The Famous Calligrapher With One Arm And No Hands – OHS045

In 2014 I had the great privilege of competing in the semi-final round of Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Though I did not go on to the final round it was an incredible learning experience and opportunity. After the competition ended many of the international contestants went home. I figured since I took the incredibly long flight from Boise, Idaho, USA to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I should stay as long as possible. This was a great opportunity to travel an area of the world I had never visited. All the semi-finalists contestants from around the world were awarded a plane flight to Malaysia. I simply booked my ticket for an extended stay of another nineteen days.

In total I started with eight days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia attending and the Toastmasters International Conference and competing in the World Championship of Public Speaking. Then I did three days in Melaka, Malaysia, three days in Singapore, and five days on the island of Java in Indonesia visiting the the ancient and largest Buddhist temple in the world known as Borobudur. On my way back home I did two more days in Melaka, and two nights in Kuala Lumpur. It was the adventure of a lifetime.

After leaving Indonesia I flew back to Singapore where I took a bus to spend two more days in Melaka with the great people I had met earlier in my trip. Plus, Melaka is an UNESCO World Heritage city and a very cool and hip place. Of all the great people I met on this trip it was a female calligraphy artist that had a beautiful, profound, and special impact on my life. My friend Mat, who is a Hindu Vedic Priest and my travel partner in Melaka said he had someone he wanted me to see and meet. As he was walking me through the market I could see the excitement in his face and in his movements. I knew whoever this person was, it was going to be good. After walking through the downtown market crowds I stood in front of the person Mat wanted me to meet. I realized in that moment why he was so excited for me to meet her. I met the “famous street artist” woman with no hands and one arm who brushes calligraphy. Yes, that’s right… She has no hands and only one arm.

This podcast is simply about meeting this woman, our short yet sincere and authentically joyful interaction, and the impact she made on my life in that moment.

Show Notes:

  • 2014 Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking.
  • The opportunity to visit Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.
  • Meeting beautiful people.


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