*)Note: I wrote an Indonesian expression as the title since I couldn't find any sufficient English version.
As most of you have known, I've been looking for a replacement *sniff* for my currently-dead iMac. Yesterday, we finally got the chance to browse at IBCC, which is reputed to have the most complete Mac shop in Bandung. The shop, which turned out to be not so big, nor so impressive, is called IforDay.
I wasn't really sure about what I was going to have. At first I had an eye on an iMac desktop, but after considering for a while, my choice went to a MacBook. I opted for a black one, but they didn't have any in their stock. Ordering to Jakarta was not possible either, because (according to an attendant who served us) there will be a new one for this variation, so no black one will be delivered until the next 2-2,5 weeks. The 'new one' (the black one with a new processor?) is said to be here after one month. I can't afford to wait that long.
The white ones are available, so we said we'd take one. The same attendant immediately prepared a new one for me, installing softwares and such. He asked us to choose one of the two bonuses to go with the MacBook: an outer-surface protector or a screen shield. We chose the latter, so after the installing was done, the attendant had the shield spread on the screen for us (we know we would be so clumsy doing this, and therefore were grateful for this extra service).
Paying time. We of course didn't bring that much cash, so I could only make a down payment and come back some other day with the rest and to pick up the MacBook. We didn't pay with credit card because, if it's not from BCA, they'll charge you 3% (which is about the amount of Lindri's school fee).
Now the *gemes* part comes. My BNI Bandung account contains much too few amount, and so does our PostBank account. Our ABN Amro Netherlands, both my own and our joint accounts, keep a substantial number. But here lies the problem: a letter of request to activate our Internet banking has been sent to our ABN Amro representative in Amsterdam - but they haven't responded. Therefore our bulk in those accounts are virtually useless. The ABN Amro in Bandung can't help us here, because they don't have an online arrangement(?) with ABN Amro Netherlands.
There is one hope yet: my ABN Amro Jakarta account. It has the right sum of money and (after inquiring via telephone) it is possible for me to make a withdrawal in Bandung, as long as I provide my ID card. Sounds easy, isn't it. I thought so - but I was wrong.
This morning I went to an ABN Amro office, directly to the Customer Service. Everything went smooth and quickly until it's time for me to receive the money. The teller said that my account is blocked. It's true that I haven't been using this account for years and have only been receiving regular courrant accounts.
I had to wait for about half an hour until the personnel who attended me was available again. When it's finally my turn, she tried to call my contact person at ABN Amro Jakarta , but didn't succeed. She then tried to get in touch with a general banking personnel, and so on. All these trying, waiting and dealing took about one hour, until a conclusion was drawn: they can unblock my account and move it to Bandung (my current domicile), but it takes time. I can perhaps withdraw my money on Monday - at the soonest - when everything is taken care of.
Until then, I'll just have to yearn for my MacBook that is stored at IBCC, far down the South of Bandung. In the meantime, to amuse myself, I'm browsing on the Internet for MacBook sleeves :D I hope I can get this banking business straight and pick it up on Monday already!
Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacBook