Surveying

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.

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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.

Camkids Survey – Kampong Speu

4th March, 2018

I am currently in an exploration that is mainly focusing on creating surveys that will not create bias answer when we ask our questions. So far, we’ve been working on creating questions relating to different sections: education, health, and loans. We went down to Kampong Speu on the 1st of March just to get some more information relating to how we can make sure our survey fits with the people there. We went there again on the 4th to interview villagers for a whole day and we got a sample size 105 people, which is a fairly good amount comparing to a population size of around 300. I learned a lot from the survey. To me, it isn’t just a project to collect data, but I can feel the difficulties of Cambodians who are living in those villages in Kampong Speu. Due to money, children are quitting school. Due to money, some of the families only spend 50 cents in a day for foods. I found the information helpful and our team will soon do a data analysis relating to the answers that we’ve collected. The data will be helpful for Camkids, an organization down there, to help to find donors to help to improve the village’s condition.  

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. 

Rabies Mission – Phnom Penh Mission

7th February, 2018

I’ve always been so in love with animals and I am so glad to be apart of this exploration to be able to help to improve animals’ lives as well as people’s safety that are living around them. The mission went so well and we successfully injected 167 cats and dogs! It was a long and tired day, but we didn’t lose our courage to continue on working at all. Some of us scanned for chips (in case the dog has already gotten rabies injection) while some of us injected vaccines and recorded animal’s data. I am really looking forward in helping to be apart of this project sometimes more in the future. I feel like it is a nice action from our side to help animals. They might not be able to talk, but I believe that they also have a sense in their minds that they also want to live their lives healthily as well. It was awesome to see those animals’ owners were smiling when they know that their pets will be safe from Rabies! 

Zoonotics Description – Rabies

Name of course: Zoonotics Diseases 

Learning Facilitator: Kieran ONeil

Number of students:  11

Course Description:

During this exploration course, I’ve been learning about Zoonotics Diseases in Cambodia. In this class, we mainly focused on the learning of Rabies. Rabies is really a big issue in Cambodia since a data that was recorded by Pasture Institute in 2009, there are about 5 million dogs in Cambodia, which is also 1/3 of the population. In addition to this, there are approximately 800 people died out of Rabies that was recorded by Pasture only, which made us think that the data is still underestimated; there could be more. We worked with many people from Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWs), Animals Rescue Cambodia (ARC) as well as Pasture Institute to support them with spreading Rabies awareness. Besides that, we also went on trips with them to help with their free vaccination project as well as health checks for dogs and cats. It was difficult, but fun at the same time! Especially when I love dogs! I am really looking forward for the future event that will be held by ARC to give free Rabies vaccination on the 7th of February! 

 

Change Gender Summit 2018

27th January, 2018

I was invited to be part of the Liger Gender Summit 2018 hosted by an exploration group from the Liger Leadership Academy. I am delighted to be apart of the summit since I got to meet lots of other students in both genders from other schools. It is also interesting to listen to their opinions and experiences related to gender issues since gender is a really big issue across the globe. It is a heart touching issue and both genders have experienced similar issues in their lives. Both genders found it difficult to confront with their parents even though they are not happy with what they were told relating to how they should behave.  I found the experience helpful for me to share the stresses and worries that I have been keeping in my mind for a long time. I believe that everyone deserves to be loved as well as to recieve equal rights. Everyone can do whatever they want as long as the actions would lead them joy. Be yourself! 🙂 

Spanish Class

¡Hola! ¿cómo estás? I am currently taking Spanish class during my after school for an hour a week just to improve my knowledge of language. I learned some basic conversation phrases as well as words that go along with it. I love learning languages. I think it would make my life easier to travel! It’s still quite challenging to remember all the words, but I believe that it is not a skill that can’t be improved.