PHUKET EXPOSED: Paul Moorhouse
Friday 18 November 2011, 05:52PM
Owner and founder of Andaman Tropical Development Co. Ltd
Since 1999 Paul Moorhouse has been designing and developing ‘high end’ gated communities of villas and apartments in the Laguna and Layan area, as well as restaurants, bars and stand alone ‘bespoke’ villas. He is now just about retired and planning to get plenty of rest over the next few years.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING 10 YEARS AGO?
Up until June 1995 I was the Global Chief Operating Officer for TNT Ltd, a major, multinational logistics company, based in Singapore and Amsterdam.
WHY DID YOU MOVE HERE?
I bought my first home here in 1994 but had been visiting since 1982, very different days then and a wonderful, totally unspoilt island. Somewhat different now in many, many ways… some better, some not! But still a wonderful place to live.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT LIVING HERE?
I love the ease of doing most of the things I want to do like playing golf, going out on my boat and drinking and eating in some super bars and restaurants. Above all though I love the climate and most of the Thai ‘way of life’!
WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
Swim, golf, go out on my boat, walk my dogs on the beach at Layan or Cape Panwa, ride my bike and enjoy the company of some good mates and my family over a few cold beers.
WHAT HOBBIES OR SPORTS ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?
Apart from those I have already talked about I love watching International Rugby and the EPL, in fact just about any sport except beach football which I think is a joke! I also enjoy sitting and practising my new acoustic bass guitar.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY?
Playing football and cricket and going swimming in the nearby lakes with my young mates in Yorkshire during the long, hot school summer holidays, which seemed to go on forever!
FAVOURITE FOOD OR DISH?
I love just about everything. Having lived in Asia for 28 years I adore Asian and particularly Chinese and Thai and also Japanese. I also love pie and mash or fish and chips with mushy peas. Quite frankly I’ll eat almost anything if it’s good and cooked properly.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC ARE YOU INTO?
I have 1450 different artists and 35,000 tracks on my iPod so I am into just about everything from Sinatra to Led Zeppelin and from Fairport Convention to Kasabian, but if push comes to shove I always resort to Paul Rodgers and Free, early ‘70s rock! Funnily enough though I love chill out and ambient beach grooves also.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIP YOU HAVE FOR PEOPLE MOVING TO PHUKET?
Don’t expect everything to happen at once, and don’t expect Phuket to be a sunnier version of where you just came from! Take your time with everything and have an open mind to absorb what’s going on and how to enjoy it to the fullest.
WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU WHILE LIVING ON THE ISLAND?
There are hundreds of things that have amused me over the last 20 years or so here, but the most amusing was arriving home drunk one night and breaking into my neighbours house because I thought my wife had locked me out of mine, which was next door! It wasn’t funny at the time though but I laughed about it after... when I had sobered up.
THE PERSON YOU ADMIRE THE MOST AND WHY?
There are many people I admire tremendously but I guess Paul McCartney has to be up there for many reasons including changing my life and making millions of people very happy, all over the world, both with The Beatles and since. Top man, great singer/songwriter and a very accomplished musician.
WHERE IN PHUKET WOULD YOU TAKE SOMEONE ON A FIRST DATE?
Joe’s Downstairs or the Reggae Bar at Layan Beach at 6pm on a beautiful evening. Stunning sunsets, great cocktails and the food’s damn good as well.
IF YOU COULD COME BACK AS ANY OTHER PERSON WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
It would definitely be a musician and would probably be either Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Nathan East or John Paul Jones, all tremendous players who literally live to play music.
FAVOURITE PLACE ON THE ISLAND, AND WHY?
The beaches at Layan and the west side of Cape Panwa. They have beautiful sand, lovely breezes all year round, are nearly deserted and have wonderful views. Both remind me of ‘old’ Phuket as they are virtually unspoilt.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE NIGHT OUT?
Not a big ‘night out’ person anymore but I do like a good meal in a top restaurant with good wine and good company of friends and preferably some live music. Failing that a walk down Soi Bangla about 11.30pm is always good for a laugh.