Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Not very productive

It's such a boring day. I spent the morning at the embassy with mum's domestic maid. We were there to get her a new passport and the process was long and dreary. Not to mention the dreadful weather when we got there.

The only thing in vogue about that place is the ticketing system. We were given a queue number to get her photos taken. We got another number to submit the forms. One more to make payment. Then wait some more to put her signature on the passport. Then go upstairs to get another number to sign a working agreement.

The entire process took more than 3 hours! The officer said we're lucky today. It was like a madhouse during the school break last week. The queue number went up to 80. I must say the processing speed leaves much to be desired. Even the printer took so long to spit out one page of B/W document. Ours was 6 pages long. It's time to upgrade the machines!

I foresee more waiting this friday when we return to collect the new passport. This time I will bring a magazine or I may just fall asleep like today. Or maybe I should bring some work to do. I've been very unproductive at work lately.

Not that I'm very productive at home either. I made a really simple dinner last night. An omelette, steamed fish, fried tofu and a very bland soup. YK asked if we were having "World War II menu".

I promised him I'll make tom yum soup tonight. It's probably the best soup for this dull weather. I shall go to the store now to look for tom yum paste and straw mushrooms.

9 comments:

k@Ye_ said...

YK is so funny! He has such a great sense of humour!

Somehow i dun understand y most immigration stuff are always that long!

jyankee said...

How funny...but he wouldn't really want to eat WWII food I imagine... Tom Yan Koon...yum...sounds delish!

The Real Mother Hen said...

Ha, tell YK he is very lucky, I would have cooked him only the omelette, no fish, no tofu, certainly no soup :)

auntielucia said...

I agree with the Real Mother Hen. I might just have opened up a can of something, made toast or just done soft boiled eggs. The way you cook, clean and career often leaves me wondering whether u manage to sleep at all.

Btw, u may want to outsource the collection of the passport to someone, like one of these employment agents. They go there regularly and have their contact. Saving time and the stress of waiting could be worth the fee paid... just a thought

Blur Ting said...

kaye - Heh, I can only appreciate his humour when I'm in a good mood.

Somehow when you step into an embassy, it's like entering a different time zone.

Blur Ting said...

JY - The schools have a special day where they sell only boiled stuff to make them remember what life was like during the war. Boiled potato and stuff like that. Things that I eat on a daily basis actually.

Blur Ting said...

MH - Yah lah. I think they're lucky that I take the trouble to cook a balanced diet for them.

Blur Ting said...

Auntie Lucia - If left to his own devices, he would drink canned mushroom soup everyday! That's why I cook them wholesome meals.

The agents used to do all this things for my parents until the embassy set new rules. Now, only the employer can do the passport extension personally. In this case, I got my father to authorise me to do it because I have to sign a working agreement (created by the embassy) between maid and employer.

Fresh Fry aka 福星 said...

i may just retort, "WWII got fish to eat meh?"

LOL

i cant be a mom. nonononononono.....