BTS

Any way you slice it, BTS pretty much saved my life (here).

Like I said earlier, I was at my weakest, saddest and lowest point ever, and while searching for something to watch on YouTube, I clicked on Trending and saw them singing along with James Corden and was instantly smitten!

They were a beacon of light in the darkness, or rather my darkness!

I’ve always sorta’ heard about the boys, but never really gave them a second glance, up until they appeared on Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show With James Corden back in early March (which was trending on YouTube at the time)… and for almost 17 minutes, my heart palpitations were forgotten!

I knew next to nothing about them, but once I watched the video (first and last episode I’ve ever watched of Carpool Kareoke), I quickly became interested in BTS!

Their were so many of them (7 in total) and they all looked so cute and the chemistry between them was very endearing! They were all just so very, very charming!

Once the video ended, the next one after that was BTS Performs “On” at Grand Central Terminal on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

As it turns out, these guys were wonderful entertainers! They really put on a show!

In fact, they put me in the mind-set of my first K-Pop loves H.O.T. and Shin Hwa from back in the day (1999 to be exact).

I mean… WOW!

After that, I was obsessed (to this day) with the all-male South Korean Boy Band called Bangtan Boys (acronym for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan meaning Bulletproof Boy Scouts) also known as BTS!

I spent hours watching songs and videos and clips of them on YouTube, of which there were many (an almost endless supply)! Apparently, everyone else loved these boys too!

Unfortunately, when I shared the videos with my nieces and nephew, I quickly realized they could not tell the boys apart!

Once the lockdown was lifted and my friends began visiting me, I noticed that they couldn’t tell the boys apart either!

Not that my friends or family read my blog, but I figured I’d go through the members of BTS from oldest to youngest and share what I like about them (and how to tell them apart -_-) and so on.

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BTS (방탄소년단) ‘Savage Love’ (Laxed – Siren Beat) [BTS Remix]

I. Love. This. Song.

I think I first heard it a week ago in my car, randomly playing on the radio (none of our local channels), when I was on my way to a friend’s house to pick her up. It was an instant love!

Sadly, the song ended before I could use my trusty Soundhound App, but I figured I’d be able to find it on YouTube later and ended up forgetting about it… until today (well, yesterday).

Typically, I’d turn on the bluetooth feature on my phone so I could play music in my car from my phone (YouTube), which is what I did today (Wednesday so technically yesterday) and for whatever reason, on my main page (on YouTube) was the lyrics video BTS – Savage Love.

Naturally, I clicked on it (you don’t have to ask me twice) and it turned out to be my song!

I played it nonstop, on my way to Shaheed and on the way back home! I even played it from my phone for my friend’s 2-year-old niece at Shaheed Park, to which the 2-year-old’s nanny immediately started singing the words and doing the TikTok dance!

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2020 (The First Half)

There was a lot (and I mean a lot) of stuff that I’d planned on writing about, as soon as I finished my Bath & Body Works Hauls, from earlier on in the year (this).

However, between my hair and my nails and my teeth and my heart I kinda’ got preoccupied and didn’t get around to doing much blogging.

Not to mention the fact that 2020 was a pretty horrible year all around (not just for me personally, but in general and worldwide). That in and of itself deserves a whole other separate post (maybe I’ll work on it, maybe not, we’ll see).

In any case, the following is all the stuff I had planned on talking about on my blog, but never got around to (because… 2020).

Edit: I’d started writing this post way before the tragic passing of His Highness Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, may he rest in peace. Like I said, this year has been awful.

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Tinie Tempah – Pass Out

Woke up with this song playing in my head, for some reason lol

As soon as I actually listened to it again (after all those years), it took me back to swimming on the rooftop pool (cleverly designed with a transparent border) at Al Manshar Rotana Hotel (Fahaheel). About 10 years ago, my friends and I practically lived there!

Imagine driving all the way from Kuwait City to Fahaheel and listening to this one song, on repeat (it wasn’t even my car lol). That’s pretty much what I’d put my friends through. Meanwhile, the ones in the other car would be listening to things like Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – We No Speak Americano and other boppy music (at the time). Ah, nostalgia!

Shoofha – Daffy feat. Flipperachi

I don’t particularly care for Arab Music because it all sounds the same to me. Rarely, if ever, am I moved by Arabic Music and don’t even get me started on the Music Videos that go along with those Arabic Songs. They’re just so… cheesy. The same goes for Indian Music.

Worst of all, they blatantly steal copy popular Western Songs (from the actual Music down to the plot-line of the Music Video). I’m well aware of the reason behind this specific formula, but it just doesn’t appeal to me. As such, I don’t watch/listen to Arabic/Indian Music.

Taken from my earlier review of an Indian Song (here), but strongly applies to this Arabic Song as well.

I first heard Shoofha back in December 2019 and started noticing it popping up everywhere after that. I say everywhere, but it was mostly in cars. My friends would have it playing in their cars, whenever they picked me up. I’ll see others lip-synching to it on Snapchat. It’s played at all the little kids’ birthday parties (my friends are all married with kids). Basically, it’s like the entire country of Kuwait decided unanimously to adopt Shoofha as their unofficial anthem.

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Tones And I – Dance Monkey

Dance Monkey was 2019’s anthem, at least in my humble opinion.

This song was literally everywhere at one point! It was mellow enough to chill to, but also boppy enough to dance to. Personally, I loved playing this in my car (or in my friends’ car whenever they’d pick me up to go out)… back when we weren’t under quarantine.

My friends introduced me to the Khaleeji Version which is boppier and equally fun to dance to or at the very least do neck stuff to (built-in dance move with Arabs).

Both versions remind me of happier times ♥

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper – Shallow

Never saw the movie and absolutely zero interest in watching it…

However, last night I heard Bryan Callen butchering this song on The Fighter and The Kid (podcast he co-hosts with Brenden Schaub) and despite myself, was kinda’ curious.

So, I looked it up on YouTube and literally started crying (I’m talking full on crying) as soon as the song began playing! It was instant! Start video. Ensue tears. Needless to say, I’m seriously feeling this song at the moment!

I used to like Gaga’s music when she coming up, but sorta’… outgrew her.

I thought Bradley Cooper was pretty funny in the Hangover movies, but fell in love with him after the movie Limitless.

Coincidentally, Bryan Callen was also in one of the Hangover movies. More recently, when I saw Joker a few months ago at the movies, I clocked Bryan Callen as one of the clowns. Not gonna’ lie, I got pretty excited and pointed him about, but once again, none of my people had a clue what I was talking about (I need new people. People who watch/listen to Podcasts at the very least).

Anyways, Shallow is a beautiful song and I definitely recommend giving it a listen!