Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

March 19, 2017 by David Herd

Fabulous Robina food court

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast is the largest and most expensive in QLD costing a whopping $160,000,000. Combining bars, cafes, restaurants along with 40 fresh food retailers. Spread over two levels it features eateries from local hospitality heavyweights such as the Honeyeater Kitchen from ex-Songbirds chef Trent Scarr, David Hayles’ Betty’s Burgers and James Brady’s Mr Pigs Bakehouse; alongside celebrity chef George Calombaris’ first Queensland restaurant, Jimmy Grants.

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast The whole place is quite spectacular, I will certainly visit again next time I’m on the coast.

Pure Meats

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast Butchers have come a long way since I grew up, I clearly remember them having sawdust on the floor. Here is an explanation from an old butcher explaining why; 

When my Dad and I butchered, we used it as a safety enhancement and for ease of cleanup as was mentioned. No, we wouldn’t have meat on the floor, but it seemed as the floor would get slippery over time, and without sawdust, it was only a matter of time before someone would slip and it didn’t matter much what you had for footwear.

Often we wore cowboy boots as you basically stand for 8 to 14 hours at a time and it seemed easier on you, but as you can imagine they aren’t known for tractive abilities. If you are packing a 135# or so hind, you really want your feet to stay under you. We never would have worked without sawdust on the floor in the back, the front we left sawdust free but eventually it would make its way up there.

It is a pain though tracking sawdust all over the place, in your vehicle, etc.

Naturally the beef must be hung. 🙂

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast Why is meat hung you may well ask; 

Meat hanging is a culinary process, used in beef ageing, that improves the flavor of meats by allowing the natural enzymes in the meat to break down the tissue through dry ageing. The process also allows the water in the meat to evaporate, thus concentrating the flavor.

Fish Lab by Wiliam Wu

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast Not only is this a good looking restaurant they also have a “drying room” next door. Follow THIS LINK for more about it.

The drying room

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast I have never seen anything like this before in a food court.

One of the many cafes

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast There is certainly lots of choices where to have a coffee here.

Too many coffee shops are never enough. 🙂

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Not too sure if they are all making a living, and I’m guessing the rents are astronomical. 

Such a feeling of space.

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast The high ceilings and open plan gives a feeling of space.

 Spectacular roof at Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast The architects have really done a great job here.

Lucky Luciano’s

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast I wonder if it’s a mafia hangout? 🙂

Woolworth’s for some serious shopping.

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast As you can see Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast caters for everything.

Farewell from Robina

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Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

March 18, 2017 by David Herd

Catching up with old friends

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Great week Surfers Paradise Australia catching up with lots of old friends, here I am at Melbas with Michael Wood & Greg (Noodles) Craig.  This was my first stop before driving south to Sydney via Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster, and Gosford.

Melbas on the Park

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

I first visited this iconic bar on New Years Day 1982, 35 years ago. The reason I am so sure of the date is it was the day after my unforgettable NYE on Sydney harbour with my overloaded boat being showered by sky rockets.

O’Malleys on Cavil Avenue

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia After Melbas we wandered down to O’Malleys to have a couple more drinks and watch the rugby league.

The view from O’Malleys

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Overlooking the famous Surfers Paradise Beach.

Cavill Avenue, what a great poster & a Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia That photo is always going to grab my attention. 🙂

The Avenue in a new location

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia The Avenue moved across the road to make way for a new property development. 

Orchard Avenue Surfers Paradise

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Certainly on of the most famous streets in Surfers Paradise.

Costa D’oro restaurant

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia I can remember eating at this restaurant over 35 years ago.

Corner of Orchard & the Gold Coast Highway

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia You can clearly see the light rail tracks that stretch from Helensvale to Broadbeach.

 Certainly one of the highlights of my trip.

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Caught up with Karen Greenwood an old girlfriend from 1991, 26 years ago. As you can see see still looks fantastic. 🙂 So many terrific memories came flooding back, it certainly made it a Great week Surfers Paradise Australia. We are at Franks seafood cafe on Chevron Island.

Here we are 26 years ago.

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I could’t resist posting this photo from 1991.

Fabulous breakfast

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

Green Days restaurant on the corner of Bundall Rd & Ashmore Rd offer my favourite breakfast.

Green Days restaurant

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia It is difficult not to feel totally relaxed here.

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Open for lunch every day & dinner Friday & Saturday.

 Two of my best friends

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Ross Kennedy & Bryan Dart are two very old friends, we met for a few drinks at the Benowa Tavern.

Talking about old friends

 photo IMG_7141.jpg Here are two of my oldest friends, both in years I have known them & years they have been on this planet. Tony Murphy aka Murph the surf & David Robertson aka Chocolates.

