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Category: Cambodia

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust


@Blue Lime Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Many years ago, my idea of swimming was to hang out with friends in the pool, in which we didn’t actually swim, just to splash the water around as my little Phnom Penh was pretty hot over the summer or let say our lovely one-year-round summer!

Like many people here, I can’t swim back then. First, I drown once. Thus, the idea of on, in, or near the water freaked me out…like… all the times.  Second, there was no second reason.  One day (I don’t know when), I plucked up my courage and decided to take a swimming lesson, which didn’t end that well but good enough to know the basic kicking as I spent almost three weeks just to kick around with my fellow sexy trainees, Korean Ajummas ^^.


@Blue Lime Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

SWIMMING Aujoud’hui

After arriving Phnom Penh, I met many swimming lovers (Yay!!!) and some are willing to teach me some moves  (Yay Yay Yay Yay!!!). but had to give up ( 😦 ) because I’m not that good student (guilty as charged). Well, beside those moves, swimming needs to be coming from the inside. It’s a solo sport, nobody can help you, except you, yourself. Therefore, I need so much time and practice to be able to get through my dark old drowning day before I can believe in the water again (You, water, be nice to me!).

So I learn the basic fact that to be able to swim, the secret ingredient (Kong Fu Panda hash tagged) is to believe.

1)   Believe that you won’t die even if you put all your head inside the water.

2)   Believe that if you let everything go, your body will float! Like seriously, please no struggle, no fighting to survive, just keep calm and float around! (don’t expect pixie dust like in Tinker Bell, mother nature is kind enough to gift us to float in the water).

Back to the tip in swimming, I would recommend “floating” to start for a new beginner because once you trust that you won’t sink it, you will have that confident to try to move your body and that will be the next step or your trainer can show you how. With many times of practices, there you go, my newbie swimmer!

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That excitement for my first time backward swim like a mermaid! ^^

At the end, you don’t have a choice but to believe in “if somebody can do it, I can too”. We are the same human being after all.

IMG_7243You will be amazed how things are easier than you thought, or maybe how the impossible is just derive from the word “I’m possible”, who knows?

Cambodia’s Apsara Dance

[ASEAN Info] Cambodia’s Apsara dance gracefully and elegantly imitates the movement of goddess. Apsara dance has a long history from the ancient Cambodia, and carved Apsara dancers are also found in the walls of Angkor Wat.

Source: 2011 ASEAN Culture and Tourism Fair

ASEAN Korea Tourism Fair

The third annual ASEAN Culture & Tourism Fair took place at D-Cube City in Seoul from 30 September to 3 October. The three-day Fair offered a variety of cultural and tourism promotion programs.  About 70 performers from 10 ASEAN countries  showcase a wide range of performances such as traditional dance, folk songs and instrumental music. Also, ASEAN countries promotion booths and the ASEAN Food & Beverage Court were available there.

The audiences

Cambodian Traditional dance”Robam Chunpor”

Cambodian Traditional Performance “Robam Krongork”

Souvenirs from Cambodia

Khmer Session for Korean Volunteer Students

Several weeks ago, we been helping some Korean Students who will go to do there volunteer work in Cambodia. They are very curious about Cambodia and are eagerly to see and spending some fun time with Cambodian kids. Many enjoying program are being prepared now. ^^ Oh.. and here is the story.

My Korean brother has volunteered in Cambodia for around 1 year, therefore he still knows some basic communication. Since there is the new group of students who will go to volunteer more, the organizer opened a session regarding Cambodia and have each students presenting separately about Cambodia. So my brother will helping them to learn how to speak Khmer and it will be even more effective if there are native Cambodian help the event. So me and my friends offered a help by joining this session and teach them some basic. It was a very interesting experience. ^^

At first we were so panic once seeing they are older than us, but most of them are really friendly that we no longer feel afraid. After the presentation we together went to enjoy dinner and back to class to have a final discussion and photo shooting. The final discussion is the most interest part of all because I and my friends really really want to interact closer to those beautiful and handsome Korean students, hehehe.. .and then here we’ve got the chance.  There are 3 Cambodian, so we divided into 3 group with 10 Korean students each. I’m really thankful to my little Korean language knowledge that I no longer need to use much English this time and enjoyed very well with them.

There are English teaching group and art group, they are gonna teach Cambodian kids to get more knowledge about this two theme via playing game. Therefore, before they play what kind of game with a kid they need to know if it suitable or not since its culture differences, some games might not be effective. and I was very happy that I can offer a great help. Ah.. and the most funny part is they asked us to give their new Cambodian name. To our surprised, these 3 Cambodian girls can’t find anything more better than their beautiful friends name and the most popular singers or people in Cambodia. Yeah.. they really enjoy it so much. But I’m so sorry as well for those who doesn’t like their name, but come on!  We dont have much time to give a meaningful name to 10 people in just a second like this. Sorry!

The communication went very well and we became friends even after the session. This is how life carry us.

마음이 열다 보면 생활을 익숙할 거예요.^^

Please enjoy the slideshow of the event below.

