My dream almost became true last week, I said "almost" because no cow, no green hill...but in return I had a lot of good things: fishing at the lake, picking mango left in the farm after the harvest, grilling a super fresh fish from our catch...
One friend of mine who used to be my classmate in a grade school but only for a short year, we went different ways later in life, I never met him again until 30 years later, we strangely became business partners. At that time I worked for a cell phone brand, he was a boss of the biggest phone distributor in Vietnam. Together, we were doing a lot of sale and marketing projects to build up the market, suddenly he got a big legal trouble, and it put him almost 6-7 years behind the bars. Being released in 2009, he rebuilt his life from scratch. I really appreciate his tremendous efforts for a new life.
These days my friend is working hard on his dream farm for his family. I've spent there last week-end and I was totally shocked by seeing what he has done as I saw the place from the very beginning, 8 months ago. How he turns a dark like-jungle land with dense forest of cashew-nut trees into a beautiful farm? I'm not talking about the invested money but his passion, his true love to this lifestyle.
By the way do you believe that I got burns (or exactly dermatitis) by the mango sap (like latex)? I was holding my camera in my right hand, with the left I tried to pick the fruit, without notice the flavourful mango fluid from the join between fruit and stalk jetted right to my face, near to my eye...it was sore for a whole week, now it've healed but a small scar still visible.
I would love to share a bit of my friend's story without asking him permission. The way he met his wife was really a destiny. During his years in prison she was one of very few, by some unexplainable magic, to connect with him, to stand by him and then to decide to look after him for the rest of her life. Their union, as we say, has been arranged by the God's will and we believe in destiny.
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