 Back to Rossco and his new home.

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Paradise waters is now home for the Kennedy’s.

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A wonderful location with beautiful water views.

Last but not least the Legendary Lloyd Ross.

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Caught up briefly with Lloyd & hope to see him in Thailand soon.

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Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 1987

September 13, 2016 by David Herd

The big move to QLD post is my personal photo history, not part of my travel blog.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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 2016 when I was on the Coast for 10 days.

My beautiful German Shepherd Madison

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For the first 3 months in QLD I rented Peter Lewis’s house in Witt Avenue Cararra, here is Di Parkinson my ex girlfriend (in the white cap) & a friend of hers cooling off in the pool.

Jim Cox & Larry Wilson

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Jim was ex Adelaide now living on the Gold Coast and Larry was and still is I believe a local Solicitor.

Cararra January 1987

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 36 Claymore Crescent Sorrento became my home for the next 3 years.

Next came the boat. 🙂

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast I built one big enough to have a party on, even before it’s finished. 🙂

The Finished product.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Check out the size of this magnificent jetty.

Jetty! What jetty, I don’t see a jetty.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast When the storms came the jetty disappeared.

What time can I start having fun?

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

I forget their names, no wait a minute, that’s Tova on the right,  I think they were from Yugoslavia.

 Relaxing on the Broadwater

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast The Gold Coast is a lot more fun with a boat. 🙂

Of course 36 Claymore Crescent soon turned into party central

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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.

Absolutely beautiful

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast I said I had built it big enough to have a party on it, well here is proof.

 Megumi & Harley Bradstreet

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

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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

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There is no escape from these special forces assassins.

 Allison Schroder, a real wild child. 🙂

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18 years old & as wild as they come.

Allison was a lot of fun

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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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast With Allison and Winnie on the hill above Byron Bay.

 
Jim Stanbury & Suzie in Adelaide

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

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From memory he also won around $300k in the lottery which bought a lot of toys in the 80s.

A favourite song from 1989 by Ian Moss.

Adelaide 1989

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 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.

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Tanya Rigley, Richard Blair aka Stingy & Warwick Robinson.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast This was the first stop in my road trip to Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide. Lunch at Oatlands golf club. Stingy, Wokka & myself looking decidedly thinner.

The Robinsons 1988

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

Hard to believe it is 29 years ago.

The Pines at Santuary Cove

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast I took a corporate membership when Sanctuary Cove opened, here are playing partners Tony Scanlan & Michael Fusco.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

Dinner at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast A very poor quality but too many memories not to include. 🙂 My date for the night was lovely Wendy Winspear, I just can’t remember the name of the German couple.

Sadly Wendy passed away in December 2016, (age 59) she will be missed by so many good friends.

I can’t remember these girls names either.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast They were two American air stewardesses from Hawaii, naturally I took them boating.

David Robertson

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

Ex Melbourne lad living in luxury on the Gold Coast, it does help being the heir to the Macrobertson Chocolate fortune. 🙂

Some of the usual suspects

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Wendy Winspear on the left, Barry Kemp centre & Warwick Robinson, Paul Slaughter & Richard Blair.

Let’s finish with these 2 gorgeous babes

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast  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.

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Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

August 20, 2016 by David Herd

This is not a travel blog just my personal photo collection from the Gold Coast in Australia in August 2016.

Sorrento Sam

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey 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.

Murphy’s birthday

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey 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. 🙂

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Don’t do it Tony, don’t do it. 🙂

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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.

 Surfers Paradise from the racetrack

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey Close to Tony’s home in Sorrento is the Gold Coast race track, here is the view of downtown Surfers Paradise.

 Two things I miss living in Thailand

 photo Lunch at Isle of Capri 19.jpg Fresh ocean prawns and avocado at Isle of Capri is a perfect meal for me. Sure you can get both items in Thailand but certainly not is the same class as Queensland.

Other things I miss

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

A few good friends who can’t be replaced or forgotten. In fact catching up with them was my main reason for this trip. Above is my great mate Ross Kennedy leading me astray once again.

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On the left is Bryan Dart, in the middle Phil Thomson & Greg “Noodles” Craig on the right.

Looking south to Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey Just crossed the Southport bridge and about to turn left to buy some fresh prawns from the trawlers.

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The trawlers at the spit

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey In my opinion they offer the best, freshest, tastiest prawns in the world.

World’s best prawns

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

Freshly caught about 25 kms off the Queensland coast.

NZ Lamb shank from Aldi

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey Terrific Lamb shank from Aldi, these were a regular treat for me when I lived on the gold Coast.

 Interesting things in the Murphy’s garden

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey

A Roman statue perhaps.

