Thursday, April 28, 2011

European Escapade - MU vs. Liverpool!

On our 7th day in London, I woke up early and excited. Today was the day we were heading to Manchester for the big Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool!

Euston Station

The previous night saw me busy packing our things and looking through the Rome Apartments brochures I picked up earlier before finally falling asleep. I slept late but rose early to catch our train from Euston Station to Manchester.

Goodbye London

It was a chilly day in London and I was glad to board the train, away from the cold and the rain.

Heading to Manchester

We arrived in Manchester at noon and from there, made our way to the third hotel we'd be staying in on our European Escapade. I was looking forward to seeing our new hotel and couldn't help wondering if it looked anything like the gorgeous apartments in Rome featured inside my brochures.

Manchester train station

We arrived at the hotel and had a pleasant surprise when former Manchester United player David May dropped by to pass the match tickets to B! David May would be watching the match with us and we happily beamed as other guests crowded around him for pictures and autographs! Smiley

David May & B

Football Chat with David May

We were running out of time so we decided to check-in later upon our return from the match. Fun and riendly, David May made us feel like superstars when he hailed a cab for us and told the driver to take us to Old Trafford! ihikhik

Amy, Aidid Marcello and Me

The cab driver was thrilled to have David May hail his cab and was obviously a little star-struck! He happily chatted with us about the legendary Mr. May all the way to the stadium and made sure he gave us the VIP treatment by driving us as close as possible to the stadium so we could avoid the crowd and the long walk in! Smiley

When we arrived, the crowd was starting to form and there was a steady drizzle. We hurried over to the stadium and joined the rest of the crowd hanging around outside prior to the match.

There was a long stretch of stalls selling novelty items and a whole bunch of football merchandise but I left the football shopping up to B. ihikhik

Football Stalls

Football Shopping

Old Trafford

Grabbing a quick bite!

Finally, we were inside the stadium. I was excited to be in the midst of football fans inside Old Trafford, watching B's favourite team Liverpool play against the mighty MU. The entire stadium was abuzz with excitement! Smiley

Stadium Crowd

Come on Liverpool!

We were seated in the Stratford end and everywhere we turned, there were fierce-looking Manchester United fans screaming and cheering in intense ferocity!

Announcing of players

Warming up

MU Mascot

Let the match begin!

A true-blue Liverpool fan, B was of course rooting for his team! Smiley

Go Liverpool Go!


Goal for Liverpool!

And this was what happened when MU scored.

You Scouse Bas****!

Liverpool Fans

Manchester United Fans

The match ended with a 3-2 win for Manchester United. It was a great play by both sides and the best part of the whole day was me making B's dream come true by watching a live Liverpool match with him! Smiley

Dream Come True

Amy and Me

TV3 Gang

Amy, Me and Zany

After posing for pictures and what not, we made our way out of the stadium. Security was tight outside.

Mariuca and the Soccer Kids' Champs

#1 Manchester United Fan

From the stadium, we walked quite a distance to catch the tram, which will take us back to the city centre. It was still drizzling outside and I had a sinking feeling my hair was gonna 'explode' at any moment!

Oh no frizz attack!

True enough, a few minutes later my hair started to frizz and here is a shot of me and my big-hair, all frizzy from the rain and cold. I looked like a lion!

The day ended on an awesome note for all the football fans watching the match that day and for yours truly as well. Watching a live football match with B in Old Trafford made me appreciate his passion for this sport even more.

Leaving Old Trafford

Next European Escapade post, I will be talking about the problem we had checking-in to our hotel. Apparently our booking was nowhere to be found and we were stranded! Until then, thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed my pictures and the video clips! Smiley

-FCC Scoreboard points for my first THREE commenters-


Monica,  April 28, 2011 7:11 AM

:* :* :*

Monica,  April 28, 2011 7:20 AM

wow so many pics haha...u're so lucky that u got to watch a LIVE liverpool match with B!! 8-) 8-)

Monica,  April 28, 2011 7:24 AM

yeah go Liverpool go lol that's Ralph fave team oso! :-D :-D

Monica,  April 28, 2011 7:26 AM

eh why the video takes so long to buffer ah? until now still cannot watch.. *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Monica,  April 28, 2011 7:32 AM

lol @ You Scouse Bas****! hahaha oh ya la u guys looked like superstars la woot! thanks for sharing the pics sweetie..looking forward to seeing ur next EE post!! :* :* :*

