Whose?

Dad approved to let her take the car on a non-school day. She’d only started driving it on her own that week so she was pretty pumped. Weekend traffic in Cebu was moderate. She’d get to her destination in 30 minutes tops. She checks her watch. At the speed she was going, she’d be fashionably ten-minutes late (her peers from engineering were probably going to do the same anyway).

She drove northwards on the main highway, turned left after passing four intersections with traffic lights and then turned right on the first corner.

She drove on for another ten minutes or maybe twenty. Was she supposed to make another right after that first one? Or a left?

Wait I don’t remember seeing the name of this subdivision I’m in. What landmark am I looking for again?

An SMS arrives. Wer r u?

Good question. Where was I?

Lesson: Just because you’ve got a car and the license to drive, doesn’t mean you’d automatically know where to go.

Most roads/alleys/corners/streets in my hometown are unmarked. It adds to the mystique, doesn’t it? Not. Directions (especially the ones that involve finding a restaurant/house/billiard hall tucked away in a maze of winding inroads), I’m afraid, escape me. The person giving me instructions loses me after the specifics of the first turn.

I’m hopeless with directions. Or so I believed until I moved out of my parents’ house. What do you do when, even if you don’t drive in the country you’re currently in, you can’t read the signs (since they’re mostly in Mandarin)?

I turned from being hopeless to simply being impaired. Impairment can be mitigated by getting lost so many times that you are forced to: 1) learn to communicate with the locals, 2) get familiar with all those Chinese characters, and 3) use Google maps.

18 thoughts on “Whose?

  1. Oh, but I’ve got you beat: I get lost while sitting in the driver’s seat! In my home town! On a trip to the grocery store down the road!

    I would be lost – literally – without a GPS in my car.

      • Heh heh… I can only get here by following the bread crumbs you leave behind when you visit my little corner of the world (i.e. I have to click on the links when I am notified that you have left me a comment).

        Thanks, Gretel! :-D

        Love,
        Hansel

  2. I with you on the part where I get lost as soon as they utter “take the next left and…” It’s not that I’m directionally impaired, it’s just that my short term memory does not function properly.

    • Occasionally getting lost isn’t so bad; specifically if you’re not in a hurry. But if you are, that’s another story. :)

  3. I’m so directionally challenged it has become a private joke in my family, unless of course I’ve been to the area a dozen times. I’m a slave of MapQuest.

    Cheers !

  4. Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike :)

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.

    My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…

    UNCLE SPIKE

  5. I love the approach to your bio – creative and humorous with much depth below :-)
    Growing your own independence is challenging and oh, so very rewarding…
    AnnMarie
    ps If it makes you feel any better, I’m 51 and often times when I substitute teach I turn the wrong way out of whatever classroom I’m in and I’ve been in the same schools hundreds of times :-)

    • Thanks for checking me out (in a totally non-creepy way). :)

      I’m so glad I’m not alone in the whole “getting lost” phase. I just can’t seem to outgrow it or shake it off – so I’ve accepted it as part of who I am.

      • You’re still funny! I’m amazed how many times I rewrite my comments because I think geez, what will they think if I write it this way or that way :-)
        I have five other siblings – half have a great sense of direction – the other half not so much, and I’m the worse of the not-so-much-group.
        Oh well, I guess things could be worse :-)

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