Household Garden

On 12th, September 2019 we went to a village in Saang district located in Kandal province. It’s a village where most people depend on farming. It’s one of the main vegetable importers in Phnom Penh city. Surprisingly all the vegetable imports from Saang are all using chemicals. Therefore, we want to interview the farmers about their perspective on using the chemical as well as the strategy of growing vegetables. We expect to really understand deeply about their perspective on using chemicals. Furthermore, we also prepared lists of questions to ensure that we on the spot of our expectations.

 

After we interviewed 26 farmers, we found that almost all farmers use chemical fertilizers and there are many reasons behind that. However, the most common two that I heard from most farmers are because it helps their plant to grow faster, it helps them to find money faster to support their living standard as well as they’re very convenient to use. The other one is about market demand which most customers are looking for strong and fresh vegetables. They don’t prefer vegetables with insects or leaves scorching. Thus, they have to satisfy the customers in order to find the suitable money for their family. In addition, I also heard some farmers said that if they don’t use chemical it will affect the hold gardens because when other farms use chemicals all the pests and insects will come to ruin their farms and plants that’s why they have to use the chemical in order to protect their farm. One interesting highlight is when I interview farmers I observed that at each of the farmer’s houses have small garden behind their house which they grow variety of plants. As I interviewed, all those small garden grows organically which for the consumption of their family. This really caught me that they never eat the vegetables from the farms. Another interesting highlight is I usually heard about a rumor that said there are the chemicals that could turn the small vegetable into a big and fresh vegetable for only one night and that rumor is actually true. It surprise me because I never think it would become true.

 

As a change agent of Cambodia, this is one of the most unforgettable experiences and memories that I had. It is really important to really understand deeply about people’s minds and feelings just like a quote says “put yourself in other people’s shoes.” This really show that family’s demand is really important which people even kill their own citizen just to support the living but do those farmers really want to do it? No, but they have no choice. It the only options they can do.  As a younger generation, it is an big condition that I need to really consider and to make the real action. Although, I anticipate that in the future this would become a better situation.

How I Changed Cambodia 2018-2019

As a 14 years old girl in Cambodia, we shouldn’t really think change in Cambodia. However, we aren’t waiting for tomorrow; we are changing our own country now. Liger has provided students many opportunities to experience and explore new things and their passion throughout the project which we call exploration. Exploration is a project-based learning experience focused on finding solutions to real-world problems where students work together in groups to explore relevant, often complex questions problem or challenge. Change Agent is a very meaningful word to me, a very inspirational word to me. When I come to learn at Liger I’ve realized that I did make a lot of change for my country. Being a change a gent is not just about how much you understand about the world or country. In fact, it’s about how much you putting effort in contribute it outside to the world. As a young learner and a young generation of Cambodia, I’ve contributed many change to my own country. Even though, it is just a small but to me it means a lot and I’m really honored to these contributions. Below are just some project and experiences I make for Cambodia this year. Enjoy reading.

Khmer Traditional food exploration is a project which basically study Khmer food and helps to promoted Khmer food back. In this exploration, I’ve learned a lot such as skills, to know my goals clearer, interview skills, etc….. In the first few weeks we research and find a restaurant that serves Khmer food and we try to contact them and go visit their restaurant. We’ve sent email to a lot of restaurants but there is only three restaurant that response us back which are Mahob restaurant, Cuisine Wat Domnak, and Sugar Palm. All of those restaurants are located in Siem Reap. Then, we decided to take a trip to Siem Reap for 4 days. The goal of this exploration is to explore more about our own traditional food and how it creates. Also, we want to engaged more with the chef and interview them about their life and their background before they become a chef. Moreover we want to about their feeling as well as their perspective as chef and we also want to know more their challenges and experience as a chef. After interview the chef. I can see that being a chef is not easy but people don’t really see them that way, they don’t give value to the chef, they don’t really support them. However being a chef is very important because either the food is healthy or it can make you sick is depends on the chef. So, this is very important that we should help and spread the words to the people change their mind and start to support the job as a chef. By doing this it will help to encourage as well as to empower to keep doing what they are doing which also help to conserve Khmer food.

