Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Passport picture, taken.

So the time had come for me to get my Philippine passport made. And before the actual passport, I needed a passport picture.

Oh fucking no.

Passport pictures have specific rules, I know. Something about being dressed decently (at least from the shoulders up), and a certain measure of distance of the face from the borders of the pictures… Whatever. I relied on the fact that picture places know their shit and should therefore know the requirements.

I decided to just wear this cute new blouse I bought — white, sloppy, but cute, just the way I like it. Heh. That’ll at least take care of the required collar. I’ll wing the rest when I’m at the photo place.

I dragged my ass off of the computer chair to head to the nearest picture place whatchamacallit in the aforementioned blouse as my only prep for Passport Picture Purgatory.

Only to learn that white tops aren’t accepted in passport pictures. I could tell early on, this wasn’t going to go the way I planned.

Luckily, the place I went to had blazers lying around. Photographer Girl said to use them for the picture. I put one on, and I pulled my white collar above the blazer collar, you know, like in Saturday Night Fever but white on black and not black on white…



Photographer Girl: Ay no, no, you have to hide it under the blazer.


Anything white isn’t allowed in passport pictures. You have to hide your top completely under the blazer.

Okayyy. It took me a couple minutes to make sure my cool white blouse was hidden underneath the fugly old-woman blazer. I sat down, ready for my close-up, finally.

Ma’am, you have to remove your earrings, too. And your glasses.

Glasses, right, I knew that. But my earrings, too? They were silver studs! Fine. Done. I sat down again.

Ma’am, your ears should be completely visible. Please tuck your hair behind your ears.

And basically all hair should be away from the face. Flick, tuck, shake of the head for good measure. Relax. Sat back down.

No accessories, check! Fugly blazer hiding my cute blouse, check! Hair away from face, check!

Ok, good. Smile!


Bawal po ilabas yung ngipin. (The teeth shouldn’t be showing.)


One, two, three!




  1. Passport photos have insanely anal rules that don’t make sense.

    “OH NOES! This dude’s teeth are showing! He must be a terrorist! Nab him and throw him in Guantanamo Bay!”

    Comment by Ade — Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

  2. hahaha they’re that strict talaga.. it’s so bad. hahaha

    Comment by The Lioness — Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

  3. yep, considering we’re stuck with that picture for 5 years and… what if a cute guy (from the abroads) saw it? baka ma turn-off! (iz my major nightmare)

    Comment by undercrisis — Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  4. Help me unsee the funkeh picture. =(

    Comment by frostbreath — Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 11:16 pm | Reply

  5. super hayrett talaga ang passport picture taking…

    daming arte…


    Comment by rich — Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 12:15 am | Reply

  6. huh? but the husband and i are all smiles in our passports.. and we had them taken at DFA. we had passport pictures taken sa mall ata but when we got to DFA, they told us di daw pwede ‘yun.. so sila kumuha ng picture na lang. =)

    Comment by freul — Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 12:46 am | Reply

  7. Hay, that’s the thing with passports… it’s hard to look like your actual self. My face had always been blown to weird proportions in my passport pictures. Ang laki ng mukha ko.

    Anyway, ako naman I have mug shot syndrome. All my impromptu ID pics looked like it was taken just after my “arrest” for possession of narcotics or something.

    Comment by anna o — Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 8:36 am | Reply

  8. haha! yep, at least ngayon digital photos na, nung kumuha ako ng passport, i have to go 3 trips back sa kodak para magpapicture ulet dahil nirereject nugn staff sa DFA yung picture ko. kesyo masyado daw malayo ang kuha, or dahil may damage yung picture.

    Comment by brij — Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 10:34 am | Reply

  9. @Ade: Or “She doesn’t have EARS OHNOES!!!!” Bleh.

    @undercrisis: Sabi nga ni Tyra, she was discovered through her passport picture. Dapat nga maganda ka talaga dun. Hahaha.

    @frostbreath: What, you don’t like John Travolta?!

    @freul: Well so I kinda smiled. Something between =) and =| Don’t know why yours is different. But still, I can’t smile in pics without teeth. It’s WEIRD.

    @anna o: I think with passport pics, and licenses and such, everybody looks like a mugshot of themselves. You’re not alone in this one. Hahaha.

    @brij: Yah I had to have her take a 2nd shot. It wasn’t gorgeous but still, better than the 1st take. ;P

    Comment by jungzx — Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  10. LOL. Hilarious. Finally may passport ka na. Wee.

    Comment by Cla — Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

  11. Ive never ever ever had a decent passport pic. The most recent one, I already had a set with me when I went to the DFA. Unfortunately, I was smiling and I had make-up on daw. So I had to have my picture taken at DFA and I looked…kawawa :(

    Comment by Helga — Friday, November 21, 2008 @ 2:44 pm | Reply

  12. @Cla: No passport yet. Just the passport picture. LOL

    @Helga: I look just plain odd. Wahahaha. Kawawa could be cute. :P

    Comment by jungzx — Friday, November 21, 2008 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

  13. LOL. I look fucking constipated on my passport photo so you’re not alone in the fugly-passport-photo dillemma.

    Comment by KC — Saturday, November 29, 2008 @ 8:30 pm | Reply

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