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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Siem Reap, Cambodia, Day 3 (Part 1)



Destination: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Duration: 13 to 16 Aug 2015

Flight:  Jet Star -  2 way rounded up to be S$366  -____-

Accommodation:  Steung Siem Reap Hotel (4 star) - Street 9, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Website - www.steungsiemreaphotel.com

Mode of travel: A local coordinator was with us.  We had 2 vans drove to drive us around.  We engaged a guide for AngKor Wat visit.

Time difference: 1 hour behind Singapore

Currency: USD and Cambodian Riel, but USD is used more often.

Weather: around 33°C with occasional rain.

Note:  The main purpose of this trip was to do voluntary work at schools and villages with Inspiring Stars, but we did have a bit of fun and leisure.


Day 1 - Click HERE
Day 2 (part 1) - Click HERE
Day 2 (part 2) - Click HERE


15 Aug 2015 - Day 3



Hotel breakfast, bored but filling enough.

Today was the last day of voluntary work.  It was tiring, but I wished I could do more, couldn't wait to start the day.

7 years ago, before Inspiring Stars was even named, I asked Ada:

"Charity can be done in Singapore too, there are still poor people here who needs help.  Why do you have to go through so much hassle to fly over to a country (which got nothing to do with us)?"

Her answer to me:

"In Singapore, no matter how poor the person might be, she will still have a place to stay, have clean water to drink.  Poverty over at Cambodia means people stay in slums, with very little clean water, hardly have enough to wear."

I thought I knew what she meant.  For the pass few years, I am aware of her humanitarian work, never thought of joining her though I did donate as and when.  She left me to decide, and had never insisted me to join her (she should had, lolxx..).

When I told her I was going to join the team this year, she was surprised.  I gotten to know more about Inspiring Stars when I was doing a post on the fund raising Garage Sale  I couldn't remember what had touched me, it was an impulsive decision as I was in a tight budget.   But this was the best impulse ever.

It was really a regret for not joining my sis earlier.  Things must had been challenging and difficult during the start, but I was not there for her.  Now, I am giving my moral and physical support to Inspiring Stars, glad that it's not too late.

So here we went again, last school visiting at Trompaying Svay Primary School with about 290 students.

The school banner was missing.

The school boys helped by moving some tables for us.


In Siem Reap, the schools are just a longish house on ground level without much facilities.

Sorting out stationery to be distributed.



The children need new uniforms.... it broke my heart to see what they were wearing T___T

Look at their innocent faces, they are so cute.

This was the upper primary class, without tables.

Saw this boy writing on his lap.  I am not sure if we have sufficient funds to sponsor them tables...

Lovely children of Trompaying Svay Primary, they smiled like sunshine.  They deserve better and more.

The school had no proper place for rubbish dispose.  However, there wasn't any foul smell or crawlies since there wasn't any food.

The school hoped to build a burner to cremate the rubbish.

We were about to distribute some pre-love clothings and toiletries to the villagers nearby.
Yes, we got toys too!

Ada was putting on a dress for a little girl.

We all expected her to be super happy and smiling like how all the other kids would normally react.
But hor, this small girl frown and frown with lots of question marks in her intelligent eyes.  We were laughing until... waaahaaahaaa....

Found another one, he snatched the packet of detergent from his mother and refused to let go.

Ada tried to change him into a new outfit but he was scared and cried lolxx....

After we were done, we set off again to a village.  On our way, passed by Angkor Wat.

Amazing!  I was all excited for tomorrow's tour at this ancient temple complex!

Just about 15mins drive away from this tourist attraction, we reached Mondul 3 Village.
This is one of the poorest slum village in Cambodia with about 500 people.  We stayed near the entrance of the village distributing food, toiletries etc, didn't have the chance to actually see the village.

Not sure why I took a pic of this naked chicken butt, heehee....


One village woman came to greet Ada.  She just given birth, Ada was holding this precious little new life.

How my sis was able to bond with these villagers touched me deeply.
Beauty is a woman with great benevolence, I have a remarkable little sister.

The villagers were patient, initially.


I was distributing soft toys with a team mate.  The children gotten anxious and slightly aggressive, they started pulling me.  Some of these kids didn't keep the toys to themselves, they passed the toys to their toddler siblings beside them.  It was so heart wrenching to see them so poor but yet willing to share and give.  I was at the verge of crying cos we didn't have enough for everybody, I hated myself for having to disappoint some of them.

The crowd later went a bit out of control, our local drivers and coordinator called us to leave.  We all understand it wasn't their fault.

We drove nearby to have lunch.

It was similar to what we had the day before, sat on the floor of a hut, with hammocks at the sides.


We still had some bags/shoes/clothes/toiletries left over from the Mondul 3 village.  Our driver brought us to this quiet little village.  The entrance was too narrow, so we had to carry the bags like santa claus and walked in.

Since we didn't drive in, the villagers weren't alarmed and didn't expect us at all.  Nobody crowd around us, we went house to house.


I took this opportunity to take many photos of the village.
Houses were build on stilts perhaps to protect themselves from floods.  Women folks gathered under the house for heat relieve.

Kitchen just beside a hammock.

There weren't electricity supply in the houses.


The villagers were very shy.

A family with a newborn.  The mother was lying down inside the house, we could still see amniotic fluid on baby's head ^.^

Kids are young only once...

Some toys, some happiness to childhood.

We walked through the quiet village, slowly.  We couldn't speak their language, so we just smiled.

Found puppies, found cuteness to cuddle.

My pretty niece, holding one of the puppy.  She's gonna be a heart-breaker when she grows up <3 <3

I went chasing after the hen and chicks for the fun of it.  Then I used my zoom lens, 搞定 lolxx..

I was actually worried that the cow might charged at me ;P


Mission accomplished!  But Inspiring Stars will be back in Dec 2015.

We were back at the hotel around 5pm.  Ada and children stayed in their room to rest and freshen up, my the other sis went for some alcohol dose, I went exploring around the hotel alone.  Stay tuned for Part 2 ^.^


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