I have been travelling for many,many years
Hi Guys, this is your Ka speaking coming to you live from beautiful, beautiful Thailand.  I am here at the beach, this is the resort we are staying in.   Could there be a better place then this to present to you our top 8 travel destinations 2014!  You have to understand that the 8 countries I am going to introduce to you here are my personal top of the pop list.  Other people would make a totally different list.  This is from my experience and I feel confident to say that I am the right person to talk about this because I have been travelling for the last 20 years.  I have visited most parts of the world, but there is a lot more yet to discover!!  I have been travelling many, many years – first by myself and then with Katie and now with the kids.  I feel I can talk about this and not make a fool of myself because I have seen so many places.

 

#1 Thailand
Let’s get started.  I think it just fits that the first place I am going to introduce to you is Thailand, where I sit right now.  Why Thailand???  It’s’ just paradise!!!
This beach you see now, you will see on all the islands, it doesn’t matter which one you pick.  I also don’t want to recommend one specific island down south.  Even though I would say Ko Pha Ngan is my favorite because you have such a great mixture between the party life and young people and also quiet, isolated places in the Northern part.  Ko Pha Ngan is the island next to Ko Samui which most of you might know about.  Thailand is very open and tolerant, there are no fences and people don’t lock their doors.  It says a lot about the mindset of the people here.  I appreciate this very much.
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You have all the fruits, such a beautiful variety here.  I feel food-wise, as somebody who appreciates fruit, that it is one of the best countries.  These are just some of the reasons why  I love Thailand.  This is not the ranking I  put them in.  This is just a random order of the countries I will introduce to you here.   People always ask what is my favorite country that I have ever been to?   I can’t tell you, every country is so different.  You cannot compare – its like comparing apples to oranges!!  I just want to let you know that Thailand is just one of the 8 best countries I have been too.

 

#2 Costa Rica 
 We have lived in Costa Rica for more then four years.  Costa Rica for me is one of the most beautiful countries because of the nature.  It is so wild and nature is so strong there.  I appreciate that.
You have to have a four wheel drive otherwise you will not get through.  You sometimes have to go through rivers.  You see beaches that are miles long with no people on them.   There is a lot of diversity here – you have volcanoes, misty rain forests, beaches, the Caribbean side with Rastas.  It is a very diverse country for its’ small size.  They have no army, it is a neutral country – I like that.  Pura Vida – meaning pure life, this is the life style there.  People who live there say they are the happiest in the world.  People are easy going, happy and positive in Costa Rica.  You can really feel that when you are there.  They also have Eco Tourism in Costa Rica which is
wonderful.

 

#3 New Zealand 
I got to know my wife in New Zealand in 1997.  I have been there alone, with Katie and with my kids.  I love New Zealand especially the South Island because of the unbelievable beauty of nature there.  If you have watched Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit – this is New Zealand, there is no photo shop or retouching done – this is the real deal!!  Please watch Lord of the Rings and you will get the  feeling of how it is there.   The people there are so friendly and open.  It really is at the end of the world and you can really feel that in a positive way.  They like tourists and welcome them and I appreciate that.

 

#4  Australia 
I have been there many times over the last 20 years.  For me, coming from Germany I can connect with the the isolation.   In Europe it is a crowded continent with villages every mile or so.  I was driving through the out back and I will never forget the experience of driving for thousands of miles and there is nothing around.  Every couple of hundred miles there would be a gas station.  The clarity of the sky is something I had never experienced before.   The sheer size and age of this continent is wonderful.  I feel such an old vibration there, I have the highest respect for the Aboriginal culture there because it is one of the oldest living cultures on earth.

