My Web Sites
Unfortunately, most of the web sites or pages I build for work are transitory landing pages for specific promotions, or preference pages for subscribers that require personal information to access. One of the few recent exceptions is HealthSpire, a new division of the Aetna insurance group. I created the pages from creative developed by the agency services of our company. The site makes extensive use of the Foundation framework for consistent page layout, form checking and ARIA compliance. Backend integration with the client's call center was handled by a separate engineering team.
Although now largely relegated to the status of hobbies, these sites along with several others did provide me a living for several years, and are still one of the main the vehicles through which I continue to explore, develop and refine my skills.
- Asia For Visitors
Asia For Visitors, which also includes the domains ThailandForVisitors.com and BangkokForVisitors.com, is a free on-line travel guide to Southeast Asia. The site is essentially an on-line guidebook, without the limitations that a printed book has. There are approximately 5,000 pages of information, as well as links to over 20,000 hotels, tour services and my own ebook guides extracted from the site. In 2011 the site received more than 1 Million visitors.
Technologies used: PHP, MySQL, Wordpress (Blog portion only).
Note: I've just completed a full over-haul of the site, reviewing and update almost every page to bring it in line with modern responsive principles, with a new layout to match. There may still be a few glitches here and there as I put on the finishing touches.
- SEA Undersea
SEA Undersea is partly a distillation of basic travel information found at Asia for Visitors, paired with details of specific interest to scuba divers. Although originally focused on Southeast Asia, I have started to expand content to cover the Caribbean.
Technologies used: PHP, MySQL, Wordpress (Blog portion only), Pure CSS.
- Traveling Chili
Essentially a cooking site, Traveling Chili combines my love of travel with a love of food, especially Thai food. Along with the recipes, there is also detailed information about the foods we eat, and the sometimes surprising facts about where they come from.
Technologies used: Drupal currently, transitioning to October.
As another way to leverage the large inventory of content developed through my travel sites, I have published several travel guides in electronic form. These books are available in the two major formats – mobi (Kindle) and ePub – and are distributed through all the major publishing platforms, such as Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords, etc.
- Bangkok Essentials
- For any first-time visitor to Bangkok, there are certain "must see" sights that you have to visit. While "the Big Mango" is home - literally - to hundreds of museums as well as assorted palaces, temples and other tourist spots, there are three destinations that most will say you need to visit to have "done" Bangkok: The Grand Palace, Wat Po (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn.)
- In addition to the 'big three' I've also selected a dozen or so other sights - some popular, some interesting but a bit off the tourist trail - that are easily accessible using the city's train and boat system.
- Bangkok Walking Tours
- This eBook provides describes three walking tours that you can follow on your own to explore Bangkok. The tours take in different parts of the city, such as Chinatown, the curious “Golden Mount” area, and the 'other' side of Bangkokk - Thonburi. Each tour includes a route map, step-by-step instructions on how to get from one stop to the next, and detailed descriptions of each of the main sights.
- Chiang Mai Guide
- The real charm of Chiang Mai are the many forgotten lanes and temples, quite a few of which aren't even in the guidebooks. Take a leisurely stroll through the old walled city of Chiang Mai, the capital of the ancient kingdom of "Lanna", founded more than 700 years ago. Visit ancient temples, colorful fresh markets and other cultural attractions in this pleasant walking tour. In addition, this ebook covers several other 'hidden' gems of the ancient city, including colorful markets and the ruins of an even older city.
- Sukhothai with Si Satchanalai
- This small ebook provides a handy guide to the sights of the ancient city of Sukhothai in the north of Thailand, the first ‘Thai’ kingdom. It covers all the major ruins, museums and also includes a guide to the related site of Si Satchanalai.
Having lived in Asia for many years, I have a lot of photographs I've used on my web sites and books. Here are a few favorites from around the world:
A Short Biography
I grew up in the greater Portland, Oregon area and attended the University of Oregon. After graduating with a profession degree in Architecture I found work with a small consulting company in the San Francisco Bay area that was one of the pioneers in computer aided design (CAD) for architects. Thus began a career in technology that now spans more than 30 years.
In 1984 I moved to Southern California to work with a CAD systems manufacturer. I was frequently promoted and eventually became the Product Line Manager for all Unix-based products. Seeking new challenges, I accepted a position with a Thai computer vendor that resulted in a move to Bangkok in 1992.
What was intended to be a stay of two or three years turned into a 21-year stint in Thailand. Over time, I helped my Thai partners start up many new lines of business, including retailing systems and enterprise computing tools. I traveled extensively around Thailand and Southeast Asia during this time, and in 1997 started my first web site to document the places I visited.
In 2010 I resigned from my “day job” in order to concentrate full time on my travel web sites and related revenue streams. Family matters forced me to return at least temporarily to Portland in early 2013, and after a few months back in my home town I decided to make the return permanent.
Aside from writing and traveling, I also enjoy cycling, hiking and cooking.