Monday, November 19, 2007

B in Manchester!

B’s latest work adventure took him all the way to Manchester, England. I thought it was most appropriate, as it presented the perfect opportunity for him to revisit the country he once called home for 3 years when studying in Coventry. His mission this time, was to do some coverage on My Team's visit to Manchester. My Team by the way is a reality show on TV 3, which aims to revive football in Malaysia whilst uncovering new talents in this sport.

This was no ordinary trip mind you; it was a dream come true for football fans, especially if you’re a Manchester United supporter. Aside from B and a handful of others, the entire group comprised hard-core MU fans, who couldn't wait to get down to the trip’s agenda, which included a visit to Old Trafford and MU dressing room, meeting some of the most renowned names in football as well as watching a live match between MU and Roma at Old Trafford!

Although it began as an MU affair in every way for B, the trip turned out to be a wonderful experience for him. By the end of his one-week visit, the Liverpool-fan B grudgingly admitted that he had a whale of a time in Manchester. Besides indulging himself in an uninterrupted week of his favourite sport, he also enjoyed a wonderful football shopping spree and even managed to make a short trip to Liverpool, which was a mere 55 minutes away by train.

So while we were looking through his Manchester pictures last night, B & I started reminiscing about our last trip to Tokyo, which we both truly enjoyed. We love to travel and have been planning another vacation for quite some time now. Unfortunately, our conflicting work schedules make it difficult to settle on an agreeable date. And the more we reminisced, the more we realized that we’re in dire need of a nice relaxing vacation. The thought of going away to some exotic faraway land for some R&R got us so excited we ended up browsing through the Internet for hours, in search of possible travel destinations for our next vacation, perhaps holidays to Dubai since we've never been there.

As we scoured through an endless array of great destinations and fantastic packages available here, we were pleasantly surprised at their very competitive rates. Besides providing essential planning information and great travel tips, Hotel Reservations.com also includes a comprehensive listing to the most suitable hotel, motel, condo or resort that accommodate every budget. Plus, it guarantees you the lowest Special Internet Rates online. So if you’re planning a vacation, look no further as I assure you that this is the only site you’ll need to visit!

After exploring all the possible vacation destinations awaiting us at Hotel Reservations.com, we still couldn’t settle on one; there were just too many cool places to choose from! We did however have a wonderful time conjuring up images of all the great things we would see, do and experience at our next vacation. So we decided to keep this site bookmarked and will visit it again when our vacation date draws nearer but in the mean time, feast your eyes on B’s pictures in Manchester. I bet, after seeing his wonderful memories in Manchester, you'd definitely want to take a vacation yourself and make your own memories too! Enjoy! :)


B was all smiles to be pictured with his idol, Shebby - a renowned football pundit for ESPN-Star Sports.


B with Ron Atkinson, former Man Utd manager at Man Utd’s training ground, Carrington.


“So..this is how it feels..”, B sitting at the Man Utd dug out.


Enjoying the live match between MU and Roma!


Smiling happily with Anderson, MU’s newly recruited Brazilian.


B in MU's dressing room.


Standing proudly in front of Anfield Stadium, Liverpool.


Hanging out with Bakar Atan from TV3.


Old Trafford

53 comments:

Adrian November 19, 2007 1:07 AM

ARRRGGHHHHHh!! my eyes my eyes!!! All those MU pictures!! LOL!!

B looks like he had a great time!! One lucky fella lah he! :)

Cheers GP!

Adrian November 19, 2007 1:10 AM

Yay first commenter...;p

Mariuca November 19, 2007 1:12 AM

GK!!! I tried my best to minimize the MU effect here, but how la... he didn't get many shots of his Liverpool visit. And yes, he did have a wonderful time, happy for him that he got to enjoy a week of football madness! :):):)

PS. And yay!!! Thanks for being my first commenter GK!

