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Kelam-kabut (meaning: chaotic or confused in Malay) is probably the most appropriate word to describe my driving skills now. Most Singaporeans pronounce this word as kalang-kabok, which sounds really funny to me.

Anyway, back to my topic on driving, I’m still very far away from being called a competent driver. I’m very bad at directions, I take forever to park my car straight, I still don’t dare to do parallel parking and I get distracted easily if somebody honks at me or tailgate me.

For a person who is rather fearful of driving, I’ve never thought that I’ll own a car in Singapore. It was quite a surprise when we decided to buy our second car. As Edison is starting his Nursery next year, I need to drive him to school. My husband works on shift, thus he is unable to send him to school (due to different timing). That’s the reason why we need a second car.

Practice makes perfect, I keep reminding myself. I need to drive as often as possible to boost my confidence in driving. I drove to work this morning when it was raining. I drove to Bishan Junction 8 for lunch. All in all, I took about 20mins from my office at Upper Paya Lebar to Bishan. I think I’m still too slow.

Anyway, Ah-Beng Instructor (read: husband) is beside me when I drive. So, I don’t have to worry much. When I have to drive alone next year, that’s where the stress is! And my car is coming end of this month!

Stress!

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Stevie
    December 18, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    once u get used to driving, u will enjoy the ride.. hehehe

    • Reply
      Emily
      December 19, 2009 at 8:51 AM

      Yup, I drive more often now, and it is getting better. Thankfully, Edison is always well-behaved when I drive. 🙂

  • Reply
    Samantha
    December 21, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Congrats Emily!!!

    I’m sure with you driving almost daily, your skills will get better by the days!

    • Reply
      Emily
      December 21, 2009 at 1:38 PM

      Hi Sam,
      Thanks. I wish I can be like you too – driving your two kiddos out on your own. You r a brave mummy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Samantha
    December 22, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Edison is so guai, I’m sure you can do it.
    My kids ain’t that guai initially… but i tend to “ignore” their requests to get out of the car seats. Distracting them with things along the way and engaging in conversations. hee, after a while, they know that I wont budge and they got used to it. haha

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