Friday, November 23, 2012

Xayabuli Dam Detail

Another educational video on the situation of the Mekong at Xayabuli:


Amazon of Asia

More about daming the Mekong:


Love Shack II

Due to donating our upper farm land to our local temple for a chedi, we needed to build a new bungalow to house workers during inclement weather and... well, I needed a "writer's retreat", so here are some pics of my new local hangout, on the upper portion of our largest rice farm:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


When we got back from Lao, we got into a summer-long process of home improvements:

Hong Nam is Thai for bathroom. We have completed our remodel here in the Thai countryside. After toughing it out for a half a year, living like a Khon Thai, we decided on a better way... I found out that my decades-long dream of a 3-speed toilet is now a reality and worked the math to discover it is actually better than throwing buckets full of water down a gravity-flow toilet. Duh... Nice to have a sink and hot water, too!

Image #1: Shot taken Fall of 2011, when Thip first moved in and got help from her brother Pawt in cleaning the place up... bathroom on left, closet/washing room right (where Pawt is) and kitchen further right (out of frame). Living room in foreground:

Images Following: The Makeover of the bathroom:

After it was all done with, I wondered at how I went so long without hot water, a seat to poop through and a  room where I didn't have to check the corners to make sure there were no creatures lurking...