Local Guides Connect Live 2018
Screenshot of Local Guides Connect Live 2018
Google is calling for top community members, Local Guides, who help share their passions regarding writing high-quality reviews, taking great photos and helping put businesses and places on Google Maps to attend the 3rd annual community summit in San Francisco, the USA.

For the past two years, it was called the Local Guides Summit 2016 and 2017. This year, it is changing a bit with a new brand name, Connect Live 2018.
We are calling it Connect Live to better represent one of the best parts of the original event: the chance for Local Guides to connect with one another in person and online. ~ Google Local Guides Team

See Also: 5 Reasons You Should Join Google Local Guides 

Why you should attend this Connect Live 2018 event?

All selected attendees will have a chance to give feedback directly to Google Maps team, Googlers, and also get tips on topics like taking amazing photos, helping people with accessibility needs, and sharing discoveries.

For me, I recommend every Local Guide who meets the requirement to apply because it is an unforgettable life experience and great opportunities - making new friends around the world, learning some new features, and having a chance to explore the United State and beyond.

The selection criteria:
  •  Applications will be open only to Local Guides Level 5+ during the application period.
  • Applicants will be selected based on a number of factors including, but not limited to: The submission of a complete application with the following requirements: Each Local Guide must submit a 1-minute video message, appearing on camera to share reasons for applying
  • Each Local Guide must submit a post here on Local Guides Connect with an introductory message and more insights into their experience with the program
  • Fantastic contributions to Google Maps in the past 12 months
  • Consistent involvement with the Local Guides community such as being a Connect moderator, meet-up host, and active Connect contributor 
  • The ability to understand and speak English 
The basic information:
  • Event dates: October 16 — 18, 2018
  • Place: San Francisco and Mountain View, California
  • Applications open April 11, 2018, and close on May 1, 2018 
  • Follow along on social media using #LocalGuidesConnect

List of useful resources for your application:

[Watch] Video behind-the-scenes at Google's Local Guides Summit 2017 below:

Apply for this year's event in five easy steps:

  1. Record a 1-minute video in English, telling us about yourself
  2. Share a link to a Connect post of your choice
  3. Visit the Connect Live 2018 website to apply (after logging in to your Local Guides account)
  4. Complete all the questions
  5. Submit your application and share your excitement on social media using #LocalGuidesConnect

Are you ready to apply for Connect Live? For more information about this event, please check out the Connect Live 2018 site. Wish you all the best, include me ๐Ÿ˜€!

Why You Should Attend Connect Live 2018?

Greeting Card of Khmer New Year 2018
Greeting Card of Khmer New Year 2018 by Muon Chamnan
This year, Khmer New Year 2018 will be celebrated on Saturday, April 14 to Monday, 16 April 2018. These three days called Maha Songkran for the first day, Virak Wanabat for the second day, and Virak Loeurng Sak for the final day.

Based on beliefs, the Angel of the Rooster 2017 will transfer her duties to the Angel of the Dog 2018 celebrating on April 14, 2018.

Taking this great occasion, I would like to say Happy Khmer New Year 2018 to all Cambodian people and the rest of the world and wish you all the best for the upcoming Cambodian New Year 2018 to all my friends, colleague, families, beloved readers, and people around the globe. Please, the Year of the Dog's angel wishes all be blessed with a peaceful and prosperous living for the whole year through.
During these 3-day holiday, wish you all have a safe trip ๐Ÿ™
Every Khmer New Year, Cambodians those who come for study or work in Phnom Penh capital, they will go back to their homelands to have fun with their families, relatives, and friends.

See Also: Happy New Year 2018

Below is the promotional video of Angkor Sankranta 2018:

Watch more videos on the official Facebook page.

Rikreay Chhnam Thmei! Have a nice holiday!

So, where you plan to visit? Please let me know, and let share me your message or idea below.

Khmer New Year 2018 [Greeting Card]

Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival 2018

Have you ever joined Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival previous years? If ever, what were your best experiences and if never, will you participate this year?

Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival, formerly called CJCC Festival, is conducted once a year taking around three days and four nights in cooperation with Embassy of Japan in Cambodia,  Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center, and Japan Foundation Asia Center. It is the biggest event which was conducted to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of CJCC.
It is the combination of CJCC festival and Japan week festival of the Embassy of Japan in the purpose to introduce Japanese traditional and modern culture in Cambodia and promote cultural exchange between the two nations. During these three days, there are various kinds of events including culture related program, Japanese language related seminar, exhibition, and special shows, etc. There were around 21,000 people estimated to join in the event last year.