J@n!ce November 19, 2007 7:01 AM

Marzie, thanks for coming over to have a late nite coffee over at mine. I cannot get to sleep last nite, I should wake up then & catch up with you. I am feeling rather moody yesterday night actually. I woke up this morning to receive a nice award from Bless & you are the first person I visited this morning. I'm feeling the joy over at yours & it did cheer me up a little. I hope to have a good vakasi. I really need one badly now... ...

Janice Ng

Yuwie.com ~ invite friends ~ get paid

FL Sam November 19, 2007 8:08 AM

Wow, LIVE @ MU. I am an MU Fan but have not yet made a trip there yet.
B job is really interesting, got to travel for such a nice assignment. :)

WaterLearner November 19, 2007 9:28 AM

I am sure he had a wonderful time. What else could one ask for? Working and enjoying at the same time. Lucky B. Lucky you also.

Have a Great Day Marz!!

Mariuca November 19, 2007 1:53 PM

Hi Janice, me too couldn't sleep last night cause had a terrible toothache, this morning a bit better but am now thinking if I should go to the dentist today or wait and see if the pain will subside, scared mah to visit dentist! :(

Thanks for visiting my site first today...yay!! And I hope u're feeling better too. I know what u mean about that vakasi, me too need one badly now! :):):)

Mariuca November 19, 2007 1:55 PM

Wah Uncle Sam, u're the first MU commenter here he he he... Hope u enjoyed the pics. Sometimes I also get jealous of hubby's job, always going to all these happening places and usually without me too, poor me right? LOL!! :):):)

Mariuca November 19, 2007 1:56 PM

Hola Karen! B definitely had a blast and this time the shopping was more about him and football and not me and my perfumes he he he... Thanks for visiting me today dear and Happy Monday to u! :):):)

kimfei November 19, 2007 2:15 PM

urghh...so nice..eventhough i am a Arsenal fans,but i am not that anti towards MU as they play pretty football as well..it is really a good chance,envy envy

Mariuca November 19, 2007 2:19 PM

He he he...yeah lor Kim Fei, my hubby also isn't anti MU despite bein a Liverpool fan. He enjoyed his trip very much and me too envy his lil trip here! ;)

Nick Phillips November 19, 2007 2:49 PM

Marzie, the state of football in this country ain't never go improve no matter what they do la ... LOL!

Oh, and those MU shot, gosh, what a blasphemous blog you run ... Liverpool supporter konon ... LOL!

Mariuca November 19, 2007 3:03 PM

Nick! Yeah la, hubbs tells me all the time that the football here is terrible, but work is work so what to do.... besides it got him a nice trip to UK! ;)

PS. I bet wifey will like this blasphemous post he he he...

Ratu Syura November 19, 2007 7:36 PM

I'm not a football fan myself and MU's the least of my liking. But still, those were some pretty cool pics! Lucky guy! :D

Nessa November 19, 2007 10:12 PM

Oh my, wonderful pics... I'm drooling already! Thanks for sharing... MU forever!! Hehehe

Colin November 19, 2007 10:44 PM

Nice pics Marzie, sounds like B had a great time, and what better place to visit than MU's home, Old Trafford :)

Catching up on memes and I do apologise but I have tagged you...I'll pay dearly LOL: http://grottynosh.wordpress.com/2007/11/19/the-blue-tea-meme/

Have a great week,
Colin

Mariuca November 19, 2007 11:26 PM

Hey Syura! Oh me too, was never a football fan, but after 5 years of being married to one, I finally know what is off-side and all that, and if I had to choose a fave team, I'd go for Arsenal! :):):)

Mariuca November 19, 2007 11:27 PM

Ha ha ha so cute... MU forever it seems! I'm glad u like the pics Nessa, first person I thought of when posting them up was u of coz! ;)

Mariuca November 19, 2007 11:30 PM

Thank you Colin! B definitely enjoyed himself and I wanted to post this up as a memento of his trip! ;)

Wow, I believe this is the first time u tagged me with a meme, can't wait to see what it's all about, hopefully it's an easy one! Thanks Colin, hugs and love for u! :):):)

Emila Yusof November 19, 2007 11:46 PM

Boy o Boy! B looks so happy! And those pictures are really great! Glad B enjoyed himself!

