Monday, 28 April 2008

"Why So Angry?"...



I am in the middle of the tedious affair of getting all the documents ready for me to go to Canada...


And as luck would have it, my passport is expiring in September this year, which means I needed to get it done, in order to apply for my student permit/visa. I dreaded having to go to the Immigration Department, because the last time I was there, it was a mess...Too many people, too few customers, and seriously too little patience and courtesy on the part of the officers...


So I was quite surprised when I popped into the new building in the God-saken place near the Jelapang toll...I arrived early as my dad dropped me on his way to work, and surprise, I was allowed to take a number even before 8 am...In fact, by 8 am, I had already gotten all the forms filled up and the officer was already finger-printing me...


I was then given the collection slip stating I could collect my passport at 10 am...Imagine my bigger surprise when I actually got my passport at 10 am sharp...

Not bad! Not bad at all...In fact, having been used to very inefficient service in the past (like waiting to get my IC done for over 5 hours), this was very impressive!

*Clap Clap*



Looks like finally what they report in the papers is what is actually happening...



Try visiting Penang Hospital's Klinik Pakar, and you will see a different story...They report in the newspaper of patients claiming they only wait 10-15 minutes...

Take it from someone who has been there...The average waiting time (even when you arrive at 7.45 am, before clinic starts to take a number) is about 2 hours, just to see the doctor...This is because they schedule God-knows-how-many patients in the same time frame, and appointments start at 9 am...The doctors however, only (usually) come to the clinic at 10 am, after finishing their rounds...

So if you think you can come at 8.45 am for your 9 am appointment, you would find yourself waiting until after noon because hey, you've gotta take a number along with all the other people who've got the same appointment time (and those whose appointment time is later, but who came early for a number)...

Anyway, that story is for another day...




Anyway, incidentally, I also got my IC changed (don't ask how, but the old one is in the process of spliting into two), and that too was attended to within minutes (although collection is in a few weeks)!



And while we're on the subject, I remember watching this video-clip of the Canadian comedian Russell Peters a while back and he was poking fun at how the Canadian Immigration required people taking photographs for their passport to not smile, and their lips had to be touching, and he quipped about how he looked darn pissed in his photo...


He even quipped (paraphrased): 'If you want to catch a terrorist, get everyone to smile. And if you find someone who doesn't want to smile, question him!'


I thought he was blowing it out of proportion like he always does...




Until I needed to take a photograph for my Canadian student permit...


Instructions:

"The face must be square to the camera with a neutral expression, neither frowning nor smiling, with the mouth closed"


Aiks...


I tried my best to look pleasant without smiling, but gosh, it is so hard, because I naturally have the corners of my lips turned up slightly...So I forced my mouth into as set a shape as I could...

The result?


I look pissed...And ready to eat someone...


The first thing my dad said when he saw the photo was: "Why so angry?"


Go figure...




19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nak p kanada ka? Buat apa?

straycat's strut said...

I know that I am late in congratulating u in getting a place in Canada. They made the right choice and I know lotsa kids are going to miss you in your absence for... how long ah?

BTW, I have the opposite of your problem. My friends hated it when I smiled because whenever I smiled, I tend to smirk... I just happen to have an irritating smile.Something is wrong with the muscle around my mouth, I guess.

mast@work said...

nice entry..

jimi said...

Bila tarikh nak pergi tu? anyway, smile also tak boleh jugak ya.huhu

Wai Wai said...

The worst photo taken was for my metric card back in Uni time, I look more like a refuge... yeah the immigration department really boost their performance but the rest of the gov offices..... :( keep us posted on your preparation..

lionel teh said...

haha... yupe the last picture i took for my passport i was not smiling too, but it's because of the service that silent my smile. but the service has been improving, i guess it's really changing...

Salt & Turmeric said...

i hate dealing w canadian immi. did they ask u for all ur siblings info too? besides basically ur whole life history? :P

yes, renewing passport is much easier now. i did mine in 2003/2004i think. the clerk was being an arse so i demanded to see the boss. so she handled my passport renewal personally. ;) tho mine was done the next day.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

remember what russell's dad told him? "somebody's gonna get a hurt real bad"...hehehehe...chill, nothing to be angry about.

Wan Ying said...

HAHA!! The exact same thing happened to me as well! I applied for US visa 5 months ago, and the photographer said ,"Don't smile!You are not allowed to smile!"( But really, she abit kaypoh la, the US immigration website never mention a word about the need to maintain a "serious expression" oso)

And naturally, I looked as though I'm ready to bite off someone's head.Like somesort of freak who lost her soul something like that. Now. The photo is stashed in the middle of somewhere I hope I will NEVER find it, NEVER set eyes upon it EVER AGAIN.

Sigh...the visa spoils my passportla.....

Anyone needs a talisman to scare away ghosts and evil spirit? pls contact me.FOC.Satisfaction guaranteed.

tokasid said...

Dear Daphne:

Glad to know that things are sort off in proper order for you.

The passport thing: It has been excellent for the past 4-5 years. I have gd experiences both in Melaka and Kuala Trengganu.
Infact in Melaka, the Immigration dept is opened on Sundays to.

Pi Bani said...

Hmmm... if in addition to my natural "muka garang" I am asked to put on an even more serious face, when the picture gets to the US or Canada embassy for visa purposes, I'd probably be investigated for terrorism!!

But aiyah, right now I don't like my pic on MyKad lah. No, I don't look garang, I look half asleep (with one eye looking smaller than the other)! They sure know how to choose the very wrong moment to snap the picture lah!

Raden Galoh said...

Whohoho...You should my IC photo...Macam mak singa hilang anak ready mau 'terkam' sapa ada depan, you know...some more at that time, my face was bloated because of the chemo drugs...hahahaa

Everytime I tunjuk my Ic, a blunt quip would be: Mak Ai! Garangnya muka...Marah ke masa buat IC ni?

Berapa lama kena simpan itu Ic ha? tak sabar nak tukar baru lah...

Puteri said...

Aiyah, come on la, show us the photo. I want to see that pissed look on your face! Heheh.

Eh, where in Canada will you be? Come and visit us in CA during your school break, eh, next time!

sharlydia said...

Just wanna congratulate u for getting to Canada for your studies! Take care!

Wakmasnoor said...

Now that everything look done and set, its time for me to wish you again, all the best and may god keep our loving Daphne, in good health and spirit.

Cant write much Daph. But will do later.

Bye and see you.

Akmal said...

Daphne,
Glad you had all the chores done swiftly. Things are getting better regarding the public services, but I think some of the workers are still lacking in smile and greetings. But overall, things are much better than the way they were before.
...I wonder how your face looks like heheh. Sorry, but I started imagining things already muahahahaa!!!!

WP said...

I have never understood why we aren't allowed to smile...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Everyone,

Will reply to comments later ok? Thanks! =)

sankochan said...

Hey... good to hear everything is going well...


Safe trip kay~