Month: July 2020

Singapore Foodie – Chef Bob | S3E8

To our Muslim listeners celebrating The Festival of Sacrifice this Friday, July 31st, we say “Selamat Hari Raya Haji” as we chill with the coolest chef in town, Chef Bob. One of the top Malay chefs, F&B Entrepreneur and TV host of nearly 30 culinary shows, hear as he shares his background, the inspiration for a career in the kitchen and the story of his life-changing 95-kilos weight loss. 

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Worship Me – Deborah Emmanuel

Deborah Emmanuel (b.1988) is a Singaporean artist, most recognised for her work as a poet, singer and theatre-maker. Deborah’s gifts have taken her across oceans, from the spiritual settings of Bali and Kathmandu to the vibrant cities of Berlin, London and New York. Her powerful performances have been at select events like TEDx Singapore and The Performance Theatre, and have toured alongside performance poetry sensation Sarah Kay. 

Her writing continues to feature at poetry festivals like the Barcelona International Poetry Festival and the Makassar International Writers Festival and has even won competitions in Singapore, Germany and Australia. The quality and versatility of her craft have also seen her invited as a resident artist to respected spaces such as Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and The Watermill Center New York.

Deborah’s first poetry collection, When I Giggle In My Sleep, was published by Red Wheelbarrow Books in early 2015. Her creative non-fiction work Rebel Rites, was self-published with a well-funded Pozible campaign in 2016. After the success of that, Deborah decided to release her third book Genesis: Visual Poetry Collection in 2018 with the same independence. She has also released multiple music albums as a lead vocalist and collaborated on many sound works. This, of course, includes her current biggest projects Mantravine and Polymorphism.

In the last few years, Deborah’s work has been heavily influenced by political and feminist discourse and a commitment to spiritual practice as the key to her personal revolution. This has led her to open up new abilities and pursue work in the healing arts as a shamanic practitioner and past life hypnotist. You can book a healing session below.

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Back Again – Stephanie Dogfoot

The Be Spoke Podcast welcomes Stephanie Dogfoot to our living audio anthology of spoken word poetry from Singapore. From her book, this is “Back Again”

Stephanie Dogfoot is a spoken word poet, performer, educator and stand-up comic based in Singapore. Author of debut poetry collection ROADKILL FOR BEGINNERS (Math Paper Press). Winner of the 2012 UK Farrago Slam and the 2010 Singapore Poetry Slam, they are the organiser and host of a spoken word night, Spoke & Bird, and a co-host of a comedy night focused on promoting women & queer people in stand-up, Siao Cha Bors Comedy.

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Singapore Foodie – Creamier | S3E7

We get nostalgic for the heartlands of Singapore and visit Toa Payoh to chat with Wan Chin of Creamier, a handcrafted ice cream, artisanal coffee and freshly made waffle shop that embraces neighbourhoods with happy memories. 

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A Real Man – Marc Nair

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore, this is his poem, “A Real Man”

His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope.

He has published and edited twelve books of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award.

His latest collection is Sightlines (2019, Math Paper Press), a collaboration of travel photography and poetry with Tay Tsen-Waye, a film photographer.

Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. He has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians such as Bani Haykal, weish and Tim De Cotta on numerous live performances.

He has also worked with Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown, on the mrbrown show for over a decade, writing satirical audio and video sketches and songs. Marc’s list of authored and edited publications include Sightlines (2019), Handbook of Daily Movement (2019), Vital Possessions (2018), Auguries of Modern Innocence (2018), Intersection (2017), Spomenik (2016), This Is Not A Safety Barrier (2015), The Poet of Unlove (2015), Animal City (2014), Postal Code (2013), Chai: Travel Poems (2010), Along The Yellow Line (2007).

Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

Visit Marc’s website marcnair.com

Sampan – Marc Nair

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore, this is his poem, “Sampan”

His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope.

He has published and edited twelve books of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award.

His latest collection is Sightlines (2019, Math Paper Press), a collaboration of travel photography and poetry with Tay Tsen-Waye, a film photographer.

Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. He has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians such as Bani Haykal, weish and Tim De Cotta on numerous live performances.

He has also worked with Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown, on the mrbrown show for over a decade, writing satirical audio and video sketches and songs. Marc’s list of authored and edited publications include Sightlines (2019), Handbook of Daily Movement (2019), Vital Possessions (2018), Auguries of Modern Innocence (2018), Intersection (2017), Spomenik (2016), This Is Not A Safety Barrier (2015), The Poet of Unlove (2015), Animal City (2014), Postal Code (2013), Chai: Travel Poems (2010), Along The Yellow Line (2007).

Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

Visit Marc’s website marcnair.com

Singapore Foodie – HamBaoBao | S3E6

Our search for a Singapore burger artist brought us to Chef Ryan of HamBaoBao, whose Ayam Buah Keluak burger was a megahit with foodies, with waiting times of up to 2 hours. We learn what goes into fusing Asian flavors in the classic American burger format, how important Hawker Culture is for Singaporeans and learn one of life’s great lessons. 

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