SINGAPORE - He had queued overnight for 12 hours at the Singapore Indoor Stadium since Tuesday, not catching a wink.
Together with eight other "Directioners", 16-year-old student Muhammad Rydzwan Haikal was among the early birds at the venue yesterday morning, where some 200 fans had gathered despite the intense heat.
The start of the public sale of tickets to see their favourite act One Direction. The English-Irish pop group will be in town next March for their first concert here at the new National Stadium.
Despite the head start, Muhammad Rydzwan and his friends were not among the first in the queue.
Others, like students Nur Atikah Ismail and Sri Wahyuni Alwi, as well as nurse Nurul Amira Azman, had arrived as early as 7pm on Tuesday in the hope of securing prime spots.
Though it was only later that the trio, who braved a downpour that night, realised that they had to join an official queue.
But these sleep-deprived avid Directioners were duly rewarded.
They could have bought tickets online or via telephone from Sports Hub Tix and at SingPost outlets to avoid running into technical hiccups.
But they preferred to make the trip to the Singapore Indoor Stadium box-office counter.
Fans started screaming from 10am as soon as the first few laid their hands on their tickets priced between $88 and $388.
Muhammad Rydzwan, who shed tears of joy as soon as he purchased his Category 1 standing ticket worth $168.
He said: "I still have butterflies in my tummy, I waited three years for the boys to come. I can't lose this, I'm going to hide my ticket under my special couch!"
Eight of his friends, all of whom had bought tickets for seats at the same tier, thought of creative ways to ensure the safety of their golden tickets. These included "In my diary", "In a frame" and "In my father's wardrobe".