10 May, 2006

I got my Viiiiiisa!

As the title hints...I GOT MY AUSSIE VISA!

Now I know a lot of you are going "Big deal" but trust me ..it is.

You see I don't have much luck when it comes to all this ticketing and visa business, mostly because I often forget to bring along a couple of important documents or I arrive late or I forget to confirm my tickets or I end up with psycho travel agents..which reminds me of how ballistic the agent went coz I blamed him for not being a competent agent (well I didn't say THAT word-for-word but I said it nicely..)

Anyway he started screaming and shouting and all that time I was staring, petrified, at the 3 menacing clay Eagle figurines behind him...he looked like he could turn around at any minute, grab one figurine at a time and hurl it straight at mine, Mink's and Arpu's heads, knocking us down like bowling pins...
And thats some scary shit.

And then there's the evil bitch of a visa officer at the Aussie embassy...you would think that the Aussie's being such friendly, outgoing people would have a friendly, outgoing officer but NOOOO.
This one was capable of shrivelling up balls with one look.
She's the same officer I got last year too..and she made my life hell. I was there at the embassy so often that even the guards started giving me sympathetic looks.

But this time I went prepared.
I made list after list after list and I checked it twice.

While I was waiting for my turn I saw her execute her ball-shrivelling stare at a poor foreign student.
"Evidence of funds?? But I'm carrying this much money with me! Why didn't you tell me I had to bring an evidence-of-funds letter??"

Ahhh my Indian brother. That shrivelled ball looks painful.

I felt really bad for him, but I did chuckle a bit too coz the expression on his face was really funny. I know. I'm going to hell.
Oh wait. I was in hell last year!

OK but anyway I got my visa there and then..she was SO looking for a something to trip me up, but ha-ha visa bitch - I OUTSMARTED YOU!
Can't touch this na-nana-na, can't touch this

I want to extend a hearty 'THANK YOU' and 'I LOVE YOUUUU' to Mink who faithfully accompanied me...I think she was the good luck charm..even though she said "Mahi I was so expecting you to come back and say 'Goddamit!! I can't believe I forgot THAT document!! Arrrrrrrgh!!!!I'll KILL that visa-bitch!!!!' "

WOohoo Australia, here I come (for real this time)
I can't wait.

About 6 weeks left...

I think I'll start packing.


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Anonymous Anonymous did the happy dance and finally said..

you can apply for the aussie visa online for free! print out the paper.. cut it out and stick it in your passport.. no irritating embassy people or travel agent. yay!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

dahhhhlink if i could have done that i would..but im an indian citizen..what youre talking about is an electronic travel authority...indian passport holders dont qualify for it!

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous did the happy dance and finally said..

Well Lady M, good luck with Ausssy Adventure :)

5:04 PM  
Blogger Surya Swamy did the happy dance and finally said..

I could, and maybe should, start a blog for all the visa nightmares I've gone through. From getting a mexican visa at the consulate 3 hours before my flight (i had applied a month before) to almost being kicked out of Guatemala cos I didn't have one (k thats my fault:). One week from now, am off to another embassy. Its never easy. Drives me nuts to see American passport holders hop around from country to country with not a single visa worry in the world. Justice shall be served, one day.

8:17 PM  
Blogger surbhi seth did the happy dance and finally said..

Good grief!!! I've got to get a Nigerian Visa... and I'm already freakin' out.. coz we all know how slow they can be!!! It's going to require me to take a day off work (note: unpaid leave), travel my behind to DC, make my way to the Embassy (which I have yet to locate) and after all this, if they're like, "Oya, come tomorrow.. it's ready today!" I'm just going to Screeeam!!!

I'm glad you got your Aussie visa, coz at the end of the day that is what matters!!! :)

8:57 PM  
Blogger surbhi seth did the happy dance and finally said..

opps: typo.... it's NOT ready today!!! (haha, I wish)

8:58 PM  
Blogger Grafxgurl did the happy dance and finally said..

hehehe!! wooooooooo!!!
i can just imagine you sitting all packed up and ready to go at the front doorstep of your home....DAYS IN ADVANCE!

YES! it IS a huge deal to get a vias.. those guys LOVE making people feel like ants.

YEEEEEEEEAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! ( ok you gotta come back with a hottie boi ok!?)

(OOH!! what a coincidence!! or am i reading into this too much!!...youre word verification for this comment i was going to post reads......."knnvqfun"....lol.. yep! lots of fun!

10:50 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

thank u anon! i shall return with stories to tell moahaha

surya - *clutches her heart and has a heart attach* you gotyour visa THREE HOURS before your flight!? my god. surya my friend you have many stories to tell us!
its the same here..singapore passport holders have it so easy..just do it online and it gets approved in like 5 seconds...ur right...justice will be served..ONE DAY.

surbhi - no way! u gotta go all the way to dc?!!? you know them telling you to come back? that happened to me like 5 times..but hey..at least i was just like 45 mins away..:S good luck with your visa! i mustve thanked about a 100 gods when i got mine haha

grafx - babes in my mind im all packed up, waiting in queue at the airport to check in. in my mind ive already landed and made plans to meet every one for lunch and then clubbing.
and if everything goes according to plan...i will be back with a hottie alright ;) hehe
oh ..and in my world...theres no such thing as a 'coincidence'

12:15 AM  
Blogger AYTIDA did the happy dance and finally said..

maybe u shud go and learn the "kangaroo dance" (try googling for it!!), and then next year do it in front of the visa-bitch... maybe that'll make things easier for u!!!

make sure u get some really good pics and yeah maybe this time more of your right profile???

how long is your stay in aussie world??

