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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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, 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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A little bit life a drowned rat. ๐Ÿ™‚

 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?

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

January 12, 2018 by David Herd

The end to another great year

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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.

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

The sign said “boat for sale”.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThe fine print said “needs a little work”. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m sure Mark Yagala could sell it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Contemplating life beyond 2000  

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

Contemplating life beyond 2000

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

The dreaded black list.

Contemplating life beyond 2000

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

Always a lot of fun

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As you can clearly see I was being totally dominated here. ๐Ÿ™‚

 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 & burned. No that’s not really true, after Samui it never really got off the ground. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Thanks for visiting my Contemplating life beyond 2000 photo blog.                     

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A-One hotel on Beach Road

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Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

January 28, 2017 by David Herd

North Pattaya 

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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.

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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). ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

 An Italian red while watching the sun go down.

Breakfast at The Pig & Whistle Soi 7.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

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

Very strange sight.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

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

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

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

Jonathon Whiting

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

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.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

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

Atlantic with Bill Perry.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

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.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

 From the left, Joergen, Steve Reade, Pothole, DH & Bill Curtis. A fairly scrappy looking bunch I’m sure you will agree. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh no! Not another cloud?

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

  I have just created a new profession, I am now a Cloudologist, who constantly participates in the art of Cloudology. Be impressed, be very impressed.  http://fivestarvagabond.com/fascinating-clouds-pattaya-beaโ€ฆ/

In March I took a road trip down from 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. 

This is what I got up to in Australia. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Led astray by my old buddy Ross Kennedy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for visiting my Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 photo blog.

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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

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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

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

Itโ€™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. Itโ€™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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

A little more of Kathy

Gold Coast life 1999

Without a doubt Kathy had one of the hottest bodies I have ever seen. ๐Ÿ™‚

 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Natasha & Alex

Gold Coast life 1999

New Years Eve 1998 and the girls are feeling no pain. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚


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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

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 Australian 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 Australian 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

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.

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

Here we all are at my farewell party.

The mandatory keg                            My lovely Grandmother

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager    David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

It would be almost 1.5 years before I would see my family again.

My lovely mother, Iris Herd.

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

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

Life changing adventure

Twenty years of age in 1964, what a clean cut innocent looking lad I was. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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My wonderful Pattaya life 2016 (A)

April 5, 2016 by David Herd

Markland Condo

Pattaya life 2016

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.

In fact 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

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.

Larry Krausz, a friend for around 30 years suffered a major stroke on October 28 2017. 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.

 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

More water on Beach Rd Pattaya than Songkran

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.

Pattaya life 2016

I actually have a photo blog dedicated to Babushkas in bikinis, just follow this link.

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.

Dolphin roundabout Pattaya

Hooters comes to Pattaya

Pattaya life 2016

 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.

From my balcony

Pattaya life 2016

From my balcony June 19 and another perfect Pattaya day.

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 as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

Cold beers, hot night

Pattaya life 2016

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.

Natanโ€™s at Jomtien

Pattaya life 2016

Put Natenโ€™s on your bucket list, it is in my top 6 restaurants in Pattaya and Jomtien.               

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 Iโ€™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 ex fiancรฉe 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.

Pattaya view point.

 


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.

Pothole & I at Koh Samui

Pattaya life 2016

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

Roland returns

Pattaya life 2016

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

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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

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.. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

One more did you say?

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

 

How sweet she is.

A great look in front of the fire

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

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

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

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.

An emotional farewell from Bob Francis

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

 

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 Pattayaโ€™s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

Pattaya Hilton

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Gold Coast life

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Life changing year 2011

November 20, 2014 by David Herd

Farewell drinks at Melbas

Life changing year

life changing year

Life 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 year

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?

life changing year

Did I mention how much Julia loves to surf?

OK, here is the full length shot, now lets move on shall we? ๐Ÿ™‚

life changing year

No doubt Julia is one very fit lady.

Dinner at home with friends

life changing year

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.

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


Peking Duck Hope Island

life changing year

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 year

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

life changing year

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 year

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Newly opened Surfers Paradise Hilton

life changing year

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

Metricon stadium at Carrara.

life changing year

Home ground of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team.

Drinks with Sean Tomlinson and Greg Craig

life changing year

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

The Shitterers, The Murphys and the Kennedys.

life changing year

One of my farewell dinners at Riviera Trattoria Pizzeria

A rose between two thorns

life changing year

Well that’s my story & I’m sticking to it. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 year

Deb, 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 year

Dennis, 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

life changing year

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

life changing year

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

Stephanie Hanie from Dresden in Germany

life changing year

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

Chris, Steph and Warren.

life changing year

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 year

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

life changing year

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

My driveway at home

life changing year

My friend Phil Thomson called in with his beautiful Boxter, it certainly dressed up my driveway. ๐Ÿ™‚                 

Noodle House Chevron Island

life changing year

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.                      

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Surfers Paradise Party Animals
 
A-One hotel on Beach Road

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2007 was also a big year.

 

 

Here we jump forward to November 2014.

 

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