After finishing up dishes and putting Bai Kee Lek, Nung Kuay, and Khai Mod Deng away, it was time for me to wash clothes for my parents and for myself. There is no washing machine at my uncle’s house or at anyone’s house in the village. People around here still wash their clothes by hands and hang their laundry on the lines or on the wooden fences. My parents are staying in southern Laos for three weeks and I would do laundry every other day to make it easier on myself along with helping with the cooking, cleaning, and doing dishes.

After all my chores were done I went next door to another uncle’s house to hang out with my cousins. One of my cousin went to Por Thao Yai’s house and climbed up a mango tree and brought back a basket full of young green mangoes. The older cousins made Sua Kee Lao and Tum Mak Houng for snacks while the younger ones were making two kinds of dipping sauce to go with the young green mangoes. I went back to the kitchen and brought a bag of dried shrimps that I bought at Dao Heuang market in Pakse and sprinkled on top of Tum Mak Houng. They made everything too spicy. I didn’t want to have an upset stomach and only tried a couple of bites of each snacks.