I’ve completely lost any desire to cook. It’s not just the heat or the expense and bother of getting Western ingredients, but that the prepared food here is not only dirt cheap but delicious!

I’ve been a month and I haven’t cooked a meal yet. I’ve fried bacon, once for bacon and egg sandwiches, and a second time for the pancake brunch that Songbae and Joss whipped up last weekend. Besides that, I’ve toasted a few bagels for breakfast and brewed a few pots of tea.

That’s all.

Unbelievable.

And unbelievably relaxing.

We often run out at night to pick up dinner on the soi. Pad thai is 35 baht ($1) and mussel omelet is also 35 baht ($1). Once when my parents were here we got 7 pad thais and 3 mussel omelets, which proved to be more than ample enough food for dinner. Total cost of dinner for nine people? Ten dollars. It was a delicious feast to boot.

My mom and Sue playing cards (Korean hwa-toe) to see who pays for dinner.

My mom and Sue playing cards (Korean hwa-toe) to see who pays for dinner.

PS. Sierra: they’re playing on the silk that you’re getting as a souvenir – check it out!

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