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Contemplating life beyond 2000

February 6, 2017 by David Herd

Contemplating life beyond 2000

A personal photo collection, not a travel blog.

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. 🙂

Sadly I was as well.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Punching above my weight also with an Italian princess I met & fell for in Koh Samui.

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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. 🙂

Italy to Australia via Bangkok

Contemplating life beyond 2000 I figured there was only one way to fix a broken heart & that was a week in Bangkok on the way home. 🙂 

Pothole & I with Ian Rich

Contemplating life beyond 2000 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.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 My apologies for the low quality photos, I was using my 1st 1.2 mega pixel digital camera. 🙂

Melbas on the Park

Thinking about life beyond 2000 The usual suspects, John Moon, Jim Bell aka “HO HO”, & John “Secrets” Sinclair. 

Secrets at Main Beach.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 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. 🙂

Melbas was our favourite bar.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 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.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Always a few sexy girls at the Boardroom which was owned & run by Malcolm Pearce.

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As you can clearly see I was being totally dominated here. 🙂

 Skye from Launceston

Contemplating life beyond 2000 What a knockout, here we are having lunch at Melbas.

Let’s go back to Italy

Contemplating life beyond 2000 A flashback to March when my pursuit of the beautiful Gypsy crashed & burnt. No that’s not really true, after Samui it never really got off the ground. 🙂

San Gimignano

Contemplating life beyond 2000 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

Contemplating life beyond 2000 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.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 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. 🙂

Xmas lunch

Contemplating life beyond 2000 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

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Her name is Aurora & we all fell in love with her. 🙂

Family & friends come to visit

Contemplating life beyond 2000 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

Contemplating life beyond 2000 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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Simone                               Skye                                       Kerry

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Malvina                               Denise                                       Mako

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The Gipsy

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Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

January 28, 2017 by David Herd

North Pattaya 

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

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 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.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 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.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 They come in two sizes. small at B195 or large around B300.

Cloud over Koh Larn

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017  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

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 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.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Nick Partridge rarely smiles in a photo. big Steve Reade always does. 🙂

We lost a great character & friend on January 23.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 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

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 We gathered at the Atlantic bar to raise a glass & remember out great friend, RIP.

Starbucks

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 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.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 With friends Wayne Crocker & Hamish Elton.

One of my favourite photos.

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

 The Atlantic Bar is my bar of choice.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 My favourite time is early in the evening before the crowd arrives.

My new Skechers

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 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). 🙂 

My favourite selfie 

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

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. 🙂

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

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand I took them to Leckerle in Naklua Soi 33 & they loved it. 🙂

Next visitor was Paul Mooney

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Paul was on his way to Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh and Seoul.

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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 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. 🙂

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.

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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 busses 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

Paul & crew @ BJs breakfast 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.

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I have decided to meet them in Las Vegas next June before staying for a week or so at their home in San Diego. I have also promised myself a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon plus a few days in Central America, maybe Belize or Panama depending on my research? Finally a few days in Tokyo on the way home.

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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.

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And the beat goes on.

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

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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 casul 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 obbsessed with taking photos of clouds & sunsets. 🙂

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. 

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Centara Grand

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After a couple of cold beers at Centara Grand 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 tatoos 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 tatoos. 🙂

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. 🙂 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. 🙂 

Soi Diana redhead.

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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 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

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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. 🙂

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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 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. 🙂


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

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  Adelaide 1972                 Iron Bar Freddy               Sydney 2006

David Herd Australia          Big Tim Bristow          Lobster mornay at the Freeway photo April24FreewayHotel-33.jpg

  Thailand 2008                Gold Coast Babes               World trip 2003

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  That’s all folks

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David Herd 1960s Australian teenager.

April 27, 2016 by David Herd

My personal story from the 6os, (not a travel bog)

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager David Herd 1960s Australian teenager, who even today in 2016 can still remember the 1960s as if it was yesterday.  Life was rather simple growing up in that particular era compared to what teenagers face today in 2016. The photo above is from 1960 featuring my first car, a Morris Minor convertible. I attended North Auburn public school until the age of 12 and was one of only two students to be chosen to attend the then semi exclusive Homebush Boys High. Spent 3 years there, excelled in Rugby Union, and just passed my intermediate certificate. My final reference from the deputy headmaster was a classic;

                   David Herd attended this school for 3 years and participated in sport.

