To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thailand's Re-entry Permit Requirements

It took days for me to search the requirements as it's my first time getting the re-entry permit  not in the airport. Last year they changed  rules making it unavailable at the airport so one should get the re-entry at the nearest immigration office. Way back, I just had to bring with me my boarding pass, passport, picture of course plus completing the form.

Anyway, I went to the immigration office yesterday for that purpose, the traffic was a bit slow I got there by 11:00a.m. . I was pretty sure I could get my things done in the afternoon and I was right.

I had this guy I rode with in the same shuttle bus but he got his before lunchtime. What's the difference? Perhaps he made all the documents he needed prepared, I didn't.

Those were photocopies of the main passport page with my data , recent visa page and the entry form attached to my passport. Then I had them submitted along with the required form distributed at the immig office entrance plus the photo.

I got my stuff done by 11:30 considering me going to the basement for photocopies. I think the immigration officers do work fast. It's a bit laborious for them to announce each queue as the system wasn't working. The transaction was on C2, no worries the queue attendant guides anyway where the counter is and it's on the left.  I can remember clearly that the number was still 79 for the passport claim when I got there, my number was 141 still on the submitting.

At twelve o'clock the queue was  135 then they went on until 138. I knew for sure nobody hold the 139 and 140 queue as during the submission of documents nobody stood for the numbers and  as to claim, 141 was supposedly next but oopsss, it was 12:05 and we were told it was lunch break.  It made me really smile.

I commend the officers imagine from 79 to almost 140 in less than half an hour doing the stamps is quite speedy for me. I had lunch at Chesters downstairs and returned at 1pm. I got my passport back really quick.

I made the day getting my re-entry. And by the way, Immigration office opens at then 1:00pm to 4:30p.m. from Mondays to Fridays except holidays.

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