Posts Tagged ‘passport’

Evacuation

So the area where I live keeps on getting hit by bushfires.
Apparently 167 fires have been lit in my suburb in the last 2 years. The reason why this is such a bad thing, is because our housing estate is surrounded by hundreds of hectares of bushland in the form of regional parks.
That’s a very scary thought. A couple of fired have come really close and scared the hell out of me, the most recent one actually saw me fleeing my house on Sunday.

 

I’d never thought about it too much before but here was my dilemma.

What do you grab from your house when you think it might burn down and not be there when you return?

I grabbed my dog, his water bowl, his leash, my computer, a change of clothes and my massive file of paperwork (birth certificates/passports/educational qualifications etc)

Sunday was very stressful, not knowing whether the house would be there or not, and seeing the massive mushroom of smoke from 30 kilometres away.



I returned with my dog at around 9pm that night and found it still standing. Apparently the 80 amazing firefighters had protected all the houses and buildings, even though the fire had swallowed up 212 hectares of land. The fire however was still not under control.
That night I slept terribly with the house being filled with smoke and I cough and spluttered my way through.
The next morning I grabbed the same items again, when I left the house in the wee hours of the morning. I dropped Benny off at a safe garden about 15 kilometres away, and headed to work. By the time we returned at 7 on Monday evening the fire had been controlled and it was safe once again.


I just don’t understand why people would even consider lighting fires.
How can they be so inconsiderate and stupid?

 

 


 

Boredom

Clearly my best friend was experiencing this…

In other news, It’s good to finally have a passport where I am not dressed in my school uniform and 16.
Thank goodness for the old one finally getting full.

It’s ugly face rears once again

Stress.

I’ve had so much of it lately – in the form of paperwork and documentation.

In order to teach in Australia, it is compulsory to be registered with your relevant State’s Board.
Ours here in WA is WACOT.

Failure to do so, will result in one losing their job and getting fined 10 000 if they attempt to teach without being registered.
Mine was due to be renewed and there was a whole bunch of documents to fill out, copies of id documents, driver’s licences etc to be copied and certified, police clearances to be obtained etc.

So I gathered all of this information (I had to use my id book instead of my passport as my current one has gone missing and is full and about to expire next week) and posted it off (they would not accept faxes).

About a week later I recieve a reciept in the mail from Wacot regarding my appplication.
Here’s me assuming everything is good.

Then last week I get an email from them, as a final warning, saying they are cutting off my registration as I haven’t renewed my rego.
I called up and they told me they never recieved my documents.
I mentioned how this could be the case when they had taken money out of my account based on my mastercard details inclosed in my paperwork.

They have no idea.
Still this week they have not located my paperwork.
My principal then pulls me aside (he’s never been a fan of me that much as he is very conservative and I am more free thinking) and asks if I’m aware of the consequences.

Not only do I lose my job but all accumulated long service leave, sick leave/payments/annuation etc.
I’m half way through getting my long service leave.
And that’s so not fair.

So I’ve had to redo all the paperwork, get more certified copies, photocopy the receipt of me paying Wacot in the first place, and post it off, hoping they get it right this time.

As if a teacher doesn’t already have enough stress.

THEN I tried to sign up for medicare.
They need certified copies of passport (OHOH big problem), drivers licence, evidence of permanent residency/visa, as well as filling out forms.

So I get there with everything and a printout of the email from immigration informing me I am now a permanent resident with my case and file number, type of residency etc.. and medicare reckon it’s not enough.

Seriously? It’s good enough for the government and immigration and airorts but not for medicare?
They want me to provide the receipt of the application fee I paid when I applied for my residency.
That was back in June 2007.
I never got a receipt.

So now I’m trying to get a copy of my bank statement for that month.
You cannot access your bank statements online before 2008.
So I go into the branch, they cannot either.
You have to order a particular statement.
This costs money, and I’ll probably only get it next week.

In the mean time, I’ve lost my spectacles, and am on my last pair of contacts.
If my contacts expire or a lose them, I’m blind, and won’t have a back up.

I’ve been told I need my eyes retested, and this is why I need medicare.

So I come home, annoyed, stressed and start going through my old paperwork. I track down bank statements from as early as 2002. Here is where it gets annoying.
I find the one before the one I need, and the one after.
The one I need is nowhere to be found.

And so I wait.

Racial Discrimination

Ever wondered what it would feel like to be a victim of racial discrimination in a 1st World Country in 2009?

Ask me, I could rant for ages at the events of the past two days.
Who were the fucking idiots who think it’s ok to get away with it?

The Federal Police Department of Wa.
Good to know who is protecting and looking after us.

If I wanted to continue being a victim, I would have stayed in my old house in South Africa (where I was gassed and robbed), thank you very fucking much.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

So my brother and I are saving up for a trip to America this year.

My saving has been going amazing, esp after exhausting a lot of my money on my six week trip over Dec/Jan to Qatar and Australia’s east coast.

However this week, I will be saying goodbye to 1100 of my money to an unexpected expense.

After years and years of waiting for British Immigration Legislation to change, I can now easily apply for my British Citizenship and Passport. That above mentioned amount is how much Aussie Dollars I have to pay.

At least it means that when I travel, I don’t have to pay for a million visas, and that I don’t have to line up in the “other countries” line at airport security and passport check thus reducing my sometimes 3 hour wait to a mere 15 minutes.

I will now be more able to travel, but have less money to do so – for the time being.