I spent the next 5 years as an apprentice Toolmaker then in May 1964 set out with best friend Glen Beasley on the mandatory trip to the U.K. and Europe.

I can easily explain the scratchy photo above and in the header. My home in Wood St North Melbourne in 1974 was gutted by fire and a large part of my photo collection was spoiled. The ones I save got rather scratched with my attempt to clean off the soot. Follow this link to find out what caused this unfortunate fire.

July 1962 with Veronica Crocker

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager My beautiful girlfriend Veronica, we were celebrating my 19th birthday at a Kings Cross Sydney night club.

October 1962 at Garie Beach Sydney.

David Herd 1960s teenager This VW was in fact my 3rd car, my 2nd vehicle was an iconic FJ Holden.

Veronica October 1962

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager From memory we went out together for around two years, I was very lucky because she was such a gorgeous lady.

This was also October 1962

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager Taken at Ebenezer which is on the Hawksbury river near Richmond. I was there fairly regularly water skiing.

Surfers Paradise 1961

David Herd 1960s teenager

A far cry from 2016.

Xmas 1962 at Coolangatta

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

I spent Xmas and New Year 1962 at Rainbow Bay near Coolangatta with Veronica and her parents. There were two significant events on New Years Eve that stick in my memory, first we went to a show at the Beachcomber in Surfers Paradise to see a young trio play some great music. They were known as the Brothers Gibb, you guessed it, they later became the Bee Gees.

That was them & this was me. 🙂

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Coolangatta beach 1962, David Herd 1960s Australian teenager.

Bogle & Chandler

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

This was the 2nd significant event, after the Brothers Gibb concert Veronica & I parked on the hill overlooking Rainbow Beach for some serious necking (as they called it in those days) when the news flashed on the radio that a couple had been found dead at Lane Cove national park. This discovery was the start of a police investigation that gripped the nation.

 January 1963 David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

Driving back to Sydney we struck floods on the Highway around Grafton, where traffic was stopped I would pull around the outside and float my VW across the flooded part of the road. Veronica would stay in the car and I would push it across.

July 1963 at Lidcombe oval.

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I’m parked on the hill after playing for Lidcombe United A grade rugby league team. We won the competition that year.

May 1964

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

After 18 months of working 2 jobs, I just qualified as a toolmaker, plus I worked weekends for Don Talbert the Australian swimming coach, my friend Glenn Beasley and I prepared to leave on May 7th to sail to England on the Fairsea. Just before I left I took my young brothers the the barber and had them shorn. They loved the new haircuts but poor Mum almost fainted. 🙂

Big farewell party

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager We combined a farewell party with an early 21st birthday. My actual birthday fell on July 7 after we had reached London. Above is one of my all time favourite photographs, on the left is Glenn Beasley beside “Pop” my grandfather Sam Tippett, my beautiful mother Iris herd, yours truly, Nan Tippett and my wonderful father Arthur Herd.

The Herd clan.

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Here we all are at my farewell party.

The mandatory keg
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On the far right I’m with Gary McKosker.

My lovely mother, Iris Herd.

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Iris was an absolute treasure, she dedicated her life to her family and friends.

1964

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

A rare colour photo of Mum with Warren & Bryan at our home, 58 Kihilla Rd Auburn in Sydney.

My passport photo

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

Twenty years of age in 1964, what a clean cut innocent looking lad I was. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my David Herd 1960s Australian teenager photo blog. The follow up to this will be the voyage on the Fairsea.


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David Herd Thailand        David Herd Sydney          sexy babes                   

         Adelaide 1972          Iron Bar Freddy               Sydney 2006

David Herd Thailand          Big Tim Bristow          babes boobs bums            

       Thailand 2008                Gold Coast Babes               World trip 2003

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 That’s all folks

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My wonderful Pattaya life 2016 (A)

April 5, 2016 by David Herd

Markland Condo

Pattaya life 2016 Pattaya life 2016, this is my 5 year in this city by the beach. Why is it the older you get the faster time seems to go? The photo above is the coffee shop at the front of my condo where I go for a daily caffeine hit and sometimes a blueberry cheesecake to go with it. I have decided to slow down on my travel this year due to over spending in 2015. I have some smaller trips planned and another Japan visit in October.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from the 1st half of 2016. Part 2 will commence July 1st.

