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The Coconuts Podcast delivers impactful, weird, and wonderful reporting by our journalists on the ground in eight cities: Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon, and Bali. Listen to headline news and insightful interviews on matters large and small, designed for people located in – or curious about – Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.
 
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You might already know him from his show Man vs. Wild — Bear Grylls is a household name when it comes to all things survival, and he’s got a new show on the way titled Running Wild with Bear Grylls. We talk to Coconuts Singapore Managing Editor Nurul Azliah who got to ask the man himself about the show, and we get the tea on stars like Danny Trejo …
 
How do you promote a film about homosexuality and gay conversion therapy in Singapore? With great difficulty, according to Aqua Man director Jet Ho. We sat down with the filmmaker to learn more about his directorial debut. Other stories include: Mini-coup in London? Myanmar military attache seizes embassy, locks out ambassador | You won’t be surpri…
 
This week, we touch on the recent spate of hate crimes targeted at Asian Americans with Asia’s Got Talent Host Justin Bratton. Other stories include: Man who stroked genitals in front of girls on Bedok bus had been fired by Foodpanda | Foreigner reportedly proposed a threesome with masseuse before viral altercation | Donors and friends open wallets…
 
This week, we get litigious. Art & Intellectual Property lawyer Ryan Su shares his thoughts about the ethical and legal issues behind the online feud between model Duan Mei Yue and artist Allison Low. Other stories include: Women can now book female Grab drivers in Bangkok | Bali aims to vaccinate 2.8 million people by end of June | Hikers evacuate…
 
This week, our hosts talk to Coconuts Bangkok’s Chayanit Itthipongmaetee about the rise of cannabis cuisine in H̶i̶g̶h̶l̶a̶n̶d̶ Thailand. The pharm to table experience, if you will. Other stories include: 250 orphans are ‘living proof’ my song came before ‘Count On Me Singapore’: Indian composer | Stunning photos show Milky Way above Bali during Ny…
 
In this episode, our hosts Nurul Azliah and Vim Shanmugam talk about the insidious rise of sexual misconduct cases in Singapore. Other stories include: Funeral to ‘mourn justice’ today at Bangkok courthouse after students denied bail | Maskless foreigners on flight from Bali panned over ‘privilege’ | ‘Ghosting’ enters Indonesian vernacular thanks t…
 
In this episode, we talk to singer-songwriters Gentle Bones and Clara Benin about their new collab — an upbeat track titled ‘A Day At A Time’. As it turns out, it’s totally possible to write and record a whole song remotely, and we find out how. Other stories include: Mental health agency dumps Miss Universe Thailand for condemning police brutality…
 
This week, we speak with Coconuts Bali’s Sheany to find out why so many Sea Turtles have washed ashore in Bali. Other stories include: Thailand rejects speculation coronavirus emerged at Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market | Indonesian fisherman finds baby shark with ‘human face’ | Mind your online manners: Indonesia last in Southeast Asia in digital civili…
 
Plant-based eateries have been sprouting across Bangkok, and we speak with BK Magazine writer Jug Sriyananda to see if there’s a place for veggie substitutes in Thai cuisine. Other stories include: Man buys S$300 Lazada TV, gets note wishing a ‘happy life’ instead | Thai quarantine hotel serves man a roach leg, then sues him for talking about it | …
 
This week, we speak with Ann Gacutan, creator of the Self-made Sunday Planner about how mindfulness (and a cute planner!) can go a long way in helping us make better use of our time. Like Marie Kondo, but for the mind. Other stories include: TikTok’s hottest 1-year-old star is a skateboarding bird from Singapore | Teenage boy dies from stabbing dur…
 
At any other time and place, filming a video of yourself doing aerobics to some dangdut wouldn’t be considered that noteworthy. But for Khing Hnin Wai, it was what catapulted her into the spotlight. All it took was to accidentally capture the moment a coup unfolded behind her. We speak with Matthew (Min Ye Kyaw) from Coconuts Yangon about the histo…
 
