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Podcast: Ridzwan Rahim On Swimming The Distance - Something Different!Apr 14, 2021

Jayde Taylor's Skincare Insights

Jayde Taylor's Skincare Insights

Skincare and haircare influencer Jayde Taylor, known as Taylor, has made a substantial impact on TikTok with her honest and practical advice. In just over two years, she's become a trusted source for skincare and haircare guidance.

Taylor recommends a hydrating cleanser and vitamin C serum for radiant summer skin. Brands like Dermavive and La Roche-Posay offer excellent choices. She also provides straightforward advice for tweens, emphasizing the importance of simplicity and budget-friendly options.

For hair loss concerns, Taylor suggests seeking medical advice and professional evaluation. She underlines that factors like stress, diet, and hormonal changes can significantly affect hair health.

When evaluating skincare trends and products, Taylor considers the target audience, brand credibility, and ingredient quality. Her commitment to transparent and practical beauty advice has earned her a dedicated following on TikTok.

In the world of skincare, Taylor offers a reliable and refreshing perspective.

Without delay, let's tune in to the conversation with Taylor below. Apologies in advance for the grainy audio quality.

Nov 01, 202317:39
Meet Sunnymeade's Innovative Owner

Meet Sunnymeade's Innovative Owner

Discover the exciting transformation of the Sunnymead Hotel in Aireys Inlet, as we sit down with co-owner Damien Cerantonio for an exclusive interview.

From its unique aesthetic to innovative features, explore the journey that has turned this ordinary motel into a vibrant and unforgettable destination.

Don't miss this engaging conversation on the podcast!

Oct 11, 202313:56
Discovering Aireys Inlet

Discovering Aireys Inlet

Explore Aireys Inlet, a captivating coastal town at the start of the Great Ocean Road.

Industry Development Manager Jo Birley shares insights on its beauty, art galleries, dining, and nearby attractions like the Great Otway National Park.

Join us for a journey of coastal charm and hidden gems

Oct 10, 202308:29
PikPok Draws Crowds at PAX

PikPok Draws Crowds at PAX

Get ready for an exciting conversation with Harriet Pebble, the Community Manager at PikPok Games, as she takes us behind the scenes of their highly-anticipated PC game, 'Into The Dead: Our Darkest Days,' showcased at PAX Australia.

Explore the world of gaming and discover more about what's in store for players in this upcoming release and beyond.

Oct 08, 202303:12
Malaysian's PAX Success

Malaysian's PAX Success

Join us in an exclusive interview with gaming industry veteran Juliann Lum, the Senior Product Manager at PikPok Games.

Lum shares her remarkable journey from her Malaysian roots to becoming a prominent figure in the New Zealand gaming scene. With 14 years of experience at PikPok Games, she provides unique insights into the game development process, including the challenges and triumphs of bringing 'Into The Dead: Our Darkest Days' to life.

Discover how her passion for gaming and dedication to her craft have led to her success in this rapidly evolving industry.

Get ready for an engaging conversation filled with valuable perspectives on game development and the gaming landscape from Lum.

Oct 08, 202308:01
Audio-Technica Enhances Content Creation

Audio-Technica Enhances Content Creation

In this episode, Matthew Stillone, Marketing Manager for Audio-Technica Australia, shares insights into their latest products designed to elevate the audio experience for content creators and streamers.

Discover how the Stream Set and ATH-M50X headphones are changing the game, and explore the hidden gem of XLR microphones.

Tune in to find the perfect audio solution for your content creation journey!

Oct 08, 202303:05
IGC Studio Game-Changer

IGC Studio Game-Changer

In this episode, we dive into the world of gaming collectibles with Craig Herbison, the visionary founder of IGC Studio. Join us as Craig unveils the innovative technology behind IGC Studio's game-changing approach, allowing gamers to purchase collectibles directly from their favorite games. Discover how this New Zealand-based startup is revolutionizing the industry with sustainable practices, personalized experiences, and partnerships with major game studios. Without further ado, let's listen to the entire interview here

Oct 08, 202315:33
Gaming Entrepreneur David Provan

Gaming Entrepreneur David Provan

Join us as we delve into the world of gaming and entrepreneurship with David Provan, co-founder of Bluemouth Interactive Pty Ltd. Discover the story behind his 20-year journey, from starting in a back room to becoming a leading distributor of gaming accessories in Australia and New Zealand. Hear about the challenges, successes, and drive that keep him going in this ever-evolving industry.

Oct 07, 202318:21
Nintendo's Aussie Delights

Nintendo's Aussie Delights

In a recent interview, Kirsty Twohill, the PR and Media Specialist for Nintendo Australia, shared exciting news about upcoming game releases for Nintendo Switch in Australia and New Zealand. Some of the highly anticipated titles include Detective Picka Returns, Super Mario Brothers: Wonder, WarioWare: Move It, Super Mario RPG, and the Pokémon Scarlett and Pokémon Violette DLC. While there are no exclusive events planned for the near future, Nintendo has been actively engaging with the gaming community through events like PAX Australia. They also recently released a limited-edition Nintendo Switch OLED model, the Mario Red Edition, featuring unique design elements. To stay updated on Nintendo news, fans can follow their official social media channels and visit their website. For more insights into Nintendo's plans and offerings, let's listen to the entire interview with Twohill here.

Oct 07, 202305:50
Meet Ian Lewis, Founder of Giant Margarita

Meet Ian Lewis, Founder of Giant Margarita

In this podcast episode, we introduce Ian Lewis, the founder and CEO of Giant Margarita. Based in Hobart, Tasmania, Ian and his team have been creating games for over a decade, showcasing the possibilities of game development in a region where it was relatively unexplored. He shares insights into their journey, the challenges they faced, and their mission to inspire aspiring game developers. Tune in to hear how Giant Margarita became a beacon for the Tasmanian game development industry.

