She was off early Saturday morning and like all Thai people was running late as she had to look a million dollars to go on the few hour bus ride. Why do all Thai girls have to be so pedantic about how they look? Even if we are going to a restaurant that is just a local nothing flash place it still requires the hair to be straightened using the heat wand for 30 minutes and then try on 2 pairs of jeans and 3 different tops and endless amounts of checking in full length mirrors.
Noot was meant to be at the bus station at 7:30am to meet her friends and at that exact time but we were still inside our house as Noot was just making sure all looked great. She rang her friends and they said the bus was getting ready to leave but luckily we are only 800 metres from the bus station. SO as Noot chatted on the phone I rode the motorbike and went to the main road where the bus drives along ad Noot waited a few minutes and then waved the bus down to pick her up and she was off with her friends for a fun filled 2 days.
To get there you can go on Highway 2112, and is 30 kilometers from Khong Chiam District or around 2 hours from Ubon Ratchathani. I have been there once and it was in the dry season and it was very pretty and refreshing swimming in some of the very deep pools. There are little waterfalls here and there and you can sit under these and let refreshing cool water run over you but I would only do this if there isn’t people above you as there are many young Thai people who frequent the waterfall and the drink and get very drunk and then jump from the steep sides into the rock pools and more than likely relieve themselves in the water as well.
This is one of the less than attractive things that happen, seeing young Thais skylarking and being dickheads and saying stuff to every group of girls that walks by and they all think they are shit hot to trot. You can get away from these idiots but there are plenty of them about.
So after they spent 5 or so hours at the waterfall they went to a friends village very close by to stay the night and 5 girls crammed into a small bedroom and as you can imagine not a lot of sleep was had as they talked and talked as Not told me because she really likes to sleep, Oh again, really likes to sleep. She complained that one friend Miss Annie who is a lovely girl talked non stop as she wasn’t tired so just kept on talking and the last time Noot checked the time it was 3am before she closed her eyes for the night.
Now I was on my own. I was king of the castle and had the run of the house to myself so I really lived it up. I worked all Saturday morning teaching and for my lunch hour I for some stupid reason went to my favourite somtam or papaya salad shop and bought papaya salad and sticky rice and some processed pork roll. There must be something wrong with me. I mean I could of gone and got KFC but I really don’t like it much at all and here in Ubon farang takeaway foods are very limited. The pizzas are disgusting and I have only ever tried a pizza once the whole time I have been here. I wish we had a Subway here; I would be a regular there. I really like Subway. On Saturday night I stayed in and read some newspapers online and some blogs. So that was my big Saturday night being a bachelor.
On Sunday I got up early and cleaned the house. First 3 of the 5 fish tanks were cleaned. So that was around an hour, then I started to do 4 loads of washing and while that was happening I swept and mopped the floors. The bathroom got a scrub from top to toe and I cleaned the windows. So my morning off that I usually spend playing 9 or 18 holes of golf I spent doing household chores. I usually do these except for the washing as Noot takes care of this and I don’t like doing the washing even though it’s easy by just having to throw the clothes into the machine.
So that was my fantastic weekend of being a bachelor and boy did I live it up. Next time she goes away I am not sure how I am going top this weekend it will be really hard. I have many pictures of the waterfall and Noot’s trip and will post them in 3 parts I think as I have about 30 out of the 100 odd pictures she took that I want to post.
I hope you enjoy them.