The big move to QLD post is my personal photo history, not part of my travel blog.
Relocate Sydney Gold Coast in 1987 after breaking up with my fiance & losing my job. I didn’t want to live in Newport on the peninsular being single again so my option was to move to the lower north shore or pull up stakes and move interstate. Karen Smith (above) & I after living together at my home in Herbert Avenue for 3 years came to the realisation marriage was a bridge too far.
Surfers Paradise awaits
The decision to move was easy as I had been visiting the Gold Coast 2 or 3 times a year for quite a while. I had quite a few friends living there so the move was not the slightest bit traumatic. Above is Grahame Edwards aka “Crazy” a friend of over 30 years who recently sold his share of a travel insurance company for one million dollars, quite a large amount in the 80s.
My little red Moke
This is January 1987 at the Watsons Bay hotel, shortly before I left for QLD, & yes I took the Moke with me. 🙂
Paul Slaughter and Tony Murphy
Here I am with two great friends at Newport shortly before moving to QLD. Paul still lives in Sydney & Tony is on the Gold Coast, in fact I stayed with him & his lovely wife Nikki recently in August 2016when I was on the Coast for 10 days.
My beautiful German Shepherd Madison
For the first 3 months in QLD I rented Peter Lewis’s house in Witt Avenue Cararra, here is Di Parkinsonmy ex girlfriend (in the white cap) & a friend of hers cooling off in the pool.
Jim Cox & Larry Wilson
Jim was ex Adelaide now living on the Gold Coast and Larry was and still is I believe a local Solicitor.
Cararra January 1987
A young Steve Bristow and Jacquie from Melbourne, Jacquie was working on the door at the Avenue & stayed at my house for a month or two.
After 3 months I bought a house.
36 Claymore Crescent Sorrento became my home for the next 3 years.
Next came the boat. 🙂
Naturally if you live on the waterfront you need a little boat to cruise around in. 🙂
If you have a boat you need a jetty.
I built one big enough to have a party on, even before it’s finished. 🙂
The Finished product.
Check out the size of this magnificent jetty.
Jetty! What jetty, I don’t see a jetty.
When the storms came the jetty disappeared.
What time can I start having fun?
I forget their names, no wait a minute, that’s Tova on the right, I think they were from Yugoslavia.
Relaxing on the Broadwater
The Gold Coast is a lot more fun with a boat. 🙂
Of course 36 Claymore Crescent soon turned into party central
Here is my Yugoslav friend Marco who used to be in all sorts of scams designed to relieve you of a dollar or two. Other than that he was a very friendly guy.
Sadly a short time after this photo was taken this gorgeous creature passed away in a Road accident. At that time she was going out with the guy who ran Pips in Sydney, his name was Ron Kennedy I think.
Drinks on the jetty
I said I had built it big enough to have a party on it, well here is proof.
Megumi was a lovely Japanese girl who worked for Tony Hickey lawyers, she rented a room in my home for quite some time. Harley, one of my oldest friends, used to love dressing up in his military outfits.
Talk about dressing up
Here we are a party at my old friend Bob Martin’s home in Cararra. That’s me in the centre. 🙂
Naturally Bob had a camel in attendance
Plus he sand several ton of sand delivered to emulate the dunes, which certainly helped Harley with his “desert rat routine.” 🙂
Captured by Harley the Desert Rat
There is no escape from these special forces assassins.
Allison Schroder, a real wild child. 🙂
18 years old & as wild as they come.
Allison was a lot of fun
What was she doing with a 44 year old guy you may well ask. Simple, I promised her the world and bought her an atlas. 🙂
Please excuse the photo quality
With Allison and Winnie on the hill above Byron Bay.
Jim Stanbury & Suzie in Adelaide
I flew down to Adelaide in 87 for the Formula 1 and caught up with my old friend Jim Stanbury who worked for me in Melbourne in 1970. When I flew back to Brisbane Allison picked me up at the airport & we checked into a hotel for 2 nights and saw Billy Joel in concert at Boondal.
