Asia Pacific Arts Festival 2018

Around 400 participants from 12 countries across Asia Pacific to attend Asia Pacific Arts Festival (APAF) 2018 held on 7 to 10 February 2018 in Siem Reap province which is home of Cambodia cultural and world heritage, Angkor Wat.

The event is an art festival which aim to pursuit toward harmony, peace and global friendship through diversified cultural exchange, team buildings, workshop and performing arts competition.

The mission of this festival is to encourage youth to promote and build unity and peace through mutual understanding of each other love for the arts.

The theme of this year is community art. Community art here sometimes known as community based art or community engaged art.

“One effective platform of building relationship and community is through music and the arts,” Mr. Stanley Chin, Artistic Director of Asia Pacific Arts Festival stated.

He also stressed that community has always been a basic human need. People need other people if they are to live their live to fullest whether through families or friends”

So far, the festival run successfully for the past six years held at difference places in Asia Pacific with participants from China, Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and so on. For this year, the festival get participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Australia.

Within festival, there is also art competition which including music and dance category with the judges from different countries. Those judges are Dr. Ryu Ki Yong from Korea, Mr. Marchin Maciejewski from Poland, Mr. So Srornos from Cambodia, Ms. Emily Li from Hong Kong, Mr. Purwa Tjaraka from Indonesia, Mr. Wong Kit Yam from Malaysia, Mr. Ian Goh from Malaysia, Ms. Cindy Yeh from Taiwan, and Ms. Nicole Yap from Malaysia. Nearly 200 candidates from 10 countries across Asia Pacific to join this competition.

Beside performing arts competition, the festival combined different activities including international friendship exchange, cultural exchange, school exchange, team building, music & dance workshop and city tour.

After the festival held in Cambodia, there are another four upcoming Asia Pacific Arts Festival in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam as following:

  • 20-23 July 2018, Singapore
  • 10-13 August 2018, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
  • 18-21 January 2019, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • 19-22 July, Singapore




Recognized as 1 of Cambodia Top Blogs to Read by was being reorganized as one of Cambodia top blogs to read by in 2013.

According to Khmer Bird website, there are around 30 blog and website were selected to be Cambodia top blogs to read in that website. Till now, some of blog does not work or update anymore.

Those are 30 blog and website are:

Can’t Stand by Neilly Din

A Dose of Cath by Catherine V Harry


In Khmer


Recognized as 1 of 10 Best Bloggers in Cambodia

In December 2017, Mr. Sok Lak, owner of is recognized as one of ten best bloggers in Cambodia by a website called The Culture Trip.


In the website of, there are ten best bloggers in the list. They are:

Sok Lak’s blog mostly write about environmental issues, social issues and the country’s economics. That blog also publish his personal articles and some publications by him.

He start to learn how to use in 2017 and later in 2010, he created a blog from blog spot, a website of google company. In 2012, he start to move all his articles to another platform called Word Press. In 2013, he move his blog to website called, but unlucky there is technical error, all around 500 articles gone in 2015. At that time, as everything gone he take a break for a year in blogging. In March 2016, he decided back to blogging journey and back to use current blog called till now.

Sok Lak Short Bio

Last update: July 2017

Sok Lak lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the country where he dreams and loves to make positive impact and grow green heart. Currently, he is co-founder of Scholar Library and Writing Alliance, an independent student-run association aiming to promote writing awareness and discussion among Cambodian young generation on various topics including climate change and environment, and other social, economic, and political problems. He is also freelancer economic reporter and has over 5 year journalism experience. As media background, he also freelance to work on media contents and media engagement for social projects run by youth group and companies as well. He got a bachelor degree of Economics Development from Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) in 2010, and bachelor degree of English Literature from University of Cambodia (UC) in 2012. From his practical experiences, and academic background, he has gained skills and qualification in project management, writing and media and communication, public speaking, and good leadership. Sok Lak very passionately loves working with young people and contributing to social change.

Agenda of International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship.

