• 48 - iFlyFlat // Turning Points into Cheap Business Class Flights

    You're walking to your seat in the airplane and walk past the first/business class seats. You might wonder what these people do for work. What if I were to tell you there was a way to experience that an affordable price? This is where I need to drop in that this isn't financial advice and you should seek independent, professional advice.

    Credit card churning is very lucrative. Joining me is Steve Hui from iFlyFlat who explores this with me and also his business which helps other businesses turn their everyday business expenses into points.

    We discuss:

    • Who is Steve Hui?
    • What is iFlyFlat?
    • Finding the best value for credit card points
    • Steve's first business class flight experience
    • What credit cards does Steve have?
    • Credit card hacking is addictive?!
    • Finding loopholes in maximising points
    • Monetary value vs emotional value
    • Business class vs First class

    Guest: Steve Hui

    Steve's Business: iFlyFlat

    Items mentioned:

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E48 - 1h 1m - Jun 23, 2024
  • Collab: Perfect Blue (1997) review w/ Two Asian Blokes Podcast

    A bit late but here we are! I visited Melbourne in early April and had a great opportunity to collab with Thanh and Davy. We chat about the film, idol culture, our experience growing up with media and more. If you want to listen to the full episode, you can check them out in the link below.

    Full Episode (Spotify Link)

    Two Asian Blokes Podcast

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    9m - Jun 2, 2024
  • 47 - Bargain Tips [Extreme Edition]

    I remember reading this old reddit thread about someone sleeping in their car for two years to save for a home loan deposit. While interesting I don't think it could be something I would be able to do personally. We discuss the extreme side of bargain hunting that we do and some other ideas if ego was off the table. Some of these are meant to be comedic and we don't expect anyone to actually do them. Haha, unless...?

    We discuss:

    • Using our lowest coin (5c) to our advantage
    • Pooping at work
    • How would we survive living in a van?
    • Nathan's hack to get free coffee
    • Where to get free wifi?
    • Nathan reveals the freebies he gets from his UFC gym
    • The MK Special Poke Bowl
    • Overnight oats
    • Dominos and Pizza Hut coupon hacks
    • Are the Coles and Woolworths self checkouts intrusive?
    • How the hell do Uniqlo self check outs work?
    • How scams are getting more and more sophisticated
    • Getting free toilet paper and food from work
    • Adding special requests for reservations
    • Justifying the cost of comfort

    Guests: Matt & Nathan

    Items mentioned:

    • The Uniqlo self-checkout machines use radio frequency identification readers to automatically detect RFID chips hidden in the price tags of Uniqlo's products. from: WSJ
    • The infamous Ozbargain public BBQ post

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E47 - 1h 3m - Apr 2, 2024
  • 46 - iBlush // Combating Asian Flush

    Big shout out to A Seat at our Table podcast, check out Tracy and Wendy's podcast which covers Asian Australians in the creative industry.

    For listening to this episode, our listeners can get 15% off their order from iBlush with the discount code BEENTOJAPANBTW (I don't get any money from this).

    Asian flush has been a term that we're all familiar with. Lydia was especially affected by this, (not just her face but all over her body) and set to find a solution to this issue. Starting her company in 2020, iBlush now comes in a patch and tablet form, which can relieve symptoms of 'Asian Flush. Before this sounds too much like an ad, Lydia comes on to the show to talk about her journey of helping others with the same issue and her experience of starting a business while studying at uni.

    We discuss:

    • What does a bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology involve?
    • How do the patches/tablets work?
    • How does Asian flush work?
    • How much Asian flush affects Lydia
    • Adelaide vs Perth
    • What it's like balancing full time university and work
    • Hangover drinks from Korea
    • Challenges faced running the business

    Guest: Lydia Li

    To find more about her business: iBlush

    Items mentioned:

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E46 - 50m - Mar 14, 2024
  • 45 - Lunar New Year Rules & Traditions

    Let's face it, the only rules we know of for the Lunar New Year are the ones that our parents told us. We dive in to try and learn some of the must know rules and traditions for the Lunar new year.