Then disaster struck in the form of Tanya Rigley
Things were going on so smoothly throughout 1987 & 88 until I got tired up with this rather crazy lady. I don’t want to spend too much time on detail except to say we had an extremely volatile year together.
A DC3 in a Box Hill backyard.
Hard to believe but true. Melbourne car dealer Dion Ormond liked lots of toys, his girlfriend was an air hostess & used to fly on this exact plane, so what did he do? Naturally he purchased it and put it in his backyard. 🙂
Here is the man himself
From memory he also won around $300k in the lottery which bought a lot of toys in the 80s.
After visiting Dion & other friends in Melbourne we drove to Adelaide and caught up with Grahame & Flo Farquhar. It was may years before I would see them again. Around 1998 in fact & again in 2014 when I drove from Adelaide to Melbourne via The Great Ocean Road.
The Great Ocean Road in 1989
London bridge is intact but in 1990, part of the bridge collapsed into the ocean, leaving a chunk of land isolated. Funnily enough there were two tourists sightseeing at the time and they were cut off from the mainland and had to wait a number of hours before they could be rescued by helicopter.
Winnie and Allison one of my favourite “daily double” photographs. Thanks for visiting my Relocate Sydney Gold Coast online photo collection, certainly as you can see 87 to 89 was a super time for me, looking back on these times & people remind me how lucky I have been to live this fabulous life.
Here are some 2016 Brisbane photo blogs to check out.
Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace is an iconic South East Asian red light district. My first visit was 1997 which was the start of a long and happy connection, not necessarily because of the Thai girls who are there basically to relieve you of your hard earned cash, more because of the great times I have enjoyed with friends from all over the world. This photo blog showcases them and many of the gorgeous babes we got tangled up with over these two great decades of decadence. 🙂
Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace
In the middle photo is Doug Ritchies from Adelaide, he was responsible for introducing me to Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace in 1997. For the last 25 years or more he has lived near Kingscliff just south of the QLD border. I have some great memories from Adelaide in the 70s when Doug & I were on the rampage. 🙂
Sadly four friends featured throughout this photo blog are no longer with us, RIP.
I’ll throw in some old shots & videos of the plaza however this photo blog is more about the terrific people who will forever be in my memories.
More from 1999
The thing I notice most comparing the 90s to 2016 is the LadyBoy population in Nana Plaza has increased buy a huge amount, which really does not suit me at all.
August 1999 & yes I was another punter finding a gorgeous young girl who was happy to accompany me to Pattaya & Koh Samui.
Soi 4 Nana
Those great years in the 90s saw elephants wandering down Soi 4 looking for bananas. Here is my good friend Paul McNeil from San Diego contributing to their appetite.
More from the 90s
There has never been a shortage of pretty faces in Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace.
Let’s jump to 2016
For me this is the quintessential shot of Nana Plaza because I can assure you I have met some suckers there over the last 20 years. I’m talking about those delusional types who actually believe the girls who call them “handsome man” & tell them how much they love them. 🙂
Now believe me I’m not knocking the ladies who are there to make a living, I just find it strange so many Farangs can be sucked in by their stories. All these girls either have a Thai boyfriend or husband in the background who gladly accept a fair % of the girls earnings.
December 2014 On the right is my friend Roland, a barrister from Sydney, beside him is Matt originally from Adelaide, now running a factory for SMR Automotive in Rayong producing accessories for the motor industry. Here is a funny story, Matt actually receives a hardship allowance from his employer for living in Pattaya, priceless. 🙂 Bow is Matt’s live in girlfriend, a wild child who is a lot of fun after a few drinks.
I’ll let your imagination run wild about what goes on inside. According to “Stickboy” this LadyBoy bar had to close for a couple of days in March 2016 for some minor infringements.
Jane February 2003.
You may remember my friend Jane who I took to Samui in 1999, here she is back at Nana in 2003 after a stint working in Switzerland.