 

Another great project is Indigenous Community exploration which is a project to research and learn about some indigenous groups in Cambodia. For this round we only focus on two indigenous group which are Kui ( Preah Vihear) and Steing ( Kratie). There are 9 theme to focus on and learn about. They are ceremony, food, geography, norm/belief, education/ healthcare, economy/daily life, language, music/art and people/ environment. The goals of this exploration help to promote and preserve indigenous groups. Throughout this exploration we also want to improve our interview skills, writing skills, photography skills, designing skill and video skills. At the end of this exploration we publish a book of Kui community and video of Steing community that help to promote those indigenous group . In order to accomplish this, we went to Preah Vihear and Kratie which we went directly to their community to interview them to collect the information and videos to create the book and to put it on our blog to help to promote their community. I think this exploration had impact a lot to Cambodia because some students and other people don’t even know about what indigenous group is which is a problem that as they are a young Cambodian and they don’t know about indigenous people in their own country. So, by published the books and videos is very beneficial for people.

Last but not least, Khmer Model United Nation(Khmer MUN) is also one of the great experiences to have. Khmer MUN is an event where the delegate of the country come together and find a proper solution the country that they represents based on the perspective of the country. In a conference there will 20 to 30 delegate with 2 to 3 topics. First the delegate will given the speech about the country perspectives on the topic that has given. Then each delegate will come together with the other delegate to make the resolutions for the topics that they have a strong perspectives with. After, the delegates finish making the resolutions. The debate time will start which the main submitter will come up and give a talk and read the resolutions. Then, the co submitter will come up and give the talks on a resolution that they really agree and wants the other other delegate to vote for. Then, the other delegates can come up and give a talks about a resolution that they disagree with or they want to delete which they need to convince the other delegate to vote for. The delegates can also make amendments to delete, change or add to the resolution and send to the chair of the conference. As it was the first time for me to join Khmer MUN it was a bit complex for me but it’s not that complex since I’m pretty comfortable doing in Khmer. It’s great to know more people and work with the other people. I think this one way  to help Cambodian children to be more confident in public speaking. Also, it a great ways to help young Cambodian children to learn to work with other to create a change or create a good resolution to help their own country as well as the world.

ការតែងសេចក្ដីបែបពន្យល់​ “ ងើយស្កកឱនដាក់គ្រាប់”

ក្រឡេកមើលទៅវាលស្រែដ៏លឿងទុំដែលគ្របដណ្ដប់ទៅដោយគួរស្រូវ ។​ បើយើងក្រឡេកមើលទៅគួរស្រូវនីមួយ​ៗ វាប្រាកដជាមានភាពខុសគ្នាហើយ ។ នៅក្នុងនោះមានគួរស្រូវពីបែបដែលយើងគួរកត់សម្គាល់ មួយគឺដើមស្រូវដែលឈរត្រង់ និងមួយទៀតគឺដើមដែលរាងកោងចុះទៅដី ​។ បន្ថែម  នឹងនោះទៀតអ្នកប្រាកដជាឃើញដើមស្រូវដែលឈរត្រង់គឺមានគ្រាប់តិចជាងដើមស្រូវដែលកោងចុះហើយ ។ ដូច្នេះហើយបានជាមានសុភាសិតមួយដែលបានលើកឡើងថា​ “ងើយស្កក​ ឱនដាក់គ្រាប់” ។​ តើសុភាសិតដែលបានចែងខាងលើមានអត្ថន័យយ៉ាងដូចម្ដេចខ្លះ? 

 

