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Hosted by your girls - Thuy & Tiana, this is a podcast where we have honest, candid conversations about adulting, careers, relationships and everything in-between. We started this podcast to share our perspectives and stories about navigating through adulthood as Asian Australians and hope that we can create content that is relatable and representative of our community. We invite you to grab that cup of tea or tequila and join in our conversations x
 
Everyone has something to say around the cooler.. The culmination of Cool Stories and the Coolest People. From the beach to the break room and every get together in between this is the Cooler Conversations Podcast, hosted by Tyler C. Smiley. Weekly episodes every Tuesday and Friday! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolerconversations/support
 
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Heya! It's Thuy here. No, this is not click bait, the title is sadly true :( After almost 3 years working on this podcast, recording 60 episodes and meeting a fkload of the most beautiful souls, it is time to say my goodbyes. I made the decision about a year ago to sunset my time at UA and now we're releasing my final episode as co-host! NGL, this …
 
When we were planning to create Unapologetically Asian a few years ago, we thought to ourselves 'who would be the GOLDEN PERSON to interview?’ Immediately we both said COMMUNITY CHANNEL. Fast forward two years, 1 campaign and 58 episodes later; we’re bloody proud to release this episode with the amazing Natalie Tran. Natalie started uploading video…
 
From dreamy heartthrobs to predictable yet addicting storylines where the rich, arrogant male lead falls for the plain, defiant female lead who accidentally gets kidnapped?!? Only to be found by the male and then end up in a coma?!?!? Korean dramas have captured our hearts around the world. In this episode we have so much fun dissecting the common …
 
She's a creative. She's an entrepreneur. She's a creative entrepreneur! We have had the absolute delight of bring on board Diana Nguyen, winner of the 2020 "40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians Awards". She's a female comedian who has a wide remit of skills under her belt, with acting, writing and directing to name a few. Catch her on Li…
 
Karlton Taylor is in my honest opinion the world’s leading campaigner for Disc Golf to be a national recognized sport and well as the chillest guy I’ve had on the podcast! Karlton and I have a great discussion on his beginning of playing the Disc Golf in the 80’s, what the sport needs as far as recognition, as well as the development of his upcomin…
 
Everybody give your ears to Australia's youngest majors in history and finest Asian Australian leaders in all the land - Madame Jasmine Nguyen & Your Worship, Anthony Tran! At 23 and 24 years old, Anthony Tran (Mayor of Maribyrnong) and Jasmine Nguyen (Mayor of Brimbank) are breaking through the bamboo ceiling, paving a new road for young Asian Aus…
 
Today, we're going to put the MEN in mental health 🤝 We're joined by the legends from Bottled Up - a podcast that aims to create conversations around men’s mental health and wellbeing! Tune in as Mayank Sohani & Sunny Bahugana bring the bants, knowledge and incredible insights to the table. We unpack the gendered and cultural nuances that underpin …
 
"Oh no, that's too expensive!!" Fighting over the bill 😩 Study hard, get a good job & get rich 💸 - any of these sound familiar? Believe it or not, our financial behaviours, ideas and money habits are all intrinsically linked to our cultural upbringing. In today's episode we are joined by the lovely and insightful Paridhi, founder of SkilledSmart - …
 
It's time for a bit of a vibe check. We've covered heaps about relationships in this podcast so far, but in this episode, we really put our hearts on the table and chat about what's been going on in our own love lives 😳. So, what's the honeymoon phase 🥰? How real is it? How much can self-sabotage affect our relationships 💔? Tune in to hear us discu…
 
Started from the bottom and now, they're out here, grinding & creating a $2 million bubble tea revolution! After Jenny Le & Pamela Yip both lost their jobs during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, they discovered a sweet niche in the market for bubble tea that can be made in the comfort of your own home. Thus, The Bubble Tea Club was born - Aust…
 
Today’s episode is an interesting one. A few weeks ago Stephanie Bartlett, an ISI coach and marketing coordinator, ask me if I would like to try ISI for a free week trial. ISI is a boutique style fitness, with locations rapidly increasing throughout the U.S. I for one am very picky about my athletic experience, so we decided to hash out all my ques…
 