This week, Singaporean songbirds Charlie Lim and Aisyah Aziz come around and chat with us about their soulful new collab. Lyrics in English and Bahasa Melayu? This song's got it all. Other stories include: Above the law, privileged Thais party on, to insult of struggling public | LGBT rights defenders arrested protesting Education Ministry’s treatm…
 
This week, we speak with love coach and Sex & Singapore City podcast host Nixalina Watson to learn about the colorful world of dating apps in Singapore. Other stories include: Gordon Ramsay to open his first restaurant in Malaysia in June | Iconsiam guard who slapped student protester resigns | Video shows packed dance floor at Soho restaurant, bar…
 
This week, we learn some tips on how to do life in lockdown a little better from Martin Lindstrom, Danish neuroscience brand consumer expert and New York Times Bestselling Author of The Ministry of Common Sense: How to Eliminate Bureaucratic Red Tape, Bad Excuses, and Corporate BS. Other stories include: Stop what you’re doing and enjoy winter-mode…
 
We’re back! In this first episode of the year, we check in with Audience Development Manager Julianne Greco to find out which stories you loved most in 2020. Other stories include: Photo of mermaid on rubbish-filled Kuta beach welcomes Bali’s tidal trash wave this year | 11 suspects charged with provisional rape, homicide in Christine Dacera’s deat…
 
This week, we speak to Coconuts Bangkok Managing Editor Todd Ruiz about William Bruce, a retired wartime army physician and his quest to find a Thai woman he met more than 50 years ago during the U.S.-Vietnam war. Other stories include: Ready for some lovin’? Thai tourism rushes romance to thirsty public | Stay Away: Filipinas warned against ‘sugar…
 
In this episode, we speak with Singaporean singer-songwriter Jason Yu about his humble beginnings busking along Orchard Road to garnering over a million streams on his original, heartfelt tracks. Other stories include: Chinese spa mogul abducted in Bangkok’s Phrom Phong area rescued by police | Sweat and Spread?: Lombok Police investigating zumba s…
 
This week, Coconuts Jakarta Managing Editor Andra Nasrie speaks to Mozhgan Moarefizadeh and Nicole Curby from The Wait Podcast about the myriad of problems faced by refugees in Indonesia. Other stories include: Activist Joshua Wong placed in solitary confinement due to ‘drugs, rings or gold and silver objects’ in stomach | NUS sacks American profes…
 
This week, we speak with Coconuts Hong Kong Associate Editor Hillary Leung about how dreams of traveling in the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble — and the balloon arch heralding what would’ve been a significant milestone — now rest in pieces. Other stories include: Teen Singapore singer says she was sexually groomed, controlled by former manager |…
 
In this episode, we chat with Coconuts Bali Associate Editor Sheany to find out why beaches in Sanur and Seminyak are filling up with people despite, you know, the ongoing pandemic. Other stories include: 11-year-old girl dies after eating pufferfish crackers in Bali | Thailand to allow medical use of cocaine, opium and morphine | Shell or Shoe? Ne…
 
This week, we talk to Coconuts KL Associate Editor Yeu-Gynn Yeung about *that* TV3 reporter’s Kamala Harris faux pas. Other stories include: Protest Fest: Art and performances to headline just-announced Saturday rally ‘Mob Fest’ | Indonesians horrified as dozens of betta fish deep fried in viral post | Military-backed party refuses to accept Myanma…
 
In this episode, we talk to comedian Harvinth Skin to find out what it takes to be Malaysia's (maybe even Singapore's) best late night talk show host. Other stories include: Being a doctor made her parents proud. Going on OnlyFans made her rich. | ‘Trashy transexual’ comment sinks LGBT event on Sentosa super yacht | Come Heal: Bali eyes domestic tr…
 
This week, we check in with Thailand’s top drag superstar Pangina Heals on what she’s been up to, and her thoughts on the recent protests. Other stories include: Indonesian man filmed tricking 2 boys into blowing condoms like balloons | Malaysian girl group Dolla says similarities with K-pop’s Blackpink just a ‘coincidence’ | Great Defecations: Poo…
 
