August 21, 2015

About Cranes

**Guest post**

Choosing any type of major equipment for your business is a decision to be made with care. To better help companies in choosing the correct overhead crane for their company or job, we have compiled some things to think about before going out and grabbing any overhead crane.

The first thing you should do is take an honest evaluation of what your company's material handling needs actually are. Cranes have load capacities and service ratings, both of which must be taken into account when deciding between cranes. The load rating is simply how much weight the crane can hold. The service rating gives you an idea of how often the crane is meant to be run. Service ratings go from Class A down to Class F, with Class being infrequent operation and Class F being continuous operation. Operating a crane beyond these limits can be costly to your company, but can also cause injury or death to operators and other employees.

Next, you will want to look at things like materials used in making the cranes and other major components. Many cranes will come in welded steel plates or aluminum sections. Steel made cranes can hold a higher capacity due the stronger metal construction. Equally important is the mechanical components and operations of the crane. There may be times when your application requires a crane that doesn't quite work in your business. Luckily, overhead cranes come in such a wide variety these days that a company that specializes in cranes, like ProservCrane for instance, can work with you to find a suitable crane for your needs.

Finally, the motor and operator controls of the crane will come into play. The more complex these systems are, the higher the price tag of the crane will go. You can choose to go with a motorized crane to help with precision control. In these cases, be sure to ask your crane vendor about other technologies included with their systems, such as variable frequency drives. Operator controls are also important in your crane purchasing decision. Some operator controls actually allow the operators to control the crane from a safe distance or allow for multi-tasking on the job.

Purchasing a new crane for your business is a big decision. It is not one to be made lightly or on a whim. Take a strong account of your business needs and restrictions before making any decision.

August 5, 2015

High-end brands in Vattanac Capital Mall

When we arrived in Phnom Penh six years ago, I think I could only name one or two decent places to get coffee or to hang out. Fast forward to today, every corner seems to have a coffeeshop and shopping malls are starting to sprout as well!

Last year, Aeon Mall opened to the delight (and distress - traffic is heavier!) of the public. So far, Aeon Mall is the biggest mall in Phnom Penh. But I am guessing it won't be the biggest for a long time.

This year, Vattanac Capital Tower, the current tallest building in Phnom Penh has opened their "luxurious" shopping mall. EJ and I went there last Friday.

Vattanac Capital Mall is a lot quieter compared to Aeon Mall. Probably because it's smaller and has lesser shops.


{Hugo Boss}


{Eric Kayser}

{Afternoon coffee and pastries with EJ at Eric Kayser}

Is Cambodia or Phnom Penh for that matter, ready for these high-end brands? Hmm, remains to be seen I guess.

August 2, 2015

Blogging Again!

I was talking to myself yesterday and I convinced myself that I should blog again. LOL! I don't know exactly what convinced me but here I am.

I think I should start by posting photos from our recent vacation to Siargao Islands in the Philippines. We love Siargao. It's too bad we didn't get to explore much of the islands because most of the time we were there, it was raining.

Here are a couple of photos from that vacation. I edited these in PhotoGrid and I think they look nice.

{During our Island hopping in Siargao Islands}

{Hubby and I chillin' at our Cabana}

I really hope to be able to blog again. I kind of miss it. 

March 4, 2015

Contractors for Renovation

I think hubby and I have been watching too much lifestyle shows lately, particularly building tiny houses and renovation shows.

We have been inspired to build a tiny house in our province. We have made plans of starting this June but we realised, we have a commercial building that we needed to renovate first. Our tiny house can wait while we work on our commercial building by the highway.

So, I have been reading about how to go about the renovation. At first we we're bent on DIY-ing. But with no background between hubby and I, we think it's better to hire contractors.

Preparing for a Commercial Building Renovation
When you have purchased a commercial building and need to make renovations for the new business, hiring the right commercial contractors for the job is important. Some commercial buildings just need a facelift and others need to have demolition with rebuilding. Taking the time out of your schedule to interview contractors and inspect the project may not be available. You can use a placement service to assist.

Use a Contractor Placement Service
A contractor matching or placement service is ideal for busy business owners. They do all of the interviewing for you. Their experts take the time to examine certifications, verify qualifications and view the relevant experience that qualified contractors have. This ensures that only the most qualified individuals will be presented to you for consideration.

Present the Details for the Project
As you present the project to a contractor locating service, it is essential that you provide the exact details of the project. This should include a preliminary blueprint, a breakdown of the necessary features and what the space needs to provide. This helps the service match these skills needed to the available contractor pool.

Accepting a Bid
Once you have found a contractor that you are satisfied with, accepting the bid is the last step before construction begins. Ensure that the bid is itemized and that there are no discrepancies. An accepted bid and signed contract move the project forward.

Having the right contractors working on your commercial space is a must. There are specific building codes to maintain as well as zoning standards, safety standards and health codes to maintain. All of these items must be taken into consideration when selecting the right team to complete the work.

January 18, 2015

Happy 2015!

Hi! Just checking in to greet the blogosphere a wonderful 2015!

{We spent Christmas and New Year in Manila}

It's been a long while since I last blogged. I miss blogging. I wish I could go back to my old blogging routine but I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon. I'll probably write a few posts here and there though.

I wish everyone a great 2015!