Oct 07, 202316:53
Bluemouth Interactive Unveils Exciting Gaming Gear

Bluemouth Interactive Unveils Exciting Gaming Gear

Mark Duggan, General Manager of Bluemouth Interactive, introduces Backbone, a top-selling mobile gaming controller in Australia. It seamlessly connects with iOS and Android devices and is licensed by PlayStation and Xbox. Crax's Nitro Deck, designed exclusively for Nintendo Switch, addresses issues with Joy-Con controllers, offering larger analog sticks and unique magnetic technology to eliminate drift issues. Standard editions are $199.95, and limited editions in purple and mint are $149.95. Bluemouth Interactive also plans to launch special edition 8BitDo keyboards. Their gaming chairs, starting at $649, have been in high demand.

Oct 07, 202312:36
The Future of Cloud Gaming

The Future of Cloud Gaming

Discover the evolving landscape of cloud gaming monetization! Join in for an insightful discussion recorded at the Melbourne Convention Centre (MCEC) featuring industry experts:

  • Stephen Cornish – Pentanet CEO
  • Brad Manuel – LiveWire CEO
  • Develique – Professional gamer/streamer
  • Host: Nathan Gowdie, Optus Associate Director, 5G Product Development

In this lively conversation, the panelist delves into the latest trends, from subscription expansions to the free-to-play model and in-game advertising.

Plus, explore the future of cloud gaming as it intersects with VR and AR technologies. Please note that the recording quality is a bit choppy due to the live setting.

Listen to the discussion here and gain insights into the future of gaming monetization!

Oct 06, 202355:42
Crank CEO Innovates

Crank CEO Innovates

Join us for an insightful conversation with Damian Anderson, the visionary CEO of Discover how Crank is revolutionizing education and career development for individuals with disabilities through the power of gaming and coaching. Hear about their innovative approach, success stories, and the impact they're making in the neurodiverse community.

Oct 06, 202317:43
Podcast: Joseph Tan of Ergoworks SG

Podcast: Joseph Tan of Ergoworks SG

By June Ramli

Welcome to "30 Minutes with Daily" I'm your host, June Ramli, and today we have a special guest, Joseph Tan, founder of Ergoworks.
Tan's career journey began as a Sales Executive, leading him to the position of Marketing Manager at a prominent luggage and travel goods company.
In 2001, he founded Impact Lifestyle Pte Limited, recognizing the trend in ergonomic children's school bags and accessories.
This led to significant success, prompting him to launch Ergoworks in 2005.
Leveraging his expertise in marketing, engineering, and design, Tan introduced the first Asia Ergoworks flagship concept store, dedicated to professional, ergonomic, and posture care solutions.
Beyond work, Tan enjoys family activities and taking annual breaks to satisfy his wanderlust.
Without further ado, let’s listen to the interview here:

Oct 03, 202336:39
Podcast: Paul Lock of Pan Asia Metals

Podcast: Paul Lock of Pan Asia Metals

Welcome to another engaging episode of "30 Minutes with"
I'm your host, June Ramli, and joining us today is Paul Lock, the CEO of ASX-listed Pan Asia Metals.
Our discussion today revolves around the fascinating world of Green Mobility and the Future of Electric Vehicles.
Without further ado, let’s listen to the interview here:

Sep 28, 202326:45
EPOS: Thriving in Australia

EPOS: Thriving in Australia

In an exclusive interview with, David Sorrell, Sales Director Enterprise Solutions ANZ at EPOS, shared insightful details about the company's triumphant entry into the Australian market and its ambitious growth strategies.
Despite launching during the pandemic, EPOS deftly navigated challenges, gleaning valuable lessons for operational excellence.
As the post-pandemic landscape unfolds, EPOS is poised to seize emerging opportunities with its strong supply chain expertise.
EPOS, a Danish audio solutions company, has experienced rapid growth driven by heightened demand for its products, particularly its audio headsets.
The Impact 1000 series achieved remarkable success, showcasing EPOS' distinctive edge through AI technology and cognitive research, elevating the communication experience.
EPOS serves various business sectors, from small enterprises to corporate giants across healthcare, transportation, and more.
Through a robust distribution model, EPOS collaborates closely with resellers, distributors, and end-users, ensuring a tailored and efficient communication ecosystem.
EPOS takes customer service seriously, offering round-the-clock support to ensure seamless assistance. The company's expansion plans involve leveraging existing relationships, enhancing team capabilities, and harnessing unique offerings.
When discussing competition, Sorrell emphasized EPOS' strategic focus on leadership rather than emulation.
EPOS sets itself apart through its AI technology and cognitive research, providing a distinctive advantage in the market.
In terms of pricing, while recommended retail prices exist, actual pricing varies based on business relationships and distribution channels.
Sorrell underscored EPOS' commitment to B2B interactions and robust partnerships with distributors and resellers.
Looking ahead, EPOS aims to establish dominance in the Australian market by expanding its team and enhancing its presence.
Although physical storefronts aren't immediate plans, the brand remains committed to its growth trajectory.
This illuminating interview with David Sorrell provides deep insights into EPOS' journey, strategies, and future.
Listen to the entire interview here to gain a comprehensive understanding of EPOS' remarkable trajectory:

Aug 30, 202315:13
Unveiling Vanuatu: Exploring a Tropical Paradise of Opportunities

Unveiling Vanuatu: Exploring a Tropical Paradise of Opportunities

By June Ramli In this episode of "30 Minutes with," we explore the enchanting destination of Vanuatu, a tropical paradise in the South Pacific. Join us as we engage in insightful conversations with three individuals deeply involved in the tourism and business sectors of Vanuatu. Discover the unique attractions that draw tourists, the promising business opportunities available, and the sustainable practices embraced by this remarkable destination. From its natural beauty and cultural experiences to emerging industries and conservation efforts, Vanuatu offers a world of opportunities for travelers and entrepreneurs alike. Don't miss this captivating episode as we uncover the wonders of Vanuatu, a tropical paradise of endless possibilities. In this podcast, we had the privilege of interviewing key figures shaping Vanuatu's tourism and business landscape. Joining us were Martin David, the Manager of Long-Haul, Emerging, and Domestic Markets at the Vanuatu Tourism Office, Oliver Fernandez, a French businessman based in Vanuatu and the owner of Gaston Chocolat, and Minnie Bani, representing the Vanuatu Foreign Investment Promotion Agency. Their insights provide a comprehensive view of Vanuatu's tourism potential, thriving businesses, and investment opportunities. #podcast #vanuatu

