Hello my dear loved ones… this is Ka and it is exciting to be back with another raw lifestyle video and blog for you – live from Thailand.

As you know, we all went to Awesomeness Fest and had a great time – and from there we went on to Cambodia where we discovered, amongst other things, one of the biggest wonders on earth – Angkor Wat – and I am just really excited to share my impressions with you of Awesomeness Fest, Cambodia and Malaysia so that you can start to dream and see what is possible if you follow your passion!

From Thailand to Cambodia

So, we started at Awesomeness Fest in Phuket where I was guest speaker and went from there to Cambodia to do a border-run after being in Thailand for a month.  We landed in Siem Reap and then went to see some of the most amazing buildings ever built.  Our traveling like this has been like an educational project for our kids – we want them to see, feel and experience places, not just teach them about them through books.  This is very important to us and this trip to Cambodia and Angkor Wat was no exception.

A different world

Cambodia really is like a totally different world – from a totally different time, a different universe!  Traveling through the streets, we just sat there in the car with our mouths open, taking all this in – truly amazing!

So we started our tour at Angkor Wat, a truly magical, spiritual, ancient place.  And I just want to say how much respect we all have for this culture and this place – and we really wanted to share that with our kids by taking them here too.

Awesome Angkor Wat!

Angkor WatWhat is most amazing to me about Angkor Wat is that its ruins are spread over more than 240 square miles – almost 400 square kilometers – making it the largest hand-build temple/religious artefact ever built.  It’s quite incredible to see the sheer size of it and the fact that it’s still standing after 1100 years is amazing.  Also, the millions of tonnes of sandstone that were used to construct it had to be carried to the site by boats and elephants – it wasn’t found here.

Another very interesting fact about this temple is that it shifted from Hinduism to Buddhism in the late 13th century.  We feel very connected to the Buddhist culture and the temple is still used by practicing Buddhists today.  The Cambodian people are so proud of their temple that they even put it on the national flag!  Over half the visitors coming to Cambodia come here to see this temple.  The massive trees growing through the temple ruins really give you an idea of the age of the place – we really were all so mind-blown by this place!

Following some lunch close to the river, we took a bus to the main formal monument – this is the silhouette you see on the national flag.  We hired a guide here because the kids really wanted to know about its history – why it was built etc – so we gained a lot of interesting facts about the place.  The temple was ruined a bit by the Khmer Rouge war – which was a real disaster for the country – but it has been restored since then via trust funds and investors from around the world working together to restore this magical place.

The kids so loved being here – Ronja even started to paint a scene from the temple, capturing what she saw there.  Then, after a good look around, it was back to our hotel.

From the boat villages…

TONLE SAP LAKE, CAMBODIA-17 NOVEMBER, 2011: Village on the TonleA few days later we took another tour – to learn about some ancient boat villages we had heard about.  These came about in order to deal with the monsoon rains – which you have to understand are nothing like the rain we know in the west!  This is something quite different – the water levels literally rise many meters, meaning that some villages can only survive by building their houses on long stilts.

At the time of our visit, it was the hot, dry season and the water level was very low – but when it rains the water level reaches right up to the houses and people can literally go from house to house by jumping in a boat – hard to imagine just how much water needs to fall to make this happen!

We then followed the river to the lake – the biggest sweet water lake in Cambodia – where we found a restaurant with crocodile steaks on the menu – thank God we are vegetarian is all I can say to that!

… to Phnom Penh

Street scene Phnom PenhAfter our time in northern Cambodia, we then hired a van and a driver who drove us a few hours south to Phnom Penh, the capital city.  There you really experience Asian culture at its best!  As the streets are so crowded, everyone just drives on the sidewalks instead!  As we drove in we crossed the Mekong River and made our way to our hotel from where we proceeded to explore this amazing city.

