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Looks like I took a very long break from my previous post on Cambodia. I didn’t have the time to spend on blogging without feeling guilty! :/
Picking up from where I left..
On the second week of our trip, we visited Andong Village. It’s basically a slum area stuck in the city. Apparently, the villagers’ houses were taken away from them and they had to move out but they couldn’t afford a typical house so they had to stay in squatter houses which had rubbish surrounding them everywhere! I can’t imagine living with rubbish! The horrible stench, clogged drains, plastic bags at every nook and cranny of the slum, flies everywhere, minimal amount of CLEAN water supply and just the pure thought of how low the level of hygiene there scares me!
After taking a tour around the village, we went back to the villages’s primary school.
This was the school we taught at during the second week. The students who lived in the village attend English lessons at this school. It’s kinda like a tuition place for English lessons in the afternoon. In the morning, it functions as a primary school.
We went to another place nearby which used to function as a community hall (I think). Some of the volunteer organizations wee kind enough to buy that place so that the school could be transferred over.
We decided to create a library at an empty shack in the school compound for the students when their school gets transferred over.
After all that sawing, we headed back to the primary school to start conducting English lessons!
The next day, we went back to “new” school to work on the library. Some of the guys went out to buy paint, brushes and furniture for the library. We were divided into three groups for three different tasks which are building benches, painting and organizing books.
Alvin requested that I take a picture of him sawing or more like pretending to saw (since the benches were already done!). He’s such a camwhore. :P Lucky guy is enjoying his student exchange at the States now!
Rearranging and labelling books.
After all that hardwork and while waiting for our painted benches to dry, we played with the principal’s son, Puri! He is so adorable!! :D I remember trying to recall his name a few days later back in the guestroom and accidentally guessed his name as “Pussy” which made Gavin laugh. Oops, my bad!At night, we went out for desserts! Scoops of ice-cream in coconut shells and coconut juice!
The combing department. This was where all the lice could be seen dead on their towels. Two person had to comb each girl’s hair because it was really hard to untangle all the knots! I know this fact because I tried combing a girl’s really long hair after I was done with washing and it took so much effort!
When we were done for the day, Hazel, Cui Shan, Ek Theng, Siew Wai and I took the same tuk-tuk back. The driver was driving so slow that the other two groups were far ahead of us. We kept telling the driver to go fast and he didn’t listen. We thought he didn’t understand English so we tried to make sounds that could possibly mean “fast” to him but he kept at the same speed.
When we reached the guestroom, it was so dark and the lights were switched off. Then, “SURPRISE!!”, hehe. It was Siew Wai and Hazel’s birthdays! :) The tuk-tuk driver purposely drove slow so that the others could reach first in time to prepare. Hehehe, Cui Shan, Ek Theng and I knew they were gonna surprise them but I didn’t know the tuk-tuk driver was involved too! He must be laughing inside when we tried to make him go faster!
That night, some of us tried the famous local delicacy – embryonated duck eggs! Cui Shan was daring enough to try. I didn’t! Apparently, it was really tasty.
One of the days during that week, Dr Seow who flew to Cambodia for a few days treated us pizzas for lunch!
Phew, finally done with Cambodia! Actually, I’m not quite done because I still have the touristy stuff that we did after all that volunteering to blog about. But, I think I’m gonna pass on blogging about that. Hehe. :D