So thats why they call it crazy golf!

Greetings from Fiordland National Park, South Island NZ in the town of Te Anau. I took a flight down from Auckland at some god awful hour to get here for tonight. In two days I embark on world famous The best multi day walk in the world according to the well oiled NZ tourism marketing machine.

I will be the judge of that and if it matches or gets anywhere near the Kepler Track (also in the area) then I will be impressed. The weather forecast looks wet and cool but after a summer in the heat and humidity of Auckland I am actually looking forward to freezing my nuts off in my summer sleeping bag surrounded by 40 or so other snoring and farting walkers.

Te Anau is the gateway to the region. You know when a place proclaims itself a gateway, it actually means there is nothing much in the town itself and its a bit shite but it is ‘the gateway to…….’. Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, need I say more!

I did spot one thriving tourist attraction here this afternoon as I strolled back from the beer shop. The crazy golf looked pretty busy, in fact they were even having to queue up at the 2nd tee!

The real crazy thing is why have people come from all corners of the planet to play a round of mini golf in the rain! Yes it was bloody chucking down yet people still persisted in trying to putt a ball through the backside of an over-sized plastic penguin.

Still I do some crazy things. Like walking four days in the rain and working online for three years from various parts around the world.

To some, no doubt, this will still appear more crazy than taking aim at an aquatic, flightless bird’s orifice in the rain.

Looking for nightlife? Where not to go…

Part of the working nomad and indeed the traveler experience is to indulge in some local nightlife. I appreciate some people would rather not go out and drinks huge amounts of beer and generally have fun.

I also appreciate that my experience of a place may differ vastly from someone else and I can only comment on what I witnessed for myself.

So here are a few places and districts from my travels where the nightlife was pretty shite, in my humble opinion!

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown, Malaysia

My old friend the Reggae Bar. Some of you might remember my comments before about this dire excuse for a bar.

So I am going to let rip again spurred on by some abuse I received via email from a defensive regular or possibly the owner?!

The Reggae Bar is as Jamaican as I am. Its locations is sublime. In a bar starved district of the Malaysian capital it acts like an oasis to the weary backpacker or expat.

However the dark, dim and rather depressing interior is equally matched by the unfriendly staff who are yet to discover the smile. Happy hours, in their literal sense, do not exist.

If you stay in Chinatown then take advantage of the restaurants who will happily sell you a cheaper Tiger beer from your table. Sit back and enjoy one of the best people watching spots in Asia.

Please note I have not been to the above bar since last year and it may have changed for the better. If this is the case I still don’t apologise ;o)

Kuta, Bali, Indonesia – Tubes ‘Surfing Theme’ Bar

This outdoor monolith is on the popular Poppies one and was being refurbished the last time I was there. However the time before that I ended up ill for a week after eating there.

It was overpriced and the staff did everything they could to hassle you and relieve you of your beer even before you finished it.

Of course things may have changed down at tubes and it may have turned the corner in terms of the food it puts out.

Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia

Unless you enjoy the smell of sick with you beer then avoid the district of Kings Cross.


I can’t really think of any more places at the moment and I am not even sure why I bothered with this mini rant.

However my next post will take a more positive view of some of the world’s best nightspots for nomads!

Keep hold of your old websites and don’t neglect them!

I gave some advice some time ago about dumping a site after a few months if it was not performing and not bothering with re-registering the domain name. Move on I said!

However I have change my mind. Most domain names cost just a few dollars a year and the age of a site does seem to matter.

I have been running a site about the Great Wall of China for a few years and nearly sold it off last year as I never bothered updating it, the traffic was low and it made little money.

The site now has a number one ranking on Google for which quite a few people seem to type in!

I have done little to promote or get backlinks for this site yet it is still pulling in over 100 unique visitors a day, which is not too bad for a niche site thats rarely updated.

So is it the age of the site or the quality of the domain name / relevant country extension that is important here?

Either way it is hard to tell but there is two things to learn from this. The more websites you have the better and the age of the site seems to be significant in ranking so don’t neglect or let go of those early sites.