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EggBanana

EggBanana

By Ryan, Marc & Edward
Calling someone an Egg refers to a person who is Caucasian on the outside but is Asian on the inside. A Banana has an opposite meaning which means someone who is Asian but has a Western mindset. 1 Egg (Ryan) and 2 Bananas (Marc & Edward) all hail from the US, with different backgrounds, have united to discuss our life experiences living and working in different parts of Asia and now reside in Taiwan. We want to help English learners with new phrases, idioms and slang, while incorporating some Mandarin and Japanese while discussing various topics in our lives.
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Our Podcasting Journey
In this episode, Ryan, Marc & Edward talk about their individual and collective experience doing the podcast. Starting with Season 1, they talk about the expected and unexpected challenges they faced while doing this project. They also discuss the continued evolution and changes that was implemented starting in Season 2 and why. So whether you’re watching EggBanana move around in their virtual avatars or simply listening using headphones, please bring your curiosity, an open mind, and hope for the future as we conclude this season with Our Podcasting Journey. Watch this episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3B7U5PA Visit our website - https://eggbanana.com Listen to us on: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eggbanana/id1561577055 Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80NTYyOWY0MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/74sHSyX45skmUmRjDv4ftL Follow us on: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eggbananapodcast Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eggbananapodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/eggbananapod
22:22
August 25, 2021
Unique Experiences Overseas
So you’re living abroad. You have a job, are making friends and trying to get acclimated to a new culture. The next thing is to try new things and experiences that you may have never done before or wanted to try. In this episode, we talk about some of the unique experiences we have had in Asia, why we did them and things that you may want to try in the future. So please bring your curiosity and a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone as we dive into Unique Experiences Overseas. Watch this episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3jTGzrE Visit our website - https://eggbanana.com Listen to us on: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eggbanana/id1561577055 Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80NTYyOWY0MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/74sHSyX45skmUmRjDv4ftL Follow us on: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eggbananapodcast Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eggbananapodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/eggbananapod
43:47
August 18, 2021
Learning a Foreign Language
Language acquisition is the process by which humans acquire the capacity to perceive and comprehend language (in other words, gain the ability to be aware of language and to understand it), as well as to produce and use words and sentences to communicate. Second-language acquisition (SLA), sometimes called second-language learning — otherwise referred to as L2 (language 2) acquisition, is the process by which people learn a foreign language. In this episode, we talk about the process of learning a new language, the languages we speak, and tips on how to improve. So please bring a pen and notebook as we discuss learning a foreign language. Watch this episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3jDv9rT Visit our website - https://eggbanana.com Listen to us on: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eggbanana/id1561577055 Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80NTYyOWY0MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/74sHSyX45skmUmRjDv4ftL Follow us on: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eggbananapodcast Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eggbananapodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/eggbananapod
50:10
August 11, 2021
Zombie Apocalypse in TW
The Zombie apocalypse is a genre of fiction in which civilization collapses due to overwhelming swarms of zombies. Typically only a few individuals or small bands of survivors are left living. Usually this extraordinary situation happens because of a specific parasite or infection. Because of this the government and local authorities are rendered ineffective and the rules of society go out the window. In this episode, we talk about some of our favorite Zombie movies, television shows, and video games. We also discuss what we would do in order to survive and what not to do during a Zombie Plague. So please bring your weapon of choice and some medical supplies as we try to survive a Zombie Apocalypse in Taiwan. Watch this episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3jhDily Visit our website - https://eggbanana.com Listen to us on: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eggbanana/id1561577055 Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80NTYyOWY0MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/74sHSyX45skmUmRjDv4ftL Follow us on: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eggbananapodcast Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eggbananapodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/eggbananapod
32:58
August 04, 2021
Food We Like in Taiwan
