31 episodes

Catch up with Anita Kapoor, Debra Langley, Ben Hopkins and Norman Tan each fortnight as they take a bite into hot topics, cast their votes on the latest fashions, respond to reader questions, and keep you informed (and entertained) through candid chats with a bevy of local and regional guests.
Pour yourself a cuppa, pull up a chair, and have a good ol' yarn.

THE BITE by Esquire Singapore Esquire Singapore

    • Society & Culture

Catch up with Anita Kapoor, Debra Langley, Ben Hopkins and Norman Tan each fortnight as they take a bite into hot topics, cast their votes on the latest fashions, respond to reader questions, and keep you informed (and entertained) through candid chats with a bevy of local and regional guests.
Pour yourself a cuppa, pull up a chair, and have a good ol' yarn.

    30: Episode 30: The cast of Singapore Social

    30: Episode 30: The cast of Singapore Social

    Take a bite: On this episode, our hosts Norman Tan, editor-in-chief of Esquire Singapore and Anita Kapoor, speaker, host and TV personality, are joined by three cast member of Netflix’s first Singapore-focused docu-series, Singapore Social (https://www.netflix.com/sg/title/80245262) —Mae Tan, Sukki Singapora, and Vinny Sharp.
     
    00:00—Introduction
    Our hosts Anita Kapoor (speaker, host and TV personality) and Norman Tan (editor-in-chief of Esquire Singapore) share what they’ve been up to since the last podcast.
     
    1:25—"Coffee catch up”
    Anita shares her experience being part of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) and Silver Screen Ball the past weekend.
     
    The hosts celebrated the reception of episode 29’s podcast guest Singaporean director Anthony Chen’s newest film Wet Season (2019) (https://audioboom.com/posts/7430156-episode-29-the-state-of-film-in-singapore) at SGIFF, and the lead actress Yeo Yann Yann’s Best Actress win at the Golden Horse Awards 2019.
     
    Anita also recommended keeping an eye out for A Land Imagined (2018), a neo-noir mystery thriller written and directed by Singaporean filmmaker Yeo Siew Hua. The film had an outstanding performance at the Golden Horse Awards 2019, winning Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Film Score.
     
    8:39—"Fresh off the grill”
    Feature segment with a new guest each podcast. 
     
    It has only been two days since the drop of Netflix’s first Singapore-focused docu-series Singapore Social (https://www.netflix.com/sg/title/80245262) —the series was released on 22 November 2019 globally in 189 countries. 
     
    In this episode, three cast members—online influencer and fashion insider Mae Tan; entertainer, activist and burlesque queen Sukki Singapora; and YouTube personality and filmmaker Vinny Sharp—sat down with our hosts to talk about their experience. 
     
    The cast shared how they got involved in the show, what made them say yes, and their thoughts on how accurately the final product portrayed them, their lives and the nuances of living in Singapore.
     
    The podcasters also delve into the politics surrounding the show, and the cast discuss what it’s like being handed the responsibility to represent Singapore. 
     
    43:58—"Last call of the day”
    The podcasters round up the episode in a game of ‘Who’s most likely to?’. Who of the Singapore Social cast is most likely to change careers, dance on the table at a bar, or pull a prank? Tune in to find out. 
     
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    • 53 min
    29: Episode 29: The state of film in Singapore

    29: Episode 29: The state of film in Singapore

    Episode 29: The state of film in Singapore
     
    Take a bite: For episode 29 of The Bite podcast, Esquire Singapore’s features editor Wayne Cheong joins as a special co-host alongside main hosts Anita Kapoor and Esquire’s editor-in-chief Norman Tan. 
     
    Together with Singaporean director, screenwriter and film producer Anthony Chen of Ilo Ilo (2013) fame, and Yuni Hadi, executive director at Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) (http://sgiff.com) , the group held a riveting discussion on all things film in Singapore.
     
    The podcasters also explored Anthony’s newest film Wet Season (2019) (https://www.facebook.com/wetseasonfilm/) , that will make its debut in Singapore as the opening film for SGIFF on 21 November 2019. 
     
    00:00—Introduction
    Our hosts Anita Kapoor (speaker, host and TV personality) and Norman Tan (editor-in-chief of Esquire Singapore) introduce their guest co-host of the day, Wayne Cheong, features editor at Esquire Singapore, and the topic of the day: the state of film in Singapore. 
     
