Multicultural Malaysia

Travel - January 14th, 2011

Malaysia thrives as a multiculturally diverse and inclusive country. In the various cities I have visited I have stayed in Little India and Chinatown where I have witnessed Buddhists, Hindu, Muslims, Sikh and Christians livingpeacefully side-by-side. Of course, this is the way it should be however of the many beautiful countries I have visited in my life, I have all too often bore witness to intolerance and righteousness where faithis concerned.

Within 10 minutes of entering my guesthouse in Penang (Georgetown), I was promptly invited by Kaur,an older vivacious Sikh woman, to come to her temple to celebrate the birthday of Guru Govind Singh Dev. It was onlylater that the details of my visit to The Golden Temple at the Indian holy city of Amritsar emerge as we feasted on anamazing vegetarian meal. To her and her friend’s delight they learned that it was at the Golden Temple’s kitchen that I learned to make chapatti during the hours of seva necessary to feed the ten’s of thousands of pilgrims that are hosted every weekend regardless of faith. A beautiful message that spans time and space.

I love how spontaneously meetings and events unfold when we allow ourselves to be receptive and open to the flow of life.

In the capital of Kuala Lumpur, my curiousity was tweeked when I happened across a sign for reflexology + ayurveda. Unlike many of the clinics around, Samkkya is a new and beautifully designed spa where blind massage therapists work their heavenly magic. Given my penchant for bodywork- this says a lot about the quality of the treatments! My therapist Gopan activated the meridians running from my feet, skillfully identifying areas where energy was stuck and sharing insights about what he could feel – incredible. After 90 minutes my feet, calves, scalp and shoulders hadbeen smoothed to the consistency of butter. Do not miss this spa or it’s sister clinic for full Ayurvedic care, which I also visited in KL.