2001 at the Voodoo bar
This is where I met Phung who very quickly became my favourite Nana Plaza girl for the next 6 or 7 years. I preferred to call her Cleopatra which I think suited her better. 🙂
Here she is in
The last I heard of Cleo she was living with a punter in Switzerland. I really thank her for the great times we spent together.
The usual suspects
From the left is Greg Clee who for some strange likes to call himself Jack Dawson, John aka Secrets, originally from Adelaide who has been living in Thailand for about 15 years & Sean Fenton from North Queensland. Greg lives in Pattaya and until recently owned “Heaven Above” in Soi Diamond off Walking St. John lives in Soi 4 Nana and is a regular at the Plaza. Sean married a Thai girl from Kanchanaburi and has produced 2 or 3 kids with her.
Oh! I forgot to mention John aka “Secrets” has a habit of placing people on his black list, I have recently been put back on after a couple of years of being in favour, Greg is a long time resident on the list & I think Sean is on shakey ground.
John aka Secrets
There is the man himself sitting in his favourite spot.
The entrance now
The next photo will show the original entrance.
Back when Nana Plaza was a shopping centre. Photo credit BeenToBangkok.
Here is the action at the Nana Plaza entrance
This is Beer
This photo was from around 2000, however Beer (a great girl) has been well know in the Plaza for quite a few years.
John Martin aka Pothole & Apple 2003
John David Martin aka Pothole Bin Ladin, the Mouse of Markland. He took “Apple Pie” to Australia a couple of times before discovering he was simply one of 5 different punters from around the world she was collecting money from. A few years later she married one of the guys, a retired English police officer, produced a child then accompanied him to Buckingham Palace when he was awarded an MBE. Not bad for a bar girl from Nana Plaza.
Pothole in 2014
He lives in the same building as I do in Pattaya and actually has this photo as the wallpaper on his phone. He really should be managing one of the Nana Plaza LadyBoy bars. 🙂
Nothing stays the same
Not so long ago Suckers was Lollipop and Bangkok Bunnies was Spellbound.
Before it was big Lollipop
It was small Lollipop, plus of course Spankys is no more. Trying to keep abreast of the changing names at Nana Plaza will just give you a headache.
They used to let motorbikes park inside
Thankfully this is no longer allowed which makes us all feel a lot more secure in this crazy world in 2016.
My fabulous family in January 2011 (my favourite Nana Plaza photo)
What a great holiday we all had, starting at Nana Plaza in Bangkok then heading down the road to “Sin City” Pattaya. The little guy at the back with the glasses is my brother Warren, the 3 at the front are his beautiful daughters (my nieces) Laura & Elyssa& son Michael. The dark good looking German lad is Bjorn Luders, Michaels partner who sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer early in 2016. RIP Bjorn, we miss you buddy.
On that same 2011 trip
On the left is my friend Bill Austin from Trowbridge in Wiltshire & the far right one of my oldest friends Tony Murphy from the Gold Coast. Next to Tony is Don Wenham who like Bjorn sadly lost his long battle with cancer this year also.
This was at the Pretty Lady bar
Of course this is another bar that has long since disappeared. However you have to admit she sure was pretty. 🙂
Pretty Lady Bar
Was one of the bars located where Suckers & Bangkok Bunnies are now.
One of my best friends Phil Thomson from the Gold Coast bought his 21 yo son Michael to Thailand in 2009 to gain some experience with the fairer sex. Michael took to the task like a duck takes to water. 🙂
Virtually next door to Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace is the five star Landmark hotel.
The more things change the more they stay the same. It is a never ending cycle at Nana Plaza, one business goes bust and another steps in. Bangkok Bunnies is one of the largest clubs in the complex. The photo was taken February 20 2016 as was the following YouTube video.
With friends at the Plaza in 2008
Good friends Nick & Sharon from the Gold Coast in Australia, and ex Sydney policeman Rod Perrin from the NSW central coast, he used to live in Pattaya. Sadly a couple of years after this photo was taken Rod passed away, RIP old buddy.
Here is a quick video from 2008.
My friend Hamish Elton & I kick off the night at Big Dogs in Nana Plaza.
