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We come across hundreds of strangers a day, but with whom do we talk? For many, it is almost zero.

Maybe we feel awkward. Or maybe it's because we do not want to be scary. Some of us may even be afraid to receive STOMP-ed. But as one man discovered this week, an unexpected conversation with a stranger might end up as a source of inspiration to change life.

A Twitter user Minionman posted a topic on Twitter on June 18, reporting his meeting at the MRT with a stranger who had praised him on his shirt. He initially felt that the stranger was "half disconnected," but something forced him to stay and talk.

This stranger turned out to be Takalah Tan, a survivor of traumatic brain injury. True to its name, which means "can not miss" in Malay, Tan has a truly inspiring and winning story to tell.

THE ACCIDENT

In 1994, Tan Kok Liang was at the peak of his life.

He was a brilliant young man who lived life to the fullest. According to a resource from Successpedia Asia, he was a commando, lightweight boxing champion, cross country runner and swimmer. He graduated from the National University of Singapore and started working in a multinational company.

Just a week before he started working, the unthinkable happened – Tan got into a motorcycle accident.

He collided with a police car on an expressway and was thrown 70m. Knocking on the ground without his helmet, he lost all of his brain water and, according to another feature on the Singapore Red Cross website, a third of his blood.

He also shifted his left shoulder, fractured three of the ribs on the right side and fractured completely and shortened the right shin by 1.5 inches.

Her neurosurgeon told her that he had lost all of his memory and half of his brain.

RECOVERY AND BACK

True to his name "Takalah", which he started using in 1984, he kept walking.

One of the first things he did after the accident was to go to the library and read the human body.

(Albert) Einstein, after his death, they searched his brain and found that he used less than 10% of his brain.

It was a difficult battle because Tan had to relearn things as simple as speech. By sheer determination, he went back to school and became a teacher only six years after the accident.

He also learned to swim again and said that he can swim two inches from a pool with only one breath.

For Minionman, what stood out in his conversation with Tan was the positivity of the latter.

Minionman also went on to say that Tan is "humanity at its best".

For a man who has been through so much, Tan is an extraordinarily generous person. Grateful for the blood transfusions that have saved his life, he donates blood on a quarterly basis, registering his 50th donation in 2016, according to the Singapore Red Cross.

What started as a random encounter ended with Minionman exchanging contacts with Tan to find out more about how he could help with the many causes Tan defends.

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