Round 1 Math

My stress level keeps building up as the real SAT test is slowly approaching. In our essential classes, we focus mainly on ideas and questions that will be on the actual SAT test. While everyone else had the chance to be in school, prepping, I was away on an internship which will continues on till the end of December. It was challenging, working while trying to keep track of my math hours and without a teacher guidance. Khan Academy is one of my resources that I used for the preparation. At the same time, I also used cracksat website to get SAT questions in which it allows me to get familiar with the test questions itself.  There were variety of questions from different areas, algebra, geometry as well as trigonometry. My goal was to an hour of math everyday. Due to the busyness, it was difficult to keep up the work, so I also had to dedicate my weekend time into math practice. 


Changing Cambodia _ 2017 – 2018

It almost got me, but it failed. From a few little red spots, it formed a round shape and slowly turned into blisters. They were everywhere on my body — five spots to be exact. Those were ring worms. I unexpectedly got infected by dogs. My life was in a hot mess after I got back from my project’s mission at Mondulkiri, under an intention of diminishing human and animals’ cause of death from rabies by providing free rabies vaccines. Another mission appeared to be a few weeks after the previous mission. I would admit that I was not ready for it since my infection had not recovered: I was frustrated. I even asked to not touch anymore animals due to my concern about ring worms. On the actual mission day, my only main role was to raise rabies awareness to villagers who brought their cats and dogs to our place. But, I could not  help by just staring at my teammates doing the work, so I jumped in anyway and started helping with the vaccinations.

Being able to support and be the reasons for other people’s enhancement is my elation. The helping process itself can be frustrated, exhausted, uncomfortable and sometimes could be harmful, but it is worth it. We born on the same planet, but not with the same identity. Some people already had so much while some others are still struggling to find paths for a proper life condition. Building up motivations for others is like bringing smiles and hopes. We help by providing supports for others to get a better quality of life.

Cambodia, with an approximation of 15 million people, are suffering from rabies. Based on a data that was collected by Pasteur Institute in 2009, dogs population is ⅓ of Cambodian population while roughly 800 people died from rabies every year. In a group of 10, we took these information into actions. We collaborated with two experts to host two free rabies vaccination events, Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWs) and Animal Rescue Cambodia (ARC). We worked with PPAWs for two days down at Mondulkiri to raise rabies awareness, provided rabies vaccines, and offered free health checkup for dogs and cats. We then organized and advertised a second free rabies vaccination event with ARC at Koh Krobey village (a village near our school). It took us the whole day for the event and we successfully injected 167 dogs and cats. Both missions were impressively successful! We can see the care from those animals’ owners. Tuk tuks, motos, cars were coming from every directions to our vaccination location. I found the experience worthwhile and that it’s doing two jobs at the same time. Both animals and human are safer from rabies.

Equally important, Camkids, an NGO down at Kampong Speu opened a primary school. Children are allowed to go to school with no payments required. Camkids guided villagers to collaborate and be the leader for their own community. Villagers are delighted with the existence of Camkids because without Camkids, their children might have to go to some far for schools in Kampong Speu or villagers might not even consider sending their children to school. During a seven-week project, I worked with a group of seven to create a well designed survey to see how Camkids has improved the communities around it since it was built. We used our knowledge from AP statistics to structure our survey. We then went down to Kampong Speu and surveyed about 103 villagers from three villages around Camkids (Chbar Chross, Trorpaing Mean,Ta Ngov) on three categories: health and nutrition, education, as well as wealth and income. Each survey took us about 30 to 45 minutes. We modeled our survey from a previous survey that was conducted when Camkids just started. We analyzed our data and displayed them in best way possible, using graphs and description. Our work will be display on Camkids’ website and could be seen by possible donors. I would be looking forward to hearing more about how my team’s data has helped with the improvement of those three villages. Currently, villagers’ access to power supplies down at villages around Camkids are still depending on batteries as well as solar. At the same time, education is also another important aspect that still need improvement. I volunteered to spend a few days during my last summer break down at Kampong Speu to work with a few Princeton students to install solar panels at the school, so students there could have extra english classes in the evening.

We all fully aware that education is necessary, but I am sure we should be both physically and mentally healthy as well. Besides learning time, I am also a frisbee player and has volunteered to dedicate my weekend time into teaching Camkids students frisbee. Many children at Camkids, never know what frisbee really is; they have never seen nor touched one before. I went there with my girls teammates for half a day to train around 60 children frisbee. They seemed to enjoy playing and learning about this new sport. We are also looking forward to pick determined players from Camkids to join our first, Cambodian women ultimate, Bee Force.  

