Temples

In Siem Reap, we went to a temple called Preah Khan. Preah Khan is a Hindu temple. The temple is dedicated to lots of gods one of which is Vishnu.We also went to another god’s temple and their name was Shiva. Shiva’s temple was next to a big foot print. There were carvings of dancing girls on the edges of the passages in Vishnu’s temple. There were also carvings of Shiva. There were loads of piles of fallen rock on the ground. We were surprised that you were allowed to just walk around, there was no path.

We went to another temple that was the reason we went to Siem Reap. The name of the temple is called Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat has an unnecessary wall around it. It is the biggest temple in the world. It has small temples around the main centre. Inside the small temples are Buddhas. There are five tall towers on the main building, with four smaller ones surrounding the tallest tower in the middle. There were also carvings of the Gods in a tug of war to try and make a potion of immortality. In the end none of them got it. I don’t know what is in the four towers because children aren’t allowed in but my Dad went in.

There are loads of temples in Siem Reap and one is on the water with Lilly pads surrounding it, another one has faces that no one knows who they belong to, another one has loads of carvings on it. There are at least sixty temples in Angkor. I thought the temples were fine if you only did one a day. I also thought they were interesting because of how many people it must have taken to build these enormous temples. It would have taken forty thousand elephants to get all the rock to build Angkor Wat. Each ceiling and wall was carved by hand.

 

 

Playing with Laos Children

We went to a Laos village for two weeks and taught children how to speak English and played with them. We taught the children the song “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”. They asked us to sing a lot. Their favourite song was “The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah”! They didn’t teach us any games but that was fine because we know an awful lot of games. A helpful thing for playing games was that we could tell which child was which. The little children liked playing with the Harry Potter cards and the big ones liked playing with the normal cards with jacks and aces and kings.

We found out that the Laos children liked splashing in the river. They made it seem like it was a game so we did a lot of splashing. Lots of them always asked to play with my bow. I occasionally said “no” but quite a lot I just handed them the bow and let them play by themselves. We only played one game all together which was “Duck, Duck, Goose” but they really enjoyed that one game. One boy called Miter loved the drawing and colouring. They also played loads and loads of draughts.  They don’t have their own colouring pencils and paper or toys. I loved all the games we played and I think they liked the games too.

Spending two weeks in a Laos village

Day 1

We spent a whole day travelling in all the different types of vehicles and transports. When we got there we were all really tired and there were loads of kids outside all wanting to run around with us (which I thought was a little bad because we were so tired, but still ok). I thought the dinner was not normal at all because we don’t normally eat that kind of food, though I was not surprised there was sticky rice. They have sausage and noodles as a birthday treat here.

Day 2
I was surprised we had sticky rice for breakfast and lunch. (I like sticky rice so that was good for me). The problem was that when I wanted to do some archery by myself all the kids wanted a go which was so so annoying, but then I thought all I needed to do was to bring out lots of toys at once which was helpful to know.

Day 4
This was the first time we taught the children. Another thing that happened was that I managed to have a whole meal without any sticky rice (even though I love sticky rice). I thought it was a lot different to our school. I thought it was strange that they went home for lunch. We eat our lunch at our school but we can bring our own food to our school if we like. Teaching them must be fun for them. I would like to be to one of them 😁.

Day 6
We taught them again. That time I thought it was even more fun. Now I thought it must be super dooper woppingley fun. (That is very fun). Next we went swimming in a river. I thought it was a lot different to the river Thames in England (but I like the river Thames more). This river wasn’t very busy and I am used to having loads of boats around. I was not used to a river being really muddy ( like this river was). Another thing that I was not used to was that we where swimming with buffalos ( buffalos are cows with horns and more chewy meat so not very like a cow and a lot bigger!)

Day 8
We swam in the river again. In the river there are enormous leeches (leeches are worms that bite and their bites really hurt.) The people here wash in the river. Some of the people who thought I was very cute washed me in the river too! If you have a child who loves snacks come here because all the children give snacks to you if you like. (They have a lot of snacks). I love snacks myself. These are some of their snacks: shrimp sticks, rice cakes with loads of sugar on top, cakes, sandwiches with a little bit of sugar on and potato sticks.

