World Traveler, Foodie and Golf Enthusiast
Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. My name is Chris Haberski and I’m the CEO and founder of SleepEatGolf. I’m a world traveler, hotel stayer, lover of food and golf enthusiast. All of these interests developed in me at different points in my life.
My first job was when I was 13 years old as a looper. Now my dad and former Caddymaster would tell you I was one of the worst caddies of all time. There’s some truth to this. I didn’t like carrying a 20 lb. bag of golf clubs (sometimes two) for 4 hours a day in the hot and humid Midwest sun during the summers when all of my other friends were out enjoying their summer vacation. For 3 summers I worked the links and I learned to appreciate and respect the game of golf, the country club lifestyle and even have some Caddyshack-like memories that I still laugh about to this day. Unfortunately spending so much time on the golf course didn’t help my golf game!
When I was 16 years old I decided that I was done as caddy and took a summer job in Food Service at Six Flags Great America. I’ve always loved food and cooking. I worked with a high school friend of mine who was the Lead and together we ran a burger and fries restaurant. We put in 12 hour work days and I loved the job. By the middle of the first summer I was promoted as a Service Superstar and again promoted to Lead by the end of the season. I went back the following summer and was quickly promoted to a Supervisor position. I went back for a third season and loved working in the Food Service division, but college tuition was due and the golf club offered a sweet scholarship opportunity that I was guaranteed to qualify for so I went back to being a looper.
College provided me with my first opportunity to travel overseas. I was able to attend one semester in London, England during my Junior year. After 3 months of “classes” in London we weren’t due back on campus for another 3 months. So a small group of friends and I backpacked throughout Europe staying in hostels and riding the trains. It was my first international experience and I loved all the different foods, cultures and exploring new lands.
After college I found myself in Los Angeles, California after visiting some friends and skipping the plane ride back home. I began living and working on my own for the first time in my life. Los Angeles is such a huge, vast, multi-cultural part of America that a short drive can make you feel like you’re in another country. I spent about a decade in California and loved every minute of it. I still miss it to this day, but it’s not the spot for me right now.
I had a cousin who had moved to Asia and I finally went to visit him in 2007. Upon my arrival he had to suddenly fly back to America, so here I was in the Philippines with another friend who had never been there. After returning from my first 2 week vacation I was already planning my next trip back. My next trip was for 3 weeks. After a few months I booked another flight for a 1 month stay and each subsequent trip became longer and longer. The next thing I knew I was staying in South East Asia for 3 months and then back to Los Angeles for 1 month.
While on these extended 3 month trips overseas visa requirements gave me 2 choices:
- Pay extra money to extend my visa past 59 days
- Fly to another country and restart the 59 days upon my arrival back to the Philippines
I chose to start exploring other nearby countries even though the dollar costs were slightly more expensive than extending the visa. I felt the cultural experiences and having a true opportunity to be a true world traveler were priceless! I was right. Also, travel to one of the many neighboring countries in close proximity to the Philippines is very affordable via air; hotel and food prices are much lower compared to anything in the United States. So every 59 days for the past 5 years I travel out of the Philippines for a few days and experience a new country, new hotel, new food, new people and a new adventure.
Some cities and countries I’ve visited and plan to review for sleeping, eating and golfing for this site include:
- The Philippines
- Hong Kong
- Shanghai, China
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Seoul, South Korea
- Tokyo, Japan
- Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
- Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia
I think there’s a lot of other people who want to know where to SleepEatGolf in this part of the world and I hope you’re one of them! I personally invite you to contribute to this site and hit me up with any suggestions, questions or comments. In the meantime, I’m packing my bags getting ready for my next trip. Check back often for the latest updates and information on where to SleepEatGolf for your next trip.