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Since its inception in May 2019, A Vietnam Podcast (originally A Saigon Podcast) has been one of the top English language speaking podcasts in Vietnam. We all have a story. A Vietnam Podcast talks to people connected to Vietnam, who each share their individual story. We all have a story. Now entering its 8th season, with over 25,000 downloads, please enjoy A Vietnam Podcast. Follow us on Facebook. Host Niall Mackay, from Glasgow, has lived in Saigon since 2016 with his wife, Adrie, and 7MB M ...
 
The Vietnamese Boat People podcast is stories of hope, survival and resilience. Between 1975 to 1992, almost two million Vietnamese risked their lives to flee oppression and hardship after the Vietnam War, in one of the largest mass exoduses in modern history. Escaping by boat, many found freedom in foreign land, many were captured and brutally punished, and many did not survive the journey. This population of people are known as the ‘Vietnamese Boat People‘ and these are their stories. Visi ...
 
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Steph has an update and a question wrapped into one about the work that is being done to migrate the Test::Unit test over to RSpec. Chris got to do something exciting this week using dry-monads. Success or failure? This episode is brought to you by BuildPulse. Start your 14-day free trial of BuildPulse today. Bartender dry-rb - dry-monads v1.0 - Pa…
 
Support Independent Podcasts. Join The Community! Guest, Conor Kelly is a podcaster, teacher and journalism graduate. Anii Hoang is the host of this episode while Niall takes a break from hosting Season 9. In this episode Conor and Anii talk about; 🎙Mental health 🎙Self development 🎙Overcoming challenges 🎙Getting things done 🎙And of course his podca…
 
Join The Community Seven Million Bikes recently hosted Paul Villanova from Hanoi for One Night in Saigon. It was an amazing sold out show. And if you haven't already go back and listen to episode's we've shared. It was an amazing night of comedy - hear A Vietnam Podcast host Niall Mackay hosting the show! "Inspired by his comedic heroes, Billy Conn…
 
Join The Community Seven Million Bikes recently hosted Paul Villanova from Hanoi for One Night in Saigon. It was an amazing sold out show. And if you haven't already go back and listen to episode we. Here is the recording of show host Niall Mackay hosting the show! These are affiliate links so they will give us a small commission, only if you sign …
 
Join The Community Seven Million Bikes recently hosted Paul Villanova from Hanoi for One Night in Saigon. It was an amazing sold out show. And if you haven't already go back and listen to episode we. Here is the recording of show host Niall Mackay performing his parody song, Blister On My Schlong on the night! These are affiliate links so they will…
 
Chris is weathering through a slight lull, a holding period, where his team waits for new features to become available with some of the platforms they integrate with, and as they think out new facets of the platform they're building. Steph has been thinking recently about working in isolation. It's a topic that Joël Quenneville pointed out to her a…
 
Join The Community At the end of every episode we ask our guests the same set of questions each time, so enjoy this bonus compilation episode where you can hear each of our guests answers. Episode 1 - Ben Nguyen Episode 2 - Tue-Si Nguyen Episode 3 - Moni Le Episode 4 - Kerry Newsome Episode 5 - Riz Harcus Episode 7 - Phuong Truong Episode 8 - Anast…
 
Ever heard a joke and wondered, “Did That Really Happen?” My name’s Niall Mackay, host of A Vietnam Podcast and a comedian... long before I ever started comedy, when I heard comedians tell the craziest, funniest stories I would always wonder just that. And if I got a chance to meet them after the show I would always ask “Did That Really Happen?” … …
 
Join The Community Seven Million Bikes recently hosted Paul Villanova from Hanoi for One Night in Saigon. It was an amazing sold out show. And if you haven't already go back and listen to episode we. He let us share the whole thing. It was an amazing night of comedy. We also had support from Ankita Ghosh. Ankita has graciously allowed us to share t…
 
Join The Community Seven Million Bikes recently hosted Paul Villanova from Hanoi for One Night in Saigon. It was an amazing sold out show. And if you haven't already go back and listen to episode we. He let us share the whole thing. It was an amazing night of comedy. We also had support from Ankita Ghosh. Ankita has graciously allowed us to share t…
 
Trung Lê Nguyễn was born in 1990 in a refugee camp in Palawan, Philippines. His parents escaped Vietnam by boat and resettled in Minnesota, USA shortly after Trung was born. He grew up learning English with his parents through picture books and was always specifically drawn to fairytales. He studied Art History in college and eventually found himse…
 
Join The Community At the end of every episode we ask our guests the same set of questions each time, so enjoy this bonus compilation episode where you can hear each of our guests answers. Episode 1 - Ben Nguyen Episode 2 - Tue-Si Nguyen Episode 3 - Moni Le Episode 4 - Kerry Newsome Episode 5 - Riz Harcus Episode 7 - Phuong Truong Episode 8 - Anast…
 
Join The Community At the end of every episode we ask our guests the same set of questions each time, so enjoy this bonus compilation episode where you can hear each of our guests answers. Episode 1 - Ben Nguyen Episode 2 - Tue-Si Nguyen Episode 3 - Moni Le Episode 5 - Riz Harcus Episode 7 - Phuong Truong Episode 8 - Anastasia Sokyrka Episode 9 - R…
 
