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Describe a significant public building in a neighboring country and write about what goes on in there
 
Singapore, my neighboring country, may be small but it is a stable and prosperous multi-racial city state. Moreover, it has a reputation for non-corruption. Consequently, it attracts tourists and prospective residents. Being a small country, many Singapore residents like to travel abroad to escape from their fast-paced city life. Hence, for both foreigners and-locals alike, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) building is a place they will need to visit at least once.

The grey, multi-storeyed building stands adjacent to the Lavender MRT (mass rapid transit) station. From dawn to dusk, it receives a steady stream of visitors from the station or from the nearby bus stop. Most of them make a beeline for the building as the surrounding buildings are just a mix of drab warehouses and scattered residential buildings.

The building itself has several levels catering to the various needs of the visitors. Here, people come to apply, renew, extend or collect the passports and forms or passes relating to residence, immigration or citizenship.

A visitor will usually head for the information counters first. There, his request will be assigned a queue number at a given counter. He will then head for the required storey and counter. Once there, the person will wait patiently or impatiently for the perpetually busy clerks to call out his number. Then he will produce his collection of forms, photographs and other documents so as to process that all important document which either allows him to visit the overseas country he is hankering for (for a local) or to stay in this country for a while longer (for a foreigner).

The Immigration Officers work behind closed doors in their office booths. Occasionally, he or she will come out to clarify something or hand over some papers to the clerks. When people are ushered into the offices, they are to be interviewed for the issue of the documents they are requesting for. The merits of their case will be considered according to rules and regulations and its progress according to due process for this is a country which prides itself on its 'clean' and efficient reputation.

People of different races and cultures will be seen. People trickle in at early dawn, patiently waiting for the doors to open and to avoid the crush of public applicants who come later. The crowds swell to its maximum just before lunch time.

At this time, many people will head for the canteen on the ground floor. A casual observer will hear topics of conversation ranging from holidays abroad to problems of applying for citizenship. However, the main employment of the mouths here is to receive food for the hungry stomachs.

By 4 p.m., the crowds thin out. More people will be seen leaving rather than entering the building. The doors of the building will close promptly at 5 p.m.

When dusk settles in and the evening shadows become longer, the place becomes silent and empty. The building and its staff will rest and recharge for the next day will be another busy day when the doors open again.

     
adjacent   next
     
drab   plain
     
perpetually   continuously
 
 

 

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