I have visited your web blog many, many times. Since May 2009, I have rented F205 from the Taiwan bank, and started to find out a lot of things about these houses. And then, with great courage, I decided to do this: [Click here for the link to her Picasa album of photographs].
Up to now, most of the work is being done by volunteers. Why does the bank not maintain them? It's a long and complicated story.
I wonder who lived in F205, where I live now. It was remodeled -- nice but lacking the old flavor. The one I am fixing now is F209, very original. the family that lived in this house before must have been very happy. I wish that they still remember this house and come back to see it.
My father was an air traffic controller who worked for Asia Airline. He was sent to Laos from 1961 to 1972. I was three years old when I joined him and I lived in Laos for almost 10 years. The Vietnam War, to me....was a close contact. Dad's office was located in the airport and sometimes he took me to his work place when he was on night shift. If any of you were pilots at the time and have been to Vienjen (capital city of Laos) we might have met.
She also provided a link to a very interesting website on the same subject -- Odie's Notebook -- which is about the "Yangmingshan Shanzaihou U.S. Military Housing" area. I filtered the site through Babel Fish and you can find a rough English translation of it HERE.My best wishes to all of you.
I know these photographs will be of great interest to many of the folks here at the blog. If you have more information about any of these structures, especially units F205 and F209, I'd love to hear from you.