After about a week or two of waiting, my passport has finally arrived. As you all know, I had to go to Manila to get it renewed. That trip was surprisingly fun, even though I wasn’t looking forward to it. Anyway, a few days ago, I finally got my new passport. I honestly didn’t expect it to arrive that quick because they said it might take 3-4 weeks, but it actually arrived a week or two earlier than anticipated.
A lot of changes have been made to the newer passports compared to my old one. For instance, it’s a lot thicker because of the new security features added. It also has a mark saying it has electronics in it. I’m sure there’s tons more that I missed. The good thing about it is that I don’t have to renew it for 10 years, so I have plenty of time before thinking about that.
I just wish I could have gotten my Philippine passport, but it was way too much trouble, almost like they don’t want you to get it. Honestly the only problem we had in trying to get my US passport was that the picture we brought was wrong, so a quick trip to the photo booth fixed that. We stayed in the Embassy for about 2 hours, most of it waiting time. On the other hand, I couldn’t even apply for my Philippine passport, so I had to wait for my Mom to finish, but she also had some problems and decided not to renew her passport (yes, renew, I thought it was simply telling them then they would send one to us). I think I’ll just bring my dual citizenship certificate.
Seeing as this article has shifted it’s focus a bit, let’s get back to my passport. I think they say your passport is the key to the world, and it is, though I’m just starting with the States, not even sure if I’ll go anywhere else, lol. I think I’ll mostly use it as an I.D. because the only other form of ID I have is my student permit which isn’t recognized by everyone as an official ID. When it arrived, it came with some papers, the one I looked at was the TSA Pre-check, and after going to Manila, I realized why people hated removing their shoes, and I was not surprised to see that one of the features was that you don’t have to remove your shoes anymore.
Well, I guess that’s it, got my passport, and soon, I’ll be on my way to the States. Actually, quick update on that, I might go earlier than June, just depends I guess, still probably staying a year there. Hopefully everything goes smoothly from here (knock on wood), haha.