Larry Krausz and Hamish Elton

Pattaya life 2016 I invited two of my friends over for dinner, roasted Australian lamb shanks with baked vegetables. Washed down with Australian red wine which I buy here for B300 ($12) for a 2 litre bottle.

 Pattaya life 2016

Pattaya life 2016 This part of Pattaya always remains the same, an endless choice of girlie bars providing anything an ageing playboy could ever ask for.

The neon lights of Walking Street

Pattaya life 2016 Still the main Pattaya tourist attraction, however I would only visit 2 or 3 times a year, mainly when friends come from overseas.

Here are two Walking St addicts

Pattaya life 2016 Don’t take it the wrong way, Gordon Shanks from New York and Jonathan Whiting from Brisbane are only addicted to the bright lights, gorgeous girls and exotic locations all over the world.

Australian visitors

Pattaya life 2016 David Robertson on the right has been a friend for over 30 years, originally from Melbourne he moved to the Gold Coast about 40 years ago. His son Chris on the left is an Emirates pilot who lives in Dubai.

 Beach Road floods

A very common sight in Pattaya, this was February 16 after a short storm.

Mum Aroi at Naklua

Pattaya life 2016 A very popular Naklua restaurant specialising in live seafood. Very busy on weekends so try to visit during the week.

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Because of the turnover  and the live product you can guarantee everything is fresh here.

Valentines day in Pattaya

Pattaya life 2016 The local council always find a reason to decorate the footpath on Beach Road.

I’m not sure these beach babes do much to decorate the area.

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Holiday Inn

Pattaya life 2016 My brother Warren, John “Pothole” Martin and Larry Krausz enjoying pizza and red wine at the fabulous Holiday Inn on Beach Road. Use this link for a great room rate.

 At Mae Pim

Pattaya life 2016  Beach Resort Mae Pim on the gulf of Thailand is only ninety minutes by car east of Pattaya, and 2 hours south of Bangkok. Beautiful white sand and clean water, and so quiet and peaceful after the noise & Madness of Pattaya.

Looks like a bomb site

Pattaya life 2016 A huge new shopping mall and hotel is being built opposite the Dolphin roundabout in North Pattaya. It will be the same brand as Terminal 21 at Asoke in Bangkok.

Hooters comes to Pattaya

Hooters Pattaya Hooters Pattaya opening night was on New Years Eve 2015 so we decided to make it our first stop when seeing off the old and welcoming the new year.  It’s a great addition to Beach Road and naturally has many beautiful sexy babes on the staff. Both Thai & Russian as you can clearly see.

Hooters always seem to be promoting charity events etc to publicise their great venue, check out the charity bike wash here.

Bow and her Bonds

Pattaya life 2016

The gorgeous girlfriend of my friend Matt Harkness, an Adelaide guy who is living the dream in Pattaya. A local website held a contest to find “Miss Love Pattaya Thailand”, heats were held at “Planet Earth Beach Club” in Jomtien. Check out my photo blogs for lots of great Thai and Russian babes competing for the B100,000 first prize.

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One thing is for certain, Pattaya life 2016 is non-stop action and excitement.

From my balcony

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From my balcony June 19 and another perfect Pattaya day.

Cold beers, hot night

David Herd Thailand After dinner drinks with Todd & Hamish in Naklua Road.

Fraser’s at Jomtien

Pattaya life 2016 Quite a good sports bar on the left as you go down the hill into Jomtien, very good hamburgers.

Talking about Jomtien

Pattaya life 2016 In recent years it has improved out of sight, no longer is it a lazy beach side suburb of Pattaya. There are many new restaurants and hotels generally cheaper and quieter than Pattaya.

Natan’s at Jomtien

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Put Naten’s on your bucket list, it is in my top 6 restaurants in Pattaya and Jomtien.

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The food and décor is exceptional and rather inexpensive.

Long Table Bangkok

Pattaya life 2016 I went to Bangkok 3 times in this first six months not just for a break from Pattaya but to check out lots of great places I have never been to. I was there in January, February and May.

When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.

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The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

Pattaya life 2016

Pattaya life 2016

Pattaya life 2016, I have about 4 sometimes 5 foot massages every week, one of the great benefits of living in Thailand.