2004 at Nana Plaza
Two Aussies from Sydney, Mr Stingy & Kenny cockroach with their new found brides in 2004. A couple of years later Stingy took two freelancers from the Nana Hotel car-park back to his room at the Dynasty Hotel for some fun & games. He awoke many hours later after being drugged to find the room safe had been cleaned out including his precious gold chains.
March 1999, gorgeous girl from one of the Rainbow bars.
If my memory serves me correctly she was from from one of the Rainbow bars. Below are more from around 2001.
2008, we lose anther friend.
On the left is Greg Clee from Pattaya & Ron Collier from Byron Bay in Australia. Sadly 3 years later Ron passed away.
Rainbow 4 November 2007
We travelled in a large group from Australia because Etihad airlines were offering 2 seats for the price of one to promote their airline. On the left is Simon Markby & the guy in the middle is Robbie Sheriff.
Braces can look rather sexy
x On the right is my friend “Ice” I was seeing her regularly over the next 2 or 3 years. I would love to know where she is now.
Simon Markby RIP
Simon passed away on the Gold Coast on July 9th 2012. He is the 4th friend of mine in this photo blog who is not with us anymore, it is certainly a reminder to enjoy life as much as you can while you can.
At Rainbow 4 with Ice November 2011.
She was such a nice girl, as I said before I would love to know where she is now.
That’s all for now
Here I am in 2015 with my crazy friend Pothole, (one of the most unique personalities I have ever come across) I hope you enjoyed my 20 years of memories from Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace.
When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD. Only 5 minutes walk to Nana Plaza.
Brisbane City River South Bank was a pleasant surprise for me, it had been many years since I last visited and the changes were many. Way back in the 90s when I worked for Metway Bank and the NRMA I would travel there regularly for the endless tedious meetings banks & insurance companies were famous for. This trip was purely for pleasure after spending 10 days on the Gold Coast.
Uniting Church Albert St
Across the road from City Hall stands this delightful old church which was originally built in 1888.
From the old to the new
Infinity tower is the magnificent tall building (81 floors) on the left and the monster on the far right is 1 William Street which will house only government departments. The photo was taken from the William Jolly Bridge.
The William Jolly Bridge
The art deco design bride was built during the depression and opened in March 1932.
Sunday Suitcase sale August 21st 2016
The majority seemed to be backpackers selling their old clothes.
Treasury Casino was formerly the Lands Administration Building until it became a casino in 1995.
Many cranes on the skyline
There is no doubt Brisbane is in the middle of a building boom, just count the cranes on this small part of the city.
Another great way to see Brisbane’s city and suburbs. Check out THIS LINK for my photo blog.
A sunny Sunday afternoon at South Bank.
Lots of people cross the river to visit South Bank with its many attractions.
South Bank tranquil garden
The garden has a genuine rain forest feel.
A beautiful pagoda.
This Nepalese Pagoda was originally brought to Brisbane for Expo 88, in fact I actually remember seeing it back then. Incredibly this is one of only three Nepalese peace pagodas in the world to be located outside of Nepal.
As you can see from my Brisbane City River South Bank photo blog there is so much to see in this great city.
The Wheel of Brisbane
Nowhere near as large as London or Tokyo but it certainly looks very nice at night. 🙂
This sculpture in front of the Queensland Art Gallery is named “Approaching Equilibrium”, I guess people with more understanding of art than I possess will appreciate it. In my opinion a better name would be “Big Black Mosquito”. 🙂
The heart of Brisbane
The Queen Street Mall is certainly the heart of Brisbane, no traffic, lots of shops & restaurants.
Relax in the Mall
A great “people watching” place where you can enjoy dinner & a glass of wine.
Lots of colour, lots of shops
Day or night the mall is a hive of activity.
Eagle Street pier
Eagle Street is Brisbane’s business hub, jump on a City Cat and cruise along the river past many of the cities landmarks.
Huge towers beside Eagle Street wharf.
Lots of offices and lots of good bars & restaurants to capture the workers for lunch and dinner.
