A week ago, I made a trip down to Ubi to get my misplaced drivers' license sorted out. I was strongly advised to cab it but I was stubborn. I hate riding in cabs, plus taking a train/bus is loads cheaper.
One of the reasons why the iPhone has greatly changed my life, is the applications. And the fact that Google maps is easily accessed on my iPhone - which I most definitely need all of the time. I was quite determined to find my way around, with the help of Google maps of course.
It didn't sound too complicated. From the Eunos MRT station, I would catch bus number 61 and alight at Aztech building, walk for 5 minutes to the Traffic Police Headquarters. Easy peasy. Everything went fine until I got off the bus and went, Fug. So which way do I walk now?
As one of my co-workers aptly puts, Andrea can give directions. You just have to go in the complete opposite direction to what she tells you.
I hate to admit, but he is quite right. My first natural instinct is to always select the wrong direction to proceed in. And this time around, it was no exception.
I confidently walked in the direction that I believed was correct. After a few minutes of walking, I glanced at my Google Maps and realized that again, I had walked in the complete opposite direction. So I had to turn around. I did get to the said destination shortly after and was feeling rather proud of myself.
So you would think that if Andrea walks from point A to point B and returns to point A from point B, it would be simple and easy correct? Unfortunately, that was not to be the case. Somehow or other, I managed to walk in the wrong direction the moment I stepped out of the Traffic Police headquarters and landed up getting lost in Ubi for a good 20 minutes. I referred back to Google Maps again and finally managed to find my way to the bus-stop.
That wasn't the end.
I had to select the bus-stop that was heading in the opposite direction that I was heading towards. Fortunately, I asked the driver if it was heading towards where I was going and he said, Nope. You board the bus from across the road.
Great. So I alighted the bus and crossed the road. I did get onto the right bus but after 15 minutes of commute, I decided to hop off the bus when I saw the MRT station. I figured that it was safer for me to take the train back home. At least, I wouldn't get lost.
I am trying my best to improve on my bad sense of direction. The results haven't been really encouraging. In fact, I have been advised to stay at home so at least, the chances of me getting lost are highly reduced. -_- My manager asked, So did your license get replaced?
Yup. It took just 5 minutes.Hmm. You are sure that you didn't pay for your license? Does your house have directional signs that state - To the bathroom, To the kitchen etc?
Hur hur hur. You sense of direction is just as bad as mine! (He is the one who always gets lost with me when we run together in Portland!)
Meanwhile, I am still trying to persuade my team to let me drive for the next work trip to Oregon. I told them that all I needed was a good navigator and I would be fine. I am still working on that.
Would anyone like to join the Amazing Race with me?