Tips and Tricks from Cambodia

December 14, 2016

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Since I was in grade 9 at Zaman high school; that was in 2002, I was introduced to a blogging platform called Geocities which belonged to Yahoo. I made a blog and enjoyed posting lifestyle and the good moments that I had with friends. The internet was not lively back then. People chatted in mIRC, and later hi5.
Later in 2003, Zaman taught me HTML and I made a personal web site and used free FTP tool to page by page to a free web hosting platform and I remember that I used a free domain name from .tk. So, back then, my personal web site was http://vuthychour.tk. I was so proud of myself back then for being able to do so. However, I lost the web and I am not even sure how I lost it.
Academic years became such a storm and I quit blogging.
Only in July 2012, I had the gut to restart blogging with blogspot and because it is a free platform. As you can see, this vuthychour.com is hosted in blogspot :) Thus, I only had to modify the theme code to make it look better than a regular blogspot. It is free for the web hosting with limited function, and I bought this domain name for about $10 per year from Google apps. I love this blogspot platform actually besides it does not look like a professional web site.

Since I have this blog, I also started following Khmer bloggers including BlueladyblogKhmerbird, Khmer Enterprises, etc. I learned a lot them, but more about social. They are not money bloggers. Only by reading a post from Khmerbird that he made money from Adsense and that was approx $300 and I became very curious how he did that. I went on reading online materials and followed more bloggers like Problogger. From problogger, I found that there are many other ways to make money online beside Adsense.

For this vuthychour.com, I initially intended to make money through Adsense and blog whatever I wanted; however, from time to time, I made new services that I can provide and they all worked. I can tell you in short, not a detailed one that I have made more than $200 from this vuthychour.com and it was not from Adsense.

As I kept on reading online materials, I found a facebook group called Cambodia Internet Marketer where Cambodian SEO experts talk about how to rank their web sites in Google. For god sake, only by then that I realized that I have been taking SEO for granted. I have been blogging for ages, but I was not aware of SEO. What a shame! So, that is 2016 already!
From then on, I have joined many other facebook group to learn about white hat SEO and black hat SEO techniques, paid for courses, and even now I am still learning about these SEO things.
Starting from mid-November, I started a niche site ParentingPick.com where I will be hiring authors to produce content on parenting product reviews and advice on parenting. It is an affiliate web site where I will be earning commission from Amazon associate program. So, this will be where I can experience more about SEO and learning at the same time. I hope it is not too late for the new adventure!

November 25, 2016

You might have guessed when you see this topic "How to Unlock iCloud by Chance". Actually, I do not have the IT skill to unlock an iPhone like some guys on the internet. 
What I did was to try out a few things before giving up and it worked and that is why I am sharing with you guys here before handing your phone to someone to help you unlock. 
Let me get straight to what happened and how I did it:
- What happened:
It happened to my wife's phone (iPhone 5) when she updated iOS of her phone, then the phone required her to type the password of her Apple ID. It did not show a complete apple ID. How it showed was c*************@yahoo.com. My wife was not aware of her email nor password. Thus, the phone was stuck at the stage and she was not able to do anything with the phone. It was totally a brick. 
When I did not even know the email, I was quite hopeless and went to several phone shops to find service. Some phone shops asked me for $85 to unlock the phone but they did not guarantee whether I would lose the data. For $85, it is not worth for the iPhone 5, but it is worth for the data inside the phone. I also went to another shop, they said they could not fix this phone and suggested me to change the phone's board so that I can use it again and that would cost $55. 
I did not like the proposed solutions and ended up bringing the phone back home and leave it locked for a month. I guess when I was too close to the trouble, I could not think of a solution. Giving a break was important and later when I tried to look for a solution again, I found one. 

How I did it:
When you don't even know your Apple ID, you may try searching for the Apple ID!!! You can go to the link "iForgot Apple ID" and try typing your Firstname, Lastname and E-mail address. You surely know your first name and last name, but you can guess the email address. If it's close enough to your real Apple ID, it will suggest you. And for my case, I typed my wife's name and guessed the Apple ID and it suggested her Apple ID. 

