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‎Not Again Podcast

Hi, Gary here, a stand up comedian based in Singapore. Welcome to my show! This is the show where I try to figure out my life, by talking to different people such as artist, musicians, stand up comics and others who I find really interesting over candid conversation. With various subjects in mind, hopefully learning how to navigate through life while being funny at the same time.
Hi, Gary here, a stand up comedian based in Singapore. Welcome to my show! This is the show where I try to figure out my life, by talking to different people such as artist, musicians, stand up comics and others who I find really interesting over candid conversation. With various subjects in mind, hopefully learning how to navigate through life while being funny at the same time. << Show Less
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Not Again Podcast Episode 177-Muhamad Ridhwan (The Chosen Wan) There is a saying “Getting to the top is not easy, staying there is more difficult”. The life of Ridhwan (The Chosen Wan) has encapsulated the meaning of that quote. Not just being the face of his own gym, Legends Fight Sport; his experience and involvement in the Singapore Boxing Scene has him the responsibility of the representation of what good boxing in Singapore is like. He explained the workings of the Singapore Boxing and the highs and lows of the boxing scene in Singapore. He revealed how fight styles reveal the fighter’s history and his envision of the future of Legends Fight Sport will be like for him Ridhwan doesn’t have an easy childhood. Having a career in sports in Singapore is not an easy feat to. He revealed what is it like to be at the top of the food chain, working hard, mistakes that he has made in being with the words and falsehood directed from the masses. He recalls how he had started boxing and realise what he has gone through to make him who he is today. The sacrifices that he had made, the position on where he is right now in life and how to take everything in stride. Role models are common but unexpected from the world of boxing. The words of inspirations from Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. The rise, fall and the phoenix returns from scattered ashes of their boxing careers like George Foreman and Roberto Duran. Ridhwan reveals the unlikely story of how he had gotten back to school. He retells the strategic moves that he had made in his boxing career as a pro boxer and the real story of betrayal that wasn’t covered by the mainstream media. Regrets are inevitable in life. Some of them are caused by the decision one’s made and some not so much. Ridhwan, The Chosen Wan has revealed some of them and the lessons he had learnt to live with the regrets.   BE HuMBle BrO!
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Not Again Podcast Episode 177-Muhamad Ridhwan (The Chosen Wan) There is a saying “Getting to the top is not easy, staying there is more difficult”. The life of Ridhwan (The Chosen Wan) has encapsulated the meaning of that quote. Not just being the face of his own gym, Legends Fight Sport; his experience and involvement in the Singapore Boxing Scene has him the responsibility of the representation of what good boxing in Singapore is like. He explained the workings of the Singapore Boxing and the highs and lows of the boxing scene in Singapore. He revealed how fight styles reveal the fighter’s history and his envision of the future of Legends Fight Sport will be like for him Ridhwan doesn’t have an easy childhood. Having a career in sports in Singapore is not an easy feat to. He revealed what is it like to be at the top of the food chain, working hard, mistakes that he has made in being with the words and falsehood directed from the masses. He recalls how he had started boxing and realise what he has gone through to make him who he is today. The sacrifices that he had made, the position on where he is right now in life and how to take everything in stride. Role models are common but unexpected from the world of boxing. The words of inspirations from Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. The rise, fall and the phoenix returns from scattered ashes of their boxing careers like George Foreman and Roberto Duran. Ridhwan reveals the unlikely story of how he had gotten back to school. He retells the strategic moves that he had made in his boxing career as a pro boxer and the real story of betrayal that wasn’t covered by the mainstream media. Regrets are inevitable in life. Some of them are caused by the decision one’s made and some not so much. Ridhwan, The Chosen Wan has revealed some of them and the lessons he had learnt to live with the regrets.   BE HuMBle BrO!
Not Again Podcast Episode 176- Jake Gonzales It is only appropriate to have Jake Gonzales on Not Again Podcast as he is one of the guys I find has a wealth of knowledge and people I have a lot of respect. Man, he has lots of stories, tips and tricks to share even outside of my boxing life. Spending a significant portion of his life till now, both the practical, academic and mentoring pursuit of fitness, Jake is really generous when it comes to sharing his knowledge and getting better in the knowledge of physical training. We went through the different definitions of power and strength and our favourite gym bro science. What makes Jake stands out is, he is more than just a trainer but he is also a combat sports coach. He prove that by going into a deeper technical analysis on my fight style and discuss why and how the stereotype of my body shape influence on how other coaches will start to train even though it may not be the best way according to fighter. Jake weigh in on what is the balance on being a good coach and what is the most important thing of between a coach and fighter relationship. We also talk about the sparring etiquette and the dangers of combat sports, telling the story of having to deal with the blow of the death of his sparring part. Of course he also reveal the boxing business in Singapore after being so intimate in the boxing scene after so long. We reviewed what boxing had done to our lives, what it meant and how it became such an identity that we hold on to. We have try to decipher the future of our boxing careers and how goals have evolved from what we had set for ourselves. We have our own dreams and then knowing our strengths and our weakness to carve our dreams accordingly. He too shares his dreams and being involved in the early few matches of ONE. Of course we try to understand working in the system and trying to do something we love.
