Math

Math

The last term made me feel like I have learned so much and I have to review many things that I have learned this year such as fraction, prealgebra, Triangle and more. This term is a bit more confusing to me, not that I didn’t get it, but because we got to learn a lot different than the last terms. There are many news lessons I just got to learn, and of course I am not that confident and comfortable about it yet,but hopefully I will after the small test we take because all of us are going to try and take what we understand all in this test so that the teacher know what level we are and what to improve too. This is the last term of the year I just want to take a moment to look at myself of how I am doing this year compared to last year. It was a huge different for me ,last years I just like I was just born so everything was just like confusing and news,but started this year I feel like I have gotten into more of math and started to understand it more and more and how helpful it is to our  everyday life and also our brain system. It is not just something you can learn and forget because you will use it a lot in life and it is one of the most important lessons in school. Math is hard for me and I think it is for most of us too. It is not just learning,but it is about practicing and there are some math things that we won’t even use in real life, but we learn it because it is important for us to learn most of it even we rarely used it in real life, but if someday we need to it is easy for us.

One of my tough lesson in math class that I feel like I haven’t comfortable with is Fraction. It is one of my least favorite things because  I am not comfortable with it, but I believe that when I understand and comfortable with it I will definitely like it. I don’t know if there anyone feels or happen the same as me because whenever I learned fraction I got it, but after a while when we have a new lesson I would forget it easily and I think I have to work on review the lesson a lot. I always wonder why I used to not like math and now I know one main   is that because I didn’t get the concept of it I didn;t understand it and I am being quite in class I rarely ask questions and I would always just listening to the teacher, but the way it is was not what I wanted myself to me . Now I am a whole new different person. I can feel started to like math and also asking questions when I don’t get it and also not only asking, but also helping my friends out too. This year is one of my year that I can call as “success” and I hope I can keep up the good work and also improve what I need to next year.

Literacy

Literacy

         Independace work is something I really like to do because I wanted to learn to manage my own time and in Literacy, this term is independent work that related to Literacy. First it was complicated for me because I get confused a lot and there are many things that I have adapted to yet, however after a few days I feel like I started to got it and started to manage my own time perfectly even something I might have short time to do something,but I did finish them on time and started to work on something else that I have put in the schedule.

For me, in my schedule, there is mostly the other work from the other classes that related to literacy, but most of the time when I don’t have any other work from the other classes reading is on the top list of my schedule. I like reading it’s keeping me accompany and entertaining me it makes me understand more about the life lesson and also I can improve my reading skills and that including my vocabulary too. I don’t like reading it slowly if I read a book I would finish it really quick it ‘s not that I just want to end it, but I like to spend my time on them I don’t like to spend my time reading a few pages a day it just makes me feel annoyed because sometimes I don’t understand, but if I read a lot I can understand the meaning of the books better. I would say I like fiction than nonfiction it just I enjoy fiction a lot. I am a person who likes fantasy, mysterious types of book, it makes me interested in books and the books are more attractive to me when it is those types. There are also hard times for me because I only read fiction, however sometimes I have to explore something new so I choose to read nonfiction sometimes like famous people biography, however since this is the independence work when I read I choose to read something I enjoy so I don’t get tired or bored and that is reading fiction novel especially the one with Vampires are favorite.

Reading with imaginary is something everyone does even me when I read I can see the action in my head,however there are times I have to put my book down and try to see the scenarios the author trying to explain and that when I know I can read books that are crate in to movie because after I read I can watch the movie and understand about it better and one of the books that I have read are The maze runner, cinder, blood promise, etc. All of those books are all nice and good, one of my top favorite books is Cinder. In that book, there are many mysterious things if you are someone who likes reading mystery and fantasy like me this is my recommendation for you.

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Multimedia

Multimedia

         Multimedia is not something I’m good at and it is not something I wanted to do, however, I started to like it after I try to do more of it. For me, I mostly try something that I am not good and something I don’t feel comfortable with because it makes me feel like I can improve myself with those hard times and of course, one of those is multimedia. Sometimes I ask myself if I could it do better how would I do it and that is when I realize that every subject are your favorite if you understand the concept and the point of it ,so I am trying my best to focus in class and follow my own heart to do something I am interested in. Since this is an independence work I choose to make a video and also try coding club(python).

