Storytelling and Communication | “The Creativity of a Girl’s affection for art”

“I encourage people to love art” a quote from Panha, a 13-year-old girl was sitting on the bright-comfortable-blue sofa, where she could expose her creativity by saying so. She was born in Kampong Thom province, Cambodia and was selected as a Liger Leadership Academy student because of her potential embedding with her side. Her hobby is precious and valuable to her, revealing her talents which she could never discover. Many people perceive art is a complicated subject, although Panha considers the opposite. 

In this whole year, she has been drawing lots of pieces, knowing there’s no constraint to waylay her from her hard-working work. She loves her art pieces and her expectation for people to do so. But what inspires her and why? 

The stage of letting the art comes through 

Don’t be afraid to love art, just because it’s a challenging skill requirement. Panha before was not interested in art either. One day, she was sitting in the car, seeing the beautiful aspects of shops and buildings. When the car passed by a glamor, she focused on it and now she knew it has been her inspiration. she captured the picture in her brain and felt it deep in her heart. It was a stunning wedding dress, displaying in front of the shop. She can feel the beauty of the dress was spreading inside the car. Therefore, she decided to ask herself this question, “What is it like to be a designer?” She determined to herself that she wanted to make something even more beautiful than that. 

A great experience of discovering other types of art

To own a meaningful answer, she started to welcome art to enter her life, slowly and slowly. Panha said, “ I do model design a lot, draw those stuff, so let draw other stuff too.” She exposed her smile and hugged the pillow on her lap, such a joyful view. Furthermore, art also helps her to define who she is, what she wants to be in the future, and what she likes. Therefore, she dedicates her time to her artwork. 

The emotion within the artwork

Art has the ability to alter her emotions from sadness to enjoyment. Thus, her passion for art will present there while sadness may be arriving at any time. Moreover, she said, “My mom wanted me to be a lawyer. No one have I tell that I love art. My mom told me my art is good.  I don’t know [the answer] when she asked me “what is your future dream job?” Panha turned her face to her left gesture, glancing at the transparent glass while peacefully release a small laughing voice. Despite the love and practices, she also can feel the failure a lot of time. As she mentioned, people have different tastes in every particular field. When she found out that her artwork is not quite matched with her goal, she would feel desperate. As such, she gives up on her artwork for a few days. However, because art is what she passionate about the most, it probably would appear into her mind back, to think of it. I asked her, “What is the most successful part of your artwork?” She said, “Art is her lesson of life, it is what she needs to improve on.” Her facial expression was filled with determination and fondness.  

“Art is not relaxing”, I never knew that 

I asked Panha this question, “Does art truly boost our feeling of relaxation?” and the answer was unpredicted. The answer I got from her was, “ Doing art is very stressful. When it’s good, it makes you happy. Not relax doing art.” Her face was looking straight at me, so she could awake the memory of herself while drawing. She then continued, “When it turns out good, feel proud. Coloring makes me feel relaxed, but drawing is not really.” Her eyes opened wide as she finished talking, like trying to get my attention toward her. 

For Panha, “Art is the core of her happiness and is what takes up space in her heart.”

Written by Cheatra Chheang

Interviewing with the art topic

Khmer Children Book Exploration | Thrive in Khmer Literature

NOTE: This post is the combination of the same exploration that I had in two rounds together. 

Khmer Children Literature was the exploration that I was in for the round one and round two. The ambition of the exploration is to motivate Cambodian children to love reading. We are also hoping to thrive in Cambodia’s literature. Many people perceive literature in divergent perspectives; for me, I perceive literature as my happiness and treasure because I will always enjoy it when doing things regarding this topic. 

Round one, the process of writing and illustrating 

To ensure the audiences, there are six books that we have been progressing on and each group is responsible for each book. The six books depict the theme of our school’s core values: Integrity, Determination, Ingenuity, Stewardship, Appreciation, and Optimism. My book’s theme is optimism. 

