If you remember when I posted about my brother and me deciding to go took care of our passports ourselves (he’s making a new one while I’m renewing). Here’s part two.
Well, May 18, 2010 was our biometrics day. Danny- my brother – went there early, so early it was before 7, while I waited for our ‘guy’ who made me a new ID Card **to change my ‘work status’ to a housewife** to show up.
By the time I got there at 10:30 AM, Danny was done! We went to paid for my biometric on the second floor then handed the receipt to a window by the biometric area and I got me no. A.126 while the little monitor showed they were working on
#50! Was told my turn would be after lunch break. Niceee!
I sneaked to a mall nearby to get some stuffs then rushed back to make it on time – or so I thought! They didn’t start calling people until 1:30PM so waiting hell streched longer than I expected!
The sitting area was super hot with a clear plastic roof. Felt like an oven there.
That was the longest time I had to wait on something and I noticed the ‘agents’ who were as busy as a bee had took most of the ‘smaller’ numbers for their clients. These are the people who showed up just 30 minutes before their numbers being called.
“All our pictures will look so crappy!” claimed an elderly woman who sat right next to me. Amen to that!
It wasn’t until almost 5:30 PM that my number got called. Went inside to the office, didn’t get ask any question other than to verify my name on their computer screen. Right in-front of me was a digital camera attached to a small tripod (there are several tables there). The officer only said “Ok photo time” that’s it – tired and beaten down from the long waiting, I now have the worst passport picture ever! Biometric process took less than 5 minutes!
In total I was there for 7 hours waited in sweltering heat, smelling the stench of overflowing toilets. Ugh!
Today, we just went to picked up our passports. 7 days later after that dreadful experience.
Moral of the story…in 5 years from now I would rather pay more and get it over with than doing it myself. Well, in 2012, Lil’ A have to renew his passport and that my friend, will definitely be done by an agent!