Passport Renewal - TBT Post
Throwing a TBT post here and will write about my passport renewal experience a couple of years ago. It was around this month last year that I finally renewed my passport.
Setting up an appointment is rather easy. One needs to do it online. It is very convenient as you get to pick your preferred schedule. Everything that you need, application forms, requirements, answers to usual questions, are already posted. However, the actual process leaves much to be desired.
So I actually arrived earlier than my schedule. I was there a good thirty minutes ahead of time. A good idea but not so much. Man! It was so hot in the place. I felt like I was being baked in an oven. The actual offices have air-conditioning but the waiting area... blah!!! Hot! Hot! Hot!!! Anyway, there was a long wait... loooonnnnnggggggg wait indeed!!! The encoding part took forever. Seems the employees have no sense of urgency. Everyone is moving at a snails pace.
So yeah, back to the encoding part, that was the longest time that I had to wait, more than an hour. The actual encoding part only took five minutes. The picture taking, maybe thirty seconds? Up yeah, I went Walter White for my passport picture this time out. I put on my mean face but it was disallowed. Blah!!! I also botched my digital signature. It doesn't look like any of my actual signatures. It looked like it a bit but on the first glance it looks like a cave man mindlessly scribbled down something incoherent. I decided to just stick with the regular processing of my passport, I ain't going out of the country any time soon. I also decided to come back and pick up my passport instead of getting it delivered. After all, the passport renewal office is located in a mall, I can do some other things when picking up my passport.
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