       Create or making videos is one of my favorite things. I have made a video before, however, I haven’t make a picture slideshow video yet and that is what I try to do. I made a video that is just like a picture slide show because I feel like most people think that action describes things easily than pictures, people enjoy looking at the videos that have the action in them because of those action show emotion and what is it about better than pictures, but for me, I wanted to try to make a video that is like a pictures slideshow because most of us know that pictures can’t describe everything at once, however a lot of pictures together it will make a scenario that makes other people understand the emotion inside of the photos.

    A girl that is smiling in the photo doesn’t use a fake smile because the smile is real from her own heart and her own self and it is perfect for people to see the emotion in it. Some people think that the smile in the pictures are just fake but remember this “Don’t judge the book by its cover”. The photo might just stay there silents, no action, but sometimes when you just looking at the photos you might remember something and know about the situation. The pictures are just like the memory card, to me the more photos you took or taken the more memory you have at those times.

   Trying something that you never have done before is not easy there are some challenges that you have to face and I did. well, most of the time I feel myself doing weird things, but lucky enough I know it and I did my best to focus on my work again and I did finish the video.

     After finishing the making the video, I feel like I have something else to review from the past lessons so I try to think of something I haven’t done a while and that is Coding. Coding is not my passion, however, I wanted to be good at it and this is the perfect time for me to review from the code club which is a website. You can also try to code too with code club you can learn python and it is more like coding activities.

Here is the website.https://codeclubprojects.org/en-GB/python/.

     I really enjoy those times when I did it because it makes me understand more about who I am and what are the challenges for me and what I should work and improve on. I would recommend everyone to try the challenges on the website because it is fun and also you can learn something from it too. I like this kind of independence work a lot because it can make me manage my own times and manage my task, but I did make a mistake, but I also did learn a lot from it and now I won’t stay out of my task again.

   Here is a short project I did in code club, it was short because I just started and I am focusing more on making the video and the code club is just something I did after finish my video.      https://trinket.io/python/16dfed3b63

 

How I change Cambodia

How I change Cambodia

Changing is not something that is easy, it needs to be stepped by steps drop by drop small to big and of course the small steps make up the bigger picture. Some people think that changing a country is a hard mission and some believe they can’t do it, but isn’t that called giving up? well, some are determined to change even a small step, but the small steps of those people will make a bigger picture in the future and making changes.

Changing is a challenge that everyone should take in their life. Once you did it you will understand the meaning of Change even more. Before everything started I have no idea what I am going to do to change my country, but after this years and I have looked back to what I’ve done and what I have gone through that is that time I realize that I did change something. The first things that I have noticed this year the most is I have changed myself. Myself the person whom I know more than anyone, the person I always am also have changed, my perspective on things and idea to the world, how I behave toward others and to my everyone in the country whom I called Family. Before I can be changed anything I have to change myself to be a better one too.

I have changed in some of the areas of my life and I don’t feel like the old was bad, it just that I need to change something about me to make myself be better and to make myself improve on what I should be. “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we ain’t really living.” This is an excellent quote by Gail Sheehy it is just the way life should be Changes are the best way to make yourself better. I used to be the one who doesn’t like to speak a lot in class because I just don’t feel so right when I am talking, it just makes me uncomfortable, but thanks to those hard times it makes me challenge myself to speak more in class and to involve more too. Those times don’t come by easily I have to go through a lot I  have to be the one who I never be and I have to do with something I have never wanted to do, but at last it makes me become the person I wanted to be and it does change me to be who I am today . It makes me understand about myself more and I began to understand that I do like discussing and speak in class, but it just that I haven’t get out of my comfort zone to explore the actual self of who am I yet. Passionate overflow the hidden me, I have never thought I could just go and talk to random people whom I never knew before and question them about their life story, but I did and I love it. Talking to people asking them some questions in a friendly manner is what I love to do right now. Communication with people is now is passion i can’t stay still if I saw random people in front of me sometimes because the inside of me just wanted to talk to them and get to them and all of these make people know me as the friendly one all of this passion coming because of an exploration I have this year called Humans of Cambodia(HOC).