Murphy’s huge cock

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey As you can clearly see this is one huge cock. 🙂

Murphy’s TV room

Surfers Paradise sentimental journey An interesting room at sunset.

Donna Turner

Donna Turner Gold Coast Caught up with an old friend Donna Turner on Chevron Island.

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Chevron Island Surfers Paradise

August 18, 2016 by David Herd

Thomas Drive

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Chevron Island Surfers Paradise is located between Surfers Paradise and Bundall, a nice village with a very good choice of restaurants and coffee shops. Tribecca pictured in the header of this blog is probably my favourite eating spot along with Frank’s seafood which is a traditional fish & chip shop.

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Cafe Alfons is a nice cafe for coffee or breakfast.

Bacon, eggs avocado.

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Throw in a flat white or latte and cost comes to $21.

Hairdresser, R/E agent & Happy Dragon Massage.

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Have a haircut, buy a house then go upstairs for a soothing massage. 🙂

Tribeca is a hot new restaurant on Chevron Island

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Excellent food and very good service, run by Brandon & Shannon Pollard.

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Western end

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Three more restaurants including one of 4 Thai restaurants on the island.

Fu Manchu

 photo Fumanchu.jpg Had lunch at this upmarket new two story restaurant, nice decor and good service but I have mixed feelings about the food.

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The wontons on the left were not to my liking, fried does not suit me, however the chicken skewers on the right were quite good. Overall the dishes on the menu seem a little expensive, of course I only tried two so it is rather hard to give a reasonable opinion. The Spanish waitress was delightful. 🙂

CHEVRON ISLAND SEAFOOD

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise My friend Frank operates this excellent fish and chip shop where I have been enjoying fresh seafood for years. Oysters, hamburgers and great prawns are also available. Grab a bottle of wine and a table on the footpath then enjoy the passing Chevron Island eye candy.

Adjacent to the traffic lights

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Say hello to Frank and Warren.

Feast at Franks.

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Here are my friends enjoying one of Franks feasts, phone 5592 0027 to reserve a table. From left to right is Steve Bates, Nikki Murphy, Tony Murphy, Nick Partridge, Sharon Delmundo and Anne Lacy.

You bump into the nicest people at Franks.

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Here is my friend Donna at Chevron Island Seafood.

Looking east on Thomas Drive

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise The Surfers skyline is rather spectacular.

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Chevron Island Surfers Paradise Farewell from Chevron Island Surfers Paradise , here I am with my old friend Bryan Dart who totally upset me when he told me he had lost 8 kilo since I saw him 18 months ago. The problem is I think that’s how much I have put on. 🙂

 


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Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise

August 17, 2016 by David Herd

Nerang River

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise where I lived for 25 years before moving to Thailand in October 2011. Personally I preferred the city in the 70s & 80s before the explosion of modern high rise hotels and apartments. Having said all that, it is quite a spectacular part of Australia.

Old motel for sale

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise I’m surprised this prime property adjacent to the Chevron Island bridge was not developed years ago.

Chevron Renaissance

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise

One of three towers offering apartments and hotel rooms.

The Chevron Renaissance

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise Quite a spectacular skyline in the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Q1 and 50 Cavil Avenue

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Two more well known Surfers Paradise buildings.

The beach

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise The beach stretches for miles, this view is looking south.

Lifeguard

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise These lifeguards do a great job protecting the public.

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Surfers Paradise Hilton

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The Hilton offers great views overlooking the beach.

Orchard Avenue night clubs

 photo IMG_4258.jpg Here are three popular night clubs in the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Looking south at Q1

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise Q1 is an 80 story tower with an observation deck on the top floor.

Looking north

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Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise

A magnificent 77 level tower with views of the beautiful Surfers paradise beach.

Looking south along Orchard Avenue

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise Orchard Avenue is Surfer Paradise’s main late night entertainment street. Be careful after midnight. 🙂

Gold Coast light rail

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise Transport has greatly improved since the introduction of the light rail system.

Light rail map

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Current and future routes, stage 2 will link up with the heavy rail system at Helensvale to make travelling to Brisbane much easier.

Q1 80 story tower

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Probably the most iconic Gold Coast building.

Skyline view from the racecourse

Surfers Paradise

Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise My home for 25 glorious years, this city provides me with so many wonderful memories.

Melbas on the Park

David Herd Thailand Finally drinks with good friends Phil Thomson and Greg Craig at Melbas. Thanks for visiting my Blue Sky tall buildings Surfers Paradise photo blog, before you go check out my Isle Of Capri and Bundall blogs.


     

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Boomtown Bundall Gold Coast Australia

August 15, 2016 by David Herd

Upton Street Bundall

Bundall Gold Coast Australia Boomtown Bundall Gold Coast Australia was where I lived for 21 years until October 2011. The north end of Upton Street was residential with some luxurious waterfront homes including mine, while the southern end is full of shops, offices & factories.