Jun 24, 202345:55
Countdown to Tax Day

Countdown to Tax Day

In this episode of "30 Minutes with," we have the privilege of hosting two esteemed representatives from Brother Australia, David Molloy, and Stephen Nicholls. David, the Pre Sales Solution Specialist, brings over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, while Stephen, the Managed Print Services (MPS) Specialist, has a proven track record in IT sales. Join us as we delve into Brother Australia's state-of-the-art printing technology and gain valuable insights into their vision for the future. We'll explore how Brother products can help businesses overcome increasing cloud storage costs, determine essential technology upgrades, streamline tax claim processes, enhance accounts payable and receivable departments, promote productivity in hybrid workplaces, and address the evolving needs of small businesses in the upcoming financial year. Tune in for an engaging conversation that will provide invaluable knowledge and expert advice for businesses seeking to optimize their printing solutions. We extend our sincere appreciation to David and Stephen for sharing their expertise on our podcast. Thank you for joining us on "30 Minutes with"

Jun 17, 202323:17
An Interview with ASWARA Vice Rector Professor Azril Ismail

An Interview with ASWARA Vice Rector Professor Azril Ismail

By June Ramli

In this episode of '30 minutes with', host June Ramli speaks to Aswara vice rector Professor Azril Ismail about Malaysia's only higher learning institution for the performing arts, including the courses offered, benefits of getting a qualification from Aswara, and plans for the institution's future.

The conversation also touches on issues such as the employability rates of Aswara graduates, the lack of accredited acting schools in Malaysia, and the proportion of students by race.

May 08, 202330:09
Podcast: David Chiem of MindChamps

Podcast: David Chiem of MindChamps

By June Ramli

Welcome to this episode of's 30 Minutes podcast.
Today, we have an exciting guest, David Chiem, the founder of MindChamps, a leading education movement that has taken the world by storm. David's inspiring journey from rags to riches has made him a highly sought-after speaker and leader in the education industry.
In this episode, we delve into the story of how David's champion mindset and background in the arts inspired him to create MindChamps, which has now expanded to over eight countries. We explore how he managed to build a successful brand in the highly competitive Singapore preschool space and what sets MindChamps apart from other preschool and enrichment centers in the market.
David takes us through how MindChamps has evolved since its inception in 2008, and shares his plans for its future growth. He also walks us through his unique approach to education and the philosophy behind the MindChamps movement.
As someone with a background in the arts, David explains how it has influenced his work in education and how he incorporates it into the MindChamps curriculum. We also discuss some of the challenges he faced while building and expanding MindChamps and how he overcame them.
Finally, we talk about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education industry and what steps MindChamps has taken to adapt to the new normal.
This is a fascinating episode that is sure to inspire and enlighten anyone interested in education, entrepreneurship, and the power of a champion mindset. Tune in to hear from David Chiem and learn more about the MindChamps movement.

May 07, 202301:03:09
Maldives Tourism Minister Affirms Safety for Visitors

Maldives Tourism Minister Affirms Safety for Visitors

The Maldives Minister of Tourism, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, has confirmed in an exclusive interview with that the country is safe to visit and welcomes visitors from all backgrounds, including those on a budget. He assured the publication that even college students can experience the Maldives.
In terms of connectivity from Australia, Dr. Mausoom hopes to have some positive news for those wanting to visit his country by next year.
Currently, Malaysia’s Batik Air would start offering direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to the Maldives starting from June 23 this year.
Tune into the entire interview here. #Maldives
May 05, 202323:50
Podcast: Peter Petroulas of WhizButler

Podcast: Peter Petroulas of WhizButler

By June Ramli

Welcome to this episode of our podcast, where we interview Peter Petroulas, a seasoned restaurateur with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
Peter was previously the owner of the GPO Grand stable of restaurants, which were popular hotspots in Sydney's food scene.
Today, we'll be discussing Peter's latest venture, WizButler, a unique digital restaurant booking system that streamlines operations and enhances customers' experiences.
During the show, Peter shared insights into how restaurants can increase their revenue despite the current headwinds.
He also discussed the concept of autonomous automation and how it can benefit restaurants, as well as how WizButler's booking system manages a restaurant's space.
Additionally, Peter offered advice for restaurateurs looking to stay ahead of their competition and better meet customer requirements.

Some of the questions that we asked Peter during the show included:

  1. What inspired you to start the WizButler digital platform for restaurants?
  2. How can dynamic menus and pricing help restaurants increase revenue during challenging times?
  3. How can restaurants integrate booking systems with ordering systems to create a completely blended system?

Tune in to hear Peter's insightful responses and learn more about the innovative solutions that WizButler offers for the hospitality industry.

Apr 23, 202330:59
Bruce Poon Tip discusses responsible travel in "The Last Tourist" documentary

Bruce Poon Tip discusses responsible travel in "The Last Tourist" documentary

Welcome to 30 minutes with In today's episode, we are excited to be joined by Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, a pioneer of community tourism, and executive producer of the critically acclaimed documentary "The Last Tourist."
"The Last Tourist" is an eye-opening and thought-provoking documentary that highlights the consequences of mass tourism on the environment, wildlife, and local communities in 16 countries worldwide.
As travel restrictions gradually ease up in the post-pandemic era, it's more important than ever to have a deeper understanding of the impact of travel on the destinations we visit.
In this conversation, we explore how the documentary came to be, the challenges faced during production, the funding sources, and the age of the images used in the film.
We also get to hear Bruce's perspective on why he, as a businessman in the travel industry, decided to produce a documentary that addresses the negative impacts of tourism.
He shares his insights on how to be a responsible traveler, what role the tourism industry can play in promoting sustainable tourism practices, and how we can all make a positive impact on the places we visit.
Finally, we ask Bruce to describe his vision of an ideal tourist and why every traveler should strive to be one.
Tune in to hear a fascinating and insightful conversation with Bruce Poon Tip on responsible tourism, the future of travel, and how we can make a positive impact in the world."