    2:10—“Coffee catch up”
    Anita, Norman and Wayne each share their experience of Esquire Singapore’s Esquire Neighbourhood (http://esquiresg.com/neighbourhood) , that took place over the weekend on 16 November (https://www.esquiresg.com/galleries/esquire-neighbourhood-a-round-up-of-our-duxton-hill-takeover/) , with an opening party on 15 November (https://www.esquiresg.com/galleries/esquire-neighbourhood-exclusive-insider-look-at-our-opening-party/) . With 25 activations across 12 locations, the two days drew 7,113 people to the Duxton neighbourhood for fitness classes, cocktail masterclasses, talks, games, and more. 
     
    Anita also held her first collaborative photo exhibition ‘What Will It Take?’ at Telok Ayer Arts Club. She had initially created this set of photos for a proposed public exhibition on nature at Gardens by the Bay, but the photos were considered too risqué. She shares the objective and process behind her images. 
     
    10:53—"Fresh off the grill”
    Feature segment with a new guest each podcast. 
     
    In this episode, the hosts are joined by Yuni Hadi, Executive Director of Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) (http://sgiff.com) , and Anthony Chen, Singaporean film director, screenwriter and film producer. 
     
    The podcasters spoke about the themes presented in Anthony’s latest feature film Wet Season (2019) (https://www.facebook.com/wetseasonfilm/) —the storyline features an adult female teacher developing a relationship with her 16-year-old student. Wet Season (2019) will debut in Singapore on 21 November 2019 as the opening film of the SGIFF, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year. 
     
    Anthony reveals the decision behind the casting—Koh Jia Ler and Yeo Yann Yann who both starred in Ilo Ilo (2013)—what went on behind the scenes that made him break down in tears, and what makes him tick as a director. 
     
    With the SGIFF (http://sgiff.com) celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, the festival this year features over 90 films from 40 countries. Executive Director Yuni Hadi shares her top film recommendations of the lot and how the team always makes sure to create an intimate feel for attendees—from the music you hear when you’re seated, to the scent that you’re smelling.
     
    So what is the state of film in Singapore? Both Anthony and Yuni agree that we currently have a new wave of some of the finest filmmakers we’ve had for generations. But faced with the climbing costs of filming in Singapore, how can this be sustainable?
     
    1:02:43—“Last call of the day”
    In the last segment of this episode, the hosts and guests play a quick-fire game of guessing movie quotes. Play along and see how you do! 
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    28: Episode 28: Buying and selling pre-owned watches online

    28: Episode 28: Buying and selling pre-owned watches online

    Take a bite: Want to buy a pre-owned watch but don't know where to start? For episode 28 of The Bite podcast, we speak to Glenn Meijer, Customer Experience Manager of leading online timepiece reseller Watchbox (https://www.thewatchbox.com/sg/en/home) , about the ins and outs of buying and selling luxury watches online.
    Editor-in-Chief of Esquire Singapore Norman Tan is joined by two new guest co-hosts—Celine Yap, Esquire's watch editor, and Matt Benfell, personal trainer and host of an upcoming Esquire fitness series—to discuss all things pre-owned watches: Which luxury brands are a good investment? Which watches are currently under the radar? And how do you know you're getting a good deal? 
    In the November 'Believe in Something' issue of Esquire Singapore (http://www.esquiresg.com/subscribe/) four different religious leaders from four different faiths in Singapore were asked to contribute, in their own words, why they believe what they believe in. At the end of the podcast, Norman reads out passages from each of these four different religious leaders and gets the podcast guests to guess which phrase belongs to which religion. Can you guess the correct answer? 
     
    00:00—Introduction
    Our hosts Norman Tan, together with guest co-hosts Celine Yap and Matt Benfell, introduce the topic of the day: buying and selling pre-owned watches. 
    3:21—"Coffee Catch Up"
    To introduce the new guest co-hosts to the listeners, Norman asks both Celine and Matt rapid-fire personality questions. Did you know that Matt, a personal trainer, hates sweat?
    10:018—"Fresh off the grill"
    Feature segment with a new guest each podcast.
    In this episode, Glenn Meijer from trusted online timepiece retailer Watchbox, introduces us to the world of online pre-owned watch trading. 
    The podcasters discusses the gigantic size of the pre-owned luxury watch industry; discuss the pros and cons of buying timepieces online versus offline; what is the difference between 'pre-owned' versus 'vintage' timepieces; how to actually go about buying watches online; which watch brands to look out for; and personal watch recommendations by Glenn and Celine for Norman and Matt. 
     
