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The trouble to see Chelsea FC


May 2011
Cebu Pacific did their 50% off on selected destinations which included Bangkok. It made so excited because my football team Chelsea FC was coming to South-east Asia for their Pre-season Asian Tour.  The cities included were Malaysia (July 21), Thailand (July 24), and Hongkong (July 27 and 30). HK would have been a practical choice in terms of money but I didn’t know anyone from that city and I was doing this trip on my own. Bangkok was more of a favorable choice for a lot of reasons despite having to stretch my budget a bit. 
Firstly, about twenty of my college classmates (Go Go Avoue!) are currently working in Bangkok. Secondly, I have friends who are also Chelsea fans so this will not be a lonely visit. And thirdly, I didn’t have to pay for a hotel since I was going to stay with a friend. However,  it took me until the last day of the seat sale to decide and finally book that damn ticket. I was so worried about pocket money. How am I supposed to finance myself? Can I save enough money in three months? But as my good friend said, “When there is a seat sale. go make the plunge.” Haha. I eventually followed his advice. Cha-ching. Happiness!
The problem with this ticket was that it leaves Clark International Airport. I had to book another flight to Manila and then traveled to Clark from there. Sounds like a lot, right? 

But I had this to motivate me. 
My ticket.
Weeks before I left the country, I had everything prepared. Money, Tickets, Backpack. The only thing that scared me were the immigration officials. Boy, did I hear a lot of stories. Since this was the first time I got to travel on my own, I really didn’t know what to expect. With some research, my visit to Thailand will not require a visa. I will just need a valid passport with a validity of 6 months (mine will expire on April 2012), a return ticket, an address of residence (covered by my good friend Doyle) and some pocket money. But wait, there was more. My friends said that I need to have a letter of invitation. WHAT? I didn’t have that. I had no time to prepare that document since I’ve only learned about it a week before I left. Another friend of mine was asked to submit one. Oh boy. Ever since I left Cebu the morning of July 23, that letter was the only thing I’ve thought about. However, I just had to be confident about my intent to travel. I also bought my company ID and COE (Certificate of Employment) for back-up. Surely, they wouldn’t deny me just because I didn’t have the letter.

The travel from Manila to Clark was a long one and I was panicking because I left Manila around 3 pm and my flight leaves at 830 pm. Turtle. The traffic in EDSA was horrendous. It took us more than hour before we finally arrive at the NLEX exit and another 2 hours+ before we arrived in Dau/Mabalacat Bus terminal at around 630 pm. Now, how to get to the airport. I asked around and there was this sorta shuttle-slash-aircon jeepney that offers a ride (500 php) to the airport for a minimum of 5-8 people. Since I was the only one traveling and I was in a hurry, I had to pay the entire amount. I did managed to bring it down to 400 and that was an achievement. haha. I do not believe I have haggling prowess.    

Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (as per my itinerary receipt) was something I did not expect. It was still “under construction”. It was small, like an ordinary provincial airport. I bet the new airports in Bacolod and Ilo-ilo looked way more decent. After I paid my dues (1600 travel tax, 600 for the airport fee), it was time to meet the immigration official. And I have to say this, he’s so gwapo. (lol). I gave my documents. He did some checking and asked me these questions:

IO: Mga ilang days yung stay mo. (How many days are you going to be in Bangkok?)
Me: Two days. Babalik po ako sa 26th ng gabi. (I will be back on the evening of  the 26th.)
Hmmm…
IO: Ano ang reason nang pagpunta mo? (What is the reason of your travel?)
Me: Manonood po ng Chelsea FC. Meron kasi silang tour. [taray mode haha] (I’m gonna watch Chelsea FC. They are on tour)
Then he said, “Ok.” Stamp. Stamp. Stamp.
HAPPINESS!!! A sigh of relief.
The 5-minute interview felt like forever. It wasn’t so bad after all that worry. All is well that ends well I guess. 
All I wanted was to board that plane and get some sleep. I was awake for like 12 hours+ because I had to work the previous night. 

Suvarnabuhmi Airport 
This airport just floored me about how amazingly good it looks. I was in awe on how different it was compare to our own in terms of its size and design. Everything about it was totally new to me and so beautiful. The queue for Passport Control was so organized. I was so impressed. (hayz, the noobness)
  
I’d rather not talked about the bad taxi driver that greeted me on my very first night in Bangkok because all the other taxi drivers that I had during my stay were awesome. 
Next post, The Chelsea Day. 🙂

Chelsea FC and the Azkals


I don’t know much about football before November 2006 and I don’t pretend I know a lot now. Though I saw a few games back in college, I was never interested. I know some of the famous teams but that is how far my knowledge goes.

In November 2006, the Philippines hosted the qualifying games for the Tiger Cup which is now officially known as AFF Suzuki Cup. The team made a good run and I followed their games in Solar Sports. It was a wonder that they actually featured it. But of course, why wouldn’t they? We were the host country.

