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I`m now back in the UK for a few weeks and editing a few more of the video`s I shot in Malaysia. I`ll get these completed and uploaded within the next few days. Quite a lot happened during my last few days in Penang and my journey back to the UK and now I`m able to get back online, I`ll tell you about them here in my next two posts.
Friday 20 March... This afternoon at about 4.00pm I went for a stroll down the road and into Penang Old Town. It`s a fairly large old town but maybe because, unlike Penang island, the old town is not particularly a tourist destination, many of the local people I pass by here give me a smile, often say hello and sometimes even strike up a conversation. Even if they don`t, I often just give them a smile and they always smile back. And I think I`m starting to be recognised here because I always wear my hat. (Indiana Jones is in town again).
Anyway, this afternoon I sat down at a Malaysian street restaurant and ordered an iced coffee and something to eat. I sort of explained that I wanted something spicy accompanied by some sort of paratha bread. When the dish arrived it looked delicious. It was like two Spanish omelettes with two small but ample vegetable curry dishes. And it all tasted amazing. What`s more, the bill only came to 8.50 Ringgit, which is less than £2. Man, do I love it here!
On Friday evening I got chatting to a couple of the girls who work on commission at the bar down the road from the Temple. Their commission is based on the number of drinks they manage to sell you. All the girls are very attractive and one of them told me she is from Northern Thailand. When I asked what she`d previously done for work in Thailand and she said, massage, I almost asked what type of massage but then remembered I`m a guest at the Krishna Temple, so thought the better of it. Who knows where it would lead. My understanding of massage in Thailand (well, in Bangkok at least) is definitely of the other kind. But unlike most western views, there is less of a stigma attached to it. Of course their are also many massages available in Thailand which are not ultra personal (for want of a better word). I guess it depends on what you`re looking for.
Later on Friday evening I returned to the bar as, being my last evening in Penang, I thought I`d treat myself to a couple more lagers. It was the entertainment that night which got me into a little problem later with Lord Krishna.
I couldn`t resist the Filipino version of the Spice Girls (well, three of them anyway) who were on stage looking delightful in their hotpants and even dedicated a few songs to me. I dragged myself away from them at around 10.30pm. As I approached the Temple, just 5 minutes walk away, I had a feeling that a little problem may be awaiting me. Sure enough, as I approached the Temple I could see the gates had been locked!
Following my initial panic, I placed my hands together in front of me and bowed my head and apologised to Lord Krishna for being late, hoping he would provide a solution to my dilemma.
The solution he gave me was to give me the strength to climb over the 6 foot high gates.
You see, in the excitement of watching the Filipino Spice Girls, I had forgotten that the Krishna devotees, for security, lock the gates of their Temples and Iskcom Centres at around 10pm each evening.
More to follow soon.
Peter Quest of www.lovelyplanettv.com follows Iskcon Malaysia`s Food for Life Society to downtown Kuala Lumpur to distribute food. Hare Krishna.
The second of my video`s following the Russian Krishna`s on a walkabout /kirtana in Kuala Lumpur.
In a way, this first part of my adventure, this trip to South East Asia, was a bit of an experiment. It is a big step to drop everything at home and spend one`s life travelling to the other side of the world helping non profit and charity projects and making video`s. I am pleased to say though, it has been a success.
During the last few years, I attempted to make video`s and tried other creative pursuits for a living at home in the UK but because of the expense of living in the UK, it was never really viable.
Here it is different. I can go from one Kryshna / Iskcon Centre to the next, in whichever Asian country I choose, offer them my services which is to make video`s which in turn promotes their good work, and know that I`ll be welcome. Food (Prasadam) on the table and a roof over my head. This is how the Krishna`s are. I`ve learned a lot about humility in these past few weeks.
I`ll be back in the UK for a few weeks soon. The reason for this is to sort out my humble private pension pots which I`ll use mainly to fund the next few years of my life on the road. If I were to remain in the UK, these pension pots would probably last a year and a half if I`m careful. Over here in Asia it`ll give me more than enough to live on for the next five or six years. I now know for sure just how little I need. I could even spend the odd few days every so often in a budget hotel between projects, drink beer and eat at a fancy restuarant if I needed a break. But doing the work you love which combines a social aspect, the meeting of new people, the making of new friends, there`ll probably be little need for a break.
Although and purely out of ignorance, I was a little apprehensive at first to come to live amongst the Krishna`s here for a few weeks, it was perhaps ironic that Simheswara was one of the very first people to comminicate with me around 6 months ago when I first put my profile on the workaway website. He maybe saw something in me especially as I had written that I wanted to find out more about a spiritualist way of life. Simheswara has become a very dear friend and I thank him for giving me this opportunity. He, of course, will probably say it was Lord Krishna`s wish.
On Sunday 8 March Lindy, my Belgium friend and volunteer who is assisting in Marketing and I were invited to a small outdoor Temple high in the hills above Penang. The Temple is amongst a high rise housing estate where the Krishna`s hold a weekly programme for the local, mainly youth, congregation. Culminating in Prasadam , a feast of food offered to God , the programe is an abundance of song and dance, lessons and worship and of course the Krishna chant. Both Lindy and I were asked to give a short talk which, to suit the majority of attendees, was translated into Hindi.
"...What I see is a movement dedicated to doing many good deeds in a troubled world..." Peter Quest from www.lovelyplanet.com talks about his experience so far with the Krishna`s in Malaysia.
A short video following a contingency of Krishna`s from Russia who are staying at the Iskcon Centre in Kuala Lumpur as they set off towards a local market happily chanting Hare Krishna . These guys not only sound good, they look pretty good too...take a look.
On Tuesday 10 March 2015 German Embassy Officials, Heidi and Toby visited New Godruma Dhama, a Krishna farm near Lanchang, Malaysia, to plant a tree with a view to assist Iskcons Food for Life Society. Peter Quest of www.lovelyplanettv.com captured their visit in this short film.
In this short video, Peter Quest of www.lovelyplanettv.com takes us around the Hari Krishna Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Sri Gaura - Purnima (The Golden Avatar) at The Iskcom Centre, Penang 5 March 2015. Peter Quest of www.lovelyplanettv.com caught the highlights.
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