Rapid Weight Loss by Using Sunscreen

Dear Everyone,

This will be my last post from Thailand. Everything will be back to normal (by our standards) on Monday. The trip has been once in a lifetime, real eye opener of an adventure. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of cliches I could use to describe my holiday.

It’s been a great and memorable trip with Betty and my two sisters. We started in Bangkok and were dropped smack dab in the middle of the ongoing protests just days before all hell broke loose, police moved in and shots were fired.

From there we flew to Chiang Mai where there was a bout with some angry, angry bacteria, and then it was onto Phuket; one of the most beautiful places on earth.

We stayed at The Surin in Phuket, a hotel that was completely destroyed and then rebuilt after the horrific Tsunami that hit Thailand on Boxing Day of 2004.

This hotel was easily the most stunning hotel I’ve ever stayed in. And I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels. And motels. And one thing that looked suspiciously like a women’s prison.

The only downside to The Surin was … well … you’ll see.

Take a look …

Coming up next week on The Art of Doing Stuff, I have a giveaway, a look at Thailand’s Risky Market, a tutorial on how to patch drywall and more.

And don’t forget to print out your official Oscar Ballot to fill out before Sunday night’s Oscars. I’ll be right there watching it with you.

Have a good weekend!


  1. Agnes says:

    Karen! Another vertical video…really?! I didn’t think I’d need to remind you after sending you that PSA. Tsk.

  2. I’m wheezing just watching. I better get crackin’ on that Fitbit! Everything looks gorgeous, Karen.

  3. Wendy says:

    I was waiting for the hand built shoot from your room to the pool after that high trek ordeal. I miss the sister with the unique cute laugh…Betty is adorable.

  4. BGrigg says:

    Please hold your phone camera in landscape mode. Please, please, please!

  5. marilyn says:

    i love betty

  6. Ellen says:

    that worn me out………………..

  7. Fifi says:

    I vote for more videos, starring / co-starring/ guest-appearances by BETTY !!!!! She is a meow meow leopard!!!!
    And… if it were me….I would say to HELL with the sunscreen….I ain’t going back to the room until dinner time …and then perch myself on a chaise in the shade all day !!!!
    Safe travels home you gals xoxo

  8. Auntiepatch says:

    I was going to ask how Betty did with all those stairs and then there she was at the top level in her leopard swimsuit! I think it’s cruel that they take you up 20 steps and then DOWN 5 and then UP 5 again! Did you count how many steps that is? Just wondering……

  9. stefani says:

    Hi Betty! I had to pause the video a couple of times to catch my breath. Whew. But…should there be another awful tsunami (heaven forbid) it looks like the hotel will be high enough to keep you safe. Also I’m burning with jealousy. hehehehe

  10. Reg says:

    I’m looking at all those stairs as an excuse to eat absolutely anything I would want, a double helping of dessert.
    The next day just go up and down those stairs a few times, ta da…. skinny jeans. ;)

  11. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I would have died halfway up..I see why Betty chose to get her tan up there!! Travel safe ladies..

  12. Loni says:

    There is always a price to pay for beauty!

  13. Marion says:

    ahhhh Betty’s swimsuit!!! Fantastic. And I feel real sorry that you HAD to trek up all those stairs in paradise….NOT! Looks like an amazing place.

  14. Diana says:


    should I have compassion with you or should I yell : What a f…g luxuriously Problem, I will fill a vase with my tears for you!

    Hahahaha enjoy the last days and come back healthy and full of great memories!

  15. kelliblue says:

    Crikey. I need a nap now. Betty looks FAB! :)

  16. Cheers to hot Betty! A gorgeous hotel, stairs and all, although I threw up in my mouth a little from the shaky camera!

  17. Mary Werner says:

    And I thought you were kidding about the swimsuit! However, it is really beautiful and Betty is GREAT!

  18. Cindy says:

    Geeze, could you share Betty? She’s the best!

  19. I love Betty and she is ROCKING that leopard suit. I think we all want to be Betty when we grow up (and you will be!). Man, I would have hated those stairs but it sure looks worth it.

    Safe trip home. Can’t wait to be in my jammies watching the Oscars Sunday night too:)

  20. Laura Bee says:

    Beautiful – so much better than a cramped elevator and walking down wallpapered concrete walls with unflattering lighting.
    The Risky Market sounds interesting, Must be where you got your yoghurt….

  21. Ruth says:

    Oh. my. word! How many times a day do you need to do that routine?! I think my thighs could use such a routine…. hehehe :-D

  22. Ruth says:

    How many stairs were there? Looks like a gorgeous spot but get ready, you’ll be coming from the oven into the freezer, once you get back. Not kidding.

  23. jainegayer says:

    Note to self- Don’t stay at the Surin! Too many stairs.
    Have a safe return trip, Karen.

  24. Ev says:

    Seriously?! Skinny jeans await! Beautiful place though, and Betty looks great in her leopard suit! Me-OW! Just kidding Betty. Glad you all got to do this, will be glad when you’re safely home too! (Girls are going to be laying square eggs from missing you Karen)!

  25. Maureen Locke says:

    Betty, you look amazing and I don’t think you ruined the video at all. :) You’re such a cutie patootie.
    Karen, that’s a buttload of stairs but what a beautiful walk it was. My knees however are having sympathy pains..
    It’ll be good to have to “home”.. I’ve missed you :) but at the same time I’m glad you’ve had this chance to relax and recharge your batteries.

  26. Vicky says:

    My hips and knees don’t envy you! But the rest of me is! How beautiful!

  27. Tigersmom says:

    Ha! Betty strikes again! I still chuckle when I think of her asking if you can edit this.

    I stayed for a week in a house in Costa Rica that had something like 75 stairs from the house to the pool. It was the only time I ever lost weight while on vacation.

    I will be good to have you back. Stay safe.

  28. Jody says:

    Great advertisement to never forget your sunscreen. Have a safe tri home.

  29. Sue says:

    My knees were aching while I watched that video!!

  30. Barbie says:

    O.MG.!!! You’ll be able to get back in those skinny jeans in no time.

  31. Pam'a says:

    I am absolutely exhausted.

  32. Amber says:

    didn’t you say something about losing the back-fat? This helps, right??
    And, Betty, kudos to your fabulousness! Leopord print is vastly underrated these days, dahlink!

  33. Louise says:

    So I shouldn’t bring elderly relatives with walkers or wheelchairs – got it!

    I’m not sure *I* could have handled it! ;-)

  34. Janet says:

    I’ll bet your quads look fantastic!

  35. Stephbo says:

    Wait. So they made you climb up AND down stairs on one leg of the trek? That’s just mean. But hey– you’re in Thailand, and I’m not.

  36. Dagmar says:

    I laughed so hard I nearly peed myself. I’m so glad that you are all safe and had an experience of a lifetime.

  37. KiwiKat says:

    Love Betty’s leopard-print swimsuit! So did you do the elephant trek at Phuket and learn to make jungle curry? Or go to Phi Phi island? Can’t believe how fast you moved in that heat – the humidity makes it hard to move at all, let along run up (and down) all those stairs…bravo!

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