After we flew back from Pakse and came back to my aunt’s house, my father wanted to visit his old friend. There was no one at home except for my great aunt. My father’s friend sent his son to pick us up but got lost along the way. It was a good thing that another aunt was at home. She lives within two minutes of walking distance. She offered to take us to see my father’s friend and later to visit the family’s garden in Tha Ngon.
When we were crossing Tha Ngon Bridge, I wanted to try out the famous Sao Noi Disco but my father didn’t think it was a good idea.
My relatives like to buy land for investment. They either build a house for people to rent or turn it into a garden, planting ketsana trees and edible crops. This particular plot of land is along Tha Ngon River, which is not too far from Tha Ngon Bridge. Since my great aunt is retiring in Laos, she decided to invest in fish farm with her daughter. My cousin Bee is the one taking care of the garden and the fish farm.
I was very happy to see Bee again. I met him and his family before I went back to Pakse but didn’t get a chance to talk much since he had to get back to work. It was shocking to see that he is a grown man with a newly born child. Bee asked me when will I have a family. He also asked about my younger brother. They were born in the same month and were never far apart as toddlers. Bee was surprised to know that my brother is still single. He said my brother and I should hurry up and start a family.
We spent the late afternoon feeding the fishes and picking in the garden. There were so many fruits to select and I chose the ones I used to eat as a kid. I wanted to know if the fruits will still taste the same. We packed the car with various vegetables, seeds, and fruits. On the way back, we went to a market outside Tha Ngon for a light grocery shopping.