I've just noticed that it has been 3 weeks since my last post. As usual, my excuse is that work has been hectic. But I've also been using the little free time I have getting all the documents ready for my Schengen visa application (I'm planning to go to Europe for a 2-week-holiday this May).
Being a diplomat's daughter, I've never applied for a visa myself. It has always been taken care of by the foreign affairs department.
But now that I'm holding a green passport (an Indonesian diplomat passport is black), I have to go through the whole visa process, and it just hit me how complicated the whole thing is! It's not just a "fill in an application form & wait" process.
What surprised me (you can really tell I'm a newbie at this!), I have to also prepare :
- Last 3 months bank statement (certified by the bank)
- Proof that I have already booked a flight
- Proof I have a place to stay (which means I have to book a hotel already)
- Proof I have bought travel insurance
- Recent photograph (white background, 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm, 70% of the photo is your face)
- Proof that I have paid the service charge at Standard Chartered bank (yes, it has to be Standard Chartered)
and a few other ID documents...
And all this, while it's not even 100% certain I'd get the visa!
My friend told me that besides of the terrorist issue, for us singletons, we're also a bit disadvantaged because they think that once we arrive in Europe, we'll try to get a job...or even try to find a bule and get married (!) in order to stay.
This really makes me sad...it's as if all Indonesians are living here by force and we'd all jump if the chance comes to live abroad.
On the other hand, I can't blame them entirely. Indonesians tend to worship anything that even has a hint of being "foreign".
That is why I was really happy to read in the newspaper that at this year's Java Jazz festival, before the beginning of each show, the national anthem was played. Just a small reminder that we should be proud of being an Indonesian, we should love Indonesia. If we don't, then who else will?
I hope this post is not too serious. I just needed to get it off my chest. My next posts will be back to the light topics that will (hopefully) make you fall in love with Indonesia ;)
Btw, Doain gue dapet visanya dongggg ! :(