Boomtown Bundall Gold Coast Australia

Bundall Gold Coast Australia 90% of anything and everything I needed to purchase over the years I could find in Upton St.

The Corporate Centre

Bundall Gold Coast Australia

Around the corner in Bundall Road is the iconic Corporate Centre.

Bundall Road near Crombie Avenue

Bundall Gold Coast Australia A couple of the Bundall Road prestige office buildings.

McLauchlan & Partners

Bundall Gold Coast Australia

A financial planning company at 80-82 Upton St, Bundall, I knew Alex many years ago in the late 8os when his office was in Southport. I remember him as a keen golfer who enjoyed a beer.

The Good Guys

Bundall Gold Coast Australiag Another huge Queensland discount electrical store.

Adult toy shop

Bundall Gold Coast Australia Here is where you can buy all those adult toys & accessories to put some buzz back into your sex life.

Right across the road

Bundall Gold Coast Australia

For those lonely guys here is Silks one of the local brothels, as I said earlier Upton Street Bundall has everything you could possibly need. 🙂

For all you need to know about the local hookers just follow THIS LINK.

Here’s a map

Bundall Gold Coast Australia

So you guys won’t get lost. 🙂

OK, back to reality

Bundall Gold Coast Australia This is one of about 3 major lighting stores on Upton Street Bundall.

The race track

Melbourne Cup Surfers Paradise

Upton St also butts onto the Southport race track which used to be the only track in Australia to host a meeting every Saturday.

Surfers Paradise view from the racetrack.

Masters Hardware

Bundall Gold Coast Australia This huge store is quite amazing, sadly however they are currently in the hands of receivers.

Here is an important tip for you

Bundall Gold Coast Australia

Dr Paul Ferguson is an excellent skin cancer doctor who has been treating me for many years. He is very busy so you need to book a fair way ahead.

The adjacent suburb is Isle of Capri, to find out more just follow THIS LINK.

106 Upton Street

Bundall Gold Coast Australia

This was my home for 21 fabulous years, I designed and had it built in 1990, added a 2nd story in 2004, which turned out to be a mistake as it made it much harder to sell. However sell it did in October 2011 and one week later I moved to Thailand.

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Isle of Capri Gold Coast Australia

August 14, 2016 by David Herd

Ciao on Capri

Capri Gold Coast Australia

Isle of Capri Gold Coast Australia at the Ciao shopping mall which has a great selection of cafes & restaurants. Some of the restaurants have a view of Surfers Paradise skyline including the iconic Q1 building which has 80 levels with an observation deck on the top floor.

Bakery & deli

Capri Gold Coast Australia Only recently opened and a welcome addition to the centre, prices a little high however I’m guessing their rent is as well.

Luca at Cicchetti Pizza & Pasta Bar

Capri Gold Coast Australia A wonderful fit-out at this trendy bar restaurant, specializing in Pasta & pizza as well as a few traditional Italian dishes.

Cicchetti

Capri Gold Coast Australia

High ceilings and chandeliers.

The Fish Emporium

Capri Gold Coast Australia Perfect for a long lazy lunch beside the Isle of Capri waterfront.

View from Fish Emporium.

 photo Lunch at Isle of Capri 8.jpg If you are going to enjoy a fish meal you need to be beside the water. 🙂

Ross Kennedy & I enjoying an Asahi beer.

Capri Gold Coast Australia A couple of cold beers before a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Delicious seafood

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We shared 4 dishes, had 2 beers and a bottle of wine and the bill came to $204 plus tip.

Lunch was excellent

Capri Gold Coast Australia As was the service and the food.

The Greener Grocer

Capri Gold Coast Australia Naturally there is a very good supermarket as well.

The carnivores have not been forgotten. 🙂

 photo IMG_4165.jpg I did notice they had crumbed cutlets here, one of my favorite meals.

Oysters to die for.

Capri Gold Coast Australia I never get tired of eating oysters, in Pattaya where I live most of the ones I eat come from France.

From the western entrance

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Manolas Bros

Capri Gold Coast Australia Con and Steve Manolas have been sharing their passion of food and their love of connecting with Gold Coasters for more than 20 years.

Manolas at Capri Gold Coast Australia

Capri Gold Coast Australia One of the best delicatessens on the Gold Coast, there is another branch at Broadbeach. They also serve a very good breakfast.

This was before our long lunch at the Fish Emporium

 photo Lunch at Isle of Capri 6.jpg Cold beers at Edgewater to begin our marathon lunch at Capri Gold Coast Australia.

