Fat Coco Beach Club construction has been in progress for many months during 2019, many of the following photos have been taken from the 20th floor of Markland which overlooks the A-One Hotel. As you can see above it was just a normal swimming pool area.
Lets dig some holes they said…
It will be an improvement they said. 🙂
From ground level
This was September 2019.
What a mess. 🙂
They work from very early in the morning until late at night.
September 12th, week 2.
Still too early to get an idea of their plans.
First they made a frame then set the concrete on top.
Adjacent to the footpath, perhaps if will provide privacy? Wh knows what they are planning.
It’s getting very confusing
They have put dirt in the bottom of the pool, & those large white blocks are foam.
Foam being laid on top of the dirt.
I have no idea why they are following this procedure. 🙂
Chopping up the foam
Hopefully I can find out about this method.
The bar I presume
I’m betting the alcohol prices will be rather expensive. 🙂
On her perch. 🙂
Fat Coco Beach Club Work is finished & she is sitting four meters in the air checking her messages.
November 15 2019
They work on this structure to after 10 pm at night.
My Long Winding Road has been a wonderful journey, born way back on July 7 1943, & grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney Australia. One of the great benefits to me with this photo blog, is I get to re-live all the fabulous experiences in my life, I’m certain that without photos as a reminder, I probably would forget 80% of what I have done in life.
I was the eldest of 5 boys with the most wonderful parents any child could wish for.
Rather than focus on the early years just follow THIS LINK for lots of old photos of all the family.
This post covers memories from the 60s & 70s, part 2 will be the 80s & 9os.
Please note this is not part of my travel blog, it is my online photo album.
My 21st birthday in 1964
We celebrated a couple of months early as I was about to leave for England on the cruise ship Fairsea with my best friend Glen Beasley. Here is the story of THE CRUISE.
After 18 months of working 2 jobs, I just qualified as a toolmaker, plus I worked weekends for Don Talbert the Australian swimming coach, my friend Glenn Beasley and I prepared to leave on May 7th to sail to England on the Fairsea.Just before I left I took my young brothers the the barber and had them shorn. They loved the new haircuts but poor Mum almost fainted. 🙂
A girlfriend from the 60s.
Veronica Crocker lived at south Granville, in fact breaking up with her really motivated me to head overseas. I have been so lucky to have know so many GORGEOUS GIRLS.
My Long Winding Road
Halfway to England we took in some very famous sights.
The White Lion Hotel in Cobham
Glen & I worked as barmen for a few months, I think we drank as much as we served. 🙂
7th Engineer on the La Marea
After 12 months away I needed to earn some money to pay for my trip home. Spent a few months working on the ship, we took Volkswagens to America & bought back grain to Europe.
Living in Alma Rd St Kilda & working in Swanston St in the city.
Moved back to Sydney after 2 years in Melbourne, here I am with good friend Peter Lewis & one of his many girlfriends Marilyn.
Living in Adelaide 1973.
This shot was taken at a party I organised on the beach at Semaphore in 1973, at the home of Maria Martin. Lots of photos HERE.
The music in the 70s produced many of my all time favourite songs, here are 3 of those.
Piano man 1973
Hotel California 1977
Suttans of Swing 1978
Darwin airport 1972
Ansett hosties & Arch Wilke (RIP) an ex north Adelaide Aussie rules player.
The following day
Manton dam south of Darwin.
Anzac Highway Plymton in Adelaide.
The cool dude on the right is Grahame Farquhar who was one of my regular drinking partners. I last saw him in 2014.
Melbourne Cup 1975
Di Lett & the man in the black hat. 🙂
Wood St North Melbourne
I transferred from Adelaide to Melbourne with Sanyo, in 1973, lived there 2 years & met many new & interesting people, got engaged to a beautiful lady and narrowly escaped an attempt on my life. 🙂 I was 1 year at Lexton Grove Windsor & 1 at North Melbourne.
I love this photo
It was 1975, I’m with Di Parkinson, her brother Phil, Wolf Wottke & Angie.
A little bit of erotica. 🙂
As they say in the classics, two ladies called Dianne are better than one. 🙂
The Herd family in 1979
A rare photo of the five brothers together with our beautiful Mother.
