The 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.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

April 28, 2018 by David Herd

Life is very good in Thailand

 Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018, this is a photo record of the first six months of the year. You will see a lot of food photos here, visiting restaurants is a huge part of my life, which results in 114 kilos when I step on the scales. πŸ™‚

That’s Pothole aka John Martin, with his 2 squabblers Tiger & Tyrone, on the right is my brother Warren.

 The fruit lady

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Her stall is right beside my condo & the fresh fruit is terrific.

Fresh Mango

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018B60 or $3.00 AUD.

Low tide at Pattaya beach.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018From April on the tides are very low for a few months.

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Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 The beach restoration project started early February and work goes on 12 hours or more each day. The photo was taken on April 3.

High fashion

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Generally when you think of state of the art fashion, Paris & Milan come to mind, however Pattaya is now throwing down a challenge, particularly in cutting edge beach haute couture as you can clearly see. For more exciting examples just follow THIS LINK.

 Salmon caviar

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 My regular choice when I dine at Genki in Soi 4.

My new webcam

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Hosted by EarthCam in New Jersey, in the first 30 days they received 150,000 visits. Check out Pattaya Beach 24/7 through THIS LINK.

After 90 days there have been over 500,000 visits which is a great result for Pattaya tourism.

Aussies & Germans meet in Bangkok

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018My brother Warren & his family met up with Bjorn’s family in Thailand. Bjorn passed away after a long battle with cancer, he was the partner of my nephew Michael.

Warren & Elyssa in Bangkok

Dinner with Warren & Elyssa (3) - CopyWe had drinks & dinner at Wine Connection at CentralWorld.

 Nana Plaza Bangkok

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Big Changes at Nana Plaza are taking place right now in March 2018. A huge roof is being built over the Plaza & the bars in the centre are being built again.

New roof at Nana Plaza

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018The downside may be no breeze on hot Bangkok evenings. Photo credit Daniel Freedman.

 So many restaurants in Bangkok.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Whales Belly is an interesting place to try next time you visit the Big Mango.

Terminal 21 in Pattaya

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Completion is scheduled for October 2018, the high rise section is Centre Point Hotel.

Making progress on April 26

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Such an exciting addition to North Pattaya, Terminal 21 is only 10 minutes walk from where I live.

Stefan from Atlantic Bar

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018With his gorgeous gran-daughter Mimi. 

Thai food in Soi 3 diagonally opposite Seven 11. 

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Very good value here, only B60 or $3.00 AUD. A typical night out for me is 2 or 3 red wines B100 ($4.00 AUD) each at Atlantic Bar followed by the above dish then a one hour foot massage on the way home for B250 or $12.00 AUD.

 Another hotel in Soi 1

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Building never stops in Pattaya.

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Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018We want some busses but they all must be yellow.

Big storm at Holiday Inn

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I was trapped there for 20 minutes before making a dash for it.

Here is the result πŸ™‚

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A little bit life a drowned rat. πŸ™‚

 One of my favourite sights

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018A tropical storm rolling in over Pattaya Bay on April 27.

Another favourite sight

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Pattaya sunsets are as good as anywhere else in the world.

Happy faces

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 These kids are going to the Teddy Bear museum.

Maurice Parfitt from Canberra

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Drinks at the Atlantic Bar.

Healthy lunch at the Bistro in Soi 13/1

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018This may well be my favourite restaurant.

Seafood buffet at the Holiday Inn.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Plenty of fresh seafood on offer for B899.

Shakariki

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Certainly one of Pattaya’s best Japanese restaurants.

Sky bar perhaps?

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Terminal 21 on May 15 2018, looks like a sky bar to me.

A perfect Pattaya morning

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018On my morning walk at 8 am.

I love mango smoothies. πŸ™‚

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Fabulous mangoes in Thailand.

Beach restoration is full steam ahead.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 This was May 17, they are working like beavers.

Amari, Holiday In & Markland.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 I have lived in Markland since I arrived in Thailand October 20th 2011.

I often enjoy a fresh prawn sandwich.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Sadly the prawns are not quite as good as those in Australia.

The boys from Oz.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Or more likely the geriatrics from “down under”, we are watching Australia play France in the soccer world cup.  El Wappo, my brother Warren, Dr Evil, Chris Lockwood & the Sister, Ray Ebzery.

The boys are dining at Soho Town.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Both are well known “Cheap Charlies” & they love the value at Soho Town in 2nd Rd.

Don’t be mistaken, it’s not Pattaya’s new airport……..

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 It’s the magnificent Terminal 21 shopping mall & Centrepoint Hotel.

Patrick’s Steakhouse

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 With Hamish & Warren enjoying dinner at the new Patrick’s which has just had a major renovation.

Lamb shank to die for.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Cooked French style & as good as we have ever tasted.

Coffee & cake at the Holiday Inn

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 June 26 with Warren & Chris.

Japan trip May 18 to June 7.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Dining at Sushizanmai with my friend Clai. I visited Tokyo, Sendai, Sapporo, Nagoya, Kyoto, & Hikone.