HOC is an exploration I have and I love it so much and I don’t want it to end, still it did, however, everything I had to learn and receive is still remaining in my head and is forever going to be the memory of this girl. It just makes me feel like everyone in this country is a family and showing people that one is caring for another. In HOC we have to interview people trying to get their life story and Of course, those stories are from the Cambodian people(Khmer), why should we do so? Well, the reasons are because everyone has a different life story, the hurtful, happy moment those are everything people have the experience, but not everyone has experience in the same situation as those people.

There are many things we all should learn about because sometimes in life you will meet those times or might saw someone get into those times then you can understand that life is not all about perfect it is about what you will meet in life. There are many times that people judging others by their appearance which is mostly known as Judging books by their cover, Don’t judge the books by their cover just like human don’t judge them if you don’t know their story because not everyone has the same story and nobody knows anyone better than their own selves. HOC has taught me a lot and change myself and also my country that everyone is special everyone is important and everyone is a part and the beauty of this country.

 

No plastic exploration was a big part of changing Cambodia this year for me too, it plays a big and important of Changing. Plastic is everywhere nowadays and in the exploration, we have survey people and asking them about their opinion about plastic and their answer are nearly all are the same because it is cheap, convenient those are the most common answer that we get. Plastic is useful to many people including me everyone using it, but the issue is that where does it go after we use it? Some people throw that plastic to the trash bin, but some are throwing it anywhere they found it is easy for them. The plastic is not something that melts in days, weeks, but it takes up to years and not just 1-2 years some plastic even taken to million years. A single day if you use 10 plastic bags and in a year you will use 3650 bags and if everyone around the world use that much of plastic each then how long does those plastic take time to biodegrade?  If people all throwing them everywhere they can throw it doesn’t mean that that plastic will stay there forever and rain, storm, wind, of course, will bring those to the ocean because the ocean is nearly all of the earth surface. If those are in the ocean then it will flood everywhere in the ocean and how many animals are there in the ocean there are tons of them and if those animals confused and it that plastic then the bigger problem is coming because that animal will die and those animals will become less and less even if they don’t eat that plastic it still contain commercial and it will destroy their habitat and our ocean. Those are the problem is they don’t throw it to the trash bin what about if they throw it to the trash bin does all of the problems above fade away?? Still, there are many consequences if we used plastic, even you throw it to trashbin there are still things that might happen to our planet. The solution is started from you and each of us if you want your planet to be safe try to less down the amount of plastic that you used and you something else that can replace that plastic. If you always use a plastic water bottle then started to use the metal water bottle, the same as straw. Talking about straw we think it is just a small part of plastic, but straw is one of the most use plastic in the world because of the ideas of people we all should think of the small parts it might become a big problem later on. There is also another solution that people can do which is recycled that plastic into something else that we can use and if we all do like that the amount of plastic use will reduce by a lot. If you want to save our planet then reduce the amount of plastic you use and use some other things that can replace plastic.

Plastic is not what should pop in people mind when they ask about their country or our planet just like for me, when people ask me about Cambodia or my Khmer favorite word,the word Khmer itself just pop up in my head just like it always there and it makes me never forget that I am who I am and where I am from. Khmer might sound short and simple, but to me, to everyone whom we called ourselves Khmer had a different view of it. Khmer the word itself determine the confidence, the power, the peace, and happiness. Khmer is sweet but powerful. We are the people of this kingdom of wonder, Cambodia and the people that determined to dream big and also to create a big change and impact.

Our flag is up in the sky and our literature is still is something that identifies us. The Alphabets to the vowels and many more that have more meaning than what people think, those things make up us Khmer. Those small pieces in this country make us who we are. Kroma, Angkor, Prohok, make people know us those small things make up the bigger picture of us just like changes small change can make a bigger change. This year I have changed myself and myself have changed the perspective of people in my country and of course, those small steps I have taken this year will help me achieve the bigger steps.