Say hi to B for me and best regards! Hope he'll get more opportunities to do coverage all over the world! Good job B!

Mariuca November 20, 2007 1:31 AM

Hi Emila! Thanks, B was happy with his pics too, he took lots of them but these are his fave picks apparently!

He sends his regards to you too and sorry that he couldn't find the perfume u wanted. As u can see from the pics, it was more a football affair rather than a shopping spree for me! ;)

J@n!ce November 20, 2007 8:30 AM

Marzie, I know how painful with that toothache bucking you now. Since you can claim, better go grab some help from the professional. Year end is here, I worry the queue at the dentist appt list may be long. Its usually the case over here even not peak period also LONG aledy... LOL :)

Take care Marzie, I'm feeling better already. Hope to hear that you are also recovering soon from the toothache :)

Janice Ng

Mariuca November 20, 2007 8:42 AM

Morning Janice! Pain has subsided but B is trying to get me an appointment today, we'll see how it goes. Oh no, what if it's my wisdom tooth, die la! :(

Nick Phillips November 20, 2007 9:13 AM

Oh Marzie, you simply cannot imagine the rivalry I have with my wife when it comes to sports.

Not enough that she's an MU supporter while I'm a die hard Arsenal fan, she has to go and support Ferrari pulak while I'm into McLaren.

So you can imagine how we are when these two teams face off ... it's like a mad house ... LOL!

But all that said and done, I still hate Chelsea ... LOL!

Bobby November 20, 2007 10:30 AM

When are you going on your vacation? When I used to have a regular job, my vacation was staying at home...just a vacation from work!

When you work at home, you can't do that anymore. I NEED A VACATION!!!!LOL

I want to buy B a shirt for Christmas with the phrase, "Damn Lucky" on the front...ha ha ha:)

I see you changed the date on your mug contest...you should have consulted with me about this! You should pick the 5 best stories and let the 5 have a horror tale write off contest to assure me of having the greatest possible chance of winning...he he:):):)

You two have a great time AND a safe time traveling. You can FedEx Phoebe to me to pet while you're gone, I can't wait to see her:)

THE NAFASG TEAM November 20, 2007 1:45 PM

Wah your B is one lucky guy who got to go Manchester and even met his idol!! Psst...tell u a secret. Most of us here in the team are Man Utd supporters also. Yeah! =)

Raghav November 20, 2007 3:02 PM

thought should have been a wonderful experience to Mr.B for a fully paid vacation to see & meet all the popular stars.........

& to be with MU for quite some time.

also thanks for the hotel reservation links.....
tht's so nice of u.
still awaiting the prize.......

anounce it fast.
regards,
raghav.

Choc Mint Girl @ Crystal November 20, 2007 4:37 PM

Three word...That Was Awesome!!! :D

Trinity November 20, 2007 6:15 PM

Oh I can see how proud he is, so clearly seen from his smile!! :-)

You must miss him so much!

Marzie, just in case you don't know that a dolphin is waiting for you at my blog. :-)

Mariuca November 20, 2007 8:55 PM

Hi Nick, it sounds so cool to have this love-hate rivalry with your wife! Makes it more fun when you guys bet on the matches and stuff LOL! Oh and why la u hate Chelsea? ;)

Mariuca November 20, 2007 8:57 PM

Hi Bobby! We're planning to take some time off early next year, but it's all still in the planning process. We're thinking of Gold Coast! We both have not been there yet and it'll be cool to check out all the theme parks there not to mention the casino he he he he.... ;)

Mariuca November 20, 2007 9:00 PM

Ohhhhh NAFA supports MU I see, he he he...then can join Uncle Sam and Nessa! I hope I can tag along on B's next trip and hopefully it'll be somewhere where I can do some shopping yay! Thanks for dropping by today NAFA. Sorry for the late response, u know la my toothache problem! :):):)

Mariuca November 20, 2007 9:04 PM

Hi Raghav! Oh yeah, B had a wonderful time indeed, savouring his football passion for one whole week!

