So, I should've taken a hint this morning when we woke-up and it was raining. Instead, I listen to begging from a 2 1/2 year old that I told her we would go to the zoo today to see the animals. Ok, we will pack umbrellas and I will brave the roads for the 1st time more than a couple km's. Drive there was a breeze! About 20-minutes and the handy dandy GPS walked us right in.
Rain wasn't too bad throughout the few hours we spent at the zoo and we saw some fun animals! Pack up the car, giggling at those waiting in the rain for a cab and find the "HOME" button on the GPS. Kevin must have programmed it in right? He's been driving the car for about 2 months...brings me to a big, beautiful mansion that obviously I do not live in! Pull over, enter the address to my residence and begin driving. Back onto the freeway, well that's wierd we passed the zoo exit again...huh? Well, it got me here, so it must know how to get me home.
Continue following the directions and notice I have not placed the Toll Card into the reader ~ GREAT! I wonder where those fines will be mailed??? Continue listening to GPS and see a big, structure with lots of signs to fillup card, topup gas in car, car must be 3/4 tank full before proceeding or there is a $500 fine, etc. etc. Well, this is one massive, strict toll gate! Good thing I have a full tank of gas! Continue on...
Notice hundreds of people walking across a bridge going through security, cars are being checked inside and out, and there are several uniformed officers with dogs and weapons. Hmmmm...this doesn't look right...take my place in line to go through a "toll gate" because I have no other option to turn around.
Begin noticing document checkpoints, what is going on??? Pull up to the man in the box and he says this is a "Checkpoint". Me, "A checkpoint for what?" Uniformed man glares at me and says, "Customs checkpoint to cross the bridge to Malaysia."
YIKES!!! Not where I want to be, and this certainly is not the way home!!! He looks at the kids sleeping in the back, asks for my passports and passes to be in Singapore (THANK GOD I had it all with me!!) calls, several "escorts" who show me to my parking space and wait.....wait.....still waiting....Finally, another man comes out and tells me, "its ok. these men will show you how to turn around and go through 5 security gates to get out." Good luck getting home.
Ummmmm....what just happened and I STILL DO NOT know where I am or where to go! Start driving, pass the zoo, again, and finally after over 2 hours somehow managed to find our parking lot.
Let me just say that if I could've found a safe place to stop the car and remove the children from it, I would have left the stupid thing, along with it's so called GPS Navigation in the middle of the road!
Never trust the voice telling you where to turn!