SEE ALSO: How to Register Your Business Online in Cambodia

So, this year, Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival 2018, will be held on February 22-25, 2018 at Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center. The theme of #KizunaFestival2018 is “Beat of Japan”.
The 7th Kizuna Festival, and also The 65th Anniversary of of Diplomatic Relations between Japan & Cambodia.
Take a look at some photos preparing for the event:

The various cultural events and exhibitions will be organized during the festival as in the following:

  • Performances (by Japanese and Cambodian Artists)
  • Japanese and Cambodian Cultural Related Events (Ikebana, Origami & Calligraphy)
  • Japan-Cambodia Quiz Game
  • BATIC-HOLIC Concert
  • CJCC-Japanese Speech Contest
  • Japanese & Khmer Martial Art
  • Yukata Contest in Cambodia 2018
  •  #IAmOriginal Station with POPUP: Mini Concert
  • Let’s Cook Khmer Food and Dessert (Num Kreab and Num Kruok)
  • Let’s Cook Japanese Food and Dessert (Onigiri, Sushi Roll & Chocolate Mochi)
  • Experiencing Yukata Wearing Session
  • Match Flag Project
  • Worldship Orchestra Concert with Angkor Youth Orchestra
  • Udon Master Class by Marugame Udon
  • Japanese Movie Show (A Tale of Samurai Cooking, ROBO-G, Nobody to Watch Over Me, Always-Sunset on Third Street-3 & THERMAE ROMAE)
  • Study Tour Culture and Education Exchange Program
  • Cosplay Show
  •  Study-in-Japan Information Corner 
  • Workshop, Exhibition, Lectures, and Others

If you need to know the detailed program, please check it out here.

Watch: Highlighted video of Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival 2017

Let's go to experience Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival 2018 together. Hope to see you at the event! For more details, check out the official Facebook page.

Let's Experience Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival 2018

Happy New Year 2018 - Khmer greeting card by Chamnan

Another 365 days of 2017 is going to be replaced by the Year 2018, and it is the time when you want to wish each other on the coming year. That is one of the reason why every year, I take some mintues to write this new-year message for you.

I am pleased to say 'Happy New Year 2018' or in Khmer language 'แžšីแž€แžšាแž™แž†្แž“ាំแž្แž˜ី แŸขแŸ แŸกแŸจ' to all beloved readers, fans, friends and families who have been reading my blog and supporting me so far. Taking this opportunity, I would like to wish you and your family happiness, prosperity, and success in your business for the upcoming New Year 2018.

READ: Happy New Year 2017

Please the Year of 2018 be blessed you all the best for the whole year through, and enjoy your New Year's Celebration together with your beloved ones!.

Do you want this e-card? Get it here (Free to use without modification).
The New Year 2018 is the Year of  the Dog according to Chinese zodiac.
What are your wishes and dream for 2018? where will you plan to celebrate it? Have something to wish? Kindly share or drop your comment below!

[Greeting Card] Happy New Year 2018

Khmer New Year 2017 Card by Chamnan Muon

If asked, how many days in 2016? It was 366 days, right? So, how about in 2017? In 2017, it will be 365 days a year which equals to 8760 hours. Everyone has the same days and times, and the time will not stop, it always flies from one year to another one. Looking back to last year, what I have done for myself, my family and country, and within this year what will I plan to do?

The answer .... will be not shared here :-).

Let me move to what I should say for Cambodian New Year 2017.

As my country's official religion, Buddhist, and based on beliefs, the angel of the Year of the Monkey 2016 will transfer her duties to the angel of the Rooster 2017 that this year will be celebrating on April 14, 2017.

To take this valuable opportunity, I would like to say Happy Khmer New Year 2017 to all Cambodian people and the rest of the world, and wish you all the best for the upcoming Cambodian New Year 2017 to all my friends, colleague, families, beloved readers, and people in the world. Please, the Year of the Rooster's angel wishes all be blessed with a peaceful and prosperous living for the whole year through.
The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year's Day, which falls on April 14 to 16 this year, that is the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor before the rainy season begins. These three days called Maha Songkran for first day, Virak Wanabat for second day, and Virak loeurng Sak for final day.

Places where I plan to visit?

Almost every Khmer New Year's days, I always plan to visit my homeland in Battambang province, the northwestern of Cambodia. Have you gone to visit there? If you are interested, you can check out this article 'The Beauty of Battambang City'.

I think not only me but also most Cambodian people who have come for study or work in the capital, Phnom Penh, will plan to travel back to their homelands to meet their families, relatives, and friends during these 3-day holidays.

Oh, if you gonna plan to visit our well-known historical site, Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, you could go see a big event, แžขแž„្แž‚แžšแžŸแž„្แž€្แžšាแž“្แž แž†្แž“ាំแŸขแŸ แŸกแŸง - Angkor Sankranta 2017. It has been celebrated every year since 2013.

You may need to book a bus? Check out this online bus ticket booking!

Watch the promotional video below:

Keep updates on the official Facebook page.

So, where will you plan? If you still stay in Phnom Penh, you should go to join Sangkranta Wat Phnom at Wat Phnom Historical Site from April 14 - 16, 2017. Check out the promotional video on the Facebook Page of Phnom Penh City Hall.

