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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

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. 

May 8, 2015

IKEA, the Swedish furniture, has been well-known for its style, strong, and acceptable price. As Cambodia still does not have IKEA store yet, some of us are curious and furious that they cannot buy, and find it hopelessly. If you are feeling so, after reading this handy post, your hope will survive.



Just in case that some of you do not know what IKEA is, you may check here http://www.ikea.com/us/en/. IKEA has a lot of products range ranging from living room to kitchen.

From this post, I am going to share you an experience I have firsthand. And it is worth a try. In March 2015, I went to Bangkok, and shopped at IKEA Mega Bangna. I shopped a few things in which I could carry home on flight, but a friend of mine decided to shop a big bookcase which of course we could not deliver it by flight. 

So, we started with a little weird idea. And I am going to explain to you the process below:

1. Use Delivery Service by IKEA

IKEA outsourced a delivery service to deliver big products to people living in Bangkok. Thus, we used that service. It costs around 500 Baht per time. It means that whether you deliver a bookcase or more, it is going to cost you around 500 Baht. I forgot the exact cost, but it was around that. Tell them to deliver to DD House Pratunam because overthere, there is a a businessman who run all delivery Phnom Penh Bangkok, for any size of products, for any weight. Just leave it to him. 

So, as a recipient, we put the name of the guy to receive the bookcase, not our name. We called to inform the recipient that they will receive goods in a day or two. He said okay.  

DD House Pratunam
Location: 103 Petchaburi Road, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

2. Use that guy to deliver to Phnom Penh

Then, we got the guy who stationed at DD House Pratunam. His telephone number is +66 89 966 0734. For his delivery service, he charged per kilogram. It costs between 15 to 20 Baht per kilogram to get your goods from Bangkok to Phnom Penh. Don't worry about his service as he's been doing this for years for many dealers in Phnom Penh. Tell him the location you want to pick your goods, and your telephone number.

3. Pick up your goods

From your purchase date at IKEA Mega Bangna, it is going to take a few days to receive the goods. There you go. You may assemble your furniture at home in Phnom Penh. 

That's it. Below you may enjoy some of the pictures I took at IKEA Mega Bangna


























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