Chuc Mung Nam Moi ya'll, we're coming at you hot with an episode from our archives - EP 8. OMG, you're so CulTurEd: Asian Australian Traditions We Grew Up With. It's an oldie but a goldie. Tune in to hear us explore the different traditions and customs we face yearly and hold true to us dearly. It's through these experiences that have made and shap…
 
We thought we’d do something a little different in this quick episode and dive in to some Worldly News! Of course in theme with the podcast, we’ve chosen two articles within the Asian Diaspora landscape; one that’s a bit more hard hitting 😖and another article with some Good News feels to finish it off 🥳. Listen in as we break down the tension betwe…
 
It finally happened, the Cincinnati Bengals won a playoff game, Tommy doesn’t care about Star Wars anymore, and Spider-Man is yesterday’s news. This is a fun episode that only the SmileyBros could bring you. Hope you enjoy!This episode was sponsored by the Red Oak Run Club. Red Oak is a NC local brewery, and they play host to one of the best physic…
 
Somebody get the nutribullet out because your girls are about to get juicy 🥵🥵🥵 A couple months ago, we asked you beautiful human beings to be part of S4 and ask us anythang!! And boy, did ya’ll deliver some goodies. From offering our best sisterly advice to getting down and dirty with some spicy topics, we try to give you the answers to all your qu…
 
Happy New Year, and thank you for listening to the podcast!On today’s episode, Thuy and I jump into New Year’s resolutions, working from home, and how the Earth might be a Lego simulation. Hope you enjoy!This episode was sponsored by the Red Oak Run Club. Red Oak is a NC local brewery, and they play host to one of the best physical opportunities in…
 
Episode 48 sees a continuation of our amazing conversation with Remy Hii, an Asian Australian actor who has appeared in numerous amounts of well-known work, including (and not limited to) Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, Crazy Rich Asians and Marco Polo. If you thought Pt.1 was a fun listen, then we can’t wait for you to dive into the second hal…
 
We’re starting off this badass season with badass Asian Australian actor & kimchi cheese toastie connoisseur, Remy Hii. His stellar resume includes the likes of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, Crazy Rich Asians, Marco Polo, Arcane & The Princess Switch 3, just to name a few. Remy exudes charisma, charm and channels an Unapologetically Asian spi…
 
Cameron Alston ( a.k.a. Melo ) is a music producer and audio engineer. Melo has been outstanding in the music industry for the past few years. Melo and I discuss his start into music, the building of a huge brandname on a local level, and various other topics. Hope you enjoy!Check Out Melo:FB: @theycallmemeloIG: @_theycallmemeloWebsite: www.carmelo…
 
Bianca Jade is an R&B Singer/Songwriter in North Carolina with releases including her new Single - Everything I’ve Got in 2021 and her album Jade Vol. 1 in 2019. I invited Bianca back on to talk about how 2021 lead into her release of her new single. We also turn the conversation into the direction of what it takes to succeed these days and “giving…
 
Just imagine, you just started taking your photography full-time, and next thing you know you’ve got people and publications all over the world asking if they can broadcast your work? Bri and I discuss how that happened to her in the redo of sorts for an episode she did previously on this podcast. Hope you enjoy!Check Out Bri:Instagram: @mrs.bri.hi…
 
Jessike Poppe just recently completed the 2,190 mile long Appalachian Trail. After 6 months out in the wild, Jessika answers ALL of the burning questions one might have for those that commit to such a feat! “Did you want to quit?” “What did you eat?” “Where did you poop?”As always if you enjoy the podcast, let me know about it!Check Out Jessika:Ins…
 
I’m back from a long hiatus, and I’m ready to record some conversations! To help me kick off the reemergence of the Cooler Conversations Podcast, I am joined by the wonderful Brooke Lowrey. Brooke has been on the show previously and she is here to talk all things moving full time to NC, empathy, grit, and so much more. Hope you enjoy!Check Out Broo…
 
Luke Farny is the Co-Founder and designer at Ross Monster Vans. Based in Longmont, CO, Ross Monster Van’s pride’s itself for its craftsmanship, design, and love of the outdoors. Luke and I talk about the inception of the business model, van life, and where best to take one of these bad boys on a road trip. Hope you enjoy!Check Out Ross Monster Vans…
 
