15.01.2014 - 15.01.2014
We got to sleep in a bit this morning as we did not need to be at school until 8.40. This was good as this old girl is starting to feel a bit weary!! I hate to complain as the people over here work so bloody hard. Most people have two or three jobs and just get in there and do it and here I am whinging but I can't help it I am tired LOL.
Poor Ashlee wasn't feeling well today but she powered through the morning and helped me with the Grade 4 photo project. We spoke to the children about what themes they had decided on and divided those who needed to go home to take photos with those who were happy to stay at the school. So the themes were Dogs, House, House, Fish, Friends, School, Garden at School and Chickens. Ashlee stayed behind to do the school based photos and I went with the other kids to their homes. This was definitely a highlight of visiting Cambodia and I was so grateful to Kaann and Saral for helping me as we visited all the families. It is such an eye opener to how happy and loving these people are despite the challenges they face living in very poor and often primitive conditions.
The first visit was with one of the boys who wanted to take photos of his dogs. His parents were obviously very proud to have us all visit their home and told us that he originally wanted to do his fish but it died!
The next visit was all about chickens and that was very funny as one of the boys chased chickens around the yard trying to get a good photo!
We trotted down the road a bit further and came to the boy who loved his fish. This was certainly an eye opener as he took photos of what looked like a little stall on the road that was owned by his family who specialised in fish. There were fish drying on a table and a big bucket with what looked like catfish with lots of fish swimming around in it.
It was then the girls turn and they were very particular about photographing their houses. One of the girls told me about her dog Lucky and when we got to her house we were greeted by two dogs. I said which one is Lucky and she said both of them! I met her grandmother and showed her the photos her granddaughter took and she seemed very happy to see them. I am going to print all the photos for the kids and put them in an album for them to keep. They often have very few if any photos of themselves, their family or friends so this is a very small thing I can do for them.
We got back to the school and Ashlee had her group in the outdoor pavillion where we teaching drawing and colouring their picture for the book. Our group joined them and started drawing and colouring as well. They are all so talented I am constantly blown away by how well they draw. After they finished drawing they all wrote a few sentences in Khmer and then Kaann and I helped them translate it into english. This book is going to be so cute!
After lunch Ashlee was feeling very sick and so we insisted that she go home and rest so Lisa and I were in charge of the activities for the afternoon. Once again we improvised and had a great game with the kids. We played 6 speckled frogs and the kids loved it, we also played a few games and did some singing - I had no voice by the end of the day.. those poor kids didn't seem to mind my terrible singing voice but I am tired of singing "one finger, one thumb".
As we were packing up one of the older kids showed us his pet scorpion.. so fun!
After school we checked on Ashlee and she was still not feeling the best so she skipped the cooking class. So Tara, Sophie, Kristie and myself trotted off to the Le Tigre de Papier https://www.facebook.com/letigredepapier?fref=ts
This was such a fun thing to do. We first chose what we wanted to cook from the menu, we then went for a walk through the old markets to see all the different produce.
There were two chinese ladies, a french couple and us altogether and we all were shown how to prepare and cook our meals. I really enjoyed it but don't get too excited Gary I won't be cooking anytime soon!
After cooking our meal we took it downstairs and ate it! I loved it when the drinks order came around as it was so stereotypical the french couple ordered wine, the chinese girls didn't order anything and we 4 aussie girls ordered a tallie of Angkor beer!
We were sooooo tired by the time we had finished dinner and I couldn't wait to go to bed. So grateful we can sleep in tomorrow.