Outdoor rea

 

Outdoor leadership

Nature is a broad topic to learn and talk about, but nature is what everyone should know and understand about too. Living in Cambodia lived as Cambodian(Khmer) we all know that Cambodia is a country full of nature, so do you think everyone knows about and understands about nature? I am myself as Cambodian and I still have a lot to learn. Learning doesn’t have the expiry date which means ages doesn’t matter. The early it is the more information you will learn. Learning about nature doesn’t always mean you have to be in the forest. The word “nature” is defining different meaning by different people. Nature to mean things that are not man-made and are the living things that are known as natural to many people but for me not only those but also for many other things such as weather and mostly something that humans can’t control or change.

Climbing up hills or mountains, not taking a bath for days, trekking in the woods and staying, walking together as a group to explore nature is what I have done. It might sound weird even myself feel like it is impossible for me to do those activities above, but I did and by that, I and my friends have to go through many new experiences. Some people consider bad times as bad luck, but to us, bad and good time are all considered as experiences. Staying together as a group was not that hard since we have stayed with each other for years, but that doesn’t it is easy either. Facing many problems don’t make us stop from what we are trying, in the wood, there are many animals that we are scared of, afraid of, however, those animals are nature, the feeling we have toward them is natural and because those animals are nature we have to step out of our comfort zone and learn more about it and the environment surrounded. The weather can’t be control what we should do is to be prepared for times when the weather doesn’t go well and it causes many problems for us like our tents and clothes are wet, but thanks to those moments we’re able to have that experience and learn from those moments. That times I can see myself being a self leader and a problem solver also as a group we have used communication skill too.

Doing something you have never done was one of those uncomfortable things for us, especially when you have to get through something you’re afraid and scared of the most in life. I just want to point out “Dalen E” She is my close and best friend all along the time I know her I know about her biggest fear and that is the animals that are boneless like worm, leeches and more. She never stays any closer to them by 5 to 6 feet meters, but on this trip, we have to get through a lot of leeches and worm. I know it is hard for her and this would give her a really hard time, there are time that she cries and also time that she doesn’t want to stay there any longer, however, I really appreciate her that she can step out of her fear even with tears, but that shows the confidence she has. This is an exploration that I think has taught me a lot to look at myself and other good work and try my best like them too.

My goals for these trips were countless because I want to explore everything I could,but after everything I’ve faced and seen I know my specific goals now the only goal I had all along, but I just didn’t know, however now I understand that I don’t want to just learn about nature, but I want to learn to love nature . The forest, waterfall, was not on my mind if people ask me about the place that gives me peace, but instead, I would think in a room with my device, but things changed me over time after this exploration and now I have learned to love the peace that nature gives to us. I learned to love the waterfall, to love what we have and we all should protect them. 

Overall this exploration taught me many things, I have learned about nature, my interest, about other people and importantly I have learned a lot about myself. I think I know myself best, but now I think I have a lot more to learn about myself and who I really am. I know that nothing is enough almost everyone needs improvement. I know I have many things to improve on, but as I know that improvement doesn’t always come by itself and it is not easy, but I have to step out of my comfort zone so that I can improve on what I need to and one of the goals that I have to improve is on my leadership styles and one of those which is designated-leader . I am a person who doesn’t like to control or being told to do something so when we are in a team I never wanted to be a leader who tells other people what to do because I really don’t like it so I feel like if I do it what will other people feel like? However, now I am trying to be one because in a team there always should be one so that the teamwork is stronger and the work gets done better. , but now I started to understand that as a leader, you don’t always tell others what to do,but you are the person who respects other people’s opinions and tries to ask all teammates about their ideas and you are the one who voices your ideas the most and now I wanted to try to become one because it might something news that I like.

Photos & Captions

                                     “I can’t believe I climb those mountains, but I did !!

                                       “Be like the sun, it set, but it will rise again