Espresso Martini

Capri Gold Coast Australia The first time I have tried an Espresso Martini but it is not actually a martini, it’s made with coffee liqueur and vodka. We had two each at Edgewater. 🙂

Very smooth indeed

Capri Gold Coast Australia

These babies really knock your socks off.

Coffee shops everywhere

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Q1 skyscraper

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My fantastic Gold Coast life 1999

July 31, 2016 by David Herd

Enjoying the last year of the 90s, please note, this is not part of my Travel Blog. It’s part of my personal online photo albums.

Gold Coast life 1999 Gold Coast life 1999 was not too different from previous tears except for the fact I was no longer working. In 1998 I decided to take a year off work and travel, little did I realise I would never go back to full time work again.

I have often wondered if I made the right decision to retire and travel the world. On one hand had I continued to work for another 6 or 7 years I obviously would have been far better off financially, however on the flip side I can never replace the wonderful years of travel I enjoyed during those years.  Consequently looking back in 2016 I’m very happy with the decision I made. Take a look at my travel record for 1999 below. 🙂

An incredible year for travel

Gold Coast life 1999 The photo above was taken in Koh Samui with Francesca & Barbara from Florence. In 1999 I had three trips to Thailand, February, August & December, my first trip to Rio for Carnival in February was part of an around the world adventure with my friend Larry Krausz. Another fabulous 2 month around the world trip in November included Los Angeles, Las Vegas Miami, Mexico City, Bolivia, Brazil, (Rio, Iguazu falls & Salvador) Paris & Thailand.

Kathy was a regular visitor

Gold Coast life 1999 A simple phone call would result in an hour or so of passion, priceless. 🙂

A little more of Kathy

Kathy Calder Without a doubt Kathy had one of the hottest bodies I have ever seen. 🙂

 Lots of parties lots of girls, Narrelle, Simone & Kushler.

Gold Coast life 1999 All through the 90s and beyond the parties never stopped.

Myoung-sook a nice Korean lady

Gold Coast life 1999

Myoung and I spent some time together in 1999.

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she was quite a keen golfer.

Lorrie & Leonie

Gold Coast life 1999 I took Lorrie & Leonie boating, they were two Canadians visiting the Gold Coast.

Dinner at Ashmore Steak & Seafood

David Herd Thailand This popular restaurant always ensured you never left hungry.

 Narrelle, Jack Delanty and Larry Krausz NYE 1998

Gold Coast life 1999 The celebrations were at Sylvester’s on Chevron Island.

Lollipops at Sylvester’s

Gold Coast life 1999 Evelyn & Tina love sucking Chuppa Chups. 🙂

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Natasha & Alex

Gold Coast life 1999 New Years Eve 1998 and the girls are feeling no pain. 🙂

Nindie at Marina Mirage

Gold Coast life 1999 Nindie had a restaurant called Isobar at the Marina Mirage.

 My best friend Ziggy

Gold Coast life 1999 My beautiful Doberman waiting for me to dock at the jetty.

Rick Felsing from Sydney

Gold Coast life 1999 Tucking into freshly caught mud crabs washed down with a Margaret white.

Dinner & red wine with beautiful Akiko

Gold Coast life 1999

Beautiful Akiko is one of the most gorgeous Japanese girls I have ever met.

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Perhaps THE MOST GORGEOUS. 🙂

Talking about gorgeous meet Aurora

Gold Coast life 1999

In my opinion the most gorgeous Melbas girl ever.

Melbas on the Park

Gold Coast life 1999 Surfers Paradise most iconic bar ever.

Mother’s day 1999

Gold Coast life 1999 My beautiful mother Iris Joyce Herd, my brother Ian & his wife Sandra, Adam one of their sons & Myoung my Korean girlfriend.

 Rossco, one of the happiest guys I know.

Gold Coast life 1999 I count Ross Kennedy as one of my best friends, we had so many great times together. Certainly one of our most memorable adventures was our road trip trip to Melbourne in 1996, to check it out just follow THIS LINK.

Thinking back to my 25 years on the Gold Coast there were just so many highlights, I’m really very happy to be able to re-live them through my FiveStarVagabond photo blog.

Through all those years I remember having a hand full of good friends and many many acquaintances. Due to my reasonably abrasive personality there were also many people that couldn’t stand me. My message to them is quite simple, see below.

Gold Coast life 1999

Having said all that let’s get back to 1999. 🙂

Jimmy Bell & the smokers

Gold Coast life 1999 Another Sunday session at my Upton St home, Jim “HO HO” Bell rented a room at my home for 17 years.

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Emily used to be a meter maid

Gold Coast life 1999 And yes the silly tattoo is a temporary one from Thailand. 🙂

Ray Shultz & Phil “Swifty” Gregory

Gold Coast life 1999 Swifty actually wound up marrying Emily and produced a couple of fine sons. I owe thanks to Ray for introducing me to Kathy who you saw at the start of this post.

