ICA Refused Entry to Singapore -part2

I left Kuala Lumpurs LCCT at 9:40pm of December 1, 2010 via Tiger Airways. Exiting was uneventful and since I only have a small suitcase for handcarry, I didn't have anything to check-in. Travel was light and easy.

We arrived in Singapore's budget terminal around 11:20pm and was out of the plane and queueing at the immigration counters right away. If you've been through Singapore's budget terminal, you know that to go to the immigration counters you have to go down the sloped walkway upon deplaning. As I was slowly going down the sloped walkway, I have the clear view of all the immigration counters. Right away I noticed something really obvious to the point it's kind of an eyesore. Majority of the people queueing in the immigration counters are women!

There are mothers with little children, older women with their nursemaids, and more women between the ages of 18-35. Well, I'm in that range so I'll be one of the women there soon. I scanned the counters for a queue of more men and saw one. It's not that I'm pro-men but I believe men are faster in queues than women who tends to fidget with their bags and take so long to find their papers sometimes. It's late, I'm tired, and my friends who are supposed to pick me up are waiting outside. I have with me my Singapore SIM card on my new phone I bought from Kuala Lumpur so I sent a message to my friends saying, "I'm here now, just queueing at the immigration counter."

I stood behind an older man who was behind an older couple. In front of the couple is a young well-dressed lady, around 30. I was confident, relaxed and have my passport and return ticket to the Philippines ready for presentation once asked. The date of my return ticket to the Philippines is December 11, 2010. The reason is that I want to attend the interviews, shop for christmas presents and go home to the Philippines before the christmas rush begins. When the lady's turn arrived, she stood aside and let the couple proceed ahead of her. I was aghast! Sudden thoughts came to mind that the woman is nervous and that possibly something "weird" is happening in front, or that the immigration officer is strict. It's not that I haven't heard of stories wherein the immigration officers are picking on women or those that look nervous. I heard lots of immigration stories so I'm starting to feel worried too. After the couple went through, the lady again stood aside and let the older man in front of me proceed first. So then I'm just behind the lady and we're fast approaching the immigration officer.

The officer interviewed the lady and asked her a few more documents but she was able to exit ahead. My mind was wondering if the officer didn't notice the lady stepping aside a couple of times. Anyway, it's my turn so I stepped in front, showed my passport and held my return ticket on my other hand. The officer looked at me and my passport and asked where I'll be staying. I said I'll be staying at a hotel this time coz my friend's place is full due to the arrival of another friend of ours. He nodded and checked his computer further. I suppose he saw that I got a rejected E-Pass/S-Pass application and it's under appeal now so he asked if I applied for a pass. I am always honest so I told him yes. Without knowing, that's the start of my ordeal... :(

He, the immigration officer at the counter stood from his desk and called someone from their main desk to come over his cubicle. The other officer came over and looked at whatever they have on the computer and took my passport and the other immigration officer told me to follow him to the back of the line. My heart somersaulted then froze. If it's not late in the evening, the colors of my face may have shown coz I'm sure I have turned sooo red then all white. This is not good, this is a bad sign as I already thought earlier when that lady kept stepping aside.

To be continued on part3...

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