    We discuss:

    • What we did during Lunar New Year
    • Does a robot vac break the rules for cleaning?
    • Teaching gambling at a young age
    • Will we lose our traditions over time?
    • Using Duolingo to learn our native language
    • What does having the light switched on at the front porch mean?
    • How do spirits get into apartments?
    • Appreciating language school as a kid
    • Foods that mean good luck
    • What does lion dancing and fireworks do and symbolise?

    Guests: Matt & Nathan

    Items mentioned:

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E45 - 1h 0m - Feb 19, 2024
  • 44 - The Primary School Teaching Experience // The Art on the Gogh Origin Story

    If you're an OG listener, this name will look a bit familiar. Hieu returns to talk about what's happened since appearing on the show. From her career as a primary school teacher, to her new business - a mobile paint and sip. I was meant to publish this before I went on my holiday right before Christmas but didn't finish it on time. 😅

    Big thank you to Son of a Booth for sponsoring this episode! For all of your photobooth needs in Sydney, be sure to check them out! Our listeners get 15% off for quoting Rice n Mics in your booking.

    We discuss:

    • What is it like to work as a teacher in primary school?
    • Have kids attention spans dropped because of tech?
    • How much more work goes on behind the scenes after class?
    • What made her want to change careers?
    • What is it like to run your own business?
    • What were the lessons learnt?
    • Unfortunate timing with COVID.

    Guest: Hieu Le

    Link to find more about Hieu's business: Art on the Gogh

    Item mentioned:

    How movie shots are recreations of old movie shots with their own flavour: I couldn't find the video I was thinking about. Pretty sure it was on YouTube. If I find it I'll update this :(

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E44 - 1h 34m - Jan 16, 2024
  • 43 - Taking the Path Less Travelled // Working in Video Editing

    This special episode is also in video: https://youtu.be/fT4eHYrnCJQ

    Big thank you to Son of a Booth for sponsoring this episode! For all of your photobooth needs in Sydney, be sure to check them out! Our listeners get 15% off for quoting Rice n Mics in your booking.

    Where do you go after graduating with a commerce degree? The big 4 account firms? Maybe a large bank? Well for Peter it went a whole other direction - video editing. Peter decided to pursue his passion and he said it is one of the best decisions he has made in his life. We discuss:

    • How Peter overcame his height insecurity
    • Peter's metaphor for how to win the game of life in his eyes
    • "Do what you love, and you'll never work again."
    • Finding work that aligns with your morals and values
    • Learning how to edit content tailored for social media
    • "Find work that feels like play"
    • What Peter loves about Ultrafade by Rich's team
    • Being the only sibling not pursuing a STEM degree
    • How The Dodgeball Dudes started and what skills it taught
    • The experience of meeting fans in Malaysia
    • What it’s like working for Kerwin Rae and Vinh Giang

    Guest: Peter Phan

    Links to find Peter:

    Items mentioned:

    Peter's best friend, Phil's board game store: https://eclipsegames.com.au/

    The 4-Hour Work Week book

    Steve Hui - Credit Card hacks Level Asian Podcast episode

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E43 - 1h 26m - Nov 14, 2023
  • 42 - The Empty Nest Adventures

    With all of us moved out from our parent's homes, we share our experiences of living on our own.

    We cover:

    • How did our parents react to us moving out?
    • What made us want to move out?
    • Budgeting finances
    • Struggling with learning how to do laundry
    • Our strategy with buying furniture
    • Money saving tips
    • What surprised us
    • Controversial living questions

    Matt's mic was a bit scuffed in the first 10 minutes but it fixed itself after.

    1:21:00 - Editor's note: While we found a positive experience in our family relationships when we moved out, we forgot to mention that everyone's experience will differ, and you should consider that too.

    Guests: Matthew Ky, Nathan Phu

    Items mentioned:

    IKEA: BESTÅ Storage combination with doors

    Video: Malcom in the Middle Fixing

    Nathan: DIY Ramen Picture (To be added)

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E42 - 1h 25m - Sep 25, 2023
  • 41 - Growing up Greek & Chinese // Our IT Working Experience

    A well over due episode. Theo has been bugging me for a recording ever since I started this.