Day 11
We were going to act out the big bad wolf at school but then we noticed it was a one day holiday (which I thought must be nice for the children, just joking!) They don’t go to school just if it is raining or their teacher is ill. On the opposite side of the river to us is a long bean plantation but Jouy said that every year the bean plantation gets washed away by the river rising, which I thought was a little bit of sad news. The two weeks we were here we saw the river rise a lot. It has already reached its gate. I have loved being here and I would recommend it. Today we spent too long sitting around watching Blue Planet in the morning and the Laos children were bored of just sitting there so they all left.

Day 12
On day 7 we had sticky rice for breakfast again. At the end of our stay I had got bored of sticky rice so I didn’t eat that much. Luckily that day we did get to do the big bad wolf. All the children thought it was really, really funny (especially Dad being the big bad wolf with a pillow up his t-shirt). Then I really wanted to be one of those children. We never really had a time off work, we were either playing with the other children or teaching at their school. So if you like work come here! Anyway who likes work, boring work? Not me at least.

Day 14
On the last day we had a small party. (I loved the party). At the party everyone just picked at the food, they didn’t use plates. I mainly ate snacks. They also tied loads of mini bracelets on us which are meant to make us come back. All the villagers have bracelets like ours. They also gave us some flowers.

 

The adventure of my toy called Chocolate

When we were in Luang Prabang we decided to spend a few days walking but when we got to the end of the walk we noticed that Chocolate was missing. So we walked the walk, then we started to look for Chocolate. We asked one of our villa staff where we had been staying before the walk if he had seen him but he said they hadn’t seen anything. After he said that I thought we were 0% likely to see Chocolate again. I was really sad when he said no one had seen him because I can’t sleep without him and he helps me to feel safe and I love him so, so much and he loves me so, so much as well. But we thought we might ask the cleaner anyway. When we asked the cleaner she said she had seen Chocolate. Then she spoke again. She said she had sent Chocolate to a village and given him to a little boy. I thought I would have done the same if I was the cleaner. Then, when we got Chocolate back, he told me he had travelled on a moped for hours and hours and hours till he came to a wooden house. He thought these people must be really poor because he was used to proper brick walls. He was also really surprised that there was no furniture. I thought he must have really enjoyed it. We gave the boy a toy elephant to replace Chocolate.

After I got Chocolate back I was really, really happy so we celebrated Laos new year. At new year, people originally sprayed people with water to wash away the bad thoughts of last year but we just had water fights for fun. We got soaked. People just sat on the side of the road and fired water at people walking past. On our road we saw boxes and people put money on the top of the box and they also played plinky plonky music. I really liked new year in Laos I would really recommend it!

 

Laos elephant centre

The goal of the elephant centre is to help the elephants stop being nearly extinct. We stayed for a week in a nice bungalow with really comfortable bunk beds and cosy duvets. They were really nice. They made us lunch, breakfast and dinner. The main things I liked were the elephants and the cats.The elephants were so cute especially the baby. The most playful staff were Mike and Josef.

Elephants are endangered because people make them perform in tourist camps and circuses.The elephants lost their jobs because logging became against the law. The elephant center is trying to stop elephants being hurt and made to perform. The problem is that all the elephants that are in captivity are not having babies. The other problem is that the home of the elephants in the wild is being destroyed, hundreds of hectares of their home a second. I think the elephant centre is doing a good job.

There was only one elephant that was good with children. The only one that was good with children was called Mae dok. The elephants I liked the best were Mae Dok and the baby. I was very surprised that one of the big girl elephants looked like a baby. To help the elephants learn how to live in the wild we hid the food in containers and under leaves. I sliced banner grass with a machete. I also scooped elephant poop and dug with a mattock. I thought that volunteering was very hard work but I really enjoyed it. I would like to be a mahout when I grow up.

Chiang Mai Birthday

Birthday poem
The elephants’ tails swaying in the wind with the sound of the birds singing
The bow I held with arrows on my back started to sparkled like the sun
The ship I built with the help of my father flew like the wind
The car my brother bought raced faster then ever before
The white water kayaking flowed so fast but the disappointment of my brother’s splash
We fed the elephants like never before and the care we gave them made us love them even more

 

Elephant squirting day
We went to an elephant sanctuary for my 7th birthday. The elephants were massive and their tusks are as hard as stone. I loved the elephants and I think I would like to do this again. The lunch at the elephant sanctuary was massive and we didn’t eat all of it. I would reckon that everyone should do this.