After knowing the theme already, we started to brainstorm the structure of our story. Brainstorming is a very productive strategy to start writing the story, for me I don’t jump straight to write, I always prepare for the upcoming by brainstorm. After brainstorming, we started to write our kid stories. Initially, we did not expect the children’s age of our book to be 10 or 11. Although, after the writing session, we have found out that the target audience’s age is from 10 to 15. I did not expect this and I was a little shocked. Despite the audience’s age, we were still working with passion and determination together. For the illustrations, we only did a little in round one because we were focusing so much on our writing in both English and Khmer.   

Sharation round one of the year, 

On the Sharation day of our school that we have every once in seven weeks. It is the day when many guests enter our campus to get to know what we have studied in the seven weeks’explorations. 

This was the first sharation of the 2019 year; my exploration, we didn’t have the books published yet so we showed the writing and some illustrations pictures. Moreover, we also had characters game for them to entertain themselves. We heard many compliments and encouragement. I wanted to give them a big thanks for visiting our school’s sharation. It was a very phenomenal day with many voices spreading out over our school’s atmosphere.

Round 2, the process of publishing 

Round one finished and round two began; where we were focusing on publishing the book. We also worked with a senior, Rithy, he has taken the exploration as his impact project relating to Khmer Literature. Therefore, we tried to finish our book by this round so we can publish it. 

Within the full round, my optimism group just did all the art by painting with gouache. Likewise, we edited some of the Khmer writing in preparation for the Bamboojaya’s trip. 

Bamboojaya trip

The trips was so awesome and productive. Bamboojaya is a children school that provided child-led project-based education. We went there to read our Khmer stories to those kids. The teacher there told us that she could not really find some Khmer children’s books that suit her kids’learning level because some contain difficult vocabularies which turn out hard for the children to read. Therefore, we hope to strive for succession in the future with these completed six books. 

Kampot Reader and Writer Festival 

We had so much fun during the trip to Kampot for the Kampot Reader and Writer Festival. Despite the event is a huge difference from what we have expected, we still managed to read our books to the kindergarten students and met some new writers also. It was a successful trip because I feel the reading activity to those young students genuinely made us all feel happy for the moment and we have enjoyed our new experience in Kampot. 

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At last but not least, I hope we can distribute the six children’s books around Cambodia because remember “READING” is always essential for your life. After reading this, go and read your book.


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Mathematics [Slope-intercept Form]| How I gain my Confidence

 “You should be effortful into the difficult exercise and make mistakes rather than sitting there without doing anything” Jeff always says this phrase to us. 

The first year of school and the first round of the class, here the first time for studying with Jeff. We were focusing mainly on the topic of slope-intercept, which initially I had no idea what it is at all. Although, with a multitude of practices inside and outside the class, I was able to understand the materials. At first, I was a student who had no confidence at all and I also was desperate with myself. 

The most grateful moment in class, Jeff always settled me down whenever I became overwhelming. With Jeff’s precious words, I’m sure everybody in the class would be energetic for the whole day. I could gain my confidence in the math class, even the answer I said was not right, but I have learned from my mistakes. As a result, I understood, need to learn and learn and learn. Only this could help me to develop my math comprehension and to be confident in answering questions. 

Slope-intercept form, I had never heard of this math term until Jeff introduced it to us. As we always know, math requires thinking to have a solution for the prompt. I am a slow-speed student in the class, and I need a bunch of times to come up with a solution. Occasionally, I just feel so stressed and I can’t tolerate the problem that I am facing. However, studying with Jeff is not only covering only with the math world but he expands the class to the lesson of “life”, too. I was really impressed with the fun learning class in the last hour here. 

Hopefully, we will continue our journey of this math class to a harder level at each pace we step. 


The Two Friends

Written by Cheatra Chheang,

In a village of happiness named Homenight, there a house stood in the middle of the village. In the house, there’s a family lived in. Pony a boy and his parents stood and waved hello to the readers. Nearby Pony’s house, there was another house, probably his friends right? Yes, I’m correct. Pony’s friends, Horsy lived in a house near the street with Pony, too. 