Now that I have the Apple ID, but I still did not have its password. You can come back to Apple ID log in page, then click on Forget Password. 
The new password will be sent to your email address.
For my case, my wife's yahoo account had not been logged in for years, she did not remember yahoo's password either. 
I was so lucky that the yahoo account was deactivated. Then, it was easy since I went to Yahoo page and sign up a new account for her which looks the same to her apple ID. 
Now that I have yahoo ID to log in to retrieve the Apple ID's password. Then, I can as well log into the Apple ID's account. It was that simple.

Another case:
After solving my wife's phone, I also helped a colleagues to get his iCloud's password. His case is not hard at all, but the problem was that people are not aware of how to solve the problem. His Apple ID and iCloud account was s****@icloud.com, so when we don't know the icloud password, we can go to resent password by going to Apple ID's page and click on Reset password, then just simply go to Mail on iPad to check the iCloud's email for the link to reset the password. 

Actually, this post is not a big solution to unlocking the iCloud, but something that a lot of people are not aware of, skipped and went straight to find service! After reading this post, all I hope is that you tried all of your best before finding service! 
You can always ask and share your ideas in the comment box below. 

September 24, 2016

There are a lot of options for travelers to choose when it comes to traveling from Phnom Penh to Bangkok. I myself experienced in travelling both by air and road to Bangkok. When it comes to travelling on the road, I have to be aware because different means will lead to high or low range of comfort and time spent for travelling. Now let’s say bus is your option, and here I am going to tell you one of the best bus options that you should consider.
Nattakan is a Thai bus company that cooperates with Rith Muny transportation company in Cambodia. Thus, when you choose this bus, you will have to buy its ticket at Rith Muny office which is nearby Gloria Jeans riverside. It costs $25 per ticket if you buy in Phnom Penh; and it costs 750 Baht when you buy 1 ticket at Mo Chit bus station.
PP to BKK:
  • 06:00 to 09:30 – Leave Phnom Penh and arrive Pursat.
  • 09:30 to 10:00 – Have breakfast at Pursat Cambodia-Japan friendship restaurant.
  • 10:00 to 14:00 – Arrive Poi Pet
  • 14:00 to 14:40 – Take 40 minutes at the immigration office
  • 14:40 to 16:00 – Travelling on the road to Bangkok
  • 16:00 to 16:30 – Thai bus driver stopped for dinner (It won’t happen all the time)
  • 16:30 to 19:30 – Arrive Bangkok at Mo Chit bus station
BKK to PP
  • 05:00 – Leave Mo Chit bus station
  • 07:00 PM – Arrive Phnom Penh
Pros:
- 1 stop only at Pursat for brunch
- Only 1 direct bus, no transit
- There is a toilet in the bus. Pee pee poo poo is not a problem.
- Short distance to walk from immigration office to find this bus
- Save time (about 1 to 2 hours) and energy (not cramped) as you will arrive at 7:30.
- Comfortable to sleep
- It’s more spacious, easy to sit, and better behaved people prefer it, so eventually the feeling is better too.
- There is no need to walk and find another van at the border and pay extra 250 Baht.
- It provides free evening meal and drink on the bus. So, we could save lots of time without stop from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok.
- Free snack and beverage in the morning, packed fried rice (EzyGo) to be delivered in the afternoon. It is included when you pay the $25 bus ticket.
- Thai drivers tend not to stop for picking up passengers. They are ready to go at 06:00 even with 3 passengers.
- No need to wait for bus to be filled to go on from the border because only those who bought in Phnom Penh could continue going from the border.
Cons:
Bad point is the bus stop is at Mo Chit Bus Station. You will have to take taxi or BTS to the central. It cost my family 130 Baht to get from Mo Chit Bus Station to Asoke area. Probably, you can take Uber for cheaper transport.
- On your way back, the bus leaves Bangkok at 05:00 in the morning. Not at 06:00 in the morning like when you travel from Phnom Penh to Bangkok.
- Khmer drivers tend to stop quite often to pick up more passengers, but it is not too bad. I managed to arrive Phnom Penh at 07:00 PM.
- Spend about 150 Baht more on taxi from Mo Chit to your hotel.
- Not easy to travel for some Khmer as they need to be dropped at DD House.
Below is some photos:
This is a picture of the Nattakan bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok.
Cambodia-Japan Friendship restaurant in Pursat

After purchasing the ticket, you have to find Platform 106 and wait there. 
Inside Nattakan bus on my way from Bangkok to Phnom Penh
Bus ticket bought at Mo Chit bus station



