Sunday, September 26, 2010

Weekend Excursions...

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On past visits we took all the kids from the orphanage on day-trips for the weekends - we've been with them to Angkor Wat, the Floating Village, shopping for clothes at the Market area and to the waterfalls in Koulen Monutain. This time we thought we'd take them to the Carnival area outside Siem Reap at night time - to see the bright lights, go on some rides, play some games, win some prizes and eat some local versions of junk-food... :)

As it turned-out, the sunny, warm and humid day turned into a tropical thunderstorm by the time we arrived at the Carnival... You know the ones - a spectacular lighting show, booming thunder and raindrops the size of marbles... But we knew that if something isn't meant to happen, something else will take its place... And so it was that we switched from the Carnival to taking all 30 kids from the orphanage to a night at the Karaoke... :))   They were VERY excited - they have never been to the Karaoke before... We arranged our own private room, drinks and snack, disco lighting, loud music, a couple of microphones - and got the party started!!


Our private Karaoke room, 2 screens and pool table of course... 

Didn't take long to get into it... :)

And first to the microphone was Hi...


Followed by Thourn... :))

We invited our Tuk-Tuk drivers to join us with their families - this is Songnam - thank you Ed and the team at Warner Bros. for the new outfits!! ;-)

Mr. K, our other Tuk-Tuk driver with his daughter - and her new outfit!!

It was on for young and old...

Mich with some of the girls

And Steph with the boys... and girls... :))

Not sure if this was Dancing Queen or Heal the World... :)))

The kids had a great time...

Since we only had 2 microphones... some of the kids resorted to 'air-mikes'...

Or 'can-mikes'... :))

One of the volunteer we asked to join us - we had 2 from Malaysia, one from Spain and one from Belgium...

And we sang the night away...


The kids of course wore their best outfits (they each only have 1 good outfit...) - don't they look smart???

This is Kedang...

Mich with Kimsun

Bron and Sari

Mahn and Thourn


Nuon

Sohm

Kuy

Kedang and Chea

Sopheak and Kimhey - 2 of the teachers

Ratana having a boogie

The happy Karaoke crowd...

Ratanta out of steam... But those drinks are his, so hands-off... :)))




On Sunday, we took the kids to the public pool in Siem Reap - they have never been to a swimming pool before....... As you can see, it didn't take them long to get comfortable - and we had drinks in the pool-bar before going out for lunch as one big happy family......


First we had to evict the snake that took-up residence in the pool...

Not as simple as it looks... :))

But John, the pool owner, got him... ;-)

And here come the kids...

The calm before the storm

And the storm...

The water-guns we brought with us were popular of course...

We had a race... That's Alex third from the left....

And the winners are... Well, not Alex - she was 'drowned' by her fellow competitors half way through... :))

And then we opened the pool-bar...

:-)

Drinks and fun for all...

Cheers...

Nuon helping me... Now, I know what you're thinking, but these kids actually get out of the pool when they need to go... :)))

Our family at lunch

We're all here... Just waiting for the food...



Back to the classrooms tomorrow for our final week.... Stay tuned for more......


3 comments:

  1. Steph, Alex, Mich and AvivSeptember 26, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    Thanks to all of you who have emailed us your comments - Ann S, Gary B, Clare C, Sharon P, Jen S and Peter R!! :-)

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  2. Hi Everyone, Looks like you are enjoying your time with the children and they seem to be so happy. Your are doing a great job, keep it up;
    Love Jeannine & Bennie

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  3. Looks like the children are having some amazing experiences again! They must look forward to your visits as much as you look forward to visiting them. Keep up the good work and enjoy the rest of your trip. We are so proud of you Alex. Love from Uncle Steve, Aunty Lisa, Keely and Shae xxx

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