Every day, they came to each other’s house, or they walked on the street, or they rocked and papered, or they go for a walk with their pets. They had fun with others so much since they were born and the parents’ relationship between the two families are also closed together. They studied in the same school and did homework together. Talked about them, they were great friends that each would never want to break apart. 

The sun was burning bright, the two boys were drawing some types of Pokemon like Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle. Wow! Can you imagine it? So cute! They were drawing Squirtle, a water-type Pokemon then…

“Hey! my drawing pad has a Squirtle that is living in the peaceful sea and the most beautiful beach, hah hah,” Pony said to Horsy.

“What?…Oh yeah, I have an idea!! Come on, I want to go to the beach for our summer holiday. And you?” Horsy popped up and yelled with a good idea.

“Wow, it will be amazing, right? Let’s ask our parents today. Will you?” Pony replied quickly that so quickly as a thunder. 

“Okay, you can come to my home tonight and we can ask my parents about that. Then we can go to your home to make our parents both agreed, okay?” Horsy created a great plan. 

“Okay! That’s great, I love it. Well done!!” Pony said with a big grin to his friend. 

They played and played until the sun went behind the wood. Then at night, they did what they have prepared and their parents both felt positive about their plans.  

Then tomorrow came, they packed everything they needed and went to buy the bus tickets to go to Creepland which was another village but it took 10 hours from Homeland to Creepland. Successfully, they left here in the afternoon and arrived late in the evening around 10 pm. The village was so dark, and there are not many people living there, but for them, they felt okay. They stayed in a hotel called Creeplife Hotel. Let’s all say together to them, “Have a great night”. 

The bright sun came back after a night-full rest, the boys and their parents ate their breakfast and then they walked-up crossed the street and there’s the widest beach ever, in front of their eyes. They settled the mat down on the soft sand and dug the umbrella under the sand, leaving a cylinder shape to the sand. Pony and Horsy’s parents laid down on the beach chair. They walked over the sand and remained with their footprints all over the place. They then played together near the sea; they write some texts with bare-hands and chasing each other around. They played there until night-time and they didn’t want to pause their activities. At around 9 pm, suddenly, Pony screamed, as Horsy got whipped by the big sea wave and took him with it. It can talk. 

“See you later at your friend’s funeral.” It said with a mocking smile. 

Then it left, now there’s only Pony. There’s no Horsy, no big smile, instead a big cried. Their parents heard his screaming and come to her spot. 

“What had happened?” They all asked at the same time, looking with a big worried face over them.

“Where is Horsy?” Horsy’s dad asked with a feeling of anxiety. 

“Horsy got carried into the sea by the witch transformed into a wave,” Pony knew exactly who that monster was. 

“Oh no! Please help my child, please” Horsy’s mom fainted in just a moment. 

“Can you go and report for the police to investigate my son, and I’m going to take my wife to the hospital nearby by the taxi, okay?” Pony dad said with a full determination in his voice. 

“Okay, then we will go to the hospital. ” Pony’s dad said at last. 

They each did what they needed to do. Horsy’s dad carried Horsy’s mom. He called a taxi and went straight to the hospital. DON’T be scared yet, you will see what’s happening next. 

Back to Pony’s family, they were reporting to the police everything they saw. The police disagreed to help because they didn’t believe Pony’s dad and it’s their times to rest and relax not being stuck in a stressful circumstance. Therefore, they caught a taxi and back they went to the hospital, madly and worriedly. 

They told everything to Horsy’s dad and he was really sad about it so he sat down next to his wife with the feeling of concern in his heart. He could sacrifice anything just to get his son back. 

“What are we going to do?” He asked for some motivations.

“The police didn’t help so let’s search by ourself” Pony’s mom replied seriously. 

“Don’t worry! I know what to do, but I want you to stay in this hospital here, and don’t go anywhere. Get it?” Pony said bravely. 