Mo Chit bus station, where you can buy the ticket
Cambodia-Japan Friendship restaurant in Pursat

September 21, 2016


เขียวหวาน Icecream Terrarium (Kiao Wan Ice cream Terrarium) was founded in early 2016 by P House and Mamiao after the two fell in love and started the shop together. I do not recommend the shop only because they are my friends but the ice cream they serve is addicted!
Owner:
Kiao Wan was initially started by P House as Hthroughheart ice cream shop at Khao San Road. P House met Mamiao for the first time on their trip to Kanjanaburi on March 21-22, 2015; the two fell in love and started the shop Kiao Wan.
Inspiration:
Kiao Wan means Sweet Green. It's the shop that serve ice cream that is so natural and good for health. The ice cream shop's name also has the word Terrarium. So, it was also inspired by the self-sustaining plants which has its own eco-system. This shop uses terrarium as decoration.  
Ice Cream Flavors:
There are flavors that are there everyday and there are Unknown ice cream types in which guests can give a try because the lovebird owners always mix ice cream in a mysterious way and call it Unknown. You will have to guess what you are eating. :D And when you first step in, don't be shocked. You will be given a little of all ice cream types to taste and order the one that you like best. 
Probably, I do not have to describe much about flavors, I'll give you loads of flavor photos ... 









Find the shop at:




Their Facebook page:



+66 92 949 9141


Shop design:




September 8, 2016


Cellcard Lab offers young Cambodians a fast-track to social business success PRESS RELEASE Released on September 3, 2016
Phnom Penh, September 3 – Young, enterprising Cambodians looking to fast-track their ideas into social business opportunities can make their dream a reality via Cellcard’s first-ever incubator program, Cellcard Lab, in partnership with Impact Hub Phnom Penh.


The unique program, launched by the telco and co-working space Impact Hub Phnom Penh, aims to inspire and guide Cambodians aged 18 to 25 years old by offering them a platform to launch social businesses.

The program, which launches today, Sept 3, will roll out 4 cycles, each of which will entitle 3 lucky applicants to a 3 month program by Impact Hub Phnom Penh.


Each cycle offers participants a three-month work space at Impact Hub Phnom Penh, networking and resource opportunities and access to workshops focusing on customer discovery and validation, strategy roadmaping and pitching. They will also enjoy a full-funded, three-day visit to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to attend a workshop at the prestigious MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre) Acceleration Program and tour the Microsoft office in the capital.


Personalized mentoring and coaching throughout the initiative will be provided by experts in their respective fields. These comprise Maelle Barbancon, the technical coordinator for Friends International; Chhunny Noem, the CEO & founder of Anakot Asia; and Laura Smitheman, the co-founder of Impact Hub. The three mentors will focus on assisting participants build their business model, provide teambuilding and creativity advice and basically, help entrepreneurs better implement, develop and execute their ideas.

“There’s no doubt that Cambodian youth have the ideas, skills and passion, but we believe inspiration and knowledge-sharing by those who have succeeded are equally as important to turn business ideas into reality,” said Cellcard CCO Laszlo Barta. “Cellcard Lab welcomes business ideas of any kind, and in turn, provides successful applicants an invaluable platform that accelerates their ability to gain a complete set of skills and ultimately, bring their product to market.”


He added that as part of the brand’s #KhmerWeCan campaign, Cellcard Lab would complement its overall aim of inspiring Khmer pride and encouraging local youth to realize their potential and achieve their dreams.


Those interested in scaling up with Cellcard Lab can download application forms at https://goo.gl/forms/u6m9pLfPxKGEWvVc2 before October 15 or email melanie.mossard@impacthub.net. Remember, the Lab only admits 3 participants per cycle, totaling twelve participants for the duration of the program, so hurry and apply today!

Disclaimer: This article was written by a third party and falls into Guest Post category. 

August 9, 2016



This is the coolest and probably the funniest TVC of Cellcard yet. The offer is also great. I love the 8000MB. More data for me.


Disclaimer: This article was written by a third party and falls into Guest Post category. 

July 29, 2016

Here we we go again with translation technique. If you have not read my first post about this, you will have to read the Part 1 first: Translation Technique Part 1

Here I would like to address Google Translate since it's a bit mature now. Everybody knows about Google Translate, but this post is going to give you more confident in using Google Translate. In the event that we don't know the meanings of many words in a paragraph, we will have to spend a lot of time translating those words. With Google Translate, we save times. Since we copy and paste the whole paragraph, and double check if the translation is correct. It is important to stay cautious when we copy and paste from Google Translate.

