We are talking about something critical and yet so unique that just cracks up one's brain finding it. Something as singular as the Malaysian passport photo with blue background. BLUE. Not white like Singapore and Japan. Not white like America and the UK. Certainly not white like France. So what does one do to take a passport photo with ~blue~ background in countryside France, five in the evening, and needed urgently? Or rather, what can one do?
Then I remembered how some photo shops did it: they hang thick cardboards of different colours overlapping each other on the same spot to cater to everyone's needs. White for the majority, blue for the many Malaysians and Filipinos there, light grey (German? New Zealander?) and so on. So if I could just land my hands on some art paper or cardboard in that Malaysian blue, we can move on with our lives.
"You think we can find it at LeClerc?"
"I think so... just look at the stationery or art and craft section."
"But there's no art and craft section at LeClerc..."
"Oh well... let's just go and see lah..."
And off we went with the MIL's little Citroën to the large supermarket nearby. But as JL drove, I started looking out for blue walls among the houses that we passed by. What is it that we do with our lives to get into this? Rhetorical question. And when we reached LeClerc, my eyes grew bigger realizing the ultimate backup: there were large concrete pillars about every ten meters at the checkout row. Good lighting. Look at LeClerc's corporate blue - not bad eh?
It took me a while to select the best shot, crop it to a reasonable size, and upload it onto www.epassportphoto.com for further sizing and cropping - in the right proportion - to 5 by 3.5 cm. This website has helped me a lot when we were preparing for our US visa application back in Singapore. As long as you have a decent mugshot against the desired background colour, you can size it to dimensions required by different countries.
So there you go. Just glad we were able to cook up something like this halfway across the world.