My message for this year?

Yeah, it is what I have almost every year to keep some messages for myself as well as for my beloved readers like you. So, what are they?
  • Never give up on what I love doing: It is the same point as last year. The true is that people should do what they love, not only profitable or community-based activities, even though they challenge some problems, they gonna keep doing and doing, never say 'I have to give up'. Saying so, it is really easy, right? To do, it is NOT easy but it does not mean that everyone cannot do it. Do you think so?
  • Let change, and keep moving: When heard the word 'change', it would be .... what it means to you? I cannot change this or that, why I have to change it ... I am in the comfortable zone now :-). It will be hard to hear on what someone told you in a bad feedback but if it is in a constructive one, it would be a bit easy to accept and change it, right? Personally, for me, both of them I always need it, listen to them because only that person who frankly speaks about it to you. If it is good for you why not start changing on the points. Changing in the proper way is the BEST to make it in order to jump out of the box.
  • Free to smile, and always be positive: Smiling is FREE but it is not easy to make it from the bottom of your heart unless you are ready to do that. Try to do it day by day if you are not used to it. While doing that, it is really fresh and happy. Being positive is a MUST to do for me. For me, it is my nature, maybe, :-). No one is perfect on any area of life paths. Just try it, you will know, I am sure!.

Love travelling, and taking photos around the country during the holidays? Please help spread your useful comments and photos on Google Maps by joining Google Local Guides program to let other explorers know the best places before they plan to go there.

SEE ALSO: Happy New Year 2017

The messages above are just in the messages but ... to think and think, and to start taking action on it in order to make it come true. When it comes true, pleased do not hesitate to share it to other people too. 
แžšីแž€แžšាแž™ แž†្แž“ាំแž្แž˜ី Rikreay Chhnam Thmei! Have a nice holiday!
Any point not to mention above? Please let me know, and let share me your message or idea below.

- Khmer font, Brother Nouv Samang
- Tevada art, Kbach Khmer

Happy Khmer New Year 2017

First They Killed My Father - A Film by Angelina Jolie

After knowing the release announcement of Jailbreak movie - the biggest Cambodian action film at the end of this month that I have already planned to watch, now this new movie 'First They Killed My Father' which was directed by one of my favorite Hollywood actresses, Angelina Jolie, whom most of Cambodian movie-lovers also know well, I have to arrange my schedule to watch it in February.

Before getting to know the film a bit more, have you ever read a book 'First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers' by Ms. Loung Ung? If you did that is great but if not, and still interested, you can find it on Amazon. Honestly, I have never read it neither.

According to the official Facebook page, Netflix is proud to announce that the Cambodian premiere of the film will take place on 18th February in Cambodia. The premiere will be followed by other screenings around the country. Director Angelina Jolie is delighted to be returning to Cambodia, to fulfill her promise to premiere the film first for Cambodian people. The film, shot entirely in the Khmer language and with a Cambodian cast, was made for and by the Cambodian people. Angelina is looking forward to sharing this moment with them, alongside Loung Ung, whose story is told in the film, and her fellow producer Rithy Panh - his film 'The Missing Picture' got in the list of the 2014 Oscar Nominees.

READ: The Top 10 Cambodian Websites

About the Film
First They Killed My Father (or in Khmer: แž˜ុแž“แžŠំแž”ូแž„แž្แž˜ែแžšแž€្แžšแž แž˜ แžŸแž˜្แž›ាแž”់แž”៉ាแžšแž”แžŸ់แž្แž‰ុំ) is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years. The film was shot on location in Cambodia, between November 2015 and February 2016. It was filmed entirely in the Khmer language, and is the largest movie ever made in the country. The cast is made up entirely of Cambodian actors. Cambodian technicians, artisans and crafts people comprised the largest portion of the crew, along with more than 3,500 Cambodian background actors.
It is the largest movie ever made in the country, Cambodia.
Watch (clip): Director's & Producer's views, and some highlight scenes of the film

You also can see some of the behind-the-scene slide photos that photographed by Sabay News team.

How to Watch it?

  • Save your date on February 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm and buy the ticket to watch it at any nearby theatres in Cambodia.
  • Or watch it online (any device, anywhere and anytime): you have to wait for the official release on Netflix movies on September 15, 2017 (maybe, as mentioned on the Facebook page), and you have to subscribe for monthly service on Netflix Cambodia (the fee starting from Basic $7.99, Standard $9.99, and Premium $11.99 per month) with two type of payment methods (Credit cards: Visa, Master, AMEX, and Paypal).
You have known the release date in Cambodia and for online streaming already so which way you will choose to watch? Will you really want to watch it?

[Update] First They Killed My Father Arrives Netflix on September 15,  2017.  Let watch the official trailer (HD Video) below:

For me, I will go to watch at the cinema. Hope to see you there in Phnom Penh city!

Have something to share, please drop it in the comment below.

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