Thanks for visiting my Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 photo blog.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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Iconic Photos Five Star Vagabond Series 2

March 6, 2018 by David Herd

Some of my favourite photos

Iconic Photos Five Star Vagabond Series 2

Iconic Photos Five Star Vagabond Series 2 Iconic Photos Five Star Vagabond Series 2,  taken over recent years by me, David Herd. To many people they will be nothing special, however to me they are very special indeed. Pattaya sunsets are I believe as stunning as anywhere on Earth as you can clearly see. πŸ™‚

Take a look at volume 1 here.

Only the lonely…..

Iconic Photos Five Star Vagabond Series 2

Is the caption that comes to mind seeing this favourite photo from Dubrobnik in Croatia.

 An evening in Amsterdam

Iconic Photos Five Star Vagabond Series 2One of Europe’s super cities.

What about this big guy?

Iconic Photos Five Star Vagabond Series 2At Aquilla game park 3 hours north of Cape Town.

 Iconic Photos Five Star Vagabond Series 2

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This little Japanese princess in Kanazawa granted my request for a photo, but only after I asked her parents for permission. πŸ™‚

Minesota Fats at “The Game” in Bangkok.

Iconic Photos Five Star Vagabond Series 2  Located on Sukhumvit right under the Nana BTS Station. The photo takes me back to 1961 when I saw “The Hustler”, featuring Eddie Felsen (Paul Newman) and his adventures in the world of professional pool. Fast Eddie is a young hopeful on his way to challenging Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) for his world title.

A taste sensation

Iconic Photos Five Star Vagabond Series 2Salmon caviar at Genki restaurant in Pattaya.

Cooking up a storm at the Pattaya Hilton

Iconic Photos Five Star Vagabond Series 2I’m sure you are not surprised that this is one of my favourite photos.

Chiang Mai Thailand Wat Ban Den

Iconic Photos Five Star Vagabond Series 2By far  the most impressive temple I have ever seen in Thailand. It was totally renovated in 1998 after the new Abbott Kru Ba Tuang raised huge amounts of money from people all over the country.

A candle in the wind.

Iconic Photos Five Star Vagabond Series 2The lovely ladies at Starbucks in Pattaya helping me celebrate my birthday. πŸ™‚

Istanbul                                 Budapest                        London

Fascinating Istanbul Asia Meets EuropeHungarian Parliament Building (2)The Walkie Talkie (5)   

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Ho Chi Minh City South VietnamMain Square (3)Vung Tau statue (6)

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Holiday Inn

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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Surfers Paradise Party Animals 1992

January 15, 2018 by David Herd

This is not a travel blog, it is part of my personal photo history. It seemed like Groundhog day. πŸ™‚

Surfers Paradise Party Animals

Surfers Paradise Party Animals

Surfers Paradise Party Animals, 1992 was just another year of fun & games on the beautiful Gold Coast. I was certainly among the main party hosts, I had a great home for entertaining & I loved have lots of beautiful girls around. 

Some of the usual suspects.

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Naturally when there were pretty girls around the competition between the guys was fierce. πŸ™‚

A rose between two thorns, I don’t think so. πŸ™‚

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsI guess there is no need to say I was enjoying life to the max.

Occasionally some of the girls would relax in the spa.

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsNaturally I always had my camera ready.

These girls loved nature

Surfers Paradise Party Animals And Dr Evil was always there with the camera. πŸ™‚

Roslyn & Jill looking good

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsI remember spending some “quality time” with both these lovely ladies.

 Jill & Sharon

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsAnother “daily double” I’m happy to say, (that just means I bonked them both. πŸ™‚ )we saw a show that night at Jupiters casino, I think it was Barry Humphries.

Andre Buzek dentist extraordinaire, (I don’t think so)

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsSadly my great mate lost his life soon after in a car crash in Cuba.

Girl of the year Kelly Davis

Surfers Paradise Party Animals I was lucky enough to spend a few months on & off with this lovely lady.

Here we are on New Years Eve

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Naturally Harley is locked & loaded once again. πŸ™‚

Big Steve Bristow (son of Tim) & Greg Johnston.

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsNow in 2018 Greg lives in Pattaya & runs a bar on the dark side, & Steve still lives on the Gold Coast.

 Birthday drinks at Melbas 7-7-92

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Our local drinking hole was Melbas on the Park.

Mister Melbas himself.

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The late great Paul Allen, a Surfers Paradise icon.

Talking about icons…………

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Daryl Beattie is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, those bikes however all belonged to  Mick Doohan the living legend who won five consecutive 500 cc World Championships. The guy in the middle is a legend in his own lunch time, my good mate Ross Kennedy aka “Shoeless Joe”.

 Talking about legends…

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsHere I am giving my boat a good wash. πŸ™‚

A good looking bunch of babes

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsIt was Xmas day 1992 and we all had a great lunch at my home in 106 Upton St Bundall.  My main squeeze at the time was Kelly 2nd from the right, & my occasional squeeze was Jill standing beside her. πŸ™‚

Another night another dinner at Upton St

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Harley & his gay flatmate naturally came dressed in their army outfits. πŸ™‚ Tat’s Kandice on the left & Nicola on the right.

