Sunday, April 12, 2009

Farewell to Sombot's and Nee's

Sadly, Sombot's restaurant is closed for three weeks, so we won't be eating at our favorite place again before we leave. Our last time eating there was actually the day we left for Chiang Mai... though we didn't realize it at the time.

We eat an average of 4.5 meals a week at Sombot's. His wife cooks in the outdoor kitchen, rain or shine. It's mostly covered, but she's gotta get hot with two fires going... especially on the muggy days! It's the best place I've eaten Thai food. It's very affordable, and the walk is just about the right distance away from school.
It's a small place, and sometimes it's absolutely packed when we go. GES teachers probably give them most of their business, at night (as you can see in the picture below) but during lunch time, it's filled with locals. A lot of Mondays and Wednesdays, Matt and I would walk done there for lunch and end up sharing a table with a local businessman on his lunch break too.
Oh, the food was delicious, and even though I can get tired of Thai food kind of easily, I know I will miss his cashew chicken or beef, garlic chicken or beef, chicken fried rice and yellow curry. Matt will miss the chicken salads, sweet and sour pork or chicken, spaghetti with pork or chicken, and many 0f the dishes I mentioned too. Thankfully, I was able to say goodbye to my second favorite food vendor: Pee Nee. She's the lady who makes the yummy fruit drinks and cocoa cafe' yens. And I'm pretty sure I'm her most frequent customer... which is the GES Teacher award I got on the night of the farewell dinner: "Most Likely to be Pee Nee's Most Valuable Customer".
Nee is a sweet 45-year-old woman who's dating an Irish guy who lives in Iraq. She lives with her parents (who are in their 80's), at least 2 siblings, and between 4-8 neices and nephews, depending on school and work schedules. I would walk to her drink stand and her family's restaurant at least once a day... sometimes more.

It was sad saying goodbye to her. We exchanged email addresses, gave blessings to each other, took pictures together and said goodbye. I've loved getting to know her but really wish that I spoke Thai so much better so that I could communicate easily with her. Hopefully, we will keep in touch over the years. Prayerfully, there will be many more Christians who love on her and show her the way to know Jesus and the eternal life available through Him.

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