#38: replacing mykad - an adventure with mak

This past weekend was just spent on sorting out Mak's new IC.

On Saturday morning we went to UTC Pudu to replace Mak's IC which has a chip problem. As expected, it was crowded but luckily there were many counters so we just had to wait for 30 minutes or so before Mak's number was called.

We were told it would be ready in two hours. So where to? We didn't want to drive out. Oh no, getting a parking spot at UTC Pudu was an adventure in itself. We did not want to go through it again.

I suggested we take the STAR LRT (officially known as the Ampang Line - but I still want to call it STAR) and have lunch at Sunway Putra Mall. It has been ages since Mak took the STAR but she was just cool with it. Didn't even care that it's the NEW train. I mean, the new AMY train has been in operation since forever, but for someone who seldom take the STAR, it's new ok?

Anyway, we had fun exploring Sunway Putra Mall. Had Curry Mee and Cendol from Teo Chew. For dessert, we had Goreng Pisang Chocolate. Life was just great then.

We went back to UTC Pudu just in time to collect Mak's new IC. It wasn't a long wait.

Mak didn't like the photo - but that's ok since we're done with our errand. She kept her IC and we walked to the car. In the car, Mak wanted to take a second look at her IC - but, she could no longer find the IC in her purse.


As we drove out of the Pudu area, we searched her purse, her pocket, the back of the passenger's seat, the compartment in front of her (even though it could not be there anyway).

She took out all of her cards - credit cards, Isetan card, MBG card, AEON Big card... but NO IC!!!!


As we reached near our home, I have to regretfully admit that I was pissed off, or was it more like frustrated? Well, we spent the whole day at UTC Pudu... only for it to have been "misplaced" after getting it? Could it be that she dropped it somewhere on the way out, thinking that she placed it in the wallet? Mak, why so careless??! *okay, don't scold mak no matter what*

So many scenario were playing in my head. Who took it? What if they did something with her IC? Anything can happen. By this time, someone out there is with Mak's new IC and this person can pretend to be Mak!!

We immediately went to the nearby police station to make a report. However, since no one entertained us and only one policeman was handling the cases, we decided to go back to UTC Pudu. This after one guy on my Facebook said there's a police station there and it made sense to make a report there.

So we went there and went back to JPN, you know, just in case there's a Lost and Found counter or something.

We went to the guy that gives the number and he asked us if we wanted to replace the IC at that time?

"Wait. You guys are still open?"

Apparently they operate until 8.30pm!!! *yayyy for JPN!!*

It was 5pm. The original plan was just to come back another time. We looked at each other and I nodded.

"Let's just finish this errand today."

As we waited for another round to submit her details, Mak and I laughed at the day's adventure. Just when we thought we were done at around 3.30pm... there we were again with the crowd - repeating the process all over again.

By 6 we submitted the forms and was told to come on Sunday to collect the IC.

Since Mak knew I wanted to do something else on my off day, she was like, "We can collect it next week...".

I insisted we collect it on Sunday and voilaaaa... she finally got her IC!


It may not be the weekend I was hoping for, but I would not want it any other way. Mak - applying for a new IC - TWICE - on the same day. How random could that be?

We celebrated this with a nice brunch at Wondermama X, Avenue K!


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