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General Paper Overseas Trip: Cambodia, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, 29 Nov – 3 Dec 2011

The five-day trip was a fulfilling experience as my friends and I have never felt so connected in a foreign country even though it was our first visit to this country. Some of the places we visited included an orphanage constructed mostly of wood, an interrogation room at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Musem, a royal palace, the ancient ruins of the Angkor temples, and last but not least the top gallery of the magnificent Angkor Wat. We even had an outdoor lesson right at the Choeung Ek Killing Fields where the atrocities of the Pol Pot regime took place. These sites gave us a whole different perspective, as having the opportunity to view things firsthand, I could truly sympathise and understand the situation more clearly than reading from other resources.

What struck me the most are the life stories from the people we met. One of them was our guide, Mr Supanya, whose childhood was one filled with struggle and suffering against the Khmer Rouge. Despite that, he still held a strong love for his country. Another person whom we met was Malaysian social worker, ‘Aunty Esther’, who left her family business behind to help Cambodian children and single mothers. Their life stories alowed us see a whole new side to humanity – which is the ability to endure extreme hardships and suffering for one's faith, family and fellow beings.

Overall, the trip allowed us to see how individuals, culture, politics, and many other aspects impact societies. The trip definitely had a personal touch to it, which made it more than simply being a knowledge-based educational trip. Indeed, it was a truly heartwarming and inspiring experience for all of us.

Lim Ying Ling Elizabeth


PJC GP Learning J @ Angkor Wat 2011

Ancient City of Angkor temples, Siem Reap

Angkor Thom, Siem Reap 2011

Orphanage, Phnom Penh 2011

Royal Palace