Adelaide in 1975
Sadly as time goes by we lose some friends, that’s Hank Wottke between Angie & Parko, he passed away while living in Western Australia, RIP. Kneeling at the front is Trevor Beach, worked for City Ford in Sydney for a number of years, RIP old buddy.
Thanks for visiting my My Long Winding Road photo blog, PART TWO is coming soon
Arnos Excellent Steaks Burgers is located on the Tokyo floor of Terminal 21 in Pattaya. Enjoy good food & service & watch the world go by. You get a choice of fries, always far too many for me to handle. My friend Bill Perry said they were by far the best fries he has eaten in Pattaya.
Here is a great idea
A burger without a bun, perfect if you are not too hungry. This time I ordered the “Curley Fries” but there were still too many for me to eat.
The healthy choice
A burger with a side salad instead of fries. 🙂
Lets not forget the steak lovers
This was a rib eye cooked to perfection. Part of the restaurant is a butcher shop where you choose the steak that appeals to you.
Browse the large selection & make your choice.
Oysters from France
90 Baht or $3 USD each.
How good do these look?
Arnos Excellent Steaks Burgers
Looks good enough to eat. 🙂
My friends from Australia
Shane, Bill & Greg all thought Arnos was an excellent restaurant which serves great burgers & steak at a reasonable price. Growing up in Australia beef is part of our staple diet. I particularly like the burger without a bun for the times I’m not very hungry, preceded by some fresh oysters of course. 🙂
Thanks for visiting my Arnos Excellent Steaks Burgers photo blog, they have lots of outlets in Bangkok, check out their LOCATIONS HERE.
Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya is a very popular for seafood Chinese cuisine, open 24 hours and located in Pattaya Klang near the corner of Soi Buakhao.
Fairly basic decor
There is an air conditioned section in the far left hand corner of the restaurant.
Nothing flash except the prices
The food is very good but in my opinion it’s a little expensive, only by 20% or so. I ordered a duck with gravy & a small fried rice with crab meat for B300 or $14.40 AUD, I think B240 would be a fairer price.
Fried rice with crab meat
A rather small serve without much crab. 🙂
Their famous duck
Very tasty indeed.
Daffy doesn’t approve. 🙂
Food quality is very good
Better to go with a group & share more dishes.
Friends from Australia & 2 litres of wine.
Rossco & Bryce came to visit our friend Larry in hospital in 2016, RIP Larry.
The building is not too flash
Much nicer inside than out. 🙂
Sorry about the reflection
However, you get the idea.
This is not a bomb site. 🙂
Six of us ordered a little too much food in 2013.
Friends from the Gold Coast in Australia
It was 2013 & everyone really enjoyed Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya. From the left is Nathan, Nick, David (me), a pretty Chang girl, Bob & Greg. Nathan Corbett was 11 times world champion in Muay Thai, he retired around 2014.
Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya
Similar to many restaurants in Pattaya the is a lot of staff, who like to chat among themselves. 🙂
Margarita Island Venezuela & Caracas in 2001, digital cameras were very ordinary in those days so my apologies for the poor quality of the photos. 2001 was another frantic year for travel, two trips to Thailand & around the world via Spain, Venezuela & Los Angeles.
I wasn’t too impressed with Caracas, after a couple of days there I headed for Margarita Island. Above is the view from my hotel of the city & the surrounding mountains.
One of the best steaks I have ever eaten.
It was Argentinian beef & I went back another night for a repeat. I was travelling with Lars Shitterer back when we were good friends, it’s now 2019 & I have been on his blacklist for the last 5 or 6 years. 🙂
I had arranged to meet a couple of ladies
Through an internet dating site, they were very nice & a lot of fun.
Margarita Island is part of Venezuela, & lies in the Caribbean Sea 40 kilometers north of the mainland. It’s a very popular holiday destination.
View from our hotel
Porlamar is the favored haunt of holidaying Venezuelans and is full of glitzy shops, huge hotels and beach bars.
We hired a car to check out the island
Most people live, or stay, on the eastern peninsula, home to the cities of Pampatar, Porlamar and La Asuncion.