So if you’d like to know the reasons why we love Cambodia:-

  • Angkor Wat – incredible religious artefact
  • Such an ancient culture – really feels as though it is from a different time
  • We all loved Pnomh Penh – we loved all the food markets, it’s such a different city
  • We all loved the Cambodian hospitality – the Cambodians were super-friendly to us

 

And those reasons alone are enough to make us want to go back there!

Culture shock!

So after a week in Cambodia, we hopped on a plane again and went to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.  Wow, what a drastic change that was!  From such an ancient culture to a high-tech city with so many different cultures and religions – making it very easy to feel at home here.  Such a tolerant place – we really like it!

So we spent a few days here getting to know the city some more – we’ve been here before but we always love coming back again – it feels like the hub of South-East Asia to us.

A lesson in tolerance

We visited the King’s Palace whilst we were there.  As I just said, one of the things I love about Malaysia is its tolerance.  And I think that might have a lot to do with how the monarchy here is set up.  There is one king, and then 9 (I think!) sultans – all of whom take turns to become king every 4 years – so they all share the king’s throne.  I really like that!

So, that was our South-East Asian tour – hope you enjoyed it!  Now check out the visual version below!  I’m very happy to have been able to share some more of our non-stop traveling adventure experiences with you and promise to continue to do so.

I’ll be back!

Peace, Love and Rock ‘n Roll!

Ka

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So, here we are, back in beautiful Thailand after 2 of the most amazing weeks of my life.  Feels more like a year!  And I just wanted to talk to you about my experiences and drastic changes in my life over the past 2 weeks and then use those to hopefully inspire you.

3 countries in 2 weeks!

angkor wat complex in cambodiaAs you may or may not know, I was at Awesomeness Fest here in Thailand – that ended about a week ago and changed my life in a very positive way.  Then we spent a week in Cambodia, then the past couple of days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and now back to Thailand.

Regarding our experiences in Cambodia, I will talk more about these in the next video I’m uploading – it is such a breath-taking place, like another world.  The kids have had a blast – being in 3 different countries in the past 2 weeks – and were so interested in Angkor Wat – one of the biggest man-made temples in the world, and over 1000 years old!  I’m a bit speechless just thinking about it – and that, for me, is really saying something!

Living our dream life

And I’m feeling this way because the life I’m living the life I always dreamed of and now that I’m already doing it, I’m able to recreate it over and over again – because I understand how it works now.  So today I want to talk to you about how to bend reality to create the life you want.

Awesomeness Fest helped me to realize that what Katie and I are really about is questioning every rule that society puts out there.  We ask ourselves “Why would we want to do that?”, “Does it make us happy?”, “Is it good for our family?”  “Is it good for me?”.  And if it’s good for you then it will be good for society also – so I’m not saying you have to rebel and go against society – I’m just advising you to question things.

Some of the rules that society laid down are over 100 years old – and they no longer serve us.  For instance – the education system was actually devised over 100 years ago and has had very few changes since.  So with the world changing at such a fast pace – not at a linear rate, at an exponential rate – then we must allow ourselves to question things and to come up with better answers.

Explore your passions

Find your passionAnd that’s what we’ve been doing for years and we want to inspire you to do the same.  You don’t have to change things – but if you’re unhappy when you go to bed at night, if you feel anxious or restless or that something is missing – then I urge you to explore that.  Don’t put up with feeling like that for too long – it will make you unhappy and unhealthy.  Explore your gut feeling, explore any passions you have – don’t deny them just because society says they’re not appropriate.  Screw that.

You can bend reality.  You can create anything you want out of nothing.  My life is living proof of that.  We came from no money, no education, no background – and now we’re changing the world and living a life of health and abundance.  And that’s not happened by luck, it hasn’t fallen from the sky – it’s come about because Katie and I decided to change our lives.

Fuel your dreams with positivity

You can bend reality- you can choose whatever you want and make it real – there’s even science to back this up.  You can literally, just by thinking about it, imagining it, create what you want.  Fuel the dream you have with a positive feeling – don’t think about what you don’t want – think about where you want to go.  Then fuel that, think about that.

