I Got My Passport!

@ronadelle (1547)
Philippines
October 5, 2011 2:33pm CST
I was pretty busy this past few days because I was processing documents in order for me to go out of the country by December. My husband and I planned of having vacation abroad to enjoy life while we don't have kids yet. And so, just last week, I went to DFA (Dept. of Foreign Affairs) to apply for a passport. Luckily, it was smooth because a lady ahead of me in the line was rejected because of a tampered document. I'm just happy that I finally get to have my first ever passport. Since it's on my hand now, travelling abroad is easy! Was it easy for you to get your passport? Where were you headed to? What countries have you visited already?
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@beingwell (3627)
• Thailand
10 Oct 11
Yippeee!! Congrats rona! I had my first passport when I was a kid. We used to go visit my OFW dad in the middle-east. My parents did all the work of course. So it's easy-piecey for me..hihihi Where do you plan to go?
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
To Taiwan Sis. My husband's family lives there. We will have our honeymoon there. Hihi. We postponed because there was a strong typhoon right after our wedding last June.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
By the way, I've been wanting to ask you this for sometime now. Because, I saw your location here and on facebook. Are you residing now in Thailand? I also thought that I was mistaken for regarding you as Filipino because you didn't reply to me on Triond private message when I wrote in Tagalog. From then, I concluded you were Thai but when we chat on fb, you were speaking Tagalog! LOL! That's when I knew that I was right, you're Filipino! Mabuhay!
@beingwell (3627)
• Thailand
11 Oct 11
I haven't been to Taiwan! Share us your photos when you come back! I hope you guys have a grand time. And Oh, I am Pinoy my friend!hahaha!! My hubby works in Bangkok and so that's why I am here. :D
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
Congratulations for receiving your first ever passport. It reminded me of the time when I also got my passport. I also felt very happy. It was easy when I got it. The country I've only been to is Hong Kong. I was planning to go to Singapore last summer but I was just too busy with my work. How about you? Where are you planning to go?
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
Hi, we are planning to go to Taiwan this coming December. My husband's family is there so it's more of a vacation for us. Oh, we might consider Hongkong for our next travel plan!
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
Wow. That's nice. I hope you'd enjoy your trip. :)
@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
Hi ronadelle! Congratulations! You're fortunate to have not encountered any problems. Some people would be so unlucky to encounter problems while applying for a passport. The first time I applied for a passport, it was in a mobile passporting service done in our town by DFA officials. I got my passport just within a day but I had to be at the venue, in this case in our town's covered court, early in the morning and I finished processing early in the evening. It was okay since I didn't have to go to Manila to get a passport. The time I renewed my passport, that's when I encountered a problem. The release of my passport got delayed for a few weeks because they said there have been problems in printing at the Central Bank of the Philippines (that's where they print our passports). I was at the very edge of my nerve then because my flight date was nearing and I still haven't got my passport. Luckily, it came a few days before my flight.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
If it were me, I'd be upset too! But I'm glad that your passport arrived before you had your flight! Where did you fly to in that time?
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@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
Singapore.
@junmae (1592)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
Hello Ronadelle, congratulations with your new passport. I know it is hard to get a passport per new DFA's policy. I didn't have passport yet because I am afraid that I will get rejected because I have a problem with my NSO birth certificate. Good luck with your trip abroad. Have a safe trip.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
I see, what's the problem with your NSO birth certificate. Maybe I can help.
@junmae (1592)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
Thanks Ronadelle, I don't have my first name on my NSO birth certificate but the other details were there like last name, place of birth, name of parents, clinic and physician. I really had hard time registering at the board exam because of my birth certificate. This document gave me headache.
@marguicha (94598)
• Chile
7 Oct 11
In my country it is very easy to get a passport. You go where they give it (there are several places in the city, they take a picture of you, you pay and you go back to get it 2 days later.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
You're so lucky! I wish that here in our country, it's easy as taking picture.
@marguicha (94598)
• Chile
8 Oct 11
All this was a lot more difficult before computers made everything so easy. All data is online and we have the same number for our passport than the one we have for our identity card. Now that number is given to babies in the minute they are born.
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
That's nice. I'm glad you got your passport already. Spending your holidays abroad is a great way to bond with your husband. It is also a great learning experience. I hope you enjoy your trip there. I've been traveling abroad with my family for a while now. We've been to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. It's a pricey activity, but I believe this is money well-spent. Buying clothes, gadgets, or even a car won't give you happiness, if not but only a short time. Spending for a vacation, however, allows you to create happy memories with your loved ones. It's also a good way to unwind after a year's hard work. I didn't have a memory of getting a passport. My parents have prepared for it as early as I was a little kid. However, it was only recently that we were able to use our passports more often. I hope you'll have fun with your husband on your vacation. Be sure to share your experience with us!
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
Thanks! Hearing your experiences just make me more excited for our upcoming trip! I'll definitely keep you all updated!
@syoti20 (5295)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
Asian countries is easy. I have passport but I haven't used even once.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
I see, well, I hope that you get to use it sooner or later!
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
7 Oct 11
Enjoy your new freedon.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
Thanks there bob!
@rollylolly (2707)
• India
6 Oct 11
Luckily I got my passport without any hassle . I have not travelled outside my country yet . Congrats to you . May you have a nice time travelling . God bless you !
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
That's great! I'm sure that your passport is useful even though you haven't gone out of the country because it serves as a valid ID, right?
@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
6 Oct 11
I am really pleased that you got your passport and good luck with your trip planned for December. I was included in my mom's passport when I was a child. I had my first passport of my own at age 18 years old and my first visas were a working visa for Finland and a visitors visa for Hungary. I got my second passport before that one became out of date. In that second passport I ended up with evidence of my trip to Israel due to my visa for Jordan. This gave to trouble until I got my third passport. In 2005 I got my third passport and it is the one in date now. My daughter got her passport in 2010 when she was a baby. My disabled son has just got his second passport. A children's passport lasts for 5 years and an adult passport lasts for 10 years. I used the post office check and send service and it took 2 weeks. They say it can take 3 weeks though. On my third passport I have traveled to the Maldives, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Bulgaria, Romania, Portugal, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, South Africa, Canada and Colombia. My next two countries will be Argentina and Chile. I remember I went in person to get my first passport. At 20 years old I went to Australia House in London to get my working holiday visa. I have visited more than 50 different countries so far in my lifetime.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
Wow, that's really amazing that you had already been to 50 different countries! As for me, this is my first time to go out of my country and I'm feeling blessed to be able to do so. Not many here in country have the ability to travel out of the country because of really expensive tickets and they just don't have the reason and chance.
@Anne18 (11036)
5 Oct 11
Well done on getting your passport, I hope you have a very good holiday. I don't have a passport as I don't wish to travel aboard. Keep us up to date on how your holiday goes please.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
Okay then! Will keep you all updated, I promise.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
For me congratulation keep up the good work.