audience.
Episode 05 (Men and mental health)
In the fifth episode of Esquire Singapore's podcast series, our regular hosts are joined by special guests Joel Moo & Jasper Tay (co-founders of Modvlar Events) and Ciara Yeo (The Mindful Company) to discuss mental health among men. The group examines questions such as: Is mental health for men tied to social pressures? What can we do to help men dealing with mental health issues? Does Singapore have adequate resources to help men deal with depression?
Ciara Yeo is the co-founder of The Mindful Company—a jewellery store that aims to create meaningful products that allow customers to be reminded of happy memories. The Mindful Company recently announced a partnership with Samaritans of Singapore (SOS)—a non-profit suicide prevention centre—to launch a special bracelet entitled, "How are you today?", to spark conversations about mental health.
Episode 04 (Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies)
In the fourth podcast, our regular hosts discussed spring/summer 2019 men’s fashion week—in particular, the new designers at Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Berluti.
Also, special guest Varun Mittal—currently leading Fintech at EY covering emerging technologies and business models in financial services across ASEAN—lead the discussion on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The group canvassed questions such as: what is blockchain and is it secure? Do you think that the lack of general understanding about how blockchain/cryptocurrency works as the main inhibitor to mass adoption? Are cryptocurrencies here to stay and going to change our lives?
Episode 03 (The state of AI Technology today)
In our third podcast, our regular hosts reviewed the #RoyalWedding—in particular, Meghan Markle's Givenchy dress, Pastor Michael Curry and the gospel choir, best-dressed attendees, and why Princess Charlotte is a laugh-and-a-half.
Former US Intelligence officer and founder of Singapore-based AI company Drew Perez joined the conversation in the "Fresh off the grill" feature segment. The group shared their thoughts on AI-related issues: how does artificial intelligence reflect the values of human society? How do we ensure AI reflects both male and female perspectives? Will AI kill us off like Skynet in Terminator?
Episode 02 (Breaking into Singapore's music scene)
In this podcast, our regular hosts Anita Kapoor, Debra Langley and Norman Tan are joined by special guest host Vanessa Fernandez, as they talked about some of the current headlines, and the best- and worst-dressed at the Met Gala 2018, with this year's theme "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination".
Local recording artist Tabitha Nauser also joined in the conversation in "Fresh off the grill", a feature segment starring a new guest each podcast. It starts off with a discussion about Childish Gambino and his new music video, “This Is America”, then to Tabitha and Vanessa on how to take the music scene in Singapore to the next level, the current issues in radio and artist management, and why don't we have an internationally-renowned Singapore act.
Episode 01 (The venture capital conversation)
Hear what your hosts Anita Kapoor, Debra Langley, Ben Hopkins and Norman Tan have been up to since their last podcast. For our fashion and style segment, we answered a question that we polled on Instagram Stories. This week, we asked readers whether they want us to discuss: (a) Why the Supreme x Rimowa collaboration was such a success; or (b) Do we still care about high street collaborations in light of the recent H&M announcement of their new drop with Moschino. 77% of readers asked us to chat about Supreme x Rimowa, so we did. In "Fresh off the grill", we grilled Arnaud Bonzom, venture partner at 500 Startups about what kind of person is best suited to start their own business; whether the idea behind a business is paramount; common challenges for startups; and other golden nuggets.
Episode 00 (Introduction)
Get to know your hosts Anita Kapoor (TV host, speaker and emcee), Debra Langley (fashion and tech consultant and founder of Coraggio), Ben Hopkins (entrepreneur and founder of BioOnics) and Esquire Singapore's editor-in-chief Norman Tan as they answer personality questions by Bernard Pivot.