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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

and now what?

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Does anyone have an idea how hard is it to do Governmental paper work?! How stressful, annoying and irritating!?

One visit to get any of such done is not enough, there should always be a second and sometimes third one with the complete required papers, each time you think you're almost there they just come up with new stuff and ask for new things.. when you think you can see the light they get you back to the first step,,, where you've started!

And now what? It's not enough that I have no idea why but those places are almost only for men, and when ladies go there they get stared at from everyone to which they'd feel leaving immediately is the only option.. and if someone is sent with those papers without you being there the whole thing would be rejected! I don't really get it? Are women allowed there or not? And if they are, then why all the weird looks? This is confusing...!

And how come everything becomes so easy (a process that needs a week would be finished in one day only) when there's a 'wasta'!!! What would people who don't have it do?! sit and wait for a miracle to happen?!!!

Why is it that people nowadays complicate everything and makes life harder? It seems the word 'simple' does no longer exist in our dictionary,,, and the more you complicate things the more efficient and professional you are!!


  • At March 06, 2007 , Anonymous Qwaider قويدر said...

    These days, Wasta is used just to convince clerks to "please" do their job
    I tell you this was one of the most frustrating things about my visit to Jordan. When I had to go and register a piece of land that I bought ... it was a NIGHTMARE!

    The thing that gets me is that they're not short on staff. In fact, it's the other way around they're OVER staffed! But every 10 minutes someone needs to take a cigarette break, then bathroom break, then salat time, then read the news paper, then drink tea and have breakfast, then another cigarette break, then bathroom and salat (I had no idea there were 5 different salat during the morning) and then oopps sorry it's 1 and we're closing (but you close at 2) yeah we have to finish paper work

    That's about the only good thing here in the US, you send things through the mail and receive results also through the mail

  • At March 06, 2007 , Blogger Gardenia said...

    whatever happens in jordan...the situation there still better than Syria...

  • At March 06, 2007 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    Qwaider.. it's a way to get the job done otherwise you'll have to wait forever and without even getting any answers for the questions you ask.. you even get scared to ask anything!

    They're definitely not short in staff, I have no idea why it takes ages for things to be completed. You need more than 2 or 3 days off just to get those things done.. if they'll ever be done!

    But what is disastrous is when a girl goes there.. she feels totally out of place although if someone is sent to do it for her it doesn't work! It is confusing!

  • At March 06, 2007 , Anonymous Maioush said...

    Dima... out of the subject dear, but i LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE that butterfly you have, CUUUUUUUUTE, ana taraket el denya o a3adet atfaraj 3aleaha :D

  • At March 06, 2007 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    Gardenia.. It's great here, but when it comes to such things I hate the way a girl would find it nearly impossible to go do her things alone! It really bothers!

    Maioush... LOL im'adameh sweetie,,, you can have it ;) just click on it and put the code in your template settings and you'll have it flying on yours too!!!

  • At March 06, 2007 , Blogger The Observer said...

    Akhkhhh! I have just came from Al Amaneh, O I feel like screaming!

    Like Qwaider said, it is a nightmare!

    They barely talk decently to you. Smoke is everywhere eventhough there is a big sign that says it is prohibited, and they keep on throwing you from one person to another!

    I am gonna die before I see my project comes alive! or wait till I find a proper wasta!!!

  • At March 07, 2007 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    The Observer... It's a nightmare,,, i know! Im going through it now! Can't wait till Im done then it'll be time for a real celebration..

    I think to make the long way short, and to save yourself from all the torture... get a proper 'wasta'!

    Good luck with your project and all :)

  • At March 07, 2007 , Blogger S.N. said...

    I haven’t been to Amman in about six years, I miss it like crazy.
    Except for my grandparents and a few cousins, I do not miss the people, just the memories and a few places.
    Your post made me think about the fact that in the past year or so, I filtered out a few friends out of my life, because I thought they weren’t really friends and it just wasn’t worth it. This lead to the realization that I can’t really go to Amman because I don’t have any friends there that would take me out to have fun and all… Sorry Dima I read your post and made it about me!
    Thank you for always passing by my blog, I look forward to your notes!
    Dealing with government entities is a disaster even here in the UAE, catastrophic is more like it actually. Whenever you walk in you always see women either gossiping or having lunch, men smoking or are on the internet basically doing anything that is not in anyway related to work, phones always ringing and no one picks up, and specifically in the UAE’s case: Indians and basically cheap labor doing all the work.
    Catastrophic, yes!

  • At March 07, 2007 , Blogger Noura said...

    Don't feel bad, it is the same everywhere..In lebanon, it is sometimes worse..
    But you will be surprised if you know that it is even more complicated at our embassies..I have been trying to renew my lebanese passport, I would have gone to the moon, it is much easier..
    It is easier, like "qwaider" said that we send everything by mail, but they have returned the envelope back to me so far 3 times, each with a different request!!!they are driving me crazy,I call them on the phone..this one actually need a post :(
    Good luck..

  • At March 07, 2007 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    S.N. this reminds me of DXB's Airport,,, I know what you mean as i remember how it was in the three times I visited Dubai! :S sad i'd say... such things really get on my nerves!

    Noura.. I'd honestly feel much better if I have to send it by mail instead of going there and get all the weird annoying looks! They don't realise that for me to do one of those things needs a one day off from work, and with all the things I have to do this would probably means that I'll finish all my anual leaves,, which is driving me crazy as I have other important things to do too :S anyway thanks dear!

  • At March 08, 2007 , Anonymous Kerr said...

    I am sure this post has opened sour experiences with many readers who know the system in Jordan. Coming to the US made me learn and respect your turn. I have refused the Wasta from my cousin who was a general in the Jordanian Army. Without going to details of what other posters have already said, it took me 29 days to renew my passport. All I have for vacation was 35 days in which I have to go to Palestine to see my parents.
    I have learnt well. I used the wasta the second time and in one day the Passport was renewed. HELLO.

  • At March 08, 2007 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    Kerr... I ALWAYS avoid using it,,, but sometimes you really end up with no other choice left like you said! :)

  • At March 08, 2007 , Blogger Drama Div@ said...

    in malaysia last time, the services can took ages, they were super slow and the officers in charge were rude!!... but since they've been upgrading the quality of public services, we can see the changes... .. i.e:
    to apply for passport - they only need 3 working days (then u'll get ur passport)compared to the previous policy they need at least 7 working days..
    and to renew a passport - now takes only one day.. they even hv this kiosk machine.. therefore we can avoid the super long queue at the counter...

    It makes our life easier...

    at least, we can see improvement!!

  • At March 09, 2007 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    Drama Div@ :) WOW! lucky you.. today I had to struggle again and thought the thing I need to do will take me two hours maximum, but i ended up skipping my morning shift at work cause I had to stay from 9.30-13 and the paper wasn't even done by that time.. I left and will send someone to pick it up for me on Sunday! It's unbelievable all the time it takes.. Im using my annual leaves :S !! Hope i'll be able to save some for the wedding preparations!

  • At March 12, 2007 , Blogger O said...

    Aaaaah!!! we Arabs just love something called bureaucracy! It was created perfectly for us! Easiest way to frustrate the masses!

  • At March 13, 2007 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    O... created perfectly for us only, as i doubt there's any other place where such things happen! But what can we say.. it's so sad and frustrating!


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