Which Bond movie was it were the evil villain had his fortress on one of these islands? I forgot! I want to say Dr. No, but I might be wrong!
Daily Photo – Exploring the Archipelago around Krabi in Thailand
Yesterday was a great example of what the Hasselblad can do and today we have another one. We had a wonderful time exploring all around these incredible limestone islands. I had the Hassy with me the whole time and was shooting like crazy. I literally have hundreds of photos, but this is one of my favorite ones.
Now that I’m back home from a the 50-day trip, I’m gonna do a little 5-day recap of the 5 countries we visited along the way! Wow, what a trip… I’m still getting my head around the whole thing. Now, some of you may know how I absolutely love staying at these amazing Ritz-Carlton locations all around the world. I feel so grateful for our partnership and everything…I know I gush about them all the time, but, I mean, comon, really! Check out how beautiful it is there… and the whole team is so nice. Anyway, I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you! I never want to check out of any location…
Anyway, here’s a few favorite videos of Thailand.
Here’s a few favorite photos of Thailand this trip, both on the property and around the environs!
Here’s the beautiful entryway where I would come to meditate. More on that below for the daily photo!
We had the most amazing boat ride around the archipelago. By the way, this is a pretty good example of the “type” of photo the Hasselblad takes.
My daughter feeds a baby elephant on the beach. How Cute Can You Get?
Isabella pauses after dinner on a bridge before we return back to the room for the night. We were hoping the elephant would be there too, but he was not…
On one of our last nights here, we were treated to an amazing show from all the locals. The kids were enraptured and my camera was in a state of constant motion!
This was one of our nightly walks, from the bar to another beautiful restaurant for dinner. They had so many amazing restaurants on the property that our minds were in a state of constant-blowage!
Daily Photo – The Ritz-Carlton, Phulay Bay, Thailand
This is a pretty peaceful view on the way to morning meditation, wouldn't you say? By the time I walked through all these bamboo pathways and peaceful shapes, I was already in the right mindset. In fact, I think this is maybe my favorite memory of this place. It's not a specific moment, it's more that I felt like I was in a constant flow of meditation while there. And I can't wait to go back!
If you’re like me, the back of your desk is a total nightmare of wires and plugs! Has anyone ever seen an elegant solution to this? Mostly, what I try to do is make sure all that stuff is outside of my viewcone when I am sitting at my desk. That seems to work… out of sight and out of mind! But I would like another solution if one exists!
Daily Photo – Wiring in Thailand
I see this kinda thing a lot in SE Asian countries. I saw this one while walking down the street in Pattaya and trying to watch out for trannies. I've come up with only one theory for why there are so many wires… I think there are two things happening. Note I have not talked to a Thai electrician to confirm this theory. One: Sometimes the telephone/internet/electricity breaks down. Since there are so many wires, they can't possibly trace the wire to find the route of the problem and it's far easier and faster to make yet another new fresh wire! The second is that there is always new construction and density and new customers require their own telephone/internet/electricity so they create even more wires. I dunno… but it's kinda crazy either way to see this! Sort of the opposite of wireless! 🙂
Well, another year, another set of cords. Now that I have switched to the Android Nexus 6p, it has the USB type C connection. It’s great because it’s reversible like the iPhone one, but it does require a bunch of cord-scramplin’ around! I have one on my computer, one in my car, and another I travel with… so it takes a whole new set of logistics and thinking to get my head around all this…haha… oh well. Maybe one day we won’t have to charge stuff anymore! 🙂
Daily Photo – Boats in Thailand
Right off the coast of Bang Saray, where I was staying, is an endless supply of really interesting boats. I really know almost nothing about boats, but I never got tired of walking along all the docks and staring out into the sea… also, I noticed, that there never seems to be a bad sunset in Thailand, so it's a winner combination!
It was another incredible day in Thailand. There is so much to see an do here. I got started with a meditation before going into a Thai Boxing class with the family. It got a bit violent sometimes ha! Then we had some good pool time and other relaxing things happening before being treated to an amazing sunset and a fun quad flight!