After copy-paste from Google Translate, I list down the Translation under the English paragraph. I compare sentence by sentence to see the errors. After fixing all of the errors, I deleted the English paragraph, leaving only the Khmer paragraph.

January 16, 2016


Decades ago, when one borrows from a bank, that person might want to hide because it's a shame to borrow from bank. However, it's becoming a trend to buy something with mortgage or loan.

Some persons even think that one must be rich to be able to borrow from a bank, because bank does not give you money easily. You will need to have hard title deed of a property and a concrete income.

In this post, I am going to explain to you step by step on how to request for loan from Mega Bank in Cambodia and what documents they need before they grant you the loan.

First of all, you will have to contact its loan officer. For my case, I contacted Sreyneang and asked her for more information. She told me the details and the documents she might need before answering a YES or NO to your loan. It took my family 4 to 5 weeks before I have been granted the loan.

So before answering, Sreyneang asked what properties I have in place so that she can come to assess. My dad agreed to put his house title deed as collateral so that we can request for loan of USD 120,000.

She came to my house and check the conditions and locations of the house. She also came to my mum's store at Orussey market to assess the business. She came to assess these properties, but what we put for collateral was only house title deed.

They ask you to make photocopy of your business patent, house title deed, income, ID cards, family book, etc. At this point, she only needed a photocopy, later she will keep the authentic house title deed. I'll let you know when in the below paragraphs. 

Loan officer will call and inform you about your loan grant and then you will need to proceed the following:

- $150 for property valuation (Sreyneang came to assess, but she still needs it assessed by professional. So, I had to pay this amount to CPL Cambodia Properties Limited). 

Later, when you have the Property Valuation Book in hand, and gave the to bank, the loan officer will call you for an appointment before a lawyer. When you arrive the bank, you will have to pay as following:

- $100 for open new account (We will have $100 deposit in that account)
- $200 for lawyer fee
- $250 burden fee​ at cad astral survey (At this time, loan officer will keep your house title deed and let cad astral survey record the title deed so that it cannot be reproduced during loan) (It takes up to 10 working days)
- Not compulsary: Extra $300 if you need a fast service from cad astral
- $10 for ID
- 0.5% to 1% processing fee. For my case, the bank deducted $600 from my $120,000 as it was 0.5%. 

It will take 7 to 10 days to wait for response from cad astral survey. Then, you are ready to get your money. In total, for my case, I spent $1,310 before getting my loan and it took me about 6 weeks.

I also gave the loan officer $100 as tip. It isn't compulsory.

If you have experience with other loan and wish to share, please do so in the comment box :)

By the way, the interest rate that I got 6.75% per $10,000 per year (Special rate, indeed). For normal rate, it is $75 per $10,000 loan. In this situation, I find Mega Bank one of the best banks for loan. 

January 11, 2016

During my honeymoon trip to Bangkok, my mum called my phone number from Cambodia and telling me that she recently went to Ang Duong hospital as she felt pain in her nose. There as a group of medical staff including doctor explained to her that she required an immediate surgery and it might costs between $150 to $200. She was smart enough to tell the group that she needed time to discuss with family members. She requested for the x-ray disc, but the doctor did not give although she already paid for the scan. The doctor expected her to return to undergo surgery a day after.

After hearing so, I told her to take a flight to Bangkok directly so that I can take her to a hospital in Bangkok. So, my honeymoon trip became a hospital trip :) There are many good hospitals in Bangkok. Some might go to Payathai 2, Ramathibodi, or private department called Siriraj. At least, I felt confident to hear result from Thai doctor, rather than Khmer doctor since they looked greedy, rather than helping patient out of illness.

Despite the above-mentioned hospital, I took my mum too a hospital recommended by my Thai friend (Apinat Khamboonmak) from Nakhon Pathom. He suggested me to take my mum to a private hospital called Ear Eye Nose Throat Hospital. It's located in Sirinthorn Road, about 20 minutes from Asoke. We took taxi there.