 

My birthday presents were lovely but I didn’t get what I had expected. I only expected to get a bow and arrows. That is all. I didn’t expect to get that much lego as well and I really enjoyed it. I did get a bow and I was really pleased when I found out the bow was for me. In Dad’s rucksack I could only see a string so I wasn’t sure it was a bow. When I got one I was really pleased because I had been wanting a bow for ages.

One of the good things about having your birthday travelling is that you know all of your family will be here.The bad thing about having your birthday travelling is that your friends are not there. When it came to my birthday I wished I was at home with my friends. Luckily we still got a birthday cake and had a lovely meal out at a restaurant called the Dukes. At the Dukes we had a messy sunday which is two scoops of ice crea in a pot with chocolate sauce all over it.

 

Laos elephant conservation centre

The goal of the elephant center is to help the elephants stop being nearly extinct. We stayed for a week in a nice bungalow with really comfortable bunk beds and cosy duvets. They were really nice. They made us lunch, breakfast and dinner. The main things I liked were the elephants and the cats.The elephants were so cute especially the baby. The most playful staff were Mike and Josef.

Elephants are endangered because people make them perform in tourist camps and circuses.The elephants lost their jobs because logging became against the law. The elephant center is trying to stop elephants being hurt and made to perform. The problem is that all the elephants that are in captivity are not having babies. The other problem is that the home of the elephants in the wild is being destroyed, hundreds of hectares of their home a second. I think the elephant center is doing a good job.

There was only one elephant that was good with children. The only one that was good with children was called Mae Dok. The elephants I liked the best were Mae Dok and the baby. I was very surprised that one of the big girl elephants looked like a baby. To help the elephants learn how to live in the wild we hid the food in containers and under leaves. I sliced banner grass with a machete. I also scooped elephant poop and dug with a mattock. I thought that volunteering was very hard work but I really enjoyed it. I would like to be a mahout when I grow up.

 

Bangkok story- The thieves of the Golden Buddha

Chapter One:  The golden Buddha

Tom and Bob are two really nasty thieves. The thieves are both twenty years old. Tom is tall and thin while Bob is big and muscly. They always wear black and white. One day they decided to steal a famous golden Buddha’s head. They went to a temple next to the grand palace called Wat Pho. When they reached the Buddha they noticed it was in a reclining pose. They went to the Buddha’s stand and took out their sonic screwdriver. Then they scanned it across the neck of the Buddha. The head fell off. However there were also two ordinary brothers called Frank and Ben who were visiting the temple. Frank is a 15 year old boy who is brave and has pale skin and green eyes. He is on holiday with his 14 year old brother Ben who is generous and likes adventures. They spotted the head roll off and started chasing after the thieves to try to catch them.

Chapter Two: The code

Bob and Tom ignored the brothers. Instead they started to run towards a fifty story apartment block.The second they got next to to building they charged through the doors and into the lift. The thieves went to the top floor, then opened the door with a code they obviously knew. Ben and Frank ran after them but when they reached the lift, the thieves had already gone. They got in the lift and guessed a floor. Luckily they picked level 50. When they got up they realised that they had to crack the code to get inside the flat.

 

Chapter Three: The parachute ride

The two brothers spent hours trying to crack the code. Luckily Frank was a trained code breaker. Eventually the brothers entered the number 9342150 and the doors swung open. Frank checked that the thieves were not looking before sliping in to the condo. They we’re just about to take the Buddhas head and give it to the police when the thieves noticed the brothers. The thieves jumped to the table, snatched the Buddha’s head, swung open the window then leapt out with parachutes on their backs. Then Frank had a idea. He told his brother he would jump on top of the thieves. Frank launched himself onto the blue and white spotty parachute and the two thieves shouted to each other, “You go ahead with the Golden Buddha, I’ll deal with this guy. See you in the Cup”.