Monica,  April 28, 2011 7:36 AM

great post as usual! ;) :)

gagay,  April 28, 2011 8:30 AM

morning GP! ;)

yay!!! great football post here!!! ;)

gagay,  April 28, 2011 8:33 AM

ill be back GP! need to pack now..ill be going back to Cebu tomo! :D

my vacay is ending so soon..getting back to reality (of schooling..) then.. :(

Adrian,  April 28, 2011 10:13 AM

GP! You sure had a lot of fun watching the match! The atmosphere must have been awesome...too bad Liverpool didn't win that day and give B a real treat!! Cheers! GK

tekkaus,  April 28, 2011 10:29 AM not fair can watch the game REALLY live. :p

tekkaus,  April 28, 2011 10:29 AM

Yeah! Manchester United prevailed. Long live man U. :p

tekkaus,  April 28, 2011 10:30 AM

I hope one day I can watch Manchester United play live too. :D

Caroline Ng May Ling,  April 28, 2011 10:36 AM

:* :* :*

Caroline Ng May Ling,  April 28, 2011 10:37 AM

morning dearie!in wonderland dy?? :-P :-P

Caroline Ng May Ling,  April 28, 2011 10:38 AM

me not football fans! but then i would love to watch big premiere like this one! =-O =-O =-X

Caroline Ng May Ling,  April 28, 2011 10:39 AM

wa wa wa!! so grand! lol great to meet him in person kan?? 8-) 8-) 8-)

Caroline Ng May Ling,  April 28, 2011 10:39 AM

haha! i think those people start envying dy!! hahaha!! ;) ;) ;)

Caroline Ng May Ling,  April 28, 2011 10:40 AM

B look like budak kecil in the pic with Mr May! 8-) 8-) 8-) =-X =-X :-P :-P

Caroline Ng May Ling,  April 28, 2011 10:41 AM

AISEH! hailed cab for u guys summore!!! woot woot!!! =-O =-O =-O

Caroline Ng May Ling,  April 28, 2011 10:42 AM

whoa! so many football stalls! selling t shirts??? 8-) 8-) 8-)

Caroline Ng May Ling,  April 28, 2011 10:52 AM

gosh! look at the crowds at there!! =-O =-O =-O

Caroline Ng May Ling,  April 28, 2011 10:53 AM

i think the fans at there is pretty aggresive, am i right?? :-P :-P :-P

Caroline Ng May Ling,  April 28, 2011 10:53 AM

auww! B sure the most happy guy on earth! LOL! 8-) 8-)

Caroline Ng May Ling,  April 28, 2011 10:55 AM

lol!! still ok la not lion head yet. :-[ :-P =-O =-X

Caroline Ng May Ling,  April 28, 2011 10:56 AM

ohno! stranded?! faster blog bout next one!! :-P :-P

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:25 PM

:* :* :* Monica FC1!

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:25 PM

GG FC2! 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:26 PM

And Caroline FC3! :* :*

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:26 PM

Thanks for the EE chop ladies, hugs! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:28 PM

He he so many pics kan? Yeah get it all in one post and yay! I know... I felt really lucky that time and thanks to TV3 and B of course, woo hoo! :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:29 PM

Yay a big hi-five to R, go Liverpool go... even though lately Liverpool not doing so well but go Liverpool go! :-D :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:30 PM

Oh no.... I hope u can view them, I can view both okay sweetie..lambat sikit but can still view... ;) ;)

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:31 PM

He he he he You scouse Bas**** indeed! B dengar je the chant face changed edi but just had to take it, poor B ha ha! =-O =-O ;) ;)

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:32 PM

Thanks so much Monica, glad u enjoyed my post and pics and yay for more EE posts coming soon! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:32 PM

Morning GG and yay! Football post today Doc GG! ;) ;)

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:34 PM

Fuyoooooo so long ur vakasi GG, and welcome home.. soon! Hope u got all the packing done sweetie! 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:36 PM

GK! I did I did ha ha ha especially since the match was between Liv and MU, very interesting indeed and the atmosphere was something else alright, u gotta be there to truly experience the thrill... hope u get to watch a live Liverpool match too one day! And this time Liverpool had better win right? Happy Thursday GK, long time no see! :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:36 PM

He he what to do.... dapat peluang surely must grab right Tekkaus? :-D :-D

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:38 PM

LOL a Man U fan in da house, hello Tekkaus! :* :*

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:39 PM

I hope so too and I'm sure you would have a blast then as well, keep on hoping kay? :* :*

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:40 PM

Morning dearie, I am up now he he.... :-D :-D

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:44 PM

Aha! Of course must watch big matches like this kan if ada chance... yay! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:45 PM

Yeah! It was a surprise actually set up by the travel agency so we also didn't know until we got there woo hoo! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:46 PM

