Tuesday, 9 June 2015
After many months training, the DBTS Phnom Penh basketball team finally went to Poipet to play against the team there. They were pumped and ready to go. We took a night bus from Phnom Penh and arrived in the very early morning in Poipet.
Their coach, Dominik, gave them some words of encouragement, and reminded them of their training.
The game was very competitive and both teams gave it their all.
In the end, the Poipet team won. We have invited the team to play in Phnom Penh and look forward to a rematch.
After the game, we all went in the truck to a garden where we could find all kinds of statues. It was great catching up with some of the Poipet boys who I met a few weeks earlier for Khmer new year.
The Phnom Penh boys loved to pose with all the statues!
That night we enjoyed dinner by candlelight because there was a blackout. Apparently it happens every week because the nearby casinos use so much power. Never mind, it provided a romantic atmosphere for us... hahaha :P
Monday, 11 May 2015
That afternoon, Candy (a volunteer from Philippines) and Tamy (a volunteer from Hungary) also arrived in Siem Reap, and we went together to the Cultural Village. Our tuk tuk driver throughout our time in Siem Reap was Mr. Chan. He is the younger brother of one of our cooks at Don Bosco School.
The next day, we travelled to the most famous temple in all of Cambodia... Angkor Wat. This amazing place was once the residence of the royal family before it was conquered by the Thai. Now, some of it is in ruins, but much of the structure still stands strong as a reminder of the country's rich and proud history and culture.
Saturday, 9 May 2015
Friday, 8 May 2015
Saturday, 25 April 2015
Fr. Roel's Birthday was on the 11th of April, and we had a big celebration organised for him on the 8th of April. The day began with a performance of an original birthday song, which was written by the volunteers and Br. Addis, sung at breakfast time.
In the evening, we shared a very special birthday dinner with the whole community of Salesians, volunteers, boarders and Besuccos. We ate many different foods, including bulgogi (Korean beef) made by Agnes (a volunteer from Korea), as well as fish soup and palachenta (pancakes) made by Tamas (a volunteer from Hungary).
Later that night, the students gave many performances, including singing, dancing, poetry and comedy acts.
Even the volunteers joined in, with this comedy performance, in which Dominik had the starring role imitating Fr. Roel.
Fr. Roel received many gifts, and everyone had a wonderful, fun-filled night.
The boarder girls live off campus. Their dormitory is about 10 minutes walk from the school, and they don't have security guards like we have here at the school. Sometimes I worry for their safety. So, Fr. Roel and a group of us volunteers decided we should teach Tae Kwon Do to these girls so they could defend themselves. Allie, Agnes and I have experience in Tae Kwon Do and have been teaching the girls on Wednesday evenings.
Big thanks to my little brother William for sending over my Tae Kwon Do uniform.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
On the 30th of March, it was Br. Addis' birthday. Being the humble man that he is, he asked us not to tell anyone... but we just had to celebrate. So we composed a birthday song for him, made him an awesome hand-made card with Happy Birthday written in Ethiopian, and ate some delicious birthday cake. Sorry for going against your wishes Br. Addis... We had so much fun planning your surprise :P