Japan Episode 3

Japan Episode 3:

Gavin is once again joined by Andrew, and fellow English teacher, Mat (with one T). Mat shares some Australian chocolates with the gang as we hear about why he’s teaching in Japan. Gavin talks about overcoming extreme heartbreak as the gang is recovering from the loss of – what will now be known as – the “lost episode” of DIU Podcast.

Issues this week include outrageous phone bills and slow ass Internet speeds, snow season in Japan, and the lack of a “regular sized” adult toothbrush. However, the main topic this week revolves around the gang’s impending decision of renewing the contract to stay in Japan for another year… Why are Andrew and Gavin on the fence? Tune in to find out!

Later on throughout the show, hearing about the Australian chocolates, another good friend (and English teacher), Lena, pops into the studio. She talks about her contract renewal decision and her desire to learn Japanese. We also hear some hot gossip about misbehaving co-workers and stories of how people keep hitting on her.

(Episode recorded November 26)

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Taiwan Episode 1

Taiwan Episode 1:

Jack and Kyle return behind the mic for the first episode of DIU Podcast – Taiwan Edition. The two talk about their initial month in the land of bubble (a word Jack can’t pronounce for some reason) tea, and the start of their careers as English teachers. This episode’s barrage of topics include: being Asian-Canadian in Taiwan, living in a cash-based society, Jack’s gangster landlord, Kyle’s love for McDonald’s delivery, and teaching English to kids. We also learn that Jack is super poor, and already borrowing money from other people.

What future adventures are in store for the DIU Taiwan gang? Stay tuned to find out!

(Recorded on September 30, 2017)

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Japan Episode 1

Japan Episode 1:

After spending a month getting acclimated to his new home, Gavin returns behind the mic for the premiere episode of DIU Podcast: Japan. Gavin is joined by long-time friend, and fellow English teacher, Andrew.

The two talk about the initial month in Japan. Topics include: buying shoes, setting up apartments, social conformity, work-life balance, cultural distinction, Japan as a cash society, and the North Korean missile threat.

Stay tuned as there will be many more issues to be uncovered; whether in Japan or globally.

DIU Podcast is back!

(Recorded on September 2, 2017)

Additional Sources

North Korea’s missile lands off Japan’s east.

Loose Ends

I mentioned that the North Korea fired a missile over Japan on Monday (Aug 28) – I misspoke. Although Western media would have learned of the news on Monday, the actual event happened on Tuesday (Aug 29) in Japan.

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Episode 58

Episode 58:

The final shebang! Gavin and Jack sit down for one last time before the two go their separate ways. Michael finally gets the (super limited edition) DIU Podcast mug (won on episode 32) signed by the hosts at the absolute last date possible. And for some reason, Jack throws some random brain teasers at Gavin.

Gavin talks about the issue of packing, specifically packing at the very last minute. The gang talk about packing strategies and what type of clothing to bring when leaving for a year (or longer). The crux of the issue turns out to be packing shoes – how many should we bring? Meanwhile, Jack talks about his feelings as the group sets to disband. We reflect on the long journey which has been DIU Podcast and talk about the future of the show.

Afterwards, Jack concludes the final Kao Lui Corner with an article about how to be an Alpha (part 2 from last week’s article). Everything comes full circle as the man who has lost his confidence throughout season three returns full force as the Love Guru we all know and love!

Big shout-out to all our listeners; stay tuned for more shenanigans… from the other side of the world!

Follow Jack on Twitter @jackhsieh123

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Episode 56

Episode 56:

We’re joined in studio this week by our high school friend and aspiring podcaster, Shiv. We quickly dive into the realms Tantan – the “Asian Tinder” Jack briefly mentioned on last week’s Kao Lui Corner. What is it? Who uses it? Is it better than Tinder?

Jack then brings in the topic of erasing memories. Triggered by a new study which aims to erase traumatic memories from the minds of PTSD patients, the gang talks about whether or not they would want to have their memories erased. Keep listening for an interesting story about Shiv publicly urinating INSIDE an active classroom?! Meanwhile, Gavin talks about the awesome giant rubber duck which was docked by the Toronto harbourfront this past Canada Day long weekend. A lot of people were angry because the city spent approximately $200,000 to bring in the duck… but Jack – being a wolf – has his own reasons for disliking the lovable yellow animal…

Afterwards, the Love Guru interviews Shiv in another week where no article has been prepared (classic)! Is Shiv a Love Guru? Tune in to find out!