    58:27—"Last call of the day"
    In the last segment of the session, the podcasters try to guess which passages read out by Norman from the November 'Believe in Something' issue of Esquire Singapore belong to which religion: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism or Humanism?
    Finally, don't forget to register for Esquire Neighbourhood (https://www.esquiresg.com/esquire-neighbourhood-esquire-singapore-duxton-road-november-fun-activity-family-friendly-free-activations-fitness-dancing-talks-acoustic-music-indie-bands-acting-massage-poetry-games-prizes-silent-ci/) —the signature annual event of Esquire Singapore that brings to life the different facets of the Esquire world—with free full-day activations for the entire family (http://www.esquiresg.com/neighbourhood/) . Think: cocktail masterclasses, fitness classes, live music performances, acting and creative writing workshops, public speaking classes, as well as panels and talks about upcycling and what makes a man today.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    27: Episode 27: Male suicide, depression and mental health

    27: Episode 27: Male suicide, depression and mental health

    Trigger warning: Mental illness, suicide 
     
    Take a bite: With World Mental Health Day coming up on 10 October, episode 27 of The Bite podcast focuses on the issue of male suicide and the taboo topic of men talking about mental health.
    Editor-in-Chief of Esquire Singapore Norman Tan and podcast host Debra Langley sit down with counsellor and psychotherapist from The Lighthouse Counselling Belinda Lau (https://www.tlhcounselling.com/) , and best-selling author and long-time advocate of mental health Neil Humphreys, to discuss mental health among men. 
    In the second half of the session, the podcasters are joined by Dr Alex Su, vice chairman of the Medical Board and Senior Consultant at the Institute of Mental Health, and play a conversational card game by Beyond The Label and Smol Tok (https://www.starknicked.com/beyond-the-label-booster-pack) . 
     
    00:00—Introduction Our hosts Debra Langley (fashion and tech consultant) and Norman Tan (editor-in-chief of Esquire Singapore) introduce the topic of the day: men and mental health. 
    1:42—"Coffee Catch Up" Debra and Norman share their thoughts on the recent Gucci spring/summer 2020 show at Milan Fashion Week, where model Ayesha Tan Jones staged a protest (https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/sep/22/gucci-model-mental-health-protest-milan-fashion-week) during the catwalk show by holding up her hands with the words “mental health is not fashion” written on them. 5:03—"Fresh off the grill" Feature segment with a new guest each podcast.
    In this episode, Belinda and Neil join the hosts for an open conversation on mental health issues, especially among men. 
    The group examines the troubling statistic of high suicide rates among men, and discusses how toxic masculinity plays a role in depression and suicide in men. They talk about the importance of acknowledging and having conversations about mental health illnesses, and ridding the common misbelief that it’s a sign of weakness. 
     
    They also consider how social media, increased smart phone usage, and shifting cultural norms thwart our perception of self-worth, value and contentment, which has proven direct links to mental health disorders.
     
    43:18—"Last call of the day" In the last segment of the session, the podcasters are joined by Dr Alex Su, who has more than 25 years of looking after mental health in Singapore and promoting mental wellness.
     
    Together, they play a mental health conversational card game by Beyond The Label and Smol Tok (https://www.starknicked.com/beyond-the-label-booster-pack) . The cards serve as a starting point to explore the impact of mental health stigma in society, and help people reflect on their personal beliefs and attitudes towards persons with mental health conditions.
     
    What are some coping strategies our podcasters use to get through a difficult day? What are some day-to-day difficulties people with mental health conditions face? What do they think is the biggest misconception of mental health? Tune in to find out. 
     
    If you need someone to talk to, there are resources and hotlines available:
    Samaritans of Singapore (https://www.sos.org.sg/) : 1800-221-4444
    Singapore Association for Mental Health (https://www.samhealth.org.sg/) : 1800-283-7019
    Institute of Mental Health’s crisis helpline (https://www.imh.com.sg/) : 6389-2222
    Care Corner Counselling Centre (http://www.carecorner.org.sg/cccc.html) (Mandarin): 1800-353-5800
    Silver Ribbon (http://www.silverribbonsingapore.com/) : 6386-1928
    Tinkle Friend (for primary school-aged children) (https://www.tinklefriend.sg/) : 1800-274-4788
    Beyond the Label HelpBot: (https://m.me/beyondthelabelsg/) A Facebook messenger bot with resources, helplines and information about mental health.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    26: Episode 26: The rise of the zero-waste supermarket

