Monday, May 14, 2007

Fourth Week of driving school in Tokyo

I am almost done with my first stage of driving school. The goal of the stage 1 lessons is to get the temporary license so you can drive on the road and not on the course inside the school. In order to do that you will need to complete 15 hours of practical lessons and 10 hours of theory lessons. Plus a final check of both your driving skills in a pre-defined course and 50 multiple choices paper test.

I did rather poorly in driving the course so I decided to pay an extra hour for a revision. My problem is over frequent engine stalling when turning, going slow and stop a slope. It seems when these 3 come all together the engine always stall. Finally I realize that you need to change to low gear before you do all of them and it seems not stalling anymore! To my surprises, my driving in the test is smooth as ever. Stopping on slope is not an issue anymore. S-Curve, trunk course are all ok. No big mistake so I passed without problem. But I am sure if I didn't pay for the revision I will have the same problem when during the test.

After the driving test they will sent you for the paper test... which is 50 multiple choices and you have to score 45 of them in order for a pass. You won't know the result until tomorrow so I cannot declare victory for my stage 1 now... hopefully it will be ok. I already know I did 1 wrong so the tolerance is only 4 now.

In any case they allow you to take the stage 2 theory lessons now so I already took 3 of them. 12 to go.

Theory: 13 (12 to go)
Practical: 17+1 (2 over, 1 revision - 19 to go)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

My Mii...

Have you created your Mii on your Wii?
After playing Wii sports for 2 hours the favorite game on my Wii is to create the Mii. You get bored easily after playing virtual tennis for a couple of times and I don't really want to repeat the game. I think the DS lite is quite fun but the Wii is only so so... The funniest game I think is to create the Mii. How does my Mii looks?!

Friday, May 04, 2007




Thursday, May 03, 2007

Third week of driving lesson in Tokyo

So after two frantic weeks I have completed all the theory lessons of stage 1 and 7 practical lessons.

I can now drive on the course in the school reasonably well. Left turn, right turn, and even starting on a slope is ok now.

I failed my first practical lesson and couldn't coordinate my legs very well. I actually asked to repeat what I have learn the first lesson so I got a small delay. Anyway I will finish the first stage by next week and there will be a couple of skill testes on both practical and theory.

In this speed I think I will probably get my license at late June or early July.

Lesson Count:

Theory: 10 (15 to go)
Practical: 7(29 to go)