ដើម្បីជាប្រទីបបភ្លឺផ្លូវទៅដល់ការបកស្រាយសុភាសិតមួយនេះយ៉ាងពិស្ដារ យើងគួរយល់នូវ   ពាក្យគន្លឹះមួយចំនួនជាមុនសិន ដូចជា ស្កក និង ឱន ។ ពាក្យថា ស្កក គឺជាការសំកកនៅដោយមិនបានផលអ្វីសោះ ។ រីឯពាក្យថា ​ឱន គឺជាការបន្ទាបខ្លួន ឬ បង្អោនកាយចុះ ។ ដូចដែលបានលើកឡើងនូវសុភាសិតខាងលើ ។ បើតាមន័យសាមញ្ញធម្មតា ស្រូវណាដែលឱនចុះគឺជាគួរស្រូវដែលលូតលាស់ល្អមានគ្រាប់ស្រូវច្រើននិងជួយផ្ដល់ផលយ៉ាងល្អទៅដល់កសិករ ។ រីឯគួរស្រូវដែលងើយត្រង់យើងមិនសូវមើលឃើញមានគ្រាប់ច្រើនទេគឺវាលូតលាស់មិនសូវល្អទេ ហើយមិនសូវផ្ដល់ផលទៅដល់កសិករនោះឡើយ ។ ទន្ទឹមនឹងនោះដែរ បើធៀបទៅនឹងសង្គមសព្វថ្ងៃ មនុស្សណាដែលអង់អាច កោងកាច មិនយល់ពីគេ មានអំនួតលើខ្លួនឯង ។ មនុស្សប្រភេទនេះយើងមិនសូវជាឃើញអ្នកផងទាំងឡាយចូលចិត្តនិងស្រលាញ់រាប់អាននោះទេ ។ រីឯមនុស្សដែលចេះដាក់ខ្លួនឱ្យតម្លៃអ្នកដទៃ គោរពអ្នកដទៃគឺតែងតែទទួលបាននូវការគោរពស្រលាញ់និងកោតសរសើរពីអ្នកនៅជុំវិញខ្លួនជានិច្ច ។ ជាការពិតណាស់មនុស្សដែលអួតខ្លួន ឈ្លើយ មើលងាយគេគឺមិនសូវទទួលបានភាពជោគជ៏យប៉ុន្មានទេ ។ ដូចដែលពាក្យមួយដែលគេតែងនិយាយថា​ មនុស្សដែលគ្រអើតគ្រទមតែងតែត្រូវគេជាន់ពន្លិច ។ រីឯអ្នកដែលចិត្តល្អតែងតែត្រូវគេលើក     តម្កើង ។ ជាទឡ្ហីករណ៍បើយើងជាមនុស្សឈ្លើយប្រើសម្ដីមិនល្អទៅកាន់នរណាំម្នាក់នោះនោពេលដែលយើងត្រូវការឱ្យគេជួយអ្វី គេប្រាកដជាមិនជួយយើងនោះទេ ។ ផ្ទុយទៅវិញបើយើងចេះទុកដាក់សម្ដី  ដោយនិយាយទន់ភ្លន់នោះនៅពេលយើងមានធុរ់ៈអ្វីមួយនោះគេនឹងចាំជួយយើងជានិច្ច ។ ដើម្បីឱ្យកាន់តែច្បាស់យើងគួរក្រឡេកមើលទៅតួអង្គ នាយភាត្រា(នាយសំពៅ) ដែលត្រូវជាស្វាមីរបស់នាងលក្ខិណា នាយភាត្រាគឺជាមនុស្សដែលអួតក្អេងក្អាងមើលងាយភរិយារបស់ខ្លួន ដោយថានាងមិនចេះទុកដាក់   ទ្រព្យសម្បត្តិ គិតថាមានតែខ្លួនឯង ហើយហ៊ានប្ដូ្ភរភរិយាខ្លួនជាមួយនឹងភរិយារបស់ចៅមាណពដែលគេហៅថាជាស្រីកញ្ជើធ្លុះ ។ នៅទីបញ្ជប់នាយភាត្រាដែលធ្លាប់តែមានទ្រព្យសម្បត្តិស្ដុកស្ដម្ភ ត្រូវបានក្លាយជាអ្នកក្រដោយសារតែមានអំនួតលើខ្លួនឯងពេក ហើយដោយសារការមិនចេះទុកដាក់របស់នាងខាត់ ។ រីឯនាងលក្ខិណាក្រោយបានក្លាយជាភរិយារបស់ចៅមាណព នាងចេះទុកចេះដាក់នៅទ្រព្យសម្បតិ្តទាំងអស់យ៉ាងមានរបៀប ។ មិនត្រឹមតែប៉ុណ្ណោះនាងមានទំនាក់ទំនងយ៉ងស្និទស្នាលជាមួយនឹងអ្នកផងរបងជាមួយនាងទៀតផង ដោយការចែករំលែកគ្នាទៅវិញទៅមក ។ 

 

