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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