I’ll talk more about this again – my next blog will be about our trip to Cambodia – then I will talk more about bending your reality so that it fits your inner world.  Would love to inspire you and set you on fire about this – because I’m certainly on fire about this!

OK, this is your Ka, love you guys, bye for now!

 

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(Here’s a  blog from a couple of weeks’ ago when we had first arrived at Awesomeness Fest)

Ka:  Hello everyone, this is Ka… here with little Luna… and also Katie…

Katie:  Angry Katie!

Ka:  Yeah, Angry Katie – but more about that in a second!  We just arrived here yesterday evening at Awesomeness Fest in Phuket – and we’re just a little upset here because this is honestly the most luxurious hotel we’ve ever been to and we really expected that when staying somewhere so expensive you would be able to stay healthy!  Yesterday we were looking for a healthy restaurant here – and there are about 4 or 5 different restaurants at this resort – and how many did we manage to find??  Absolutely NONE!  So we decided to go to the Italian restaurant here because…

Not our idea of a salad!

Not our idea of a salad!

Katie:  Because it said “salad” on the menu – and it sounded like a BIG salad to us!

Ka:  Yes, this is the first time ever in our family life that we have visited an Italian restaurant, but we decided we would share a single Margherita pizza between us and also order 6 salads.  So we ordered the salads and it was basically one slice of tomato and a big bowl of mozzarella cheese!  That was our salad!  And the kids just started laughing and saying “Mum, is this the salad??!!”  And the waitress really couldn’t understand why we were laughing!!

Then there is the water available here in the hotel mini-bar.  They charge almost $10 US for ONE plastic bottle of Evian water…

Katie:  Yeah, it’s not even from a special spring or area or anything…

Ka:  … no, nor purified, or reverse osmosis water… and you know, we’re in Thailand – you can buy 30 bottles of this water in the supermarket for this price!

Katie:  Or have a one hour Thai massage!

Ka:  And that’s literally the only healthy thing in the mini-bar – the other things are Pringles, chewing gum and hard-core alcohol!

Katie:  And show them the fridge!

Ka:  Then… in the fridge – M&M’s, Snickers, Sprite, wine, beer, Coca-Cola… I mean, what kind of world are we living in that this is the kind of food that is provided to us… Something is very wrong here!

Some real food for breakfast!

Some real food for breakfast!

Katie:  But remember to tell them about the breakfast….

Ka:  Oh yes, one thing that did help today was the breakfast because we got juice!  Shot glasses of juice – so we took about 40 of them and poured them all into one glass – and we also had some fruit.  So at least the breakfast was OK.  But still, you wouldn’t believe how big the buffet was and how small the “healthy” section of it was!  And I guess that’s just the way it is, but we just wanted to express our feelings.

Katie:  Yeah!

Ka:  And it’s so sad coz this is such a beautiful resort, but it’s going to be a hard 5 days here looking for some good, healthy food.  We may just have to leave the resort and find a Thai place and at least find some brown rice and steamed veggies or something.  We couldn’t even find that here yesterday!  But that was what we wanted to share…

Katie:  Yes.  Now I feel better!

Ka:  Yes, we feel better – exactly!  But check it out – it’s such a nice resort – just such a pity they spoil it by giving you crap to eat – for crazy prices!  Anyway, will keep you posted on all our adventures here at Awesomeness Fest and on my talk.  So… more later.. and in the meantime…  Peace, Love, Raw Food, Health Food and Rock n’ Roll!!!

 

Ka

 

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June 18th, 2014

My Review Of Awesomeness Fest 2014

Written by Ka Sundance

Hello everyone… and a very warm welcome to another blog post from Awesomeness Fest in Thailand.  I want to share with you some of the awesome experiences I have had here at Awesomeness Fest 2014.  Both my personal impressions and some of the deeper insights I was able to gain as well as visual impressions from this beautiful 5-star Marriott Hotel.

