However, my happiness in this American I.T company was short-lived, I have to leave and go back to the Philippines. In an unfortunate event, I have accidentally washed up my passport in the washing machine! Yes, I washed-up my passport in the washing machine of the hotel. Isn’t it weird? Or an act of idiocy, what do you think? I’m just human, I’m not in control of everything.
I froze when I saw my passport inside the washing machine along with my clothes, I was speechless – my entire body numbed for a moment. I was scared and worried, my work visa is on my passport and now it has been ruined. I don’t even know what to do and what would happen to me now.
Incident Brought Me Back Home
To make the story short, the mishap brought me back home to renew my passport in the Philippines. I have promised my company to return after the renewal of my passport which would take about two weeks by expediting the processing. However, in an absurd reason, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Cagayan de Oro branch, told me that expedite processing is unavailable due to its printers are out of service!
Isn’t it ridiculous? I was told that their printers are not working and that they could not process my passport quickly. I have to wait for almost two months for my passport to be renewed, that was too long and too late. After I got my passport back, I went straight to our Manila office to process my visa back to KSA.
I Departed the Company
Sadly, my company was disappointed in my returning very late and deemed my reason unacceptable. What could I do? The DFA told me there was no expedited processing due to its printers are out-of-service and that my passport came out late.
I can’t blame my company either, in fact – no one would believe me if I would tell them, “my passport was renewed late because our Foreign Affair’s printers were out of order.”
It was among the darkest moment of my life, I have to start all over again from the scratch. I was desperate and overwhelmed with negative thoughts, I have lost self-esteem and self-confidence.
Do you think I could still find a much better company now? Find out on my next blog and see what will happen! 🙂
The author is currently based in Saudi Arabia, the holiest land of Islam. He’s a full-time employee of the largest energy company in the world. He’s a graduate of Communication Management, loves to write and travel.