Passport Renewal – Part 2 (The End)

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!



    • May 27, 2010 / 9:44 am

      Yeah, bureaucracy pretty much sucks everywhere

  1. May 27, 2010 / 1:34 am

    Omg! 7 hours?!!!! I would have been soooo annoyed!!! At least you have your passport though I guess. Still…does not sound fun! I love your button & I love having it on my site! I hope people head over here from my place! I have one now, I hate it, it’s not cool like yours at all! I’ve got to get a new design! People are going to have to listen to me whine about it until I get one! haha

    • May 27, 2010 / 9:47 am

      Hahaha yeah I was pretty pissed about the whole ordeal and told DH when he checked up on how my waiting was going that he better kicked my behind the next time I wanted to try dealing with our government myself.

      YAY on your badge! I grabbed them already. Hey my brother might be able to help you out (he did mine) as he is a graphic designer after all. Let me shoot you an email!

  2. May 27, 2010 / 7:08 am

    I must congratulate you. You’ve been so brave! I wouldn’t do that!

    I know that this spirit must be encouraged to stop the corruption and kick-back practices, but honestly who wants to spend 7 hours waiting to be called? If Indonesia wants to seriously have a clean government, it has to make everything efficient and all procedures must be simplified!

    Look, if KBRI can do that, where they are only a bunch of people serving quite a lot Indonesians in the country, then surely our immigration office can do the same thing. The question is, would they want to change?
    .-= Finally Woken´s last blog ..After 5 Years of Blogging… =-.

    • May 27, 2010 / 9:51 am

      Brave and stupid actually hahaha

      Oh I’m so with you on the Indonesian Consulate abroad can managed doing more – although sometimes they too can have the same lazy attitude – but at least dealing with them when I was in the US was a breeze and we can actually do the whole passports stuffs through the mail.

      You know I can’t help but thinking that until the government really shake things up then people will be more than willing to do this themselves instead of paying for through the agents. They did offer an online application from the immigration website but guess what…that too didn’t even work! After I spent almost 1 hour trying to upload and re-upload the necessaries documents it failed to load to the finish page where you suppose to get a confirmation number. WTH? Then I found out you suppose to fill out another form even if you did it online already. Huh? Weird!

      With all those anti-corruption banners stamped all over the building I don’t see any change of attitude there because frankly my dear…these people would still take the ‘envelopes’ no?

  3. Saundra Rohn
    June 27, 2010 / 7:03 am

    I’m really catching up on a lot about you these days. LOL Happy you have your passport renewed,

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