Apr 06, 202322:48
Mama Movement Australia: Empowering Women to Exercise in Style

Mama Movement Australia: Empowering Women to Exercise in Style

Mama Movement Australia is a clothing brand that specialises in creating fashionable and comfortable activewear for women. Faye Tan, the founder of Mama Movement Australia, started the brand to help women feel confident and beautiful while they exercise. With its vibrant and colourful activewear, Mama Movement Australia has gained popularity in the fashion industry. In this podcast, we have a conversation with Faye Tan and discuss the brand's origin story, inspiration behind the colourful activewear, design process, challenges faced during the startup phase, and the impact Mama Movement Australia has had on the fashion industry. Some of the key questions that we explore in the podcast include how Mama Movement Australia started and what motivated Faye to create a line of colourful and fashionable activewear. We also discuss how Mama Movement Australia's activewear differs from other activewear brands on the market and how the brand's design process is unique. Furthermore, we delve into some of the challenges that Faye faced while starting Mama Movement Australia and how she overcame them. We also talk about the response that Mama Movement Australia has received since its launch and the impact that the brand is making in the fashion industry. If you're interested in learning more about Mama Movement Australia and purchasing its fashionable activewear, be sure to check out their website at and follow them on social media for updates and inspiration.

Apr 06, 202328:52
Podcast: First AML CEO Milan Cooper

Podcast: First AML CEO Milan Cooper

By June Ramli

Australia is currently the most vulnerable country in the developed world to the crime of money laundering.  Alongside Haiti and Madagascar, Australia is one of the three countries worldwide that have not implemented Tranche 2, a tightening of anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing laws that will regulate the law, accounting and real estate industries.  With no regulatory framework or government support many Australian businesses don’t know how to best protect themselves and most importantly still don’t realise the risky nature of current processes.  Our chat today is going to be with Auckland-based First AML founder and CEO Milan Cooper, whose global company offers a technology solution that helps businesses to protect themselves against crime now.   

In this podcast, we discuss:  

What is Tranche 2?  

Why is Australia lagging behind the rest of the developed world? 

Some money laundering scandals that have taken place in Australia and what could have been done to avoid it and much more.   

Without further ado, listen to the full interview here.

Mar 11, 202314:43
Podcast : Malaysian Influencer Elle Fara

Podcast : Malaysian Influencer Elle Fara

By June Ramli  

The Influencer Lifestyle  

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with
This is your host June Ramli coming to you from our base in Sydney, Australia.
Our guest is a Malaysian influencer who goes by the name of
Elle Fara.  
Elle shot to fame last year after gaining popularity for being similar looking to Malaysian actress Fazura.
Our chat with Elle today is going to revolve around her work as an influencer in Malaysia. How does she get her clients, how much she makes per job and tips and tricks on how to grow a social media fan base from zero to hero and much more. Once again this interview would be conducted in both Malay and English.  

In this podcast, we discuss:   

  • How much do social media influencers get paid per job?
  • What are some of the tactics she uses to grow her social media account?
  • Her tips for those wanting to become a social media influencer and much more…

Without further ado, let’s invite Elle to the show and pick her brains on this much coveted influencer lifestyle that many of us would like to know more about.  

#podcast #podcasting #dailystraits #dailystraitsdotcom

Jan 30, 202340:47
Podcast : Rediscovering Sabah

Podcast : Rediscovering Sabah

By June Ramli 

If you have been to Sydney, London or Bali for few times in a row and have no idea where else to go and spend your hard earned money, then might I suggest that you add exploring Sabah on your list.
Sabah has everything you need and more and the best part is that you won’t have to break the bank in getting there.
Well, it would cost you a little bit to get there by plane from the Peninsula but other than that there are no other major expenses that you will have to endure, no currency exchange and no expensive entry fees into all major attractions.
I had been to Sabah three times but this time I was feasted with a variety of excursions which included several boat rides in the croc infested Kinabatangan river, the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary in
Sandakan and the very famous Sepilok OrangUtan Rehabilitation Centre.
The people are nice and the food is great.
The state offers a range of activities for a variety of travellers be it those interested in solo, group or even family excursions.
There are a myriad of places that you can stay but if you need an idea on where to stay while in Sabah, or in the capital city of Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, then check out the articles here
As such we hope that you will enjoy this short little video presentation that would sum up the week long excursion that I was privileged enough to experience at the tail end of last year.  
This was my third visit to Sabah and has been my best one yet, all thanks to the many wildlife encounters I had there.
And as promised here is a short video of my excursion during my stay in Sabah and if you are keen on visiting either Kota Kinabalu or Sandakan, please do and I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

Jan 29, 202340:09
Podcast : Pablo Amirul of Air Force The Movie

Podcast : Pablo Amirul of Air Force The Movie

By June Ramli

Welcome to first podcasting episode for the year! We are going to kickstart our series with a comprehensive interview with Malaysian celebrity Pablo Amirul on the pros and cons of being an actor in Malaysia. As a former banker turned full time actor based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Pablo has acted in numerous films with the most notable one being Kampung Drift and Air Force The Movie: Selagi Bernyawa which is now available on Netflix including here in Australia. Our chat with Pablo today is going to revolve around on intricacies of being an actor in Malaysia. Also, as a disclaimer the interview will be conducted both in English and Malay. Without further ado, let’s listen and watch the interview here.  

