Thursday, July 26, 2012

Farewell and/or good riddance

Don't worry, kids. I'm not doing anything dramatic like quitting the blogosphere!! The farewell is instead to my trusty friend and constant companion of the past ten years: my passport which expired today. We've had some good times together, my passport and me: England, the US, the US again, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Belize, the US a third time, Thailand, and the US again last year! There's also a stamp in there for the Galapagos, and another one for the Inca Trail.

The good riddance part? Because my passport photo looked like this:

Apologies for the terrible quality. My SLR refused to focus on the picture (probably because the lens would have shattered as a result) so I had to take the pictures on my phone.

Anyway, 19 year old Kirsti? Probably should have thought things through a little more before having that photo taken.

29 year old Kirsti? Yeah, she thought through things good and hard before going to get the photos taken for her replacement passport:

Hopefully this means that I won't spend the next ten years with people doing a double take when they look at the photo!!

Also? You're no longer allowed to smile in passport photos, which is why I look bored as all hell in the new photo. Also also? If you guys are REALLY lucky, I might show you 15 year old Kirsti's passport photo some day. Hoooooooooo boy, is it terrible!

Anyone else have a truly awful passport photo???

K xx

34 comments:

  1. Now you have to tell us the secret of how to look 19 at the age of 29. Seriously! The photo is great! :-)

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    1. Awww, thank you! Although I'm not sure that tips like "Stay indoors as much as possible because you burn in a nanosecond" and "Have oily skin" and "Don't wear foundation ever because it's too much like hard work" are particularly helpful!! ;)

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  2. You look gorge in that new one sweets! In my 18+ I look like a prison warden. No smiles for me = OMG SHE LOOKS TERRIFYING. DO NOT RUN INTO HER IN A DARK ALLEY OR YOU WILL DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH.

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    1. Thank you <3 I'm kind of surprised mine didn't come out like that either, to be honest!

      A few years back, my brother had to get a Working with Children check done. So he purposely didn't shave for five days, got about two hours of sleep, and leered at the camera when he had the photo taken, because he wanted to see how dodgy a photo could be before they'd go "You know what? You probably shouldn't look like a drug dealer/paedo in your Working with Children photo..."

      They accepted it, so either no one cares how dodgy you look, or they've seen much worse!

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  3. My first thought after seeing your new photo was, oh she wasn't allowed to smile either! Isn't it sad?? I remember my last passport photo shoot and it was hell not to smile. I look like being on the verge of becoming a criminal, no wonder the Dubai people looked so hard at my passport. Still it is not an entirely bad pic...

    Well, your 29-year old self looks way better then the one from 10 years ago :-)Isn't it supposed to be the other way around? I remember the episode of Cougar Town when Courtney Cox's character had to get her drivers license renewed. Oh she was so upset with loosing her old photo :D

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    1. Honestly, I'm surprised they didn't have to take the photo five times. It's SO hard to not smile when someone sticks a camera in front of you!!

      I'm just glad the picture turned out better than the last one. I was SO sick of that thing...

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  4. I hate smiling in "official" pictures anyway. I never smile on my drivers' license unless they make me. I can't remember if I smiled in my old passport, but then I never updated it when I changed my name, and then it expired last year anyway. Sadly I don't think a lot of international trips are in my future, so I just never bothered. But, good to know that if I ever DO get a new one, I won't have to smile.

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    1. I always feel weird not smiling in photos. Especially seeing as whenever I go through immigration or customs, the first thing I do is smile at the person behind the counter. Because I figure no matter how tired I am, they have the super sucky job of dealing with cranky people all day, and it's the least I can do to give them a smile!

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  5. At least your new photos look good! I've had three passports, in the first I was a baby (this was by far, the best photo), the second I was 11 (argh) and for my current one, I thought - hey I'm older now, more conscious, this is going to be a good one...umm...no....and now I have to wait another couple of year to get a new one. I think passport photos are the worst, they just set you up to look awful!

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    1. I think the new one is going to be my...fifth??...passport. The photos until now have pretty much all been awful.

      And I think they've gotten better at the set up for photos in recent years. The post office where I went to get them taken had a lightbox for you to stand in front of rather than a screen, which means better lighting. And it's digital, so if you blink or whatever, they can take another one without you having to pay for crappy photos!

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  6. In my old passport photo I was making an expression as though I had just stubbed my toe - I thought I was smiling, but apparently not. In my current one, which was taken after the 'No Smiling' rule was introduced, I look really, really angry. I'm not sure that it's any better than the 'stubbed toe' face - a face I had to make once to a bouncer at a nightclub, just to prove that it was indeed me.

    You look great in your new one, which isn't fair, because no one is supposed to look good in their passport photo!

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    1. Aww, thank you... I probably should have tried to look awful, considering that's how everyone looks getting off an international flight from Australia anyway!!

      The stubbed toe face sounds horrible! Can't believe you had to demonstrate to a bouncer - that's kind of hilarious.

