That Winner Night in DDP

by farrah

Here’s a little story that I’d like to share to all my fellow K-lovers. I had the luckiest first day of first trip to Korea last March 2016. Words cannot describe the excitement I was feeling when my trip was nearing. I kept joking around about wishing to see a Korean celebrity and hopefully have a selfie with him/her. Well, jokes are half meant!

That one lucky night in Dongdaemun, I did something that I didn’t think I’d do in my life.

My day started in Myeongdong. Then, met some friends in Garosugil. I didn’t know what to do after that so I met up with another friend in DONGDAEMUN. I was telling her that I wanted to go to Nike ’cause I needed a new pair of sneakers. She helped me look for the nearest Nike which was just accross Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Unfortunately, when I arrived, the store was closed already! So I walked back to DDP disappointed ’cause I’d been looking for the sneakers I wanted all day!

Just when I was about to lose hope, I suddenly heard music playing. “Hey, this is live”, I thought. I wondered where it came from. I didn’t really want to check ’cause my feet were dying. The music kept playing then I realized, “wait, they sound like Bigbang! But, they’re not. Is it Winner?” I mean, it could be a recorded live performance playing so I ignored it and kept walking. I was heading back to the station but got lost in DDP and found this:

that night 6

I still had no idea. There were people around but not enough to convince me that I might know them. The song sounded familiar, though. I was about to leave but just to make sure (and because they sounded so good), I asked the people around. NO ONE COULD GIVE ME AN ANSWER. I asked about 6 people. The first ones were Chinese so I thought I should ask someone else. Fortunately, the last guy was Korean. “Excuse me! Hi! Who are they?”, I asked. He answered, “YG! YG!”. I was like, “Huh? Who?”. ” WINNAH, WINNAH!”, he said. O. M. G. – it’s Winner! I WAS ECSTATIC.

that night 2

Okay, I’m sorry. It was so obvious! My glasses weren’t on. Their voices sounded 100% Winner to me but I couldn’t really see their faces to confirm. I had to take a photo to have a closer look on my camera and there they were, Seungyoon and Mino, standing right in front of me. I did not zoom in my camera for this photo, by the way!

that night 1

They were so freakin’ COOL! I had seen all the Bigbang concerts in Manila but I wasn’t this close, so forgive me.

They were rehearsing with one of the songs on their new album, Immature, for their performance on Style Icon Asia that time. The quality of their voices is so good! Seeing and hearing Seungyoon (the main vocal) and Mino (the main rapper) together was more than enough to make my trip.

This was at the upper level of DDP. I was hearing all of the members’ voices but only these two were in sight. I could see Seunghoon, too, but he was moving around too much. Lol!

And just when I thought they were done rehearsing, on my way down, I saw this:

In gray hoodie is Jinwoo. The guy with the jump shot is obviously Seunghoon. And on the farthest right is NAM TAE HYUN – he’s really gorg in person!

So when I said that I did something I never thought I’d do. T’was sneaking these snaps, like a real fan! Lol! There was a huge guy who was trying to stop us, but I saw the other girls still holding their phones up discreetly while taking photos/videos. I thought I might never see them again so while the huge guy wasn’t looking, I’d sneaked some photos.

that night 6

I think they were rehearsing with YG models since it’s Style Icon Asia they’re performing for, so don’t worry girls. Lol.

that night 4


I had stayed until they were done rehearsing. The energy was like Bigbang’s. YG idols are so natural, so talented and have so much swagger. They seem like they’re really having fun when they perform. Just look at the photos! You can see that they really love what they’re doing.

that night 3

Paparazzi shot because Taehyun is <3

Wow. Winner night is Winner. Thank you for being so kind to me South Korea! I wish I had taken more photos for you guys but I need to level up on my paparazzi skills. I hope next time I’d see Bigbang, or GG, or Suzy, or Got7 or maybe for the second time around, Winner. I know, I’m asking too much. Lol!


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Arianna Tan July 14, 2016 - 10:00 am


Arianna Tan July 14, 2016 - 10:05 am

I’m okay now Ate Farrah hahaha! I have calmed myself :)) So lucky!!!! I hope I get to see someone too on my trip this December!!

Farrah July 14, 2016 - 11:09 am

Hahahaha! Hi Arianna! You’re so cute! :)) I also freaked out when I saw them! Haha! Let me know when that happens- that would be awesome! 😀

Patricia July 14, 2016 - 8:27 pm

OMG! You’re so lucky. I wish I could see them in person too. I’m a huge fan of winner. I’m still freaking out right now even if you’re the one who saw them :). Stay awesome ate Farrah.

Farrah July 18, 2016 - 8:41 am

I’m still not over it! Thanks Patricia! 🙂


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