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Navman S45 
10th-Jan-2009 11:50 pm
Since moving to Oz, I have been getting behind the wheel more in a week than I did in the 2-3 years after I got my drivers licence in Singapore.

In the motherland (aka Singapore), it's almost impossible to get lost. No matter how lost, you can just pick 1 direction and stick to it till you either come to a familiar road or you reach the sea will get you unlost.

And most unfortunately I've also inherited my mother's sorry excuse of a sense of direction.

But here on this solo continent, there is a REAL possibility of getting seriously lost ala no-petrol-station-for-miles-and-you-have-no-water-and-there-is-a-family-of-mutated-inbred-cannibals-waiting-to-pounce-on-you-from-behind-that-overgrown-bush-by-the-road.

... I obviously watch too many horror movies, but hey! Don't come whining to me when some grotesque hunchback is gnawing on your thigh, cuz you didn't wanna pack a machete in your car.

So before the SO looks at his mobile while at work and screams to the gods "WTF?! She's lost again?!?!" (which is probably going to happen any day now), we went out and got me a Navman S45.

No, it doesn't do Mr T or Yoda voices (disappointed!), but yay! No more getting lost in the wilderness that is Brisbane! XD
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11th-Jan-2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I know! The father-in-law quipped that with the same amount of money spent on the Navman, he could buy 10 years of street directories...

But street directories don't talk to you and they take your eye away from the road. Dangerous stuff.
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13th-Jan-2009 12:08 am (UTC)
We've had 2 incidents with the Navman now: 1st was with a closed road due to construction and 2nd was with plotting a much longer route home than we would usually do.

Trust the GPS with a lot of salt.
10th-Jan-2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
D: @ your horror description. That sounds creepy! DX Won't you be scared everytime you need to go somewhere?! o_O Thank goodness for the Navman S45! 8D You shalt be safer now.

._. I will personally have serial killer descriptsions on.. How I get lost with no patrol, and get abducted by a psycho who loves cutting up people when they're STILL ALIVE. -shudders- That's pretty similar to your cannibal creature. o_O
11th-Jan-2009 12:31 am (UTC)
I get extremely worried when I have to drive anywhere on my own, unless it's into town (cuz I know the routes well enough into the city). But otherwise, I'm absolutely hopeless. And last thing I want is to end up up the Gold Coast or Sunshine coast.

The Navman has little markers to direct you to petrol stations, so yes, very safe. ;)

... unless the petrol attendant is the psycho. DX
10th-Jan-2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
yea GPS is awesome. Its nice how I can bully my friends to go museums and theatres that we have all never been to and still manage to get there without getting really lost. (other than the fact that on the way back once the GPS made him drive in a big circle around seattle, it was actually pretty funny)
i know for sure if i managed to squeeze time out to take s license i'll definately need a GPS too.

I think its worst when you ran out of gas and stuck in the middle of no where..

I dunno, your horror description reminds me of movies like The Hills have Eyes lol. Its a hilarious movie if you haven't watched it =p
11th-Jan-2009 12:34 am (UTC)
I reckon you should first try to use the conventional methods of plotting your routes (ie. with a street directory). I gave myself at least 2-3 months of navigating with just that - cuz it is a lot cheaper - before giving up.

And in Australia, if you're out of gas and stuck in the middle of nowhere... there're killer koalas and wallabies just waiting to drop down from trees to kkkkkkewwwwwwwl j00. XD
11th-Jan-2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Eternally Lost family?

Yoda voice would be total win. *nodnod*
11th-Jan-2009 10:29 am (UTC)
Yoda issuing directions to life? Yes please! (^_^)
11th-Jan-2009 09:05 am (UTC)
Before GPS : I got to drive over an hour on the wrong Interstate just to get home, which technically only takes 15 mins. from my previous work place, and couldn't find my way back till the other half walked me through step by step on the hp.

Present day with GPS: Still miss turn sometimes because I don't hear the *ding ding* (I'm getting old, ears don't work as well anymore...) and it still takes me where I want to go and still is very patient with me. I love my GPS!!! <3
13th-Jan-2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Ouch. See, at least there aren't that many highways in Brisbane to contend with. The US road system would just scare the shit out of me, especially without a GPS system.
13th-Jan-2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, i can just imagine you in that Wolf Creek movie after this post Mel :D
13th-Jan-2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
I'm such a loser, aren't I? (^_-)-☆
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