Saturday, November 15, 2008

Passport Renewal Experience in Singapore

Labels: ,
Posted on Saturday, November 15, 2008

Passport Renewal Experience in SingaporeLast Thursday, I went for a leave to go to the Philippine Embassy to have my Passport renewal. My passport will expire next year and I'm applying now coz it will take up 6 weeks for me to receive my new passport. Wednesday, I checked the map of the Philippine Embassy and I made sure of the number of bus stops so I won't get lost. The Philippine Embassy by the way is open from Sunday to Thursday from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. It is located at Nassim Road near Orchard.

Thursday, I woke up around 8:30 A.M. and just had cereal for breakfast. I took the MRT to the Commonwealth Station and was enjoying my walk. I was able to take some pictures, which is quite fun. At Commonwealth Station, I took the bus stop near the school. According to the Transport Journey Planner, it will take me 8 stops from that bus stop. I was very attentive in counting the stops that I was sad that I have skipped the 8th bus stop. What the! When I alighted the bus stop near the Traders Hotel, I walked back to the bus stop opposite the American Embassy. I carefully checked my printed map and was very confused on where to go.

Since I am running late, I asked help for directions. I was glad that I'm going the right way according to the nice lady Singaporean. Finding the Philippine Embassy was really difficult. You have to walk a long distance just to reach it. I even stumbled a Filipina maid so I asked her for directions. She though that I was Chinese that we talked in English. She was really having a hard time so I addressed her in Tagalog. She was nice though.

Nassim Road have great private condominiums, embassies and even spas. I was very impressed with the Japan Embassy. It was just near the Philippine Embassy, which made me sad with the bad condition of our Embassy. It literally looked like a canteen. My officemate even remarked that it looked like a house from the province housing a poultry. I'm glad that I saw a Philippine flag and immediately went inside. After signing the log from at the entrance, I went to the Photo Machine to have my passport pictures. It was actually my first time to use this machine so I was kinda excited. My only problem was my big pimple on my right cheek. It was a bad decision to prick it that it made it more blemished. Too bad, I have to live with my passport with a pimple.

At the Philippine Embassy, it was a quick fix. After signing the form, I went to the Passport counter to have it checked. After the officer checked all the details and cut my passport pictures, she gave me a number and was instructed to go to Counter 1. At counter 1, I had my thumb prints and signed the Passport form. I was then instructed to go the cashier to pay the 85 SGD Passport renewal fee.

I hope they will Photoshop my picture. See you new passport at December 23.

6 Responses to “Passport Renewal Experience in Singapore”

mon said...
November 16, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Hope to see your new passport with your latest photo.Not photoshop. hehehe

Anonymous said...
November 16, 2008 at 6:14 PM

Is the photo above that of the embassy? Mukhang facade ng public school or national high school sa Pinas. So sad.

Denis said...
March 2, 2009 at 3:03 PM

This is a great heads-up for those planning to fulfill the same task

pehpot said...
March 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

pimples showing? LOL

you really looked like a Chinese naman eh..

kawawa naman ang pinoy embassy.. nauuna kase kurakot e hehe

Make or Break

Sherry said...
March 13, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Singapore is that big? you can get lost?

Unknown said...
December 9, 2011 at 12:02 PM

hello. i dont know if im in thr right page. but just want to share my expirience too. yesterday i was in the embassy to renew my passport. A frend of mine already warned me that inside of that window 7.. people are not frendly.well,to make the story short this man who call next is where i sitdown. then he shouted" Are you people not reading what are you writting"?? coz, i did mistake for my mom's maiden name. but hey, that's mistake not criminal offense? and why not be gentle to explain and not be an asshole?? well,waiting there for hours nand hours i dont mind, but facing with sarcastic and arrogant officer like you illegal.and im paying for the service!! im not begging for help!! wish this people think they are in public service.. its Embassy where you thinkin the most warm place you can be, coz you belong to the same country.. but its sad and makes me really say,"i dont want to go back there anymore.."

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...