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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Getting a Driving Licence - Part 5

Been almost 2 months, I'm at my 11th Class 3 (manual) practical driving lesson already!


As mentioned in the previous post, this is the smartphone which learners like me use to sign in and out. Some instructors might not use it though. I know because I've been taught by 5 different instructors already!

2 of them are the ones fixed at Serangoon, 2 are from the Kovan office who temporarily took over because my instructor was ill, and 1 time when I went to Buangkok.

I found myself fond of the idea of getting taught by different instructors. There's an interesting mix of people! The super relax one, the one who whispers (had to ask him to repeat wdvr he said), the overly enthusiastic one, the strict one, the fun one. But at the end of the day, they're nice people with over 10 years of teaching experience. They answered my numerous queries and shared some of their personal stories.

Also mentioned in the previous post, this is the Training Record Book for attendance record and training content. For myself, it also includes the PDL, or the Provisional Driving Licence which allows me to learn to drive a Class 3 vehicle until a certain date.

This book records my progression so far. There are 3 modules in total that I'll have to complete; almost done with Module One!

My thoughts on driving up till now? Nerve wrecking. I've driven on actual roads around Punggol and Ubi, and from the circuit back to Serangoon. Although I've been praised for being a fast learner, I still face problems with my biting point and engine STILL stalls every lesson.

Booking of lesson online is also a headache. I once forgot to book my lessons for May! Online booking is open every 22nd of the month, from 6pm onwards. If you're late, chances are all the slots have been taken up. In that case, report to offices at Ubi or Kovan and request for them to put you on the waiting list. I requested for any time, any date, at any location. As long as someone cancels their lesson, they'll ring me! Be prepared to receive a call as early as at 8.30am though.

Each learner can cancel their lessons for free, up to 18 times. Subsequent cancellations are chargeable at $5.35 per lesson.



For the fees, here's how much I've paid so far learning at CDC:

Class 3 Enrollment Fees for Practical & Theory - $160.50
Provisional Driving Licence - $25
Practical Driving Lessons (inclusive GST & miscellaneous charge) - $70.62 x 7 (non-peak hours) + $79.18 x 4 (peak hours)
Pre-Booking of Future Practical Driving Lessons - $70.62 x 15

This is about all that I can remember, easily amount up $2k already. From old forum threads I've read, the fees seem to have went up as if the prices of COE isn't high enough. Some might prefer choosing private instructors that are less costly. I've been told that there won't be any more private driving instructors after this generation of them retire!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dr. Qu Hair Care

I admit - it's a chore to maintain smooth and good-looking hair. People ask me what's the secret to my shiny hair, despite going through the damage of having so many chemicals touch it. I say, NOBODY is born with the perfect hair, you have to work hard for what you want. That is why owning good hair care products is the answer!

You got to admit that our manes are partly what boosts our self-confidence. Even if you're wearing the most gorgeous outfit, you won't look complete without the fabulous-looking hair. Recently, I've started to pay more attention on that part by using the Dr. Qu line of hair care products! Wanted to go for a more organic alternative for the longest time.

Manufactured in Singapore, Dr. Qu is a cult Asian skincare brand that is highly sought after in countries like Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and USA. Its products have undergone stringent checks and have received the stamp of approval from Japanese and American authorities, guaranteeing it as a safe product of quality. It's call to fame is its ability to heal skin from problems caused by Demodex (a hair follicle mite) like acne rosacea, eczema, other skin irritations, fungal diseases and hair loss. In a survey conducted, it was found that 97.68% of adult males and female have Demodex!? :O

Dr. Qu Hairlth Wash

Dr. Qu's line of herbal-based skincare products is infused with Demodicidin, a unique formulation of scientific technology and traditional Chinese medicine, designed to stop Demodex and prevent them from causing damage to the skin. The Dr. Qu skincare range provides nourishment to the skin and hair while restoring it to its original colour and natural beauty. It also helps to slow down the skin cell aging process. Many who have tried Dr. Qu's products now swear by it as their go-to brand to help with their skin/hair!

The Dr. Qu Hairlth Wash is herbal based and enriched with nutrients to enhance hair and scalp metabolism, keeping it healthy. It also contains effective anti-dandruff properties and hair conditioner. It is said to promote metabolism, strengthens immunity, prevent disease and also prolongs lifespan!

If you have scalp that are oily like mine, you can use it more often!

The lather is not the foamy type with bubbles and all that stuff I'd like. However, I have to say that I've got an itchy scalp that annoys the hell out of me and this shampoo did aid in controlling the itch! My dandruff also showed significantly reduction. I like the fact that it's herbal, which also translates to lesser artificial chemical ingredients and more natural ones!

Dr. Qu Hairlth Conditioner

I cannot stress enough how important a conditioner plays in smooth-looking hair! Conditioners really do wonders upon application, tried and tested myself. I was away on holiday recently, and one of the hotels I stayed in didn't provide hair conditioners! The next few days, the ends of my hair looked like it was deprived of moisture like a dry land or something. I felt horrible going out with my hair like that!

Natural herbal based conditioning product, the hairlth conditioner is designed to provide lasting protection and vital hydration to hair on a day to day basis. It is engineered to give you maximum protection against damage from UV radiation, heat, chemical treatments and daily styling, through quick and easy application.

A pump or two is enough to provide the hydration for my hair. Apply and lather generously on the wet hair ends. The trick is the longer you leave it on, the more optimal the results!

The Dr Qu Hairlth Conditioner actively replenishes the vitality and health of hair and consistently prevents hair loss (especially Demodex related), breakage and split ends. By nourishing both hair and follicles with a natural international award winning Demodicin formula, Dr Qu Hairlth Conditioner not only prevents hinders the growth of Demodex, but also reinforces and strengthens the structure and roots of your hair, to improve quality and manageability and provides extra shine and gloss to your daily look.


Dr. Qu's products are retailing online, as well as Yue Hwa Emporium and Strangelets (Yong Siak Street).

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