Last Saturday akhirnya dapat gak peluang escape jap to the hair saloon to get a haircut. After 2 months hiatus, I finally had my hands on the steering wheel. I miss driving soo much! Walaupun journey tu dekat je, from my house to Seksyen 9 (that’s about 15min drive) but the feeling is just great. I get to be on the driver’s seat, I get to put on my sunglasses (haha ape kaitan pun tatau, jadi penumpang pun pakai sunglasses gak), I get to switch on to Hot FM mengqada lagu2 yg terkini (seriously this is a RARE occasion for me coz at home the hubs prefers to listen to Sinar FM, kalo naik kete dgn parents pun pasang Sinar FM..god I’m surrounded with oldies here!)
So u can understand why I’m freaking happy ey? 😀
But come to think of it, if I were to rewind my driving experience years and years agoo, I was a really damn pengecut driver u know haha.
I took my license after SPM, that’s the only thing that kept me preoccupied during those days, I didn’t take a part time job. Not many people know this but I’m just gonna blab it here, tade efek pun dah skang ni..wa jadi mangsa raba dgn driver instructor tau. Since I was naive at that time, didn’t know how to react about it, I kept quiet about it and did not report it to anyone. Sebabnya, takut if i report, kang nanti tak pepasal the instructor failed me which was the LAST thing that I want to happen. Bila drive dgn terkedek2nya, he likes to put his hand on my lap, kalo tgh practice parking, tau kat mane die letak tgn dia? at my breasts ye..aih.
Anyways, dah dapat lesen..tapi lesen memandu tu terkubur dalam wallet je. I never drove a car after I got my license. My parents didn’t trust me to drive and I too had no reason to drive coz by then I was already at MMU as a student in Malacca, then I moved to Cyberjaya. I’m comfortable with the student life, naik turun public transport, bus hopping, LRT hopping hehe camtu la caranya nak blajar selok belok jalan kat KL..hafal jalan bus dulu kehkeh. But then during my final year in Uni, wa dilanda migraine attack. Dahla the classes were mostly in the afternoon slot. When I had to walk back and forth from my condo to the uni, I kept getting throbbing headaches due to the heat sampai tahap ponteng kelas coz dah tak tahan..that was when I got a car and that was the starting point of my driving experience.
Nama je ada kete tapi masih pengecut nak mampus. Jarak condo ke uni is only 10min drive, tp tetiap kali on engine kete menggeletar tu lutut. Siap planning kat mana nak park kete, tanak park tempat ada byk kete coz tak confident nak menyelit and masuk parking when there are cars sandwiched on the left and right side of my car. Pastu, dulu paling jauh drive is to Presint 9 kat Putrajaya je coz that was the ONLY place where you can refuel the car. Cyberjaya masa tu masih tempat jin bertendang, NO PETROL STATION AT ALL. Dah isi minyak, balikkkk haha. There was one point when my then bf went back to his hometown, I was dead bored with my housemate Cik Wan Lesung Batu (ooh skang sudah jadi Puan hehe). Tekak terasa sangat nak makan A&W Waffle kat PJ tu haa..lutut menggeletar ni tapi sangap punya pasal nak gak try drive ke sana dgn Wan. Drive punya drive dgn lembabnya menten kat middle lane je memanjang, bila sampai kat IOI Mall, guess what? I U-turned the car back to Cyberjaya haha. Masa tu jalan kat Puchong masih lagi haywire I tell u around the year 2003-2004. Skang jalan kat IOI tu dah cantek dah..dulu dgn construction dgn diversion and what not, pergh cuak sehh tu yg terus U-turn pastu last2 landing kat mamak Hassan makan fries gemuk RM3 cicah mayonnaise hahaha. Ngok gile.
Lagi satu ngok experience was I think about a month after I got my car, I had my first accident ye. Sendiri pegi langgar guard post kat my condo masa nak tag in my card kat palang tu. Org kalo benti, letak la gear neutral kan..tapi driver ngok ni terer sgt time tu budget kalo tekan brek je dah ok dah..but instead of pressing the brake, aku gi tekan minyak ye. Haa pommm langgar abeh lampu sume pecah. Pak Guard pun tatau nak cakap pe..gelak kesian kat aku ni haha. Dah tak pepasal midnight tu had to make a call to my parents in Penang about it. 3 minggu seh kete tu masuk bengkel bape ribu tah melayang. Nasib ler second hand Kenari je masa tu..cuba kalo kete mahal..eee takleh nak imagine.
Lepas study mula la time keje plak kan. 2 minggu after abeh final xm I got my first job interview. Tup2 interview dapat plak job tu. Tak sempat nak rehat kat Penang dah kene turun balik KL. Kena la menumpang rumah grandparents kat Ulu Kelang coz my job back then was at Mines area tu..jauh gak nak travel dahla kena lalu jalan paling azab kat dunia MRR2. Aduii masa tuu drive middle lane je, bwk 80km/j je. My cousin who’s working in INTI College @ Nilai back then took 45min to reach her place the same time I took my time to reach Balakong haha. Tension gila bila kat MRR2 i see her sweeping past me bwk at the right lane dgn lajunya. Masa tu dah tanam niat dah..takpe one day I will be like her..
Fast forward, keje kat tempat tu tak best, I jumped to another job in Klang. That was my starting point staying at Shah Alam. Keje tu plak jenis kalo ada town hall meeting buat kat hotel gempaq2, kat Le Meridien la, kat Sheraton la..nak tanak I had to drive around the roads of KL ni to reach there for work purposes. Dalam keadaan terpaksa camtu la that made me built my confidence bit by bit. Mcm terpaksa amik my fren kat Asia Jaya LRT station all the way from Shah Alam. Mcm kena amik my parents at KLIA. Mcm kena drive gi certain companies for interview, gi Jobstreet amik offer letter..haa sume2 tu la scenarios that I went through during my working years ni.
Sket, sket pengalaman dibina dari terkedek2 drive kat middle lane sampai skang tak reti2 nak masuk middle lane. Tau nak menten right laneee je memanjang haha. Dulu kalo speed limit tu kata 90km/j, kita pn bwk la dlm 80-90..skang ape speed limit kata kita close one eye jee..bwk 100 ke atas memanjang especially kat area USJ tuu kat Elite highway kan ada zone 90km/j tu kan..I tell u I have 3 summons there with my previous car..haha. Tapi tak bayar ponggg..tu pun kebetulan register plate number tu dgn MyEG..kalo tak mmg tatau pun ada saman hakhak.
Driving kat KL ni bes. U just need a lil bit of confidence and courtesy. Kalau nak tukar lane, bagi je signal. Insya Allah drivers lain akan bagi jalan. Kalau traffic jam, just remain cool, tapi kalo dah running short of time, masuk emergency lane sajaa haha. Been there, done that. OK this is a wrong tip to give. Sila jangan ikut. Salah satu tips I receive from an old fren which until now I remember is : KALAU NAK TUKAR LANE ESPECIALLY DALAM TRAFFIC JAM, BAGI SIGNAL BILA ADA KETE MAHAL NAK LALU, CONFIRM DIA AKAN BAGI JALAN COZ DIA TANAK PAPE JADI KAT KETE DIA. hehehe kengkadang betul tau..I’ve tried it before hehe.
Eventhough I’m a Penangite, I’ve never driven in Penang ye. Ooh pernah. Once. From my house to USM. That’s it. Haha. I cuak plak nak drive kat sana. Drivers dia cam org gila sket. Sket ke? ntahla banyak kut haha. Marah org Penang baca remark ni. Kehkeh.
Okla dah type panjang gileeee ni…gile lenguh jari. Hehe. Daa