What’s in a name?
….or so Juliet asked. Well, if I had been around when she uttered that somewhat innocent question, I for one could’ve told her.
A name not only defines one’s identity, it also defines the weight of one’s wallet. Or lack of, for that matter.
Especially when you’re an Asian whose parents gave you one of those English names in a dead set hurry because they had to migrate fast but unfortunately never bothered to add it to either your passport or your certificate of citizenship. Add to that the ordeal of changing your last name to your husband’s surname and you’ve got yourself a pretty darn clear answer to that rather famous Shakespeare line.
Applying for your marriage certificate… $29
Applying for a name change… $109
Applying for a new passport… $155
Applying for your own citizenship certificate… $55
Getting all the frigging paperwork done…. priceless.