    We cover:

    • Theo's experience growing up as Greek/Chinese (I could not figure out what his background was when I first met him)
    • What it's like growing up experiencing 3 different cultures
    • How we met in uni (the famous gaming hoodie story)
    • Where we are now in our careers despite studying the same degree and major
    • Theo's upbringing within a family involved in politics

    Guest: Theodore Nicolaidis

    Items mentioned:

    News article: Second gun attack on mayor's home

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E41 - 1h 28m - Jul 18, 2023
  • 40 - The DNA Test

    It's finally time to find out... Nathan and I did a DNA test and in true clickbait fashion, the results will SHOCK you. As mentioned several times, this is not a sponsored episode! :^)

    We cover:

    • Which test did we get?
    • What does the report cover exactly?
    • We question how the test even finds out on weird traits based on our DNA? (e.g. Are you a thrill seeker?)
    • Are my parents my real parents?
    • Is Nathan part Japanese?
    • Are our partners related to us?
    • Would we recommend it?

    Guest: Nathan

    Items mentioned:

    Circle DNA - Where we bought our DNA test, highly recommended to wait for a sale. We paid about $300 a test.

    Circle DNA review we read

    Mosquito Chart

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E40 - 1h 6m - Jun 28, 2023
  • 39 - Dai Le // From Refugee to Politician

    Yeah, we vote every two-ish years, but I figured it was time to finally figure out how it all works, behind all the ballot papers and 'vote for me' cards.

    We cover:

    • Dai's origin story of leaving a war-torn country, which a lot of families would resonate with
    • How Cabramatta was back in the early 80's, 90's
    • The accumulation of events that eventually led to her career within politics
    • What are the basics of politics?
    • Why do younger people tend to have a low interest in politics?
    • What's the difference between Council and the Senate/House of Representatives election?
    • What obstacles did Dai face when moving into a political career as an Asian-Australian?

    Guest: Dai Le - Independent Member for Fowler

    Items mentioned:

    Labor's Fowler parachute for Kristina Keneally

    DAWN

    How to Vote Comic

    LinkedIn Post regarding diversity

    1:17:35 - Trai Oc Si Mui - I asked my parents what this was in English and they had no idea. I will find out eventually and report back.

    TV Show/Movie: The Big Bang Theory // The Stamford Prison Experiment

    Dai's details can be found on her guest page on our website.

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E39 - 1h 20m - May 24, 2023
  • 38 - The Chefs Return // Daily Lives of Working in Hospitality

    Junior and Norman are back from episode 5 with updates on their lives and how much has changed. The dynamic duo are now working together at Saigon Hustle with plans to further expand.

    We cover:

    • Controversial food questions
    • Their experience with foodie influencers
    • Their favourite restaurants
    • How accurate is the show 'The Bear' when working in the kitchen?
    • Knife recommendations

    Guests: Junior Trinh, Norman Tu, Matthew Ky

    Mentioned items in the episode:

    Recommended Foodies: philsosophyy & SydneyFoodBoy

    Instant noodles: Vi Huong Spicy Shrimp Flavour

    Best steak restaurant: Junior - Meat Wine and Co | Norman - The Gidley

    Top 3 restaurants (from 1st to 3rd): Junior - AALIA, Ester & Alberto's Lounge | Norman - Ester, AALIA & Hubert

    Best burger restaurant: Junior - Bare Grill | Norman - Chubby Buns

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E38 - 1h 27m - Feb 13, 2023
  • 37 - The NZ Adventures // New Zealand Travel Tips

    Our itinerary: Wanderlog - I don't endorse the paid version, the free one had enough features for us to get by.

    We're back from our first post-covid international flight and we (mainly Tung) had to find an excuse to tell you all about it.

    We cover:

    • How is Sydney airport now?
    • What is there to do in New Zealand?
    • What's it like driving around in an RV?
    • What does Nathan do on every trip?
    • Is New Zealand a good place to propose?! 😏

    Guests: Matthew Ky, Nathan Phu

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E37 - 1h 0m - Dec 14, 2022
  • 36 - University: Our Experiences, Regrets, Tips & Tricks

    There are a lot of things people don't tell you about uni.

    We cover:

    • What we loved
    • What we hated
    • How to take advantage of your time in uni
    • The stories that came out of it
    • Our regrets and what we wished we did

    Guests: Matthew Ky, Nathan Phu

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E36 - 1h 11m - Oct 3, 2022
  • 35 - The Ozbargain Interview

    Like a kid meeting their superhero, we actually got the founder of Ozbargain for an interview(the website Nathan and I are constantly refreshing)!