We check in with Coconuts Bangkok’s Chayanit “Milk” Itthipongmaetee and Todd Ruiz to find out how the recent spate of protests compare to that of years past. Other stories include: ‘Naughty by Nature’ from KFC Indonesia offers healthier sides to its signature fried chicken | Chinese state media blasts climate activist Greta Thunberg for backing rel…
 
On this week’s episode, we chat with Sporty Spice herself about her new album, her solo career and the lockdown life in London. Other stories include: Sibling Spills the Tea: Pia Wurtzbach slammed by own sister in damaging online posts | ‘Remember me?’: TikTok users claiming to be mistresses of Indonesia’s MPs threaten to expose salacious affairs o…
 
We discuss recycling, sustainabilty, and living a zero waste lifestyle with Melissa Tan – TV host and producer, actress, and climate activist. Other top stories include: ‘Just entertainment!’ Burmese singer says of video slammed for misogyny | 1 dead in Tsim Sha Tsui bar fight after staff tell customers pub is closing at midnight | Thousands more w…
 
This week, our hosts talk to one half of the popular duo behind the popular Thailand movie review Youtube channel Just Doo It (JUSTดูIT.). Other top stories include: Human foot found on Bali’s Berawa Beach | CCTV videos of couples getting intimate in Hong Kong party room leaked online | McDonald’s Kuta Beach closing for good this week | A sliver of…
 
This week, our hosts take us through the top stories of the week. Other top stories: Ethnic minority Hongkongers arriving at airport made to wait over 30 hours, given only snacks and water | Overkill? Parañaque resident fined for doing laundry in front yard without face mask | Malaysia is one of the highest consumers of plastic in Southeast Asia: W…
 
This week, our hosts talk to local rapper Subhas Nair about what activism means and how the Internet has rallied together to help save a man accused of drug trafficking from execution. Other top stories include: Teen couple in Lombok forced to marry for coming home after dusk | Dinosaur, dairy cow, Thaiborg vie for best provincial beauty pageant co…
 
On this week's episode, we discuss influencers and accountability in Singapore with up-and-coming writer, photographer, and podcaster Joel Lim. Other top stories include: Malaysian singer Nora Ariffin admits teen daughter made out with a boy on TikTok | Screaming jets a WFH nightmare for northeast Singapore | Hong Kong bus driver arrested for ‘dang…
 
On this week's episode, we chat with Marissa Trew and Hanli Hoefer, hosts of new podcast "Just So We're Clear," which focuses on subjects ranging from from sex to mental health to Third Culture identity. Other top stories include: Filipino politician and staff resign after caught having sex during Zoom call | It looked like a taxi from the outside,…
 
Summer Lee and Vim Shanmugam take us through the top stories of the week! Including: Paranoia, xenophobia meet plan to reopen Phuket to tourists | YouTuber Daud Kim says sorry to woman who accused him of attempted rape | Video shows Hong Kong domestic helper spitting into baby milk formula | Korean ‘oppa’ catcalled on Bali street sparks discussion …
 
We speak with John Winyu – one of Thailand's biggest political commentators and a YouTube star veiwed by millions – about the recent youth-led protests that are rocking Thailand. Why does this movement feel different than other Thai political protests in 2010 and 2014? What do the protesters want? What are the risks of speaking out? John answers al…
 
On this week's episode, we chat with James Crabtree about TikTok's precarious position between China and the US and how the possible splintering of the global internet would affect Southeast Asia. Crabtree, an Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, is a columnist for Foreign Policy and Nikkei Asian Review, the …
 
Executed for allegedly murdering children and eating their organs, Si Quey Sae-Ung, Thailand’s infamous “cannibal killer” and bogeyman to generations of children was recently laid to rest at a Buddhist temple in metro Bangkok in the wake of doubts about the extent of his crimes. We speak with Todd Ruiz about this fantastical story and why doubts re…
 
We discuss Southeast Asia's booming gaming and esports scene with Ilyas Sholihyn, a content strategist at Singapore news website AsiaOne and avid gamer himself. Other top stories include: BBC chef to cook rice with Malaysian YouTuber who roasted her | Thailand’s pandemic recovery ranked No. 1 on index | Police arrest American fugitive accused of ma…
 
