IBDP International Trip 2014 | CAMBODIA

The five-day-trip to Cambodia is one of the most wonderful experiences in my life. The beauty of Cambodia totally took my breaths away. I had learnt so much from the Cambodians. Their smiles, their laughs and their lifestyle are so pure and simple. They live the minimalism life, which I completely adore. They might not be the most educated ones in the world, but I thought I could safely say that, they are the happiest people in the world.

Arrived at the LCCT with the IB friends. 

Interesting video device. 

Arrived Cambodia! Look how excited I was.

On the bus with Ivanna.

Finally arrived at Camp Beng Mealea!

Just realised there are a lot of my photos. LOL.

With Daryl, Ivanna and Sandhiya!

We went and visited some ancient temples.

Of course, selfie is a must!

Blessing ceremony. Since I'm a Christian, I just sat aside and watched them haha.

We were divided into two groups. Both of the groups took turns to do gardening and build teachers’ accommodations. I was divided into the first group. I was so excited to build the teachers’ accommodations because it was my first time getting my hands on this. We needed to build teachers’ accommodations because many teachers in Cambodia were not allowed to sleep in the classroom, hence they had no choice but to leave the school in the rural areas and go for schools that were located in the city areas. When I stepped into the school, I saw students sitting on the ground. There was a class monitor who guided his peers to read the passages in their textbook. There was only two teachers in the school when we arrived there. And yet, the students took the initiative to study on their own. It was such a breathtaking sight looking at them. We started our work at 9 in the morning. I had to break down soil to fill up the earth for the building. It was not an easy job. After that, I was put into a group with a task which is far more interesting, which is laying bricks. Laying bricks might sound easy but it was not. I needed to arrange the bricks in the way that they are alternating to each other so that the wall would not fall so easily. Besides that, I needed to apply cements between the bricks as fast as possible because the cements would dry up after awhile.

It was super exhausting day! Feeling happy inside tho.

Lunch break. May the selfie session begin!

This was the hut we slept in.

Extremely friendly and nice instructor, Sunny!

Am so fat. Need to lose weight. *cries*

They made the best breakfast!

Why do I like to take selfie so much .___.

Continue working again.

On the next day, we started our work in the garden. We had to weed the land before we could plough the land. Even though I was wearing gloves, I was still being pricked by the thorns on the weeds. It was a tough job. The roots were very hard to pull up and we need to use a hoe to remove their roots. The instructors taught us the techniques of using a hoe and it was a new skill that I had learnt from gardening. At first I taught gardening would be easier than building house, but in fact, gardening was harder because there was no shield in the garden. The sun was scorchingly hot and we needed to gulp lots of water to keep ourselves hydrated. It took us the whole morning to remove the weeds completely. In the afternoon, we used hoes to soften the soil. It was a difficult task as well. After all the weeding, ploughing, shaping the garden beds, planting the seeds and watering the plants, my body was sore. From gardening, I had realized that I take too many things for granted. I wasted my food while having good food was a luxury for some of the people in the world. I complained about having too much food when the Cambodians were happy to have a small portion of food. I had learnt to be grateful about everything that I had in life. Not everyone was as lucky as I was, and yet I took everything for granted and complaining about my life.

Day 2: working in the garden.

Draw something on the wood with Joey.

I need to lose weight.

Detailed view of my drawing.

Yay! Finished our work!

Visiting Angkor Wat and other temples!

In these two days, I had worked closely with my friends, teachers and instructors there. We had formed a closely-knitted relationship. I really admire those who volunteered to help the children. Their spirit of selflessness inspired me to be a good doctor, one who was self-abgenated and had the willingness to sacrifice oneself. I realized that the best things in life were free, like love, kindness, generiosity, gentleness, benevolence and munificence. The environment in Cambodia was so stress-relieving. When I was in Malaysia, I was having insomnia due to all the stress from homework, assignments and examinations. I was able to have some quality sleeping time in Cambodia as I was too tired because of all the work I had done in the construction site and the garden. Likewise, I was so impressed by their Khmer culture. I love how they preserve and protect the Mother Nature. The Khmer culture teaches people to save water and only use things and materials that could be recycled and reused. In the camp, we had limited usage of water and that really made me appreciating the fact that I had unlimited supply of water in Malaysia. God gave us a task to protect and take good care of the nature He created and yet, as humans, we claimed to own the nature and destroy it shamelessly. I breathed in the fresh air in Cambodia, it smelled like morning mist and wet grasses. I knew I am going to miss this beautiful place so much. This place made me feel peaceful inside.

On the fourth day, we had visited Angkor Wat and other temples which are tourist attractions in Cambodia. The temples are masterpieces that demonstrate the wisdom and prior knowledge of the ancestors of the Cambodians in architecture. Every single carving, pillar and statue reflected so much of their religion and culture. The art was completely mind-blowing and captivating. I was so inspired by their perseverance and hardwork. The buildings reminded me of a quote, “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” I could imagined how much effort, skills and love they put together in order to construct these buildings. I was so inspired. Even though the sun was burning and corroding my skin, I had enjoyed my visit to the temples. One sad thing that I had encountered was to see some young kids selling souvenirs to the tourists. They were supposed to study in school at that moment of time. Due to poverty, their parents had used them to sell souvenirs to tourists in order to earn more money. Even though I really wanted to help them, I forced myself not to buy any souvenirs from them and told them to attend school. I hope one day they will know that knowledge is power, and only knowledge can change their situation. At night, we went to have buffet dinner and watched performances from the traditional dancers. Their dances were so mesmerising. I couldn’t help but snapped some pictures with some of the dancers at the end of the dance.

On the fifth day, we went back Malaysia. I felt so blessed to have this opportunity to visit Cambodia. Cambodians had taught me a lot of lessons in these short four days. They taught me to smile even in the darkest and toughest time, to laugh in our most sorrowful moments, to love our families, friends and even strangers, to give thanks for everything we have and to work hard and fight for things that we desire. A lot of people thought that we went Cambodia to teach the people, but in fact, they were the ones who taught us all the life lessons. Their pure-heartedness brought me tears. The instructors and helpers there cried when we left the campsite. We hugged each and every one of them. They were the most beautiful people I had ever seen. I remembered how they insisted in helping us to wash the dishes and how happy they were when they were dancing beside the bonfire. Everything was just so lovely and amazing. They made me realise the simplest life is the happiest life. They inspired me to live simply. They motivated me to live my life to the fullest. I would love to come back Cambodia one day. Perhaps one day, I will join the Doctors Without Borders and I will definitely use my knowledge and skills to help patients and children in Cambodia. Even though it was just a 5-day-trip, it had widen my visions and heart. The experiences were inspirational and worthwhile.


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Yee Lin Tan 提到...

hi there! just wondering what camera model do u use for these photos? so sharp and crisp ah! ;)