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The world is full of interesting people but extraordinary people are few and far between. I recently met and befriended one of those extraordinary people through my workplace and she’s got quite a story behind her.
Sipaphay (pronounced Si-puh-pie) is from the southern portion of Laos (land-locked between China, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia) and her dream of becoming a naturalized United States citizen is about to become a reality within a month or two. She moved to the U.S. back in 1979, with a sponsor’s support, after living in a camp in Thailand for many years as a refugee from the Vietnam war.
Laos is a poor nation and many of the Lao people pretty much fend for themselves without much in the way of government aid. People struggle to get by…but they do get by with much, much less than we Americans do.
(Hint: hover your cursor over the photos for a brief description and left-click to enlarge)
Apparently, living in a treehouse ain’t all it’s cracked up to be (fun for a spend the night with the kids but not on a regular basis) because Sipaphay’s dream of owning a [regular] home on the ground was a dream that she made a reality with the help of her husband and family…and what a house it is. The photos I’m including here came straight out of her photo album so I feel honored and privileged to have been allowed to see them and share this with all of you, with her consent.
- 4 bedrooms
- 2 interior bathrooms with dual shower stalls
- 1 exterior bathroom (for workers or whatever)
- kitchen with 5 wood-fueled ‘burners’ lined up side-by-side
- several outdoor porches with mosquito netting
- 500-gallon water tank (perched atop a water tower) supplied by an on-site water well
- large carport
Life is good…
I started as a home-stalker… visiting brand new homes under construction in the neighborhoods near my house. That inspired me to write about home building and home renovation projects — chronicling homes during different phases of construction from a consumer's point-of-view. Basically, the tips you'll find in my articles are a collection of checklists for what I think should (and should not) go into building or remodeling a quality home.