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!