“No way, Pony you can’t do that!! I won’t let you do that. We lost Horsy already so you have to stay. Understand?” His dad said angrily. He wanted to help Horsy but not this way because Pony is too young.

“Don’t worry dad. Trust me, I’ll return in the morning as soon as possible and I’m sorry.” Pony finished talking and he used a spell to turn Horsy’s parents and his parents to fall asleep for a while. He successfully did it. I waited for this moment for a long time ago until you finally made it to this event in the story. Pony can use magic due to the power he was born with. He doesn’t realize it by himself either, it’s just the fate told him to. You too, you got your power but I promise it will appear to you in one day. 

Pony got out of the hospital and ran to the beach, not so far though, it’s only taking him ten minutes. He then used his power to sense where Horsy was, but it’s useless because the power is not able to use across the huge amount of distance far so he knew his friend must be in deep danger. He fell on the sand and tore from his eyes drop down a little bit. It reflected by the moonlight, making it as bright as the diamond core. He then stood up-right position, confidently and comfortably. Suddenly, the green light signal from his bracelet. It was the friendship bracelet that Pony and Horsy have one each, but it was just a simple one. However, this time it seemed it signaled Pony for something so he knew what to do. He turned himself into a dolphin and he swam through the directions the bracelet guided. 

On his way, many beautiful creatures and coral reefs he saw, they were all so beautiful that he couldn’t take his eyes off. He thought even this adventure was bad but after all, it was also a wonderful adventure. He was very optimistic that he would find his friend. He continued swimming until the bracelet made a really noisy sound. In front of him was a small castle that looked like the castle only had one room in it. He determinedly opened the door and entered the castle with no concern. 

The room was so tidy. The bed was prepared with mattress and a sheet on top; pillows and a blanket also organized well, too. There was a closet, a desk, and a mirror sat in the room beside the bed. On the wall, the photos were decorated in a triangle shape-formed looking mysterious but anyway was pretty. He walked in and observed around. Meanwhile, he felt the icy feeling behind him so he looked back and there the monster stood straight behind him with Horsy on his left hand and a weapon on his right. 

Swift! Pony dodged the attack from the monster, he hit back with a strong noisy power that made the monster took his hand to close his ears. Thud! Thud! Thud! Pony quickly cast a spell and it hit back at the monster three times. The monster threw Horsy away, but luckily, Pony caught him with a magic long vine that he had cast. The monster almost got escaped from the battle but Pony used his power that was so effective, the power turned into a large and shiny bubble and, woff! It hit the monster intensely that made him vanished and he died. Horsy woke up and rubbed his eyes, wondering what happened and how could he breathe underwater? 

Back on the way to their parents, Pony told Horsy everything and Horsy wowed every time. When they got back to their parents, they hugged them tightly and they all burst into tears with happiness. “Friendship is the strongest relationship that you would ever have,” Let’s wish them the best!

Multimedia Storytelling| A Survey Form to Create a Data

The “Infographic”, a website offers us various types of visualization for the survey we took, especially relating to the chart. If you visit the website, you will find out the interesting features the website contains. I had surveyed LLA’s second cohort students, specifically the question, “How many pagodas you visited on Pchum Ben days?” You may visit the link below to seek more information about my data chart.

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Pokemon Timeline

In Multimedia Storytelling class, students had to create a timeline — a time in history that something change over time. I have researched about timeline of pokemon, it’s a history of how pokemon was created, probably. Please enjoy this,

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Angkor Wat Entrance through Years

Do you know we could tell a story through the map? If you click on the link below, this will lead you to the two pictures. They indicates the entrance to Angkor Wat Temple between 2012 to 2019. Some differences may be shown through the two pictures. In 2012, there’s only one bridge for the tourists to enter the historical scenery of Cambodia, but in 2019, they built a new bridge for people to travel into the temple. The new bridge was called the floating bridge. In addition, in 2012, there weren’t many houses nearby the street, compared to 2019, many houses stayed next to the street. There are more stories that you can tell throughout these two photos.