#Podcast #Podcasting #Malaysia #Actor #DailyStraits #PabloAmirul #MalaysianActor #JuneRamli

Jan 26, 202301:01:29
Podcast : Dr Lisa Myers of When the Light Goes Out

Podcast : Dr Lisa Myers of When the Light Goes Out

By June Ramli

Mental Health Explained 

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with Our guest today is Sydney-based psychiatrist Dr Lisa Myers. Dr. Lisa Myers is a South African born,  Australian trained child and adolescent psychiatrist with 20 years of mental health  experience. With mental health awareness month kicking off in October, Dr. Lisa Myers’ timely  new book When The Light Goes Out , showcases lived experience and expert  advice, both key factors to managing the ever-growing mental health crisis. Lisa’s  book will provide readers with practical tools and strategies for managing their own  mental health.  In this courageous memoir, Lisa skilfully combines her own story of unimaginable  violence and suffering, together with clients’ experiences and professional insights,  to help guide readers facing their own challenges, whether that be major trauma or  everyday adversity. Our chat with Dr Myers today is going to revolve around her book and other matters related to mental health. 

In this podcast we discuss: 

What made her  want to write the book?

Her thoughts on Medicare and whether it is doing enough  for mental health treatment?

Why should someone read her book?

Without further ado, let’s listen and watch the episode here: 

#DailyStraitsDotCom #DailyStraits #Podcast #Podcasting #Australia #MentalHealth #Writer 

Nov 27, 202224:01
Podcast : Kris Davant of Frollo

Podcast : Kris Davant of Frollo

By June Ramli

Are you struggling to keep up to date with your finances? Well, if you are then this is the right podcasting episode for you.

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with Our show today has got something to do with a money management app - Frollo. 

With over 150,000 downloads to date, Frollo is a purpose-driven fintech that helps businesses use open banking data to deliver better customer outcomes right from reducing debt and increasing savings, to providing a better, more personalised customer experience. 

Frollo’s app won Mozo’s best money management app of 2021, and it was recently featured on the Today show.

Today, we get to pick the brains of Kris Davant, the head of Product for Frollo and  ask him first hand about the benefits of the app and how to best use it.

In this podcast, we discuss:

On average, users save $1,100 when they sign up to Frollo’s app to manage their money - can you give us a real life example on how one can achieve this?

With all the security breaches that have been happening in Australia lately, how safe is a customers’ data with Frollo?

What are some of the benefits of using Frollo, as compared to budgeting traditionally either through a pen or paper or through Microsoft’s spreadsheet?

Without further ado, let’s invite Kris to the show to tell us more about the app.

#podcasting #podcast #dailystraits #frollo

Nov 19, 202217:31
Podcast : Elliot Dellys of Phronesis Security

Podcast : Elliot Dellys of Phronesis Security

Learning About The Dark Web

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with Our guest today is Melbourne-based Elliot Dellys, the CEO and founder of Cybersecurity firm, Phronesis Security.

Phronesis Security works directly with government agencies and technology start-ups to provide pragmatic security solutions and cybersecurity consultation.
They specialise in world-class governance, risk and compliance services, cutting-edge penetration testing, innovative security architecture, tailored security awareness and education campaigns, as well as security management and strategy through its proven vCISO offering.

Our chat with Dellys today would revolve around a myriad of topics including the recent cyber attacks that Australian businesses are experiencing and what sort of little things can start-ups or small businesses do to safeguard their business from being attacked on the internet.

In this podcast, we discuss:

  • What is Phronesis Security?
  • What are the repercussions of having your data exposed on the dark web?
  • Let’s move the conversation to startups or small businesses that are operating from home? How does one ensure that their business does not fall prey to any cyberattacks? Some tips please
  • Advice for anyone wanting to start their own cybersecurity business?

Without further ado, let’s listen and watch the interview with Dellys here.

#podcasting #podcast #dailystraits #Australia 

Nov 19, 202219:08
Podcast : Chef Mel Alafaci Of Culinary Quickies

Podcast : Chef Mel Alafaci Of Culinary Quickies

By June Ramli

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with Our guest today is Chef Mel Alafaci, a Brisbane-based chef and author is taking on the world, transforming unhappy domestic chefs who are frustrated and failing in their kitchens, to confident, happy foodies.
Her unique cooking style and culinary lingo has even experienced foodies adapting her shortcuts and hacks in the kitchen transforming everyday local produce into show stopping meals.
Best of all she loves upcycling seasonal produce and budget basics into sensational masterpieces, boasting that she can make any ingredient or plate of food look 'then bucks more expensive.’
Alafaci’s love of cooking stems from her African roots. She lived in remote areas of Zimbabwe and South Africa where cooking was her only source of entertainment. If she found a recipe in a book, there were no shopping centres, so she had to improvise.
This is where Alafaci learnt to do amazing things with basic ingredients. She loves to make things look more expensive than they really are…
With one cookbook  published and another two on the way,  our chat with Mel today is going to revolve around how to cook and save thousands on groceries, plus other cheffy tips.
Without further ado, let’s welcome Chef Alafaci to the show.

In this podcast, we discuss: 

  1. What are some of the top cheffy skills that you can dish out to our listeners to keep things fresh which can inevitably save one thousands of dollars each year. 
  2. How does one shop like a chef and grab the bargains and know what to do with them?
  3. What is the best way to devise a  meal plan or a list of mix and match recipes that is  quick and easy to make and much more.



Nov 19, 202224:02
Podcast : Julian Fayad of

Podcast : Julian Fayad of

By June Ramli 

Borrowing From The Ninja 

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with this episode we will be speaking to Julian Fayad is the Founder & Managing Director of After growing up with a natural gravitation towards technology, Fayad designed and built an app at the age of 18. He successfully worked his way through the ranks in the financial sector, working in high level management roles, where he continuously brought record-breaking growth and developed numerous key partnerships among the broker and lender space. With his constant level of forward thinking and having an entrepreneurial itch he wanted to scratch, he launched, Australia’s first AI powered comparison tool. Besides being a successful entrepreneur, Fayad is also a financial expert and a digital disruptor in an industry that is generally a slow mover in adapting to the newest trends, and will be the main beneficiary of this. Our chat with Julian today is going to revolve around how he built an app from the ground up and makes money out of it and more. 