 

#5  The USA 
I love the United States again for its’ size.  For the varied natural monuments you can see, the Everglades, the Grand canyon and also the big cities. To experience New York, Miami or LA is wonderful.  Also I love the mind set of the American people who are always friendly, they are positive and don’t accept failure and are very entrepreneurial.  They have Whole Foods stores there!!  They should have one of these in every city in the world – they are the best supermarket ever!
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#6  Malaysia 
I love it for the diversity of culture.  I think of myself as a world citizen, even though I am German.  Malaysia expresses and lives diversity.  They have four religions and they co-exist in a peaceful way.   They have Indians, Malaysians, Chinese and a mixture of European cultures there.  It is very diverse and colorful country and they all co-exist peacefully.  Kuala Lumpur is my most favorite city because i’ts one of the only cities we can walk with 5 blonde haired kids and no one really notices or bothers us!  There are so many different people there we don’t stand out.  There is so much diversity there, I love that.  They have beautiful beaches and it’s affordable.  It still has a high western standard too.

 

#7  Ecuador 
This is a very personal choice for me.  I have been there for half a year with Katie travelling together.  The diversity of Amazonian rain forest and beaches where you can surf.  The hospitality of the Ecuadorian people is something I really appreciated.   The nature makes my heart open up.

 

#8  The Canary Islands – West of Africa
We spent half a year there  with the kids some time ago.  Especially La Palma as it is the green island of the Canary Islands.   What I appreciate is that it is so easy to fly there from Germany.  You basically fly 2 hours down south and you are in a totally different climate.  It never really gets too hot.  Sometimes in the summer if the dry hot winds from the Sahara blow it can be hot.  Generally it is a little above twenty degrees.  It’s always t shirt weather and it’s the purest air and water I have ever encountered.  There is no industry – it’s in the middle of the ocean , just one island and there is just one thing producing the energy for the entire island.  It is just pure air and the best water I have ever had because it comes from the volcanic springs.  There is great hiking and the people are friendly and open.  It feels very European there and doesn’t feel like a totally different continent like Asia or South America.  Talking as a European and as Ka Sundance, it is one of my favorites so far.

 

So guys, that was the 8 countries of 2014!!  We are continuing to travel so I will be adding new ones to this list.  If you like this video and you got some good information give me a thumbs up and subscribe.
If you have to add a country I missed, please leave a comment down below.
Thanks so much, I love you guys.  I will be back soon.
This is your Ka from beautiful Thailand, bye bye.
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I am a little bit angry

Hi Guys, this is your Ka speaking and today you are going to see me becoming a little bit angry because I am a little bit angry.  You don’t see this very often because I am just a positive dude with a very loving approach toward life.

We posted something yesterday on Facebook and this post was in regards to Facebook as a huge company finally realizing that breastfeeding is not illegal.  People on Facebook should not be banned or deleted if they have posted pictures of breastfeeding moms.  I’m not saying you have to post breastfeeding pictures but you should have the freedom and it should not be considered illegal or something you could be banned for.

So many moms and organizations have been standing up against Facebook and finally last week they allowed mothers to post breastfeeding pictures.  It’s not about showing off nipples or anything, in every beer commercial you see way more titties than you see in breastfeeding pictures!!

 

 Moral Double Standards

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It is an awful double moral standard, especially people in the United States have on this topic.  Facebook finally allowed that breastfeeding pictures are allowed to be posted and you won’t be banned.  It is about time this happened.  Next week is breastfeeding week 2014 and in order to support this idea of supporting young mothers to breastfeed and not give Nestle and Monsanto formulas to their babies, we posted a picture of Katie breastfeeding.  You couldn’t see anything at all.  The reason I am posting this video right now is to reply to the hundreds and thousands of comments we got to under picture.  I was getting so upset.

So many people were commenting underneath and arguing back and forth.  I want to make a very clear statement so everybody knows about the Raw Food Family and me.  We are pro breastfeeding.  We are 100%  in support of all moms feeding their kids in the most natural way and not having to hide that!

 

 

The Most Natural Thing On Earth

How can it even be considered normal that you have to hide the most natural thing on earth?  There is nothing sick about it, nothing you have to be ashamed about and to force mothers into bathrooms that are unhygienic is an awful thing to do.  Just because some guys are offended by breastfeeding!  Come on, this is ridiculous!!.  These are really awful double standards here – that a mom who is breastfeeding and you don’t see a thing if the baby is in front is offensive.  There is nothing offence, you don’t even see naked skin.  That this is considered offensive and then you look at beer commercials – you see ladies in bikini tops which barely hide the nipples and that is considered to be ok.   Or on any catwalk you see models with less than nothing on and that is considered ok.  But a mom who is feeding her baby which is the most natural thing is considered unnatural.  I really think this is awful!

 

To Support Young Mothers Everywhere

And I also have to make this point here —- showing pictures of Katie breastfeeding has nothing to do with showing nipples or being offensive or sexual.  This is ridiculous.  It has nothing to do with this.  The reason we posted this picture and the reason I’m doing this video is to support the millions and tens of millions of young mothers out there who still believe that the best thing they can do for their kids to feed them with Nestle or Monsanto formula from a plastic bottle.  I want to stand here and tell you moms, this is not the best way. God invented breastfeeding, you have two functioning breasts, and the best possible food comes out of your breasts.  It is the most natural thing you can do.

 

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 Breastfeeding Week 2014

This is why we wanted to post this picture on Facebook and why there is breastfeeding week 2014, this is why I am doing this video.  I want to support and educate –  this is what this is about and not the showing of nipples.   Believe me, I hope you can dig that!   Honestly guys, I am a little upset about this entire thing…..I hope I reach some more people with this.   I would love to receive some comments – I will be open with this.

 

Room for discussion

Normally, if you are offensive in any way I usually delete those comments.  I think this will not happen because I want to give room for discussion about this underneath this video.  However I honestly hope, especially our people get this — you know if you talk about mainstream there are lots of people from the last centuries there.  But our people are educated in organic diets and organic and natural ways of living with your children.  I was shocked to see that so many people really would rather see ladies with nipples in beer ads.  They see nothing wrong with this and are offended by moms feeding their kids in the most natural way!!

I had to do this video.  Can you feel me here?  Please give me a like, I would love to receive comments below as well.

Share this video, we need to support and educate young moms.

 

Thanks so much, this is your Ka.

Love you guys, bye bye.

 

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Buckle up

Hi Guys, this is your Ka speaking and I want to warmly welcome you to this video.

 I also want you to buckle up – I have some very strong things to talk to you about.  I would like to inspire you today and also answer a question I often receive.

The question is:    How can you bring up the courage to create the life you love? –  to make your dreams happen, to move forward and away from a position where you are uncomfortable and you are not enjoying yourself.  How can you get the courage to do that?  That is my video for today.

Before I give you the 6 tips I want to explain to you why you need the courage.  Guys, every big achiever in life has only achieved his or her goals by moving away from small, unhappy and unfulfilled,  to move away from a stable, secure place in life.  And that takes courage, there is no other way to achieve what it is you want in life.  You always have to move into unknown territory, into unknown land.  That is not comfortable,  it doesn’t feel safe, it doesn’t feel secure or known.  You need to face that and to move forward anyway.  There is no other way to achieve what you want in life other than being courageous.  I hope you can understand that.

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The 6 important ways:

1.  The first inspiration I want to tell you is the statement -’not perfect but done’.  So often people don’t even move a little bit.  They are waiting for the perfect timing, for more money, for more time, for more support. They wait to finish that education, get that paper, get divorced or to be retired.  To die and be reborn.   Guys don’t do this – good is good enough!

If you wait for the perfect timing, I will give you a promise here, if you wait until you are ready – you never, ever will be ready.  You never will be ready!  Can you dig that!!!!!

There is always going to be a shortage of something.  So don’t wait for the perfect time.  You have got to roll with what you have.  Along the way you can make a course correction.  Don’t wait until its too late – now is the time!!!!

