Lcuy's 2011 Cambodian Odyssey

Jan 4th, 2012, 12:03 PM
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This was worth the wait, Lucy - some day we'll return to Siem Reap. Now that I've read this, I hope it will be sooner rather than later...
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Jan 4th, 2012, 10:35 PM
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What a great report. I am getting excited for our short visit to the plf and our 6 night stay at 7 Candles. Nice to know there is a pool nearby. It is so wonderful that you were abel to spend so much time there plus that you have such creative skills.

Can you give me any last minute ideas of something you wish you had had room to take over to the schools? I have created a fundraiser which is going well, but as far as extras to take along n the suitcase.. any suggestions? I see alot of ideas on their website but just wondering if you saw a more dire need for one thing or the other.
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Jan 5th, 2012, 05:34 AM
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What an amazing trip and great, great report. You got to do what I fantasized being able to do after our trip in '07. I wish I could channel you. Brava.
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Jan 5th, 2012, 09:19 AM
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Where's Andy when you need him? You owe about 5 million riel for this tardy report~! Happy New Year Lucy~!
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Jan 5th, 2012, 09:28 AM
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Maybe Andy was up there kicking her butt spiritually to prompt Lucy to finish her report. Great report , even with the tardy points.
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Jan 5th, 2012, 10:45 AM
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you are my hero lcuy! great job!

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Jan 5th, 2012, 11:07 AM
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Hi lincasanova-

This is a list I made for some friends who asked how they could help prior to my last trip:
Craft supplies

The kids LOVE arts & crafts, and it is a great way to entice them to school.

Alphabet beads, embroidery floss, rolls of lightweight string( for bracelets or beads). Glitter, rhinestones, tempra paint, foam sheets and foam cut outs. Foam is much more durable than paper crafts in the high humidity, and is light and easy for me to stuff in my bags. It's cheapest at Walmart, where it comes in bulk packs. Watercolor paint trays. Actually, Walmart has a whole section of crafts & kits which are the perfect thing to motivate kids to school.

"Tulip" brand tie dye kits sold at Walmart and children's sized white cotton tee-shirts would be good too. If the tee shirts are used or have just small pictures or emblems I can still use them. (****lincasanova- I may be going back in February or March, so these would still be welcome in any amount! )

Classes are always at least 25 kids, but even small amounts of craft supplies help as they are stored until some volunteer finds enough to use for a project!

Childrens puzzles and memory games

Single serving (.5 oz or so?) packets of triple antitbiotic (Neosporin) cream. You can find them on in boxes of 144. Some even qualify for free shipping. Hawaii doesn't allow retailers to be mail them here, so if you can have a friend on the mainland order and forward them, I won't tell... They're very small and light. 144 can be repacked in a one quart baggy.

Childrens' chewable vitamins and bandages are needed all the time.

Lightweight backpacks for the kids re always needed. i find used come out of the washer -delicate cycle- very well.
very well


Crank-up or solar lights are appreciated. If you already have computer stuff- mice, USB drives, etc or you can get them for free, those are good. Don't buy as they are cheaper in Cambodia.

An expensive, but great gift would be a battery operated projector that would work with a laptop. many volunteers liked to show the kids things, but 25-50 kids crowded about made it difficult!

I do a lot of digging through my drawers before I go. Random things like chalk, screwdrivers, paintbrushes, plastic sheet protectors or pockets (for storing lessons), playing cards, rolls of string, may be hiding in there.

Hotel shampoos and notepads, rubber bands, colored marking pens. battery operated digital cameras with removable memory cards. Toothbrushes, Small toothpaste tubes. Bars of soap, especially ones safe to use in open water.

If you have individually wrapped snacks such as nuts, trail mix, raisins, etc., those are nice treats in the classroom.

And if if it's easier and you are inclined to make a monetary donation, go here:

I'd also be more than happy to takes checks made out the the Ponhearly Ly Foundation.
I'll make sure you get a tax receipt.

lin- So nothing really specific, but anything you can tuck into your bag will likely be used!

Have a great trip. Please give my love to Lori and all the Ly family. You might ask Alice (pronounced Aleese) if she and Yaya can still do the hukilau!
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Jan 5th, 2012, 01:03 PM
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Thanks for all the details and reconfirming some of what I had read, but also adding some things I can easily take and now know they can be useful. I live in Spain so we don't have Walmart and its supplies but I will look into a lot of what you have mentioned. Thank you and I will have my report in February.. I hope.

I have a fundraiser going on.. trying to get enough donations for 30 bicycles.. and am almost there thanks to generous family and friends. So this is going to be good. A very nice addition to our vacation.

Thanks again for the great report.
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Jan 5th, 2012, 01:41 PM
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You have generous friends; 30 bicycles will be a great donation!
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Jan 6th, 2012, 01:12 AM
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yes, actually.. not so many people and we have done great. From Brazil to Breckenridge, Washington D.C.,a New York Fodorite!!!, Barcelona, Valencia, .. I am thrilled with the power of internet communications and how it has helped me spread the word! It is so exciting to be able to help out so much more than with my personal donation from our family!

Not sure if I can post this here.. if not, moderators please delete.. but here is the page I made according to the recommendations of Lori.
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Jan 10th, 2012, 11:20 AM
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hey, lcuy am printing so I can read tonight - I maybe watching BooBoo tonight for his M & D. His dad is sick and mom sleep deprived!! He is being so cute for his nanabee. Can wait to read it.
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Jan 10th, 2012, 02:25 PM
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wait!!! lcuy you shared motherhood with your neice?
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Jan 10th, 2012, 09:23 PM
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You got it all wrong Bob...I was the surrogate mother for my grand nephew. After all, my niece is young and cute and didn't want to ruin her figure. I, on the other had nothing to ruin, so I carried her spawn. Now nanabee is pretending to take care of him, but- as she admitted- is reading my trip report while he wails. we're the family of party values.
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Jan 11th, 2012, 02:24 PM
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and next i suppose she will add a few comments on the lounge before finally helping out your poor "son"

btw, figure looks good to me, but then i am 68 and nearly blind..
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