In hindsight, it wasn’t a bad year to be honest, well… at least not for me.
I just finished this Korean Drama on Netflix called Nevertheless and man was it slow. Nevertheless, I pushed through and finally finished it.
Few things I noticed, the main character is absolutely beautiful (that’s a given), but she bears a striking resemblance to Yuna from Final Fantasy X and X-2!
Another thing is that Korean Dramas are typically PG-13 and they only show kissing scenes and even then, it’s very tame. They rarely show the sex scenes, but this show did. It wasn’t the full-on graphic stuff you’d see on western shows like Game of Thrones, but it was pretty steamy for a Korean Drama.
Sadly, I found the show… boring. The Ending OST though, was so good! I found it quite catchy and it fit the show’s theme seamlessly! Well worth a listen!
I believe it was around November 27 when Abby and I went to see Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (disappointing movie) at Cinescape (The Avenues).
We could’ve gone to any movie theater, but I insisted on Cinescape purely for their nachos (my fave)! I didn’t love the nachos over at Vox (The Avenues) and we’d gone to see Antlers (horrible movie) at Grand Cinemas (Hamra Tower) a few weeks prior and their nachos weren’t as nice either.
I ordered a thing of nachos asking them to hold the jalapenos and double the cheese instead, like I always do. However, this time the cheese tasted incredibly sour!
I asked Abby (who was fully engrossed in the movie, because like myself, she’d played Resident Evil on the Playstation as a kid) for her opinion on the nachos and she confirmed that the cheese was in fact quite sour. We stuck to our popcorn (hers salted, mine caramel) after that.
A few weeks later (December 12) Abby and I went to see House of Gucci (excellent movie) at Sky Cinema (Dalal Complex) because we wanted to feel pampered lol The point being that I didn’t get a chance to try out the nachos over at Cinescape to see if the overly sour taste had been a fluke.
On Saturday December 18, a big group of my friends went to see Spider-Man: No Way Home over at Cinescape (The Avenues) and out of all of them, only two girls ordered the nachos.
Both girls (separate households) ended up not being able to sleep at night from severe stomach cramps! They both ended up in the hospital as they were both diagnosed with food poisoning!
After I spoke with them, both of them swore up and down that they’d had nothing to eat aside from the nachos. They both got an IV drip and some meds and are feeling slightly better (but not enough to make it to work as they’re still quite weak).
I dunno’ what’s going on with Cinescape but maybe the cheese they are using had expired or mayhaps it’s just a bad batch? In any case, people should file a complaint (to warn others) until Cinescape gets their nachos situation sorted out (so others don’t get poisoned as well).
It’s a shame really, because as I said, out of all the movie theater nachos, the ones from Cinescape were my fave…
Except for those on the front lines (medics and other first responders and whatnot), we all had a lot of time on our hands in 2020, particularly during the lockdown.
I chose to use that time to develop a skill and eventually master it (I practice what I preach).
It started off with the best tasting cookies I’ve baked on March 3 (here). After that, I became obsessed!
I started looking up recipes online and trying them out and customizing them as I went along. You name it, I made it!
The post that no one asked for lol
For my 1,000th post, I figured I’d take pics of my home (granted most of the photos are of doors but think of this as a general over-view and I’ll go even more in-depth in a future post… maybe).
There are 3 entrances to our home (potential thieves, take note).
– The first is the main entrance (shown in the photo) which is facing the main road.
– The second is the side entrance that’s by the car parking area and leads straight to the elevator.
– The third is by the kitchen and includes a long outdoor walkway that leads to the male staff’s living quarters on one side and the back entrance on the other side.
Only the main entrance area and the side entrance area each have their own skylight (partially shown in the above photo).
Typically, I’d use the natural daylight shining through from the skylight in the main entrance area to take photos of stuff for my blog (it’s where the “magic” happens).
The door to the right leads to my apartment (living room + guest bathroom + long hall leading to my bedroom + walk-in closet + master bathroom and finally my bedroom.
The door to the left leads to my parents’ apartment (living room + guest bathroom + shuttered terrace overlooking the garden + walk-in closet + master bathroom and finally their bedroom).
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).
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.
This is why I haven’t been posting as much.
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.
While waiting for my Nordstrom online order (here) to get shipped to me, it dawned on me that it was that time of the year! The semi-annual Perfume & Makeup Exhibition was taking place at Mishref Fair Grounds! Seeing as how my latest
sickness obsession (since this past December) was now Fragrances, I figured there was no harm in checking out the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition. Worst case scenario, I get saddled with a few more duds (like these). Best case scenario, I discover a few gems… at a discounted price!
While there, on a whim, I stopped by the Al Mudaires booth. I’ve never heard of this “brand” before, but it seemed to be a local business… run by locals. They sold the Bukhoor and Oud (Incense Chips meant to be burned) and Teeb and Makhloot (Oil Blends in little vials, meant to be dabbed directly on to the skin) that most Arabs tend to gravitate towards, as well as all the accompanying accessories (Incense Burners, Incense Tongs, etc…). They even had “French Fragrances” (western perfumes, not the typical Arab ones) and Hair Mists and Air Freshners. Oddly enough, they also sold pre-packaged jars of Saffron (meant to be used for cooking and such).