Cherry Bar Soi 3 & 2nd Road

Pattaya life 2016 Still my local watering hole, 7 minutes walk from my condo and down hill all the way home.

My drink of choice

Pattaya life 2016

I leave a bottle of JD at the Cherry Bar and pay B300 for the convenience of pouring my own.

New Thai restaurant in Soi 3

Pattaya life 2016 A small Thai restaurant has opened near the Cherry, very handy for me. The two dishes here cost B130 or $5 Australian dollars.

Geoff is back

Pattaya life 2016 Geoff Robinson from the Central Coast in NSW absolutely loves Thailand, here we are at the Cherry bar with his fiancée Nana.

Stocking up on vino

Pattaya life 2016 John Martin aka Pothole & I bought 7 cases of Australian wine. Each case holds 6 two litre bottles and the cost per bottle is only B350 or $10 usd.

From Pratumnak Hill

Pattaya life 2016 Notice the unfinished high-rise building, worked stopped nearly 2 years ago through some planning approval disputes.

 


Big C being renovated

Pattaya life 2016 The shopping Mall closed down on May 1st for extensive renovations and will re-open around Xmas.

Soaked in the storm

Pattaya life 2016

Here I am at breakfast after being caught in the rain.

Four days in Koh Samui

Pattaya life 2016

John Martin aka Pothole & I had a quick trip to Koh Samui on June 20th. It has been 9 long years since my last visit.

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There are so many more bars & restaurants now, BARS, BEACH, ROAD TRIP, RESTAURANTS, SHOPS.

Roland returns

 photo Signature with Roland 4.jpg Roland Bonnici my barrister friend from Sydney & I had a great dinner at Signature.

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thanks for checking out my Pattaya life 2016 photo blog.

                            What a great year for travel in 2015                  

                 Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

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Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

May 13, 2015 by David Herd

Dinner on my Jetty

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997 Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997, never a dull moment, the year was rather significant heralding the last year I actually had a job. I decided to take a year off work and travel, little did I realise I would never really work again.

In the photo I’m having dinner with friends on my jetty at my beautiful Gold Coast home at 106 Upton St Bundall. On the left is “the Doc” with his 16 yo concubine Rachel, Ross & Mariana Kennedy and Mary Simpson who I recently  found again online living in Amsterdam.

This it not part of my travel blog, just part of my personal photo & travel history from 2000.

Posing in my Porsche

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

A few months after this shot Rachel gave the Doc aka Michel Grey the flick & hooked up with Wendell Sailor from the Brisbane Broncos.. 🙂 🙂 🙂

One more did you say?

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

How sweet she is.

A great look in front of the fire

Gold Coast life Another name that alludes me, but once again it’s the photo that matters.


Adelaide with old friends

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997 Grahame Farquhar and Flo and the Brookers in Adelaide, good friends from when I lived in Adelaide in the early 70s. We caught up again when I visited Adelaide in October 2014.

Fatty Francis

Bob Francis Big Bob Francis was a well known DJ, much later he became a “shock Jock” and finally retired in 2013. Robert Neville “Bob” Francis OAM is a former talk back radio presenter on South Australian radio station 5AA. His program aired between 8 pm and 12 midnight weekdays and was rated as Adelaide’s most popular talk back program.

Sadly Bob passed away in 2016, RIP buddy.

Lunch at Lynch’s in South Yarra.

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997 We have just returned from a trip to Bali where we stayed in Albert Mantello’s beautiful waterfront home. Albert is in the middle beside Paul Lynch who owned the famous restaurant and Ross Ansell a well known Melbourne character.

Albert Mantello and Paul Lynch.

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997 The guys spent a weekend at my home on the Gold Coast, they both loved their wine. It looks to me like a bottle of Tyrrell’s Long Flat Red. 🙂

 Adele is one very gorgeous babe.

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

My last job was a short stint as an editor for a tourist magazine call Today Tonight and Tomorrow. Not much of a job but great side benefits like hiring and photographing sexy babes like Adele. 🙂

More of the same?

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AFL Grand Final

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997 St Kilda played Adelaide at the MCG in front of 99,645 people and lost by 31 points.

Master Chef

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

The semi naked Master chef, chilli mud-crab I caught and cooked myself.

