Changing Cambodia (2017-2018)

My second year at the Liger Leadership Academy is going to end really soon, but by the time you’re reading this, it has already ended. Most of the year passed by really quickly. This year at Liger was way different from last year in terms of work and responsibility. I got to be involved in explorations which was something new this year. As some of the seniors mentioned in their blogs, there are five rounds of explorations in each school year and each exploration lasts 7 weeks. My five explorations are Geography Of Cambodia, Liger Wilderness Field Guide, Entrepreneurship, Theater Set Design, and Geography Book Design. All of my explorations has made at least little changes in spite of where the changes took place. Two of my explorations are soon going to really change Cambodia in the following months, before 2018 ends and they are Theater Set Design and Geography Book Design.

At the start of this year, one of the teachers started a project called the Cambodian Geography Book and the name is pretty self-explanatory. The goal of this project was to make a unique and interesting book about the geography of Cambodia for government schools and other people that are interested in learning about Cambodia. The project was divided into seven explorations and I was lucky enough to be in the first one; it was also my first exploration of the year. Our main goal in this exploration was to gather as much information as we can about the central and northern part of Cambodia; these two parts of Cambodia was referred to as region 1. The provinces in this region are Tboung Khmum, Siem Reap, Preah Vihear, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, and Oddar Meanchey. Our exploration was divided into three parts, pre-trip, trip, and post-trip. The pre-trip is the first three weeks, the trip is the week after, and the post-trip is the last three weeks. What we did during the pre-trip was gather information about the five themes of the provinces in our region. The five themes were physical systems, infrastructure, environment and society, location in spatial terms, places and regions. To make it easier to research, we split into groups of 3. Each group was assigned a theme to do research on; my group was assigned the theme physical system. The trip is self-explanatory; we went to the provinces in our region. Our goals for the trip was to experience the geographical highlights of each province and do interviews to get a story of any kind to put into the book. We got more than 27 interviews from the trip and the places that we went to were amazing. After we got back, we did research on the history of each province and made predictions. I’d say that this was a really good first step to making the book. Keep in mind that there are six more explorations related to the Cambodian Geography book, three of them is the same as this one, except that they each focused on a different region of Cambodia and the other three explorations focused entirely on book publication. Continue reading “Changing Cambodia (2017-2018)”

English Literacy: Memoir

Some time around the end of the second year in Literacy class, we were required to write a memoir which is basically a piece of writing that describes a memory of something, typically an event, that took place in the writer’s life. We went over lessons about writing a memoir then we got started. The prompt was write about an event that is really important to you and/or that changed your life. When the teacher said that, the first event that came to my mind was that time when I was at cousins’ house and terrible things happened. I don’t want to spoil the whole story for you here, so you can enjoy reading it on your own. The next paragraph will be an EXCERPT from the memoir, but if you want to read the whole thing, you can click on the link at the end of this post. Our facilitator said that each year, there will be some sort of student product which is usually a piece of writing and the memoir was one. I had a lot of fun looking back at an event that changed my life and writing it out with a few extra elements. Here is the excerpt and I hope you’ll enjoy it.

When I woke up that morning, I felt weird for some reason. My eyes were wrinkly because of the little amount of sleep I got last night; I could barely open my eyes. Normally, I wouldn’t be staying over at my cousins’ house on a weekday because I had school, but since there was no school for a reason I don’t remember, I was. I lied on the bed staring at the dark ceiling for about ten minutes and then rolled over to the right side to find nothing; my cousins weren’t there. I thought that my cousins were in the bathroom, but when I looked, the lights weren’t turned on. I got off the bed with both of my eyes half closed and opened the curtains. Sunlight shone into the room and I forced myself to shut my eyes tight; it was too bright. I went to the bathroom and washed my face, but I was still sleepy. Through the big window that was behind the bed, I looked downstairs and saw my cousins at the front door, dressed in their school uniform. I then realized that it was a school day for them. They opened the doors and put their shoes on. Before they could walk out, I left the room and ran downstairs shouting goodbye with energy that came from nowhere. My oldest cousin was already in the car when I got to the front door, but my younger cousin was still there, standing and looking at me. “Have a fun day at school and I’ll see you tonight!” I told him. “You think school is gonna be fun? I didn’t even have time this weekend to do what I enjoy this weekend,” he said and then laughed. “Hurry up, you’re gonna be late,” his dad shouted from the car. He waved me goodbye and then left. I tried my best to keep my eyes open so that I could watch them leave and when they did, the energy that came from nowhere, disappeared.

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