I found Thai doctors are generally friendly and careful too, and that is my from my personal experience, not only hearing from others as I've been to Siriraj, Ramathibodi and now this hospital. Dr. Anan, who is nose and throat specialist, told my mum that she doesn't need surgery. Her nose is only swollen, but a bit serious with the mucus. I would feel strange if she needs a surgery since she did nose surgery once in Vietnam 2 years ago. By then, we felt relieved. We took the medicine and continue our trip as you remember it was my honeymoon trip, but now a trip became a trip of three.

The total cost at the hospital was 1950 Baht ($53) in which I think very reasonable it consisted of consultation fee, medicines and x-ray. Not only this hospital, but the above-mentioned hospitals are generally reasonable. While most Khmer people prefer going to Bumrongrad hospital, I prefer Thai local hospitals where Thai people go. Bumrongrad is where the rich go.

What I like the most about hospitals in Bangkok is that doctor also try to avoid surgery, while Khmer doctors suggested you to undergo surgery, take IV drip or syringe. Thai doctors would let you have medicines and that's it if it isn't serious.

It was convenient for me to find the hospital as I could speak Thai a little bit and I did not need an interpreter for the whole trip.

Actually, for such illness it is considered as normal illness since many people have it, especially when living with flying dirt from bumpy road and trucks. Khmer people do not have to travel this far if Khmer doctors had moral, but since the ministry of health is negligent and did not bother to monitor quality and Khmer doctor's ethic, it resulted in many patients going to Vietnam and Thailand for health check every year.

Another day, I heard a complaint from my colleague that she recently went to Royal Ratanak hospital to check as she has serious runny nose. The cost was $260 and the consultation fee was $40, and medicine costs were generally triple if you compared to outside pharmacy. It's also where the rich go.

If I have time, I would spend $25 for Nattakan bus to Bangkok ($50 return-ticket), $30 per night for hotel, and medical fees in Bangkok.


This much medicine, in all for $53




Link to news regarding "Hospitals and Ethics" in Cambodia
http://www.opendevelopmentcambodia.net/odc_main_category/hospitals-and-clinics/



 

January 9, 2016

There are hundreds of hotels in Bangkok in which you can find in a blink of an eye. However, only if you have stayed at those hotels that you realize how convenient it is. For this post, I am going to introduce you to two hotels which locate in a great location for a reasonable price.

1. Red Planet Hotel, Asoke Bangkok

Red Planet Hotel Asoke is a popular hotel among tourists as it's located just 100 meters from Asoke BTS station and it's also 100 meters from Terminal 21 shopping mall. This hotel room is generally booked. So, be well planned and book before others if you plan to travel in Bangkok.

It's hotel cost is around $30 to $33 per night for 2 people if you book via Red Planet Hotels homepage or via Agoda. Normally, you can get 10% discount if you are a Remembered customer which mean you are a returning customer. So, it's best to book via its homepage, rather than via Agoda. Children aged below 4 years old could stay for free if you don't request for anything extra.

I recommend this hotel because it's convenient to travel from one BTS Asoke to other tourist attractions. For example, if you want to go to Siam paragon, you can just take BTS Asoke to Siam BTS station at ease. BTS is specially popular among Thai people as the traffic is congested and it saves time too.

Read more details and book now!


Inside the hotel is not so spacious, but it guarantees its cleanliness and sleep comfort. The room is definitely for two people as the each of twin bed is enough for one person. 
Its twin bed

There is an app of this Red Planet Hotel for you to book too and there are many branches of Red Planet Hotels. You may browse through for a Red Planet Hotel before you travel to a country. It is not only for you to book, but also to ask friendly staff about services and attractions in Bangkok. 


2. D Varee Xpress Hotel Makkasan Bangkok

This hotel is a three-star hotel, it is located on new Petchaburi road and about 100 meters from Petchaburi MRT. You can use this MRT and connect with BTS at Asoke BTS Station (connected by Makkasan MRT).

This hotel is generally expensive. It could cost up to $151 per night, but if you book via Agoda, it you might get up to 75% discount at $28 per night.

There is a price for free breakfast also, but I did not choose this option since I wanted to walk around and try street food.

I used to stay at this hotel in January 2016 and found it convenient to travel via MRT too. The room is big and incredibly clean. This hotel is 600 meters away from Red Planet Asoke Hotel. It could take up to 20 minutes to walk to Red Planet Hotel.

Read more details and book now!

The look outside of D Varee Xpress

Inside D Varee Xpress Hotel

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