On 16 August 2006, I’ve done a masterpiece. I turned my car into a great artistic work by banging it against someone’s car from behind, the outcome: the bonnet of my car warped and the coolant reservoir leaked… Actually, this should be a tragedy, but I just could not figure out why in the end it turned out to be a comedy because many people laughed WITH me (I’m sure, they laughed WITH me, not laughing AT me) when I told them the story.  

The most frequently asked questions were “What were you doing that time?” To be frank, I really could not recall… I was not driving fast, but was crawling along Jalan Sungai Besi. I just remembered when I realized that I needed to press on the brake pedal; my car already kissed the back of the car in front. I think most probably I was day-dreaming 

It is after this accident that I get to know terms like No Claim Bonus (NCB), Third Party coverage, comprehensive coverage and the proper procedures to be followed if we meet with an accident. So, can you imagine that I was totally helpless after the bang. I called my immediate senior to come save me. As we were negotiating with the poor owner of the car in front (hereafter in this blog referred to as “the victim"), another colleague passed by and joined in. And this colleague called another colleague to come with a digicam. Luckily there were them to be with me to do most of the negotiation and helping me to make most of the decisions. The victim in the end asked, “So all of you working together?” My colleague then answered, “Ya, we are all from SMART project.” At that point, for the first time I felt the bond is there, we are so-bonded and so together 

The tow car arrived around 6.55 pm to tow my car to the workshop. I heard one of the colleague moaned, “Oh no! We forgot to go buy 4D! I think her car plate number will be drawn as one of the winning numbers la! Should leave now, and see if I still can make it!” (In the end, none of us made it to buy…)  

Once I reached home, weary in body and mind, I was scolded by my mom kao kao. Not for driving recklessly, but for not informing her at firsthand that I met with an accident. “You should have called me at once! So that I can go buy 4D! Our car plate number is drawn as special prize, u know?!”  

WASTED!!! I should have bought 4D… or I won’t be this broke now…



1 Response to “Masterpiece”

  1. 1 Poh Tee August 25, 2006 at 8:50 pm

    walao… ur mum is really impressive…

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