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Thailand

how much is that doggy in the window?

We chose the Doubletree Phuket by Hilton because: a) it was walking distance to Surin beach and was close to my Ironman 70.3 race site (Laguna Phuket); b) the price was right and included breakfast and an extra bed; and c) it came highly recommended by two good friends of ours who work at Hilton. To our pleasant surprise, it had other perks as well, such as a great breakfast buffet with bacon (very important), a ground floor room with balcony exit to the pool area, where I could assemble and keep my bike instead of inside the room itself; and the best of all a huge, kid friendly pool area with two huge slides, animal inflatables and plenty of lounge chairs and beach towels, surrounding a very nice and well-staffed kids’ daycare center called Kids’ World. Even though we never actually used Kids’ World, we loved the option it afforded us if we had wanted to go out exploring on our own. I would highly recommend this hotel.

Pool, slide and Kid's World at Doubletree Phuket by Hilton

Pool, slide and Kid’s World at Doubletree Phuket by Hilton


ride till we run out of road

Went on an early morning ride in Phuket the day before the Ironman. It was hilly, windy and dangerous because of the twisting roads combined with unpredictable traffic. It was still a great experience though as you get to see so much more on a bike than you would on a car. Rode until the end of Surin Beach and couldn’t resist taking the bike all the way to the beach, even though I knew I would have to power-wash it afterwards.

Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand, around 8am

Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand, around 8am


sending our love to outer space

The entire family with the flying lantern

The entire family with the flying lantern

We have liftoff!

We have liftoff!

Looking good!

Looking good!

The launch is a success!

The launch is a success!

In orbit

In orbit

While having dinner at Surin Beach, we were approached by ‘flying lantern salesmen’ asking if we wanted to launch one ‘for good luck’. Since my Ironman was on the next day, we thought of getting one for its success. After bargaining down to half the original offered price, the guy patiently waited for us to finish dinner and lit four candles at the base of the lamp. It takes a few minutes for the lamp to ‘warm up’ and take shape. ‘This thing is gonna fly?’ I thought, because it basically looked like a sack of potatoes. But eventually it got going and floated slowly into the sky. The kids thought it would go all the way to the moon.


wordpress circa 1950

Was walking around old Phuket town when we stumbled upon this old Thai typewriter in a streetside cafe. My daughters asked me what was that machine and then I realized that neither of them had ever seen one. They were both so curious about it that they came back to the cafe a couple of times to try to use it. They said the sound it made was ‘kinda cool’.

Found this ancient typewriter with Thai characters in old Phuket town

Found this ancient typewriter with Thai characters in old Phuket town


hard earned shiny piece of metal

Just finished the Laguna Phuket Ironman 70.3 triathlon!

 

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At the finish line of the Laguna Phuket Ironman 70.3 with my kids


you just gotta ignite the light, and let it shine

Fireworks at the Beach
After a delicious (and cheap) dinner at a fantastic torch-lit beachside seafood restaurant called Pla at Surin Beach, we were surprised when fireworks started exploding over the water, for no particular reason. Luckily again, I was there with my ever ready camera…


always be my little girls

Had a short swim in Surin Beach with the surfers. Nice strong waves, clean waters but quite a lot of invisible jellyfish. Emerged from the water with quite a number of stings on the chest and back.  After going ashore, there was a fleeting moment with the sun, sea, sky, sand and my kids and I count myself fortunate to be there with a camera to capture it.

Surin Beach Sunset

Surin Beach Sunset


where the wild things are

Spotted in the urban jungle. All ready to go! Doubletree Phuket, Thailand

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