Even in the midst of a mix of foreign faces, excited friends, family groups and harried travellers, V Sundramoorthy felt the need to stay hidden from public view at Changi Airport's Terminal 1 on Friday.
The former LionsXII coach had taken great pains to keep the details of his departure a secret.
He left town on Friday for Negeri Sembilan, via Kuala Lumpur.
The 48-year-old begins pre-season training for the next Malaysian Super League (MSL) season with the Seremban-based club on Dec 1.
He left two weeks earlier to sort out housing and transportation issues.
Sipping on a latte with LionsXII assistant coach K Balagumaran at the corner table of a cafe, Sundram shook his head and buried his face in hands when he saw this reporter.
"How the hell did you find me?" he muttered, as he pulled up an empty chair.
There was no fanfare.
His former players were not there.
There were no football officials, friends or family members around to see "The Dazzler" off.
It suited Sundram just fine.
"It's better this way. I prefer to keep a low profile. Anyway, it's no big deal - I'm only going as far as a three-hour drive away," said the fiercely private Sundram.