Monday, August 22, 2016

Not too shabby for another week of vacation. We have the whole structure up, including the rafters. Now just need to sheet and wrap this baby before any bad weather comes through!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dad's are the best!

Dad's are great. This week, my dad helped me change the starter in my pickup, and build a house. A perfect bonding opportunity and a wonderful way to spend some of our mutual vacation time together. Thanks dad!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Week One of Building

After taking 1 week of vacation and having a work party with several EXTREMELY talented people, we made quite a bit of progress. Main level is framed and sheathed! Next week we're going to tackle the loft...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

On this "foundation" I will build my home

Probably the most expensive thing we've spent money on, but all the most important since this is the foundation for our home.

We got this awesome trailer from Seattle Tiny Homes - the trailer is designed specifically for building a tiny house. It has insulation and subflooring already installed into the bed of the trailer, so we're ready to build right on top of it.

Seattle Tiny Homes is a GREAT resource if you're pursuing a tiny house. Their services range from just a design, just a trailer, or the fully built home for you. Lead Designer, Sharon, and Master Carpenter, Ben, are wonderful people. Patient, kind, and very generous with their time and wisdom.

Check out their website, and pics of our trailer below.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I'm so sick of my computer

I've been working on these building/design plans for the past few months. They are still not done, but it's time to stop thinking and start building! Regardless of how "imperfect" these plans are, I'm still pretty dang proud of them.

Shout out to SketchUp, the free software program I used to create these!

Feel free to use them if you're building your own home :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Our first pickup

We've been proud owners of a Ford Ranger for 1 month now and it is AWESOME! We love our Honda Fit, but this pickup has already been used to haul several loads of windows, flooring, and lumber (most of which was free/cheap). Too bad Ford discontinued this model...

Sunday, July 17, 2016

We're building a tiny house! Here's a start at our building plans. Stay tuned for more progress as time goes on ;)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Industrial Masculinity

I was researching an industrial company at work the other day and stumbled across this photo:

Perhaps it was the dreadful monotony and tediousness of my work that made me giggle. Or perhaps I'm still just too immature. Either way, I found it humorous that the phrase "mine is bigger than yours" applies to so many things other than bodily organs.

Byron Yee 余柏仁
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Guangzhou Subway - The Best??

CNN recently listed Guangzhou, China as the #1 subway system in the world. The first line was opened in 1992, just 20 years ago, and now has eight lines, 144 stations, 236 kilometers of track and well over 1.2 billion passengers.

I agree, the metro system itself is wonderful, clean, fast, and very convenient. However, what CNN failed to take into account in their ratings is the 1.2+ billion passengers themselves.

The subway system makes frequent PSAs about offering your seat to elders - old people are notoriously the pushiest and now feel entitled to get that seat, even leading to fighting and Mike Tyson style bloody ear bites.

But let's not wholly blame old people for poor "uncivilized" metro behavior. Just last month, a boy was just not mature or old enough to hold it. So he went potty on the subway - Number 2.

All grumpy old people and feces aside, the Guangzhou subway is just an uncomfortable ride due to the sheer number of people who need to commute everyday. It takes a bit of vigilance, agility, and flexibility to maneuver yourself in between and among the flow and push and shove of people.

So, I'm not arguing CNN's ratings of the Guangzhou subway, I'm just suggesting it should also be posted as #1 on the list of "Top Ten Places to experience the subway for people who love unintentional gropage, fighting and biting, and occasional fecal matter" as well.

Byron Yee 余柏仁
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Taste of Home

Sure, this country has a lot of great vegetable and fruits that we can't get back at home. Peaches, lychees, and bitter melon are in season right now.

However, I always see these beautiful bright red apples that are 3x the normal price on the imported shelves of the fruit stands. Look closely and you can see the bright red sticker with "Washington" written on it. It makes me nostalgic, and so sad that the price is so ridiculously high to eat one of those here. But my buddy took sympathy over my Seattle-pains and brought back a nice juicy one for me from Hong Kong. It was the BEST apple I've ever eaten in my life.

As much as I hate Snow White and her insanely annoying singing voice, I now have an understanding for why she so foolishly accepted that poison apple from the wicked witch. However, her taste in dwarves and princes is still questionable.

Byron Yee
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China