In the fifth episode of Esquire Singapore’s podcast series, THE BITE (which you can listen to on Apple Podcasts as well as below) our regular hosts Anita Kapoor and Norman Tan 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?
Modvlar Events will be presenting PLUR VIBRATION—an EDM-driven event aimed at raising awareness on mental health issues in the music industry—on Saturday 30 June at Canvas Club from 10pm to 4am. The event brings together six of Singapore’s best DJs including Joshen, KNIGHTNDAE, Ezra Hazard, Rey, PLAKE, and Jaxx T for a night of house, techno, trap, dubstyle and hardstep.
But before delving into the main topic, our regular hosts discussed Norman’s recent trip to Paris Fashion Week—in particular, the anticipated shows by Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton and Kim Jones at Dior.
Finally, we end the podcast with a conversation with Ciara Yeo, 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.
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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?
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?
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.
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 start ups; and other golden nuggets.
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.