Karen Underwood

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My lovely ex girlfriend from 1991, after all these years we remained friends.

Sunday session at Upton St Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

Another Sunday lunch at Upton St.

Jaunita and Butch

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

What a beautiful face, and I don,t mean Butch aka Ian Campbell. 🙂

 Jaunita featured in my Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

Absolutely beautiful.

 Donna Turner

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

Another smoking hot babe, she certainly made my kitchen look glamorous. 🙂

Lets finish as we started

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997 Relaxing in the spar with Simone, a gorgeous girl and a bottle of Stollies, Gold Coast life in 1997 was pretty bloody good. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Thanks for visiting my Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997 photo blog.

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Sydney Opera house        Paris hotel        Grand Palace Bangkok
               Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
Tokyo        Carla, what a girl. photo CopacabanabeachNov2003-128.jpg        Buda Castle
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Thats’s all folks

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Life changing year 2011

November 20, 2014 by David Herd

Farewell drinks at Melbas

life changing yearLife changing year 2011 saw me sell my beautiful home and move to Thailand, now I’m writing this post 3 years and I couldn’t be happier with my life.

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.

life changing yearGreg Craig has been a friend for 20 years & Julia stayed in my home for a few weeks.

Lets see more of Julia you ask?

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Did I mention how much Julia loves to surf?

OK, here is the full length shot, now lets move on shall we? 🙂

Julia Schrepfer life changing year

No doubt Julia is one very fit lady.

Dinner at home with friends

life changing yearOh 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.

Don on the right sadly passed away on 30th May, 2016 after a long battle with cancer, RIP buddy.


Peking Duck Hope Island

Peking Duck Hope Island 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 life changing year

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

 

life changing yearChris 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

Colonial golf course Robina

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

life changing yearI 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

 

Surfers Paradise Hilton Hotel

Beautiful looking buildings however the hotel is not a patch on the Pattaya Hilton.

Metricon stadium at Carrara.

 

Metricon StadiumHome ground of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team.

 

Drinks with Sean Tomlinson and Greg Craig

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Greg “Noodles” Craig is a long time drinking buddy of mine.

The Scheffers, The Murphys and the Kennedys.

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One of my farewell dinners at Riviera Trattoria Pizzeria

 

A rose between two thorns

life changing yearWell 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.

 

life changing yearDeb, Jodie & I had a terrific holiday last year, we were in the South of France & Cinque Terre Italy.

 

Bangkok Thai on Chevron Island

 

life changing yearDennis, Chris & Don at Bangkok Thai on Chevron Island.

Don on the right sadly passed away on 30th May, 2016 after a long battle with cancer, RIP buddy.

 

Bangkok Thai on Chevron Island

Bangkok Thai Chevron IslandMy 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

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Over the years Melbas on the Park has been our main drinking hole.

Stephanie Hanie from Dresden in Germany

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Steph is living back in Germany, I sometimes see her on Facebook.

Chris, Steph and Warren.

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Certainly a rose between two thorns. It is now July 2016 and Chris & Warren are currently visiting Pattaya.

Dennis  aka “No friend of mine”

life changing yearI 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

David Devito

We would often go to hear the wonderful voice of David Devito, he always sang one of my favourites, Hallelujah.

 

My driveway at home

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My friend Phil Thomson called in with his beautiful Boxter, it certainly dressed up my driveway. 🙂

 

                          Here are some more travel posts.

                 Chinatown 2014      Adelaide 2014      Gold Coast

sydney harbour      Largs Pier hotel      Melbourne Cup

Noodle House Chevron Island

life changing yearI 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                            

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David Herd Thailand        David Herd Sydney          sexy babes                   

         Adelaide 1972          Iron Bar Freddy               Sydney 2006

David Herd Thailand          Big Tim Bristow          babes boobs bums            

       Thailand 2008                Gold Coast Babes               World trip 2003

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan         Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan          Copacabana

                              Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses

 

That’s all folks

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan

 

2007 was also a big year.

 

Here we jump forward to November 2014.

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Great life Thailand 2012

February 3, 2014 by David Herd

North Pattaya

Great life Thailand 2012Great life Thailand 2012 can easily be explained, I moved from Australia to Thailand October 2011 and had settled in nicely by 2012. I live in Markland in Beach Rd, it’s the building on the right side of the Holiday Inn shown in the photo above.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from 2012.