That night produced one of my favourite photos

Surfers Paradise lifeThis is a true classic.

Another classic from 1992

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsLyn Goss & Roslyn provided the glamour & Tony Murphy & I contributed with a truck load of style. πŸ™‚

Can’t remember the other guys name.

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A-One hotel on Beach Road

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Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

January 12, 2018 by David Herd

The end to another great year

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect place to live for a guy like me. Good friends & great restaurants, what more could I want? Plus a reasonably short plane ride to many outstanding locations. Above is the incredible view from my Markland apartment on the 20th floor.

Birthday July 7

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectWhere else but the magic Mantra?

My brother Warren & Greg Clee on the left.

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David Rose & Ray Ebzery on the right.

Birthday at the Atlantic bar

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectGeorge Hoult with Sharyn & Frank, all Aussies.

One of the many reasons we like the Atlantic Bar

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Many middle eastern types who don’t spend money & aggravate the girls & customers are turned away, try that in Australia. πŸ™‚ 

Two more Aussies agree with the sign.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectFred & Bill think its a great idea & so do I.

Are you ready for this?

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectBest sunsets in the world.

 Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

There something special about a silhouette.

Mark Yagala & Anne at Horizons.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectMark of course is the guy who knocked off $50,000,000 on Wall St a few years ago, apart from that he is a very nice fellow. πŸ™‚

The sign said “boat for sale”.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThe fine print said “needs a little work”. πŸ™‚

I’m sure Mark Yagala could sell it. πŸ™‚

One of my breakfast haunts.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThis is the branch at Central Marina shopping mall, I’m also a regular at The Bay on Beach Rd,

Celebrating my birthday

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect The girls stuck a candle in my croissant. πŸ™‚

Huge renovation at the Amari Hotel.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThis work will go on for a couple of years, it’s only 2 blocks from my condo.

From the Amari to the Dusit Thani

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Dim Sum is usually at the Peak restaurant but was relocated to the Bay restaurant for a few weeks.  

Probably the best dim sum in Pattaya

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Follow THIS LINK for some other good restaurants.

Shakariki 432

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

An excellent authentic Japanese restaurant in 2nd Rd opposite Mike Hotel. 

Beach Road empty???

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectA rare sight in Pattaya, traffic was stopped for a parade.

Dinner at Leckerle (again)

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectJohn Hunjadi with cousin Greg & his wife.

Of course I had the pancake. πŸ™‚

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectLately when I have dinner here I take away six servings of their pea soup.

Sometimes we wonder why we have problems with our internet at Markland

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

These highly trained 3BB technicians are quite fastidious as you can see.

Bacco Beach Italian restaurant

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectLocated beside the Glasshouse at Na Jomtien, very good food & right on the beach.

Wood fired Pizzas

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThe pizza was excellent but I think the Holiday Inn on Beach Rd is better.

Justin & Steve Bates & Patrick Taylor

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectWe went to Chiang Mai for 4 days which was excellent then 8 days in Cambodia which was not so good. Reason being we all caught a dose of the flu which really took the shine off our holiday.

Surf & Turf at Wongamat

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectA terrific beach side restaurant with very good food.

Surf & Turf hamburger

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectGuaranteed to fix your appetite.

Geriatrics are us. πŸ™‚

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectI think the combined ages were 272 years, from the right we have David Herd, Richard (Stingy) Blair, John Hunjadi & David Robertson who is even more Stingy than Stingy. πŸ™‚

Bali Hai wharf.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThis was supposed to be completed by October 2017, however given the fact that this is Thailand it will more likely be Xmas 2018.

And so this is Xmas….

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectLight show at the A-One hotel.

One last Mantra dinner on December 28

Dec 28 Dinner (1) Hamish & I had a 20% discount voucher. πŸ™‚

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Fabulous food as usual.

Finally on the subject of food which is very dear to my hear.

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Fresh prawns & Aussie lamb chops & cutlets from Big C.

Now you can understand why I make the following claim “Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect.”

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A-One hotel on Beach Road

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FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

April 11, 2017 by David Herd

The photos I like the best. πŸ™‚

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

 FiveStarVagabond favourite photos taken over many years by me, David Herd. To many people they will be nothing special, however they are very special indeed to me. Sometimes it’s the image itself that appeals & other times it’s the memory of where I was at the time.

My boulevarde of broken dreams.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

Where else but New York City, it was a cold February night on the corner of 8th & W 48th st, I was about to have dinner in a terrific French Brasserie called Pigalle.

Hoi Ann Vietnam

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

I doubt if there is any photo I have taken that I like better than this one.

 Songkran in Thailand

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My number one Songkran photo taken in Pattaya. Each year a massive water fight is held to commemorate the new year.  The downside is the hundreds of lives that are lost on the roads during the Seven days of madness. 

Kanazawa Japan

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

This beautiful garden is at Kanazawa Castle. This great Japanese city west of Tokyo  was a real surprise packet.

