Renewal of Passport Malaysia

I finally dragged my lazy ass to the immigration today. I took a short notice leave since my boss is not in town. Been searching on another place to renew my passport as I was told, the Wangsa Maju branch is always packed now. Not sure if it’s because so many people went there after reading reviews on blogs.

Here’s a really good write up on the renewal of passport Malaysia by Ciki of CCfoodtravel. However, as of March 2014, there’s no need to take photographs anymore. It will be like applying for a new IC. Our photos would be taken on the spot! How nifty is that?

I read on when to avoid applying for passport and it was mentioned to avoid Mondays, Fridays, eve of Public Holidays and a day after Public Holidays and during school holidays. Since today is the eve of Wesak Day, I was apprehensive to go. But I’ve been having nightmares literally every night… dreams of not having valid passport to travel (I am traveling to Bandung this July) and also, immigration dept is closed down forever.. So, I guess I have to go today to avoid all the nonsense nightmares. Haha.

I arrived at the turning into KDN at 6.35 am and found a long stretch of cars lining up to go into the gate. I haven’t been to this place before so I drove up to check it out only to find that, there were so many cars stopping in front of me, so I shouldn’t be cutting queue and double parked my car. So, I took a U Turn from the Istana at the end of the road to go back to the line behind all the cars. I asked an immigration officer on a motorbike what time the gate would open, he politely told me 7.00 am and told me to queue up.

Since I was wee early, I just sat in the car, enjoying the air conditioning and praying really hard that nobody would come and hit my car on the back.. since I was already at the junction of the very long “car” queue! So I put on double signal to alert passing cars that I am stopping at the edge of the junction.

Thankfully, at 6.50 am, they opened the gates for us. We just followed and tailed the cars to go inside the main complex. It was a good thing that Ciki took photo of the building so I could identify the building. I parked right in front of the building. As I was parking, I could see people literally RUNNING to the main building! It felt like a movie – some disaster movie or some kind of Hunger Games going on. Haha.

So, I also ran like the rest.. more like took hurried steps into the building. I knew the immigration dept is on 1st floor so I went straight to 1st floor. I was shocked to see the beeline of people and cursed myself silently for not taking advice on the internet seriously on not to go on Monday! A girl in front of me asked a lady if the line was to apply for passport. The lady said no and told us to go downstairs. So I followed the girl downstairs. Mana tau… we bumped into two other ladies who also asked around where to go to renew passport and was told to go up to first floor again!

We followed the two other ladies to go upstairs. True enough. We should go to the other office right opposite the beeline of people! Am so glad that it was still empty! There were only a handful of people as opposed to the beeline of people who are there to renew their foreign workers visa!

So people, at the escalator from the main door, just go up first floor and turn left. You will get to the immigration door!

I waited there with others, lining up when a gentleman and a lady came to line up behind me. They asked if they should get photographs after taking number or would they need a photocopy of IC? Is there any forms required? I told them, you don’t need such things anymore. You only need:-

1. Your IC.

2. Your old passport.

3. RM300 cash (for 5 years and RM100 for 2 years).

Thanks, Ciki!! It’s good to come prepared!

So we chatted while in the line till we get our respective numbers. I got number 1006! Way to go! Number 6!

By the time we got our numbers and seated, it was already 7.41 am. I think the office opened a little late today. There weren’t many officers working as I guess they probably took the day off as well to get a long, extended weekend till tomorrow! So I prayed that this won’t hampered the flow of the service.

I got all things done by 8.03 am – Get ready your passport, your queue number, your IC and the officer would processed your application. NO NEED to fill up any forms. They used your passport and IC to verify your identity, get your both thumbprints and then, automatically, they printed out the application forms with your photo on your IC together with a new photo taken with an attached camera at the counter! One downside though… you will guarantee looking like crap! I think 9/10 of my friends complained about their new passport photographs. Haha!

Please note to wear dark colored clothes – since the background would be white. Those wearing head scarves and tudungs, should be wearing darker colored ones as well. They provided a dark colored tudungs for you if you are not prepared. They even have a mirror at their desk for you to check out your hair or for you to freshen up! Haha!

And then, the payment counter was opened and numbers were called rather swiftly to pay. After payment, they would return your IC to you and told you to come back in a hour’s time to collect your passport. So, I went to the cafeteria with my new friends and had a good chat about travels, cultures and traditions. It was quite a good thing to learn from others. How time flies. In about 40 minutes, we decided to go back to check on our passports. Indeed, I managed to collect my passport by 9.10 am!

All in all, it was indeed a good experience today at KDN Hartamas. The parking was rather full today. So I guess it’s true that many people would come on a Monday… so if you want to get your passport faster than me – perhaps you can try to go on non peak seasons like middle of the week or after school holidays! Good luck!

For more read up on terms and conditions, you can check out this website.

Happy New Year 2014!

I spent the last day of the year in the comfort of my cousin’s home. I think I did the same thing last year – watching fireworks from her house on the 9th floor. Had a pretty good 360 degrees of fireworks view – even if they are too far away! Nice view from KLCC, the KL tower, the Curve.. and sporadic individual homes’ fireworks! I think last night’s fireworks superseded all fireworks the year before as they lasted more than 5 minutes! Followed by families in Selayang who have too much money to burn! I think later this CNY, there will be another round of crazy fireworks now!

I miss the days spending countdown at Datin’s place, watching fireworks from a distance at his balcony and watching the celebrations in Dataran Merdeka on TV. I heard that last night Dataran Merdeka’s crowd was really huge and it was filled by people rising up to protest the hike in prices in everything that affected the livelihood of all Malaysians. It is indeed frustrating and disappointing (and very, very angry!!!)  to have a stupid government governing an otherwise great nation! We need fresh blood and new ideas, corruption free leaders to lead the country! I sincerely pray for the betterment of the nation. I hope Malaysia would improve NOW and would be a better place for every individual living here irregardless of race, creed and religion.

Fellow blog readers, let’s pray for the betterment of our nation to our respective Gods. Let’s hope drastic positive changes would take place. Let us all believe in each other that our harmony and togetherness do not falter due to threats of the “leaders” that supposed to unite us but did otherwise. Let’s pray for new wave of changes in the minds of the people to embrace differences and celebrate diversities! Let’s pray that we will continue to protect the sovereignty of our nation from corruption, nepotism, greed and wastage!

Wishing you and your family, a year of love, good health, success and much happiness. Happy 2014!

Good Manners

Recently, my office had a short trip to Hat Yai. So, the 39 of us went to spend a few days together to shop, eat and be merry. Well, I doubt the last part, be merry as some people are really assholes. Well, we can choose our friends but we definitely can’t choose our colleagues!

As all of us were traveling together on a bus, it’s kinda inevitable that we had to help each other out. When we reached the hotel, we were all waiting for our luggage to be brought down from the bus luggage compartment. Guess what? All the dungus standing near the bus and didn’t even lift a finger to help with the luggage. I know you are waiting for your OWN luggage but I think it won’t hurt if you help the poor luggage handling guy to move luggage out of his way, so he could get more luggage down from the bus! It’s really ridiculous to even have to TELL them to move their butts. It’s amazing that our office need to send us to “team building” seminars and none of them even bloody learn from them! I probably would need to suggest to the management to stop all these nonsense trainings and save money because no one ever benefit from these!

After the trip – it was quite enjoyable sans the idiotic assholes who think too highly of themselves. Trying not to think about them. Then, it was time to share photos taken during the trip. As usual, I would do my duty to share photos with the rest. I sent out an e-mail to everyone to inform them that I have shared photos (of them also!) in our server. So, when they are free they could have a look. I waited and waited… three days.. then a week later, not even a word of thank yous from any of these assholes. Hahahhah. They probably think it’s their birth right to get all the photos from me without even saying thank yous.

I think good manners indeed have flown out the window. I guess not only the “team building” conferences don’t work….. even their parents don’t teach them manners. I am quite alarmed that some of them ARE parents themselves. Sigh.. good luck, world!

Black Magic I

I learned from a colleague that, when she joined a trip to China a few years ago, she was cursed with black magic just because she argued with the tour guide when they spent long hours in novelty shop buying things. You know about China trips right? They would take you to places to buy things so the tour company could earned commission. So it’s almost inevitable if you were to follow tours.

But this group was really feisty. They didn’t want to buy things and demanded the tour guide to take them go visit somewhere else. The tour guide refused and forced them to stay at the silk factory by bolting the door. After some shouting match ensued, the tour guide finally relented and let them go.

