It is one of the few things that wind up my irritation, in my chilled out life!
In my opinion, it is none of their business, where I am in the world...
True Big Brother shit!!!
But...I am assuming that they are making sure that I havent popped my clogs, & someone else isnt collecting my pension....I have to be physically viewed, & my passport scanned...
So...while it infuriates me, if I want to keep my pension coming, I have to do it ! Even though it costs me $100 each time, a huge amount of my fortnightly payment...Grrrrrr
So....while that is part of the rant, it is not the whole of it....it is the nonsense that goes with it!
The same receptionist has been there, for the past 5 yrs...a surly, officious, little Vietnamese madam....every time I phone for a appointment, she pretends she doesnt know me, nor has any idea what the form required is about...
Now...she must deal with hundreds of people every 6 months, & I am not so vain that I think I'm particularly memorable....BUT...I know she does remember me!
Simply because about 2 yrs ago, I arrived for my appointment, & found I had forgotten my passport...I had to go all the way home again to collect it, then return....
She never fails to mention this incident!
Yesterday was no exception....I phoned, & we went through the whole rigmarole, of "who are you?" & "what form is this, & why do you need it?", before her saying "Now dont you forget your passport, this time!"
Bitch! Beyond annoying!
But that is just the start of it....it is always a different Consul....they go through them like used tissues....I'm only guessing that the HCMC consulate is a bit of a backwater in diplomatic circles, & they have to do some time there, before earning a more important position....
So....no gripes about the actual Consul, they are always pleasant & friendly, but they are pretty much clueless!
Every time, they stare blankly at the form, then ask "what is this for?"
I go through the explanation...AGAIN, then without exception, they say , with variations on the theme "well that seems silly...what is the point of it?"
Well...YOU tell me!
You are the Govt civil servant....if you dont know, how would I?
Just proves to me that our Govt (whoever is in power) have little idea what the hell they are doing...the left hand never seems to know what the right hand is doing!
Now, this is not a huge issue, in the overall scheme of things, but in terms of MY money & time, I shouldnt have to be instructing them, in their job, eh?
Perhaps I should send Jacinda an email, suggesting that I do some teaching sessions, at the Consulate, on the things they should know?
My grandmother always used to say " take care of the small things , in life, & the big things will take care of themselves"...