A typical Sunday on Copacabana Beach

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

What more can you say about Rio De Janeiro that hasn’t already been said? A beautiful exciting city with some of the best beaches in the world.

Verona Italy

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Coffee time in Verona. 

Sunset &  Silhouettes

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Opposite my condo in Beach Rd Pattaya. 

Cloud over Pattaya

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

There is something special about clouds & I’m so lucky lving in Pattaya where the clouds & sunsets are spectacular.

Praia da Pipa north east Brazil

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 Praia da Pipa may well be one of the most idealic spots on planet Earth, I really must return one day.

A quick paint job in Nha Trang Vietnam.

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I really love these timber fishing boats.

Gold Hill Shaftesbury

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This town in Dorset where the view looking down from the top of the street has been described as “one of the most romantic sights in England.

 Poolside in Koh Samui

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A beautiful beachside pool on the island of Koh Samui.

The most beautiful skin colour in the world.

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Copababana beach, where else πŸ™‚

The saddest face I have ever seen.

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I was in HCMC aka Saigon when approached by this little girl begging for money. I knew she would give it to her mother waiting nearby, & possibly the mother would have to hand it over to local gangsters. Consequently I filled a plate of food which she devoured rather quickly.

There is nothing quite like a Siam sunset in Pattaya.

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This amazing view is from my Markland Condo in Beach Rd Pattaya.

Last but not least.

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Am I having fun in Paraty, you bet I am. Three hours from Rio & one of my favourite towns in Brazil.

Thanks for visiting my FiveStarVagabond favourite photos blog. Without a doubt there will be a volume two. πŸ™‚

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A-One hotel on Beach Road

Seven deadly Songkran days

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Contemplating life beyond 2000

February 6, 2017 by David Herd

A personal photo collection, not a travel blog.

Contemplating life beyond 2000

Contemplating life beyond 2000

Contemplating life beyond 2000 after just completing a huge around the world trip with Tony Murphy & John Martin aka Pothole. The fabulous trip began in November 1999 in Los Angeles then on to Miami, Mexico City, Bolivia, San Paulo, Rio di Janeiro, Salavador, Paris, Bangkok & finishing in  Koh Samui. 

Consequently I really expected 2000 to be a bit of a let down, after all how do you recover after a two month trip like that one?

The photo above was in Sydney for Pothole’s 50th birthday on February 1st. That’s our good mate Paul Slaughter with the glasses & the lovely Kathy who was Pothole’s girlfriend at the time. He was punching way above his weight as you can clearly see. πŸ™‚

Sadly I was as well.

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Punching above my weight also with an Italian princess I met & fell for in Koh Samui.

What a smile

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Her name was Barbara Manelli, however to me she will always be “Gypsy”.

Consequently in March I headed to Florence to see if there was any future pursuing this gorgeous creature. I soon found out that a brief tropical island fling was soon forgotten back in Italy. πŸ™‚

Italy to Australia via Bangkok

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I figured there was only one way to fix a broken heart & that was a week in Bangkok on the way home. πŸ™‚ 

Pothole & I with Ian Rich

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We took my boat over to Main Beach to see Ian’s new condo.

View of Paradise waters from Ian’s condo the Grand Mariner.

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My apologies for the low quality photos, I was using my 1st 1.2 mega pixel digital camera. πŸ™‚

Melbas on the Park

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The usual suspects, John Moon, Jim Bell aka “HO HO”, & John “Secrets” Sinclair. 

John Sinclair aka Secrets at Main Beach.

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Here is John with one of the gorgeous Main Beach waitresses.

The dreaded black list.

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Over the years Secrets has always had a black list of people who have been guilty of some indiscretion of which he has not approved of. I have been on & off the list a few times over the years, now in February 2017 I am, with quite a few others, most certainly firmly back on the list. Consequently to commemorate this honour I designed a T shirt & Pothole has arranged to have them printed. πŸ™‚

Melbas was our favourite bar.

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Owned & run by Paul Allen a larger than life Gold Coast character, passed away far to young in 1013.

Celebrated my birthday at the Boardroom in Southport.

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Always a few sexy girls at the Boardroom which was owned & run by Malcolm Pearce.

Always a lot of fun

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As you can clearly see I was being totally dominated here. πŸ™‚

 Skye from Launceston

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What a knockout, here we are having lunch at Melbas.

Let’s go back to Italy

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A flashback to March when my pursuit of the beautiful Gypsy crashed & burned. No that’s not really true, after Samui it never really got off the ground. πŸ™‚

San Gimignano

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We did all the tourist things then I headed south to Rome to hook up with my friend Paul McNeil & Scooter Boy.

The Spanish Steps in Rome

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I hired a car & the 3 of us had a great road trip through Naples, Sorrento, Positano all the way down to Reggio in Southern Italy, the biggest city and the most populated comune of Calabria.

 Artist at work in Positano.

