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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!



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


Congrats Emily!!!

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


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