He he he he dah la we all foreigners then happily hanging out with a local celeb, sure la felt grand heheheheheh! =-X =-X ;) :* :* :*

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:47 PM

Hahhahahhaha oh I must tell him then! Small boy B!!! LMAO! =-X =-X :-D :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:48 PM

Ha ha yeah so friendly and we all happy only cause senang je dapat cab when it was David May who was hailing for it LOL! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:49 PM

Yeah selling football tees, scarves, banners and a whole lot of football stuff! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:50 PM

It was massive, but luckily we managed to find our seats okay and we didn't get push around by the crowd, they were all civil.. loud but civil ha ha! :-D :-D

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:51 PM

Yes, the MU fans especially very garang! That's why we couldn't bising2 so much when Liverpool scored cause we were in our rival's turf! ;) ;) ;)

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:51 PM

LOL he was sweetie, thanks! What a great day for my baby! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:52 PM

ROTFLMAO hahahahhahaha lion head aiyo!!! Tak sampai berapa minit kena hujan terus jadi lion head hahahaha! =-X =-X =-X :-D :-D

Mariuca,  April 28, 2011 6:52 PM

He he wait for my next post then sweetie and thanks so much for all the comment love! :* :* :* :*

LadyJava,  April 28, 2011 7:48 PM

8-) 8-)

LadyJava,  April 28, 2011 8:27 PM

i love all the pictures here sweetie... haha.. lol at your big hair.. but not that big lah.. i teringat pulak that Friends epi where Monica's hair also became huge .. remember? lol!

LadyJava,  April 28, 2011 8:28 PM

B looks so happy!!!!!!! and you look gorgeous!!

Anna's Adornments,  April 28, 2011 9:59 PM

WOW, that looks like a fun vacation!
Thanks for stopping by. I have the First Commenters-badge on my sidebar.

aria,  April 29, 2011 11:29 AM

woww...fantastic journey. watched MU vs Liverpool live at Old Trafford is very fantastic

Shemah,  April 30, 2011 10:44 AM

I so remember that episode!! but your hair comes nowhere near to that, lah GP! hahahah so cute you say like lion. If you tak mensi your hair frizzy, i tak perasan pun. A very very tame lion, you are! hehehehe.. :) Not big lah, still gorgeous!

Shemah,  April 30, 2011 10:48 AM

Woww!! This is one helluva European Escapade. Going to Old Trafford to check out MU play is sure on my bucket list even though I tak minat tgk european football or EPL. But it sure is an experience to behold. I love getting caught up in the hype of a large crowd so that sure does look like fun.

Loved seeing the video clips! It was so fast to load and sangat clear the quality. :) Dapat capture the liverpool goal plak tu! :) Thanks for sharing a great moment with us. Love the pics as well. Although B nampak agak disappointed, but it still did look like he really enjoyed himself. Go B for no sore loser face! hahaha :)

Untung lah you all get to be given special treatment by THE David May .. siap hail came some more. Definitely a day to remember always! Glad you had such a great time during your vacay!

Life Ramblings,  April 30, 2011 11:51 PM

wow, wow, wow, it must be a real treat to see this live match with B. how cool!!

Life Ramblings,  April 30, 2011 11:51 PM

i'm not a fan of football but both Liverpool and MU are great teams. i think those die-hard football fans who read this post must be green with envy.

Life Ramblings,  April 30, 2011 11:53 PM

beautiful memories like this last a lifetime, right? glad you had a blast. i like those happy smiling faces. ;)

Life Ramblings,  April 30, 2011 11:58 PM

hope everything is going well for you sweetie. don't work too hard, OK? enjoy life to the fullest.

Life Ramblings,  May 01, 2011 12:00 AM

good night and sweet dreams. :) ;) :*,  May 02, 2011 2:14 AM

Looks like such a fun day! Makes me wish I could have been there. Your hair looks great in all these photos NOT frizzy!!! great post 8-)

foongpc,  May 12, 2011 12:51 AM

Eh did I miss this post or what?

foongpc,  May 12, 2011 12:53 AM

Wah!! Got David May there? So nice lah u all!! :)

foongpc,  May 12, 2011 12:54 AM

Eh you support Man U or Liverpool ah? How come say Come on Liverpool?!

foongpc,  May 12, 2011 12:55 AM

Oh, B support Liverpool! Then he's my enemy cos I support Man U! Man U FTW!!! :-D :-D :-D

foongpc,  May 12, 2011 12:57 AM

OK I am not watching the video cos it's loading too slow. So who said all those profanities? B? LOL!

foongpc,  May 12, 2011 12:58 AM

Actually, I am not MU fan lah, I support the winning team! Yay!!! :-D

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