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We covered a lot of territory including Isle of Capri, this quickly became my favourite part of Italy until 2010 when I discovered the Cinque Terre. πŸ™‚

Xmas lunch

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Tradition dictated we would gather at Melbas each year for a Xmas lunch, here we have Jim “Ho Ho” Bell, John “Secrets” Sinclair, David Herd & Tony Murphy.

Best ever Melbas barmaid

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Her name is Aurora & we all fell in love with her. πŸ™‚

Family & friends come to visit

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My brother Warren & his wife Kerry with my cute little niece Laura. On the left is Chris Lockwood & his partner in happier times.

My best friend Ziggy

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We had lots of fun together, plus he was an excellent guard dog.

At the end of the day 2000 certainly was another good year.

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From the top left is Malvina from Paris, Rush from Thailand, & Kerry & Simone from Australia.

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Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

January 28, 2017 by David Herd

North Pattaya 

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Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

 Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 photo blog covers the first 6 months of this year. No big travel plans except for visiting Australia in March & a couple of weekends in Bangkok.

This beautiful shot of North Pattaya includes the building where I live, just before the Holiday Inn.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from the 1st half of 2017.

Dave Elder & Hamish Elton

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Two friends & I ding at Signature Steak & Seafood, sadly due to the slow down in Pattaya they closed their on January 31st.

Excellent steak at Signature.

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I will be so sad to see this restaurant close.

 Jim’s Hamburgers

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A great casual restaurant for craft beer & hamburgers. From the left we have Matt, Jonathon, Hamish, Davis & Wayne.

 Say no more, these are the best burgers in Pattaya.

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They come in two sizes. small at B195 or large around B300.

Cloud over Koh Larn

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 Throughout my life I have lived in many places with a great view, however none come close to Pattaya bay.

And when you talk about sunsets

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In my opinion the best I have ever seen are those from Markland my Pattaya condo.

Another special treat in Pattaya

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Four or 5 times a week I enjoy reading my Kindle while having an hour foot massage for B260 including 30% tip.

Two Aussie mates from the Gold Coast.

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Nick Partridge rarely smiles in a photo. big Steve Reade always does. πŸ™‚

We lost a great character & friend on January 23.

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Larry Krausz, a friend for around 30 years suffered a major stroke on October 28. After 2 months in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on life support he was transported to Australia by a hospital Leer jet, thanks to his Medibank travel insurance. After a further month his life support was removed & he passed away peacefully.

I wrote the following eulogy & posted it on his Facebook page.

Today we lost Lazzorghini, a one off Austrian designed party machine who thought too much over indulgence was never enough. Originally designed as a concept model it was soon discovered it was for too complex to ever be mass produced. 
 
Powered by a big heart & steered through life’s many hazards by a gentle soul. 
 
A  rather over-engineered unit that needed regular maintenance after many long happy journeys through smoked filled dens of iniquity that continually promoted sex, drugs & rock &roll.
 
Often sat idle for weeks on end during the repair process before exploding back on the group one circuit, where it would function non stop for days, providing of course that adequate lubrication was orally administered.
 
Adored by a huge number of fans, family & friends our special Lazzorghini will be sadly missed.
 
RIP little buddy.

Larry’s friends

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We gathered at the Atlantic bar to raise a glass & remember out great friend, RIP.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 at Starbucks

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Here is one of the new Starbucks on Beach Rd near Soi 6, the other one is at Big C. I often have coffee & a ham & cheese croissant for breakfast.

Drinks at the Hilton Sky Bar.

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With friends Wayne Crocker & Hamish Elton.

One of my favourite photos.

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Taken on February 10th 2017 from in front of Markland Condo in North Pattaya.

 The Atlantic Bar is my bar of choice.

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My favourite time is early in the evening before the crowd arrives.

My new Skechers

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You can buy them at the Skechers shop in Central Festival for B4,500, ($128 USD) or do what I do, purchase online from Lazada for B2,100. ($60 USD). πŸ™‚ 

My favourite selfie 

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An overcast Friday morning in Pattaya did not stop this princess from going to the beach to take 100 selfies.

Taken March 24 2017.

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It doesn’t get much better than this. πŸ™‚

The other exciting event in March apart from the above was my 2 week trip to Australia which included a road trip from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

Big Viv Kennelly & team

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I took them to Leckerle in Naklua Soi 33 & they loved it. πŸ™‚

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

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Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

Next visitor was Paul Mooney

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Paul was on his way to Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh and Seoul.

Hilton Sky Bar

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Drinks at Horizon to celebrate Hamish living in Pattaya for 10 years followed by dinner at Patrick’s Steak House.

David, Nidd & Hamish.

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Certainly a world class venue on the Hilton Hotel roof.

Sean & his evil twin.

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 You certainly don’t have to look far to find two of the roughest heads in Pattaya, there is a frightening similarity in looks between Sean Tucker & Pothole Martin, PH naturally plays the role of the evil twin.

Hamish goes to Koh Chang

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A day swimming with the elephants.

Here is his lovely girlfriend Nitt.

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She looks damn good on an elephant. πŸ™‚

Dual birthday party

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 Matt & Jonathon & celebrated their 38th birthday one day apart in April. They celebrated with friends at a BBQ at Matt’s home in the back blockes of North Pattaya. 

