This is not a travel blog, it is part of my personal photo history. It seemed like Groundhog day. 🙂
Surfers Paradise Party Animals
Surfers Paradise Party Animals, 1992 was just another year of fun & games on the beautiful Gold Coast. I was certainly among the main party hosts, I had a great home for entertaining & I loved have lots of beautiful girls around.
Some of the usual suspects.
Naturally when there were pretty girls around the competition between the guys was fierce. 🙂
A rose between two thorns, I don’t think so. 🙂
I guess there is no need to say I was enjoying life to the max.
Occasionally some of the girls would relax in the spa.
Naturally I always had my camera ready.
These girls loved nature
And Dr Evil was always there with the camera. 🙂
Roslyn & Jill looking good
I remember spending some “quality time” with both these lovely ladies.
Jill & Sharon
Another “daily double” I’m happy to say, (that just means I bonked them both. 🙂 )we saw a show that night at Jupiters casino, I think it was Barry Humphries.
Andre Buzek dentist extraordinaire, (I don’t think so)
Sadly my great mate lost his life soon after in a car crash in Cuba.
Girl of the year Kelly Davis
I was lucky enough to spend a few months on & off with this lovely lady.
Here we are on New Years Eve
Naturally Harley is locked & loaded once again. 🙂
Big Steve Bristow (son of Tim) & Greg Johnston.
Now in 2018 Greg lives in Pattaya & runs a bar on the dark side, & Steve still lives on the Gold Coast.
The late great Paul Allen, a Surfers Paradise icon.
Talking about icons…………
Daryl Beattie is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, those bikes however all belonged to Mick Doohan the living legend who won five consecutive 500 cc World Championships. The guy in the middle is a legend in his own lunch time, my good mate Ross Kennedy aka “Shoeless Joe”.
Talking about legends…
Here I am giving my boat a good wash. 🙂
A good looking bunch of babes
It was Xmas day 1992 and we all had a great lunch at my home in 106 Upton St Bundall. My main squeeze at the time was Kelly 2nd from the right, & my occasional squeeze was Jill standing beside her. 🙂
Another night another dinner at Upton St
Harley & his gay flatmate naturally came dressed in their army outfits. 🙂 Tat’s Kandice on the left & Nicola on the right.
That night produced one of my favourite photos
This is a true classic.
Another classic from 1992
Lyn Goss & Roslyn provided the glamour & Tony Murphy & I contributed with a truck load of style. 🙂
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.
Part of my personal online photo albums, as opposed to my FiveStarVagabond travel blog.
Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene
Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene started for me way back in 1980 as you can see from the above photo. I returned in 1987 & 1997 but have not been back there since.
Manilas’s famous Jeepneys
Jeepneys were originally made from U.S. military jeeps left over from World War II
The Duterte administration is demanding that any jeepneys in violation of updated regulations — including those built more than 15 years ago — are taken off the roads by Jan. 1, 2018. New rules on size, accessibility and engine quality could take thousands of vehicles out of service, as well as potentially endangering the livelihoods of drivers and others in the jeepney industry. The changes could also effectively mean the end of a Filipino design icon.
Known in the Philippines as the “King of the Road,” jeepneys are also renowned for having designs as loud as their roaring engines. Embracing a “more is better” philosophy, owners use vibrant colors and busy ornamentation to decorate their vehicles.
On the bus to Angeles City.
Accompanied by two Adelaide lads, Ron Gillette & Jim Cox. Jim eventually moved from Australia to Angeles City but I lost track of him 20 years ago.
Recovering at the beach
Just a small hangover to deal with.
Here is the cure
A Margarita & a fresh coconut. 🙂
Doug Ritchies & Jim Cox
Two old friends of mine from when I was living in Adelaide from 1972 to 1974.
Found myself a friend in Angeles City
These Filipino girls speak perfect English & really know how to look after you. 🙂
OK, back to Manila.
Outside nearly every shop lurks an armed guard, obviously there is a reason for this. 🙂
The Firehouse in 1987
I can’t believe 31 years have flashed by.