Not Again Podcast Episode 175- Ted Alexandro To survive in show business is not an easy feat but to be part of the guys who influenced the comedy worldview of the next generation, Ted Alexandro seems to be able to do just that. Ted Alexandro reveals the nature of the beast and finds zen in doing so is amazing to me. Here is this thing, I am surprised how Ted is growing up and he taught me more about relationship with different people and how to maintain a healthy one. Especially a working relationship in the world of show business. We talked a bit in getting therapy, figuring out how one is and the expectation of therapy. Ted also telling personally stories in how to say “No”, having boundaries and not to be the responsible ones. He does talked about being the responsible one how it has influenced the decision that he made in life thus getting to be the guy who he is today. Realising he has many lives before being a stand up comic and then brining it in to his current life and made a really web series “Teachers Lounge” shows him with a man of many talents. Telling many stories of how he and Hollis James write, pitch and then getting the actors for his show while maintaining the show as a stand up comedians’ sit-com. Stories like getting Michael Che and Alec Baldwin to be part of the show and many of our favourite comedians such as Todd Barry, Lewis Black and Dave Attell seems to be a big bonus. Hollis James and him decided to go independent for “Teachers Lounge” and Ted Alexandro explains why.
In Loving Memory of Jonathan Atherton This is a tribute episode for Jonathan Atherton.  Rest In Peace.  ========================================== Crazy is an understatement when finding words to describe Jonathan Atherton's life. A globe trotter, Jonathan has travel to many countries and finding means to survive. From selling female shoes to petrol to comedy, Jonathan has pretty much did it all.  Jon shares the various stories where he shared secrets to pass through borders and making money in Africa. He recounted how he started his comedy career which also prompted him to started the South East Asia Comedy Scene thus created mentored many successful standup comedy in that region.  We analyse his favourite joke and gave many tips on joke writing. He tells me his utopia in Australia and how much he love living in Byron Bay. Of course get that wine to talk to him!
Not Again podcast Episode 174- Dr Martha Lee We have a saucy one this week. Dr Martha Lee, Singapore first Sexologist approached me and we talked about the idea of sex. Talking about it seems to be as difficult and important having sex and Dr Martha Lee have prove this with us. I am curious about who looks for her and the common problem that people face when talking about sex. Here is this problem that I have raised about how is the impact of one individual self able to change the whole conversation about sex. We talk about having the idea of consent in starting the whole conversation about sex. Dr Martha Lee has been very honest about how being vulnerable one has to be to take on the job of being a sexologist and how it entails. She shared the traumatic experience in dealing with internet trolls when she has to be open, what can of worms it had opened up. She also shared about healing from traumatic experience, how sex is a symptom of something bigger. She opened up her childhood and how it shaped her who she is today.
Not Again Podcast Episode 173- Darryl Edmund Kho Finally, after long awaited months, Darryl Edmund Kho has finally appeared in Not Again Podcast. Being the elite and exclusive few to be involved in Singapore Pro Boxing, Darryl breaks down on what is it like to be in the club and what is it like to be in the chosen few to become a pro boxer in Singapore. He talks about the what goes through in his head before his fight and his journey to choosing boxing as his thing then become a pro boxer in Singapore. We talked about the different titles that one can has and talked about the decision in going into pro boxing at a late stage in his life. He weighed in on celebrity boxing and choosing the right gym. Of course, we talked about the process of choosing the right song entrance and how entrance music marks the stage of your boxing career. Does he listen to the corner man and his view on style makes fight. He kinda explain how he had lost interest in getting into street fight or even has the fantasy. He shares what is it like to be in the street fight and how does it usually end (which blows my mind). His attitude towards seeing his friends always makes me chuckle and how he usually manage to diffuse the alpha in the bar and becomes friends at the end of the night when he goes to have a couple of drinks in his friends. We breaks down on why do men in their mid-thirties still react the way in wanting to getting into a street fight after he tells the story on how he almost get into a fight.
Not Again Podcast In My Head: 05 Jan 2022 It had been a while since the last update. We have went over the new year mark. It is the first episode for Not Again Podcast. What had happened? Gary Tan finally breaks silence on what had happened. He looked back the last year and reflects what had he done (obviously not much) and how he had left his job that he had gotten in the same month.  Oh yeah he still thinks about the golden retrievers he met at his last work place.  Why is the description in third person? New Year New Me.
Not Again Podcast In My Head: 24 Nov 2021 I ramble about Mariah Carey with George Michael coming out of their caves singing Christmas Song. I talked about getting a job and how exciting and weird out for me as getting a corporate job doesn't seem to be in my blood.
Not Again Podcast Episode 172- Andre King Andre King is a person with many talents. He is a comedian that has travelled all over Earth and been a voice over to many of advertisements and cartoon character, some that we “hate” in our childhood, because we want the good guys to win. Cartoon is a big thing for Andre. We talked about our favourite cartoons. He shares his love and how the writing in that medium works and how a show is able to stay relevant with a changing rotation of writing staff. Of course, we talked about joke writing and he told me the difference when it comes to joke writing and being strict about word economy. He predicted streaming gigs are here to stay and giving tips and tricks to stay relevant. We talked a bit about the news and how the whole pandemic has kind of evolve the whole New Zealand comedy scene and his reminisce travelling around the world doing comedy and his time in Singapore. He while describing how he worked also shares how everything has come full circle and how he went back to New Zealand. Did I mentioned that Andre King is a multi-talented man. That includes the man of secrets as well. He tells the tales of the jobs that he had which includes a military man, almost got into pride fighting championship and a job that got him into a  work of secrecy. Disclaimer: Before we start, this is not a journalistic podcast and not a current podcast. Whatever we talk about when it comes to the pandemic is not accurate and on time anymore. Please do not take any information on this podcast about anything on face value
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