Banana Q: a Filipino-Flavored Podcast

Rey and Dee are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who answer questions about Filipino culture and other topics through funny, informative, yet oddly entertaining conversations. Info-tainment at its finest! Visit our website at for more information.

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6 days ago

We talk about the afterlife and learn the beliefs of different religions - Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Norse, Catholic, Islam, Buddhist, and Hindu. We also talk about mediums, near death experiences, and the possibility of uploading your consciousness to a virtual reality as portrayed in the shows Upload and Black Mirror (San Junipero). Finally, we talk about our ideal afterlife and bring up The Good Place.

Saturday Sep 10, 2022

Dee turns 40 and interviews same aged Filipino friends based all over the world about what life is like for them. Did reality meet their expectations?  Chi, corporate lawyer, talks about the good and bad things about being 40 and childfree by choice. Cate, accountant, shares her heartbreaking struggle of trying to have a child. Flisha, IT manager, talks about her "geriatric pregnancy" and having a baby at 40. Elma, process engineer, confesses about not feeling mature enough and how her career priorities changed as a mother. Tyne, former director in fund accounting, talks about paradigm shift in career and peer/personal pressure. Jefrey, nomad chef, shares his journey of quitting his job as a vice president in Finance to start a new career as a chef.

Saturday Aug 27, 2022

We talk about the pros and cons of buying vs renting a home. Pros: Building wealth through equity Low mortgage interest rates Freedom to renovate and modify your house as you see fit No surprises in rent prices Cons: Less flexibility to move Significant asking price Home expenses like repairs, maintenance fees, and insurance Owning your home used to be the practical choice, but this is no longer the case. What changed?

Saturday Aug 13, 2022

We interview Reuben, who talks about the methods he used to learn more about our national language, Tagalog, and shares the deeper words and interesting tidbits of history that he came across while doing his research.

Saturday Jul 30, 2022

Why do we want to be attractive? What is considered attractive in the Philippines and why is it not what the average Filipino looks like? What is colonial mentality? And on a related note, what is the criteria for picking the most beautiful woman in the universe?

Saturday Jul 16, 2022

What are some faux pas (embarrassing acts) that you can commit in the Philippines? How can you recover from them?

Saturday Jul 02, 2022

How do you know if you're having a job burnout? What are its possible causes and consequences? How do you handle it?

Saturday Jun 18, 2022

What usually happens in Pinoy parties? How early should you show up? What should you bring? What food and activities can you expect? What should you do so as not to be branded as a killjoy and never be invited again?

Saturday Jun 04, 2022

Change is coming... we have an important announcement to make. But before that, we discuss the most common types of change we encounter and give tips on how to deal with them.

Saturday May 28, 2022

How did Marimar change Philippine TV history? Did you fall for Angelo or Eduardo on Pangako Sayo? How did John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo become a love team? Ride on the nostalgia train along da riles as we discuss TV tropes of popular comedy, love, action, drama, and fantasy shows with matching sing-along theme songs. TV shows mentioned: Marimar, Mara Clara, Home Along da Riles, Palibhasa Lalake, Ober da Bakod, Mula sa Puso, Pangako Sayo, Ang Probinsyano, Tayong Dalawa, Natutulog ba ang Diyos, Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, Imortal, Mulawin, Darna.

Saturday May 21, 2022

What Pinoy expressions can you teach non Filipinos? Mabuhay? Kamusta? Nah, too boring! We share unusual ones like 'ay kabayo!' and 'bahala na si Batman' then explain how to use them and dig into their origins.

Saturday May 14, 2022

We interview Arlo (host of Typitalks with Arlo podcast) about what life is like as an overseas Filipino worker in Switzerland. He talks about how he landed a job as an architect in Basel, and refutes rumors about Swiss people, Swiss life, and certain Swiss scenes from the Kdrama Crash Landing On You. Check out Arlo's podcast:

Saturday May 07, 2022

We discuss what elections in the Philippines is like, including political parties, campaign strategies, and election day unscrupulous practices. We share some of the most bizarre nuisance candidates and end on what we would do if we were president of the Philippines.

Saturday Apr 30, 2022

We share problems that Filipinos face when traveling due to our weak spending power and passport. We also talk about what to expect when traveling with Filipinos such as kuripot habits, hospitable OFW hosts everywhere in the world, and culture shock.

Saturday Apr 23, 2022

We talk about things we wished we knew before we left the Philippines in our 20s with a time travel twist. We discuss lessons we learned and how we would have lived things differently had we known then what we know now.

Saturday Apr 16, 2022

We share facts about climate change including causes and actions being done, as well as what we can personally do to help.

Saturday Apr 09, 2022

We give tips on how to survive a zombie apocalypse based on zombie shows and movies.

Saturday Apr 02, 2022

We talk about why we think most Filipinos don't like to read books. We share how we fell in love with reading, what are its benefits, why it's so difficult to read now, and how to get into the habit of reading books.

Saturday Mar 26, 2022

We interview Eliza Victoria, a Filipino author who wrote Wounded Little Gods and After Lambana. She talks about her writing process from how she comes up with her ideas to how to get published. She answers the question on whether you earn a lot from being an author in the Philippines.

Saturday Mar 19, 2022

We talk about the history of the bucket list and go through popular items that people have on theirs. We share what we have achieved ourselves, as well as what activities would actually make us kick the bucket while trying to do it.


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