If Matt doesn’t stop reminding me about the Swans dismal 0/6 start to the season as opposed to the Crows undefeated 6/0, we probably won’t be able to continue being friends. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

A terrific night 

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With lots of nice people & some gorgeous girls.

Talking about gorgeous girls

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Here they are.

 The star of the show.

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There is never a dull moment when Bow has had a few drinks. 

Matt pleading with Bow to behave. πŸ™‚

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 Matt Harkness trying to convince Alexius Alex aka Bow to behave herself at the party. The chances she will follow his instructions are very slim indeed.

Retox Game On

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One of the best sports bars in Pattaya, TV screens everywhere.

Sexy waitresses

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Her name is Phung & she is a very sexy babe. πŸ™‚

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 An Italian red while watching the sun go down.

Breakfast at The Pig & Whistle Soi 7.

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I always ask them to remove the fried potato & tomato, this is what remains for B135 or $5aud.

Very strange sight.

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Initially it looked like the boats were churning up the sand at low tide. Then I saw online a comment that it was an unusual bloom of plankton or similar. 

Beach Road 8.am

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I walk along Beach Rd for about 25 minutes each morning, have breakfast, read the Bangkok Post & head home.

Jonathon Whiting

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A well known Brisbane solicitor who is mad on travelling to South east Asia, Central & South America.

June 27 at Ronin Soi 16/2 Naklua

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Hamish & I both thought Ronin was an excellent sushi restaurant with tonnes of atmosphere.

Upmarket & sophisticated.

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We both agreed we prefer the rowdy atmosphere at Genki in Soi 4.

Atlantic with Bill Perry.

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I finally meet up with B ill from the Gold Coast, we have many mutual friends.

Atlantic bar girls

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Some of the happy girls at the Atlantic Bar. 

Mongrel mob at Atlantic.

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 From the left, Joergen, Steve Reade, Pothole, DH & Bill Curtis. A fairly scrappy looking bunch I’m sure you will agree. πŸ™‚

Oh no! Not another cloud?

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This is what I got up to in Australia. πŸ™‚

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Led astray by my old buddy Ross Kennedy. πŸ™‚

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Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney

January 5, 2017 by David Herd

This is not a travel blog just my personal photo collection from the 1970s & 80s, check it out if you wish.

Arabella St Longueville

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Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney

 Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney, it was early 1976 after a dramatic final few months living in Melbourne, I resigned from Sanyo Office Machines, moved to Arabella St Longueville in Sydney & started a new job as NSW sales manager with Wilkins Servis washing machines. I rented a beautiful waterfront home with the view you see above & a garage for my red E-Type Jag.

Little did I realise the next 11 years would be the most successful money making decade of my life, along with an almost non stop party regime and included luxury waterfront apartments, Jaguars & Mercedes plus a Bertram fly bridge cruiser parked outside my condo, & last but not least a red Doberman called Baxter.  

 This was actually 1975

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However it features my friends & my beloved Jag in Beechworth Victoria, how about the hair & the bell bottom jeans? πŸ™‚

Looking back the 1970s was probably my most exciting decade.

Carol Aboud 

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It didn’t take me long to get tied up with Carol who had a hair dressing salon in Double Bay. She also had a husband & 4 children but these minor complications did not stop us from having a lot of fun over the next 4 years.

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My beautiful mother celebrating my birthday on the 7-7-77

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 What a great date for my birthday to fall on. When friends see these old photos is it any wonder they suggest I looked like a Miami drug dealer? πŸ™‚

My Dad Arthur & my 2 best friends Wolf Wottke & Ron Walsh.

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My two buddies surprised me by flying over from Adelaide without prior warning. That was a fabulous birthday present.

Carol’s birthday November 1978.

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Check out the hair colour & the gold chains. 

New Years Eve 1978

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French Champagne of course

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From memory we were at the Castle Cove house of my friend Peter H & the booze was really flowing.

Oh Carol, I am but a fool…..

Neil Sedaka "Oh Carol"

Peter Luciano RIP

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Peter & his wife in 1979, he was Carol’s brother and sadly passed away a year or two later.

December 1978

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We hired a houseboat for a weekend cruise on Hawksbury River. Two Peters, yours truly & Rob Symonds.

Talking about boats

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This was my Bertram 25 moored right outside my condo at 72 Wrights Rd Drummoyne. I enjoyed six great years here & threw so many parties that I became the most hated person in the building.

St Georges Crescent Drummoyne

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Just around the corner from my condo I purchased another waterfront apartment, so now I owned 2 condos & a terrace house in Glebe, I was on a roll. Working now as NSW Sales Manager for Remington Typewriters before moving to the word processing division.

Selling all my Sydney properties over the years was one of my worst ever decisions, I should have kept at least one.

After the Jaguar XJ6 I upgraded to a white Mercedes Sports, life was good. 

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In my eyes this was one of the prettiest cars ever built.

 View from my condo

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With my Bertram moored right out front.