Follow and Subscribe to Did That Really Happen? by Seven Million Bikes. This is a special episode with Paul Villanova, a first for A Vietnam Podcast. Paul just played here in Saigon for one night only, visiting from Hanoi. He's Australian. He sold out shows in Hanoi, performed all over Vietnam, in Hanoi, Dalat & Saigon and was lucky enough to be pa…
 
Hanoian based comic Paul Villanova was in Saigon for ONE NIGHT ONLY! He wowed the crowd with 45 minutes of gold. Supported by Wanye Westt, Ankita Ghosh and hosted by Seven Million Bikes' Niall Mackay. Listen to the full show here... Paul Villanova (AUS) Paul was a tradesman in Australia who moved to Vietnam to be a professional basketball coach but…
 
Steph and Chris are recording together! Like, in the same room, physically together. Chris talks about slowly evolving the architecture in an app they're working on and settling on directory structure. Steph's still working on migrating unit tests over to RSpec. They answer a listener question: "As senior-level developers, how do you set goals to e…
 
Join The Community At the end of every episode we ask our guests the same set of questions each time, so enjoy this bonus compilation episode where you can hear each of our guests answers. Episode 1 - Ben Nguyen Episode 2 - Tue-Si Nguyen Episode 3 - Moni Le Episode 4 - Kerry Newsome Episode 5 - Riz Harcus Episode 7 - Phuong Truong Episode 8 - Anast…
 
Donate to United24 in support of Ukraine! Book a photography session with Anastasia Sokyrka, she is donating 100% of her photography income directly to Ukraine. I met Anastasia Sokyrka in Government Quarantine in 2020 at the start of the pandemic. You can listen to my episode with her and my wife, Adrie, about our experiences while we were living t…
 
Join The Community At the end of every episode we ask our guests the same set of questions each time, so enjoy this bonus compilation episode where you can hear each of our guests answers. Episode 1 - Ben Nguyen Episode 2 - Tue-Si Nguyen Episode 3 - Moni Le Episode 4 - Kerry Newsome Episode 5 - Riz Harcus Episode 7 - Phuong Truong Episode 8 - Anast…
 
As we take a break between Seasons here's the latest episode from our sister podcast, Did That Really Happen? Book your tickets for One Night In Saigon: Paul Villanova (June 5th 2022) Ever heard a joke and wondered, “Did That Really Happen?” My name’s Niall Mackay, host of A Vietnam Podcast and a comedian... long before I ever started comedy, when …
 
​Many of us have experienced losses that have changed our lives. We have lost loved ones to war, harsh living conditions and arduous migrations or to illnesses, age and more recently to the pandemic. But sometimes the loss can be an invaluable object, a community, a place we call home or a state of being. The process of losing someone or something …
 
Book your tickets for One Night In Saigon: Paul Villanova (June 5th 2022) Ever heard a joke and wondered, “Did That Really Happen?” My name’s Niall Mackay, host of A Vietnam Podcast and a comedian... long before I ever started comedy, when I heard comedians tell the craziest, funniest stories I would always wonder just that. And if I got a chance t…
 
Steph is joined by a very special guest and fellow thoughtbotter, Rob Whittaker. Rob shares how he became the Software Development Director for Launchpad II, thoughtbot's Europe, Middle East, and Africa team. They also dive into what it's like to be a Development Director, the differences between mentoring and coaching, working with GitHub Codespac…
 
Thank you so much to our podcast producer for Season 8, Luke Digweed! Listen to this bonus episode where Luke shares more details about what it takes to edit and make a podcast, his most memorable episode and what it's like to have to listen to Niall Mackay for 10 episodes!! Thoughts from a Content Creator Let's become full-time content creators to…
 
Steph has a baby update and thoughts on movies, plus a question for Chris related to migrating Test Unit tests to RSpec. Chris watched a video from Google I/O where Chrome devs talked about a new feature called Page Transitions. He's also been working with a tool called Customer.io, an omnichannel communication whiz-bang adventure! Page transitions…
 
Join The Community Season 8 Guests Episode 1 - Ben Nguyen Episode 2 - Tue-Si Nguyen Episode 3 - Moni Le Episode 4 - Kerry Newsome Episode 5 - Riz Harcus Episode 6 - Riz Harcus & Niall Mackay Episode 7 - Phuong Truong Episode 8 - Anastasia Sokyrka Episode 9 - Rosi Happi Episode 10 - Zion Johnson Episode 11 - Niall Mackay interviewed by JK Hobson Fol…
 
Join The Community On May 19th 2019 JK Hobson was the first every guest on A Vietnam Podcast (then called Seven Million Bikes; A Saigon Podcast). From there Niall and JK have grown to be close friends and both their comedy careers have flourished in Vietnam. To celebrate this special occasion for the first time EVER Niall has relinquished hosting d…
 
