"Livin' it up in Lion City!" is a podcast about life in the sunny island of Singapore, where friends and I talk about our experiences and our takes on stuff happening on this little red dot.
I'm a guy from India living in Singapore for close to a decade, and this podcast is an attempt at understanding Singapore outside of the old and tired narratives that it's "boring", "soul-less", "lacking culture" etc etc. While I generally disagree with such sentiments, I find that these opinions are widely held, both among Singaporeans and foreigners, so this is a loose exercise at finding out why.
Emphasis on the word "loose" - in the end, it's just a bunch of friends and I having a coupla beers and talking about anything and everything. We're not experts, celebrities, or captains of industry - this is all about regular conversations, with regular people.
Hope you enjoy this little podcast!
We talk about Metal, and the Metal scene in Singapore
I have a chat with two friends Tomas and Michele about the metal genre, and the scene in Singapore.
A Candid Conversation about Interracial Dating in Singapore (Part 2 of 2)
Understanding Xenophobia in Singapore Part 4: Conversations with Singaporeans
In the fourth episode of the series "Understanding Xenophobia in Singapore", I chat with Singaporeans I know to get their takes on the issue of rising nativism, nationalism and protectionism during COVID times, and even before that.
Huge shoutout to Gary Tan of "Not Again Podcast"; Deeban, Josiah and Shaun of "Lords of Lobang"; and Jon Wang of "Longkangkitties" for being part of this and providing their insight!
A Candid Conversation about Interracial Dating in Singapore (Part 1 of 2)
Jasmin and I talk about interracial dating in Singapore, our experiences with dating across cultural and racial lines, and how we handle perceptions other people have of our love lives.
Understanding Xenophobia in Singapore, Part 3: A Chat with Avijit Das Patnaik, on the Impact of Online Hate
I have a chat with Avijit Das Patnaik, an Indian citizen who was a target of online vitriol over a contentious facebook post he shared in 2018. We talk about how he incurred the wrath of the internet, how it changed his and his family's lives, and why that incident got the reaction that it did.
Check out the other episodes on the series "Understanding Xenophobia in Singapore" here: https://livingitupinlioncity.com/tag/uxs/
Being a Foreigner: A Singaporean in Estonia
I chat with good friend Nikki, a Singaporean living in Estonia. We talk about living life as a foreigner, the startup scene in Tallinn, and most importantly, we talk about food.
We recorded this episode way back in February 2020, right before COVID took the world by storm.