Today I went to the Immigration Department to renew my passport. I am amazed at how efficient they are nowadays. It took me less than an hour to get my photo taken, buy the form, fill in the form, wait for the officer to process my application and pay for the passport.
After I had paid, the lady asked to come back in two hours time to collect my passport. Then she gave me a strange instruction. She reminded me to be sure to bring along my mom! When I told her that it's my own passport she suddenly went all apologetic because she thought that the person in the passport photo was my mother.
That could mean a number of things.
1. I look terrible in my photo. Honestly, it's worse than a mug shot and I am horrified that my face looks so puffy.
2. I look much better in person. Definitely, younger than the person in the photo.
My colleagues agreed on the above two points.
The question remains whether I should take that as a compliment or not. Either way it's like a no-win situation. SIgh.