Food is something that provides nutrients. Nutrients are substances that provide: energy for activity, growth, and all functions of the body such as breathing, digesting food, and keeping warm; materials for the growth and repair of the body, and for keeping the immune system healthy. Food is usually of plant, animal or fungal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. A well-balanced diet provides all of the energy you need to keep active throughout the day, nutrients you need for growth and repair, helping you to stay strong and healthy and help to prevent diet-related illness, such as some cancers. In this episode, we talk about some of our favorite restaurants in Taiwan as well as some of the foods we like to eat. So please get your money ready, bring your appetite and pull up a chair, as we discuss the food we like in Taiwan. Watch this episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3BFygaZ Visit our website - https://eggbanana.com Listen to us on: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eggbanana/id1561577055 Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80NTYyOWY0MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/74sHSyX45skmUmRjDv4ftL Follow us on: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eggbananapodcast Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eggbananapodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/eggbananapod
40:00
July 28, 2021
Popular Spots in Taipei
Taipei is the political, economic, educational and cultural center of Taiwan and one of the major hubs in East Asia. Considered to be a global city and rated as an Alpha − City by GaWC, Taipei is part of a major high-tech industrial area. Railways, highways, airports and bus lines connect Taipei with all parts of the island. The city is served by two airports – Songshan and Taoyuan. Taipei is home to various world-famous architectural or cultural landmarks, which include Taipei 101, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Dalongdong Baoan Temple, Hsing Tian Kong, Lungshan Temple of Manka, National Palace Museum, Presidential Office Building, Taipei Guest House, Ximending and several night markets dispersed throughout the city. Natural features such as Maokong, Yangmingshan and hot springs are also well known to international visitors. In this episode we talk about some of the popular spots in Taipei, which areas we enjoy going to, and where you should visit if you come here. So please refill your MRT Card and get ready as we take you to the most Popular Spots in Taipei!! Watch this episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3iuNhDB Visit our website - https://eggbanana.com Listen to us on: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eggbanana/id1561577055 Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80NTYyOWY0MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/74sHSyX45skmUmRjDv4ftL Follow us on: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eggbananapodcast Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eggbananapodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/eggbananapod
32:25
July 21, 2021
Favorite Destinations in Taiwan
Taiwan has an area of 35,808 square kilometres (13,826 sq mi), with mountain ranges dominating the eastern two-thirds and plains in the western third, where its highly urbanized population is concentrated. The capital is Taipei, which, along with New Taipei and Keelung, forms the largest metropolitan area of Taiwan. Other major cities include Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan and Taoyuan. With 23.57 million inhabitants, Taiwan is among the most densely populated countries in the world. In this episode, we share some of our favorite destinations in Taiwan. We discuss which spots we think you should visit and why. So top up your MRT card, get your map and camera ready, as we take you to our favorite destinations in Taiwan!! Watch this episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3xE01y8 Visit our website - https://eggbanana.com Listen to us on: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eggbanana/id1561577055 Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80NTYyOWY0MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/74sHSyX45skmUmRjDv4ftL Follow us on: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eggbananapodcast Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eggbananapodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/eggbananapod
30:18
July 14, 2021
Looking for a Job in Taiwan
So you find yourself loving Taiwan and would like to stay here. In a previous podcast, we went over all of the various ways that would allow you to stay on this beautiful island. One of the most common ways is to look for a job which offers visa sponsorship. However, the question is how do we go about finding one? Which websites and resources are effective in Taiwan? In this episode, Marc, Ryan and Edward give you the inside scoop, insight and their experience on looking for a job in Taiwan. So please dress to impress and get your CV ready, as the interview is about to start! Watch this episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3qLTfnB Visit our website - https://eggbanana.com Listen to us on: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eggbanana/id1561577055 Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80NTYyOWY0MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/74sHSyX45skmUmRjDv4ftL Follow us on: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eggbananapodcast Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eggbananapodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/eggbananapod
28:51
July 07, 2021
COVID-19 Taiwan Update
