Filming Project at Battambang

A group of Liger students and I spend three weeks of our summer break, 14th of July until 4th of August, to work attend an opportunity at Battambang. We collaborate mainly with the crews from Human Resources and students from Phare Ponleu Selpak. Our goal is to successfully produce a feature film: a full one-to-six-hour movie or a documentary. While working at Battambang, each person in the team had a different role: interviewer, musician, an audio person, cameraman, director, etc., depending on what each person suit in best. A group of Liger students had worked with them before to create a music video in the previous project. It turns out so well that they’re back again to work with our group on another huge project as mentioned. Though, we still need to decide on what we’ll be doing in the upcoming September.

Instead of getting straight into work, we took classes with some staffs from Human resources on techniques in creating films. There were also some students from Phare Ponleu Selpak joining us as well. In class, we sometimes spend hours and hours analyzing pictures and films. And sometimes, we also have various, fun activities like doing a re-creation of La Strada, taking pictures of the unimportant, taking pictures of different hand motions, etc. I personally really enjoy doing the re-creation of La Strada, one of the films we had discussed in class, and this activity requires a strong collaboration and communication skills. Basically, we try to film another version of that one-minute scene and try to match the film perfectly in every second of the shot. I find it pretty difficult to get it right because one of our shot is a really long scene, if we mess up with a part, we need to redo it all over again. We were also having some problems with the phone camera as well because it started too low battery and we can’t just get it right which is really frustrating. At the end of the day, we completed the task and the film we took actually turn out to be really good.

After spending some weeks learning in class, we decided to get started with working on filming the Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) students. My role was to interview this time I like it because I’m not as skilled with the camera and those other jobs. I asked questions in various interviews with different people and it was really cool to hear very unique stories from a lot of people I met during this role I got.

During one of the project at Battambang, I was chosen to be the director of an interview with two dancers from PPS. It was really difficult for me to do my role that well at first because I’ve never been a director before. Being a director is as hard as learning to ride on two horses at a time. I really want to make sure each shot will turn out well: background should be perfect, the audio should be perfect, camera angle should be perfect, the light should be perfect, and the interviewees know what they’re doing. In general, it was just a really difficult role, but with support from friends and the crews, I was able to complete the tasks and move onto another project which was also directing, but this time, taking really cool shots with the circus performers.

That project was one of the biggest projects we did in that three weeks. Before the shooting start, I and my other four mates had discussed together and agreed on three shots we think are the best. We need to make sure all of the circus performers understand each shot clearly and that our cameraman also understands what we want each shot to look like. It was a really long. We re-shoot each shot at least twice because we want it to turn out as perfect as possible. And with good performers like PPS circus group and one of the Cameraman from Human Resources, everything turns out to really good that everyone on the team was really proud of.

We end the three-weeks project by hosting an exhibition, showing all of the products from what we had done in that whole busy weeks. There were printed photos of animals, hand motions, and beautiful art pieces by PPS students. There were also performances like singing and small circus shows that mostly prepared by the musician team as well. It was very fun and we glad a lot of people had joined us that day.

It was really worth spending my three weeks working day and night at Battambang because it really helps me discover that I do have potentials in filming. I always afraid to work in this kind of project because I’ve never been filming before. But getting to join this project make me realize that I actually really enjoy filming and directing films. We don’t have to have only passions; you can love many things at a time. I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to do anything they wanted to. You gotta believe in yourself and bring yourself to do it or else you will never the ability you have.

[A lot of pictures and videos won’t be able to be shown in this post yet due to the fact that this project is for someone’s business.]

Dengue Fever Risks Analysis

Welcome to the Mosquito-borne Diseases exploration! This is one of the last round explorations of this school year 2017-2018 at Liger. We are a group of 12 students and a facilitator who is trying to study deeply about a very common mosquito-borne disease in Cambodia, Dengue Fever, that every Cambodian had heard of. Throughout the research, we had found that the number of Dengue Fever cases are doubled this year compared to the previous year. This information had encouraged us to pick this particular disease to focus on most. Currently in class, our teams are working on a project called ‘Risk Analysis’ where we have to survey villagers, analyze the data, and finally writing a report for the study ourselves.

The goal of this project is to estimate which village of the two are most likely to have a Dengue Fever outbreak in this upcoming raining season.

Mosquito larvae inside villager’s water storage.

