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Ms Pamela Tan, 32, is the senior model supervisor at Crystal Time Singapore, a watch distribution company that carries the manufacturers Arbutus, Edox, Claude Bernard and Luminox.

“I find that the Luminox brand, which is highly associated with outdoor adventure and the military, relates a lot to my personal character and my choice of car. That’s how I ended up with a Qashqai.”

She positioned an order for the turbocharged 1.2-litre Nissan sport utility car (SUV) on the Singapore Motorshow in January 2015. While she can’t recall the value, she remembers clearly the day she collected her new experience.

“I had a red Toyota Vios for 10 years, since university. On the last day of the Vios’ COE (certificate of entitlement), I drove it to Tan Chong Motor (the Nissan dealership) and swopped it on the spot for my new Qashqai.”

She provides: “I like the height, which I find makes driving easier. It’s good to feel big on the road. You feel safe.”

The bachelorette additionally likes the Qashqai greater than the Vios. “The car is smooth next to the Toyota. The Vios was for me to get from point A to point B. I feel more comfortable in the Qashqai.”

She appreciates the Nissan’s roominess too. “I like the fact that it’s a spacious car. It’s my third home now – the first is my actual home and the second is my office in Crystal Time Building,” she says.

“You can see a lot of my rubbish in the car. If I cannot find anything, I know it’s either at home, in the office or in my car.”

The Qashqai’s spacious cabin additionally is useful for her work.

“Sometimes I do events and it’s easier to transport items, such as watch displays and teardrop banners, on my own by folding the backrests. Those banner poles are super long – maybe slightly shorter than a fishing pole, definitely much taller than me,” she says.

“I did an event recently and the delivery guys couldn’t handle the task that day, so I just put everything in my car.”

Her tennis gear is stored within the boot of her car.

She performed tennis competitively in class until she turned 19. Thereafter, she performed leisure tennis, however stopped doing so when she began work in 2009. She picked up the game once more in 2014.

She additionally enjoys travelling.

“I like self-drive holidays. Sometimes I go alone, other times, with friends and, once in a blue moon, with my father and mother. Anywhere with good scenery.”

“About four years ago, I drove alone in Croatia and then met up with my family in Austria after the Baselworld watch show. Two years ago, I did Slovenia, Hungary and Slovakia on one drive trip, in a rental Opel.”

She intends to maintain her Qashqai for a very long time.

“Maybe I’ll drive the Qashqai for 10 years. Shopping for a car is a very stressful affair,” she says.

Her dream vehicles point out that she has been bitten by the SUV bug.

“I love Land Rovers and Range Rovers. Those tank-like, black, square-square, safari ones. I’m sticking to SUVs.”

And she might be sticking to her Nissan SUV.

“I can be quite sentimental about my car. For example, my Toyota Vios saw me through different life stages, from studying in university to starting work. Now with the Qashqai, it’s going to see me through different stages in life as well.”

• The author is the editor of Torque, a motoring month-to-month revealed by SPH Magazines.

What’s within the boot?


PHOTO: DAVID TING

• Tennis apparel and sneakers

• Tennis balls and a spare tennis racket

• Watch catalogues and watches

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