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Ah.. there also a memorable thing for me, it was when we all finished and saying good bye to each other, I walked to the door before my friend and unfortunately she stepped on my shoes, and it teared apart. Everyone so worried how I can go home with one part of shoes, but they helped me with a taped so I can use the broken shoes for a while. It’s such an embarrassing and funny moment that they can’t help it not to take picture of that.  My dear shoes!! ㅠㅠ

“A small bump that took away my dream”~ S.P

“A small bump that took away my dream”~ S.P

S.P, 16, comes from a 10 members family in Kompong Som, the southern part of Cambodia.  Her mother passed away a year ago because of blood pressure, therefore, left only her father to look after the 9 children. She is the 8th of the family. She’s friendly, but a bit shy. However, she enjoys listen to story and doing thing like other children on the same age. Unfortunately, since she was 4 years old, while playing with her big sister, she tripped over and broke her back bone. That day there was only a small bump on her back and slightly pain.  Her father who live in the country side area have so little knowledge regarding how serious this small accident would become . This small bump, that later will took away all his daughter’s dream.

Later, the pain scattered her, she’s no longer could bear anymore. Besides, his busy schedule, he took her to the nearby hospital as well, to get something just enough to temporary stop the pain. Nonetheless, it doesn’t stop right there. It doesn’t stop just to be a little bump. It’s growth. Years by years, it’s growth when she’s growth, till one day to a realization, once her father saw  that she couldn’t properly WALK.  Shocked, he definitely have know idea that the small accident caused the broken bone to lead to this at all. The bone broke already and now she can’t walk like other kids. The bump also big enough that she can’t straightly stand. She starts her secondary school and she can’t identify clearly how her is different from others and she deeply upset. However, there is one more person who is in a million pain that no word could write to express compared to her, is her father.

There is one choice. Only surgery can be solved. If this continue, the other body part might be getting worse as well. What can her father do? The monthly salary is not even enough to support the whole family where on earth can he find the money to pay for the surgery? 

Fortunately, the Christian community which her father working for found some fund to support her. Therefore, she was sent to Korea in order to get back surgery at the most famous hospital here, while her father also coming along to look after her. March 25, her surgery was made, she need to stay in bed for a very long time because as far as I know, the back bone is as important as brain. The bone support most part of the body. Without a serious caution, it might lead to a bad result. All the doctors worked on their best to get her back bone straight again, therefore, it also effect her leg as well. Her back bone was connected again and need time to heal it. Therefore, she need to stay in the hospital unable to walk for 2 months to get medication and health check, while praying she will recover soon and be able to walk as usual, attending computer class, passing the grade 9 exam, eating “Somlor Mchum Trokaun”, and playing with her lovely niece back in Cambodia.

May 11, prior to my Korean language level 3 final exam, I’ve got a chance to go to meet her, as a substitute interpretor. My Korean friends just asked me to help to do it because it’s urgent and she think I can do it, also my house is not far from the hospital too. At first, I don’t really know what exactly will it be, but when I realize, someone got a surgery and need me to interpret the communication between the patient and doctors, I was so nervous that my knowledge is just enough for living survival, but not for Technical  term, especially what if I misunderstood something, it might went wrong because it’s not just the normal illness. It’s one life. One Cambodian’s life.

The first time I met her, S.P, despite her serious and injured body, while lying on bed, she smiled at me, so lovely and innocent like the other girl who have a good physical condition. Thank S.P, your smile stop my panic, release all my nervous, and your father also very friendly, that I no longer feel alone in this whole hospital that full of Korean people. However, to them, my presence was more than that and I deeply understand it. 2 months in Korea, received medication, met only sick people,   said goodbye to the nearby patient, greeting the new one, while only her staying on the same bed, can only see through the window and missing everything back home.

My 3 days there reduce her boredom, she laughed while I told my funny Korean life experience to her father. She wants to listen more, see more, and enjoy more.  I also brought her a movie and watched together with her. She doesn’t want to rest at all while I was around, so that she can know more about Korea. Also, she can thank to the doctor who came to check on her by asking me to translate for her. All the doctors there are really friendly and helpful. They understand my knowledge, so they try to explain slowly , and never ever forget a smile at all. Some young doctors also use their dictionary or drawing a picture to help me clearly understand. I am very thankful to them.

It’s almost time for her to return home, a farewell party was made, many doctors and nurse came to join it. Her father almost shed tears while expressing his thank. I can see all the doctors as well was very touched at that moment. They also feel sorry that she is not fully recover yet when she return back, but our little girl was smiling like a blossom in the spring for just a thought of going back home. She received lots of gift and eagerly awaiting for this Friday to go back. Even if she still need to received more medication once at home, she still enjoy the feeling.

[To S.P,

Bong wish you  to recover soon, so that you can make your dream come true.

Believe in yourself and follow all the treatment, you will be getting well

and be able to visit bong in Korea and we can go out and see  falling snow  together.