International Conference on Promoting Vibrant Social Entrepreneurship

Date: 22-24 May 2017

Venue: Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Organized by SESA Network

Sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The Royal University of Phnom Penh, and the University of Calgary

11:00 – 13:00 Registration
13:00 – 16:00 Field Visits to Social Enterprises
18:00 – 20:30 Conference Dinner, Special Presentations and Entertainment
07:30 – 08:00 Registration
08:00 – 08:15 Greetings
08:15 – 09:45 Plenary I- Regional Inspirations, Realities and Opportunities
09:45 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:15 Plenary II- Insights from Big Picture Initiatives
12:15 – 13:30 Networking lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Concurrent Sessions A
15:00 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 17:00 Concurrent Sessions B
07:30 – 08:00 Registration
08:30 – 10:00 Plenary III- Opportunities for International Collaboration
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Concurrent Sessions C
12:00 – 13:30 Networking lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Concurrent Sessions D
15:00 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 16:00 Closing



How to create blog


On 12 March 2017, Scholar Library organized a mini course on how to create blog with 4 trainee.

Paid Job during Unemployed

Many people advised that we should not leave regular jobs to work on freelance job or do business early. They also advice we need to be employed for full time in long term around 5-10 years first before leave for freelance or business. Wherever we are, all struggling, but when we jump in own work, we will feel that we hold a very big rock on our back. We need to consider everything by ourself and need to take challenges to overcome it.

Life is hard, it is more harder when we enjoy social activities rather than money orientated activities. It is more harder when we enjoy working for social benefit than for oneself. It is more harder when we think about others much than oneself.

Life is struggling. Since the end of 2013 till early 2015, to catch the dream I was being unemployed around one years and half to explore and adventure in finding the ways to be environment economist and seek for sustainable living style. And again, I was being another unemployed for whole 2016 at the same purpose and finally jump in library and knowledge management sector. Many people asked me how can I survive especially budget for wedding, transportation, communication, friends gathering, clothing and so on.

Sure, it is not easy to survive and enjoy life, but it is not pity like others, like people who is suffering and no food to eat. It is not hard like others who do not have home. It is not so difficult like others who even cannot go to study at school. I still have 3 meals and a good shelter to sleep. What I am lacking is budget to fix motor when broken, budget for wedding reason, budget for friends gathering or party, budget for working facilities especially when computer and phone broken, budget for traveling, budget for saving in case emergency and budget for any saving including for future wedding, own home, capital, healthcare and even for study in higher education especially pursue master degree. So only less new cloth, less gathering friends, less party, less entertainment, less traveling, less freedom to do what we love to do and so on.

To manage event is hard, to manage project is more harder, manage life is more and more harder. The life is full of misery, but also mystery. We cannot blame others, but blame oneself who not try more harder, who not work harder, and who not think harder.

Flashback to unemployment situation is facing, let’s clear doubt of many people how could I survive when I involve so much with volunteer works at that times. Since end of 2010, I start to involve in volunteer and social work especially environment, education (including reading and writing), culture and media. In the early of 2013, I involve in social work in form of volunteer much more than before. To sustain social work as active mode, I also involve in paid job as freelance working style.

  • Freelance on news writing: as I remember, I earned some budget from Khmer economy magazine and Cambodia economy magazine.
  • Freelance on translation: There are organization I worked for.
  • Freelance on interpretation: Involve both interpret from English to Khmer, Khmer to English, also from Chinese to Khmer, Khmer to Chinese too. That’s also including interpret for foreign report at Phnom Penh Post.
  • Freelance on selling tourism service: when have time, also used to become guide for tourist a few times. Also sell some tourism package including tour package for traveling, passport service, bus service, restaurant booking and so on.
  • Investor: in 2013, I also jump in newly establish stock market in Cambodia to experience and for learning invest a small money to be investor that time then earn some budget for survive too that time.
  • Minute taker: join a workshop and write what is going on in the workshop.
  • Speaker: Most of the times being speaker is volunteering. But some events especially even in Nepal and Barcamp, I also get fund from them on being speaker .
  • Trainer: beside being volunteering trainer in many field like writing, leadership, event management, blogging, and technology. Also used to earn from being trainer on “How to write blog”.

These paid look like a lot, but earning not equal to every month salary basis, still happy to continue these kind of journey. Journey is on going.

What’s just my experience only. If you know more opportunities on it, please share.