I'll be announcing my winner soon, thanks for ur patience. :):):)

Mariuca November 20, 2007 9:07 PM

Crystal!!! I shall convey your 3 words to B, thanks so much for visiting me today. Have a pleasant night! :):):)

Mariuca November 20, 2007 9:09 PM

Hi Trinity! Nice to see u today. :)

Yes, I missed B terribly the week he was gone but I was also very happy for him that he got to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. And thanks for the dolphin, I'll come by and pick her up soon LOL! :):):)

I'm Searching... November 21, 2007 10:07 AM

Hi Mariuca, i got a little something for you at http://buen-amigo.blogspot.com/2007/11/sharing-with-buen-amigo.html#links hope you like it =)

Mariuca November 21, 2007 10:22 AM

Hey Daniel, long time no see! Okay, I'll come by your blog NOW... ;)

Speedcat Hollydale November 21, 2007 11:39 AM

That hubby of yours sure gets to meet some great people. All smiles I see! These are some really good photos.

Eric "Speedcat"

Mariuca November 21, 2007 12:03 PM

Thank you Eric! Yeah, he was all smiles throughout the trip, hopefully I get to tag along on his next trip! ;)

I'm Searching... November 21, 2007 2:14 PM

thx mariuca for dropping by so fast =)

glad that you still remember me~

anyway, about the widget bucks u implemented on your site.
recently i heard some not very good news of it. all Non-US citizen clicks there wont be any payment made and google is actually banning widget bucks.

i'm quite sure for the Non-US citizen clicks as i verified myself =X

Mariuca November 21, 2007 5:42 PM

Daniel!! Really ah? Ohhhhh I must check this out then, thanks for informing me. And of course I still remember u! Have a great day and it's nice to see u here today! :):):)

Jean Chia November 21, 2007 6:21 PM

wah, jealous-nya!!! omg, lucky im not MU fan! B was smiling so happily lar, & MU is def his LOVE (bside u of coz). Great pics, thanks for sharing!

Mariuca November 22, 2007 2:06 AM

Jean!!! Liverpool is B's love la, not MU! Nonetheless, he did have a terrific time and glad u enjoyed the pics! ;)

myfisol November 22, 2007 3:39 PM

How come B visited both of Anfield and Old Trafford? It's totally againt the kop tradition (if B is really a liv fan)...

hehe! words from a jealous guy, next time take me along..will you?

Anyway, nice pics you have there!

Mariuca November 22, 2007 5:14 PM

Hi Myfisol, thanks for visiting Mariuca's blog! He he he... Old Trafford was all business while Anfield was pure pleasure! Glad u enjoyed the pics and hope to see you again! :):):)

Rozella June 13, 2008 2:06 PM

I've never seen your hubby's pic until today. Hehehe Bestnya that trip. He sure looked like he had tons of fun!

Too bad I'm not really into football. Just look see look see and drool over all the gorgeous sweaty men only. Hehehe :P

Mariuca June 13, 2008 3:03 PM

Really Rozella? He he, well meet my hubby, B! Oh he's off to another exciting trip soon, also football related.

B is a football freak la, so this trip was so perfect for him. I'm really glad he got to go to Manchester! :):):)

Anonymous,  June 20, 2008 4:22 PM

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Mariuca June 20, 2008 8:03 PM

Hi Anonymous, my hubby is the football fan, thanks for the link and for dropping by! :)

Emila Yusof September 28, 2008 2:17 PM

best lah b dah travel banyak tempat!

LadyJava September 30, 2008 10:25 PM

Yelah Emila.. besh lah his job.. get to travel everywhere.. lagi best kalau GP kan tag along kan..hehe

LadyJava September 30, 2008 10:25 PM

He looked sooo deliriously happy in the picture.. I know I would too!!!

phatelara October 16, 2008 8:05 PM

B tak allergic ke pegi MU stadium all? Hehehehe... :)

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