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THIS WEEK we chat with Greg from the Bangkok Podcast . Greg moved from his passport country of Canada to Thailand 17 years ago. His IRC chatroom habits at home changed quite a bit since this move and we try to sort out (Canadian vowel here folks!)  if it was the changing digital landscape or his move to another country (and all of the cultural and social changes that go with the expat experience) that brought on these changes, including writing his blog, Greg to Differ and creating the Bangkok Podcast.

Note: If you’ve been following Virtual Expats Podcast for awhile you may recognize the Bangkok Podcast from a review I did of it back when the podcast was called the Armchair Expat (not available online anymore, sorry!) Special thanks needs to go out to Greg’s co-hosts present and past of the Bangkok Podcast: 1. Ed Knuth is the current (and wonderful) co-host of the show but we also need to mention Greg’s previous co-hosts on the podcast: 2. Evo Terra (master of many projects but the one I am, a Podcaster, currently obsessed with is “Podcast Pontifications”) and 3. Anthony Joh of the “Speak Up Asia” Podcast.

Items mentioned in this episode:

-Virtual Expat Podcast is Podbean’s podcast of the week!

-Greg’s projects

Blog  http://www.gregtodiffer.com/

Podcast  https://www.bangkokpodcast.com/

-IRC: Internet Relay Chat

-Smiling Albino Tours https://www.smilingalbino.com/

-Chatbooks  https://chatbooks.com/download-the-app/

-China’s live streaming, eating boom

https://www.scmp.com/tech/enterprises/article/2124662/chinas-booming-live-streaming-industry-may-have-reached-its-peak

-Actor Conan Stevens, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1947403/

-History of Rome Podcast: Mike Duncan

-Reddit, popping page

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Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

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Just a quick announcement about the Virtual Expats Podcast and YouTube channel. Both of these projects are going to work together to make up the Virtual Expats PodTube.

What's a ​PodTube? ​It's a project that has a podcast and a YouTube channel with a common theme. PODcast + YouTUBE = PodTube.

What this means:

-The expat guest interviews will be on the Podcast ONLY

-The connections episodes from last season will be on the YouTube channel ONLY

And never the two shall meet.

I would appreciate it if you would take this quick 2 minute Listener Survey.

Tentative 2019 Schedule:

January, February: hiatus: no content on either channel

March: Virtual Expats mini season of at least 4 guest expat interviews on the podcast AND some connections videos on the YouTube channel

April, May, June: hiatus

July to December

-TBD but most likely repeat the above schedule

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSS, and our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Support the podcast: Virtual Expats Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

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THIS WEEK we chat with Creatrix Tiara. Tiara started interacting with others online in chat rooms at 10 years old while IRL living in Malaysia. Over the years Tiara’s geographical path has included locations in Malaysia, Australia and the U.S. While Tiara’s geographic life shifted, Tiara’s online life seems to have had an upward trajectory in notariety and impact due to the candid and eloquent vocalization of immigrant and queer issues. Like many Online Content Creators, Tiara’s work going viral has not balanced notoriety with financial freedom. But perhaps that will change with the Queer Lady Magician show Tiara is currently doing (the next round of which will take place at the Melbourne LGBTQ Festival Midsumma from January 30-February 3, 2019). Judging from the voluminous body of work, Tiara will no doubt keep writing and creating for as long as possible. This passion to analyze, share and question is what first led me to Tiara’s creations and is why I love keeping up to date on what Tiara is doing.  

Items mentioned in this episode:

-Creatrix Tiara’s website AND  Patreon page

-Virtual Expat Podcast review of Tiara’s work from July 2017, episode 40

-ABC (Australian network) “What’s On Your Phone” series

-Grey Matter

-Savage Garden’s “Crash and Burn” song in sign language

-”All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane” (movie)

-Tiara’s Educate Deviate Education blog

-Tiara’s Viral blog post ”Goodbye, Ello: Privacy, Safety, and Why Ello Makes Me More Vulnerable to My Abusers and Harassers” that was picked up by the Washington Post AND The New Yorker interview that ensued

-Slut Walk AND Tiara with a poster of her viral quote

-Gaby Dunn article on the financial hardships of being a YouTuber

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSS, and our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Support the podcast: Virtual Expats Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

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THIS WEEK Alison Maciejewski makes us think long and hard about food photos on social media, wanderlust articles that try to tackle culture and the linguistic barriers of the Internet. But the conversation is not all serious, we have some fun comparing emoji options on Line (in Thailand) and WeChat (in China), what and where “ugly delicious food” is, and how using teen dramas are a good way to learn the Thai language. If you listen to the Expat Rewind Podcast you may remember Alison from earlier this season. We welcome her over to the Virtual (Expat) side of our projects and know you are going to appreciate her input on the pondering we do about our geographic and virtual selves in these conversations.

Items mentioned in this episode:

- Alison’s Instagram  and personal blog

- Alison’s Expat Rewind Podcast episode from earlier this season

- WeAreXpats Twitter rocur account

- Alison’s Irish Travelers blog post

- Pantip, popular Thai forum

- Fried cheese in Prague

- Alison’s friend who does Muay Thai, Emma’s blog, Under the Ropes

- Kickstarter Duo laptop additional screen

- Food Chain Podcast episode on Kelis, singer of the “Milkshake” song

-Bangkok Podcast

- Internet by language

- Podcast about China by Chinese women: Wǒ men Podcast

- “Remembering Shanghai” by Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao. The book I mentioned with pinyin for Mandarin Chinese words BUT few hanzi Chinese characters.