Thuy Tran is the owner and operator of Thuy’s Motifs and a Certified Healthy Coach. We kickback and discuss the difference between philanthropy and venture capitalism, The Jersey Shore, and the impending doom that is retirement for millennials.Follow ThuyInsta/Facebook: @ThuyOfLife________________________________________SPONSOR - Cardinal Chiroprac…
 
Brittany Pate is the owner/operator of Wearology, a boutique based in Gibsonville, NC as well as online. We discuss the inception of the store, transitioning from full-time teaching to full-time entrepreneur in the midst of a pandemic, and what it means to sell ethically sourced clothing. Hope you enjoy!Follow Brittany and WearologyInsta/Facebook: …
 
If you’re looking to add some cajun spice to your workout, then look no further! Sarah and Ryan are the founders of Geaux Hard Labs, a performance supplement company based in Louisiana. I sit down with them to discuss the inception of their company, toxic social culture in the supplement market, and great parts of starting a company with someone yo…
 
“Back and forth, back and forth” holds true for both conversations and tennis! Today’s episode features Daniel Leh, a collegiate tennis player, and sponsored athlete. Daniel and I discuss his personal path to tennis as well as the inner workings of being in the first generation of collegiate athletes who may now be sponsored outside of NCAA guideli…
 
Today's episode I am joined by Maul Vinson-Bey! Maul is the owner of Vinson-Bey WaterSports, Vinson-Bey Properties, Mufti Kennels, and Rumble In The Buck! Rumble In The Buck is NC's BEST Gun's Down & Gloves Up Traveling Event. Maul and I discuss the origin of the Rumble In The Buck, how energy both positive and negative is something that needs to b…
 
What do Australian Emu Wars, 90’s Gusher Commercials, Anime, and fitness goals all have in common? Easy, this episode!Celebrating these here United States in true American fashion, chilling with friends and using our first amendment rights to talk about fun topics on a podcast! Today’s episode features Stephanie Bartlett and Kelly Traywick the powe…
 
The SmileyBros are back on Cooler Conversations! What do cringe Youtube videos, Phoebe Buffay, Mario Golf, and Bo Burnham have in common? Nothing, except that we talk about them all and more! Hope you enjoy!________________________________________SPONSOR - Cardinal Chiropractic & Sports Recovery - www.cardinalchirosports.comSPONSOR - Alamance Kaffe…
 
Today’s episode is a transitional episode due to myself starting a new job and moving into a new house. So like always, hope you enjoy!________________________________________SPONSOR - Cardinal Chiropractic & Sports Recovery - www.cardinalchirosports.comSPONSOR - Alamance Kaffee Werks - www.akwcoffee.com📲 Connect w/ Cooler ConversationsInstagram: @…
 
WELCOME TO SEASON 2 OF COOLER CONVERSATIONS!Kicking the season off strong with a great conversation with my dad heading into Father’s Day weekend! We talk life growing up, what it means to be a dad, and what a lot about Harley Davidson Motorcycles. As always, I hope you enjoy!________________________________________SPONSOR - Cardinal Chiropractic &…
 
This is the end…… of Season 1! 125 episodes just flew by, and I’m here to tell you that we’re just getting started!________________________________________SPONSOR - Cardinal Chiropractic & Sports Recovery - www.cardinalchirosports.comSPONSOR - Alamance Kaffee Werks - www.akwcoffee.com📲 Connect w/ Cooler ConversationsInstagram: @coolerconversationsF…
 
This week I’m trying something new. I set up a video camera, set up a desk, and I recorded a live episode with the lovely Thuy Tran. The typical talking points ensue why on camera. Now hopefully I can edit video worth a damn, cross your fingers! Hope you enjoy!________________________________________SPONSOR - Cardinal Chiropractic & Sports Recovery…
 
Last episode of Season 3, what?! It's been an absolute joy ride the past few months with heaps of amazing guest speakers and new partnerships (shout out to Scoopy and Shapes and Sounds!). As a way to round off the season, us girls get hella deep and play the heartfelt, introspective game called "We're Not Really Strangers", a card-based game that e…
 
