I procrastinate, therefore I am

KK and I wanted to form a procrastination club in college, but we never got around to it.

Many years later, here's documentary proof of how much I now excel at procrastination:
Dear [Tym],

Re-Registration of NRIC* at the age of 30

I refer to our first notification and subsequent reminders on the above matter. We note that you have yet to re-register your NRIC. You are kindly advised to call in person at our office to complete the re-registration before your 31st birthday.

[Finicky re-registration details snipped]

Please note that under the National Registration Act; registrants who fail to re-register their NRIC once they reach 31 years of age shall be guilty of an offence. You will have to pay a composition fine in addition to the re-registration fee.

Your friendly neighbourhood Citizen Services Centre
I can't believe I've spent almost a year cracking jokes about how if I didn't get around to re-registering soon --- after the first reminder, and the second, and I think there was a third --- that they would throw me in jail or something. Now I'm facing a composition fine if I don't get my sad act together.

Really, all I had to do was get Terz to take a picture of me, so that I could upload it at the re-registration website. But eleven months have waffled by, Terz's photography skills and exposure are growing by leaps and bounds --- and I still haven't checked what the image requirements are.

If I skip out on the composition fine, do they throw me in jail then?

* For my dear friends who are mercifully ignorant of the term "NRIC", it stands for (I think) National Registration Identity Card, aka our national identification card in a puny shade of pink. All citizens get one at the age of twelve, then you have to update it with a new photograph at nineteen. Apparently thirty is the next point at which the government suspects you might not look like your nineteen-year-old self anymore, especially in this age of heightened suspicion about anyone who might not resemble their 'official' image.


At 3/03/2005 1:52 pm , Blogger cour marly said...

Hrm... (a) I didn't know we had to get a new IC at age 30, and (b) I've never received any notice to reregister and (c) am I out $5000(!) for not doing it anyway?

Wait, I could go to jail???


At 3/03/2005 2:25 pm , Blogger SilverBullet said...

Gosh... you still haven't re-registered that IC yet? I remember talking about it with you over Dimsum when I was in my first trimester and I'm now scarily close to giving birth to my non-Singaporean baby.

Quick.... send it in... I think the photo details are on the website or that piece of paper they sent us... or better yet... just scan in a photo and send that in...

At 3/03/2005 5:57 pm , Blogger Mr Miyagi said...

I procrastinate, therefore I will be later.

I haven't gotten that notice either, and it's just a coupla years late.

At 3/03/2005 8:24 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Shall be guilty of an office?" LOL that sounds like something straight out of a Dilbert comic...

As far as I remember you were superb at silly school admin in JC. You should've seen Mr G (my CT) applying his Aussie skills to the task. The number of times I received notification letters AFTER the event/deadline had passed... to quote Mr P, "He's so laid back he's nearly horizontal" =)

My favourite incident was when they made us do the 7 habits of highly effective people in Civics. Mr G. read out no. 1 - "begin with the end in mind". Then we had a good laugh and threw out everything in between =P. Of course, everyone knows that the real purpose of Civics period is to finish your maths tutorial or essay!!

At 3/03/2005 9:40 pm , Blogger Tym said...

KnightofPentacles --- It never ceases to amaze me how quickly you look up all this legal stuff. I mean, I know how to do it, but you actually get it done and are much more well-informed as a result. I guess a $120 "composition fine" isn't as bad as $5000 outright.

cour marly/Mr Miyagi --- I suspect this "re-register at 30" is something relatively new. Terz is a few years older than me, and he never got any re-registration notices either. Seems like my "batch" always gets to be guinea pigs for everything: Gifted Education, cannot wear shorts at NUS, and now the re-registration of NRIC.

SilverBullet --- I will re-register, really, by the end of the school holidays in mid-March.

TaLieSin --- Hm, the "office" thing could be a typo on my part. My fingers sometimes have a mind of their own. Will check against the original when I get home. And yes, Civics. I think I mostly spent it chatting with the class and giving them lessons in life (or Buffy).

At 3/04/2005 4:35 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the reason why some folks didn't get re-registration - you may have lost your IC in between? 'cos that's what happened to me and they told me i wont' be called up for re-registration liao.

(hi TYM! u may not know me, but i'm a friend of tris_'s in real life. =))

At 3/04/2005 8:47 am , Blogger Agagooga said...

Can wear shorts at NUS what. No one cares.

Anyway now you do your IC at 15. No one asked me to put a new picture at age 19, so I can still get someone else to masquerade as me. Hee hee.

Why don't you wear a Chador for your IC pic? See what they do to you. Claim that they're violating your religious freedom.

At 3/05/2005 11:20 am , Blogger Tym said...

TaLieSin --- An update: "office" should read "offence"; the typo was mine. I've fixed it now.

A. --- Thanks for dropping by!

Agagooga --- NUS tried to ban shorts and tank tops in the early '90s. And if they're already threatening to fine me $120, I'm not going to antagonize them further by testing the photograph requirements --- although I just checked the reminder/warning letter and it merely states that I should submit a passport-sized photograph, without specifying that the entire face has to be visible...

At 3/06/2005 7:02 am , Blogger Tym said...

I suspect we'll still be talking about forming this club when I'm 50...

At 8/12/2014 9:55 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Fellow procrastinator here.

May I know what was the outcome of your being late to re-reg your NRIC?

In the same situation here...2 years later -_-


At 8/12/2014 9:56 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I mean I am 2 years late to re-reg.

At 7/29/2017 5:46 pm , Blogger Unknown said...

Yeah..so how was it?

At 4/13/2018 9:49 am , Blogger Unknown said...

As you mention the government “think” that our looks will change. Why should we have to pay for fee?

Should do it for free.

At 2/09/2019 2:43 am , Blogger howyuin said...

So how was it? Do u need to pay the fine?


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