After all this time I understand the Firehouse is still going, and so am I. 🙂
What time can I start having fun?
And yes, I did take her home with me. 🙂
Can you blame me?
Am I missing work?
No way Jose.
Take a closer look at her hair
Very curly indeed, her father was a U.S. marine. (what a great face she has)
Can’t help being popular. 🙂
Is is me or the Pesos they are after? Remembering of course in those days I was a bit of a chick magnet. 🙂
Jump forward 10 years to 1997
Doug Ritchies at Brisbane airport Doug was a very tough Cockney.
Our first night in Manila
Let the games begin. 🙂
That’s Doug in the middle being swamped & I’m with Simone who was a friend of mine from the Gold Coast.
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.
Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 gave me a welcome break from the relentless heat in Thailand. I offered to house sit & look after Sam the dog for my friends Tony & Nikki Murphy.
Melbas is still my favorite bar
Drinks with Geoff Robinson who traveled from Gosford on business.
Rebel without a cause
Grant Thompson taking his Harley for a spin to Mt Tambourine.
Fresh prawns from the trawler
The best in the world without a doubt.
Here is where you buy them.
located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, he’s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.
Friends from the 80’s
At La Rustica with George Hoult & Steve Bates who are friends from Sydney in the 80’s.
George & his lovely Thai lady.
George was on his way to spend a week sailing around the Whitsundays. La Rustica has been around forever & still serves very good food at the right price.
Flashback 30 years to November 1987
Here I am at La Rustica with Winnie & Allison in 1987, how time flies when you are having fun. I was lucky enough to have a fling with both of these ladies, Allison was only 18 at the time so I promised her the world & bought her an atlas. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy over a 4 day period in July 2017. There are so many terrific places to eat in Bangkok, from 5 star hotels to street food & everything in between. The 3 of us guys were wondering if any Thai people actually eat a home. 🙂
Au Bon Pain for breakfast
We start our day at Au Bon Pain in Silom or one of the many Starbucks in and around Silom Rd near Sala Daeng BTS station. The coffee & croissants are excellent, my favorite is the ham & cheese at Starbucks.
Here it is
A perfect start to the day, add a tall latte for a cost of B230 or $7 usd.
However if you are on a budget
Foodland (open 24/7) has a breakfast “happy hour”, if you eat before 9.am an American breakfast including coffee & juice will only cost you B62 or $1.80 usd, priceless. 🙂
Le Bouchen in Patpong
TripAdvisor rates Le Bouchen #176 of 9,969 restaurants in Bangkok. I think this is a gross exaggeration, don’t get me wrong, the couple of entrees we had were very good, however it’s an old world French restaurant that doesn’t deserve such a high rating. Dishes were Lasagna with lobster sauce & a Lobster bisque in pastry which was quite excellent.
These were excellent
Lasagna with lobster sauce & a Lobster bisque in pastry.
I really enjoyed the food & wine at Uminoya.
Two excellent dishes
Funny story of the day, the skewers were around B250 & the eel B180, or so I thought until the bill came. It was B2100 or $84 aud including 2 large glasses of red, I had made a small error, the eel was B1189 ++, when I ordered it I thought it seemed too cheap. 🙂 🙂 🙂
China White 3rd floor Central World
Really good low cost Chinese food.
I will definitely visit China White again.
They served the best BBQ pork I have had for a long time.
Roast at The Commons
My brother Warren & I both agree the lunch “special” at “Roast” on the top floor is the best value we have ever had in Thailand, & in most other countries as well. There is a choice on entree, main course & desert for only B340 or $10 usd.
Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok are one of the many interesting sights in this great city. Take the Sky Train to Saphan Taksin station or grab a taxi. The river ferries leave from just below the station.
Above is the free shuttle to Asiatique an excellent night market 10 minutes away. Lots of terrific restaurants, be careful if you want to take a taxi home from there, they will quote B400 for an B80 ride, the Bangkok taxi Mafia is in full operation here.