We start off by creating a team to work on the questionnaire. The questionnaire will only include the relevant questions and are not expected to be a long list of the question due to the time limit; we don’t have much time to interview as well as to analyze responses of each question. There was also another team that is working on figuring out routes that each team or pairs will be taking in order to avoid interviewing the same households.

On May 18th and 19th, 2018, our team went out of campus to do surveys of our neighborhood villages: Champus Kaek, Koh Krobey, one household followed by the other. We spend approximately 20 minutes to interview each household. The six pairs complete about 60 household in that morning in Champus Kaek village and are ready to keep on the work to interview the next village tomorrow, expecting to have a sample survey of 52 at least. After the two days, we end up interview 116 household in total which was really impressive.

Interviewing one of the households.

My favorite part of the whole process is to be able to connect and feel the kindness and a warm welcoming from each person we’ve been walking through to interview them. They were really friendly in term of like respecting and letting some 15-year-old asking them questions. Getting the accurate answer from them is really important, so we have to make sure they are comfortable with telling us the information we need. I was glad to get to talk to and connect with all the villagers once again.

In the second village, Koh Krobey, we seem to run into an issue. Each route the group had divided doesn’t seem to share the same amount of household, so some group seems to struggle with completing the amount of survey they needed to get done with. I was also one of the groups who’s struggling. As I walk through the route, I try my best to ignore those dogs that were barking hard at us. After a few minutes, we make a decision to just meet up as a team and continue to interview the route with a lot of people which is another team route.

Observing one of the village’s water storage.

There were many flaws in making this report. There are a lot of different interviewers. So there’s a chance that we can interpret the question in a different way and receive a slightly inaccurate answer.

While analyzing the data, I was on a roll with the other three mates to work on analyzing the association between people’s behavior and their risk of getting dengue fever. Surprisingly, there isn’t any evidence of an association between them. This means that the risk of getting dengue fever is not influenced by their behavior.

One of the water storage type that many villagers had used.

Throughout this whole exploration, I had worked my hardest at all time! I asked a lot of questions and always pay all of my attention toward the lesson our facilitator had given us. Those questions had influenced my understanding of this topic very well. I had worked my best to connect all of the experiences from the last exploration like Surveying in Cambodia into writing the report. Lastly, I hope I had played my role well and had contributed every knowledge I have had toward making this project happen.

How I Changed Cambodia 2017-2018

Grew up in a family that valued education most, I got to gulp up as much knowledge at school as the other friends of mine- I was too lucky that my gender and family condition couldn’t get in my way at all. I was born to feel really ravenous about becoming the expert who good at anything. Although I was a hardworking student, I sometimes afraid of anything new. I was afraid of leaving my comfort zone. A day followed by the other, I had not taken a step toward the next level of myself and I didn’t plan too.

I was once do not know what it really is to be a change agent. I used to believe that only grown-up could create changes- I’d been waiting for so long for the right time to move on to another level of myself.

Five years of hard working led me to an opportunity that will change my life forever. I finally took a step toward another level of myself. I took a test, and surprisingly, I didn’t even know what was going on at that time. I aced the test and got a scholarship to Liger Leadership Academy. I was introduced to a lot of -new- things. Through the support and encouragement from being here at Liger, I was able to fight through my fear and always bring myself to a next level.

I started seeing many people working on various, cool projects. I was amazed by seeing them being a change agent for my country. I was begging to be one of them as well. Being a student at Liger, I started to understand what really is like to be a change agent. I understand that changes don’t require to be huge. It can be as tiny as yourself using fewer plastics. This can seem to be very small, but it pays off a huge change in time.

This is my sixth year learning at Liger. This school year had been exciting! I’ve got to join many cool projects that were very spread in topics from helping people’ visions, documented Cambodia historical building, robotics to write a survey report and doing risk analysis with those complicated statistical calculations.

Surveying in Cambodia was one of the school-project explorations this year. We are a group of seven students and a facilitator. This project was requested by our school country director who was also one of the founder of a charity helping Cambodian children accessing to education called Camkids. Our mission was to determine the effects that Camkids had toward people from the three villages nearby and to discover the current issues those villagers faced and informed it to Camkids so that they can provide the right programs or services to help with people’ struggles.

After creating the questionnaire, we went off campus to Kampong Speu province and interviewed people from one household to another. We all really committed to this project. After completing the boring process of inputting the data, I was one of the two students who will be responsible for writing a long paper of Camkids report while the other five students are working on analyzing the data. We completed most of the report by the end of our exploration. Lastly, I was hoping that our hard work will pay off and the report will be able to represent villagers’ struggles well so that Camkids will be able to provide services to help fulfill those need as soon as possible.