Additional Sources

Painful memories could be erased, new study says. 

Giant duck gives Toronto waterfront a boost. 

Facts about the duck!

Story about the Hong Kong rubber duck.

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Episode 52

Episode 52:

Gavin talks about ordering fidget spinners and long shipping periods. Jack gives us a biotin update, and we also learn about some other tricks he’s been trying to get his thick hair back.

Jack brings in the issue of not having a phone. We hear first-hand experiences of perhaps one of the biggest fears for young people in the 21st century. How did Jack survive nine days without a phone? Did he learn anything from this ordeal? Tune in to find out! Meanwhile, Gavin has a HUGE announcement regarding the future of DIU Podcast…

Afterwards, the Love Guru tries to leave a legacy with his latest article entitled “How to be a Love Guru.”

Loose Ends

To clarify, Japan is one hour ahead (GMT+9) of Taiwan (GMT+8).

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Episode 50

Episode 50:

Robin (episode 37) rejoins the DIU gang for the big 5-0 episode. We briefly cover various ongoing Jack C subjects such as the results of the Instagram model project and a biotin update. Robin, returning from a two-week trip to South Korea and Japan, also gives his take on the two Asian countries.

Jack brings in the topic about the K-Pop group, BTS, winning a Billboard Award. Their victory in the Top Social Artist category over the likes of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Shawn Mendes caused a huge commotion among social media users who didn’t like seeing some Asians win the award. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in a new study which suggests that social media applications may be causing significant mental health issues for young adults. We talk about an appropriate approach and mindset for using social media… and what it means to have FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

Afterwards, Jack and Robin answer a fan question on this week’s segment of the Kao Lui Corner.

Check out Robin’s cool stuff:
Podcast – Rap Nerd Problems on Soundcloud and iTunes.
Concealed Art Facebook group

Additional Sources

People are upset that BTS won Billboard Music Award

Instagram worst social media app for young people’s mental health

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Episode 40

Episode 40:

We’ve got a packed studio (and mini reunion) for DIU Podcast’s season two finale. Joining Gavin, Jack, and Kyle in studio this week is Jonathan and Taimoor – two friends who just so happened to be in Japan while Jack and Kyle were visiting. The gang retell the story of their initial meeting. The four then go on to describe the experiences travelling with their respective travel partner and a surprising number of similarities appear.

Jack’s mind is blown when Jonathan and Taimoor both state that they have white girlfriends – shattering Jack’s old worldview that Asian men can’t get with white girls.

Lastly, the higher-ups at DIU Podcast have finally had it with the Love Guru’s lack of new articles. Season two ends with another major cliffhanger as it is revealed that the Jack has been stripped of his Love Guru title. What does this mean for the Kao Lui Corner? Find out in season three!

DIU Podcast will return in late March… (date TBA)

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Episode 22

Episode 22:

This week Gavin brings in the issue of whether migrants should sacrifice their own customs in favour of their new host countries. Meanwhile, Jack – still reeling from the aftershock of his trip – talks about how Canadian society can be improved by following Asian countries.

Afterwards, Jack addresses his decision to retire as the love guru in his latest statement.

Additional Sources

Beer can thrown on the field during Blue Jays baseball game.

Thai international students are suggested to rethink their nicknames.

Loose Ends

After doing some research, there seems to be a general consensus that taxes are not included on price tags. This is especially important for large companies which try to remain transparent when they are being audited. Furthermore different states/provinces have differing taxes, so it is easier to simply say $10.99 + tax.

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Episode 21

Episode 21:

The second season of DIU Podcast kicks off with the return of Jack and Kyle from their three-week long trip to Asia. Join in this week, as the returning duo recount the adventures, the mishaps, and the self-realizations gained through travel.

Loose Ends

According to infoplease: Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world (approximately 1,197,000,000 speakers) followed by Spanish (approximately 414,000,000) and then English (approximately 335,000,000).

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