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Out of Paradise - A Hitchhiker's Guide to the World - A Chronicle of an Era  

 

 

Currently living in Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand since January, 2009...

 

Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand

 

...Descended from Paradise, California to Europe in the summer of '72 on a six month quest for sun, sand, surf and snow - I'm still on it...

 

Cheap Charlie's Backpacker Lodge

 

...Have been operating a small Guesthouse / Hostel / Bar / Restaurant here in Patong Beach since October of 2009...

 

Check out our website here
This is what I wake up to every morning with some of the world's best beaches just minutes away         

 

 

 

 

I relocated from an extremely beautiful part of southern rural China where I had been living since 2005 - in a small place called Yangshuo, Guangxi Province  - one of China's most popular tourist destinations - surrounded by abrupt karst mountain peaks and beautiful rivers - One of my favorite pastimes there was taking a bamboo raft down the Dragon River on a lazy Sunday afternoon with a cold LiQuan beer, watching the water buffalo wading in the shallows, diving in for a swim from time to time and thoroughly enjoying the magnificent scenery along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

   

I had a busy language school in Yangshuo with a Chinese partner which I've just sold out my share of... Check out our web site there at www.xijieschool.com

I've had 2 other language schools in Japan where I lived for over 20 years - The 1st I opened in 1982 - sold in 1995 - moved to New Zealand - on to Fiji - back to Japan - and opened the 2nd with a Japanese partner - check out our web site there at www.so-mecc.com

 

 

 

I have another website that I've been working on as a hobby for a while...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got married (for the second time) in January, 2006 - to a lovely Chinese lady. My previous marriage was to a lovely Japanese lady for 18 years

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- and have 2 boys - now 24 and 22 years old -

 

 
- the older graduated from Bowling Green University in Ohio where he was studying music...

…and the younger is in his 2nd year of university in Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decided on settling in Thailand following a month's holiday / honeymoon...

 

...in Yunnan Province in western China...

 

 

 

 

...and Thailand (which has prompted our current move)
 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1995, after 15 years in Japan, I sold my first language school there and took up residency in New Zealand's premier tourist resort of Queenstown...

 

 

...where I bought a 6 bedroom house overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains - with some of the most magnificent views imaginable - and converted it into a guest house - along with another 7 bedroom duplex, 10 other rentals which I sub-let and a live music pub and restaurant where I booked some of New Zealand's biggest recording acts.
While in New Zealand, I happened to stumble into extra parts in 4 movies - 'The Vertical Limit' - where I was part of the K2 base camp climbing crew -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- and the three 'Lord of the Rings' films.

The 1st of which I was an Urukai warrior...

...the second, a Rohan refugee...

 

...and the third, a corpse following the battle of Pelennor Fields...

 That's not me, but I'm in there somewhere...

...I'm in here somewhere too...

...and one of these...   ...dead.

 

 

A total of 6 movies I've been in... (that's 3 more than James Dean)...

...one other in Switzerland in the mid 70's - 'Love and Bullets' with Charles Bronson...

...and one in Arizona when I was about 8 years old - 'The Deadly Companions' - Sam Peckinpah's directorial debut.

 

 

Between  New Zealand, the separation from my 1st wife and my ultimate return to Japan in 2001,  I spent six months in Fiji where I hooked up with a Fijian tour operator and resort owner in the Yasawa Islands and took up the lease of a 6 bedroom duplex apartment complex in the international arrival town of Nadi. I turned it into a guesthouse with the intention of  managing both my guesthouse in Nadi and the resort in the Yasawa Islands where we would send travelers when they arrived at the airport in Nadi.

 

 

The plan was all good - but with the circumstances following the coup-d'etat  in 2000, the mounting racial tensions between the indigenous Fijians and the indentured Indian laborers imported by the British years ago, along with the rising  unemployment and the associated crime caused by trade embargos due to the coup made life there a bit more difficult than I would have liked

- A beautiful place to visit... ...but you don't want to live there.

 

 

 

Prior to Japan, I spent 8 years in Europe between 1972 and 1980 - where I realized my 2 dreams and desires...

...winter skiing accross the European

Alps...

 

 

...Manlichen above Grindelwald overlooking the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau Mts...

(This was the view from my bedroom window)

...and summer sailing in the Mediterranean...

 

 

...around the Balerus Islands, Ibiza and Formentera and along the Spanish coast.

The majority of the time (over 6 years) was spent in Switzerland...

 

 

...I lived directly above here

...where I happened to stumble into working in the music industry operating and managing a recording studio and promoting and recording the annual Montreux Jazz Festival from 1973 to 1979.

 

 

That lead to a contract with WEA International (Warner Bros., Elektra/Asylum & Atlantic Records) in the Artist Relations and Audio / Video Planning Division where I managed the Audio / Video Planning Division side - along with independent European concert and tour promotions. My claim to fame is making the world's first commercial digital recordings - that was of the Montreux Jazz Festival for FM Tokyo radio in 1978 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Damn, how time flies when you're having fun...