Back in 2006, I was in New York City, because I needed to apply for a Czech visa for the upcoming summer. I brought my then 2-year-old passport (Philippine passports are valid for 5 years) to the Czech consulate to apply. While the passport was at the hands of the consul, my picture jumped out of the passport; the lamination was not secure enough, that immediately, my passport became null and void.
At that time, the Philippines wasn't issuing machine-readable passports yet, so all I need to do was go to the Philippine Consulate and apply for a new passport, which they were able to give me right there and then. It was valid from 2006, until early 2011. And because I needed to travel in early 2011, I went ahead and applied for another passport, in late 2010.
This time, however, Filipinos are now issued machine-readable biometric passports, so it takes 4-6 weeks before one can get a new one. And yes, my current 2-year-old passport which I received in 2010 is an e-passport. As I moved to Germany recently, I had to show my passport to so many people, from the bank, to the tax office, even in order to get Internet service.
However, there was a problem. The passport cover got detached from the rest of the booklet. So the passport pages are now without a cover, and I would have loved to just used superglue, except that that is tantamount to tampering the passport.
So I immediately went to the Philippine Embassy here, and applied for a new one. It will take 4-6 weeks before I can get it, but at least it is still ahead of my appointment for my residence permit, when I would need to show a valid passport.
So, what does this all mean? That means I cannot travel out of the country for the moment. I guess that's not too bad of a thing, after all, there's still plenty to discover here in Germany alone.