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.

Friends family students 2004

October 16, 2014 by David Herd

This is not part of my travel blog, it’s a photographic record of the people in my life in 2004.

Friends family students

Friends family students

Friends family students 2004 & very little travel other than two trips to Thailand due to a large home extension which doubled the size of my home.

Japanese students

Friends family students

Here are some of the lovely Japanese students renting rooms in my extended home.

Ziggy & Kasumi

Friends family students

My beautiful Doberman Ziggy.

Barbecue for friends family students

Friends family students

Friends family students was my main focus in 2004, I filled up all my available rooms to try & get some return on the capital I outlaid on my home extensions. My original budget of $120,000 doubled to $240,000 Follow THIS LINK to see the fantastic result..

Phil Thomson & the students

Friends family students

My good friend Phil joined us for dinner, barbecued sausages & red wine. 🙂


The big catch

Friends family students

The girls got very excited when they landed this monster from the jetty. 🙂

Happy students

Friends family students

Barbecued sausages and corn for dinner.

In the carpark at the Eagles concert

Friends family students

My friend Rossco & I dined on fresh seafood in the car park waiting for the Eagles concert to begin.

Cold beer & fresh seafood waiting for the Eagles

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Rossco digging in. 🙂

The Eagles on stage

Friends family students

My favourite band of all time. Sadly Glenn Frey passed away on January 18, 2016. Take a couple of minutes to listen to him sing one of my favourite songs, it really describes perfectly how I feel about my life.

Drinks at Melbas with Michelle

Friends family students

  What better way to celebrate Melbourne Cup than being in the company of a beautiful blonde.

 Phil Thomson & I enjoy a seafood lunch.

Friends family students

It’s AFL grand final day, what better way to enjoy the game.

John Sinclair, Dennis Freemongrel & David Herd

Friends family students

Friends for many years, but please don’t ask me to comment on Dennis, in fact now in 2018 both these guys have me on their black list. 🙂

Tony Murphy & his Moke

Friends family students

Another very good friend, we met in the early 80s.

 My Nephew Michael celebrates his 21st

Friends family students

  Warren’s family & I gathered at a Brisbane restaurant for Michael’s 21 st birthday.

The birthday boy

Friends family students

Time just seems to fly, I can’t believe this little guy is 21.

Happy birthday Michael

Friends family students

Michael would end up in Germany with his partner Björn Lüders, a lovely man who sadly passed away in 2016.

Richard Blair, aka Mr Stingy.

Friends family students

 Lunch at Stingy’s Sanctuary Cove villa, he lives in Point Piper in Sydney and visits the Gold Coast often.

Vannessa Teo

Friends family students

Another lovely friend on the Gold Coast, one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known.

Bryan Dart, Wayne Jones & Eddie.

Friends family students

Coffee with friends on Chevron Island.

 Sharron & Nick

Friends family students

Sharron & Nick opened a nice cafe on Chevron Island, we became friends & they looked after my home when I traveled to Brazil.


Joe, Mark Grofski & Anilyn

Friends family students

Mark & Anilyn now live in Melbourne and are raising a large family.

The Nerang River with Chevron island on the left

Friends family students

Now is 2016 this skyline has changed a lot. My last trip was November 2014.

Letter to the editor.

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One of my letters that was published in the Gold Coast Bulletin.  

Here is another

Friends family students

So much for Paris. 🙂

See the guy in the red shirt?

Friends family studentsGuy! What guy? I don’t see any guy. 🙂

One last shot of some of my tenants.

Friends family studentsThanks for visiting my Friends family students photo blog.

And here I am 12 years later writing a blog & living in Thailand. 🙂



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Click here to see the whole story of my big home extension.


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