Skip is joined by guest host Samantha Vega to talk about how the food industry is slowly but surely embracing technology.
Skip: This is Skip Montreux in Tokyo, Japan. And you are listening to Down to Business English. Hello everyone! Welcome back to another episode of Down to Business English. The podcast that helps you improve your business English through discussing business topics making the news around the world. Unfortunately, my dear co-host, Dez Morgan, can’t be here today, as he is stuck under a mountain of research, as he works on his PhD in TESOL. But fear not, today I am very fortunate to be joined by a colleague and dear friend, Ms. Samantha Vega. Coming to us from Auckland in New Zealand. Thanks for being here today, Sam.
Samantha: Oh, no problem. It’s lovely to see you again, and to talk to you.
Skip: Yes. It’s good to hear your voice. Now, for all you listeners, Sam is a very, very old friend of mine. And Sam, why don’t you tell us how, how did we meet?
Samantha: Well gee, we uh, are both Canadians, so maybe that’s one reason why we get along so well. But we met in Tokyo in Japan, gosh, 13-14 years ago? How long we known each other?
Skip: That’s right. We did not meet in Canada. I have been in Japan for 18 years now. And you are one of the first people I…I met here. So, it’s been that long, actually.
Samantha: It has been. I moved there in, uh, 1997, is when I went there. But, I stayed there for six years. And then I moved to Thailand for 13 years, and I’ve, less than a year now, moved to Auckland, New Zealand, which is actually where I was born. But I was raised in Canada. That’s why I don’t have the Kiwi accent.
Skip: Now, just, just one moment. You lived in Thailand for 13 years (chuckling). I know a lot of people who visit Thailand. I don’t know anyone who stayed there for 13 years. You got to tell us a little bit about that.
Samantha: Well, I kinda got stuck on Thai time which is very lazy, lazy time. The time seems to move…
Skip: Thai time.
Samantha: … it moves a little bit slowly there. Well, I decided to move from uh Tokyo, one of the biggest cities in the world to Ko Samui, Thailand, which is a very small tourist island. So I decided to go from a very big place to a very small place to see…
Skip: That must have been a very dramatic change.
Samantha: It was! It took some time. And then I kind of, now that I’ve gone back to the west, it’s taken some time for me to get back into the way of the western world. I was in Asia for 19 years. So, it’s definitely a difference in culture, between Asian countries and Western countries.
Skip: Well, I’ve never been to New Zealand. I’ve been to Thailand, a couple of times. But, Tokyo certainly is my home, and I’m very accustomed to everything. Uh, what about you? Is there anything about Tokyo that you miss?
Samantha: Loads about Tokyo that I miss. And …
Skip: For example?