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Episode 55: My Centenarian Nan

Nan talks about her life and what is was like growing up in the 1920’s and 30’s in Australia. She discusses her education, her career and her life living on the farm, married to Claude. She shares her secrets to longevity of life and explains many of the challenges she has faced. Nan talks proudly about the achievements of all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nan is an incredible woman who is still mentally sharp, even at the age of 100. However, she is frustrated that...


Episode 54: Shining a Light on Women

Film director, Joanna Bowers shares her experiences making impactful films that shine a light on social issues, in particular the potential of women. She began working in film in the USA. In 2011, Joanna moved to Hong Kong where she is now based. Since relocating to Asia, projects have seen her filming throughout mainland China, Nepal Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and the United States. Having told several successful female-driven short-form stories, in 2015 she was inspired to...


Episode 53: Evercare

Ken Wong used to work in finance in the USA but when he saw a need for improving aged care systems in his home town of Hong Kong, he created Evercare, a service that helps the elderly age with comfort and dignity. Evercare is an aged care service that provides people with an alternative way of aging in the home surrounded by family. Evercare developed a platform that marries technology and people by informing families about the health and wellbeing of their loved one. Evercare puts...


Episode 52: A Life of Acceptance

Jason Masters was a married father of two children who discovered later in life that he was gay. Jason discusses his journey of understanding his sexual identity and how he had to come to terms with this and aligned his Christian faith with his acceptance of himself. Jason shares the experience of seeking therapy and then having to come out to his wife and how they worked through this significant event as a family. Jason talks about how there is a gap in the support available for teens who...


Episode 51: Opening Hearts and Minds

Scilla Andreen is the CEO & Co-Founder of IndieFlix Group Inc a global screening and streaming service that promotes and supports social impact films to create positive change in the world. IndieFlix screening service books offline community screenings in schools, corporations and communities around the world while IndieFlix streaming offers a monthly subscription based service to access thousands of high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, and series....


Episode 50: Stroke

Kate McAlister was a fit and healthy 31-year-old early childhood educator from California working in Hong Kong, when she had a stroke. At first, she was misdiagnosed and sent home with a migraine but eventually after a whole night of vomiting, she went back to the hospital and was finally diagnosed with having a stroke. She shares her difficult journey in relation to returning to work too quickly and realising she needed to head home to stay with her parents to recuperate. Whilst back in...


Episode 49: Better in Bed

Sara Tang is the host of ‘Better in Bed’ podcast where she discusses everything imaginable about sex and sexuality. She feels that her podcast is a wonderful medium to bring more sex positive resources to the Hong Kong community, where sex is not always openly discussed. There is somewhat of a social taboo surrounding sex in Hong Kong and Sara is hoping to change this mindset. Sara states that historically, Chinese people were very sexual but it appears that they are much more repressed in...


Episode 48: Facing the Truth

Olivia grew up in Hong Kong in a Chinese family. She realised that she suffered from anxiety and depression after she finished university. Her friends did not really understand her mental health issues and she found it difficult to manage her fluctuating emotions. Olivia developed an intense fear of failure and rejection, and was unable to do her job well. It was three or four years before she sought help and she was diagnosed as bipolar with depression and anxiety. Olivia found it very...


Episode 47: Keeping it Real

Has opens up about his life growing up as a gay child living in a strict, conservative Muslim family from Sri Lanka. Being gay was not openly accepted in his family and he ensured that he kept his sexuality private. Growing up he felt conflicted and struggled with his identity. Has does not discuss his personal life or his sexuality with his family. He laments the lack of relationship with his family due to not being able to be completely open. He had his own distressing #metoo experiences...


Episode 46: Redefining Success

Tricia Yap is a holistic coach who encompasses physical training, nutrition, positive psychology and lifestyle choices in her work with her clients. She is an MMA fighter and founder of the Warrior Academy in Hong Kong. Tricia has faced her share of difficulties in her life ranging from being bullied as a child in Australia to dealing with an acrimonious divorce, which made her question her self-worth on many levels. She harnessed these negative experiences to redefine her success by...


