17 episodes

These are conversations (in English and sometimes in Vietnamese) before bed of a couple from Vancouver, Canada. We are both very talkative and argumentative. We laugh, talk about life, and motivate each other every day. Before bed is not the best time for high-energy conversation though. However, it is the best time for emotional moment and vulnerable thinking about what happened during the day. These nice thoughts are worth sharing, we hope.


Enjoy our stories? Do drop us a line at hellovinalex@gmail.com

Vi & Alex Before Bed Vi Ly

    • Personal Journals

These are conversations (in English and sometimes in Vietnamese) before bed of a couple from Vancouver, Canada. We are both very talkative and argumentative. We laugh, talk about life, and motivate each other every day. Before bed is not the best time for high-energy conversation though. However, it is the best time for emotional moment and vulnerable thinking about what happened during the day. These nice thoughts are worth sharing, we hope.


Enjoy our stories? Do drop us a line at hellovinalex@gmail.com

    #14 - A book about Vietnam

    #14 - A book about Vietnam

    [ 100% English }

    Alex has just finished a book about Vietnam - Catfish and Mandala by Andrew X. Phạm

    In this episode, Alex shares the Vietnamese cultural details that he found them interesting from the book. He is always curious about Vietnam :D

    • 20 min
    #13 - Reddit and its battle to keep the internet a good place

    #13 - Reddit and its battle to keep the internet a good place

    [ 100% English ] Vi has planned to have an episode about Reddit for a long time. It is because Alex is a huge fan of Reddit. However, research articles and also stories about Reddit are not simple. Finally, it was a good time for Alex to speak his mind (heavy editing though). At least, we hope to introduce some discussion about free speech on the internet these days. 

    References:  
    Jhaver, S., Birman, I., Gilbert, E., & Bruckman, A. (2019). Human-machine collaboration for content regulation: The case of Reddit Automoderator. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), 26(5), 1-35. Retrieved from http://eegilbert.org/papers/tochi-jhaver-automod.pdf
    Marantz, A. (2018). Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet. The New Yorker, 12. Retrieved from https://sites.tufts.edu/cartereng1fall2018/files/2018/08/Reddit-and-the-Struggle-to-Detoxify-the-Internet-.pdf 

    • 21 min
    #12 - Who pays on the first date

    #12 - Who pays on the first date

    [ 90% English - 10% Vietnamese ] On the first date, Alex paid for the meal and offered Vi to pay for the next time. That is not only cute but also straightforward trick to show his interest in Vi. However, do you think that men always need to pay for dates even though they don't feel they want to? Let's listen to some discussion from a related research article.   

    Reference:

    Lever, J., Frederick, D. A., & Hertz, R. (2015). Who Pays for Dates? Following Versus Challenging Gender Norms. SAGE Open. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244015613107

    • 21 min
    #11 - Pokémon GO or NO

    #11 - Pokémon GO or NO

    [ 95% English - 5% Vietnamese] Have you ever felt that your relationship was being ruined by Pokémon GO?... Just kidding, we love Pokémon GO. 
    However, in this episode, Alex thought that Vi wanted to confront him with his habit playing the game too much. It is just a conversation to explore some of the benefits of Pokémon GO in our relationship.
    References:
    Alloway, T., & Carpenter, R. (2019, October). “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” - Can Playing Pokémon Go Influence Mood and Empathy? The International Journal of Computer Game Research, 19(2). Retrieved from: https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/ejtale/metadata/edit 
    Arjoranta, J., Kari, T., & Salo, M. (2020). Exploring Features of the Pervasive Game Pokémon GO That Enable Behavior Change: Qualitative Study. JMIR Serious Games, 8(2), e15967. https://doi.org/10.2196/15967

    • 18 min
    #10 - I’m not the same person since I met you

    #10 - I’m not the same person since I met you

    [ 100% English ] Have you ever wondered if your partner changed since he/she met you? Is that change positive?  

    Let's go through that thought with Vi and Alex. This may be a complicated and abnormal conversation about  the concept of passion in romantic relationships. As usual, we have a dialogue with playful arguments and lots of laughs.  

    Reference: Carbonneau, N., Vallerand, R., Lavigne, G., & Paquet, Y. (2015). “I’m not the same person since I met you”: The role of romantic passion in how people change when they get involved in a romantic relationship. Motivation and Emotion, 40. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-015-9512-z

    • 17 min
    #09 - A podcast about podcasting, a topic about off-topic

    #09 - A podcast about podcasting, a topic about off-topic

    [ 80% English - 20% Vietnamese ] We don't have any article for today. It's a free talk about our feeling of doing podcast and being off-topic. We also mention why we wanted to bring articles and research as a background theme of each episode. Enjoy! :)

    • 19 min

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