Another project of mine this year was Mosquito-borne Disease. We are a group of 13 students and a facilitator who is looking deeply into common Mosquito-borne Diseases in Cambodia. Through doing some research on the internet, we had found that the number of Dengue Fever cases double significantly. That is why our exploration will be focusing closely on Dengue Fever.

This exploration seems to be a part two of my last exploration, Surveying in Cambodia. We are working on a project called risk analysis, where we’ll be creating a questionnaire and interviewing people from a household to another again. For this particular exploration, we’re only interviewing two villages which are nearby our school. Through looking the data that was collected, we will be able to find out which village will be most likely to have an outbreak of Dengue Fever in this raining season.

This report will hopefully be on the World Health Organization website.

We will run a one day clean up in one of the villages that were found to have a higher risk of the outbreak to collect all of the mosquito water-source habitats that will help in reducing its population. We also plane to run a campaign to promote the risk of getting Dengue Fever in this season in order to raise awareness to people to protect themselves from mosquito bites as well. We really don’t want Dengue Fever cases to double this year in Cambodia. I really hope this project will play an important role in reducing the risk of people getting Dengue Fever in Cambodia as well.

Although those changes don’t happen immediately like a snap of the hand, I strongly believe that it will play its role well after a certain amount of time.

I strongly encouraged anyone to believe in yourself because you have the ability. You can be one of us! You can be one of the change agents for your country. Don’t wait for the right time, make the time right for what you’re going to do.

In the future, I expect Cambodian children to access more technology as well as starting getting their heads into project-based learning. Whenever I struggle with something I always say this to myself “nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.”


The Physics of Spider-man

On Monday, April 2nd, 2018, my Physics class started working on a new project called “The Physics of Superheroes” where each of us is supposed to choose a superhero that we interested, in which we will be research on the physics behind their superpowers. By the end of this project, each of us required writing a one-to-two page of well enough explanation about the complicated physics behind the superhero’s powers along with a poster that will display the important information from the writing paper as a visual product.

I chose to work on Spider-man and I was focusing on one of his superpower which was webbing. We need to properly identify the superpowers and connect them to laws of physics that exist in the real world. We also need to show that we understand most of the physics that we bring up in our paper as well as identifying which superpower is realistic and which is not. And last, I need to put enough effort into my poster and make sure that it can display important information in a creative way.

This project is really difficult for me personally because the physics behind Spider-man power is a really complex physic for me. It took me a lot of time to understand a concept. I finish my paper writing in four days and I started working on my poster the day after. This is actually how my poster turns out.

This is the poster of physics behind Spider-man.

I actually really like that this project allows us to choose the superhero that we want to research about. I had learned a lot of incredible facts from this research project and I was really happy to learn that some superpower that seems nonsense can actually happen in the real world which is really impressive because it shows that we humans are really amazing! Through doing this project, it always reminded me of a quote that says “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible!” Please enjoy my writing that I attached here.

Camkids Surveying Exploration

On Sunday 4th of March 2018, a group of 17 students from the Liger Leadership Academy went on a trip to Kompong Speu (KPS) in the sight of interviewing people from the three villages: Chbar Chross, Trapaing Mian, and Ta Gnov. The purpose of this survey was to determine the effects that Camkids has had toward people from the three villages as well as discovering the current issues that those villagers face so that Camkids can provide services that help to solve those issues. This survey report was requested by Dominic Sharpe, country director of The Liger Leadership Academy and founder of CamKids.

The questionnaire was created by the Surveying Exploration, a group of seven students and a facilitator. I am really glad to be a part of the team because this project will help a lot with improving villagers’ lives. The question was divided into 4 main sections such as Incomes and Expenses which break down into Loan and Savings, Education, Health, and Nutrition. We spend the whole Sunday there at KPS and we determined to interview at least 80 families. Each survey took about 30 to 40 minutes. We interview individually so that we can get through as many families as possible. This includes asking questons and noting down responses as clearly as we can manage. At the end of the day, we get 103 interviews done. I really appreciate the work I’d done at KPS a lot because I had overcome the fear I had of walking toward someone and start a conversation.

Interviewing one of the villagers.

It was a really hard task due to the time limits, but our group manages to get it done really well. Currently, we’re in the process of writing the report and analyzing the data. My role in the team was to start writing the report. It was a really hard task for me personally because the report is required to be as professional as possible. By writing this report, I had improved a lot with my writing skill especially on how to make my writing professionally. The final step is to present it to Dom and the other founder of Camkids and of course, upload it onto the school’s website.

