Thursday, January 05, 2006

New driver's license

Another advantage to living in Dumaguete: getting your driver's license in a little over an hour. Oh, sure, Singapore might do it better but that's Singapore. We're talking about the Philippines here. This has got to be a record of sorts.

I had the farce of a medical and drug test this morning. I am free of amphetamines and cannabis, as the urinalysis reveals. Whoop-de-doo. At least the test center bothered to give me an eye test, unlike last time.

Things could have gone smoother at the Land Transportation Office if the cashier hadn't gone for an inordinately long break. Did I want to take issue with that? No sirree! As a rule, all government employees in the Philippines are S-C-A-R-Y, and this lady was no exception.

At least I had a good laugh with the photographer. The accompanying picture should tell you why.