សរុបមកវិញយើងឃើញថា កាលណាដែលយើងចេះដាក់ខ្លួនគោរពអ្នកដទៃ ឱ្យតម្លៃអ្នកដទៃនោះយើងនឹងមានអ្នកលើកតម្កើង ស្រលាញ់ចូលចិត្តច្រើនជាមិនខាន ប៉ុន្តែបើយើងជាមនុស្សដែលអួតអាងយើងនឹងមិនមាននរណាម្នាក់ចង់រាប់អាន និង នៅក្បែរនោះទេ មិនថាយើងមានដំណែង ឬ ឋានៈ   ខ្ពស់យ៉ាងណាក៏ដោយ ។ 

 

បើតាមការអធិប្បាយយ៉ាងពិស្ដារខាងលើបានបំភ្លឺបញ្ចាំងយ៉ាងជាក់ថាសុភាសិតមួយនេះពិតជាមានអត្ថន័យអប់រំយ៉ាងយ៉ាងជ្រាលជ្រៅទៅដល់បគ្គុលនីមួយៗឱ្យចេះរស់នៅដោយដើរទៅតាមគន្លង   ក្រមសីលធម៌ដោយគ្មានការរើសអើងឬក្រអើតក្រទមណាមួយឡើយ ។ ជាចុងបញ្ចប់ក្នុងនាមជាកូនខ្មែរ យើងគួរតែបន្តដើរទៅតាមគន្លងមួយនោះកុំបីខាន ។ ហើយត្រូវដឹងថារាល់សកម្មភាព ឬ អកប្បកិរិយាណាមួយសុទ្ធតែអាចជះឥទ្ធិពលទៅបុគ្គលផ្សេងៗ ជានិច្ច ។ ដូច្នេះត្រូវធ្វើអ្វីដែលត្រូវប្រសើរជាងធ្វើអ្វីដែលនាំឱ្យស្ដាយក្រោយ ។ 

Marine Theatre

            Marine Theatre exploration is a 7 weeks projects that learning and researching about marine life in Cambodia. The goal of the exploration is to create a final plays that show about the problems that threaten to marine life and how it affects the country as well as the humans. 

          In order to create a play or a performance, we’ve learned a lot about marine life, the impact on marine life as well as learning about performance skills. We also learn about how to do snorkeling. Then we went on a trip to Koh Seh to an organization called Marine Conservation Cambodia(MCC) to snorkel around and see different creatures. We also talked to the MCC staff and ask some questions about the problem that is happening now and the goal of the MCC and the last section that we did on Koh Seh was cleaning up the beach.

         When we come back from Koh Seh we started to brainstorm the ideas to create which we have to find the main problem that the play could help to convince people to help and protect the ocean. Throughout the process of creating a play, we also divided into different roles such as director, director assistant, stage designer, costume designers, actor, tour management, script writer and media communication. As I am a director assistant, I need to be responsible in helping each roles when they needed something and I had to check in and out with the team make sure everything was okay. Also, I need to look at the actor make sure they have everything they need for the play. After the plays has created we had performed the play  for Monkey School and the Kep Garden school. 

          Last, I think this could really impacted on the country especially Cambodia. It’s really helpful to young learner to know about what’s happening in our country and how people trying to help Cambodia. Also, to learn about marine life is really important because most of the people don’t really know about marine which is something that they saw everyday. I hope to share more about marine life more to the people in Cambodia as well as other countries.

Literacy Independent Round

           For round 5 is an independent round where students can choose what they want to work and manage their own tasks of how many minutes they have spent on their work. We can work on anything we want as long as it relates to literacy class. The purpose of doing this is to let the students learn how to manage their own tasks and manage their own time to work on those tasks. Although during the round we also have some requirements that we need to work on such as read novel books, keeping adding vocabulary log and also edit how to essay final draft. Since I came to Liger I never did this kind of essay and I think it’s really helpful to the people as well as myself personally. I try really hard to write this in an effective ways that could really help people to feel better and my essay called “How to be happy when you feel anxious?” So, please enjoy I hope it can help you!

 

                                                      How to be happy when you feel anxious

 

Have you ever felt anxious, worried, or nervous? If so, you’re not alone. Many people face those  problems. When you feel anxious, you might feel stuck, unsure how you feel, stressed, or don’t know what to do. These is a common problem that every individuals person meet at least once in their life. If you feel anxious and really need ways to calm your anxiety. Don’t worry, this article will help to guide you to how you can calm your anxiety more effectively. Here are some powerful way to help to calm you down.

