Round 3 is just like any other round but exploration change. I have started my experience with coding. I don’t like coding that much but I chose to challenge myself. I start my coding experience but it ain’t for the beginner, instead of in my opinion I think my journey starts with advanced coding.
My project called PechSG which is a saving group for the Liger community. My team and I will need to code an application that is similar to the bank account application but just for the Liger community which leads by Vuthy Vey ( Senior cohort student ). This is not an easy task to do while I am the only one in the class who never experience coding. We have seven weeks to complete the task but my first 2 weeks for used to for my teammate to explain and teach me how coding works. Three weeks had passed, our facilitator wanted us to divide task which has 3 groups. First is the one who designs how the app will look like and code the entire app. Second is coding the database for the admin of the group who uses our application. Last but not least is the Manager. The manager will control and talk to people to get more experience so we would have more ideas about how we will be. I chose to join the coding database with one of my partners. It is so hard at the beginning but once I pass a few tasks, I found out that coding is not that hard as I used to think. One fun fact is that I don’t usually code. I just clone other people’s code and change something but it still hard at first because it is not my own code so I can’t really find code that fits with the page where I want to change anything.
In conclusion, I believe that challenge yourself into any project that you don’t feel comfortable with is actually will make you feel more comfortable after you challenge yourself for a few weeks. Also after this project is done, I pledge to myself to join more projects that I would never think I will join.
This is a picture that show what I have done so far in the past few week:
On 12th, September 2019 our group went to Saang district to learn and get to know more about chemical fertilizer. Before we arrive there, our goal for visiting there is to learn and compare the difference between chemical fertilizer and organic fertilizer also we want to know the thought from the farmer about using chemicals. My expectation for the trip is to see how vegetables grow in a chemical way.
Trip to Saang is one of the strange trips for us because our project to learn about the household garden which is planting using organic fertilizer, but for this trip, we also want to observe about the chemical. Learning from just a side we can’t make any thought out of it because we do not know from another side perspective. In the trip to Saang, I have learned so many things about the chemical that I could not talk about all of it. One of the things that I learned is that they only eat the vegetables that they grow in front of their house which is called household garden and it is organic, and the garden that they use chemical is a big farm where they grow many different plants and vegetables and they only sell it to the market in Phnom Penh. I can say that they are very smart and at the same time they only think about their own profits. They know that chemical is not good for the health and also they do not eat what they grow. They grow chemical just to sell to the market where all of our people go and buy there. Another piece that I have learned at Saang is that they prepare the land just like organic planting does. They mentioned that chemical fertilizer is just helping the plant to grow faster, bigger and also look fresh and there are many types of chemical fertilizer and I can tell one of them is to make the stem stunt so that there will be more stem grow to the side and not growing taller. After I went to Saang, my mindset has changed. I can not believe how much they get profit for those chemical vegetables per round. They can get double how much they spend per round and even triple if the vegetables per kg go even higher than normal. Also, my mindset changes and do not want to eat vegetables anymore after knowing how many chemicals they use in vegetables.
At the end from just this one trip, I have learned tons of things from chemicals. There are also tons of type of chemical and also of them have a different function to do with plants. Some help to make plants green, some help plants to grow bigger, some make stem stunt and some more help plant to look scorch so that people think it is organic. My prediction in the future, I think that those people won’t stop growing chemically because they want to compete with each other, so if only one people still doing it, everyone in that community will do it too. I think that in the future people will change their mindset to organic by buying all of the vegetables at the supermarket but still, those people won’t stop growing chemical.
After 7 weeks we have changed from exploration to another exploration. So this round I has got into an exploration called Traditional Food which we learn about Khmer Traditional food from history but, also we working on some skill like interviewing, editing and capturing and more. I feel like Khmer need to get back for the food again because nowadays Khmer food has lost a lot. Khmer food is good as any other food if we can get it back and also as we have interviewed a professional chef in Siem Reap, he said that Khmer Food and Cambodian Food is different. Cambodian Food is the food that we have eaten in Cambodia no matter where it is made from and Khmer Food is the food that originally creates by Khmer people from the past. Nowadays in Cambodia, there is a lot of Cambodian food which not originally made in Khmer. Also, I have edited a video of Cuisine Wat Damnak that is located in Seim Reap.
Every round in Liger we all the project called exploration which is used 7 weeks to finish one of the explorations. Exploration is meaning to learn by exploring so, when we learn we don’t just sit and learn, we go outside and explore the world.
On my first round this year I have an exploration called set design which we are going to create a movable theatre that can move to anywhere and show the performance, especially rural area. We are going to make this theatre in a van and now we have a plan to buy a track and design our theatre on it. But we still have some problem with money.
I really feel happy to be in this exploration because I’m the one who loves to see the performance and if we have this theatre it would be great for me.