My passport used to be cased in a plastic Winnie the Pooh holder which never failed to elicit a simple smile or even a chuckle from immigration personnel. That has always been my “feel-good” moment on any immigration counter where I am always wracked with paranoia and fear of the unknown.
Whip ’em out silly passport case and chances are–the immigration official can’t resist smiling or at least, lessen the seriousness of the situation.
But anyway, I decided to grow up (and lose the silly Winnie the Pooh pp case) and look for cute yet age-appropriate passport cases. I have been eyeing for sometime now these uber-fashionable cases sold at Fully Booked and Powerbooks but at PHP500, I think that’s too expensive. Getting my passport cost me less than a thousand bucks (PHP750, if I remember correctly) and I have no intention of getting cases that are as expensive as the passport itself.
Anyway, while looking at furniture (and future acquisitions) at Dimensione – Boni High Street a few weeks back, I came across these fashionably-simple passport cases. Which, obviously I immediately proceeded to purchase:
These cases costs only PHP50 (about $1) and they are so cute. Each case featured a country, and obviously I chose the one featuring Japan while the Hubby’s case features France (just because he loves the color – Blue). I am thinking of buying a whole lot as part of my gifts to my friends this Christmas, especially to those who love traveling like I do. Considering that the newly-issued passport by the Dept of Foreign Affairs now features machine readable features, thus the cover and back cover are very thick and shouldn’t be bent at all times–these covers feature flaps that open as far back as possible.
Yes, the passport case on top is the aforementioned Winnie the Pooh case. One look and you’ll know it’s something that no woman in her 30s should be flashing in any international airport.