I was in a happy mood yesterday. It made me feel happy to see so many lovely greetings in the comment. Thanks everyone!
But today, it is totally the other way round. I am still quite upset by what had happened this morning. Or should I say "frustrated"?
Remember the previous post where I wished I can bite him off? Ha!! Today was even a more ridiculous happening.
I changed to take driving with automatic gear last week. Took once and failed. Fine, that's ok. Admitting I might still not good enough, I gave up my fun on last Saturday, went to take another 50 min driving lesson that cost 6500yen (RM230), and this time the venue was in the spot where my exam was. The sensei was a very good teacher. Within 50 min, I learnt many important points that need to be careful to pass the test.
In fact, after I finished the lesson, he suddenly told me one thing.
"I have taught many foreigners before, and I have to tell you, you are one of the best I've ever taught."
It was a surprised encouragement for me. As after test by test failed me, I really don't have anymore confidence.
He added, "For the first round, I can see that you don't know the rules much, and you made your driving look so busy. But after 2 rounds, I was amazed by your improvement."
His words has meant a lot to me.
"Thank you so much. I'll try my best." Couldn't hide my delighted face.
"No, what you need the most is to stay calm during the exam. I can't really see the reason why you can't pass for the next exam. Good luck!!" He gave me a smile before we ended the class.
So, with all the new confidence that he gave me, I woke up at 6am this morning. Took 1.5hr to reach the driving test centre. Hell, this is my 5th trip there. Get my document done again at 8.30am and waiting for my time to take the test.
Then, suddenly, the staff that dealt with my document suddenly came to look for me in the waiting area.
"Miss Yong, I'm afraid you can't take the exam today."
WTF??!! I thought something wrong with my ears.
"You see, I just found out that your old license ended on March 18."
"Yes, that's right."
"Do you have your renew license?" I showed him my new license.
"We forgot to tell you, the law in Japan is either your license or the duration for taking the exam has expired, whichever come first, will forbid you from taking the exam."
I opened my eyes big big look at him, "NO~ you must be kidding! None of you ever told me this. Not even when I have my application being processed, and the previous three times when I took the exam in end of March, which is later than the 18 March."
"I'm sorry. But you can't take the exam today. You must have your Japanese translation for the new license to enable you to take the exam."
"I couldn't believe this. You only discovered this after have given me 3 totally meaningless driving tests? That waste my money, my time, my energy and emotionally torturing me. You all could have tell me all these much much earlier and not after all the trouble I have gone through. Do you know everytime I come to take this exam, I have to get a special holiday from my professor, and I have to let my work be disturbed?" Yes, I was in a hot mood now. But I learnt the Japanese way to speak still very soft with the sharp words.
"Now, tell me what should I do? You don't expect me to go back to Malaysia to get my English translation, do you?" I didn't give hime chance to say.
"You are trying to make me cry, don't you?" I stared at him.
He knew he was the one in guilt, so he didn't say much to defense himself. However, eventually, we went up to the 2nd floor to seek for resolution. The girl that dealt with my application document was deeply sorry too for her carelessness. Anyway, useless to argue over that anymore. I just want the problem to be solved as fast.
So, I had to go to a branch of Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) to get my Japanese translation for my driving license. It spent me 1 hr to go there. And paid for another 3000yen just for a few simple Japanese sentences to prove my license. One can do the translation too in Embassy of Malaysia for only 200yen, but for Kansai Malaysians to do that, we need to go to Tokyo. Ha!! The one in Osaka was closed couple years ago. Stoooopid!!
Before I left the driving test centre to the JAF, I blew my cheek like a puffer fish and heaved a heavy sigh. The guy noticed it, and he imitated a heavy sigh like mine too.
Duh~! If I have a hammer that moment, he will become flat like a pancake liao.
"I can't believe you guys actually make this kind of mistake."
"Me... my mistake." That guy showed the sorry expression again. Actually, he was not the only one that processed my documents before. But, it didn't matter anymore. If only I could give them a good punch, and say "Oh~ I'm sorry~"
"Mou kanben shite kureyo!" (你们饶了我吧!)
The last sentence I gave them before I left the place to JAF.
But I know, I'm going to be famous there. Hmm... thinking of writing a complain letter to them after I gain my license. I wonder if it is possible for me to claim back my wasted money. Most likely not. :(
Let see what is going to happen this Firdayt then.
Tell me, if you were me, would you be pissed off??