It’s quite interesting how things can change so dramatically within the span of just a few weeks. In Season 1, we did a podcast which detailed what it was like to live in Taiwan during what can be deemed the COVID-19 Era. We had talked about how the Taiwan government implemented certain procedures quickly and was able to minimize the spread in Taiwan compared to the rest of the world. Unfortunately things have gotten worse here lately and we are now at Level 3 with nearly 15,000 cases and over 500 deaths. EggBanana is back with Season 2 to bring you an updated status on the current situation in Taiwan. In this episode, we talk about how it has affected each of us and what our thoughts and hopes are for the future. So please put on your surgical mask, and bring your hand sanitizer, as we’re about to take a deep dive into a topic that has affected so many of us around the globe. Watch this episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3xfH98o Visit our website - https://eggbanana.com Listen to us on: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eggbanana/id1561577055 Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80NTYyOWY0MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/74sHSyX45skmUmRjDv4ftL Follow us on: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eggbananapodcast Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eggbananapodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/eggbananapod
18:49
June 30, 2021
EggBanana VR-Cast · Season 2 Teaser
Hey Everyone, your favorite podcast, EggBanana is back and better than ever! First and foremost we wanted to thank all of you, the listeners in subscribing to the podcast and in downloading the episodes. We are also very appreciative of all of the comments and positive feedback we got on all of our social media. EggBanana is very excited to bring you this teaser episode which marks the triumphant return of Ryan, Marc and Edward. While we look forward to continuing our award-winning podcast, we are also very excited to offer you new and improved YouTube content where you can see us in all of our avatar glory. We look forward to discussing and delving into different topics in which the audience can learn something from and have a good time as well. We also love to interact with you, and if you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, please feel free to drop us a comment on any of our social media. Watch this episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3qnsAxi Visit our website - https://eggbanana.com Listen to us on: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eggbanana/id1561577055 Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80NTYyOWY0MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/74sHSyX45skmUmRjDv4ftL SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/eggbanana Follow us on: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eggbananapodcast Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eggbananapodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/eggbananapod
08:49
June 23, 2021
Staying in Taiwan
You've been living in Taiwan and love the culture, food and everything that it has to offer. So an important question arises: How do I go about staying in Taiwan? In Taiwan, you have 90 days upon landing with your passport to figure this out. It can be a nerve-wracking, intimidating situation/process that we all have to face if we want to stay on this beautiful island. There are various ways to satisfy this requirement and we have to be mindful/aware of how to do it otherwise complications and/or problems may arise. In this podcast, we discuss how to stay in Taiwan: the ways to do it, how easy/difficult it is, and how each of us are currently able to do so. So please bring your passport, documents, and some money as we explore the different options on how to stay in Taiwan.
22:29
May 26, 2021
Public Transportation
Public transport (also known as public transportation, public transit, mass transit, or simply transit) is a system of transport, in contrast to private transport, for passengers by group travel systems available for use by the general public, typically managed on a schedule, operated on established routes, and that charge a posted fee for each trip. Examples of public transport include city buses, trolleybuses, trams (or light rail) and passenger trains, rapid transit (metro/subway/underground, etc.) and ferries. Public transport between cities is dominated by airlines, coaches, and intercity rail. High-speed rail networks are in use or being developed in many parts of the world. Most public transport systems run along fixed routes with set embarkation/disembarkation points to a prearranged timetable, with the most frequent services running to a headway (e.g.: "every 15 minutes" as opposed to being scheduled for any specific time of the day). In this podcast, we discuss the public transportation available in Taiwan, the convenience and pricing of it, and our respective experiences/expectations with using it. So please bring your MRT Card and find a seat as we take a ride into Public Transportation.
21:05
May 19, 2021
Cost of Living
Cost of living is the cost of maintaining a certain standard of living. Changes in the cost of living over time are often operationalized in a cost-of-living index. Cost of living calculations are also used to compare the cost of maintaining a certain standard of living in different geographic areas. Differences in cost of living between locations can also be measured in terms of purchasing power parity rates. Standard of living is the level of income, comforts and services available, generally applied to a society or location, rather than to an individual. It is relevant because it is considered to contribute to an individual's quality of life. Standard of living is generally concerned with objective metrics outside an individual's personal control, such as economic, societal, political and environmental matters – such things that an individual might consider when evaluating where to live in the world, or when assessing the success of economic policy. In this podcast, we discuss what the Cost of Living is in Taiwan, how much goods/services cost us here, and our respective experiences/expectations with earning money and carving a life here. So please bring your calculator, budgeting app, and get ready to be Amazed/Schooled as we delve into the Cost of Living.
