Friday, May 1, 2009

On the Road Again

I met up with Ngae on Wednesday for a roadside coconut juice and to catch up with how the man himself is getting on. Walking every day, you will have heard he aims to do the KL marathon in June (walking). He is also swimming (so long as the pool is void of obstacles and he doesn't bump into the end). I also sensed that he is yearning to get back on his bike. Hanging in his temporary home/office nearby KL Sentral, Ngae stays put most of the day except for his morning 2hour constitutional.
He is looking decidedly well and if you thought the man was focused and had a positive outlook on life BEFORE the operation, well now he is even more focused...this time on newer things.
As he spoke about his experience it sunk in just how close to death the 'experience' (which is what Ngae refers to it as) was. We know the lump wasn't cancerous - that means that in a few months once the scars and bone has healed he can get back to normal (as normal as a man who proudly dons a sarong around town, washes clothes by hand and avoids air-con like the plague) can get! Ngae loves the simple life, he is passionate about sharing his philosophies on this life and his energy radiates onto those all around him.
He says he is right as rain, the doctors I think see him as something of a miracle man due to the fact he "bounced" back so quickly. After a 4hour life and death brain op he wakes up in ICU and has to be MOVED because he can't stop talking!! Head swaddled in bandages, oxygen mask on, drips, tubes, you name it...was not going to stop the man talking!!
So back to the Operation. I knew it was critical. But listening to Ngae explain it so matter-of-factly blew my mind. The day before he went in he spent time at his office clearing files and organising things - in case he did not wake up! There was a HUGE HUGE possibility this could happen. Another doctor had asked him not to do the op, it was too dangerous. What the hell do you say to your loved ones, friends and family before you go for an operation of such magnitude?? I have no clue. And I was a little shy to ask out right what Ngae did say before they wheeled him in.
I can only imagine knowing the character he is, that it would have been heartfelt and of course POSITIVE.
Great to have you back, looking good and on the road again.
Next stop...Putrajaya 70.3 in July? He has spoken of it and I would be pleased as punch to see you there!

1 comment:

Ngae said...

Thank you for your visit and the posting here. It is my feeling that God has been so kind to me. From the jungle on Borneo Island to around the world experiencing what is right and what is not so right, I have gone thru a a really interesting life. My philosophy is that there is nothing to worry about dying cos it is a sure thing ALL OF US FACE. I am happy to go at any time. It is a bonus if we die happy, while doing the thing we are happy in doing. Of course it is important that we are well prepared to die as being well prepared for our races :)

Hey my dear, it was first time you drank coconut juice , the natural sports drink. Here is one short article i plug from google and paste here about it.

From the site

A coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm, Cocos nucifera. Coconuts are believed to be native to Southeast Asia, where they have been cultivated and used in food for centuries. Various coconut products can be found in the cuisine of many Asian nations, and they appear in other tropical diets as well, especially in the Caribbean. The distinctive flavor of coconut makes it a very popular food, and a wide range of things are made with coconuts, from palm wine to coconut cream pie.

Technically, a coconut is a drupe, which means that it has a hard shell encased in a fibrous outer layer. When the coconut shell is cracked open, it reveals a fleshy white meat and a liquid which is known as coconut water. Cracking open coconuts is no mean feat; a number of techniques are used, ranging from baking coconuts to make them brittle to dropping them onto sharp rocks in an attempt to wedge open a crack in the shell.

The water inside a coconut is not the same thing as coconut milk, a popular creamy product which is actually made with the flesh of the coconut. Coconut water is crisp, cool, and refreshing, and it is often used in drinks in tropical regions. It is also high in vitamins and minerals, making it popular with the health food community. Coconut milk is made by grating the flesh, soaking it in hot water, and squeezing it, extracting a very rich, dense white liquid which is very high in protein and fat.

Coconut milk is often used in curries and soups in tropical nations. It is also used to flavor drinks and desserts. The flesh of coconuts can be grated and toasted as a garnish, added whole to desserts, chunked in soups and stews, and it may be fresh, dry, or roasted, depending on the dish and regional preferences. Like coconut milk, the flesh of coconuts has a high protein and fat content, and it has a very rich flavor.

Sap from coconuts is fermented to produce palm wine, while the leaves are used for thatching and the bark is sometimes utilized as a source of fiber. The fibrous outer shell is sometimes used as a fiber as well; this fiber is known as coir. Coconut trees can also provide timber for construction projects and a source of fuel. There are numerous other uses for coconuts and the trees they grow on, explaining why the trees have become so popular in the tropical regions where they grow.