In this podcast, we discuss: 

  • What made him want to be an entrepreneur at a very young age? 
  • How did the idea for come about? 
  • How many users does the website have now and how does your business compare to other comparison sites like and more… 

Without further ado, let’s listen and watch the interview here.

Nov 16, 202222:58
Podcast : Dr Kathryn Evans of Advance Australia Fairly

Podcast : Dr Kathryn Evans of Advance Australia Fairly

By June Ramli

Giving Women A Fair Go

The belief in a ‘fair go’ is embedded in Australian society, yet gender inequality continues to be a problem and it's holding the economy back. S
So what can be done about this ongoing inequality and why should Australia as a nation care?

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with it comes to gender equality in Australia, one person has heaps of things to say about this topic.

And that one person is Dr Kathryn Evans.

Evans recently penned a book titled Advance Australia Fairly- on why there is a need for Australia to have a national plan for gender equality to drive the nation’s success.

She is the Australian Managing Director of a multinational biotechnology company. As a qualified pharmacist, Kathryn made her mark as a top salesperson for companies such as Roche, Cochlear and Sanofi, before going on to earn her MBA.

She was awarded a Doctor of Business Administration in 2019 for her influential research on women in senior leadership, and in 2020 her research findings were published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources.

Our chat with Evans is going to revolve around the book itself and how Australian business can do better by incalculating more women in the top management.

In this podcast, we discuss:

  • As a woman in a high position in a multinational company, how hard was it for you to climb the corporate ladder?
  • In most offices, workers are barred from discussing our salaries with our co-workers in the open, but generally men do get paid more because of the traditional concept that they are breadwinners of a family and hence they need more pay. So, with all of this in mind, how do you propose that we close the gender pay gap among men and women in Australia?
  • How can Australian businesses support more women to participate more fully in our labour market and more…

Without further ado, let’s listen and watch the interview with Evans here:

To our listeners out there, we have one signed copy to give away to our Australian-based listeners. Just email us your name and address to and we will be sure to send you the copy as we can. Thank you.

Nov 14, 202224:39
Podcast : Lina Patel, Mary O’Keeffe of Greaterthan​

Podcast : Lina Patel, Mary O’Keeffe of Greaterthan​

By June Ramli

Explained: Role of Business Coaches

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with Today we have not one but two special guests sitting in with us from business coaching firm Greaterthan​.
Greaterthan is a business coaching firm based in Bristol, UK with offices around the world including Australia and New Zealand.
Reps from both sides of the Tasman sat down with recently to give us a better understanding of the organisation and how they can help your business thrive through their involvement.
Lina Patel of Melbourne, Australia and Wellington-based Mary O'Keeffe of Greaterthan are both business coaches from the organisation and they sat down recently for an in depth interview explaining to us about the benefits of engaging a business coach for your organisation.
Both ladies gave us a better understanding on what companies can expect including the costs when engaging the services from their firm.
Without further ado, let’s watch and listen to the interview here:

In this podcast we discuss:

  • What is the scarcity mindset?
  • Why is it important to do away with such a mindset?
  • Why organisations should hire business coaches and more
Oct 16, 202251:23
Podcast : Brodie Haupt of WLTH
Oct 12, 202222:08
News: Senior Aussies Big Windfall

News: Senior Aussies Big Windfall

Senior Australians could be eligible for thousands of dollars in support to continue remaining in their homes. Listen more to find out how you can get these support and read News In Brief section to find out the full details. 

Sep 25, 202201:39
Podcast: Brendan Malone of Raiz Australia

Podcast: Brendan Malone of Raiz Australia

Making Investing Easy

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with Our guest today is Brendan Malone, the co-founder, CEO of Raiz Invest Australia and Group COO of Raiz Invest Limited.
Malone has over 20 years of experience in financial institutions including The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and ABN AMRO (AMRO).
His experience ranges from all aspects of investment banking, client coverage and strategy, along to compliance and all operational functions.
He is particularly known for his ability to innovate and operate at a highly strategic level, whilst driving operational excellence with strong attention to detail.
In the past, he has led large-scale workforces across most front and back-office functions and delivered transformational agendas resulting in significant synergies through mergers, acquisitions, restructuring and downsizing.
Malone has experience working across various continents, jurisdictions, legislations and regulatory environments as well as cultures in both developed and emerging economies.
His previous roles have consisted of both front and back-office functions across key financial hubs including London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.
With Raiz, Malone is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Raiz Group’s business and is passionate about his customer-centric, highly efficient, productive and dynamic team who specialises in customer service, technology, finance and marketing.
As a graduate of the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in accounting and finance, Malone is a member of both The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • An explainer of what Raiz is?
  • What is Raiz’s competitive advantage over its competitors?
  • The number of people using Raiz to date?
Sep 02, 202227:31
"A Prime Minister was operating trashes the institutions" - Bill Shorten on Australia Today

"A Prime Minister was operating trashes the institutions" - Bill Shorten on Australia Today

Sydney, Aug 17: NDIS Minister and Former Labor Leader Bill Shorten was on Australia Today with Steve Price on LiSTNR today and made some interesting points regarding former Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his additional powers.
"The serious issue here for people to consider is we’ve just found that a Prime Minister was operating rogue….The Parliament didn’t know, and the Cabinet didn’t know. It’s very unhealthy for our democracy, it trashes the institutions," shorten said.
"I hope to goodness that there’s no potential for legal challenges made by decisions during this time, that’s the last thing we need. I do think Mr Dutton and continuing members of the shadow Ministry need to explain what they knew. I think ultimately his resignation is a matter for the Liberal Party...I know what I would do if I was Scott Morrison"
"I think he didn’t trust his colleagues, I think he was a one-man band. The fact he went around the sneaky way and couldn’t be upfront is odd."
"We’ve been a modern country since 1901. Ministers have got sick – it didn’t need the Prime Minister to secretly go down to the Governor General’s residence and swear himself in."
"(If you were Josh Frydenberg) you’d feel stupid, you’d feel let down. You’d feel stupid because you gave your loyalty to a fellow who honestly didn’t trust you enough to say 'Oh by the way Josh, I’ve created an unusual arrangement where I can also sign the same laws as you sign'."

