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The podcast that features unique stories and anecdotes often hidden in plain sight. Every fortnight, join Ezra on a narrative journey as he trails the footprints of individuals navigating the prospect of discovery and adversity.

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The podcast that features unique stories and anecdotes often hidden in plain sight. Every fortnight, join Ezra on a narrative journey as he trails the footprints of individuals navigating the prospect of discovery and adversity.

    We Talk About Aliens! feat. Khoo Hsu Chuang and Julian Ng | Cincai² Bocai

    We Talk About Aliens! feat. Khoo Hsu Chuang and Julian Ng | Cincai² Bocai

    When a trio of ex-colleagues haven't caught up in a while, all bets are off! They explore the big questions: are aliens among us? UFOs are just a matter of fact now? What about cryptocurrency? And how would you sort out the climate crisis? Ezra catches up with old radio comrades Khoo Hsu Chuang and Julian Ng on a new segment: Cincai² Bocai.

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Surviving Schizophrenia: A Mother and Son Story

    Surviving Schizophrenia: A Mother and Son Story

    When Madam Kim falls into a depression following her divorce, her young son Kee Whay wanted to become a doctor. His wish: to mend her broken heart. But as his own struggles with schizophrenia begin to emerge, their shared existence forces them to confront their relationship and what they mean to each other.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Hidayah Hisham — When Grief and Incarceration Meet in Film

    Hidayah Hisham — When Grief and Incarceration Meet in Film

    When Hidayah Hisham was nine, she was unable to make sense of her Dad’s disappearance. 17 years later, she confronts her own past when she films the story of Siti — a daughter fighting for her father’s freedom — in her documentary Ayahku, Dr. G.

    • 27 min
    Life's Most Important Resource (Not Money) feat. Aaron Tang | EZ On The Money #2

    Life's Most Important Resource (Not Money) feat. Aaron Tang | EZ On The Money #2

    Financial writer Aaron Tang, explains why we never seem to have enough time - and why your time, and not wealth, is your most precious resource. If you’re someone who has money (and less time), Aaron reveals the formula of how to live a more meaningful life. Also, how do we rewire our lives to stay regret-free? Learn how you could ultimately make more money, and waste less time in the long-run, putting it aside for the things in life that make us happiest.

    Bio

    Aaron Tang has worked in the oil and gas industry for 9 years, under the national oil company Petronas, and multinational oil company Weatherford. He now works as the country manager of Luno, an international cryptocurrency exchange, and also Malaysia’s largest cryptocurrency exchange market. 

    Due to his interest in cryptocurrency and bitcoin, he began writing about financial matters in his blog Mr-stingy, which has now become one of Malaysia’s top finance blogs. He has also contributed to multiple other finance-related websites, both locally and internationally, such as SAYS, iMoney, The Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project.

    Aaron Tang (Mr-stingy): Blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram

    Episode Structure 
    00:00 - Would Warren Buffet give up his wealth for more time? 
    01:56 - Time, Money, or Love? Aaron's article, explained
    06:15 - Seeing your life in the number of weeks left: the 'memento mori'
    12:50 - 'How many hours do I have to work to buy that RM 100 item?' 
    20:52 - 'Hope' is not a very good strategy to reach your aspirations
    23:30 - Aaron's early memories about money
    25:20 - Getting better with money: Small Steps
    30:10 - Relying on Money Advice figureheads can't solve all your problems
    32:37 - Aaron's experience living paycheck to paycheck - and how he got out of it
    39:51 - How can the 'love variable' improve your life? 
    45:02 - 'If you don't have ... then you are a failure' 
    47:45 - Aaron's starter-kit on changing your life's current direction
    54:30 - DISCLAIMER: these things might not apply to everyone
    56:24 - It's never to early or late to turn things around 
    59:30 - Outro and credits

    Links

    https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/life-weeks.html - The article where the concept of the ‘memento mori’ was derived from. 

    https://www.mr-stingy.com/time-money-love-most-important/ - Aaron Tang, or Mr-stingy’s article about time, money and love that this interview is based on. 

    Terms 

    'Dua Kerja' -- A malay phrase for 'working two jobs' or 'working a part-time job alongside one's main occupation. 

    Tithe -- A portion of one's earning, normally 10% of one's earnings, that was formally taken as tax for the support of the Church and clergy.

    Zakat -- an Islamic finance term referring to the obligation that an individual has to donate a certain proportion of wealth each year to charitable causes.

    ‘Sikit sikit, lama lama jadi bukit’ -- A malay idiom that describes how a little goes a long way - the rough translation in English is, ‘Little by little, over a long period of time, something will turn from a molehill into a mountain’. 

    'YOLO’ -- an acronym standing for 'You Only Live Once', used to express the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future.

    EPF -- Employees' Provident Fund (EPF; Malay: Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja, KWSP), a federal statutory body under the purview of the Ministry of Finance. It manages the compulsory savings plan and retirement planning for private sector workers in Malaysia.

    'Skim Cepat Kaya' -- A 'Get Rich Quick' scheme, a plan that typically offers a high or unrealistic rates of return for a small amount of investment and at the same time promises that the investment is simple and free from any risk. 

    'Syok sendiri' -- Malay slang to describe being full of oneself

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    How Much Money Is Enough? feat. Julian Ng | EZ On The Money #1

    How Much Money Is Enough? feat. Julian Ng | EZ On The Money #1

    Determined to transform his relationship with money, Ezra begins the conversation about personal finance. With Julian Ng, co-founder of robo-advisor Akru, they discuss how much money is enough for you to have a life you love, now and in the future? What conscious choices can you make to improve your station in life? Also, the merits of passive investing.

    • 54 min
    Pasi Sahlberg — What We Learn When We Let Kids Play

    Pasi Sahlberg — What We Learn When We Let Kids Play

    Pasi Sahlberg puts forth the case as to why play is an essential part of every child’s life. We discover the benefits of children and young people when they follow their own ideas and interests, in their own way, and for their own reasons. What's the most convincing evidence in favour of play? Also, a tribute to Sir Ken Robinson.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

71hae ,

Great podcast

Great stories and lessons

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Relatable and applicable

In this time of socially “distanced” relationships, this is a reminder of what’s essential.

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