When it comes to vacations, it’s almost as if we all start following different rules. Fancy a cocktail at 10 am? No problem. Want to eat exclusively fries? Totally acceptable. Can’t be bothered to put together a proper outfit? Absolutely fine.
But one woman took things to the extreme this week. Twenty-six-year-old Lin Tzu Ting was on vacation with her boyfriend on Borocay Island in the Philippines when she made a pretty risque outfit choice. But rather than just attracting unwanted attention and stares from the public, the consequences were far more serious.
We’ve all seen barely-there bikinis before – but this one really took the biscuit. Lin somehow looked more naked than if she was wearing nothing at all. After appearing in the lobby in the skimpy garment, she was warned by staff not to venture out in public – but she ignored their sage advice in favor of showing off her nearly-nude bod.
But once she hit the beach, locals couldn’t hide their dismay, and quickly called authorities in an attempt to get Lin to cover up. When they arrived, Lin’s boyfriend claimed the raunchy swimsuit was a way “to express herself with confidence.” Lin herself called her look “a form of art and personal expression.”
But police were having none of it, forcing Lin to cover up in a t-shirt and shorts and then arresting her and taking her away in a van. And that’s not all – Lin has been hit with a 2,500 Peso ($50) fine.
“Foreign tourists should observe proper decorum as a form of respect for Philippine culture and tradition,” claimed Natividad Bernardino, head of the Boracay Inter-Agency Management and Rehabilitation Group. “We have our own cultural values as Filipinos and Asians. They should be able to respect that. There is no dress code but it is just common sense.”
And that’s not the only official to speak out on the controversial garment. Police chief of the island’s Malay station, Jess Baylon, called the display “erotic and lewd,” saying “their customs and traditions are not the same in our country. They have to respect our culture and tradition, and our proper decorum.”
What do you think? We’re all for expressing yourself for clothing – but did Lin take it too far with this nearly-naked look?