Find the cause of the anxiety

This is very important. If you don’t know where your anxiety comes from you will never calm your anxiety. In order to seek to find the roots of your anxiety you have to calm yourself first, breathe in and out. Everything you do or feel always have cause and effect. So, you need to understand where your anxiety comes from? What causes it? After you ask yourself all of these kind of question you will know more about the roots of your anxiety and it will help to calm you more and you’ll start to feel  a little bit better.

Learn about your emotion and write it out

After you figure out what causes your anxiety. Learn about why you feel this way, are you really angry? Then, Release your anxiety out. If you want to cry, cry it out don’t be ashamed to cry. If you want to shout, go and shout it out. You can also write it down on your journal book. Write how you feel about this anxiety. Don’t try to keep it otherwise you will never be happy. No matter you are young or old, don’t be ashamed to release it. All the people had met this kind of problems, it’s normal that we cry. When we cry it’s doesn’t mean that we are weak. In fact it will help you to be more confidence in moving on and be stronger. Just like Marlena Bontas mention, a metal health writer. (Source 1) She said that crying is healthy. This is very important that you should learn about your emotion and write it out because it’s like you telling the people that you trust and you feel that they always support you.

Talk to the people you comfortable with

Do you have any close friends or people that you can talk with? If so, go and talk to them. Tell them how do you feel? Why do you feel that? Tell them everything you feel. Don’t keep all in yourself, it might stress you. Talking can also help you to release your anxious feeling. It can also help you to a good solution to solve. Sometimes, your friends might give you feedbacks or solution that could help you to solve all that anxious problem. They might have more experience than you. They might find a good way to calm you.  

 

Many people have experience this anxious feeling. Calming anxiety is not an easy task to do but if you committed to do, I guarantee that you will learn something from it as well as this article. I hope that some of this technique will help you to fight with your anxiety.

Photoshop Skill

           This round is very interesting to me. This round is kind of a review round and also an independent round which students can choose a small project to work on that related to the lesson that they have learned before. I chose to learn about how to create powerful texts portrait in Photoshop. This is a very new lesson to me which I never that we can create that in Photoshop before. Also, it quite interesting to make. At the same time it was very challenging to me as I watch YouTube, I need to follow the step and once I missed a step it will won’t look that good and I have to recreate it which take a very long time but I did it only twice and the second time I was very concentrated. After I did it, I was very excited to see all the powerful texts on my face of the portrait because it inspired me a lot. Throughout the project, I’ve learned to work independently and really focus on the project but also it was very hard for me to choose the project because some projects look very cool but it’s very hard to make and it takes so long to make. So I have to really balance on the time that I have. Here is the product that I’ve made.

Force

           Have you ever heard of force? Force is a push or pull on an object which causes objects to move. Force is a vector because it has both size and direction. Force can be weak or strong. The SI unit for force is newton. One object can have more than one force at the same time.In fact all objects on Earth have at least two forces acting on them at all times. Those forces are gravity and upward force. The combined force on any object are called net force. When the two force acting on an object in opposite direction, if the opposing force is unbalanced then the net force will be greater than zero. If the opposing force is balance then the net force will be zero meaning that if one side has a greater force then the object will move to that side but two forces can act on an object in the same direction.

 

          Throughout the lesson, I felt like I understand a lot and it can also be applied to real life what I’m doing daily. I think it’s one of the interesting lessons to learn in my round 5. Sometimes, we met this kind of action many time but we never realize that it’s all connect to lessons of science. I would really love to focus and paying more attention to the lesson that I’m going to learn next year.

Outdoor Leadership

Observing nature is always one of the pleasurable things I ever had. Seeing blue birds that I never expect that they exist in Cambodia. I really like all the detail colors that one their feathers. It’s looks very colorful. When I observe nature I start to feel relax, joyul, excited.

Throughout this trip, I feel that I learn a lot about nature. One of the most interest me is I got to learn about life in the forest. I’m really grateful to learn about people’s lives in the forest, the way they cook food, the different kind of food that they eat. I got to eat Prong food which one of indigenous food. I saw that all the vegetables came from the tree in the forest. I also learn how to put meat in the bamboo to roast. I hope to experience more.