Group picture at Camkids.

If there a project related to surveying and creating a questionnaire, I think the experience I received from this exploration can be applied to that project perfectly. There were many experiences I got from this project such as creating a good questionnaire, interviewing and surveying people, and writing a professional report. Because we’re still students who learn to do this type of project and aren’t professional surveyors, there were many flaws in this survey report still.

VEX Robotics Competition in Bangkok 2018

On Friday, February 2nd, 2018, my Exploration group went to Thailand in order to attend the VEX Robotics Competition in Bangkok 2018. VEX Robotics Competition is a competition that requires the student to work as a team, using their engineering skill to design and build a robot to play against another team. It is a game of alliances which mean we will require to cooperate with the other team(s). It came with a lot of rules that we must follow in order to avoid from disqualification. We’re a team of five girls named “Beta-B“.

On Saturday, we went to NIST International School to join the VEX Robotics Competition. We went through many challenges throughout the whole competition. Before the competition, we spend a lot of our time getting familiar with the real field to fulfill the practices that we’re missing because our school doesn’t have the field.

Hanging out before the competition.

We discovered that our cortex (robot’s brain) isn’t working very well. The Bluetooth is always disconnected with the controller. So we decided to risk changing it with the extra cortex at NIST, although we didn’t know for sure if it working well. Before getting to make everything work, we’re running out of time because we must go to lunch altogether. What worse is we are one of the teams who will compete in the first round and we really don’t want to miss it in order to keep our score as best as we can.

Checking and fixing the robot to make sure everything is working well.

After lunch, we rushed back into the working room, and we weren’t allowed to get in until 12:45 pm. We were freaking out, and feeling hopeless because the competition will starts at 12:50 pm. But because of the good teamwork, we get to make everything done on time and we get to attend every round in the competition.

This is our group picture!

Finally, we end up at the 11th place. I was really surprised that a lot of teams want us to be their 3rd alliance. But we choose to team up with the top two team; the 1st place “Shadow Corruption” and the 2nd place “VEXecutioners” where they really want us to be their alliance as well. This is where my favorite part of the competition begins. We collaborate so well that we win every game smoothly and we’re getting into the final and compete with “Team A++” and their alliances.

Receiving the Tournament Championship with our alliances!

This is the video of the whole competition. You can watch us compete in the final (the 2nd round) by move the video forward to this minute, 4:54:15. As you watch the video, you will soon discover something wrong right after we finished the game.

Although we met some issues during the final game, we still get through it well and end up winning the competition and receive the Tournament Champion award!

Our robot with the champion. – pictured by Rika Chan

I had learned a lot from this experience. It isn’t just learning how to design and create a robot, but also how to collaborate with other people as well. I understand that to build a good robot, it doesn’t need to have every function but what important is that it has a function that works super well just like the one we built. If there’s a VEX Robotics Competition next time, I would really LIKE to join it again!

Gender Summit

Gender Summit’s banner.

On Saturday, January 27th, 2018, a group of twelve students and two facilitators from the Liger Leadership Academy had run an event called “Gender Summit” where they tried to raise awareness about gender issues to students from different places around the country. I’m really glad that I had received this great opportunity to confidently share my opinion with everyone about this problem as well as getting to hear different aspects coming from students my age. This event comes with a lot of lessons about gender along with fun and educational activities that are really entertaining. We also get to eat free, delicious snacks and lunch as well.

Sharing opinion with the whole group.
Get to know other people’s aspects.

One of my favorite activity of all is under the section called Violence and Power. Basically, at the start of the activity, one of the instructors will hand us a ball and a card. On the card, they had written some phrases that describe a type of person that we going to put ourselves in their shoes. For example, “Male street boy. 10 years old.” There’s a bin that is placed on the other end of the room opposite of where we stand. After everyone knows who they represented, another instructor will read different statements for example, “You don’t need to worry about food.” If it true for you, you will take a step forward, if not you remain at the same place. At the end, we will try to score the goal [bin] in front of us. And of course, the nearer you are to the bin, the more chance you can score it.

Everyone started at the same place.

What I like about this activity is that it’s a physical activity where we’re using our whole body to involve in the game. It was a really fun game but powerful. This game had demonstrated that people nowadays who have a lot of power are enjoying their lives happily every single day while the other people are living under struggle and unable to accomplish their goal to get to where they want to be. Those powerful people are walking toward their goals easily without turning themselves back to help those poor people. In this contemporary world, power and money always play a role in bringing people to succeed.

