Manchester United Asia Tour 2009. Only five words on a web page and it was enough to make me hyperventilate with excitement. As part of their Asian Tour, Manchester United will be making a stop in Kuala Lumpur for an exhibition game against a selection team from Malaysia on July 18, 2009.
As I consider football as my one great love, I had to go. It was my dream to watch a live match of a professional football club from Europe, where the formalities of the sport originated.
|Poster from Ticketpro Malaysia Website|
|An intensely excited customer|
Around 7:00 P.M. the same day, I finally received notification that my ticket was ready for downloading at the website. I printed multiple copies. Now the half chunk of my task was accomplished. The other half of my dilemma was arranging my trip. I felt anxious as it was my first overseas trip - alone.
|YES, YES, YES!!!|
Though I was low on financial resources, I managed to arrange a trip to both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. SG was an excellent stop for me because that's where I had friends I can stay with and treat me to meals. Haha! All I had to do was get there. Fortunately, airline tickets from KL to Singapore cost much cheaper than coming all the way from Manila. Thanks to my fave budget airline - Air Asia.
I arrived in KL a day before the game. At the immigration counter, I excited told the guy I was there to watch Manchester United and he gave me a big smile and chatted a bit. In a football country such as Malaysia, events like these don't go unnoticed. He immediately stamped my passport. Easy breezy.
I rode a bus to the city center and walk all the way to where I'll be staying - Matahari Lodge . It was tucked in a small corner. I almost walked passed it if I hadn't seen it by accident. I decided to skip a meal that night and settled on munching the cereals I bought in Manila.
|KL at night|
|Happy I got out of that in one piece!|
|Look at that mob! It was such a happy day.|