Fixer, Guide and Momos

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Fixer, Guide and Momos

Postby Kung-fu Hillbilly » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:32 pm

I'd rather not have to return to Australia next time and I was wondering what an unskilled person could do to pay his rent in Phnom Penh.One idea was to act as an apartment/house rental agent/fixer spending the day with prospective tenants showing them places around Phnom Penh for a fee. I could also offer personalized tours for short stay tourists (those with money that only come for a few days or so) guiding them to places of personal interest, or on tandard day tours. These two facilitating services able to co-exist pretty easily, I think. Whether there's already too much competitioin in these areas, or I'm able to generate enough interest, I'm not sure.

Perhaps I could get enough cash together to set up a small take away business - Aussie Dogs or Momo Masters. Mmmmm momos.

Any of those ideas have merit?

Too dumb to teach english.

Any ideas?
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Re: Fixer, Guide and Momos

Postby StroppyChops » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:48 pm

Personally I reckon there's merit in the fixer idea.
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Re: Fixer, Guide and Momos

Postby Alf Stewart » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:49 pm

I would guess most people would want a local guide showing them around and the city is already awash with estate agents. No idea what a momo is but it sounds like your best bet of the above choices.
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Re: Fixer, Guide and Momos

Postby Kung-fu Hillbilly » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:51 pm

StroppyChops wrote:Personally I reckon there's merit in the fixer idea.
I thought so as well. Strop. Not sure if there's already someone doing it. (westerner, not motodop)
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Re: Fixer, Guide and Momos

Postby Kung-fu Hillbilly » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:53 pm

Alf Stewart wrote:I would guess most people would want a local guide showing them around and the city is already awash with estate agents. No idea what a momo is but it sounds like your best bet of the above choices.
How many westerners are showing rentals to those just off the boat?

Momos are little steamed or fried packets of heaven.
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Re: Fixer, Guide and Momos

Postby StroppyChops » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:54 pm

Personally I'd deal with an expat fixer who was up front and honest about their charges, commissions etc over a local I don't know. I understand that's not PC but I've heard too many first hand accounts of tenants unknowingly paying ongoing commissions in their rent amount.
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Re: Fixer, Guide and Momos

Postby Kung-fu Hillbilly » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:57 pm

Yeah, that's what I kind of thought. If you played it with a straight bat down the line and just took a one off fee, I think people would respond to that.
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Re: Fixer, Guide and Momos

Postby Username Taken » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:32 pm

Kung-fu Hillbilly wrote:
Alf Stewart wrote: No idea what a momo is but it sounds like your best bet of the above choices.
Momos are little steamed or fried packets of heaven.
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Re: Fixer, Guide and Momos

Postby dagenham » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:39 am

Kung-fu Hillbilly wrote:Yeah, that's what I kind of thought. If you played it with a straight bat down the line and just took a one off fee, I think people would respond to that.
You would really really have to know your shit. Plus fluent Khmer would be a major plus. You would need to be articulate and well dressed - look the part. Why would people hire you unless you have vast experience and qualifications and valuable local connections? What exactly are you bringing to the table that people will pay dosh for? Just being white aint going to fly - that's for sure...

There area already a few professional "fixers" in town and have been here for a very long time. For example, for all media contacts Nic Ray is "the guy" that they all go to, but he has earned that job in a major way. A smart, well-educated, witty and articulate Brit who married into a wealthy and influential Khmer family. That bloke is at the top of the game and widely known and respected.
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Re: Fixer, Guide and Momos

Postby Mr Curious » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:45 am

for me what I'd like is someone with a decent knowledge of the country that could show me around. Even local guide might work as the locals who really know seem to have NO inclination to learn enough English to do this sort of thing.
You'd need a car for that kinda thing tho...any Tiko's near ya for sale?
I think it would be GREAT to occasionally get out for a looksee by car, bus is just a grueling assault on the senses, tho it gets you from point A to point B tuk tuk/moto feeding frenzy spot :)


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