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How to be happy when you get a fever

“How to be happy when you get a fever”

by Cheatra Chheng

Happiness is defined as a state of pleasure and contentment. Furthermore, happiness comes from the feeling that is influenced by the environment. Also, being happy is not only about the smile we cannot be absolutely sure if this person is happy or not based on one clue:  their facial expression. Therefore, everyday conditions including health, hobbies and many more, may consider how do we feel toward them.

Health is one of the factors that create a happy feeling for all of us. Unfortunately, not everyone lives with good health which can lead them to be unhappy. That is okay because life is not constantly about happiness but there’s also some sad stories that you will need to face. In addition, fever is one of the illnesses which causes you to be unhappy. However, there are two common phrases that you might find encouraging:  “problems always have solutions” and “you cannot change the situation but you can change your reaction”. Despite the fact that you have a fever, it doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the time it takes you to recover. We know that the situation doesn’t appear to be good but importantly you can change your reaction. Moreover, there are some steps that you may like to try while you are sick. 

Step 1: Take a relaxing warm shower 

Feeling relaxed is all that we want for the summer break, going to the beach for an example. Getting a fever can make you feel unrelaxed. Wikihow is an online community that wrote about how-to guides for online people to explore and read, has mentioned that “baths wash away dirt and grime, and they also help you feel better when you’re sick.” According to my own experience, when I had a fever, everything that is negative came to my mind which made me hard to rest and worried. However, taking the warm shower will help you to let your mind sits, relax and can lower the temperature inside our body. Importantly, when you are taking a warm shower, you should be thinking about the positive things that you ever had in your life. For instance, you could think of any good memories that you had and enjoy with the shower. 

Step 2: Rest

If you are a student, you will perhaps have some assignments that your teacher gave you. If you are an employee you would need to think about your work. Fever brings you tiredness so you will be exhausted for the whole day. If you are exhausted, you need to rest because you won’t enjoy doing your work. In this situation, you can lay down and give yourself a mental and physical rest. You do not need to worry about anything that could distract you including homework as well. Centennial Medical Group (CMG)  is a group practice of caring and helping the community to be better at knowing how to do self-help when having an illness quotes “ Medicine and fluids can help make you feel better when you do get sick, but what your body really needs is bed rest. “ Even if you don’t feel exhausted at all, but probably you will recover soon after the rest.

Step 3: Spend some time in nature

During the time you are having a fever, you do not really want your body to do any physical actions. However, it is a good idea for you to get outdoors and relax in nature that is around us. Very well mind, trusted online resources that improve the mental health condition of the  right guidance provides, states that “Green is thought to relieve stress and help heal” and “Green is often used in decorating for its calming effect.” As such, in nature, we can sit down, relax or reading books. Importantly, the air that we get inside our house is different from the fresh air that nature gives so we could recover faster and also release stress.

All in one, fever is also not a bad thing for us, though it kills all the bacteria inside our body. When you have a fever once, be happy and you can follow these steps. One last quote from Julia Roberts wrote “ A fever is an expression of inner rage. “ Therefore, we can consider fever as a good thing to happen for us and we are lucky to have a fever. 

Negative Numbers, (-1 and -2)

     Negative numbers are the essential part that we use in everyday life, without realizing. Within this round, we learned about the negative numbers that some of us have known before but this lesson could remind us, too. I have learned it in the past, but I forgot some of the basic things in the negative numbers. Negative integers are used to represent things as temperature, money purpose, and etc. 

Integer Number Line
Photo source: online math learning

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Comfort with Uncertainty

Photo by: Chanda Cheng

These outdoor trips help me to learn and grow myself. 