The leader who scolded the tour guide – while she was still in China, she would sometimes wake up naked. Since she’s sharing the room with a colleague, I think the colleague must have been shocked with her antics. This colleague said, seriously, she didn’t have any recollection on why she would wake up naked, and didn’t even know who took off her clothes in the middle of the night!

When she got home, matters got from bad to worse. She would forgot to pick her kids up from school, or forgot to run errands or come to office, picked up the phone and didn’t know who she is calling. She didn’t know what’s got into her. It went on for weeks until her family finally intervened. Not too sure what she did but, thankfully she has recovered from this cloud of daze.

Another colleague also suffered the aftermath of the black magic. She came back, not being herself either. She just lost appetite and couldn’t pinpoint what happened. She was hospitalized because she was always feeling pain everywhere in her body but the doctor couldn’t find the cause. Also, when her husband and children visited her at the hospital, she asked if there’s a garbage truck near the hospital because she could smell an unbearable stench. But the husband and children couldn’t smell anything weird. She kept complaining she smell of garbage.

She kept putting off going to church because of her condition. When she was about to go to church, there would be things hampering her to go. For example, one Sunday morning, her neighbours were having a wedding ceremony and many cars parked in front of her house and at her gates so she couldn’t get out from her house. Another time was, her car broke down when she and husband were driving to the church so they didn’t go. On her third attempt, she finally got to the church but once she reached the church, she refused or was too afraid to get down from the car, so the husband went inside the church to fetch the pastor.

The pastor came out and immediately knew what was going on. So he prayed for her and arranged for a cleansing ceremony at her house. So, after a few sessions of exorcism, she is finally cured. She lost so much weight, as if she just recovered from dengue!

I guess, when you go overseas, it’s better not to create too much conflict. Avoid conflicts at all costs. Sometimes, it’s ok to pay more rather than to get unwanted attention.

Cerita Hantu

Since we are now observing the Hungry Ghost festival, I have a few ghost stories to be told.

Toilet Ghost

A friend of mine works in a call centre. So, most of her staff are on shifts. One night, her colleague was working the night shift when she went to the toilet to answer nature call. On her way into the toilet, she felt a sudden chilly wind. She ignored it and went to the second cubicle. When she was about to close the door, she saw a reflection on the mirror of the cubicle next to her. It belongs to a lady with her hair covering her entire face and all dressed in white. Since she was in need to answer nature’s call.. she ignored the reflection and actually went through it all, including washing her hands before she calmly walked out the toilet. I think if this were to happen to me, I would probably shit in my pants.

Cow’s Head and Horse Face

I am not sure if I had told you people about this story but it’s shit scary, so it’s worth to repeat. Haha

A friend was visiting another friend within the same neighbourhood. As it was getting late, almost 10 pm, she quickly bid farewell and rode her bicycle in a hurry to get back home when she passed by a huge tree in the playground. She saw two black figures standing under the tree. So she slowed down to look who they were (mind you, this happened a few years ago when our crime rates were still not this bad). She thought she saw the two in cow’s mask and horse mask standing and drinking from bottles. She was in shock and sped home. The next day, she was down with terrible fever which lasted almost 2 weeks. And she found out that, the neighbour’s old grandmother who happened to live opposite the tree in the playground had passed away the day after her encounter with the two figurines. Then she realized what she saw – she saw the hell’s gatekeepers… Mr Cow Head and Mr Horse Face.

Moving Car

A colleague shared with me, a neighbour’s car suddenly moved backwards and stopped at the front porch of a neighbour down the lane. There was nobody driving the car. So she called on the neighbour to ask him, why didn’t he pull his hand brake properly? The neighbour scratched his head and said, he remember very well that he did pull the hand brake. Also, the lane where they lived, is a flat lane. So, they doubt the car would just back itself if they don’t pull the hand brake. The neighbour then went to collect his car at the back of the lane and drove it back to the front of his house.

So my colleague went back to her house, going on with her business when her maid suddenly said to her, “I saw a lady driving our neighbour’s car down the lane. Don’t know what was she doing!” My colleague was shocked because both she and her maid were packing things from their car when they saw the car backed to the end of the lane. So, my colleague knew what her maid just saw. And it was only about 6 pm that day when this happened…