Most amazing event of my life!

A group of cheering people with phrases meaning thank you in lanAs you probably already know, I wasn’t just invited to come here as a guest, I also won the guest speaker slot and was able to get up on stage here.  2000 people voted for me so that I was able to do that – and thanks so much again to all of you for believing and trusting in me.

This really was the most amazing event of my life – to be able to be here and meet all these incredible people was so wonderful.  What a treat to be able to take part in this consciousness event with people from over 40 different countries, all on a mission to change the world – such a multi-cultural, multi-national event – I really feel so blessed to have been a part of this and would love to share these impressions with you now!  So, check out the video below – this really is more of a visual treat than anything else – beach parties, boats, swimming, dancing, fun and laughter… Enjoy the show and I’ll be back with another blog soon!

Love ya!

Ka

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Well, this blog post is from Awesomeness Fest – which is actually over now, but I’ve had some of the most amazing days of my life and I’ll be doing a video about this shortly.

But today I’d like to introduce you to a friend I met here – he’s the most awesome speaker and has the most incredible story to share with you so I definitely thought I’d like to introduce him to you.  So, over to you Sam… maybe you can introduce yourself…

SAM CAWTHORN – Yeah, hi Ka, and hello everybody… As you can probably hear from my accent I’m from Australia – I just flew Man Stands In Dark Tunnel With Glowing Endup to Phuket to be here.  So my story goes that I had a great corporate job, then I had a major car accident – the police said it was a 206km head-on collision with a semi-trailer truck.  I was pronounced dead at the scene – I died for about 3.5 minutes.  Obviously I was then resuscitated because I’m alive today!  But I was on life support for a week, in hospital for 5 months, then in a wheelchair for an entire year.  I lost my right arm and wrecked my leg.  But for me at least, this isn’t a sad story – it was a journey of incredible self-discovery where I realized I do have a purpose, a destiny.  I was recently interviewed by a massive international media company and they asked me “Sam, if you could go back to where you had the accident, if you could change it, surely you would do so?  Surely you wouldn’t drive out in front of that truck?”.  But I said no, I wouldn’t change a thing – because that made me the person I am today, and that is exactly who I am meant to be.

KA:  And now you’re speaking on the biggest stages, traveling around the world, reaching so many people… So if any of you out there feel that life is treating you unfairly or you’re having a hard time, just take some inspiration from Sam here – and see what is possible.  So Sam, what are you doing with your life now, what’s your mission, where are you headed?

SAM:  Well, I married my childhood sweetheart and have got 3 amazing kids – a 3 year-old, a 5 year-old and an 11 year-old.  So I have this obsession about helping humanity, adding value, helping in a positive way.  So if I can write a book, speak on stage or help in any way possible, then I want to do so – and I want to give value to people and also to spend as much time as I can with my wife and kids so that I can serve them in the best possible way.  Because I realize that I was brought back from the dead for a reason and purpose and I want to make my life count.

Make Your ChoiceI live by a very simple philosophy – and this could be a very useful one for everyone out there too – that it is my decision and not my condition that determines who I am – and we all have certain conditions to deal with in life.  Mine happens to be a physical condition  – but we all have them in different areas of our lives – whether it’s loneliness, doubt, relationships, financial issues… we all have these conditions, but it’s our attitude towards them that counts.  So I just have this attitude of gratitude, I am so grateful I’m alive, I’m blessed!

KA:  Isn’t that just an awesome message?  Can you also please share about the title of your presentation – that it’s not just about bouncing back – which would suggest going back to where you were – it’s about bouncing forward.  So… tell us about that.

