Thailand with Mom Blog Series

It’s been a few months since I came back, and I’ve been receiving requests for details of my latest adventure to Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia) with my mom. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to share some of my favorite places with my mom. My mom is awesome!

I’ve visited Thailand back in 2015 and I regret not doing some of the things that were in reach when I was there. Fortunately this time around, I did everything I wanted to do in Thailand. In this blog series I will cover my first stop, Thailand, following Cambodia and Indonesia in separate series. I will outline where I stayed, what I did and provide some tips on traveling through.

I am super grateful for the opportunity to be able to share some of my favorite places with mom.

My mom is awesome! I love my mom!

Where?

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Phi Phi Islands

Fortunately this time around, I did everything I wanted to do in Thailand.

What?

  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Hiking Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in Thailand
  • Visiting Thailand Tropical Rainforest
  • Shopping at Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar
  • Scuba diving at Phi Phi Islands
  • Trekking through Phuket’s Bangla Road
  • Spectating Kickboxing at Tiger Stadium
  • To or not to massage

How?

  • Airlines
  • Bus Tours

When?

Early November 2018 – Off season

Stay tuned…

Beware: Thailand’s Deadly Roads

24,000 people are estimated to die this year in road accidents

I am not the type of person to talk about depressing shit. But this is just fucking ridiculous. Thailand is such a beautiful country in that it has so much to offer, but has a major problem in implementing safety controls on its roads.

During the holiday week from December 24, 2018 – January 1, 2019, 478 people lost their lives in motor accidents reported by the World Health Organization. That’s on average 66 people per day. It breaks my heart.

Road accidents in Thailand

  • 2nd in the world for road accident deaths, after Libya
  • 24,000 people are estimated to die on Thai roads every year
  • 73% of those killed are motorcyclists
  • 36.9m vehicles ply Thai roads – it’s gone up by 30% in the last five years

World Health Organization – BBC News Article

I will keep it very simple, please beware of driving in Thailand. Please keep it safe and hire a driver. Please spread the word. Prayers to those that have lost their lives and to the families that have lost loved ones in road accidents.

Thailand, please make it safe. Please stop drunk drivers. Please enforce the law. Please save lives!

Bali – where I left my heart.

I am not going to deny it. I fell in love in Bali. I fell in love with Bali. I love Bali. Back in Los Angeles I continue to think about her. I guess that’s when you know you’re in love. I’ve tried to shake it off. I’ve tried to explain it to myself that LA is my true love. But so is Bali…

I guess being in love isn’t a bad thing. Better to love than not to love at all.

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Here are some pictures to help me explain why Bali is my love…and why I think about her daily.

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That one time I bought a girls shirt and looked super gay. I crack myself up.

I hope to see you soon. See ya in the line up!

It’s been awhile…

Hey guys,

A lot has happened in the last 2 months since coming back from Bali. I’ve moved to Los Angeles to live out a dream! I guess you can say, I’m livin’ the dream. I think the older you get, the more initiative you have to do what you’ve always wanted to do before it’s too late and life passes you by. Why did I move to Los Angeles? I think I’ll save that story for another blog.

I’ve created some new videos of my experience in Bali and I have to say, Bali is magical!

Here are some past photos I’ve been posting on Instagram. My bad I haven’t been blogging! But I will pick it back up within the next couple of weeks. Be sure to subscribe and follow me on Instagram for the latest.

Destination Indo: Getting Barreled in Bali (My Indo Surf List)

After two years of aspirations and surfing domestically, it’s time to travel into international waters, Indonesia. Dreams of Indo are being realized and I have one goal in mind, surf. After working my ass off for the last 4 years and training at my local break almost every day, my mind, body and mental state are ready to take on world class waves.

I am certain my surfing will be in tip top shape after surfing heavy close outs almost every day at Ocean Beach. Bali’s waves are longer, consistent and dreamy. I can already see myself shredding in and out of the curl and pulling back to get barreled.

I will be spending over a week in Indo and I plan to hit up most of the South West of the island. My first stop is to check in our villa and head out. I will be bringing my 5’9″ Tomo Firewire Vanguard 2. This baby will do nicely.

My Indo Surf List

  1. Canggu
  2. Kuta
  3. Padang Padang
  4. Uluwatu
  5. Bingin
  6. Balagan
  7. Impossibles
  8. Dreamland
  9. Suluban
  10. Keramas

Stay tuned for some insane shots. And don’t worry, I will be bringing you along, just be sure to follow on Instagram for up to date video clips of my trip. Watch me live out a dream. Barreled in Bali.

Here are some nice lists of Bali’s surf spots.

Top 10 Surf Spots from Bali Magazine

Bali Surf Camp

Bali Surf Advisor

Surfing soothes me, it’s always been a kind of Zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I’m on a wave. – Paul Walker

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Steamer Lane

This past weekend USA Surfing hosted a pre qualifications for the 2020 Jr Olympic Girls team and I was lucky to catch the tail end of the competition. If you surf and use a wetsuit, you should be familiar with Santa Cruz and the O’Neill brand. This shoot took place at the famous Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, CA.

Steamer Lane is world famous for its legendary surfing community and wetsuit innovator Jack O’Neill. Not only, it’s world class waves which have attracted surfers from all around the world. Steamer Lane is a special place where the waves are long and the sunsets alluring.

From San Francisco, Steamer Lane is approx. 1.5 hours away. Not the best place to surf, unless, you live there since it does get crowded and at times territorial. But if you’re visiting, be sure to stay a few nights and surf early morning.

If you’re in between sessions, you can hike, grab a drink or head to the wharf to get some clam chowder or the beach boardwalk with plenty of entertainment to keep you busy.

Remember, respect the locals and have a good time!

Peace.