On this week's episode, we chat with Coconuts Singapore's Nurul Azliah on how anti-racism and cancel culture have dominated the online discourse in recent weeks. Other top stories include: Catriona Gray goes after persons who allegedly uploaded fake nude photo online | Malaysians troll film licensing rule on social media with cat videos, fancams, a…
 
In Indonesia, one man threatened to blow up a local McDonald’s because he thought Italians (?) created coronavirus. Meanwhile in Hong Kong, an alleged Triad gang member made a late night attack on a McDonald's employee after being asked to wear a mask. Other top stories on this week's podcast include: Sajat responds to haters over racy bikini photo…
 
What is it like to be homeless in Singapore and then enter politics? Coconuts Singapore's Nurul Azliah chatted with author-entrepreneur Liyana Dhamirah about her journey from homeless mother sleeping in a tent to being a candidate in the 2020 Singapore general election. This special abbreviated episode of The Coconuts Podcast is out early due to th…
 
We speak with Coconuts Hong Kong Associate Editor Hillary Leung about the recent passage of the National Security Law and what it means for the future of Hong Kong. Other stories include: Singapore election candidate’s claim family under ‘attack’ meets skepticism | Culinary Pride vs ‘Columbusing’: The reactions to Gordon Ramsay’s Indonesian visit |…
 
On May 2nd, screenshots of boys talking about their underage classmates, the way they look and their dressing sense in a derogatory manner, circulated across Facebook and Instagram. In this episode, Maiyoraa is joined by Shruti Balaji, a PhD candidate in LSE’s Department of International Relations, to discuss how social media provides a platform fo…
 
Yeu-Gynn Yeung, Coconuts KL Associate Editor, speaks with Malaysian sugar baby Anna about sugar dating during the pandemic. Byron, Vim, and Summer also discuss the upcoming Singapore General Election. Other stories include: Bangkok's sex massage parlors can reopen but have to track customers | Almost 2 million Filipino kids to be born in 2021 due t…
 
Our story on a particularly hungry Indonesian dad who fried up his son's pet fish for lunch is o-fish-ally the most popular post of 2020! On this episode, we speak with Coconuts Jakarta Associate Editor Nadia Hamid to explore whether there was any fishy business, and why his son’s expensive pet ended up the catch of the day. Also, what does Arowana…
 
We talk with photographer and journalist Laurel Chor about her experience flying from Paris to Hong Kong by way of London during the COVID-19 pandemic. Laurel's live-tweeting of her experience – from empty airports to passengers in hazmat suits to testing and quarantine in Hong Kong – captivated thousands who wanted to know the deal with long haul …
 
Protests began in Minnesota, the week before, to end police brutality against black folx in response to a video showing a white police officer killing Floyd, an unarmed black man. The protests have erupted globally calling for an end to police brutality, an end to the police state, and an end to institutionalised racism. In this episode, we will be…
 
Thousands of Hongkongers defied a police ban to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre at Victoria Park on June 4, 2020. We speak with Coconuts Hong Kong Associate Editor Hillary Leung about the peaceful vigil, Hong Kong's eroding autonomy, and its uncertain future under the looming national security laws.…
 
In this episode, we chat with Tara Rattanaphas about her new mukbang-style live Coconuts TV show, 30 Cuisines in 30 Days. She shares with us what it’s been like to sample dishes from a different cuisine every day for 30 days straight to a live audience. What were some of the hits and misses from the myriad of cuisines she’s tried? Tune in the find …
 
Let's talk about being openly queer in Indonesia. We took a deep dive into the topic with up-and-coming Indonesian singer-songwriter, Kai Mata. Other headlines include: Indonesian influencer auctions virginity for COVID-19 aid | Stranded Nigerians living in BKK airport since March | No otter slaughter, Singapore’s animal lovers tell the haters | Tr…
 
Sri Lanka: The month of May is a momentous one in the long history of the Tamil people. For many Tamils, May is a month of mourning, commemorating and remembering. 11 years ago, tens of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians were massacred. Today, Maiyoraa is joined by Sagi Thilipkumar, PEARL’s Advocacy Coordinator for Switzerland and founder of Tam…
 
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