Episode 45: Olympic Spirit

Hong Kong's very own Olympic swimmer, Geoff Cheah talks about his experience training as a professional swimmer in the USA and competing in the 2016 Olympics where he won his 50 metre freestyle heat. He has always had to balance is academics and training, and embrace the discipline needed to succeed. Geoff explains the importance and value of peer coaching and helping other young athletes. Geoff shares how he managed to cope with his father passing away at the height of his success and his...


Episode 44: Menopausal Musings

Jules, Tracey and I talk about our personal experiences with menopause and the various ways that we have coped with this significant change in our lives. We discuss many of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, and explain which ones affected us the most and how we coped with them. We explore the different treatment options available and the best options for us as individuals. We also share our thoughts on a number of different topics including aging, loss of of fertility and our...


Episode 43: The Gay Games

Dennis Philipse talks to us about Hong Kong’s successful bid to win the Gay Games in 2022. This is the first time that the Gay Games will be hosted in Asia and it is a very exciting milestone in the history of the games and also for Hong Kong. Dennis walks us through the bidding process and the excitement the team felt when they won then bid. We explore how this wonderful event will “build lighthouses of hope” in the LGBTQ community, and the positive impact that the Gay Games will have on...


Episode 42: Let's Talk About Sex

Valentina Tudose joins me to talk about sex with a focus on educating young people so they have more positive relationships. She explains why it is important to educate teens about respect and consent by teaching them about values and the need to have high self worth. We live in a hyper-sexualised society, where sexting and pornography are prevalent. Valentina advises parents’ ways in which they can discuss these issues with their children and educate them on how to develop their...


Episode 41: The Scoop on Sharks

Dr Andy Cornish from World Wildlife Fund talks to us about sharks and how important shark conservation is for the biodiversity of the oceans as well as from a humanitarian point of view. Dr Cornish is an expert on sharks and shares how is interest in sharks began when he was young. He discusses the culling of sharks for Shark Fin soup and how slowly large hotel chains in Asia are getting on board and banning Sharks Fin soup at their banquets. We discuss the historical context of the...


Episode 40: The Celtic Princess

Music has always been a huge part of Kate Targett-Adams’ life. She started playing the Celtic harp as a child and it has been a lifelong passion. Cooking is also another passion of Kate’s and she made it to the finals of Master Chef when she was a young girl. Eventually, she had to chose between her love of music and cooking when deciding her career path. Music won over and Kate has excelled in her career as a singer, songwriter and harpist. She has many performed at many illustrious events,...


Episode 39: Hong Kong Pod Squad

I met with fellow podcaster Regina Larko who shares how she became interested in podcasting and the creation of her wonderful #Impact Podcast. She reveals a little about her life story and how she came to be in Hong Kong. Regina is passionate about social issues and this became the focus on her podcast as she felt that she could make an impact on the world. She is an idealist who wants to see changes occur and she believes that “good will always win”. She shares her secrets of how she...


Episode 38: #metoo Moving Forward

Karina Calver talks about understanding, identifying and responding to sexual harassment and sexual abuse. She emphasises the importance of educating children about consent and body safety so that they can understand boundaries as they grow up. Karina is involved in the #metoo movement in Hong Kong and the group have held a number of seminars for women and for people of all genders. Talking helps overcome denial and allows us to acknowledge the truth. Karina is helping people to be the best...


Episode 37: Overcoming Adversity

Lauren had a tough childhood and she became anxious, lonely and was craving attention. This isolation and fear caused Lauren to self harm and experiment with drugs and alcohol. Lauren began modelling and on the outside, everything looked perfect but on the inside, Lauren developed terribly low self esteem and this manifested in a huge struggle with bulimia; an insidious eating disorder. Lauren felt she could not show her weaknesses and believed that she had to be strong for her family, thus...


Episode 36: IVF Journey

At 39, Hazel found herself single and childless, and she realised that she needed to do something if she was to achieve her dream of becoming a mother. She considered her options and decided to go down the IUI and then IVF routes. She walks us through the process of her IVF experience and the implications of deciding on the non-anonymous donor sperm option. Hazel shares the challenges and emotions she faced along the way. She discusses the highs and the lows of her road to motherhood and the...