Hamish Elton Oyster Man has earned this nickname for obvious reasons, he loves eating oysters from all over the world. Luckily for him he is in a company that regularly sends him to far away places, where he regularly indulges himself by dining on various families of salt-water bivalve molluscs, that live in marine or brackish habitats. 🙂
Oysters are good in Australia, but all you get in restaurants is Australian Oysters … Sydney Rock, Tasmanian, Coffin Bay. In Thailand since there are local oysters but certainly not the quality as what you are seeing here. Although we are lucky here in Thailand as they get flown in from all over the world. A shipment just arrived from the US and Ireland at Cafe Des Amis, one of my favourite restaurants. So I had to test drive four of the five on offer!! Including the very large Market size (8-10cm) from Calm Cove in Washington State US. My favourite still the Majestic from Ireland (in the middle of the plate and shown next to the big one in the first photo).
Baron Point Oysters from Washington State
Dinner at Comfort by Harlan.Barron Point Oystersare a Pacific Northwest oyster from one of the South Puget Sound oyster appellations in Washington State. They are an inter-tidal beach cultivated oyster raised by the bag to beach method which combines two different oyster farming techniques. For many examples of oyster farming please check THIS LINK.
Oysters here are $36.90 a dozen which is a middle of the road price.
Hamish Elton Oyster Man
What gave away the location? 🙂
OK folks we are going out there.
In fact we are going to sit in the water & eat dozens of wonderful oysters.
OK, lets shuck till we drop. 🙂
We are talking fresh here folks.
Now where talking….
Is it any wonder they call me oyster man? Some more South Australian restaurants here.
A change of pace for dinner.
Magnificent South Australian seafood.
Union Oyster House Boston October 2016
Opened in 1826, & is among the oldest operating restaurants in the United States of America, and the oldest that has been continuously operating since being opened. It is located at 41–43 Union Street, Boston, Massachusetts. The building was listed as a National Historic Landmark on May 27, 2003.
For those of you who like to cook here is the RECIPE.
What a fabulous looking dish, such a shame I not a fan of mussels, my apologies to Patrick from Belgium. 🙂
Matt Harkness & Bow
I gotta tell you a funny story, Matt runs a factory near Rayong with a staff of around 70 people. Apart from his generous wage he receives a “hardship allowance” for living in Pattaya. What a classic. 🙂 🙂 🙂
The selfie Queen
It certainly would not be a hardship living with beautiful Bow. 🙂
As you can see they are all here.
That’s all for now folks
Thanks for visiting my photo blog.
Lots of bars & restaurants in Naklua Rd, check out THIS LINK.
Nara is around 50 minutes by train from Osaka, there are around 1200 deer in the park & around the nearby streets.
The drummers of Nagasaki
These high energy performers really put on a show.
More drummers in Kanazawa
Fabulous Japanese drummers
I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time, I was walking through Kazue-machi,the old geisha district located along the river between Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge and Naka-no Hashi Bridge, when I heard these fabulous drums.
Yokohama, much of the city was destroyed on September 1, 1923 by the Great Kantō earthquake. The Yokohama police reported casualties at 30,771 dead and 47,908 injured. Follow THIS LINK for more photos.
Favourite photos Japan, there are so many, I need to do two, maybe three posts. Such a fabulous country with a wonderful mix if old & new, or should I say ancient & modern. 🙂 The beautiful garden above was in Kyoto.
There is a surprise around every corner in Japan.
Originally founded in the year 738 CE, Todai-ji temple was not opened until the year 752, absolutely spectacular.
Nara is 50 minutes by train from Osaka.
My favourite Tokyo restaurant.
Sushizanmai is a well known restaurant chain, this branch is open 24 hours a day & was adjacent to the old Tsujiki fish market, without a doubt it’s my favourite restaurant in Tokyo.
I really love this photograph.
In Kabukicho there is a small lane called “Piss Alley”, there are many tiny restaurants serving fabulous food. I have named this photo “Only the Lonely”.
A huge fire in 1759 destroyed the whole castle then it was re-built in 1788. That year is also when 11 ships with 1,530 people onboard, 736 of them convicts, arrived in Botany Bay a few miles south of Sydney Harbour in Australia. This event is known to all us Aussies as “the first fleet”.
Nagasaki Peace Park
Awesome statue commemorating the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945 during World War II.
Boat ride around Hikone castle
Hikone Castle is a Japanese National Treasure, one of five in the whole country. It is regarded as one of Japan’s most beautiful and historic castles.