Farewell drinks at Melbas
Looking back the whole year was frantic, two trips to Thailand in January and July before moving there permanently on October 20th. Including visits to Krabi & the River Kwai. A few days in Langkawi Malaysia with my brother Warren. Sydney twice in September and October, then 3 weeks after settling in Thailand I was off to England for 3 weeks which included a road trip from Edinburgh to Glasgow via Fort William in the north of Scotland. All this coupled with clearing out all my worldly possession from my Gold Coast home before settlement on October 11. I am weary just writing about this frantic life changing year. My Thai trip in January with family & friends was one of the best holidays I have ever had, check out my Ten Thailand Travelers post.
Koi at Broadbeach with Greg and Julia.
Greg Craig has been a friend for 20 years & Julia stayed in my home for a few weeks.
Lets see more of Julia you ask?
Did I mention how much Julia loves to surf?
OK, here is the full length shot, now lets move on shall we? 🙂
No doubt Julia is one very fit lady.
Dinner at home with friends
Oh no! Not Julia again? Sorry folks I really tried to move on but I do really like this photo with Chris Lockwood & Don Wenham the kiwi.
With Mumbles, Warren & Chris at the Peking Duck Hope Island which in my opinion is the best duck on the Gold Coast.
Chris and the Peking Duck
Chris Lockwood aka Dr Evil is a good friend of my brother Warren, they both live in Port Macquarie on the NSW coast and travel overseas regularly together. They have both recently retired after many years working with TAFE.
Chris Lockwood at Colonial golf course
Chris is also a reasonably good golfer which stems from his days as a first class cricketer in Sydney. He was an opening batsman who played with Tony Greg in club cricket.
Great clubhouse at Colonial
Part of my life changing year included playing golf in Australia and when I arrived in Thailand I played regularly for the first two years. There are some magnificent courses at reasonable prices. Now however I have almost quit the game, I find the weather far too hot, by the 14th hole even with a golf cart I am totally stuffed.
Old friend Bob Martin
I have known Bob for about 40 years when we both lived in Sydney, he is one of the truly great characters. One of the funny stories I remember about Bob happened when I was working in Adelaide & Melbourne for Sanyo Office Machines. Bob ran an office cleaning business and he discovered in some of the offices he cleaned he could make un-traced long distance phone calls from the handset in the elevator. So at all hours of the night my phone would ring and a laughing Bob Martin would be on the line from some companies elevator, priceless. 🙂
Newly opened Surfers Paradise Hilton
Beautiful looking buildings however the hotel is not a patch on the Pattaya Hilton.
Metricon stadium at Carrara.
Home ground of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team.
Drinks with Sean Tomlinson and Greg Craig
Greg “Noodles” Craig is a long time drinking buddy of mine.
The Scheffers, The Murphys and the Kennedys.
One of my farewell dinners at Riviera Trattoria Pizzeria
A rose between two thorns
Well that’s my story & I’m sticking to it. 🙂 Carolyn & I went out for a year or so around 1994, we had a lot of fun and I’m glad to say we are still good friends today.
Deborah Holliday and Jodie ONeill at Little Truffle.
Bangkok Thai on Chevron Island
Dennis, Chris & Don at Bangkok Thai on Chevron Island.
Bangkok Thai on Chevron Island
My brother Warren and I just can’t recall her name, she worked for Ray White in Broadbeach and was trying to sell my home. She actually purchased a number of Garden Pots & Mayan wall hangings from me.
Melbas drinks with the boys
Over the years Melbas on the Park has been our main drinking hole.
Steph is living back in Germany, I sometimes see her on Facebook.
Chris, Steph and Warren.
Certainly a rose between two thorns. It is now July 2016 and Chris & Warren are currently visiting Pattaya.
Dennis aka “No friend of mine”
I have known Dennis for 30 years & like myself he now lives in Thailand. He like a couple of other people has placed me on his black list for various infractions mainly involved with rattling his cage.
My life is so much better without him in it.
David Devito at Koi in Broadbeach
We would often go to hear the wonderful voice of David Devito, he always sang one of my favourites, Hallelujah.
My driveway at home
My friend Phil Thomson called in with his beautiful Boxter, it certainly dressed up my driveway. 🙂
Here are some more travel posts.
Noodle House Chevron Island
I guess it is a nice way to finish my life changing year post with a nice photo of my lovely nieces Elyssa & Laura, thanks for visiting life changing year photo blog, please click on the photos at the end for more of my adventures.
Here are some more posts to check out
That’s all folks
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