As a matter of fact that the idea of offering support is essential, putting it into action is the next step. Times were being dedicated into variety of projects with a clear intention that we want to see change, a positive one. As a 16-year-old, I found this tough, and I sometimes uncertain if this goal is too big to accomplish. But, I carried out one quote from mother Teresa, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love.” Doing what we are capable of would be ideal. Being the support for others could take a lot of courage to keep going especially for someone who is a shy person like me. It is putting ourselves into being uncomfortable, but it is my pleasure to see what I have done has actually create impact. Going on field trips gave me unforgettable memories. I learned to become an empathetic person and be braver to share what I’ve got. I believe and I will keep on doing what I can and see Cambodia, my home country, grow into a better place.

The Network

June 8th, 2018

The end of my 2017 – 2018 school year has approached really quickly. It ended with three amazing performances by our seniors and juniors students of a play, The Network. The play was mainly about how people used the network as part of their daily life and how it has an impact on people in both positive and negative way. The play was about 90 minutes long. I do think acting is fun, but I decided to try on taking on a new job, which I had no clue of what I would be doing to get my job done; I only knew that I would not be involved in acting at all. I was asked by my teacher, Alli, if I wanted to become our play’s stage manager. I thought about it overnight and I said “Yes”. It was a huge risk for me, but with some support from my teacher, I figured out what to do. In class, I would be helping to give advice to actors about where they should be standing as well as offering suggestions for improvement. I also took control of our production side: light cues, sound cues, costumes, and props as well as making sure my people were doing work that was assigned. We did our play at the Department of Performing Arts on the 6th, 7th and 8th of June. Before the play and during the play, a job as a stage manager was tough for me. I had to make sure our props were all in place, our lights were correctly programmed, our sounds were ready to go, etc. We had some issues with lights, but we finally figured it out. I was wrapped in wires with a walkie-talkie so I could communicate with my teammates while running the play. I was stressed out, but I did try to calm myself down and kept working at my best. I was proud of people’s comment about the play itself; I realized that I did it and that I had done my job! Taking risk is tough and feel uncomfortable, but we better take risks to experience what is new in order to explore what we are not capable of.

Khmer Model United Nations

May 24th, 2018

Feeding the World’s Growing Billion, Air Quality and Pollution Control are hot topics that are being discussed for solutions everywhere in the world. Liger have also taken the topic and present in a slightly distinctive way by debating the topics in all Khmer format following the Model United Nations (MUN) process. Everyone would be a representation of a country which is known as “delegate”. I was the delegate of France. It was a new experience doing MUN and was stressful due to the time limit we got, but we did it so well. I found the experience could benefit me in a variety of ways: I can use more advanced Khmer words, but at the same time, I could also learn about the country I represented and be able to improve my public speaking skill. I like the experience and I am really looking forward to more of this next year. Below is a link to our first Khmer MUN preview that was created by my friend, Samady Sek.

Frisbee Coaching – Camkids – Kampong Speu

6th May 2018

It was a great time spent down at Kampong Speu on a Sunday morning. Me and a few of my other friends did a three-hour long frisbee coaching for kids at a community school, Camkids. We can see the excitement and smiles on their little faces; they were having lots of fun. We taught them throwing techniques, game techniques as well as rules for the game. We can share loves through a variety of ways and I am proud that I am one of a distributor of this training. We also donated 4 frisbees for the school so those kids can continue on practicing in their free time.  


March 30th

My happiness comes from people’s smile. If I can do any skills that I am capable of doing to fulfill people’s needs, I would do so. I am proud to be one of the Surveying exploration’s member. Our main goal was to create our own, precise survey to collect data about three villages down at Kampong Speu, one of the provinces in Cambodia. We will analyze the data by ourselves and write them out or display them in a graph or a table so we could express villages’ condition so we could prove the villages’ situation to potential donors. In doing this project, we were working with Camkids, an organization down there, that started to help to improve the villagers’ livelihood down at the three villages since Camkids was created. We were focusing on people’s income and expenses, health and nutrition and education. We created questions for each category. We tried our best to get rid of response bias questions as much as we can due to the wordings of our questions. We then tested them out with our school’s staffs to see if the questions make sense to them. We went down to Kampong Speu with some volunteers to help us surveying families those three villages. Each survey took us about 30 to 45 minutes and we surveyed 103 families in a day. We tried to keep our surveying technique as not bias as possible, but still, the survey was a convenient sample and there were two or three questions that were misunderstood by our volunteers. We got back to school and started to organize all the data and try many sorts of way to display our data in a precise way as possible. It took us somewhere around two weeks looking at all the questions and see which one we can eliminate and which one we can analyze. I am impressed with the works I’ve achieved in this project and I am looking forward to seeing those analyses on Camkids’ website and I am hoping to know that my data can actually attract potential donors into helping to improve villagers’ livelihood in these three villages. 

