Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bargaining and BBQ- Khmer style.

On Saturday morning, Kirirom staff member Sok Lee lead us through the maze that is the Russian market in Phnom Penh.  We wanted to see what a real market looked like, and Sok Lee was a perfect companion.

We shopped for souvenirs, and practice our bargaining skills while we were at it - some more successful than the others. It was interesting to see that this was a huge market for export-reject goods. Having experienced similar markets in China, east Africa and India, we weren't surprised but the familiarity of the brands from supermarkets back home made us think about the relative value of resources- both labor and raw materials.
Khmer string puppets at the Russian Market

We continued our exploration of new fruits as we tried mangosteen - what the locals call milk fruit- for the first time.

In the evening, we were invited to a holiday part at Kirirom. All the staff members attended the party along with their families. There was some great barbecue (along with delicious eggplant for the vegetarians amongst us) and music. It was heartening to see that at Kirirom, camaraderie extends beyond the office.

With our final presentation only three days away, it's now time to start putting words to all the experiences we've had so far!

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