Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Check My ID

I went to the Dean's Office to collect my Ordinatura card today!

I should have gotten it months ago, like when I newly started but since this card it totally good for nothing, I didn't thought it was necessary.

Hahahahaa unlike a Student Card that gives discounts to every possible fee there is, an Ordinatura card doesn't not share the same effect. It's like a working permit card, or something to flash around and proof that you are in the country for a purpose.

Russian emblem and it reads "Certificate"

Okay, okay.. IC photos are always criminal-looking LOL

The other side are the details
(Dean's Office contact number at the bottom)
Which means they can call to question its validity!

I don't want no problems at the Passport Control next week (Russian immigration officials can be bloody bitchy and they enjoy simply detaining foreigners for hours or make them board the next flight home, sad but true) that's why I quickly went to obtain one.

For the past 2 years, we've been having this problem leaving and coming into Russia because some stupid ass from India or was it Arab who forged a Malaysian passport, and his visa was issued under the name of our university. Something like that. I suppose the authorities is either still suspicious or vengeful (they let him through and got in trouble later) but we have to endure their shit in the end.

Once, at Sheremetyevo-2 Airport, I had to stand at the border for 45minutes and another time, I nearly missed my flight back to Malaysia because of an hour wait. They took my passport and visa AND boarding pass into the control room, I could see them nicely chit-chatting away.. walking about with their cigarettes (the authorities smoke wherever they like) and kept chit-chatting.. until they were syiok enough, I was allowed to pass.

I think it's some sick shit psychological gameplay.

They prolly wanted me to freak out and start shooting the Germans, Americans and a group of Italians who came to watch Swan Lake LOL

Anyways, just wish me luck that our journey will be smooth! :)


Johnny Ong said...

hmmmm practicall the same scenario in sudan airport ..... but mine is excusable since its a 3rd world country

ZhiHao Chua said...

ehhh... i had this problem..
i almost couldnt board the plane back home last summer.. n i was the last person to board the plane. damn.
i even had a more remarkable experience while crossing russia-latvia border!!! i believe no one would have had something like that in life

Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

Russia isnt a 3rd world country but sometimes the people act like they're on one, Johnny.


Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

OMG, Zhi!

You were one of the fellas who got locked up in Riga? I heard! I was in Riga during the winter holidays and I was told that a gang of Malaysians got into trouble at the immigration :(

ZhiHao Chua said...

eh... hahaha
not a gang la.. only 3 of us.. hahaha
they say that we r not using a real passport wad wad wad.. ish.. n took them quite some time to verify our passports.
changed a new passport.. hope that everything will be fine in the future la

Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

I hope Domodedovo Airport won't be bitchy to us!

Anonymous said...

usually domo is better.

but averagely ; they'll tahan me 45mins for fun each time...

i'll juz chill there, chit chat with frens..let them know i m not 'psychoed' by them ;)

Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

Word is, all Malaysians kena like that. It's protocol for our nationality.

Kev said...

Ya, i've heard that Malaysians get into difficult situations with the authorities in the US just because we're from a Muslim country, and I suppose it happens to us in other "white" countries too.

I guess...no matter how "bad" Malaysia is, there's no place like home.

Have a safe journey, CJ - i'll be awaiting your blog update :)

Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

Thank you for the well-wishing, Kev but I think it's gonna be a long wait because when I'm home.. I don't get online much, if ever!