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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Passport Blues

I renewed my passport today.

Hoping to expedite the process, I seriously studied the application form and readied everything listed therein, specially the picture which now should have a royal blue background. Yun lang daw ang tatanggapin ng computer, as we are converting to a machine readable format.

I expected a more tedious process. But not as bad as it turned out.

Right at Step 1, taob na agad ako. My photo background did not pass the color test – not as royal as it ought to be. So I needed a quick fix. Me photographer daw. Siyempre, sa DFA mismo.

So off I went to the queue. Talking to those near me, I gathered that most of them had defects in their photos: iba ang kulay, me shadow, me white spot o kung anong illumination, me earring at kung anu-ano pa. And there's no telling when the rejection will occur. Pwedeng sa gwardiya pa lang or kung kelan patapos ka na at nasuri na ng iba ang picture. The not-so-subtle message of course is: if you want to be sure, sa DFA ka magpakuha. Neat, di ba? Sana, inilagay na rin yun sa form.

I wanted myself to be wearing a suit in the photo so I checked the operators if they have any I could use. None. Ang meron sila, sinusuklob na putol na damit para magmukhang me collar ang suot. Very cosmopolitan ang dating!

And then the clincher: me pa-cute na sumingit sa pila! One very decent and righteous man. Sikat sa pagsasabi kung ano ang tama. Guess who?

Bro. Mike Velarde and a lady (must be his wife). Ang galing di ba?

5 comments:

ian said...

isa ka rin ba sa inabot ng sirang makina sa paggawa ng pasaporte? =0

Coldman said...

Sana hiniram mo yung famous attire nya! E di astig! =)

la carlotta said...

ewww tlga? nyakers! sana di mo pinasingit..

kelan pa naging royal blue? buti na lang pala narenew ko pasaporte ko nun feb pa =)

KRIS JASPER ANGEL said...

buti na lang blue blooded ako. hehe.. at blue minded din.. may winter blues din.

Abaniko said...

Sa lahat ng nagpapa-renew ng passport, di baleng sabihin na may depekto ang picture, wag lang sabihing may depekto ang mukha ng applicant sa picture. Hehe.