1:07 AM  
Blogger GettingThere did the happy dance and finally said..

Hi Mahi! I have been visitng your blog for quite some time now, but commenting on it for the first time.

So happy for you that you got the visa. Have fun!

2:26 AM  
Blogger the wannabe indian punkster did the happy dance and finally said..

and yeah....were excited cos were visiting the next state for the summer. Yup.

But Im trulllllyyyy happy that you got your visa mahi!!!

have fun chalu-sistah!

6:31 AM  
Blogger Rohan Kumar did the happy dance and finally said..

Congrats again see lightening struck twice right there coz I know how much you really wanted to goto Australia.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Sue did the happy dance and finally said..

Oh good, this bodes well for the trip. You know what will bode even better? Packing right now! That gives you plenty of time to re-pack and re-arrange and go shopping because obviously you'll need new ones of everything.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Miz BoheMia did the happy dance and finally said..


You showed that visa bitch indeed sweet Ladee Mahi! Does she not know you are a Ladee? That in and of itself should put fear into her very soul!

Now pack away cause you've got some vacationing to do!

3:31 PM  
Blogger Ekta did the happy dance and finally said..

Hey babe,
Congrats! and yes getting visa can be quite a horrendous experience!!
So celebrate and start packing right away!
Am sure u have tonnes of shopping to do!

3:51 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

aditya - kangaroo dance eh?? it sounds a bit dodgy if u ask me but ill def check it out :P oh ill be gone for abt 3 weeks...thereabouts

getting here - its c.k right? thank u i definitely plan on having a lot of enjoyment done! do visit more often and comment! =)

megha - heyyy who said next states cant be fun?? thank u chalu sistah! -hug-

rohan - you know what would be lightning striking twice?? me having as much this year in Oz as i did last year..that was crazzzy! and yes =) i did want to go very very badly this year around..

sue i LIKE the way u think, woman! i think ill do just that...pack and repack! it gives me smthg to do and its strangely gratifying!

miz b - LOL i LOVE that! 'dance the dance electric' hahah its sweeeet! may i use it?? oh yummy mummy..i wore my most intimidating booty jeans and sexy silky top...it must've worked eh?? =D i know i know..you're so proud of meeeeeee

ekta - between you and me ..im not planning to do much shopping there (well..maybe a couple of tops and such but THAT'S it....i think) i do plan on getting a LOT of partying and sight seeing done! and by partying and sight seeing i mean 'drinking and making passes at hot aussie men' hehe

6:33 PM  
Blogger Meghana did the happy dance and finally said..

Wow!vacation in Australia! thats really sweet! have a great time babes! and yeah if no Visa Nightmares,then the trip's worth is not really realized :) Once my visa didnt come in time bcos of which I had to cancel my new years trip to canada and not to mention I did not get a refund on my ticket as well:( it was quite heart breaking cus I was really excited to meet Shruti.Anyways, I was able to make it in summer, so it was all good :)

9:57 PM  
Blogger Jay did the happy dance and finally said..

My goodness - EVERYBODY'S going to Oz at the moment. Hello, everyone, Mardi Gras is already overrrrr!

6:35 AM  
Blogger The Girl Who Sold The World did the happy dance and finally said..

Hehehe...congrats for the Visa. I've heard Oz is a beautiful place...or rather, I'm SICK of hearing it from my friend who went there 2 years back. :| Hope you don't torture your friends like that. :P
I was there at the embassy so often that even the guards started giving me sympathetic looks.
Hahaha, was the Visa officer THAT bad? Must be scary.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

meghana - yup i remember you telling me about this..you were really sad about not being able to go...visas are scary man! and i think ure right...the amount of trauma you go thru is proportionate to the amount youll enjoy yourself! =D

jay jay jay not every one travels for mardis gras ONLY (but i have my doubts about u..)

girl - welcommmme! and yess i torture my friends and more haha serves them right for not coming with!!!! oh trust me..she WAS that bad. *shudder*

8:57 PM  
Anonymous MinKDa did the happy dance and finally said..

ANythin fer u babY!! BTW I tHInk YOu are my good luck charm! Never fail to get a car park LOT no matter how busy the place when mahilots is around...WooHoo cant wait! its gona be so so soooooo FUN..

11:53 PM  
Blogger Mint Chutney did the happy dance and finally said..

Mahi darling, did you ever think that it's just the authorities trying to keep you out?

And bring clothes that fit this time. ; )

2:34 AM  
Blogger Miz BoheMia did the happy dance and finally said..

Oooooweeee! I AM proud of you fo sho!

And of course you can use it! DANCE THAT DANCE ELECTRIC LADEE!


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