24:35
May 12, 2021
Discrimination (part 2)
Discrimination is the act of making unjustified distinctions between human beings based on the groups, classes, or other categories to which they are perceived to belong to. People may be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, or sexual orientation, as well as other categories. In social psychology, a stereotype is an over-generalized belief about a particular category of people. It is an expectation that people might have about every person of a particular group. The type of expectation can vary; it can be, for example, an expectation about the group's personality, preferences, appearance or ability. Usually discrimination could be considered negative but sometimes can be a positive perception like, characteristics, or attributes. In part 2 of this podcast, we continue our no holds bar discussion of discrimination, stereotyping, and others preconceived perceptions that we have encountered in Taiwan, as well as in other countries that we have lived in. Only through honest dialogue and admitting that discrimination and stereotypes do exist can we identify them and learn to see each person as an individual and not a representative of a whole people or race.
14:26
May 05, 2021
Discrimination
Discrimination is the act of making unjustified distinctions between human beings based on the groups, classes, or other categories to which they are perceived to belong to. People may be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, or sexual orientation, as well as other categories. In social psychology, a stereotype is an over-generalized belief about a particular category of people. It is an expectation that people might have about every person of a particular group. The type of expectation can vary; it can be, for example, an expectation about the group's personality, preferences, appearance or ability. Usually discrimination could be considered negative but sometimes can be a positive perception like, characteristics, or attributes. In this podcast, we examine discrimination, stereotyping, and other preconceived perceptions that we have encountered in Taiwan and other countries we have lived in. So cast away your preconceived notions and keep an open mind as we have a real talk about Discrimination and Stereotypes.
14:48
April 29, 2021
Night Markets
The concept of the night market traces its roots back to the Chinese Tang dynasty. Taiwanese night markets are street markets in Taiwan that operate in urban or suburban areas between sunset and sunrise. Most night markets operate daily and feature a mixture of individual stalls selling clothing, consumer goods, xiaochi (similar to snacks or fast food), and specialty drinks. The atmosphere is usually crowded and noisy with hawkers shouting and fast-paced music playing over loudspeakers. Taiwanese night markets have evolved over the years from small local gatherings to noisy streets lined with vendors. These vendors must adhere to regulations placed on their activities by the Taiwanese government. In this podcast, we discuss what Night Markets are, interesting activities that take place there, and the different foods that have made them so famous and popular. So please bring your appetite, your wallet, a willingness to try anything/everything and join our adventure into the Night Market.
24:10
April 21, 2021
COVID in Taiwan
Coronavirus disease 2019, or Covid-19 is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2(SARS-CoV-2). The first case was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The disease has since spread globally, leading to an ongoing pandemic. During this Covid-19 time there have been 137 million cases with 2.95 million deaths. It has wreaked havoc on a grand scale which hasn't been seen in a long time. So how has Taiwan, only had 1058 cases up to this point with 11 deaths??? In this podcast, we discuss what it's been like living in Taiwan during this chaotic time, what steps the Taiwan government has implemented to minimize the spread of this highly contagious disease, and the current new normal. So please wash your hands with soap, put on your surgical mask and get ready for an honest dialogue about something that has affected us all.  And remember to STAY SAFE/STRONG.
26:30
April 15, 2021
Dreams
At the turn of the last century, Sigmund Freud published his book, The Interpretation of Dreams, arguing that our dreams are nothing more than wishes that we are looking to fulfill in our waking lives. Some of these wishes are relatively innocent, and in these cases our dreams picture the wish just as it is. Sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge. Without enough sleep the brain cannot function properly. But why do we dream? One widely held theory about the purpose of dreams is that they help you store important memories and things you've learned, get rid of unimportant memories, and sort through complicated thoughts and feelings. Research shows that sleep helps store memories. In this podcast, we discuss the concept of dreams, different dreams that the 3 of us have experienced, and try to conclude what it all means. So hang on to your "totem" and like Cobb said from Inception "Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange."
17:50
April 07, 2021
The Toilet
For a lot of travellers and business people when traveling to another country, it's important to know how to ask essential questions such as "How much is this?" "How do I get to this location?" But one of the most undervalued and underappreciated questions that face us all no matter what age, sex, ethnicity or religion we are is "Where is the restroom?" In this podcast, we discuss the different ways to call the toilet in English, as well as ways to say it and how to ask where is the bathroom in both Japanese, Mandarin and a sprinkling of other languages. We also share our experiences about how we felt using different toilets in various Asian countries, as well as bathroom etiquette. So please get ready for a fun ride for your listening pleasure.
17:47
April 01, 2021