Credit Australia Today with Steve Price on LiSTNR.

Aug 17, 202203:23
Podcast: Kim Rae Of Waiheke Island

Podcast: Kim Rae Of Waiheke Island

By June Ramli

From NYC To Waiheke 

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes of 

Our guest today, is New Zeland-based entrepreneur Kim Rae. Kim is a former New Yorker who worked in the fashion industry, at the likes of Ralph Lauren, before starting her wholesale clothing design and manufacturing business at the age of 23. 

Her business worked for large American retailers, Saks, Macy's, Nordstrom, Brooks Brothers etc to design and produce items or collections specific to their markets under their own ‘private labels.  

From there, Kim bought a round-the-world plane ticket with her husband, got married in Las Vegas, and decided to move to Waiheke Island to raise a family.  She bought a vineyard and olive grow, Cypress Ridge, on Waiheke and was meant to slow down but once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur, and so in 2011 she set up Stay Waiheke.  

Stay Waiheke is ‘the’ accommodation booking agency team with a portfolio featuring some of the island's most luxurious lodges, romantic hideaways, and boutique beachside baches to cover all price points.  

Our chat with Kim today would revolve around her business and much more. 

In this podcast, we discuss why she left NYC for Waiheke Island in NZ, the challenges she faced as starting a business as a foreigner in New Zealand and her advice for Americans wanting to follow in her footsteps and much more.   Without further ado, let’s watch and listen to the podcast here.  

#StayWaiheke #Waiheke #newzealand #dailystraits #dailystraitsdotcom

Aug 16, 202220:55
Peter Dutton speaks about that viral dagwood dog photo!

Peter Dutton speaks about that viral dagwood dog photo!

Today on Sydney’s 104.1 2Day FM’s breakfast show, Hughesy, Ed & Erin, Opposition leader Peter Dutton joined the show to talk about that viral dagwood dog photo from his visit to Brisbane Ekka!

Hughesy confronted Peter Dutton over how he eats a dagwood dog!

“With the cameras there, I mean you can’t eat it from the side because the sauce drips off like Bill Shorten, so it leaves one angle and it’s not a great one.”

“I went to the showbag stand and bought a Milky Way show bag along with a Bertie Beetle bag as well and next thing I’m accused of trying to portray an image of Kevin Rudd when he was known as Milky Bar Kid.”

“Most of my mates actually were pretty rapid-fire texting me like, ‘WTF’, but anyway, what do you do.”

Credit: 2Day FM’s Hughesy, Ed & Erin

Aug 10, 202203:58
Podcast: Jessica Agoston of Artfull

Podcast: Jessica Agoston of Artfull

Helping Aotearoa Artists Make A Buck

By June Ramli

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with Our guest today is Auckland-based entrepreneur Jessica Agoston Cleary who started Artfull along with her business partner John Barnett. Artfull is a New Zealand marketplace that was created to connect Kiwi artists and galleries with buyers in an online space in Aotearoa and around the world. Its innovative digital technology even enables collectors to see a visual representation of artworks for sale in their own homes before they buy. Our chat with Jessica today would revolve around the art space in New Zealand and much more.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • How did the platform get its start?
  • Why would anyone want to invest in New Zealand-based artists?
  • How does an artiste get to trade with Artfull and much more?

Without further ado, let’s listen to and watch the interview here:

Jul 12, 202217:18
Podcast: Diana Talit of Matrade New York

Podcast: Diana Talit of Matrade New York

By June Ramli 

Malaysia in US 

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with Our guest today, Diana Talit who is New York Trade Commissioner for the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation or Matrade for short Talit has over 25 years of working experience in both private and public sectors – 11 years as a corporate banker and 14 years in public service with Malaysia’s ministry of international trade and industry, accumulating experiences in international trade promotion, entrepreneur development and forging government-private sector relations. Before New York, Talit was based in Paris for five years from 2009 to 2014 as the Malaysian Trade Commissioner overseeing the promotion of Malaysia’s trade with France, Spain, Portugal and Monaco. While in France, she actively promoted Malaysia and France collaboration in aerospace engineering services and collaborated with ABE Event of France to set up the business convention called the Kuala Lumpur International Business Convention. Our interview with Talit today would be centred around the trade development between the US and Malaysia. Without further ado, let’s invite Talit to the show.

In this podcast, we discuss: 

1. The sort of services Matrade provides to Malaysian businesses and entrepreneurs?

2. What are some of the notable projects that Matrade has helped facilitate among Malaysian businesses in the US to date?

3. What are some of the mistakes that Malaysian entrepreneurs make that hold them back from breaking into the US market? 

4. Has COVID-19 put a dent in the international trade between Malaysia and the US? 

5. Her proudest career moment to date.

Without further ado, let’s listen to the interview here: 

Jul 08, 202226:44
Selling Unknown Products

Selling Unknown Products

Welcome to another live session brought to you exclusively by We have a very interesting topic to discuss today with two esteemed entrepreneurs from both sides of the Tasman on the tips and tricks on selling new products. From Australia, we have Kate Lalak, a writer, business strategist and CEO and founder of Cloud Nine Global, a corporate gifting agency based in Sydney, while our guest from Auckland, New Zealand is Lucy Wildman, the founder of children’s fashion brand Little Flock of Horrors. Both our guests today would be talking about how they managed to get a market for their products when no one knew of it with each guest providing pointers in their respective domains.

Among the things discussed in this session are:

  • When should an entrepreneur start hiring professional publicists for their business?
  • The deal with product reviews. Are they important to have?
  • The best time to start drumming interest in a newly yet-to-be-released product and more.