Two of the players that caught my attention were Phil Younghusband and his brother James. I saw Phil score some of the goals. There was one goal where he bend it like Beckham and James’s crosses were good. I followed the coverage and I was ecstatic that they actually qualified. When they got to the group stages, the team captain Ali Borromeo got injured. A pundit said that it was a big blow and I guess it was. They managed to nick a point out of Myanmar with a tie nil-nil. The tournament ended and I shamefully did not check what happened to them afterwards. There were no news coming from Pinoyexchange about their progress until this year where they surprised everyone.

Both the Younghusbands were still Chelsea reserves at that time. They were my first introduction to the English Premier League. I visited the website, watched a few games, read articles and forums to get to know the club. The biggest draw for me was Jose Mourinho. my labs (let me dream lol) I have collected wonderful quotations from him during his time at Chelsea. My most favorite which I text-messaged to my friends was “You have to try. If you fail, you fail but you have to try.” He had countless other memorable quotes like “park the bus”, “omelettes and eggs”, etc. You can read more here. http://soccerlens.com/jose-mourinho/ I was always on fangirl mode whenever he was interviewed.

I can safely say that I am a follower of Chelsea FC. I checked their standings, watched their games (if I have the time and the tv hehe). Supporter would be a big word to me because that would mean I go to their match games, buy their products, really watched their games live and all the other stuff supporters do. Some people might say I joined the bandwagon. Perhaps. But it wasn’t the golden peak of the club under Mourinho. I wasn’t there during their back-to-back Premier League titles.

In that 2006-2007 season, they won the double, FA and Carling Cup but they lost the league to Manchester United. I still think it was a good season but most of the spoiled brats out there think it wasn’t. The club or rather Jose Mourinho was under a lot of pressure from internal politics and eventually got replaced. But my heart belongs to Chelsea already. I even downloaded all their Podcast before, sent a letter and they even read it live in one of their episodes. haha. I was so happy. I couldn’t believe my ears. Sadly, I don’t have a copy of it anymore. I can’t find my back-up cd after all those years of moving around.

As for the Azkals, they certainly surprised a lot of people including myself. I didn’t expect that they would make it this far but they did. They got through the semis of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup and will be playing against Indonesia tomorrow Dec 16 as their “home” game. I hope this will open the doors for football to take hold in this country. It’s going to take a while and a long time but I think the Azkals’ effort in this tournament will boost that. Cheers to them for playing in the football national team. Win or lose, it’s the Azkals we choose. 😀 I hope the livestream I’ll find tomorrow will be better compared when I watched the Myanmar game.

Chelsea FC: Barclay’s Premier League Champions 2009/2010


I’m glad we have cable connection this week. I’m able to watch the final game for the Barclay’s Premier League Championship 2009/2010. I’m a bit nervous about this match. Sometimes things could go wrong in any football match but I know Chelsea has the uber talented squad to win this. It was truly a fantastic game to watch. I enjoyed it a lot.

It was such a relief when Anelka scored early, around 4 minutes, coz it got rid of the jitters. Everyone was able to relax and not afraid anymore of messing it up. I didn’t expect that they would score 7 more and a hat-trick for Drogba, no less. Chelsea started a bit slow. In the first half, Wigan had a higher percentage of possession. Chelsea became serious and dominated the 2nd half. The team scored 6 more goals. What an outstanding, emphatic finish to the league. The team also set a new record of scoring 103 goals, the highest since the 1960’s I guess. Finally, the trophy went back to Stamford Bridge. Cech and Drogba won the Golden Gloves and Golden Boots, respectively.

I was glad to see the owner, Roman Abramovich, smiling and seemingly enjoying the game. It was fun to see his reaction when goals were missed or hit. He even joined in a Chelsea cheer. Carlo Ancelotti, the team coach won a big event in his first year in an English league. He was brought in because of the owner’s alleged desire to win the European championship in style. Chelsea wasn’t successful in that front but I am more than happy that Chelsea won the Premier League instead. Looking forward to the next season. I know that elusive Champions League Cup will come one day. I hope Lampsy, JT, Drogba, Ballack, Carvalho, Mikel, Essien, Cech will win it while playing for Chelsea. They deserve it.

There is still another game to look forward to before this season ends, the FA cup final against Portsmouth on May 15 at the New Wembley. I hope we get a double this time.

So congratulations Chelsea FC. Up the chels.

Spotting Chelsea


It is quite difficult to spot Chelsea FC products used or worn by people or displayed in sports boutique. I’m glad I have seen a few people wearing them. The first one while I was walking in Morayta, second in Buendia, third in Glorietta. I haven’t took photos because they were either far away or just a quick pass. But the fourth one is different. He’s a co-trainee in Manila Adventist Medical Center Critical Care Training. We aren’t friends but I was dumbfounded when I saw him came during lessons wearing a CFC kit. I immediately went to get his picture, with permission of course. And here it is: Lithium_high742

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And what’s more. I was window shopping at Isetann Recto when I saw a Chelsea ball to my surprise. It’s good to note that the Mall was so politically correct with the description. It’s football not soccer. hehe.Lithium_high735

Blue is the color.