Stop listening to people who say you can’t do it

2.  Stop listening to people who complain, moan or take no action at all.  There will be quite a few of these in everyone’s life.  People will tell you its not possible, you are not ready, be more realistic, don’t be a dreamer, you don’t have the funds or education to do it.  Your partners, your family, friends – everyone has these people in their lives.  I want you to really honestly observe these people.  Are they in a happy spot?  Have they achieved what you want to achieve? Very often that is not the case.  You had better listen to people who have achieved stuff, who are positive, who are doers, who go for their dreams, people who inspire you.

Please stop listening to all those people who tell you the system is bad, the politicians, the big corporations – all this bullshit.  It is not going to get  you anywhere in regards to your dreams.

Self doubt is normal

3.  You have to recognize that self doubt and doubt in general,  is a very normal, natural thing.  So if you feel that you can’t do it, you don’t have the money, the support, the right body, the right mind set, the right teeth, the right haircut, the right friends – or what ever it is that is seeding doubts in your ability to achieve your dreams – that is normal.  Everyone feels this.  I know this very well from my own experience.  Don’t wait for doubt to fade away or be ready to face the doubt.  I promise you that you will always have very strong doubts about your ability to achieve your goals , everybody feels that.  I want to make you familiar with that.  There is no point in waiting till this fades away or is over, its a very normal thing.  Move forward anyway.

Stop watching the news!!

4.  Please surround yourself with people, with books, with videos, with audio classes, with thoughts and emotions that inspire you in a very positive way.  I would say cut out all main stream media.  It is very negative, there is nothing inspiring about watching the new.  Have you ever been inspired by watching the news?????

Screw that.   Don’t do that.   There are so many inspiring You Tube videos like this one.  You will find more of me and a million more of other great speakers  out there who will inspire you and  support  you in moving forward.  Find some books.  Find the right people.  Spend time with those people, those books, with those positive energies, thoughts and emotions.  Make a an effort to think the right thoughts, to feel the right emotions.  They will not fall from the sky.  Take the time and effort to have the right thoughts in your head, they are not simply there.  You have to make some effort.  Its good to be conscious about those things.

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Expect to fail 

5.  This is a big one.  Know and expect failure.  sorry to be so honest but its important to be clear about this.  Expect failure, expect that you won’t succeed right away.  All the big achievers have failed.  Michael Jordan posted a list about how many really important goals he missed in his career and how often he failed in important games.  He experienced it often.  How many different times did Edison attempt to invent the light bulb – hundreds and hundreds of times.  Did he give up?? Did he stop?  Did Michael Jordan say ” I’m not ever going to touch a basketball again because I failed that shot”.  No, the big achievers move forward anyway.  It’s good to accept that you will fail along the way, see this as a challenge brought to you by life or yourself to test your commitment.  How committed are you to have a happy life and to achieve your goals??  Expect failure and it will be much easier to deal with it.

Be vulnerable

6.  This is another big one.  Especially in the western world where everything is done with the male energy in business and life.  Most men and some women think you have to be tough and you can only achieve the life of your dreams by being tough on yourself, putting in hard work and forcing it almost.  You will most likely give yourself a harder time then you have to to achieve your goals.  Be vulnerable.  Being vulnerable  will help you in a soft, flexible way, to swim down river with the current to achieve your goals.  It doesn’t have to be upstream, you can flow downstream and be even faster.  If you accept your feelings and your emotions that are not always easy.  Be vulnerable about them, accept them, don’t try to be hard and to push them away.  This is not how it rolls and how to achieve things you want in life.

These are my six tips and I  think this was a really awesome show.  If you like it please give me a thumbs up and leave a comment down below.

 I would really like to see this video as a holy place of inspiration.  I would love to see some success stories, even little ones will support others who read them.  I would love to see how you found more courage and achieved a goal in your life.  As little as they seem, they will inspire others.

I want to thank you very much for watching.  I will be back with more videos from my beautiful beach resort in Thailand.  It is pretty awesome here.

 Thanks so much for watching.  This is Ka.  Love ya.  Bye bye.

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Hi guys,

This is your Ka Sundance speaking and I want to warmly welcome you to another video and answer a question that I have been asked often in the last few years.  The question is:

Why I chose to change my name to Ka Sundance?

