It happened to me once before, when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone first premiered. I texted the number on the screen and miraculously won two tickets to see the advanced screening of the film based on my then-favorite book. I thought that was the extent of my luck.
So, imagine my surprise when just a few weeks ago, I got a call on my cell phone from Singapore, all the way across the South China Sea. (I could tell because their numbers start with +65.) "Who could be calling me from Singapore?" I wondered to myself right before I picked up. "Congratulations! You won the Vote and Win contest for the MTV Asia Awards!"
The what? I didn't even know what the girl on the other end was talking about. "I need you to e-mail me your passport details, and your friend's passport details also so we can arrange your tickets to Malaysia." And then it hit me. I actually won a trip to Malaysia. But how? I racked my brain trying to remember when I'd participated in an MTV contest. Then I realized that earlier in the month, I registered on their website and voted for Sandwich twice. Just twice. And apparently, one of those two votes won me the ticket to the MTV Asia Awards!
The next two weeks were a flurry of panicked preparations. I'd never traveled alone in my life, and my parents were freaking out. I didn't know what clothes to pack, so I was freaking out. (Priorities, girls!) Eventually, the calendar wound down to our day of departure, and decked out in our airport best, my friend Carla and I boarded our Malaysian Airlines flight straight for Kuala Lumpur.