Farewell Colleen

Gold Coast life 1999 Colleen was leaving Saks bar & restaurant, owners Duncan McGuiness & Steve are wishing her well.

Phil Thomson, another great friend.

Gold Coast life 1999 Phil has always been a Porsche lover, these days in 2016 he has a Boxter sitting in the garage.

 Talking about cars, here are my beauties

 photo Beauty amp the beast.jpg It was a very difficult decision to decide which one to drive. 🙂

Ziggy & my boat

Gold Coast life 1999 You had to have all the toys & props to stand out on the Gold Coast, to be honest 50% of the people I met were fairly shallow individuals & easily impressed. Then again the same probably applies to other Australian cities as well. 🙂

Main Beach blondes

Gold Coast life 1999 Catie, Marina & Kylie were waitresses at a popular Main Beach cafe.

Mike Wood, Greg Craig and Dave Allen.

 photo Mike20Wood20Greg20Craig20amp20Dave20Allen.jpg A few drinks at Melbas in as we did so many times over the years, it was simply Gold Coast life 1999.

Sweet Myumi

Gold Coast life 1999 Well that’s all folks from Myumi & I, thanks for visiting my Gold Coast life 1999 photo blog. It’s now August 2016 and I get a huge kick from re-living some of these incredible years through my photo blogs. I just can’t believe what a fortunate life I have had. 🙂


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Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

January 8, 2016 by David Herd

Melbas on the Park

David Herd Thailand Melbas Gold Coast Legacy is a huge part of Surfers Paradise folklore. Here is my photo record spanning over 25 years showing my friends and I having fun at this iconic nightclub and bar in Surfers Paradise. In the early 80s it was also one of the best restaurants due to the expertise of owner/manager the late great Paul Allen.

My Melba’s three L scenario, Legends were made, Lies were told, Ladies were pursued. 🙂

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from Surfers Paradise Australia.

New Years Eve 1990 Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy On the left is Tony Fazio who was manager at the time, now living in Perth I believe, on the right is Steve Jones one of the legendary bouncers who sadly passed away far too young, RIP.

Adam & Eve

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

Actually it is David and I think her name was Amanda but don’t hold me to it. A cocktail waitress who was a very sexy lady.

Dinner before we hit Melbas

David Herd Gold Coast In those days there was a Japanese restaurant next door where I regularly had dinner before hitting the club. Melbas was only on the 2nd floor then, downstairs was all shops.

 Paul’s son Dave Allen part of Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

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Dave is a terrific guy, in 1990 he was working behind the bar, in later years he was General manager.

Another New Years Eve around 90/91

David Herd fivestarvagabond Harley Bradstreet one of my greatest long time friends, no Melba’s blog would be complete without him. For a while in the 90s he was actually one of the chefs there, it’s still unknown how many diners were rushed to hospital after eating one of his creations, forgive me mate I’m only joking.

A mutual friend of ours Southport solicitor Larry Wilson coined a famous phrase regarding Harley, he said “anyone can have a bad decade”. That really summed it up beautifully, I often used to refer to this great little guy as my own personal disaster area, but a nicer guy than you could never meet.  Narrelle with the great smile worked behind the bar and was Tony Fazzio’s main squeeze at the time, a few years later I recall introducing her to her future husband, Jack Delanty, a one eyed Collingwood supporter from Melbourne.

 July 7 1992

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy July 7 1992 was my birthday so naturally we celebrated at Melbas. Great friend Andre Buzek on the left was dentist on Chevron Island who was always offering cut price dental work to any sexy young lady who crossed his path. Sadly Andre lost his life in a car accident in Cuba about 4 or 5 years after this photo was taken.

Greg Johnstone on the right now lives in Thailand as I do, we occasionally have a beer together. At the back are Roger Williams and Len Jones, Roger went back to Adelaide and Len now lives in Sydney, the name of the girls eludes me.

A very happy bunch of people

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy The young guy at the back is Justin, another one of Paul Allen’s sons.

The legend himself in 1992

Paul Allen Melbas

Paul was larger than life and ran Melbas with an iron fist. I originally met him when he was head waiter at Eliza’s restaurant in Cavil Avenue. Two of his customers financed Paul into Melbas around 1981, they saw potential in the way Paul interacted with customers and figured he could develop the best restaurant night club on the coast, they were right.

I vividly recall my first visit on January 1st 1982, we had a huge night on Sydney harbour on New Years Eve which ended at dawn, so on the spur of the moment we flew to the Gold Coast checked into St Tropez in Orchard and wound up at Melbas that evening.