    As apart of Outdoor Leadership exploration, I got to learn the main question is” How to lead ourself when we are in outdoor?” This question got solve when diving deeper into the exploration. The topic that related to the main question I asked myself is the survival skill. We learned about how we could rescue a victim when the victim is in an emergency. If we are not sure what happened to the victim yet and using traditional medicine or don’t know what to do in that situation, we could kill the victim immediately. As such, I got to learn the steps to rescue a patient in an emergency situation,

1- Scene Safety

2- Primary Assessment

3- Secondary Assessment 

4- Rescue Plan

I learned about all of those steps in class and we practiced the lessons on the campus also. This could be a helpful reference because it appears that I want to be a doctor. Furthermore, we had two trips in this exploration which we went to Kirirum and Mondulkiri. I love the two trips so much because I have experienced many brand new things that I haven’t tried out before, and the trips have made my thoughts open to hundreds of stories which I interest in. 

Photo by: Chanda Cheng
Photo by: Chanda Cheng

In Kirirum, I really love the weather there, it was drizzled and a little cold. The cold breeze that blew to me every time has strengthed up my power to continued walking to my destination. I remembered once when I was sitting down and I was so exhausted and suddenly the wind just blew across me. I closed my eyes and just got the touch of the wind to my skin. I also love the landscape there, the trail in the middle and the sides are the trees stood straight in lines with small green grass on the ground. This scenery really caught my attention and boost my relaxation and calmness level. My third highlight is when I got to sit and watch the sunrise. It was the greatest moment ever to watch the sunrise with my friends and my facilitators. While I was watching the sunrise, the hornbill flew nearby on the trees under the cliff. I got a binocular and I zoomed in to see the hornbill clearly. Luckily, I could see the hornbill, it was lovely to use the binocular following every movement of the hornbill. In Mondulkiri, I got so interested in the waterfall. The water was quite cold and it can refresh many negative thoughts out of my mind and inscribe with the beautiful piece of art in my brain. I didn’t want to move out of the enchanting waterfall that I faced. The waterfall melody can awaken thousands of surprise to me. It’s a hard way of trekking but in the end, it paid off with the delightful waterfall. Another highlight is what I have never tried before and it now becomes one of my favorite food which is Phnuong soup, I got to taste the soup and the soup was very delicious. I wish to myself I could taste the food several more times and cook it.

Even though the trips sounded really fun, there were still some obstacles that I met. One of my difficulties in Mondulkiri was the leeches. I was the first one who got bitten by a leech. At the first time seeing it, I was not quite scared of them but when the whole group started to panic because there were more of them, I started to feel anxious even more. At this point, my mind started to think of some types of wild creatures that I afraid of such as geckos. I tried to calm myself in the situation while I was really uncomfortable. That didn’t really work. However, the relaxation worked until we came to the waterfall. The touch and the harmony of the waterfall – the coldest water ever – aided me to increase my calmness and relaxation. Therefore, the solution got solved and I was very impressed with myself that I could be relaxed and calmed down. This was a big challenge for me but I overcome it – I had to use my bare hands to pick it out of my legs. Thanks to the waterfall for letting other people relax by the music you have created.  

Moreover, leadership roles are essential for me because I need to use those in this exploration since we were in a group of different personalities. Once, I have shown my leadership role which is a designated leader. At that time, I saw everybody was quite busy with all of their works. I thought that it was really busy for themselves to wash their own lunch boxes. As such, I’ve decided to speak up ” Ok! Let’s wash all of the lunch boxes for our team,” In fact, I have never been a designated leader before but that situation appeared to me that I could use the designated leader as my leadership roles. I considered being a designated leader does not need to be a tough or strong person. I could start being a designated leader from this experience. 

Being part of the group in Outdoor Leadership exploration was a new experience for me. It allowed me to give love and to see the beauty of nature that I have never focused before. The way that it designed itself to be. Challenges were being accepted by me so a solution must be accepted too. Comfort with Uncertainty is now what I understand and I learned. This journey was the best moment in my life that I could find my true happiness. (One more photo to go through for the end)

Photo by: Chanda Cheng


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