Boun Ok Phansa gathering

Boun Ok Phansa gathering

It was my 8th days in Laos. I had a very busy day since it was the day before Boun Ok Phansa. We were all pre-occupied with doing our chores and there was no time for breakfast. My job was to watch the house while the welded window guards were being installed. My bedroom was the first on the list and I was very happy to know that I will be able to leave the window open at night time.

Pakse Laos

Pakse Laos

I also decided to move my bed to a different side of the room so it would not be under the light and attracting all the bugs. We don’t turn off the lights because there was no mosquito net and we had to leave the fans on. But I don’t like to have the fan on because I didn’t want to catch a cold. It sounds strange but even during the hot summer months I wouldn’t turn on the fan because when I do, I catch a cold.

Young Coconut

Young Coconut

Young Coconut

Young Coconut

Young Coconut

The bathroom was also under a repair so there was nothing for me to do except for doing some cleaning and picking up around the house. Later I went next door to what everyone were up to. Pa Dee and Loung Vanh were busying with their own chores. When I asked about the coconut juice, Loung Vanh told Loung Morn to to fetch a young coconut for me. I was surprised and happy to know that they want to make me happy even though they just met me and want to do their best to please me. By now everyone knew how much I like to take photos, especially of food and posting them on the internet. They often reminded me to take photos or hunt me down so I can make photos of food before they can start dining.

Cooking in Pakse

Cooking in Pakse

Making Yum Kai

banana tree in Pakse

banana tree in Pakse

While they were making lunch I decided to follow Tou Ya Nou Khao (Grandma White Mouse) to Wat Houaylao to see what kind of preparations they are doing for Boun Ok Phansa. Tou Ya Nou Khao told Loung Vanh to cut some banana leaves so they can make all kinds of things at the temple.

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