At the start Melbas was 75% restaurant and 25% night club separated by a glass wall. Even though the restaurant was top class each passing year saw it get smaller and the nightclub bigger until it disappeared altogether.

An article from the “Age” in May 1981

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy The whole paper and other articles can be seen here.

Grahame aka “Biff”, Kitty & Helen Burke.

Sydney 1982 flying high

January 1982 a couple of days after we arrived the party continued on the Gold Coast. The new sexy girl in the middle was “Kitty” a totally uninhibited Dutch girl who I knew from Sydney, but that’s another story.  🙂 Helen Burke on the right was soon to become my new girlfriend, in November 2014 I visited her at her winery at Dromana in the state of Victoria, my how time flies when you are having fun. The big guy is Graham La Roche aka “the Biff”, a legend in his own lunch time.:)

Lets jump forward to the year 2000

David Herd Melbas memories

One of Paul Allen’s rules was to hire the best looking girls to work behind the bar, in my book the best of them all was Aurora. She is definitely part of Melbas Gold Coast Legacy.

The usual suspects Xmas 2000.

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy From the left we have Jim Bell, John Sinclair, David Herd and Tony Murphy. Jim rented a room in my home for 15 years from 1995. John moved to Thailand around 2001 and Tony still lives on the Gold Coast.


Lovely Kerry

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

Xmas 2000 and kerry was one of the head girls, I first met her when she was a waitress at the Boardroom, a well known Southport gentlemen’s club. From memory after Melbas she moved to Koi at Broadbeach, a lovely lady with a great personality.

A definite highlight in 2000

Skye Edwards from Launceston

One of the most gorgeous ladies I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, Skye Edwards from Launceston.

Skye-Jilly Edwards (born c. 1972) is an Australian beauty pageant titleholder who won the Miss Globe International 1994 in Istanbul, Turkey and represented her country in the Miss World 1994 pageant in Sun City, South Africa. She was rated in the top 50 models in Australia by Ralph Magazine.

Perfect except for one small thing

David Herd at Melbas Yes, Skye was a smoker, come to think of it so was I in 2000. I finally quit for good 2 years later.

Here is an article on Skye’s current life.

Melbourne Cup 2004 with Michelle

David Herd Melbas memories You could always guarantee the best eye candy on the coast would wind up at Melba’s on Melbourne cup day.

 The Butterbean Brothers in 2005

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy Two legends in their own lunch time, the Butterbean brothers aka Larry Krausz & Ross Kennedy. Larry just moved to Pattaya on November 28 2015 and is now my neighbour. (Sadly our buddy Larry passed away in January 2017 after suffering a major stroke in Thailand October 28th 2016)  Rossco originally from Melbourne where he sold hot dogs outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and is now a mover and shaker on the Gold Coast. He quit his holdings in Surfers Paradise strip clubs and restaurants to become the glass splash-back King of the Coast. We have a long & happy history together with the highlight being a legendary road trip to Sydney, Falls Creek & Melbourne in 1996. What an incredible year 1996 was, read all about it here.

 December 2003 Xmas lunch.

 photo Xmas lunch at Melbas 2.jpg Sadly two old friends in this photo have passed away. Second from the left Ron Collier died April 26 2012. I first met Ron in Melbourne in the 70s before he & Yvonne moved to Byron Bay, a great character who loved life to the max. Second on the left is Noel Smith a regular Melba’s customer who passed away in 2011.

 Doug Scotcher          Dave Allen Melbas          John Moon

Graham La Roche aka “The Biff”.

 Graham La Roche A true Aussie legend, I also met Graham in Melbourne in the 70s, as his nickname suggests he was a hell of a fighter. Fought with the famous Jimmy Sharman’s boxing troupe throughout Victoria in the 60s and was never defeated. Graham was on-board by boat in Sydney Harbour on New Years Eve 1981 when we got smashed by fireworks because I stupidly anchored in the drop zone, read about it here.

For many years Graham has run a successful tiling business at Carrara on the Gold Coast.

Historic photo from National Library of Australia

 Juimmy Sharman Troup

 Lovely Linda in 2005

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I think this beautiful lady was Maltese, I only wish I was 20 years younger and 4 times wealthier.


Melbourne Cup 2006.

 photo z Melbourne Cup at Melbas 2006 4.jpg Important evens were always celebrated at Melba’s, here I am with good friends David Robertson aka “Chocolates” and Phil Thomson aka “Baldrick“. Chocs was famous for the huge volume of “Forsters Light” he would consume daily while Baldrick was famous for……… nothing really. 🙂

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Xmas 2006

 photo z Xmas lunch at melbas 2006 8.jpg Here is my good mate Craig Sulzberger aka “Sudzi”, this was around the time we were planning to visit Rio de Janeiro for Carnival in 2008.  We also had a great time in Florianopolis and Balneário Camboriú.

