Tips and Tricks from Cambodia

March 18, 2013

When the building was first started, I had no idea it is all about. A few months after they started the construction, I came across a post by Project Cambodia. Source

I knew that the building is for kids which is so wow to me because not many businessmen would focus that specific, especially on kids. 

From this post, I would like to tell you a bit more about Kids City. 

Kid City is located on No. 162, Sihanouk Boulevard, Cambodia which is next to Gold Tower 42. It is an indoor Edutainment Center. What does it mean by the way? Edutainment Center? I guess it's a combination between Education and Entertainment? :D 

The building is composed of
1. Playground
2. Daycare
3. Kid Activities 
4. Clip & Climb
5. Laser tag
6. Science center
7. Ice skating
8. Children clothes and Accessories
9. Cafe and restaurant
This is the most up to date news I have known so far. Let's see when it's all done. 




March 13, 2013


Technology has made things lot easier for us to perform tasks conveniently, but the thing is we do not know how to use them wisely. I had to print out name of participants with many mistakes on the name, and it is very time consuming if the participant number is up to more than one hundred.

In this post, I am going to guide you on how to print certificates on many papers without having to rename them one by one.


This probably does not benefit everyone as you may not have to use it, but if you do, you can do it smarter with the guidance you are about to read.

Requirements:
- Microsoft Publisher
- Typed Participant Name in Microsoft Excel

First, open the typed participant list in the Excel file. Edit what you have to edit. (Don't worry if you want to edit the names later because it will automatically apply to the Ms. Publisher)

Leave it there. Do not close it.

Next, open Microsoft Publisher and design your certificates. You may use the templates available in the publisher if you do not want to spend more time on that. Below is a sample certificate with name in English and in Khmer.

Say you have 40 names to retype. Without having to retype one by one, all you need to do is to merge the typed participants name in another excel file to the designed certificate in the publisher through:

1. Go to Tools > Mailings and Catalogs > Mail Merge 


Then, it will guide you to select a Recipient List (that Excel file). 
Click on Use an Existing List, and Click on Next: Create or connect to a recipient list

There will be a new window opens, Browse to find your Excel file. 
At this stage make sure that you have a proper typed Excel file


Untick those that you do not want them to appear on the certificates. Just tick those rows that you want to appear (Names). Then, click Ok


Notice the left hand side column (F2, F3, F4, F5, F6)
One of them contain the Khmer name. 

Select Mao Sopheak and click on F2 (for example, if it contains Khmer names). Then, it will apply the names. 

There, you go. Do the same thing to the name in English if you have one. 
Then click on Next. It will take you to Step 3. 

In this stage, you may print the document automatically. All of the certificates will come out consecutively. 
Cheers! 

March 6, 2013

              Cambodia garment workers strike for minimum wage hike   Source

Cambodia is famous for its attractive low wage to the investors in the garment sectors, regardless of having no more quota to export to EU and the US. That manufacturers includes both footwear and apparels. 

This means our government's policy on attractive low wage works very well. Many garments manufacturers move from Vietnam and Thailand to Cambodia because they could spend less on labor here in Cambodia. Despite transparency issues, investors keep moving to Cambodia as wage is the main factor.

However, garment workers are not happy with the given wages. Many of them has been going on strike to claim for raise of the salary. It works very well if they strike, but if they don't, the manufacturers will not raise the salary as well. It seems to be so necessary to go on strike go get higher pay. 

But is it good for Cambodia in terms of investment attractiveness? Is it a pro to government policy? The answer is No. At least, that's to what I think. Our government tries to keep the wage lower than in Vietname and Thailand. For example, in Vietnam, the minimum wage is 6 USD per day and in Thailand 10 USD per day. Thus, Cambodia government shall keep it low; for example, 4 USD per day. In this way, Cambodia could attract more investment in the sector. 

"There will be a minimum wage adjustment every January every year, there is no need to go on strike" - said Mr. Tun Sophorn, National Coordinator at International Labour Organization in a meeting at ILO BFC on March 05, 2013.


The quote above means a lot to me, Mr. Sophorn raise a policy which could satisfy workers without having to go on strike to get higher pay. Also, our government would be ready for adjustment from years to years. For example, there will be 15% increase to every garment workers January next year, it helps a lot I think. Garment workers needlessly listen to union leader to strike and also the government could prepare for competition with other countries. 




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