 Before I explain to you that this is not just a joke or something I do for Facebook or YouTube or to hide my real identity.  This is not what this is about.  My real name is Christian Kattoll.  I have said this earlier, but I started my YouTube presence using this name.  I don’t need to hide. This has nothing to do with hiding.

 

I have this name in my passport

 There is much more to me and much more importance to why I use the name Ka Sundance and why I wear it with pride.  Before I tell you why I use this name I want to show you the commitment I have and why this is so important to me.  I have this name in my passport.   I come from Germany and to have this officially in my passport is not an easy process.  I had to prove I had a publishing house in New York that was publishing books for me under the name Ka Sundance successfully for many years.  I had to provide screen shots from YouTube and Facebook.  I had to do an interview.   It really was a big process to change my passport.  I am sharing this with you to show you how committed I am, how I feel such responsibility to it and how important this is to me.

 

 

katie_Ka2-199x300     Who I was in my past

 

Why? ………the reason is, and I’m going to be honest with you again as I always am with you on YouTube and in general in my life, I am a very honest guy.  I used to be a punk, I was a dirty old punk in Germany in the old days when I went to school.  My hair was multicolored and I wore weird clothes and was really loud.  I was one of the loudest in the entire school!!  After being in school I became the singer in a rock and roll band.   I was the guy with the beer bottle in his hand and the cigarette on stage.  Jim Morrison was my big role model.   For me it was all about getting drunk 3 or 4 times a week.   Big time!

To smoke weed and use bongs for years almost daily.  To take LSD and mushrooms and coke and speed!  You name it and I took it.  Aside from heroin I took almost all drugs.  It was important to me, I identified myself with this way of being.

 

 

 

Everything changed when we found out

In 2000 I went with Katie to South America on a half a year tour and we found out Benny was on the way.  We were about to become a family!!!!  From one day to the other, when we heard she was pregnant, we both decided to stop all drugs.  It was the last cigarette I ever smoked on that day we found out we were going to be parents.

 

A new life started

It was like a new life started for me.  That is how it felt for me.  How it was for me.  Life was never the same after this.  We went back home and people laughed at us, they didn’t take us seriously.  After standing up with those values for a while and watching people thinking I was going crazy, I begin to wish.  This wish inside myself to make this really clear for the world and for myself as well was formed.  I was really asking to get a new name.  Almost desperately.  After asking and meditating I literally saw the name Ka Sundance written and it was really clear to me that this was it!    Thailand072014_14-150x150

 

 

I was Ka Sundance from that day on

From that day on I took on the name Ka Sundance.  This is documented on YouTube as well.  If you go back in time you will see I started this channel in the name Chris Kattoll.  And after a few months I just transformed to being Ka Sundance.  This is how this came about.

I was inspired by our travels to Australia.  I went in 1997 for the first time to Australia with my best buddy after school ended.  The Aboriginal culture, which I have the highest respect for, is 20,oo0 or 30,000 years old, and is the oldest human culture on earth I believe.  They don’t celebrate birthdays, they celebrate the different evolutionary steps someone goes through in a lifetime.  It means if you feel like you have learned something new or important, you make a big party within the tribe and take on a new name.  This is what I was so inspired by and took on then.

 

Before any of our children

Before my little Jaro or any other child was born I had heard of this way of celebrating personal evolution in the Aboriginal culture.  I like this approach and took it on as my own.  You don’t celebrate years but steps in your evolution.  This is why I took on the name and why I wear it with pride and I feel this responsibility.  Now you know the background of how I ended up calling myself Ka Sundance.  Also you know I am not hiding or anything like that.  You know my name, you saw the screenshot of my passport.  My reason is this has meaning for me, this is my new life, my second life that I am living.  I am very happy to have the chance to live this second life.

This is my video for today.

 

 How do you feel about this?

 Should it be legal?

 

Is it ok?

Do you have an artist name you are serious about?

 

Please leave your comments down below.  I love to read them.

If you like this video, subscribe and give me a like.