Cruise past the wheel on a City Cat.
Cruise past the wheel on your way to lunch at The Regatta Hotel, you won’t be disappointed. 🙂
Good Value Brisbane City Hotels starting with Abby On Roma which is directly opposite Roma St railway station. The coffee shop you see on the ground floor does an excellent breakfast. Use THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.
Located at 40 Elizabeth Street in the heart of the city. Nice rooms and friendly staff, good shopping arcade next door where you will fine Coles supermarket & Target. Book through THIS LINKfor a very good room rate.
Very nice rooms with an incredible view. About an 8 minute walk to Queen St Mall. My only complaint was the very poor internet service, they give you a miserly 250 meg per day. Book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.
View from Park Regis one of the Good Value Brisbane City Hotels
One of the best river & city views from my room on the 7th floor.
Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations I visited in August 2016 included Harajuku Gyoza at 141 Queen St. The service was good and the Gyoza excellent. There are two other branches, one in South Bank the other in Fortitude Valley.
Busy chef at work
The Gyoza was as good as I have experienced in Japan.
Little Singapore is adjacent to Harajuku Gyoza
TripAdvisor rating is 502 out of 3,180 Brisbane restaurants.
Vapiano 191 Albert StQueen Street Mall
Also opposite Harajuku Gyoza and I could not believe the queue waiting for a table. I didn’t eat there myself but if the queue is any indication the food must be good. 🙂
Mexican restaurant in the same complex as the above at 175 Albert St.
Latin, Mexican & South American dishes , dine in or takeaway.
Chez Nous opposite Roma St station
Very busy for breakfast, good coffee and quick service. For an excellent room rate at Abby o Roma just book through THIS LINK.
Brisbane City Cat River Cruise started for me at the South Bank Wharf and took me on a 45 minute cruise almost to the Gateway Bridge and back. This post will highlight many of the wonderful Brisbane buildings along the river.
Overlooking the river is the Treasury Casino where they will be very happy to relieve you of your hard earned cash. 🙂
What a monster
I believe this huge skyscraper will house most government offices when completed. That’s the Victoria Bridge in the foreground.
South Bank Ferris wheel
Not as large as London or Tokyo but it does look nice at night. 🙂
Another look at the Monster
Called the Government’s new Executive Building it towers over Brisbane river.
This is the heart of the Brisbane business centre.
Huge towers dominate the skyline
The city cat stops right here for the workers to commute from home.
City Cat arriving
What a great way to get around Brisbane, my 1.5 hour trip only cost me around $3.
The famous Story Bridge
The Story Bridge first opened in 1940, & is named after prominent public servant, John Douglas Story.
The CityHopper lets you travel the Brisbane river for free, the ferries run every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. The ferry travels along the Brisbane River, to North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals.
I leave the City Cat after a terrific 90 minute cruise.
You can take the City Cat in both directions from the city, a nice idea would be to head in the direction of Toowong and disembark at the fabulous Regatta Hotel,a great place for lunch, dinner or a few drinks. Follow THIS LINKto see this iconic hotel.
Brisbane City Cat River Cruise
This city is just getting better & better, it’s now August 2016 and the number of cranes on the skyline indicate a building boom.
Thanks for visiting my Brisbane City Cat River Cruise photo blog. For a discounted hotel rate at the Park Regis Hotel which is in a terrific location just book through THIS LINK.
Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark has been around for a long time. The original hotel was built there in 1874, as a single storey wooden building. Located by the river and classified by the National Trust it has been flooded out quite a few times over the years. The above photo shows the rear view of the hotel and highlights the ornate cast iron lacing which adorn the entire building.
1992 Jaguar sovereign.
My great old friend Steve Rado picked me up at the Park Regis Hotelwhere I was staying and drove me to the Regatta Hotel in his immaculate Jaguar which he recently purchased for $1300.
The Park Regis is in an excellent location, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.
What a fit out
Certainly one of the best fit outs I have ever seen at an Australian Hotel.