Sathorn Unique Tower
Planned as a high-rise condominium complex, construction of the building was halted during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, when it was about 80 percent complete. It’s now the most prominent of Bangkok’s many derelict buildings, and has become a destination for urban explorers.
One of the many skyscrapers.
Bangkok is really going through a building boom, particularly along the mighty Chao Praya river.
One of the very tall buildings.
Check out my Bangkok building photo blog on THIS LINK.
Sunset on the river
There are many ferries large & small taking people on a cruise along the mighty Chao Phraya river, follow THIS LINK for another of my photo blogs.
Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct is off Soi 55 Sukhumvit in Thonglor. A wonder collection of eateries in an interesting “factory like” building.
One of the many terrific food outlets on the ground floor market area.
Fresh bread fro the bakery
We enjoyed some of this bread with lunch at “Roast”.
Soul food anyone?
There are some fabulous choices of interesting cuisines at this fabulous Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct.
Here is the best tip I can pass on to you.
Both my brother Warren & I both agree the lunch “special” at “Roast” on the top floor is the best value we have ever had in Thailand, & in most other countries as well. There is a choice on entree, main course & desert for only B340 or $10 usd.
Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant offers good food in a great seaside location on Wongamat beach. There’s a huge menu & my only complaint is the wine cost, like many other Pattaya restaurants they do not offer a glass of house wine for between B120 & B150. This oversight certainly costs them customers.
What a fabulous view
I prefer lunch over dinner for two reasons, the fabulous view & I find the wine far too expensive at night.
Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant
As you can see the beer prices are fine.
Let’s take a look at the food
My seafood pasta was very good indeed.
Scallop Mornay was excellent.
Just looking at this photo makes my mouth water. 🙂
As you can see, the food is beautifully presented.
One of the many interesting dishes on the extensive menu.
Chicken, onion rings, sweet corn , YUM!
By now you probably realize why this is a favorite Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant.
Spinach soup, what a great color.
Often a soup & a selection of entrees suits me better than a large main meal.
TripAdvisor rate Surf & Turf 111 out of 870 restaurants in Pattaya. I’m a little surprised there are only 870, I really thought there were more. On another subject I have never been a fan of food served on wooden plates, I just wonder whether are are as hygienic as normal plates?
Two visitors from Australia
Ross Kennedy & Bryce Mathews enjoying their first visit to Pattaya.
Looking south towards Pattaya, the high rise on the left is “The Cove”, an upmarket condo & the the other one is “Cape Dara”a 5 star hotel on the beach. For a discounted room rate just book through THIS LINK.
Thanks for visiting my Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant photo blog.
Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant is on the waterfront in Naklua. At low tide the view is not very attractive & the restaurant itself resembles a large barn. Put all that aside & just enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood & quick efficient service.
A big tin shed
The customers who regularly eat here would be 95% Thai, mainly because tourists would never walk past or hear about it.
Either catch a Baht bus from the Dolphin roundabout or just hire a taxi. Believe me it’s worth the effort.
What about the food you ask?
Fresh, reasonably priced & lots to choose from.
Clams with lots of garlic
Delicious, in Australia we call them pippies.
Prawns cooked to perfection
Fresh & cooked to perfection.
Why are they are so fresh?
Shortly before they arrive at your table they are happily swimming around without a care in the world. 🙂
Salted fish, a Thai specialty.
Thai’s have mastered salted fish, one of their many terrific dishes.
Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant
Being an amateur camera enthusiast I’m more than happy with the low tide mudflats of Naklua, it provides so many more photo opportunities.
Can you imagine the “for sale” sign?
Needs a little work. 🙂
Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant
That’s my late great friend Larry Krausz who sadly passed away in January 2017 after suffering a major stroke. We were friends for nearly 30 years & I think of him often.
Pineapples & Melons
So it doesn’t just sell seafood. 🙂
Always a battle to eat but well worth the fight. 🙂
Not attractive at low tide
However the food is so good you won’t even notice the mud flats.
Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall, 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.