Chef Bee, Thailand

-Thai alphabet, Omniglot.com

- Learn Thai With Mod

-Hormones, Thai soap opera 

-Migrationology.com

- BKK Fatty website and YouTube channel

- Newspaper “technology is making us anti-social” photo

-Books in Shanghai book club

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSS, and our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Support the podcast: Virtual Expats Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

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THIS WEEK we are proud to have Anh Ta with us for a conversation about how geographic movement from Vietnam to the U.S. has affected her online experience. Anh is an Artist with a strong online presence that she carefully curated for both professional and personal usage. She originally moved from Hanoi, Vietnam to the U.S. for her Bachelor’s Degree and has just completed her Master’s Degree in Art recently as well. Congratulations Anh! She is currently creating art and sharing it and other aspects of her life online from New York City.

Items mentioned in this episode:

-Anh’s art website, https://anhtaart.com/about/

-Brain Pickings and On Being: Anh’s favorite websites

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & Speakpipe (leave a voice message)

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSS, and our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Support the podcast: Virtual Expats Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

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Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast:

Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSS, and our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

THIS WEEK we chat with Steve, who left the UK for a trip to Spain quite a number of years ago. After that trip he ended up living in Greece for a year and just reached his 6 year anniversary in Asia this month. After living a number of years both on and offline in mainland China, he moved to Hong Kong earlier this year, where he now works as a Life Coach. Like yours truly, he has been an avid user of online technologies and social media from the beginning and has a lot of stories of wonderful and not so wonderful things that have happened online. And, also like myself, he has a lot of questions about what the hell we are doing online and how sustainable our virtual selves are going forward. His expat geographic life and VRL (virtual reality life) do in fact seem to affect each other in a rather interesting way, so have a listen and let us know what you think.

Items mentioned in this episode:

-Steve is on Facebook (yourlifeyourcoachHK), Instagram https://www.instagram.com/yourlifeyourcoachhk/) and WeChat (Ginger_Ste)  

- Tube to Pod YouTube channel

- My friend Brandon’s podcas, Rootabaga, where he interviewed Dave Sperling of Dave’s ESL Cafe (Dave’s episode is coming out soon)

-Conversations With People Who Hate Me Podcast  

-WeChat, there are many mobile phone apps in China BUT this is the granddaddy of them all

-Joanna Lumley’s Biography

-ASMR

-My Books in Shanghai “Meet the Reader” interview

-Online Rorschach Test

Would love to hear from you!

Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & Speakpipe (leave a voice message)

Support the podcast:

Virtual Expats Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

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Mai, Creator of the Intellect Grime YouTube Channel, is an Egyptian YouTuber who produces content about Philosophy, languages and books. She learned about blogs from YouTube, has been on and off Facebook for years and uses an app to track her mobile phone usage. In short, she is an inspiring example of how we can take agency of our online selves. In this episode we talk about her virtual chronology as she grew up in Egypt and as she moved to the UK for university. Did her move IRL effect her actions VRL? What is VRL? Have a listen to find out all of this and more.

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast:

Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSS, join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Support the podcast:

Virtual Expats Amazon  and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Links

Mentioned in this episode:

Intro: Tube to Pod YouTube channel

YouTube’s BookTube

Moment app

IRL and VRL (virtual real life)

Conversations with People Who Hate Me: Dylan Marron

Podcast Brunch Club

Smart Brown Girl

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Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album.

Would love to hear from you!

Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & Speakpipe (leave a voice message)

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Virtual Expats Podcast website, YouTube Channel, Virtual Expats Amazon Affiliate Link

Subscribe to Virtual Expats Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS

Sowmya Vajjala is a Data Scientist, a Computational Linguist and one of the most intelligent and down to earth people you will ever meet. She is from India, lived in Germany for her PhD program and then taught at Iowa State University in the U.S., which is where I met her. She has since moved to Toronto, Canada, where she was during this conversation. Personally, she has impacted my life in ways I am only beginning to understand. But that is all explained in the podcast itself. Her perspective on if living in different countries impacts people’s online experiences is very different than what we have heard so far in this podcast. This honest, matter of fact approach to the messiness of online life as it currently exists is, frankly, refreshing. I think you are going to appreciate this very different point of view on social media, geographical movement and why we do what we do online.

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Music courtesty of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album.

Would love to hear from you!

Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & Speakpipe (leave a voice message)

and

Join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

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Virtual Expats Podcast website, YouTube Channel, Virtual Expats Amazon Affiliate Link

Subscribe to Virtual Expats Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS

Have you ever been inspired by someone online, contacted them, met them in person and was even more impressed? Yup, that's the story of how Ronald and I met and it happened in just a few hours. I was listening to his Creativity Roots Podcast and loving it. The rest of the story is in the intro, so I don't want to spoil that part. What I will say is that we met at just the right time. I struggle greatly with accepting my creativity and he wears his like a favorite tshirt. He also has a heavy online presence, for both personal and professional reasons. And with that presence came opportunity, responsibility and love (oh wait until you hear his jokes!) Thank you Ronald for reminding me how freeing it can be to embrace who we are without judgement both on and offline.

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Ronald's Creativity Roots Podcast Website:  https://creativityroots.com/

54:00 Macklemore kid video: https://youtu.be/17WC8H_Ugm4

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Music courtesty of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album.

Would love to hear from you!

Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & Speakpipe (leave a voice message)

and

Join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

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