Daily Photo – The last sunset of 2015 from Thailand…
I hope everyone has a GREAT 2016… I think it’s gonna be an amazing one! I don’t really make New Year Resolutions, although I know it’s kind of a popular thing. I’m usually pretty good about making Completely Arbitrary Resolutions, and I do them randomly and just put them into motion immediately. This method has varied success.
Traveling Ratcliff Photo Circus Around The World!
I know I’ve done 3 days in a row here… I can’t commit to it because all this takes a lot of time and work, actually! But we did do some amazing things today that were worth capturing. It started out with all of us in a party van with a mirrored ceiling for a short ride to get on a boat. We took the boat for about an hour to visit four small islands around Phi Phi. They were amazing and we had a great time snorkeling and swimming. Where are they exactly? See This Google Map. We ended with a lunch on Bamboo Island before coming back… and pretty much after we got back, it was time to visit CoCo the baby elephant on the beach! CoCo is 3 years old and it was on the way to being a circus elephant, but the group here rescued him and now he does nothing but rest and relax and eat! Sounds nice… they say that chain is on him when in public because sometimes boats scare him and he runs wild!
Right before Coco walked home for the evening, the owner stopped for a moment for Scarlett to give a final snack for the night as the sun was setting.
Daily Photo – Right before Coco walked home for the evening
The owner stopped for a moment for Scarlett to give a final snack for the night as the sun was setting.
The Traveling Ratcliff Photo Circus Around The World!
Day 1 was a combination of 4 flights, 5 airports, and 3 tired children! But it was great after we finally arrived at our destination near Krabi, Thailand at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Everyone was pretty much out of it by the time we took the 12-hour flight from Auckland to Hong Kong. I’m not even sure how we found our plane… I was sort of in zombie-international-airport mode and we finally found our way. Anyway, after we finally got to Krabi, we had a nice drive to the hotel. We 20% unpacked then headed to the bar by the beach for sunset cocktails and photos. And then we had one of the most amazing dinners of our lives: a private BBQ buffet on the beach. We even got Ethan back there to cook a little bit with the chefs… so much fun!
Happy New Year’s Eve Everyone!
I hope you have a GREAT one! 🙂
My favorite talk from this year
Here’s a TEDx talk I did here in my hometown… I hope you enjoy and it inspires you for 2016! 🙂
A Few Favorite Snaps from 2015
Thanks again for joining me for another year of adventures and discoveries and art! I can hardly wait till 2016!
Here’s some of my favorite snaps from this year… 🙂
Daily Photo – A Private Buffet in Thailand at the Ritz-Carlton at Phulay Bay
Okay… this was a little over-the-top. I'm the first to say that it was completely unexpected and really overwhelming. But our first night here at Phulay Bay we had a private buffet on the beach! The whole thing was just for our little family… so ridiculous and wonderful. This is available actually to everyone that stays there and it was such a treat. Ethan even went back with the chef to cook some of our food. Once again, we ate WAY too much, but we loved and appreciated every second of it! 🙂
For the next 10 days, I’ll be at Burning Man, so I won’t be super-responsive, or responsive-at-all until I return! I’ll still read and respond to comments, but it will just be a little delayed. I’ve queued up a lot of blog posts with some favorite photos while I am gone so you can stay entertained while I’m off in the woods…
Daily Photo – Visiting Temples in Thailand
I loved this gal’s super-blonde-with-reddish-highlights-hair (which is rare in Thailand) and those cool tattoos on her back. I saw her kneeling here alone from afar and scurried over quickly to get behind her and take a photo before she moved.
Here’s a video of how I used Stuck on Earth (a free app) to find this place below.
Daily Photo – Getting All Sweaty in Thailand
I lost about five pounds in water weight during this shoot! It happened to be an extremely hot day, but I was still in the mood for taking photos. This spot was actually very close to where I was staying in Bang Saray, so it didn’t take too long to get here… I used the extra time to take photos and get more sweaty!
Some more coolness from Stuck On Earth. I’ll show you some awesome stuff in Stuck On Earth that you may not know about!
Daily Photo – Another Gem Found with Stuck on Earth
This little place right by Bang Saray, Thailand was a real surprise. I always pull up Stuck on Earth when I’m in a new spot and constantly finding cool things here and there. This was one of my greatest finds!