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How a Balinese Jail Changed His Life While Working at the $10 Million ‘Cali Beach’ Club on the Gold Coast

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How a Balinese jailer who changed his life after attempting suicide behind bars is now a VIP host at Australia’s trendy new $10 million ‘Cali Beach’ club

  • Ex-con who changed life after attempting suicide scored high-profile role
  • Will Cabantog served a year in prison after being caught with 1 gram of cocaine
  • Tried to hang himself while in prison, only to break the makeshift noose when he fell
  • Working at the luxury ‘Cali Beach’ club on the Gold Coast as a senior VIP guest host










A Balinese jailer who turned his life upside down after attempting to commit suicide behind bars works at a swanky new $10 million Gold Coast nightclub that welcomed some of Australia’s biggest social influencers to its grand opening.

Will Cabantog was serving a year in prison at Kerobokan Prison on the Indonesian island after he was caught with 1.12 grams of cocaine during a July 2019 nightclub raid.

Cabantog, who tried to hang himself while in prison to have the makeshift noose broken, has since become a mental health advocate after vowing not to let his suicide attempt become his legacy.

The ex-Melbourne club promoter revealed on Wednesday that he was ‘doing back what I love’ after being hired as a senior VIP guest host at Gold Coast’s ‘Cali Beach’ club.

Will Cabantog – pictured at center – has shared his new job as a senior VIP guest host at the Gold Coast’s new $10 million ‘Cali Beach’ club

Cabantog was serving a year in prison at Kerobokan Prison on the Indonesian island after being caught with 1.12g of cocaine during a July 2019 nightclub raid

Cabantog was serving a year in prison at Kerobokan Prison on the Indonesian island after being caught with 1.12g of cocaine during a July 2019 nightclub raid

“It’s in my blood and in my bones from pouring my first pint in the pub to, at one point, running the most successful club in the country,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Some might say I’ve changed, but I’m the same person, just a better and improved version.”

The city’s high-end beachfront rooftop club opened its doors Saturday to its 5,000-square-foot venue, four floors above the corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard.

Opening night guests included Big Brother star Skye Wheatley, model Erin McNaught and a range of social media influencers including

The complex features an open-air movie theater, poolside cabanas, a volleyball court and numerous outdoor dining options.

Before his arrest in Bali, Cabantog was often photographed enjoying the festivities, posing for photos with the likes of Australian Honey Badger and Eddy Maguire.

Ex-Big Brother star Skye Wheatley attended the grand opening of the chic beach club last Friday

Ex-Big Brother star Skye Wheatley attended the grand opening of the chic beach club last Friday

Guests in the photo at the opening of the beach club on a rooftop above Surfers Paradise Boulevard last weekend

The 5000 m² complex features an open-air cinema, poolside cabanas, a volleyball court and an array of outdoor dining options

Guests in the photo at the opening of the beach club on a rooftop above Surfers Paradise Boulevard last weekend

In the photo, guests enjoy the opening of the club 'Cali Beach' on the Gold Coast

In the photo, guests enjoy the opening of the club ‘Cali Beach’ on the Gold Coast

But after his near-death experience, he said he wanted to reshape his life and shared how he had started meditating, taught English and started studying for an online certificate in mental health.

“I didn’t want to be remembered because I came to Bali and did a line of coke and got caught and thrown in a prison in Bali and killed me,” Cabantog told The Herald Sun.

“When you’re stripped of everything and don’t have much left. It’s all about the legacy you want to leave behind.”

Cabantog said his near-hanging was just the tip of the iceberg of his traumatizing time in prison.

Kerobokan Prison was built to house 300 criminals, but currently has more than 1,400.

To make matters worse, maximum-security inmates, such as rapists and murderers, share open dormitories with minimum-security inmates.

Cabantog told last year how his suicide attempt led him to change his life

Cabantog told last year how his suicide attempt led him to change his life

Cabantog was sentenced to one year in prison after raiding the Lost City nightclub in Bali's hot spot Canggu.

Cabantog was sentenced to one year in prison after raiding the Lost City nightclub in Bali’s hot spot Canggu.

Cabantog said he rented his own private cell — which can cost $250 a month — as a security measure during his one-year stint in prison.

The prison also charges $50 for clean water, while cell protection and cleaning is set at $150.

He also received support from Matthew Norman of Bali Nine – who shared the prison with him and became a sort of spiritual leader for other inmates while serving his life sentence for drug trafficking.

Cabantog’s experiences have also prompted him to start a mental health awareness campaign #speaklesslistenmore, which also serves as his Instagram handle.

The ex-Melbourne nightclub promoter was serving his prison sentence at Bali's infamous Kerobokan Prison.  He said he rented his own private cell as a security measure

The ex-Melbourne nightclub promoter was serving his prison sentence at Bali’s infamous Kerobokan Prison. He said he rented his own private cell as a security measure

Prior to his arrest, Cabantog was frequently photographed enjoying the party scene and posed for photos with the likes of Australian Honey Badger and Eddy Maguire.

Prior to his arrest, Cabantog was frequently photographed enjoying the party scene and posed for photos with the likes of Australian Honey Badger and Eddy Maguire.

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