 

 

I will be back soon.  The two of us say peace, love and rock and roll !!!

Bye Bye

 

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In the big city

Hi guys,

This is your Ka speaking to you right now from Singapore.  We arrived 2 days ago.  Though we normally always do our videos from beautiful islands or a tropical setting, we are in the city now.  We love to go every two months or so to a big city setting with our kids to do some cultural activities, some sightseeing, and to enjoy some adventure and action!  

We went to Kuala Lumpur to go to the zoo and now we are in Singapore.  The kids wanted to see Legoland in Malaysia.  IT WAS AWESOME !  We did this yesterday.  I will soon do a travel video about our South East Asia adventures that we have been on for the last week or so since my birthday.  Thanks so very much for the many nice birthday wishes!!

 

My straightforward answer about fake backgrounds

 

Today I wanted to answer a question that we have received quite often.  Actually I feel almost honored that you assume I have the skills needed to do such things!!
But I wanted to clarify the question : Do we actually manipulate our videos on YouTube and photoshop the backgrounds?  Guys, here is my straight forward answer.  I have been making close to 1000 videos on all my channels and NOT one video has been fake!!!

ITS ALL REAL, MAN!!!!

I did buy a green screen, the new speakers have these, it goes behind you and you can later replace the background with anything.  But I figured I would still have this green color around my head and it wouldn’t look nice.  I didn’t know how to fix that, so I never used it on any of my videos.

All the tropical and beautiful locations you see are real.  I think the question came up because you see me with all these backgrounds that are almost too beautiful to be true.  They are!  It’s all real, man!!  I wanted to clarify this for all of you.

 

Little changes to our pictures

I do however make little changes to the video.  I love to pinch the colors a little – to make them more colorful then they are.  I do shoot with very raw settings because it’s easier to edit later.  If you use really honest, raw material it’s easy to do small edits afterwards.  I love to pinch the colors!  If I shoot in the evening, I like to add a little brightness to the shot.  BUT that is really all I do to my video shots.

Lately I have started to edit the audio to make it a little richer.  I have a shotgun microphone and I put all the audio through Adobe audition to add some richness to the audio quality.  But all the backgrounds you see are 100% real.  I can’t help it, we just live in all these beautiful locations! – It’s real!!

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100% REAL backgrounds & images

The images and the photos you see on Facebook and Instagram are also 100% real.  Most of them are done with my smartphone.  They can be manipulated just a little with a filter you could add.  I always like to punch in some color, sometimes I play around with different filters or effects like sepia or color boost.

I never do any heavy photoshopping which is easy to do.  If you could see some of the models they put on magazine covers – it’s ridiculous how different they look in real life!  You can really change the whole person without being obvious because the techniques have come so far along.   But I don’t do that.  You will never see me taking whole background shots and fitting in new ones or adding layers.  I don’t ever do this.  I just pinch a little color or add in a filter.  That’s all I do!

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Announcing a new video

I also want to announce I will be doing another travel lifestyle video soon.  This will be about our adventures here.  Leaving our lonely island in the Gulf of Thailand and giving such great experiences to our kids and to ourselves as a family was incredible.  It is so interesting and such a great adventure to travel and to go to big cities and feel so small.  Especially in Malaysia where it is such a multicultural place.  They have so many different ethnicities, cultures and religions here.

I love that so much! We feel so welcome and at home here.  Usually everybody stares at us!  When you live in Costa Rica and Central America and you have 5 blonde, blue eyed kids, you get stared at!!  Here in Malaysia it isn’t like that – they have so many different backgrounds here, we feel like we blend by being so different.  I like and appreciate that!

Anyway, that is my answer to this question for today.

Thanks so much for watching I will be back soon with another video.  I’m saying goodbye from this beautiful place close to Singapore.

This is your Ka, love ya…….bye bye.

 

 

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Hey there,
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We are Ka and Katie Sundance, also known as The Sundancefamily .
We have 5 kids and we were born in Germany …
“So grammar English our strongest point not is” :D
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