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Xmas 2006 Greg Craig aka “Noodles van Cleef”.

Greg Craig Another terrific old friend who was a regular member of our Melba’s drinking crew. Also known as “Coupons” which he collects to swap for free stuff. 🙂

Another gorgeous staff member

Xmas lunch at melbas  Service with a smile.

2007, German and gorgeous.

David Herd Thailand Not only gorgeous but a sparkling personality as well. I can’t remember her unusual name, Zea or something like that.

Looks more Italian than German to me.

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A great smile and a wonderful Roman nose she looks more Italian than German to me.

2007 Alan Jones

 photo DH ET amp AJ -2007.jpg Twice world Formula 1 champion, a true living legend if ever there was one. Pictured here with myself and well known Gold Coast sycophant David Hoskit.

My birthday 2008

David Herd Thailand As I said previously all important events were celebrated at Melbas. One of the clowns, I think it was Noodles decided I was old enough for a wheelchair. I can guarantee one thing for sure, Chocs would not have paid for that bottle of red, & everybody who knows him would agree with me. 🙂

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Just so cute

 photo Melbas20AFL20dinner202009202.jpg  It was 2009 and I think her name was Linda, another one of the super cute Melba’s bar staff.

Dani Tobin, a real wild child.

Dani Tobin 2009 photo Danielle 4.jpg Over the 25 years of drinking at Melba’s I met some wild crazy ladies, and Dani certainly makes it into my top 10. I see her occasionally on Facebook and she seems to have quietened down a little little, hopefully we may catch up again one day. This photo is from 2009.

The usual suspects in 2008

 photo IMG_1895.jpg We usually met around 5pm most days and left around 7 pm to sneak home dodging the breathalyser.

2008 Drinks for my AFL tipping comp

 photo Melbas footy drinks 010.jpg I ran an Australian Rules tipping competition for around 10 years and Melba’s were one of our sponsors.

2009 AFL footy tipping dinner

2009 AFL footy tipping dinner photo Melbas AFL dinner 5.jpg  Here is part of the mob at our end of year dinner in 2009.

Straight out of the Folies Bergère

 photo 2008 3 - Copy.jpg Another gorgeous drink waitress who contributed to Melbas Gold Coast Legacy.

I’m including this song just because I like it.

It’s a happy song and for some strange reason it makes me think of all the happy times I had at Melba’s.

 Isabella Rovai and Marilia Costa

 photo Beautiful Brazilian girls.jpg These two beautiful Brazilian girls worked behind the bar in 2011.


Another knockout

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Is it any wonder we made Melbas our local pub?

Rolando Hanipale

 photo IMG_9578.jpg Rolando was one of the big happy bouncers at Melbas.

Another Legend Lloyd Ross 2009

Lloyd Ross 2009 photo IMG_2279.jpg When and why did Lloyd become a legend you may well ask? Well sometime around the turn of the century Lloyd relocated his office from Bundall to 50 Cavil Avenue right next door to Melbas. I am sure that no other customer has ever spent more in this bar than Lloyd, for a start most days from 11 am he would conduct his business in the south east corner of the bar surrounded by various friends and associates. He would normally pull up stumps around 6 pm and head home to Main Beach.

One memorable evening around 2007 Lloyd was enjoying himself so much he stayed on much later until the place was jumping. The crowd in the bar at that time was several hundred, so without any fanfare he ordered 800 shooters at a cost of $5,000, guaranteeing his place in Melba’s on the Park folklore for evermore.

Ross Kennedy September 24 2011

 photo Rossco Sept 24 2011.jpg Only a few days before making my huge life changing move to Thailand I started having farewell drinks at my favourite bar with my favourite friends.

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My last visit November 2014

 photo Melbas on the park 2014 2.jpg After my road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road I flew to the Gold Coast to catch up with friends and family. Phil Thomson and I kept alive our tradition of drinks at Melbas on Melbourne day.

That’s all folks for Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

 photo Farewell David 001.jpg A final gathering of the usual suspects before leaving for Thailand. I hope you enjoyed my Melbas Gold Coast Legacy post.

Here is Glenn to describe how I now feel in April 2016.

            Checkout some more of my terrific blogs on the links below.

             Lisbon                                 New York                       Airole Italy     

Lisbon restaurant            Wall St New York            Airole                         

             Menton                          Pattaya Storms                   Shibuya Tokyo

French Riviera            Pattaya Thailand            Shibuya Tokyo                 

        Hong Kong                        Florianopolos                         Dubrovnik

Kowloon Hong Kong           Joaquina Beach Florianopolis            Dubrovnik

       

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                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .🙂
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses

 

Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

David Herd Thailand

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