    26: Episode 26: The rise of the zero-waste supermarket

    Take a bite: For episode 26, Editor-in-chief of Esquire Singapore Norman Tan and podcast host Anita Kapoor come together with Emily Kirk, Store Operation Manager of Scoop Wholefoods (https://sg.scoopwholefoods.com/) in Singapore, to find out more about this Australian zero-waste bulk food grocery chain.
    Scoop Wholefoods, which was founded in 2012 by Emily's parents Jeremy and Bettina Kirk, operates on two defined missions—to improve people's health and well-being, and to safeguard our planet for future generations.
    Before closing, the podcasters played a game on famous quotes by women. Play along and see if you know who said what!
    00:00—Introduction
    Our hosts Anita Kapoor (speaker and TV personality) and Norman Tan (editor-in-chief of Esquire Singapore) share what they've been up to since the last podcast.
    2:47—"Coffee Catch Up"
    Having just come back from a seven-day retreat in Phuket, Thailand, Anita shares her experience discovering herself as an 'instructor', and how she learnt that her authentic voice is good enough.
    Norman recounts the Schloßing (Schloß is the German term for a mansion) good time he had in Munich, for his bosses Michael and Bettina's 25th wedding anniversary celebrations.
    15:22—"Fresh off the grill"
    Feature segment with a new guest each podcast.
    Emily starts the segment off by telling us how her parents started on their journey of health foods and sustainability. Having lived for a while in Europe, the family was used to the culture of going to the market and picking up exactly what they needed, where everything was weighed.
    That, and being able to support local businesses and knowing exactly where those produce was coming from, formed the basis behind the mission of Scoop Wholefoods.
    Scoop Wholefoods started as a small store in Mosman, a suburb in Australia. 7 years and 5 other Australia outlets later, Scoop Wholefoods has opened their first store outside of the country in Singapore.
    The 4,400 sq ft outlet located at Tanglin Mall opened in May this year.
    The podcasters discuss the benefits of fats and fermented foods in your diet, the importance and impact of going zero-waste, Singapore's reception to Scoop Wholefoods, and whether consumers can actually impact sustainability.
    54:37—"Last call of the day"
    To close the show, Anita and Emily test their knowledge on 10 famous quotes from iconic females in history.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    25: Episode 25: New tech advancements changing media and e-commerce

    25: Episode 25: New tech advancements changing media and e-commerce

    Take a bite: With the success of Esquire Singapore's Digital Big Black Book (https://www.esquiresg.com/big-black-book-2019/#page/3) , The Bite hosts, Norman Tan and Benjamin Hopkins, discuss how technology is changing the art and experience of storytelling for consumers and readers.
    For this episode, the hosts are joined by Janosch Amstutz (https://www.esquiresg.com/janosch-amstutz-of-holome-hologram-technology-mobile-augmented-reality-interview-nikolaj-coster-waldau/) , CEO of HoloMe (who was the genius behind our very own Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hologram), and Matthew Lim, CEO and Co-Founder of VIDY (https://vidy.com/index.html) , an interactive video player that hides behind text (for a preview, check out the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant story on Esquire Singapore (https://www.esquiresg.com/features/some-nifty-ways-to-use-the-new-bmw-intelligent-personal-assistant/) ).
    The podcast starts with Norman and Ben (who is finally back and on the record) discussing the new changes on Instagram (removing the public tally of 'likes') before they discuss technology and storytelling with Janosch and Matthew.
    Before closing, the podcasters review food from Scoop Wholefoods—an organic and sustainably focused store from Australia that recently opened in Singapore.
    00:00—Introduction
    Our regular hosts Ben Hopkins (health entrepreneur and founder of Bioonics) and Norman Tan (editor-in-chief of Esquire Singapore) share what they've been up to since the last podcast.
    01:28—"Coffee Catch Up"
    Ben and Norman discuss Instagram disabling the 'like' public tally, the effect it may have on brands and influencers, and what this means in growing Instagram's business.
    08:25—"Fresh off the grill" 
    For this episode, the podcasters discuss how storytelling is changing digitally and how VIDY and HoloMe have been adapting to these demands. That includes creating video content platforms that provide you with a seamless experience on a website, or getting creative with the use of holograms for online shopping platforms.
    58:28—"Last call of the day"
    Taking a break from fragrance reviews, the podcasters were treated with a trip to Scoop Wholefoods. Stayed tuned as they share their reviews on various items such as 100% dark chocolate, freshly ground almond butter, homemade peach-flavoured jun, freeze-dried strawberry chocolates and activated nut mix.
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    • 1 hr 5 min

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