After 3 years and 5 months wherein I have shared my lessons for newbie drivers, I finally could drive officially!
Before I went to Australia, many people suggested that I get my licence in the Philippines first. Securing a licence in the Philippines is a LOT easier than in Australia, as I have personally compared. Back in August 2012, I just had to do 6 hours lessons with a reputable driving instuctor and voila! My very own licence. No actual exams needed, no dramas. I never really got to use the licence though because 2 months after I had to fly to Australia.