[Another repost, this time from my facebook http://www.facebook.com/reg.cagampan. This is my most favorite piece of all time. My friends immediately told me to start a writing career as a contributor in a local newspaper or even Readers Digest! Happy reading guys :)]
Last February 8 was my DFA appointment for passport renewal. For some reason I am excited on that day, getting up earlier than usual and put on my best casual and comfy outfit. I can’t explain if I feel thrilled, happy or simply refreshed because it’s a day off from work. I just found myself drafting this blog while waiting for my turn in the crowd of applicants. Just some thoughts and tips to share, hoping to inspire my blog followers. Some may already be clichés but nevertheless it’s healthy to get reminded of 🙂
1. It’s necessary to be prepared for things inevitable.
Before going to the DFA office please make sure to have all the requirements needed from original passport and photocopies of the selected pages to the processing fee to be paid (Php 1,200 for express 2-weeks lead time). Oh there’s one more, don’t forget the directions on how-to-get there just in case you are not familiar with their new building near SM Mall of Asia. Reminder: you needed to be present 30 minutes before your appointment time. Surely you should be aware and be prepared since you would not want wasting your time getting an appointment (which already takes a month’s queue getting it online) and going all the way to Pasay and not getting your application done. Just the same, there are things that are predictable and controllable in our daily lives. It’s as simple as bringing an umbrella during the rainy season. Don’t get caught off guard and find yourself wet and sick just because you forgot that essential thing in your bag.
2. Live life and get excited, everyday.
I came here like a newbie job applicant dressed in my best casual. I know it’s just passport renewal but like getting up each morning it’s a new ordinary day to live and celebrate. And I tell you it’s one of my proven and tested therapy to dress up and look good. Trust me it makes wonders that when you look good you can feel good about yourself. You just have to add a dash of positive thinking. It’s an ordinary day at DFA but it’s my passport to travel more and see the world outside my box so it’s best to look forward to this new day right?
3. Maximize every bit of your time.
I heard exaggerated stories of long waiting time from colleagues. They didn’t disappoint me, it’s very true. I’m on the third and last step of the application. After securing a queue number the guard says that it will be around 40 minutes before I get served. An hour has passed but there are still around 200 numbers before my turn, and I haven’t taken my lunch. Instead of wailing and ranting what time I should be finished, I thought of why not use it on something productive, on what you can’t do during your busy work days. I am so relieved that I have a notebook and pen with me, I then drafted this blog piece. It’s weird that as I enjoyed writing I didn’t notice that my turn is coming (hahaha, nabitin pa ko).
Who says you always need an ambiance for creative writing (just turn your headsets on)? Who says you can’t squeeze in doing what you love most on a couple of hours in between everyday tasks? Just do it, no time will be wasted if you will stop complaining and start moving.
4. Dream and hope for the best, but don’t forget to start your Step1.
Looking around my co-applicants, I noticed that most of them secure a passport for work purpose while I’m ticking the box for Travel/Tour. Yes I don’t know what’s out there for me, or if I could really get what my heart desires for so long. I don’t know if I could write and publish a novel or an inspirational book in a quiet place of my own across the Metro, or while living in the familiar streets of Seoul or while I’m in the romantic city of Paris. I don’t know if I could find my soul mate while I’m on a serene beach, or feeling the snow of winter, or working on another Asian country or just by staying here in my comfort zone. But still I continue to dream and may it be here or abroad at least I’m ready. I have my passport, my Step 1 to welcome opportunities ahead. So guys don’t just stop on the dreaming part, you have to start some baby steps.
5. Expect some difficulties, unexpected nuisance along the way.
It took me almost 2 hours to get to DFA. I’m thankful that I anticipated a tight traffic jam going there and still arrive in time for my appointment. This traffic jam along with a surge of people, irate and irresponsible applicants and a lot of waiting time — these are the things that I endured just to get my application queued and logged on DFA’s system. I bet my close friends expected me to get pissed of and be my usual mataray self when confronted with these crowd. Yes, I won’t be a hypocrite here, I did give in to my temper (but just once, hahaha) on a girl who refused to move when all of us are waiting behind, hahaha. But after that instance I just feel tired of minding the people around me. I just turned my headset on and listened to my favorite playlist as I patiently waited for my turn on the application window. It would really be help to expect some difficulties along the way. What’s important is at the end of the day all of us there will get our passport renewed. Just like reaching for our own dream, it won’t be a walk in the park. Expect some pain, tears, hard work and sometimes getting tired of it. But you will get there for sure.
So are you ready to get your passport renewed? Just follow my tips above. They can be of help to your everyday life too. =)
PS. To get an application appointment online please visit this website http://epassport.com.ph