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Monday, June 21, 2010

Downtown Seattle

This is Downtown Seattle to AkiraSabine(AS). She likes what she's seen so far very much! How about you?

 View from her host mom's office at Seattle Downtown.

 Mount Rainier - tallest mountain in Washington State.

They call him 'The Hammering Man'

 Downtown get around buses hiring for 0 cost.

 View from one of the many steep streets.

 While riding in a car...

 Outside Pike Place Market...

 These street musicians were singing a song of 'Mother In Law' which actually sounded good!

Interstate football match on a Saturday afternoon, 'The Sounders' of Seattle Vs ... Akira had no idea.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Driving in USA

Whenever Akira saw this in Malaysia at 10am, she would think this person must be crazy switching on the headlights at this time of the day! Well, maybe she would think, "Oh well, he/she might have accidentally turned it on or left the headlights on overnight. " That's not until she arrived here that everyone could not be crazy or forgetful!

"Well, the next time you see headlights on, check if the driver is a foreigner." Cars in the USA are automatically set to turn the headlights on whenever they're on the road. In Canada, it's a traffic rule to turn it on when you drive.

Akira loves the fact that she's allowed to drive in the USA. However, that doesn't go without obstacles. Some little facts she needs to constantly remind herself are as follows:-

"Stay on the right side of the road!"

"Turn into the right lane!"

"Stop as in not moving at all when you arrive at the STOP sign or blinking RED light ."

"Do not overtake the school bus when it stops for the kids"

"Turn right when it's safe though the traffic light shows RED. Otherwise, impatient drivers behind you will start honking!"

"Don't turn left even if the traffic light shows GREEN. Turn only when it's safe to do so."

"Stay with the speed limit. Police and cameras are everywhere here and I really mean EVERYWHERE!" This, she has been reminded many times by different individuals. "10MPH at school area and 60 MPH at freeways. You may get a ticket for being slower than that!"

Extra controls for heaters and the stick for the windscreen wiper.

It's RED but Akira may turn right when it's safe.

Akira still wonders why...

Struggling to accustomized...

Missing what she left behind...

Still not too confident with the shared center lane. She either gets in too early or misses it!

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