Molyna ]


*I’m sorry, for some reasons I can’t post her picture now. Sure, I’ll post it once she got back home.

Sunday Lunch ~ Cambodian & Vietnamese Food

Who say we can’t make a good cook without the official kitchen? My sister technique, just this little microwave is enough.

The Ginger Chicken was ready first, while waiting for other dish to be done, I keep asking them “When we ready to eat?” I really can’t wait!! The smell is damn gooooooooooooood!!

아름다운 캄보디아 오세요!

캄보디아에서 한국까지 4시간 동안 걸린 것 같아요. “언거웟” 유명하니까 꼭 보러 가세요. 외국 사람들도 “엉거웟” 이 아름답다고 해요.  그리고 “엉거웟에 가면 이도시 근처에도 꼭 가보세요. 여기에서 캄보디아 역사와 문화를 배울 수 있어서 재미있을 거에요.서울이 추우니까 따뜻한 곳을 여행하러 가고 싶은 것 같아요. 그러니까 캄보디아 바다에 가는 게 어떠세요? 바다가 깨끗하고 바닷가도 아름다워요. 캄보디아 사람들이 주말이나 휴일에 친구들하고 바다에 가서 수영하고 같이 파티해요.

캄보디아 전톻 춤이 많이 있는데 “압사라” 춤이 제일 휴명해요. “압사라”는 한국 말로 선녀하고 같아요. 춤은 여자들이 옛날  웃을 똑같이 입고 멋있는 춤을 춰서 너무 예쁘니까 꼭 한번 보러 가세요. “អរគុណ” =”어꼰” 한국 말로 “감사합니다” 같아요. 캄보디아 사람들이 친절하니까 항상 이런 말도 들을 수 있고 미소도 볼 거에요.

“브러혹” 는 여러 가지 음식이 많이 만들 수 있어서 캄보디아 사람 다 좋아해요. 외국 사람이 첫번쩨 보면 냄새가 나쁘다고 생각하는 것 같아요. 그런데 한번 먹으면 맛있다고 생가할 거에요. 이음식이 <브러혹크띠스> 라고 해요. <브러혹크띠스> 먹을 때 여러 가지 야채를 같이 먹어야 해요. 이렇게 하면 맛있져요.

이과일을 설탕하고 “브러혹” 소스하고 같이 먹어요. 캄보디아에서 친구들하고 얘기할 때 이런 먹는게 너무 좋아해요. 그래서 캄보디아 친구를 얘기하러 이런 과일 가자고 가면 더 좋아요. 그때  “어꼰”단어를 들을 게에요.

Snow Fight @Sogang University ~ Korea

Just a blink of a night, my school ground already transformed into a wonderland. ^^ No matter how much, I hate winter and cold weather, I still in love with this innocent white landscape. At noon, more shower snow fallin’. It sometimes look beautiful and romantic, but sometimes, it’s become hard like a rain drop which is not safe at all. However, this evening, we will have a wonderful time as me and my friends here planned to play a snow fight and build a big human-like- snowman of all. (**In reality, we can only just pile up a small volcano. Lolzz)

Ajossi is piling up the snow on the ground, so we can walk better.

So sad for him, cos after he’s done, more snow fallin’.


Some of our activities!! Let’s Fight!!

Don’t miss a chance to take picture! ^^

Presentation about Cambodia for Korean Students

My new secret roommate!

The cafeteria these days are no longer crowded. And amazingly the floor meeting that hold once every 2 weeks too, are now left only 20 of international students. Since Dec 16, most of the students here at Sogang University were busy packing. Some going back home, some moving out to live at a nicer place, and some moving to the other room (so that they can save the room space for new student and make sure no one live alone)…etc. For me, I’ll just have to stay in my room and waiting for someone to move in. Sometimes I prefer to be alone, but sometimes it’s better to have someone with me, so I can experience new things.

I wondering who gonna be my new roommate? What nationality is she? or Will I be living alone for 2 months?…

Dec 18 my roommate moved in, at that time I’m not at home so I can’t see who she is. But her stuff show me some clue:

1- What nationality is she? (She’s not Korean) as she has the luggage from Incheon.

2- Does she come from the Europe or Asia? (Asia) her cloth showing the Asian style.

3- Is she a sexy girl? (Maybe No) because she doesn’t have much high heel at all.

4- Is she a charming girl? (Definitely) as she has a lot of Pepero cake with her. ^^

5- How old is she? ….

Dec 19 in the morning, I still doesn’t know who she is…

Here is the reason, when I woke up (not get up) I just opened my eyes and saw a girl. She was still sleeping on her bed with her stuff unprepared. Then I was too tired, I continue my sleep. And the whole day, I haven’t see her again at all.

Dec 19 at night, my puzzle have been revealed…

I finally met her. She’s a Chinese girl named Bian Ly. She is very pretty and friendly too. She’s around my age. Oh.. 1 year younger than me…I was really happy cos I will have a new partner to hang out. My 2 months will be no longer a sad winter. Yayayay!! ^^ Ok ..I will talk more abt her later.