Birds are very beautiful, birds help to decorate nature. I’m very disappointed to see the deforestation. All the trees was cut down, the forest was burn and make the weather there very hot. When the weather is too hot, not a lot of birds come out and that make me sad. I hope to see more trees grow in  the future.

The most challenging things to me is hiking. I feel very exhausted and tired but because of the happiness we built together like joking, singing around, it help me to reduce the tiredness a lot. Also I drank a lot of water throughout the hike and it helped to release my tiredness. Moreover, even we was very tired but we never give on our hike and I think I’ve learn a lot from this trip and it’s one of the unforgettable memory to me.

 

Solution/ STEM

For this round, we have learn many interesting topic such as solution, motion and force. One of my favorite topic is solution which I’m going to talk about.

 

In a simple meaning of solution is a mean of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation.  In chemistry, solution means a form of one substance dissolve in another. For example rock dissolve in water form a solution. When a substance dissolve in another is called solute. The  substance that let the solute dissolve in is called solvent. For example ocean water is a solution which solute is salt that dissolve in solvent; water. In this example solid dissolve in liquid. However, matter in any state can be solute or solvent. Whenever solute dissolve in solvent it will change to the same state as the solvent. If the solute and solvent already in the same state, it will present greater quantity is considered to be solvent.

 

In a solution there are three rate of dissolving. First is stirring. Stirring is one of several factor that affect how fast the solute dissolve in solvent. Second is temperature, temperature is another factor. A solid solute dissolve faster in a higher temperature. For example sugar dissolve faster in hot coffee than iced coffee. The third one is  the surface area of the solute.

 

In this round, I feel like I’ve learn a lot from the lesson and I feel more confidence in asking question to my falcilitator. I feel like I’ve improve a lot in learning. I hope to learn more interesting topic in STEM. It’s quite challenging for me but I think I can handle it.

How to be happy when you feel anxious?

Happiness is a new theme that we focus on in English Literacy. Throughout this seven weeks, I’ve learn a lot about happiness and I really interesting in learning more about it. We did a lot of writings, reading articles about happiness. At the end, each of us got to write our rough draft of “ How to be happy?”. For me, I wrote about how to be happy when you feel anxious? Enjoy reading! I hope you learn something from it.

 

How to be happy when you feel anxious?

 

Have you ever feel anxious, worried, nervous? If so, you’re not alone. Many people face that problems. When you feel anxious, you might feel stuck, unsure how you feel, stress, don’t know what to do. These is a common problem that every individuals person meet at least once in their life. If you feel anxious and really need ways to calm your anxiety. Don’t worry, this article will help to guide you to how you can calm your anxiety more effectively.

Here are some way to help to calm you down.

Find the cause of the anxiety

This is very important. If you don’t know where your anxiety comes from you will never calm your anxiety. In order to seek to find the roots of your anxiety you have to calm yourself first, breathe in and out. Everything you do or feel always have cause and effect. So, you need to understand where your anxiety come from? What causes it? After you ask yourself all of these kind of question you will know more about the roots of your anxiety.

Learn about your emotion and write it out

After you figure out what causes your anxiety. Learn about how you feel about, are you really angry? Then, Release your anxiety out. If you want to cry, cry it out don’t be ashamed to cry. If you want to shout, go and shout it out. You can also write it down on your journal book. Write how you feel about this anxiety. Don’t try to keep it otherwise you will never be happy. No matter you are young or old, don’t be ashamed to release it. All the people had met this kind of problem, it’s normal that we cry.

Talk to the people you comfortable with

Do you have any close friends or people that you can talk with? If so, go and talk to them. Tell them how do you feel? Why do you feel that? Tell them everything you feel. Don’t keep all in yourself, it might stress you. Talking can also help you to release your anxious feeling. It can also help you to a good solution to solve. Sometimes, your friends might give you feedbacks or solution that could help you to solve all that anxious problem. They might have more experience than you. They might find a good way to calm you.  

 

Calming anxiety is not an easy task to do but if you if you committed to do, I guarantee that you will learn something from it as well as this article. I hope that some of this technique or will help you to fight with your  anxiety.