Chapter Four: The tuk-tuk ride

The next second Frank and the thieves were landing in the swimming pool of the Hilton. Ben decided to go down in the lift. The thieves both tried to throw a punch at Frank but he manage to duck under the water. When he came up from the water, Frank chased the thieves who were now running towards the road and getting into a tuk tuk. When Ben got down he decided to get a tuk tuk ride to follow them and Frank jumped in. The brothers noticed that the thieves were in the tuk tuk in front. When the thieves noticed as well, they pulled out what looked like a light saber. The thieves tried to stab at Ben but Ben swung on the pole and landed back in his seat. They repeatedly swung the light saber at the brothers whilst the tuk tuks weaved in and out of cars and mopeds. The brothers were terrified that they may fall out any second now.

Chapter Five: The capture

Frank decided the only hope was to call the army. So Frank reached into his pocket and pulled out an old fashioned mobile phone. The phone was covered in webs. He dialled the number for the army and he said, “There are some thieves who have stolen a golden Buddha’s head. They will meet in the Cup restaurant.” The Cup, on the outside, looks very smart and has a big golden sign saying ‘The Cup’. When they got to the meeting place the army was already there, arresting the thieves.

 

Chapter Six: The face splat

The brothers thought they were now safe when one of the thieves escaped, jumped up and started to run towards Frank. The thief that had escaped uncapped his lightsaber. Bob almost hit Frank with his lightsaber but Frank side-stepped and the thief fell face first down, landing in a lovely raspberry pie.Then an army man stepped forward and said, “let’s get this guy to prison as well.” The army man gave Frank and Ben a special army badge and two thousand dollars each as a reward for saving the Golden Buddha!

Huahin

When we got to Huahin it was raining so we walked in the rain to my mum ‘s friend Pomme’s house. When we got there it was very nice .There were dogs and Cara and I love dogs. Pomme offered to let us stay there because she wasn’t using it. There were enough beds for two people to share a double bed and three others to each have a single bed but instead four people used two double beds because one was in the sitting room. The last person had a single bed. One of the good things about sharing a bed is that when you have a bed to yourself you will really enjoy it. One of the bad things about sharing a bed is that you always get cramped in the corner.

We were right next to the Beach. It had really soft sand. The following day Mum, Jago and I went jet skiing. Jago drove the Jet ski, I sat in the middle of the jet ski and Mum sat at the back of the jet ski. The problem with Jago driving is that he drive’s fast and then stops. At the end Jago started to just drive. It was very fun but the waves were only small .When we finished we decided to get a ice cream.Very kindly Mum let us have sprinkles on our bubble gum ice cream.

In the morning we went to a shop where we bought pulpy orange juice which I thought was disgusting. We hired a car and spent hours trying to find an elephant sanctuary. We found it eventually. We jumped out of the car and jumped in the safari bus. We saw an elephant it was massive and it had two really sharp and hard tusks. It squirted water all over it and washed it self with dirty water. It was awesome, I thought I could sit there all day watching it. For my birthday I will have a day with elephants I am really looking forward to my BIRTHDAY.

 

Cameron Highlands

We arrived in the Cameron Highlands on a bus.At first I thought it was quite hot. Next we walked along the side of the road looking for our place to stay. Then we found i. It was called Twin Pines. When I walked in, I didn’t like the sound of it because it said on the breakfast menu “all small no space” but Dad said that sign was just about the WiFi password. First the person sitting at the desk led us into our room.The second my foot stepped into the room I felt cold.

The next day we went to try and find walk number 4 but instead of walk 4 that we could not find we did walk 5. Luckily we found walk number 5. We started to climb the steps then we got to the top of the stairs and found the path.We continued to climb the muddy path. I kept on tripping over all of the roots Before we knew it we were sitting down in a place called Lord’s Café where we had high tea.

We woke up ready for another busy day, today we were going to BOH, a tea factory in the Cameron highlands. We found a taxi. We told the man where we were going.We said “BOH tea factory”. We had a nice drive to BOH. We hopped off the taxi seat and started looking around BOH. To me they looked like normal leaves, the only thing different was that they smelt nice. We got back, had a rest then climbed up Mount Brinchang.

We climbed Mt Brinchang. It was closed but we still went up. We needed to use ropes at some point. There were ropes when we needed. When we got to the top a guard walked out from his guard house then we went to Lord’s Café again .

I thought the Cameron Highlands were full of tea and I loved it.