Chris switched from Trello over to Linear for product management and talks about prioritizing backlogs. Steph shares and discusses a tweet from Curtis Einsmann that super resonated with the work she's doing right now: "In software engineering, rabbit holes are inevitable. You will research libraries and not use them. You'll write code just to delet…
 
Join The Community On May 19th 2019 JK Hobson was the first every guest on A Vietnam Podcast (then called Seven Million Bikes; A Saigon Podcast). From there Niall and JK have grown to be close friends and both their comedy careers have flourished in Vietnam. To celebrate this special occasion for the first time EVER Niall has relinquished hosting d…
 
Donate to United24 in support of Ukraine! Book a photography session with Anastasia Sokyrka, she is donating 100% of her photography income directly to Ukraine. Support independent podcasting and A Vietnam Podcast Vietnam by joining the Seven Million Bikes Community. Start from just 90k a month, stop at any time, get episodes early, bonus content, …
 
Join The Community with Zion! Zion Johnson is a former Transactivist, a writer and Seven Million Bikes superfan. He is the only person in the world to have a Seven Million Bikes tattoo! In this episode we talk about; - Zion's gender journey - his trans-activism in the US - transitioning from a black female to a black man - woke culture - why he dec…
 
Join The Community with Zion! Zion Johnson is a former Transactivist, a writer and Seven Million Bikes superfan. He is the only person in the world to have a Seven Million Bikes tattoo! In this episode we talk about; - Zion's gender journey - his trans-activism in the US - transitioning from a black female to a black man - woke culture - why he dec…
 
Join The Community Rosi Happi is the Creative Director of The Happievent and Managing Founder of Social ChangeMakers. She spent time studying and living in Europe (Germany, Spain, France & England) and Australia before returning to Vietnam. She is an atypical Vietnamese - a mixed soul: half traditional, half modern. In this episode we talk about; -…
 
Chris came up with a mnemonic device: Fn-Delete – for when he really wants to delete something and is also thinking about password complexity requirements, which leads to an exciting discussion around security theater. Steph talks about the upcoming RailsConf and the not-in-person option for virtual attendees. She also gives a shoutout to the Ruby …
 
Rosi Happi is the Creative Director of The Happievent and Managing Founder of Social ChangeMakers. She spent time studying and living in Europe (Germany, Spain, France & England) and Australia before returning to Vietnam. She is an atypical Vietnamese - a mixed soul: half traditional, half modern. In this episode we talk about; - making herself vis…
 
When she was six years old, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and her family left their small village in northern Việt Nam for Bạc Liêu, a city located in one of the southernmost points of the country. As a northerner growing up in the south after 1975, Quế Mai witnessed the post-war devastation felt by those on both sides of the conflict. She gained a deep appr…
 
Donate to Ukraine! I met Anastasia Sokyrka in Government Quarantine in 2020 at the start of the pandemic. You can listen to my episode with her and my wife, Adrie, about our experiences while we were living them. Since then we have become close friends, a silver lining of a tough experience (17 days with no mattress, no air con and no booze!) Final…
 
Donate to Ukraine! I met Anastasia Sokyrka in Government Quarantine in 2020 at the start of the pandemic. You can listen to my episode with her and my wife, Adrie, about our experiences while we were living them. Since then we have become close friends, a silver lining of a tough experience (17 days with no mattress, no air con and no booze!) Final…
 
Join The Community Phuong Truong, "just another lesbian in town", is the owner of Twist coffee bar in Thao Dien, a fun place for everyone and a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. We discuss the LQBTQ+ community in Vietnam in the context of religion, region and generational acceptance. We also talk about sex education in Vietnam in light of a rece…
 
Growing up, Ly Nguyen and her mom did not have the most understanding or tender relationship. Ly remembers the friction starting very early in her childhood, when she was molested by a family member and found that she wasn’t able to talk about it with anyone. To protect the family’s reputation, the incident was kept a secret. Leaving Ly feeling alo…
 
Join The Community Phuong Truong, "just another lesbian in town", is the owner of Twist coffee bar in Thao Dien, a fun place for everyone and a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. We discuss the LQBTQ+ community in Vietnam in the context of religion, region and generational acceptance. We also talk about sex education in Vietnam in light of a rece…
 
Join The Community In Episode 5 I talked with Richard Harcus is the CEO of Harcus Consultancy Group, a football consultancy company based in Asia about his background and football development in Asia.. We also are both reformed conspiracy theorists! In Episode 6 we move subjects to talk about a variety of conspiracy theories and why, like me, he be…
 
Join The Community In Part 1 I talked with Richard Harcus is the CEO of Harcus Consultancy Group, a football consultancy company based in Asia about his background and football development in Asia.. We also are both reformed conspiracy theorists! In part 2 we move subjects to talk about a variety of conspiracy theories and why, like me, he believed…
 
Join The Community Welcome to Season 8 of A Vietnam Podcast. Sharing the stories of people connected to Vietnam. My name’s Niall Mackay, I’ve been living in Vietnam since 2016, and hosting this podcast since 2019. I wanted to know more about the people that lived in Vietnam, both local and foreigners and share their story. We now share the stories …
 
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