Another party at Wrights Rd

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This gorgeous redhead called Beryl worked with Carol in the Double Bay salon, she had just had a boob job and I couldn’t help but admire them. πŸ™‚

While we are on the subject of boobs….

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You could never accuse Carol of being shy. πŸ™‚

And the winner is Angie

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Her name was Angela Savic, she was the girlfriend of my best friend Wolf. Without a doubt she had the best body out of all the girls we knew. Our very own Greek Goddess. πŸ™‚

The five Herd brothers in 1979

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Neale, David, Ian, Bryan & Warren, it’s a shame the photo is such poor quality.

 Jenny Dale

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Jenny with the red eyes was another nice girl from the late 70s who wandered into my life occasionally. πŸ™‚

Let’s finish the year off properly

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Well 1979 turned out to be a very tumultuous year, Remington gave me the flick and I joined the company who had the agency for Qyx the new word processor taking the world by storm. I did a marketing course with Exxon in Philadelphia and topped the class, there were 25 Americans in the course with me the only foreigner. Back to Australia to launch the product nationally but only lasted a few months before having a blowup with the company directors who showed me the door. I was never good at taking instructions from fools. πŸ™‚ 

To top off the year finally Carol & I parted company after 4 terrific years painting the town, I suspect I may have been going through a mid life crisis. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 

Consequently I took 3 months off, spent lots of time on my boat, travelled to Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand & Bali then opened my very own liquor store in March 1980.

Sydenham Cellars

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Yippee, cheap booze for me. πŸ™‚

The 1970s were probably the most interesting & dramatic of my life. 1972 saw me return to Sydney after a 2 year stint in Melbourne, only to see me head to Adelaide for two years as State manager for Sanyo, then back to Melbourne for two years with Sanyo before returning to Sydney in 1976. 

Made some money, broke some hearts & had a lot of fun. 

I was very good at my job, Sales & Marketing in the cut throat business equipment industry was a tough gig, but on reflection & being & brutally honest, my arrogant autocratic management style that worked well in the 60s & 70s was out dated in later decades. Consequently recognising my limitations I went back to what I was good at, which was selling. In the mid 80s I had a successful few years at Canon followed by 7 or 8 very good years as a financial planner with a couple of banks in QLD. In 1998 I took a year off work to travel & never really worked again. πŸ™‚

It’s now 2017 and here is Glenn Frey to tell you exactly how I feel today.

Some of my lovely ladies from the 70s.

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Loving Pattaya life 2016 (B)

August 3, 2016 by David Herd

This is not a travel blog just my personal photo collection from the 2nd half of 2016.

Another birthday rolls around July 7.

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Loving Pattaya life 2016

 Loving Pattaya life 2016 has seen me spend all year here, the quietest travel year I have had this century. I over spent in the last 2 or 3 years so I thought I should pull my horns in. πŸ™‚

I spent 5 days in Koh Samui in June, 2 weeks in Australia in August and a great trip to Japan in October.

Some of the usual suspects

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Greg, Hamish & John helped me celebrate at the Mantra.

A year living in Pattaya seems like about 6 months, time just seems to fly.

Great beach shot August 4th at 7am

Loving Pattaya life 2016

 

All the boats are waiting for the hordes of Chinese tourists.

And here they come in their thousands

Loving Pattaya life 2016

The buses roll into Beach Road of a morning and the tourists flock to the boats.

Tony & Nikki Murphy at Signature Steak & Seafood.

Loving Pattaya life 2016
The Murphy’s spent a week in Pattaya then 3 nights in Mae Pim before flying back to Australia.

Visitors from San Diego

Loving Pattaya life 2016

It was great to catch up with Paul, Eileen, Parker & Elle in Pattaya as part of their 9 week Asian holiday with included Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Koh Samet & Danang. 

Seagulls in Pattaya?

Loving Pattaya life 2016

 

Here is a sculpture on Beach Rd showing a flock of seagulls, yet to this day I have never seen a seagull in Pattaya. πŸ™‚

Here comes the rain

Loving Pattaya life 2016

I love seeing the black clouds roll in over Pattaya.

The “odd couple” Larry Krausz & Steven Reade

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Steve is a great mate of Larry’s from the Gold Coast. Terrific news for movie goers which vastly overshadows the recent Brangelina bullshit, the “odd couple” Larry Krausz & Steven Reade have been signed by BangBros, the largest porn studio in the world, to star in a remake of the 1988 movie Twins, which stared Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. See if you can pick who will play DeVito. πŸ™‚

The more thigs change the more they stay the same

Loving Pattaya life 2016

After many years the Cherry bar on Soi 3 & 2nd Rd has been sold and is now Billabong 2.

When can we have some fun?

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Every night you go out in Pattaya the fun starts.

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Starbucks

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Opened in September at the “Bay” which is between Soi 5 & 6 on Beach Rd.

Good coffee & happy staff

Loving Pattaya life 2016

They are the first to open at the Bay, next will be McDonalds.

Stunning November sunset

Loving Pattaya life 2016

 

So many great sunsets from myy balcony.  

