Dan in Cambodia

Posted by spots (Singapore, Singapore) on 14 June 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

A consolidation of Daniel's words about Cambodia (these were communicated over SMS as we seldom talked on the phone due to poor connection):

1. Cambodia is such a modern city! So many motorbikes!
2. I like the market because there's so much jewelry, diamond, jade. I slept well and in the middle of the night, I heard a rooster!
3. I enjoyed talking to the people and playing with the children.
4. I enjoyed visiting homes and learnt to stay away from cow dung.
5. It was raining and very muddy and the cows got stuck in the mud.
6. My appetite has increased. I am taking lots of photographs.
7. I want to stay one more week. I want to help the poor.

And some additional insights based on our conversations when he returned:
1. I saw river snakes. The Uncle let me touch a snake's skeleton. It did not bite me.
2. There were huge lizards that would bite people in the middle of the night and would not let go!
3. I helped Auntie Lee Nar with the children's programme. I helped with the craft. I sang songs.
4. I like Cambodian food!

Daniel's first mission trip, and first trip away from Mummy, was from 11 - 14 June. I'm glad to hear from Husband & Auntie Lee Nar that he & James adapted well, and were able to get along with the children happily. Husband said that Daniel being able to read was very useful--everytime he got too hyper or bored, e.g., he was a bit bored during the Cambodia church service which was in Khmer, he'd just take out his Geronimo Stilton. But of course, he didn't spend the whole trip reading--the team did house visits, participated in the village church service, and conducted a children's programme, among other things. Husband said Dan was very independent and helpful, and as usual, very energetic, very active, very talkative. Husband said, he basically just ran around and talked a lot until he passed out at 10pm every night! bwahaha.

Coming home, I did notice Dan was extremely tired and needed to rest more. Of course, that was not possible since we went for church camp the day after he returned! Perhaps that explains his slight moodiness at church camp, but by the end of church camp, he was doing much better. =)

Dad from Singapore

Good to know that he is being immersed into the "real" world and that he is taking a positive understanding of what it is like to live in a "third world". Hope that he will make positive comparisons of what he now has with those he experience in Cambodia. We encourage that he continues to engage himself in such matters.

22 Jun 2011 3:32pm

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