    Scott Yang or also better known on the website as, 'scotty', comes on to chat about:

    • The origin story of Ozbargain
    • What was Scott working on before Ozbargain?
    • What kind of work is required behind the scenes for Ozbargain?
    • His favourite bargains
    • Top tips for bargain hunting
    • We try to find out if there's anything that he pays full price for...

    For all your deals, coupons, vouchers, discounts and freebies, be sure to check out Scott's website: ozbargain.com.au!

    Guests: Scott Yang, Nathan Phu

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E35 - 53m - Aug 31, 2022
  • Collab: Sydney vs Melbourne, Red Flags in Girls and Utter Nonsense w/ Two Besties One Braincell Podcast (Preview)

    A preview I was meant to make a while ago. This one's a preview of an episode we collabed with Two Besties One Braincell Podcast when we did a "business trip" to Melbourne. Join in with Cara, Nathan and I on this completely derailed and alcoholic episode. Full episode is on their feed.

    Full Episode: https://spoti.fi/3QZHjei

    Two Besties One Braincell Podcast is based in Melbourne posting a wide variety of content ranging from red flags, goss, juicy topics, hot sauce and more. This is probably a really bad description of them. But in their words: "If your last brain cell were to start a podcast, this is what it would sound like."

    All their links: https://linktr.ee/twobesties

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    3m - Aug 28, 2022
  • Collab: How to tell if a guy likes you? w/ Highkey Asian Podcast (Preview)

    Salutations fellow listeners. This is a quick preview of the collab I did with the lovely hosts Hang and Helen of Highkey Asian Podcast a few weeks ago. I had a great time collabing with them and the topic was just so fun to record. Let me know if you want to hear more from them.

    Full episode (Spotify): https://spoti.fi/399yY6X

    Highkey Asian Podcast is based in Melbourne and posts similarly oriented topics of growing up Asian-Australian. They offer a unique perspective and post more regularly and on schedule than I do. So if you are trying to fill that Aussie-Australian podcast itch in between, give their podcast a try!

    All their links: https://linktr.ee/highkeyasian

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    3m - Jun 5, 2022
  • 34 - Tactically Positioned Red Flags

    It was finally time to cover a nice, thick and juicy topic. We put a bit of a spin on this by adding some Asian themed flags and also a flag positioning system. Some of these are kind of more oriented as "icks" rather than flags, so this positioning systems helps to alleviate from going straight to red flag for some things. Don't take us too seriously.😂 Listen along and see if your flags are positioned similarly to ours! #beentojapanbtw

    Guests: Matthew Ky, Nathan Phu

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E34 - 1h 7m - May 15, 2022
  • 33 - Growing up Korean-Australian // South Korea Travel Tips

    Recorded in October 2021.

    This episode is a prime example of how easy it is to get side tracked during a recording. Join Heeji and I as we chat a little about her experiences being raised in Australia and then delve into some juicy South Korea travel tips. There will be things to eat, see, do and some sneaky hidden gems that you can use for your next trip. Take a shot for every time I reference Japan. 💀😂

    A slower rollout of episodes this year! Thanks for joining us on the first episode of 2022.

    Guest: Heeji Seo

    Itinerary Mockup: Wanderlog being updated

    Google Doc Notes

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    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E33 - 1h 4m - Mar 4, 2022
  • 32 - The 2021 Recap [With Video]

    READ THIS BEFORE LISTENING: This special episode is available with VIDEO on YouTube if you're interested in seeing our beautiful faces. Link: https://bit.ly/3H5cSO6

    Huge thank you to The Snack Emporium for sponsoring this episode. Our listeners get FREE SHIPPING with the code: "FREERICE".

    TSE Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesnackemporium/

    We go over what we've accomplished this year, what's to come in the future of this podcast and some miscellaneous topics that couldn't fit in its own episode. We'll be going on a break until Feb/March, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years.

    Thank you so much for your ongoing support! We appreciate you all.

    Music: aKu - The Final Blow

    E32 - 55m - Dec 21, 2021
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