PHARE, Filming Project – Battambang

25th -31rd, March

I have to really admit this, out of all opportunities that I’ve gotten so far, this opportunity is another amazing experience I had. It was crazy at first when I was told that I was selected to be a part of this project and at that time all I knew was that I was going to be involved in a film production and that I will be working with professionals which I had no idea who they were. It was scary at first, hopping on a bus with strangers when we literally never have had a conversation together any time before that. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do, but the situation started to come together when we all started talking and working together. The purpose of the project was mainly to create a music video about Phare brightness of  Art, an art school. I learned a lot out of the experience. It was a two-week long project and I was in the first week. There were lots of planning going on during the first week and I was mostly working on interviewing founders to learn more about Phare. It was not a normal interview like I learned in school; it was more like creating emotions sort of interview. I also was helping in being a director assistant in the practice shoot as well as explaining the concepts to students at the school so they could help coming up with ideas to create the music video with us. I had lots of fun working with the school as well as the Human Agency team. They were all friendly and great group of people to be working with. I really appreciate the opportunity they have given to me and I am anticipating looking forward to future project that the Human Agency is willing to offer to us in August to learn more in-depth aspects of filming.

Check out our video! 

Frisbee Competition – Malaysia

17th March 2018

Here is another amazing opportunity being offered. Every weekend on Sunday, I would be joining a frisbee training with other girls; we call our selves “Bee Force”. Through hard work and lots of training time, I got selected from our team to go to Malaysia to be in the competition, to represent our country and to represent our only girls’ team. We got lots of new players. Some of our players only got like half a year of experience, but we all tried our best to compete. Out of the six games we played, we won 1! It was a great experience to see how much all of us were pushing ourselves and we finally won our first international game! It was really inspirational for me to see how many other women play out there; they are strong! I even saw some women were playing against men! There is no specific gender for any kind of sports, anyone can be good at it as long as they try.  

Greek God – Hermes

We’ve been learning about Ancient Civilization in our Literacy class. We were focusing Greek Mythology. We researched about a Greece god, so I god Hermes. Hermes is a god messenger, but could also be known as a god of music or god of wind. I was supposed to write a character profile about my greek god, so below is a quick myth about Hermes. We also had to create suitcase symbolism to represents materials that our god would bring if they were to go anywhere.

At an age of one day old, a young baby Hermes revealed his unique personalities: curious, smart, but also a trickster. Hermes is a son of Zeus, ruler of the Olympian gods/goddesses and Maia, a daughter of Titan Atlas. This second youngest of the Olympian god was born in a course of one day on Mount Cylene in Arcadia. On the first day of his birth, Hermes sneaked out of his cradle when his nurses turned away from him. He wandered around in the field and saw a herd of cattle. He then drove them off and hid them in a cave in mountains. By the time he realized that his nurses will come to find him again, he started to head home. On the way, baby Hermes found a tortoise shell. He then connected strings to it and had created himself a tortoise lyre. He entertained himself by playing his new instrument till he got home. He then went straight back to the cradle; no one was aware about what he had done. Apollo, the owner of the cattles also known as god of music, poetry and art, was told by an old man that his cattles were stolen by baby Hermes. Apollo went straight to Maia, and told her what had happened. She was surprised and took Apollo to baby Hermes, who’s sleeping peacefully in the cradle. Apollo didn’t believe the innocent look of baby Hermes and insisted to take him to mount Olympus before Zeus or any other gods could say anything. Baby Hermes denied and could talk as fast and fluence enough that other gods who were there were amused and delighted by it. Hermes stole the cattles, but Zeus, his father still felt so proud of his son that baby Hermes could do such a thing when he’s only a day old. Hermes is intelligent, but he still need to confess what he had done and that he should also bring Apollo to where he had hidden the herd of oxens. He brought his new tortoise lyre to play on the way and Hermes was seemed to be impressed by it. Hermes gave his new instrument to Apollo, since Apollo loves musics. Apollo seemed to forgive baby Hermes by then. Apollo then gave his cattles to baby Hermes in return.

Science Fair – Olympic Stadium

2nd March, 2018

Stem is always an interesting idea to investigate and learn deep into them. They are just mind-blowing. Some materials that we found useless can turn into amazing structures. I am glad to participate the STEM event that was held at Olympics Stadium. There were lots of materials being built by students and many other engineers to represent physics behind a system as well as a building. Besides that, I also got a team of three with two of my classmates to go activities that were created by STEM event organizer. It was amazing that we can also have fun while learning a concept. I am also happy to see lots of government school students showed up and actually presented something they’ve learned in school.