After taking a start off with this project in the first round, my partner and I were starting to feel that we received a lot of background information. We decided to put all of our plans and ideas into action. Personally, I couldn’t wait to see this project keeps growing in the future. We set the main goal which was writing a final report where we could present to the public. In the process of writing up this report, Soliday and I threw the idea of deploying our own artificial reef. We were struggling at the beginning of where we should deploy the artificial reef, and who we should contact with. It was a hard time for both of us.
Later on, we decided that we could deploy the artificial reef on the island, Koh Seh. Half of this island is owned by the MCC as known as Marine Conservation in Cambodia, and another half is owned by the government. Liger had been working and collaborating with MCC on many different projects. There were Marine Conservation and Climate Change Submit. Soliday and I were extremely happy; I started to design our first artificial reef. As I started, I sketched out many designs by using techniques from the engineering class. Out of all the designs, we chose one, and it will be in cubic form.
Unluckily, the product didn’t match with the drawing. There was a misunderstanding between us and the constructor, instead of making cubes, we were making blocks. Therefore, it was a bad situation, but we tried to reuse those blocks and formed it by stacking on each other. Soliday and I still kept the idea of the cubes for another time. We didn’t realize that our mistake led us to the new discovery which was reusing the blocks and making it to different things. It was actually a bonus for us. The artificial reef got deployed by Soliday with her exploration teammates; sadly, I wasn’t there with the team. After finishing the big part of our project, we still needed to wait for the result.
We are still working, and we are still keeping the idea that didn’t make out for us. In my mind, I wanted to see many organisms living in the new home, including vertebrates, and invertebrates. In addition, we still need to accomplish our goal: writing the report. There were a lot of information and research papers we had that we needed to gather. To be honest, writing a report is really difficult for me, but it was also important to me and Soliday. The reason was that we wanted to share this report with our school director, conservation teams around Cambodia, and mainly, Cambodians including youths and elders. After all, I had a remarkable time and fun time to be a part of this project. It was nearly a year we had been working and researching on it. It was also a privilege for both of us to help and take care the marine lives and ocean in Cambodia.
On Friday August 26 of 2016, I am one of the members in one expertise called “Podcast.” The liger students are still continuing the podcast of season two and episode five. The episode five of season two will be about “Lakorn Sromol Sbek Thom or Cambodia Shadow Puppet.” This is one of the ancient arts in Asia and there some countries whose are having this kind of art too, such as Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. So, we went to the show that shows about this art in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and I’m so excited and happy for this opportunity to the arts of Cambodia, also it is my first time to see this dancing. After we arrived that place, my friends and I realized that it is a place that Cambodian original song took the film there. We were happy to be there and it is an honor to watch the Cambodian performance. So we enjoyed the rest of the performance. After, we went to interview some of the performers and the director of that place and it is very inspirational.
Our group planed to invite the director of the place to come to our school, Liger Learning Center, in order to get more information for our podcast expertise. This is one of the successful time for our group, that we determined and be competitive to ourself to make this first episode of the second season is precious.
Marketing is an expertise teaches students how to find money in a different ways. In this expertise we try to find money for printing the Animal Guide Book and Cambodian Economy Book that Liger Student had written for awhile. In class, we contacted to the printing location. So, we find a way to find money for printing by selling mugs, T-shirts, hats and key chains. We print the art works from the Animal Guide Book and put it on the mugs and T-shirts. A lot of people and guest had bought our mugs and T-shirts, so we get a lot income to our marketing team in order to success the target. Our mentor in class named Jaime. She is a great person to have in Liger Learning Center because every times she gives her full determination, working hard, try to solve the conflict as best as she can and one cool thing is she always had a joyful face and that makes everybody’s day. Also we some activities such as making video too.
Becoming older in life, we have to experience with something that’s remarkable and help us to face life. That is Cooking. All the students live in Liger for four years, they now become something call “Senior Cohort.” It’s been a while to stay and learn as Junior Cohort but becoming older is bring us to take another step in life. So cooking expertise is cooking class is guiding us to be able to cook when we come back from holiday, we can cook properly. Our advisor is this class, Matt is a chef of the school. He had a lot of experience cooking, also it’s his passion. Everyday in cooking class he helps us, gives us feedback, and support us to be brave to get reading in cooking. He always gives his full effort in class to teach us. After, we learn all the courses we’re having a small test that wraps up our whole cooking class courses.
I want to tell something to all the cooks, there is something called “Cross Contamination.” Cross Contamination is an action of bacteria spread to other places by humans. For example, while you’re cutting the chicken and there’s a blood. After that you continue to cut the vegetables. This an action of Cross Contamination because when you prepare the chicken, the chicken blood had a lot of bacteria and without clean you hand, you continue to prepare the vegetable. So before doing something, everybody have to clean their hands and if you’re cooking, you have to clean your hand after finished one step and to another step to avoid Cross Contamination.
If you are the beginner of cooking, this is some lessons that I had learn for the time in class.
On the first day I learned a new topic is called Gender and Society. I learned five key vocab words. Such as: Gay, Lesbian, trangender, coming out, straight and in the closet. Gay homosexual meaning being attracted to the same gender actually refer to males. Lesbian homosexual meaning attracted to the same gender and refer to females and people never use the word lesbian can’t use for males. But for the word gay we can use it for males and females. Trangender means a person who born in a male body but a female brain or born in female body but a male brain. Coming out means tell people that you know you are gay, lesbian or trangender. Straight means not gay or anything. In the closet means someone who is secretly gay has not tell anyone yet but you know you are. Also Caro explained us about the topic by giving a lot of information and watching the videos. But for now America allows all gays, lesbians or trangender married each other and this law it just an early law that coming out in America.
For my thinking it is best because if the male marries female is normal and what people thinking that they want to marry male with male or female with female is normal too because people will not have any problem but if they don’t have this law they just live as a boyfriend or girlfriend. But if they married each other their family is in peace with happy faces too. What the estimation said nine millions of Americans identify as a gay, that a lot!