Designed by a genius
If you are not impressed by the decor here then pubs are obviously not your thing. 🙂
A surprise around every corner
There are lots of nooks & crannies to eat and drink at this fabulous hotel.
Outside they have marked flood levels and the years they happened. The recent level of the 2011 flood was around the bottom of this photo.
The Regatta even have a place where the smokers can continue with their disgusting habit. You guessed it, I’m a reformed smoker. 🙂
Lovely table settings
They certainly have many dining options for parties of any size.
So many choices of where to eat and drink and so little time. 🙂
If you cant find a place that suits you at the Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark, you are just not trying. 🙂
Lunch at the Boatshed
Quite a spectacular room with very good food and wine.
If it’s a good steak you are looking for, this is the place. Seeing the aged beef on display gave me a flashback to Gallagher’s Steakhouse in New York City, follow THIS LINK to see what I mean.
The food was excellent, we both had steaks washed down with a Margaret River red.
In the middle of the photo behind the William Jolly bridge is the Park Regis hotel. The rooms are excellent and so is the cost if you use THIS LINK to book. I had a room with a great view for $109 aud per night, but you must use THIS LINK to get this price. 🙂
Farewell from the Regatta Hotel
Thanks for visiting my Regatta Hotel Brisbane Landmark photo blog. It was the perfect place to catch up with my old friend Steve Rado and reminisce about our life in Adelaide in the 70s.
Here are some other Brisbane photo blogs to check out.
Brisbane Bangkok Thai flight Cancelled, I have flown thousands of times throughout my life and this was the first time I ever experienced a cancelled flight. As Newton would say “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Well here is how it applied to me, I was telling my friends about my good fortune flying to Brisbane from Bangkok, the row in front and behind me had 3 people occupying the seats. However I had 3 seats to myself and was able to lay across them and catch some sleep which was fantastic given the flight left at midnight. I arrived at the station above feeling quite refreshed after the 9 hour flight.
The return flight was quite different
Perhaps it was the ominous black cloud hovering above the Qantas plane when I arrived at Brisbane at 11.30 am Tuesday August 22nd for my 2 pm departure. At 1 pm they announced there was a technical fault with the aircraft and departure would be at 3 pm.
Another announcement at 2.30
Thai Airways advise there will be a further delay while engineers endeavour to fix the problem.
Around 3.15 there was more news
We now are told the flight will leave at 4 PM. Hallelujah, we have been waiting at the gate for nearly 4 hours and were getting very frustrated indeed. 🙂 Photo credit to Panuwat.s.
The knockout blow came around 4.30, Brisbane Bangkok Thai flight Cancelled
The flight is now cancelled please return to customs then retrieve your luggage and line up at the check in counter.
Back to Brisbane city
Thai Air provided busses to take us to the Ibis Hotel in Turbot Street Brisbane. They paid for our room plus allocated $30 for dinner and $15 for breakfast the next morning. Personally I was not too inconvenienced, sure it was a day out of my life however many people missed connecting flights to Europe and other destinations. At the end of the day I would rather wait an extra day than risk flying on a faulty plane.
The hotel rooms were very nice and the location was excellent. Opposite the casino and next door to Coles & Target. For an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.
Thanks for visiting my Brisbane Bangkok Thai flight Cancelled photo blog.
Here are some other Brisbane photo blogs to check out.
This is not a travel blog just my personal photo collection from the Gold Coast in Australia in August 2016.
Surfers Paradise sentimental journey took me back to where I lived for 25 years before moving to Thailand in October 2011. I stayed at Sorrento with my old friend Tony Murphy and his lovely wife Nikki, plus Sam the 3rd member of their family.
Morning coffee at The Island cafe is a tradition with this group of friends, and today August 11 2016 just happened to be Tony’s 74th birthday.
Dangerous with a knife in his hand. 🙂
Don’t do it Tony, don’t do it. 🙂
I must say the coffee at the Island Cafe is absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t help noticing the price of the small quiche compared to a similar one in Thailand that I regularly buy. Here it is $15.90 and at Big C in Pattaya $1.85.