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  7. My most recent passport photo has a suuuuuuper awkward smile because I still had braces and HEAVEN FORBID I have braces showing in my passport photo. But I'm really not awesome at the no-teeth-smile, so yea. It's just awkward looking.

    And then it accidentally went through the wash when were in Great Britain and I totally out of it because I had almost passed out. Such fun.

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    1. Oh nooooooooo!!! At least you could replace the horrific picture that way though :)

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  8. I hate the no smiling rule! I had some really bad takes when I got my passport this spring. I looked like I was ready to reach behind the camera and hurt someone. Even the photographer was like we can't use that one it looks like a horrible mug shot!

    Your new one looks great!!

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    1. I'm honestly shocked that she only needed to take one photo. Usually, I blink or look like I'm about to sneeze or inadvertently inhale my own hair!!

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  9. Your straight hair makes you look all fancy in the new one. Mine have all be pretty meh. Not terrible, but not awesome either.

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    1. My hair looks so BLONDE in the new one! I don't know how that happened. It was the first thing my mum said about it. Apparently back lighting makes my hair colour far more exciting than it actually is!

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  10. Love the new one! My current one I THOUGHT I had it all figured out, but apparently not so much. But it was still better than the previous one where i appeared to be some sort of stoned criminal, and miles better than any of my drivers licences. The only thing you need to worry about is them not believing it's you after 27 hours in transit...

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    1. Eh. They never believed the old one was me, either. Although I guess that one got me compliments rather than "Ew, you look nothing like your photo"...

      Eye liner and lipstick are your friends for passport photos. Just saying...

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  11. You don't even want to see my passport photo. It is quite possibly the ugliest thing in the entire world, and I'm not even kidding.

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    1. Sara claims that hers makes her look like a sweaty potato. Is yours better or worse than the sweaty potato point on the scale of ugly passport photos?

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  12. Well, you look GORGEOUS!

    ::wolf whistle::

    I, on the other hand, kind of look unkempt in my 2003 (still active) passport (I was 18)...dishevelled hair, for one. You know the look when your hair is in a ponytail and you've slept with said tail? Yeah, THAT. I don't so much mind how my face looks in it, which is good I guess. Ah, first world problems. ;-)

    In my 1997 passport photo I look atrocious, though. Thick eyebrows coupled with a slightly perplexed and amused expression. Good God.

    Also, the new smiling rule sucks donkey's balls. That is all. (I mean, you're not smiling but you still look fabulous, so there's THAT.)

    XOXO

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    1. Awww, thank you <3

      You should see my 1998 passport photo. I don't think I'd washed my hair in about a week. It's SUPER attractive.

      At least your dishevelled hair one will expire next year, and you can replace it??
      xx

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  13. My passport photo is actually not too bad. My working with children check, on the other hand... Well, the less said about that one, the better.

    The ghostly images of my face on my passport freak me out, though. I know they're a security feature, but that's no excuse for making them look so creepy.

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    1. YES. They never used to do that!! I miss the good old days before digital scanners, where they'd have to paste the photo into the front of the passport, along with a sticker that had your signature on it...

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  14. That is one sexy picture my friend. ;)

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    1. Thank you! The challenge, I think, will be to get customs officials to recognise that it's me after I've been on a 15 hour flight and look like a zombie...

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  15. my passport photo is from when i was sixteen, hair in a stupidly tight bun, wearing a stupid chunky sweater, and a really awkward look on my face that pretty much sums up my existence at the time. when i have to apply again next year, you can bet your bottom dollar i'm going to think about it a bit more. my drivers license? that's a hot mess, considering i lost my first one, went in for a replacement, and they made me retake my picture. after work. i'm exhausted and i have a rubber band in my hair, half of it falling out.

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    1. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice... Just the kind of pictures that you WANT to have on official pieces of ID, right??

      I'm kind of glad that the new style photos don't show off what I was wearing. Because you can bet in ten years time, it'll look crazy dated and everyone would laugh like a lunatic about it. At least my hairstyle isn't likely to date!

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  16. I hate that we can't smile in our passport photos any more. I look like I'm on a wanted poster in my mine! :| Yours looks so much nicer!! MY passport before I came to Aus had my 11 year old photo on it. And I was to come when I was 21. They made me change it. :P

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    1. Hahahaha, WOW. I'm not surprised they made you change that!! Even for an adult, ten years is a pretty long time to have the photo still be recognisable as you. Especially given how often people change their hairstyles now! Can you imagine all the hipster boys in nine years time, going on international business trips and having customs officials go "REALLY?? You expect me to believe that this is you??"

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  17. I remember when my passport expired..I had to send it off to get a new one...but I put a note inside saying "Please send me back my old one, it has stamps in there that I really want to keep" and then I drew a smiley face on my note. I hope they saw the humour in it. I just wanted to keep my passport because it was filled with stamps from all over Europe.

    They did send it back. With a corner cut off so I can't use it again, but I was happy to get it back!

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    1. Wait, you had to SEND it off? Ohhhh, hang on. You have a Kiwi passport, right? I was having a "Why couldn't you just go to Australia Post?" moment... That's awesome that they sent it back!

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