After a somewhat colorful life, I’ve decided to sit down and write about it. Both in person and on paper I prefer to use five, rather than ten words, so I’ll do this in bullet points.

  • I had a pretty miserable childhood, being raised by a mentally – and later physically abusive Father, and an alcoholic mother
  • I went on to enjoy a career as a professional pianist, performing on ships, and later some of the very best hotels, mostly in South East Asia
  • I have cheated death several times, once on a ship, once in a car, and the Asian tsunami of 2004 almost got me too


While I have enjoyed many magnificent experiences in my life, especially of being paid to travel, I’ve also gone through much sadness and heartbreak.

Writing my book has brought back many unpleasant memories, and I’ve found that the best way to write about those is by using the dark and dry humour for which I am known among my friends.

As outlandish as some of my experiences may seem, every word I’ve written is absolutely true; I’m not even going to add to the best of my recollection to that statement.

Pulling no punches, No Grey Areas is a candid and honest – to the point of being raw – account of my life.

It’s not just a story, it is – in some cases – a record of my experience of history.

Take a look at some excerpts by clicking on the tab at the top of this page.

I hope you enjoy the read, and the journey.

Best wishes,



  • Hi Stuart,

    What a pleasant read for me on chilly Saturday morning. The sun is bright at 75C outside but chilly inside my house. Having my morning coffee and toast and listening to you inside my head is actually making my world warmer. Good job you are doing here.
    I got a question for you. Why do Filipinos say Sir and Ma’am so easily to anyone even to those who they know is way younger than them. ( by the looks).
    Where did this start? Is it being falsely used to appear subservient yet really was to put the other person in a position of power, preventing wars or maybe rumor of wars.

  • Hi Stuart,
    Intrigued, as I have contemplated putting my journey to pen.

    • Hi, Dennis.

      Go for it! Even if your intention is not to sell it eventually, it’s always nice to write your life down for the sake of your family:)

  • Hi Stuart,
    You’re inspirational. I follow you / your work on Quora and when you had posted a series on: life in prison, which was in various par; I would eagerly wait for the next one.

    I am in awe of you and the way you express(write).

    Would love to hear about your philosophy of life and principles you stand by, preferably in person 🙂 🙂

    All the very best

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