This event made me think that solving gender issues is not impossible. But the most important thing to know is that it’s not easy, that is why we really need to raise awareness from now on. Before the event, I always think that some culture is really useless [sorry to say that], but now I realize that culture is really powerful and had made a huge impact on someone’s life. It sometimes mislead us. Moreover, I really want people to realize that to make this world a better place, it requires both genders, men, and women. If only men are doing the work, the world wouldn’t be any better. It really impacts how I view the importance of gender equity.

We write the reflection of the whole day.

One quote from the event that is really powerful to me is “The people who have power aren’t using violence, the powerless one is.” From my understanding, this means that the people that aren’t having power are using violence because it’s the only way that they can gain power and use it over someone. And people you already have power, they don’t need use violence to get something they want.

This is when we have the discussion together.

I strongly believe that, through communication, we will be able to understand more about the issues as well as getting more people to look into this problem and together trying to raise awareness to more people and those dark aspects will slowly turn brighter and Gender Equity will happen to have in this world.

This is our group picture.

There’s also a website that was created by the twelve students who run the Gender Summit. I really hope you can check it out sometimes. 

Here is a short video that basically describes what the whole day of Gender Summit looks like. Enjoy,

កំណាព្យខ្មែរ [Khmer-Poem]


[Translated into English:]


During the sad 1975, the Khmer Rouge had used violence to evacuate people out of their houses as well as their beautiful city, Phnom Penh, and people never get to return since then. They closed all of the markets and schools. We also lost our culture. Some of the pagodas and schools have turned into a prison by the Khmer Rouge and had captured a lot of our innocent people. People don’t allow to have private ownership and instead, everything belongs to Angkar. Each person has the same amount of work. Everyone is farming and must wear black clothes. There weren’t any family relationship at that time. To follow their goal of making everyone equal, they started to kill the minorities like Cham, China, and Vietnam violently. After, they started to force people to work harder by telling them to produce 3 tons of rice per hectare without giving them enough nutrition to gain the strength to continue working. If people don’t follow what Angkar said, they will be killed.

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The Jungle Book-ISPP’s Theater

On December 1st,  2017, every Liger students went to watch a play called the Jungle Book. This is an adventurous story of a boy named Mowgli whose raise by a family of wolves since birth but must leave the jungle to the village due to the fear of the tiger. He refuses but was forced to leave anyway. On their way into the village, he met a lot of jungle animals such as python, ape and so on. Mowgli had learned a lot of life lessons throughout the story and soon begin to understand why would the animals want to send him back to the village.

Mowgli at the man village.

Not just Mowgli who had learned a lot of life lessons throughout the story, I did learn something too! In this scene, I had learned that sometimes, being stubborn can lead you to troubles. Instead, you should listen to what people around you are saying. When people are acting aggressive to you, it’s not always mean that they don’t like you. The last thing is you should always be careful with your surrounding because it might harm you like the snake does.

My favorite scene throughout the play is when she first met the free-spirited bear. They were having a lot of fun together. They’re singing, dancing, and laughing happily in the jungle. It was one of the happiest scenes in the story.

Inclined Plane Lap – Physics

Currently, we’re learning about the inclined plane as well as different type of friction: static and kinetic friction. Whenever we do word problems in class, the situation in each problem always have something like gravity always equal to 10 m/s^2 and object start at rest (Vi = 0) and etc, which doesn’t illustrate how our real-world work. In this inclined plane and friction section, we had done a lab to experimentally determine the coefficient of static friction for multiple materials, and understand that we had made a lot of assumptions in the problems we do on the board.

So basically we just place a different object upon the wood with the different sandpaper and find out the angle of the very first moment that the object starts to slide down. After that, we will collect the data and analysis it as well as answer some question like below.

Friction Lab

1. Sandpaper 4

2. Sandpaper 5

3. Sandpaper 2

4. Sandpaper 3

5. Sandpaper 1

6. Cloth

7. Wood

All the assumption we make in the problems we do on the board are:

1. Constant velocity

2. No friction force

3. Start from rest

4. Gravity is 10 m/s^2

5. Everything is flat

These are the real-life problems we faced in the experiment:

1. We always apply some little forces when we place the object upon the surface

2. The measuring is not accurate (using our eyes)

3. We didn’t do a great job in placing the sandpapers on the wood. The surface isn’t flat, which will create more friction