SAM:  Yeah, we’re always hearing about bouncing back – whether it’s the global economy, or from a bad relationship, or from difficult financial situations… and I just hate that term!  Bouncing back is about going back to the place that got us to the problem in the first place!  So rather bounce forward – and learn from our problems, from our crisis, from our adversities… There’s a term that describes this – adversarial growth – and it’s all about how the toughest times in our life can bring about the greatest growth.  So it’s not about bouncing back to what we were – it’s about bouncing forward to what we can become.

KA:  I love the idea of that.  I love the idea that our biggest problems can be something we can learn and grow from – and can even be turned into something positive, into strengths even.  That’s really what I admire so much about you – and it’s something that everyone out there can take home from this too – that what you suffer from most can also be what you can learn the most from.

SAM:  Yeah, that’s right.  People ask me “Sam, how did you really get through? What were the key ingredients or tools that you used to get through this?”  So I want to go through 3 things that really helped me – and it would be a good idea to write these down:-

1)  Leveraging crisis – when we go through crisis it can ignite some of the greatest opportunities and possibilities.

2)  Leveraging proximity – it is so important to choose our 5 closest friends wisely as the company we keep the most has the biggest influence on us.

bigstock-Gratitude-379544983)  Leveraging happiness – I live this life of gratitude and happiness.  Yes, we all have our own problems and challenges – yes, I lost an arm, but I’m still grateful.  I’m alive, I have a roof over my head, food on the table, a wife and kids who love me.  So I just look for ways I can be grateful.  And with the growing incidence of depression in the world, I think it is more important than ever to practice gratitude.  Because personally I think it is impossible for depression and gratitude to exist simultaneously.  So I’m all about gratitude and happiness.

KA:  That’s so true.  So, just to expand on the concept that Sam’s talking about – you just need to find things you’re grateful for right now – and there’s always something.  By the same token, you can still have dreams and goals – being grateful for what you have now doesn’t mean you have to stay in the same place forever.  The two things aren’t mutually exclusive.  You have to have both in fact.  If you just have dreams and goals but you’re unhappy here and just want to be there – that’s no good.  You’re looking in the wrong direction anyway – more at what you don’t want rather than what you do.  And if you’re just satisfied with where you are and don’t want to expand further – then you keep yourself small.  But when you have both – wow!  You can do whatever you want from that place!  Anything is possible!

Onward And Upward - Open DoorSAM:  Absolutely!  I also live by the philosophy that I’m content but not satisfied.  I’m very content – I have a wife who loves me, kids who love me, an amazing business – going out into the world, helping people, impacting people’s lives.  But there’s still more.  More I can learn about my kids for instance, to help them grow and develop… So I’m content, but not satisfied.

KA:  So that’s why we’re doing this video.  Sam’s a very well-known speaker, he speaks about 4-5 times a week on big stages all over the place, he’s written a few books… but he’s just starting his online presence and that’s why I wanted to do this video – in order to help Sam get started and get known to a wider audience.  So, tell us Sam, what is your website?

SAM:  It’s www.SamCawthorn.com – and then also Sam Cawthorn on all my social media – Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, Twitter.  It’ll be great to connect with everyone – thank you!

KA:  So please check out his website to get inspiration and to get to know Sam a bit better…  So, Sam – if there was one last message you could bring to the world, what would it be?

SAM:  Probably the best message I can give you is the whole notion once again that it is your decision, not your condition, that defines you.  Yes, we do through tough times, we do have adversity, but it’s not about the tough times, it’s about your choice regarding what to do with them.  And no one can ever take away your freedom of choice.  They can take away everything else, but not your freedom of choice.  So that’s my message to you today.  And I just want to say, thanks so much for having me here today Ka – it’s been flippin’ awesome!

KA:  And I just want to say thanks for sticking with us everyone – thanks for taking time out to get inspired today.  And I love you and support you and am going to be back soon with some more awesomeness from Awesomeness Fest.  Then we’re going to Cambodia, then not sure after that but I can assure you that wherever we end up we will continue to share with you guys… So… thanks so much again… all my love to you from here in Thailand!

Ka

 

 

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