Taiwanese Bureaucracies & Dragon Age

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I’ve got issues with bureaucracies. In the past, a few years ago, it actually made me quite angry. I’m not like that anymore, but it just gets frustrating. Today, the plan was simple. Pick up my health check, get some documents from NTNU and go to the NIA office. This was what I was told to do. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned.

When I arrived at the hospital, I was informed that I didn’t have the measles antigen, so I would need to be vaccinated. $20 and half an hour later, it was done. The woman from whom I had to pick up the health check realized that a part of my health check wasn’t done. She wanted me to come back next week. I saw no deal. I came to the hospital on the 17th to get it done. I was only here for a pick up. Now she wanted me to wait even longer?

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Overheard At The Taiwanese Visa Office In Hong Kong

The Lippo Centre stands tall. The sun is shining through the overcast skies. Finance people go to work.

For some strange reason, the Chung Hwa office is not on the 21st floor. It’s on the 40th. It took a few minutes to find it.

It’s 8:38AM on a Friday morning. There are already six people waiting in line at the door. The Chung Hwa Travel Agency opens its doors at 9AM. Fees have been upped. Single entry visitor’s visa is $400HK + $200HK for same day processing.

Man and daughter walk up to the counter. She’s about 10, squat-like with glasses. He’s tall, Canadian and has blond hair. He sports a beard of a few days.

-Good morning ma’am, and how are you today
(unintelligible response)
-Today, we’d like to apply for a student visa for my daughter
(unintelligible response)
-My wife is Taiwanese, but she’s not my daughter’s mother.
(unintelligible response)
-She’s her step-daughter.
(unintelligible response)
-I’m still waiting on my criminal record check. They lost it and I had to send for it again.
(unintelligible response)
-I’ve only got photocopies, I was told that it would be enough.
(unintelligible response)

-At this time, we can not offer you ANY visa, due to (unintelligible response).
(shocked consternation)

-Your photos are too small. Please get some new ones.