Emanuel Martinez is a strength and conditioning coach & personal trainer for Powerhouse Fitness, in Burlington, NC. Eman recently competed in Quarter Finals for the 2021 Crossfit Games back in April. We discuss everything from the competitive drive he’s sustained, his workout regime and diet leading into comp, and maybe the potential to breakout in…
 
North Carolina’s very own, DAP YP is an up and coming hiphop artist that you absolutely do not want to miss out on! DAP YP joins me in the Alamance Kaffee Werks Studio (cue the coffee grinding noises) to discuss even his creative process, thoughts on the growing local economy for creatives, and the very secret projects that he's working on behind t…
 
Barrett “BB Shea” Boyles is an on air personality for 107.5 KZL and Rock 92.3. The latter of which you he is infamously known for his “Weekly Rap Up” every Friday morning. Barrett and I discuss his personal pathway into broadcasting, what the best job in America is, as well as a tiny deep dive into the greatest animated show about superheros on Ama…
 
Matt Wells is an on air personality for 107.5 KZL and Rock 92.3. You may know him as “Man kisser Matt” on Jared & Katie in the morning, and he is the co-host of The Big Foodies Podcast! Matt and I discuss the inception of his podcast, the history and future of radio, and how creators today can benefit from putting out as much content as possible.Ch…
 
Uh-oh. There's a 4 in the title of this episode! What's wrong with that, you may wonder? Well, according to Asian superstitions, the number 4 sounds eerily similar to the word 'death' in Chinese and Japanese and is hence considered a very unlucky number. In this episode, we dabble into the (in)auspicious world of Asian superstitions and the superna…
 
What’s the best thing about the summer time? It’s gotta be enjoying time with your family watching America’s favorite past time, baseball! Well today we’re talking baseball, specifically Burlington, NC baseball in the form of the recently renamed team.Today’s guest is Anderson Rathbun, the General Manger of the Burlington Sock Puppets. Yes, this is…
 
Julia Melvin is the social media manager behind the “Legend Raised In A Glass”, Cheerwine! This is one podcast that has been in the works for a long time now. Julia and I discuss some marketing tips and tricks that local brands and businesses should pay attention too. We also talk about what it’s like being the person behind the social media scenes…
 
As humans, we all have lots on our plate and are all prone to experiencing waves of burnout. In this episode, we discuss the struggles that we have balancing work, podcasting, social activities, relationships, family and self-love. We talk about practical habits and tips that we are trying to implement to manage our varying responsibilities. And ge…
 
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, especially the one I’m talking to today! Tina Smiley, AKA my MOM, is on today to discuss her life as the manager of the house and stay at home mom. We discuss her story past, present, and future. This episode was something I’ve been wanting to do for sometime, so without further ado I hope you enjoy!Che…
 
Tyler and Barbara Walker are the owners of Rack Slabbath BBQ, a catering company based in the North Carolina triangle and triad areas. We discuss everything from starting a business to what goes into the best North Carolina BBQ. So if you’re a fan of all things grilling, then this episode is for you!Check out Rack Slabbath BBQ belowWebsite: racksla…
 
Nathan Griffin is the owner and operator of The Workshop, a hub based in Graham, NC for creators makers, dreamers, and doer in the community. After Nathan posted a picture of a coffee mug he made for himself that read “Create Something Even If It Sucks”, I just had to talk to him. Everyone has the periods where they’re trudging through the “suck” i…
 
Brian Hernandez is the host of Zero Dark Nerdy, the world’s most notorious pop culture podcast. We discuss the humble beginnings to his podcast, the process of maintaining consistency in this fast paced world, as well as your typical nerdy endeavors. Brian was an awesome, guest and an even better host to his podcast, so be sure to show some love on…
 
Do you sometimes put up a wall up in relationships because you don't want to get hurt? Do you constantly crave attention from your partner and always wonder whether they actually like you? Are you able to give and receive love confidently? Attachment Theories is a psychological and evolutionary concept that breaks down human behaviour in social set…
 
Hannah and Matt are the owners and founders of Whiskey Moon, LLC. Creating happy, healthy homes is very important to them. From soy, essential oil candles to handmade furniture, we hope to allow you to do this in your own home. So if you’re a fan of the entrepreneurial process, then this episode is for you!Note: Audio might be a bit off, and that’s…
 
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