Get to know the mysterious Singaporean blogger previously known as Acid Flask (now Elia Diodati) in our first podcast interview entitled theorycast.01 :: acid flask interview. This is also my first enhanced podcast, complete with chapter bookmarks, photos and hyperlinks, so those with iTunes 4.9 and/or an iPod Photo will get to see these extra content.
Recorded during our recent New York City trip on the 4th of July, I ask Elia Diodati to spill the beans on himself, give us a peek into his daily academic life in the United States, and to share fond memories of Singapore (which naturally simmers down to comfort foods such as Char Kway Teow).
We also get into the thick of things as I tap onto his experience as an ex-government scholar to discover how government scholarships work, how they compare to other scholarships internationally, the hard decisions one has to make before committing into a government bond, and finally, what made him realized it wasn’t for him.
From our point of view, we speak constructively about where we see Singapore on a global scale, and what we could possibly do to improve Singapore’s outlook. An emergent theme was for individuals to think for themselves and not to rely on existing local norms for socio-economic cues. Adding to this, I share my views on why I think it is important for Singaporeans to see and experience cultural differences (e.g. by travelling), while Elia Diodata elaborates on this by saying how we need to see the box in order to be able to step out of it (or realizing we can’t step out of it at all). I hope for this podcast to serve as an “idea springboard” on how we can jumpstart Singapore’s future.
Podcast Chapters for theorycast.01
From Shakespear to Restrooms = 00:42
Differences in America and Singapore = 03:57
Daily Life as Acid Flask = 09:55
International Perspective on Govt Scholarships= 13:06
Constructive Criticism on Singapore = 21:13
Should we learn to take more risk? = 37:41
Experiencing Differences to know Differences = 43:26
An Invisible National Identity = 47:44