Am I happy? Check out my view.

Great life Thailand 2012I have always loved having a good view from my home, Pattaya Bay is without a doubt the best outlook I have ever had in my life.

The wet season in September.

great lifeI love watching the storms roll in over the bay in the wet season.


French restaurant opposite my condo.

Great life Thailand 2012Dinner at Bernard’s with some friends & my brother Warren. Sadly due to a tourist slowdown they closed in 2014.

Great life in Pattaya.

Siam Golf PattayaHere I am at the beautiful Siam country club, one of the best courses I have ever played on.

Sunday brunch at the Mantra

Mantra Amari PattayaMy favourite restaurant is the Mantra at the Amari hotel, the Sunday brunch is magnificent.

Another Sunday brunch at the Mantra.

Great life Thailand 2012Lunch with Daryl Evans, Hamish & his lovely girlfriend Noi.

Joergen Ulitza & Freeman

Great life Thailand 2012Only last week in July 2014 we got the news that Joerg had been arrested in Hong Kong trying to leave for Melbourne with HK $1 million worth of Meth, he is 78 years of age and sadly will probably die in prison. We are all stunned by this terrible news, I have known Joerg for over 30 years. 

Good news. after around 15 months Joerg was released.

Murphy’s 70th at Monsoon in Bangkok.

Great life Thailand 2012Friend of 30 years Tony Murphy from Australia has his 70th birthday in Bangkok at Monsoon in Soi 8 Nana.

With Aoy at the Cherry Bar.

David with Aoy Cherry barI guess the only question is “what time can I start having fun”?

The Tiger zoo in Chiang Mai.

Tiger Kingdom Chiang MaiThe tiger zoo in Chiang Mai  is certainly worth a visit.

His name is Tone, he lept at the wire, scared hell out of me.

Chiang Mai tiger

I was soaking wet and terrified with the sound of my brothers laughter ringing in my ears.

Massage in Chiang Mai $5.

Great life Thailand 2012One of the joys of living in Thailand, I would have at least 4 massages each week which contributes to my great life in 2012 .

Irina from Ukraine.

Irina from Ukraine

Dinner and red wine at Toscana.

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Oay at the Cherry Bar

Cherry Bar

Fun at the Cherry Bar.

Sunset from my balcony

Pattaya Sunset

Pattaya has so many super sunsets.

Beautiful Golf Courses.

Great life Thailand 2012Brad Robins & I at Phoenix in Pattaya, one of the many world class courses in Thailand.

Rimpa Lapin near Pattaya

Dinner Rimpa LapinDinner with a bunch of friends at Rimpa Lapin which overlooks the beach about 20 minutes south of Pattaya.

Another birthday at the Mantra

Great life Thailand 2012Another terrific night at the Mantra to celebrate my birthday.

Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha in Myanmar

Great life Thailand 2012I went to Yangon in Myanmar to play golf for a few days, I found the city so fascinating I only had one game of golf, the rest of the time I went sightseeing. Myanmar certainly was a big part of my great life in 2012.

Sydney at Fortuna Court.

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Dinner with Ken & Justine at Crows Nest.

Gold Coast friends Ross Kennedy & Phil Thomson.

Great life Thailand 2012I travelled to Sydney & the Gold Coast in March and caught up with friends and family.  

                  Facebook post November 2012   

Magic Monday in Pattaya, started with my 25 minute walk down the beach to have breakfast at the Sportmans pub, sausage, eggs, baked beans and a bottle of water, back home for a short nap before a terrific 1 hour foot , back & shoulder massage before meeting Lazza for Salmon Sashimi & Shanghai dumplings at Big C shopping mall. Then a large Latte at Coffee World followed by a quiet afternoon at home with my million $ view and Mr Kindle.

Four or five Jack Daniels at the Cherry bar at 6pm, then on to Toscana on Beach road for dinner, BBQ Quail with boiled potatoes, 2 glasses of Chianti, finishing with Profiteer rolls with Amaretto ice cream on the side. Total cost for the day 2,200 Baht, 44 Quid or $69 aud, priceless. Notice how I resisted the urge to use that irritating American cliché of “do the math”?

It is now November 2016 & the aud has shrunk almost 20%, B2.200 is now $82.

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