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By June Ramli In this episode of, 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 employability rates of Aswara graduates, the lack of accredited acting schools in Malaysia, and the proportion of students by race. --- Send in a voice message:
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. --- Send in a voice message:
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 --- Send in a voice message:
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: What inspired you to start the WizButler digital platform for restaurants? How can dynamic menus and pricing help restaurants increase revenue during challenging times? 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. --- Send in a voice message:
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." --- Send in a voice message:
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. --- Send in a voice message:
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. --- Send in a voice message:
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 --- Send in a voice message:
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. --- Send in a voice message:
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 --- Send in a voice message:
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  --- Send in a voice message:
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 --- Send in a voice message:
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  --- Send in a voice message:
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:  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.  How does one shop like a chef and grab the bargains and know what to do with them? 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.     --- Send in a voice message:
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. --- Send in a voice message:
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. --- Send in a voice message:
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 --- Send in a voice message:
Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes of  Our guest today Brodie Haupt who is the co-founder of a Brisbane-based digital lending and payments provider - WLTH. As an entrepreneur, Brodie boasts 12 years of working experience, having successfully founded and developed numerous businesses in the finance, fintech, and proptech industries.  He is also an alumnus of Oxford University, Saïd Business School, and Harvard Business School, and is recognised as a thought leader in the e-payments and lending space in Australia. Our chat with Brodie today is going to be centered on a bit about everything including how one can bag a loan with his lending company - WLTH.  Without further ado, let’s welcome Brodie to the show.  In this podcast, we discuss:     How WLTH got its start?   His personal experience in building a startup?   Why should someone bank with WLTH?    #dailystraits #dailystraitsdotcom #podcasting #podcasting #BrodieHaupt #Brisbane #Sydney #Australia #Startup --- Send in a voice message:
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.  --- Send in a voice message:
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? --- Send in a voice message:
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