Thursday, 21 May 2015

First visit to UTC Keramat

Renewing our passport can be a chore when you have to take time-off from work. Not anymore. The Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) is definitely one initiative where all can benefit. For those of you whom are not aware of the functions of a UTC, it's basically a one stop centre for all key government services and private sector to the community in a city. In other words, you can visit one UTC near you and conduct various transactions with government agencies and the private sector all under one roof without having to go to different buildings for different transactions. After normal working hours some more whoaaa!!!

So after work, Husbie and I made the trip to UTC Keramat. Another good thing about UTC is that the building houses space for the local community to conduct their small businesses. Apart from food stalls, and since it was after normal working hours and most of them were closed, I did see tailoring services, henna shops and the like. Definitely an opportunity for our people to set up their small enterprises. It was also kinda nostalgic, it gave off that same feeling where my father used to bawak jalan-jalan at the shops near the Sungai or Teruntum Mall (tak ingat mana, nih main agak-agak the location) in Kuantan dulu when I was little, you know that small shops style lama-lama dulu. 

Anyways, back to the main topic here...

Dinner break is between 7-8pm. We got there at 8pm sharp and there was already a line. Since after normal working hours, gov agencies operate between 8-10pm, it's common sense they will limit the issuance of numbers for all. So get there fast and secure a number and of course, wait your turn.

Service in JPN is generally fast. Oh, and did you know they don't issue passport for 2 years anymore? All are standardised for 5 years. Also, there's no need for you to take pictures for passports at the photography shop anymore. They do it all there! Rugi my RM15...and some more my passport photo at the shop turned our cute with my fresh make-up and all that day...Hmpphh. Since I was not aware that all photos are now taken on the spot, you can imagine my sans make-up after working hours face....HUARGHHH!!! Lantaklar, asalkan dapat passport!

Easy peasy...

So no more naughty-naughty take time-off from work to renew your passport k?