I’ve been waiting for a very long time now. I always wanted to be able to go underwater, breathe, and enjoy the amazing world that Cambodia ocean has. I’ve snorkel and it was a fabulous experience for me. But this time, it was different. I got to stay underwater and breathe!
As part of the LMRT project, we have to learn how to scuba dive and be certified for the open water dive; so our team took a five days trip to Koh Seh. At there, we did so many exciting activities; our schedule was so packed. We have to start our first activities at seven and go to bed as early as we can, to keep up with the next day. Despite that fact, everybody has a lot of fun and gained a lot of knowledge. The main activities we did at the island were learning skills, practicing scuba diving, and doing the required-test. We divided into two equal teams. One of the team would learn the skills and scuba dive in the morning and spend their afternoon finishing work from school while the other one would do the opposite of that.
When I first put my scuba dive gear on, such as Buoyancy Compensator Device, gas cylinder, and wetsuit, it felt really weird and heavy; it got lighter once I’m in the water though. Being underwater as a scuba diver felt really scary. I have to control my buoyancy, equalize my ear, and continue to breathe. As days went by, I became more comfortable with my skills and enjoy the underwater world more than thinking about myself. By the end of the trip, we know how to navigate underwater, clean our masks underwater, maintain neutral buoyancy and communicate underwater. We also took many tests to qualify ourselves as a diver including: swimming and treading water and SSI course exam. Nonetheless, we evolved into a certified divers!
On the fourth and last weekend of November, 25th, and 26th, some students and I participated in an eight-hour-long session about Adobe Photoshop; it was offered by one of the board employees and took place in one of the Liger’s classroom. I gained an immense amount of knowledge from that session and have evolved from a novice at Photoshop to a somewhat intermediate at it. I also transform from not knowing what I don’t know to knowing what I don’t know. I could now manipulate images and put them together in a way that sort of blend together, turn a raw image file into an actual photo and adjust it to my favor, make posters with pictures and texts, and so many other possibilities using only Photoshop basic tools.
At the beginning of this school year, one of the facilitators offered a group of students an opportunity to do a long-term marine research at Koh Seh Island, located at the Kep Archipelago. I applied for this opportunity and was chosen to be one of the eight members of the Liger Marine Research Team (LMRT). Starting from this school year until the graduation of the first cohort, my team will do studies on part of the marine ecosystem and see how it recovers for damages. We will be collecting data and analyze it. Information will be shared among other people such as NGOs, governments, and schools. Our team has received a grant that will help us with the study, research, supplies, and transportation to the island. For this school year, we will be going to the island once every month. At there, we will be learning and working very closely to the Marine Conservation of Cambodia (MCC). We need to learn how to scuba dive, do reef survey, and other essential skills to help us with this long-term project. I am looking forward to learning and gain a lot of knowledge from this project!
One of the new classes this year is called Independent Discovery. Basically students can proposed to a teacher about what they want to learn and why. Teachers will take that idea and think, then will reply back to the student if they’re approved or not.
One of my Independent Discovery is called Rubik’s Cube. The idea of this Ind. Dis. is to learn a new method of how to solve Rubik’s Cube and try to reduce my time. I knew how to solve Rubik’s Cube with Beginner method and Jessica Fridrich method. I am working on reducing my time and my current time is 1 minutes.