My new home

Loving Pattaya life 2016

 On November 1st after 4.5 years I moved from the 17th floor in Markland to the 20th, does that mean I coming up in the world?

The usual suspects

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Jim’s Burgers is a great place for a casual dinner with friends, I’m with Hamish, Jonathon & Matt.

Delicious

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Lots of varieties & you can order small or large.

One of my massage girls

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Used to be a waitress in Chamiko in Soi 3, now she works at a massage parlour in Soi 3 & sometines gives me a reasonable foot massage.

Spectacular clouds over Koh Larn

Loving Pattaya life 2016

These days I seem to be obsessed with taking photos of clouds & sunsets. πŸ™‚

October in Japan

Loving Pattaya life 2016

 I m with my friend Kayo in a Spanish restaurant in Tokyo. I purchased a two week ticket on the Shinkansen or bullet train, then after 3 nights in Tokyo I travelled to 6 interesting Japanese cities, includung Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Nagasaki & Fukuoka

I arrived back in Pattaya on Ocober 28th & the following day my good friend Larry Krausz was rushed to Bangkok Pattaya hospital after suffering a major stroke, now 5 weeks later on December 5th he is still in a serious condition in the intensive care ward.

Ross & Bryce arrive from Australia

Loving Pattaya life 2016

The boys came over for a few days to visit Larry. 

Centara Grand

Loving Pattaya life 2016

 

After a couple of cold beers at Centara Grand and a Pattaya cop working security wanted to throw us out. I lay the blame 100% on Pothole aka John David Martin who was dressed like a local bum & showing off his silly tattoos. πŸ™‚

Pothole & sons + Kayo.

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Tate is Pothole’s eldest son, he arrived in Thailand from Australia to celebrate Xmas & to meet his 2 half brothers Tyrone & Tiger. Notice for some strange reason known only to Pothole, all his children including daughter Tamara have to have a first name starting with the letter T. Just another one of his many offbeat strange quirks. πŸ™‚ The lovely Japanese girl in the photo is my friend Kayo from Tokyo.

Shopping for a dress in Soi 6

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Even though Soi 6 is one of the wildest streets in Pattaya there is still time for some quiet shopping. πŸ™‚ 

Soi Diana redhead.

Loving Pattaya life 2016

 

A very sweet girl from Area 51, no wonder I’m Loving Pattaya life 2016′

On the subject of Soi 6

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Here is Geoff from Australia, a fanatical Soi 6 supporter. We are at Leckerle in Soi 33 Naklua with his ex fiance Nana for a terrific meal & lots of wine.

Xmas Day with Geoff & Nana

Loving Pattaya life 2016

We started with a bottle of French Champagne on my balcony.

Lunch at Surf & Turf  & Loving Pattaya life 2016

Loving Pattaya life 2016

A great location on the beach at Wongamat. Kayo flew from Tokyo to spend 10 days in Thailand before heading to Australia.

Two nights in Bangkok

Loving Pattaya life 2016

 

December 29th took Pothole & Yogurt to Cheap Charles before checking out Brewski a new sky bar at the Radisson Blu.

New Years Eve in Pattaya

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Steve “Jumbo” Reade having a ball at the Atlantic Bar & Loving Pattaya life 2016.

 Atlantic girls

Loving Pattaya life 2016

They all looked terrific, dressed to kill. πŸ™‚

Meet the gorgeous Katie.

Loving Pattaya life 2016 A very happy lay from Billabong 2.

Here’s Pothole dressed in his Jaffa outfit.

Loving Pattaya life 2016 Anything to attract attention. πŸ™‚

Farewell to an old friend

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Larry Krausz, a friend for around 30 years suffered a major stroke on October 28. After 2 months in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on life support he was transported to Australia by a hospital Leer jet, thanks to his Medibank travel insurance. After a month his life support was removed & he passed away peacefully.

It’s now 2017 and here is Glenn Frey to tell you exactly how I feel today.

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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

Gold Coast life 1999 was not too different from previous years 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

A little more of Kathy

Gold Coast life 1999

Without a doubt Kathy had one of the hottest bodies I have ever seen. πŸ™‚

 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.

Sometimes she would stay for breakfast. πŸ™‚

Gold Coast life 1999She was a very keen golfer.

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

Gold Coast life 1999

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.

Sadly out mate Larry suffered a major stroke in October 2016 & passed away January 2017, RIP.

Lollipops at Sylvester’s

Gold Coast life 1999

Evelyn & Tina love sucking Chuppa Chups. πŸ™‚

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Natasha & Alex

Gold Coast life 1999

New Years Eve 1998 and the girls are feeling no pain. πŸ™‚

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.

Great company

Gold Coast life 1999

Perhaps THE MOST GORGEOUS. πŸ™‚

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.

A message for the knockers

Gold Coast life 1999

Having said all that let’s get back to 1999. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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

Playboy photo shoot 1998

It was a very difficult decision to decide which one to drive. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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.

Gold Coast life 1999

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 February 2018 & I”m living in Thailand, 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. πŸ™‚


Here are some more posts on my wild wicked ways. :) 

 

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