Without further ado, let’s watch and listen to the interview here:

#entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #selling #tipsandtricks #tips #newzealand #sydney #auckland #australia #dailystraits #dailystraitsdotcom #katelalak #lucywildman #juneramli

Jun 15, 202224:22
Podcast: Gwendolyn Regina Tan of BNB Chain

Podcast: Gwendolyn Regina Tan of BNB Chain

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with  Our guest today is Singapore-based Gwendolyn Regina Tan who leads BNB's Chain of investments. Launched last year, BNB Chain aims to bring one billion crypto users onboard, boosting the adoption of the BNB Chain and the wider blockchain industry. Tan’s main responsibilities include streamlining processes around deal sourcing, investment strategy, portfolio management and growth. As part of her role, she invests in promising projects in the web3 and MetaFi space, GameFi, SocialFi, NFTs etc, and she also leads the Most Valuable Builder incubation program, which she set up.  Tan has spent 16 years across media, technology, blockchain, and web3 sectors across the Asia Pacific, Paris, and Silicon Valley. Our chat with Tan today would be revolved around the fund she heads and other matters.  

In this podcast we discuss:  

BNB’s Chain connection with Binance.
The onboarding of a billion users onto BNB's Chain.
Her thoughts on the metaverse and much more.  

Without further ado, let’s listen to and watch the interview here:

#binance #bnbchain #crytocurrency #crytocurrencyvideos #sydney #startups #singapore #dailystraits #dailystraitsdotcom #podcast #podcasting #gwendolyn #juneramli   

Jun 14, 202234:30
Podcast: Bikesh Lakhmichand of 1337 Ventures

Podcast: Bikesh Lakhmichand of 1337 Ventures

Helping The Underdogs

By June Ramli

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with Our guest today is Kuala Lumpur-based Bikesh Lakhmichand the founding partner of 1337 Ventures - Malaysia’s first Accelerator programme that has invested in over 60 innovative digital startups to date.

Besides helping to discover, validate and transform high-potential startups into businesses of the future, Bikesh is also actively involved in helping Malaysian corporates digital transform their organizations and advance the professional careers of their employees.

Besides 1337 Ventures, Bikesh is also the co-founder of iTrain, Southeast Asia’s leading digital technology powerhouse that has empowered over 3,000 corporate employees in advanced digital technologies and Leet Capital, one of the 10 licensed equity crowdfunding platforms that are helping SMEs and startups grow via alternative funding.

Our chat with Bikesh would revolve around where and how Malaysian early-stage startups and companies can access funding in Malaysia.

In this podcast we discuss:

Why did Bikesh make it his mission in life to help Malaysian startups to seek funding?

How or where do 1337 Ventures get the funding to give out early-stage funds to Malaysian startups? And how much can you fund each applicant/startup?

Who or what some companies/ sectors have 1337 Ventures provided funding for to date?

Without further ado, let’s watch and listen to the interview here.

#Startups #Malaysia #Business #Career #Entrepreneurship #Entrepreneurs #Jobs #Funding #KualaLumpur #1337Ventures #DailyStraits #Money #BikeshLakhmichard #JuneRamli #Podcast #Podcasting #Sydney #Australia #Interviews

Jun 10, 202230:49
Australian Made Week June 6-12

Australian Made Week June 6-12

Support Australian Made Week to cash in on economic benefits

During Australian Made Week (6–12 June), shoppers and businesses will be urged to seek out and buy genuine Aussie products bearing the trusted green-and-gold kangaroo logo to support the country’s makers and growers, as well as safeguard against access and supply issues illuminated by the pandemic. 

A new advertising campaign will highlight how choosing local products and produce makes a huge difference for local employment and businesses, including family-owned commercial catering equipment manufacturer Luus Industries in Melbourne’s west, where part of the Australian Made Week television commercial was filmed. 

According to KPMG’s 2021 Family Business Survey, 67 per cent of all businesses in Australia are family-owned and operated, with more than half of the nation’s workforce employed by a family business

Australian Made Week 2022 follows on from the huge success of last year’s inaugural campaign that prompted more than 70 per cent of Aussies to increase their efforts to prioritise local product purchases. 

The same Roy Morgan survey found that nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of participants are concerned about the number of products sold in Australia that are made overseas. 

Australian Made Chief Executive, Ben Lazzaro, said Australian Made Week was a great time to draw attention to the benefits of buying local.

Consumers can learn more about Australian Made Week and find genuine Aussie products at

Jun 06, 202203:55
Podcast: Sami Chlagou of Cross the Ages
May 09, 202224:36
Podcast: Richard Conway of Pure SEO
May 08, 202227:49
Podcast: Datuk Yasmin Mahmood Of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Podcast: Datuk Yasmin Mahmood Of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Climbing To The Top In Stilettos   

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with Our guest today is Kuala Lumpur-based Datuk Yasmin Mahmood. Yasmin has a highly distinguished career, spanning three decades, during which time she has worked with various technology giants including Hewlett Packard and Dell. In 2006, she became Microsoft Malaysia’s Managing Director and in 2014, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Digital Economy Corp Sdn Bhd (MDEC) and was instrumental in the region’s digital economic transformation. She also served in various non-executive roles in prominent establishments including the national postal and courier company, POS Malaysia as Chairperson and much more. Apart from being Chair of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Board of Directors, Yasmin is also the Managing Partner of FutureReady Consulting.  

Among the things discuss in this podcast are:   
Are STEM jobs difficult and demanding?   
What makes a candidate ideal to a headhunter?   
Tips on how women should negotiate their salaries?   

Without further ado, let’s listen to the interview here:

#STEM #tech #MDEC #WomenInTech #Malaysia #KualaLumpur #CareerAdvice #YasminMahmood #DailyStraits #Podcast #Podcasting #Interview #CareerAdvice #CareerTips #HowToAceThatJob #HerriottWattUniversity #HWUM #Scotland #Dubai

Apr 22, 202233:43