‘One Day More’ of President Trump – Les Misérables Parody

Honestly, I debated whether I should post this up or not. I gave it a day (slept on it) and as you can see, decided to go for it.

Les Mis is one of my absolute most favorite musicals! I’d like to follow that up with, I don’t enjoy musicals and that it was never my thing except… for Moulin Rouge! (2001) which I loved! To me, it was the most romantic movie of all time, up until I saw The Notebook (2004).

I have an extremely vague memory of watching Oliver! (1968) at my neighbor’s apartment (my family and I happened to be abroad) during the Gulf War (90-91) when I was around 5 or 6 years old. Back in Kuwait, almost a year later, I was forced into watching Annie (1982) as part of Music Class in the second grade (91-92 school year). We also had to watch Aladdin in that same class, but animated movies and cartoons don’t count (‘cuz those were a pleasure to watch).

Somehow, I managed to watch the Labyrinth at home (no parental guidance because… Kuwait) which gave me nightmares (along with Willow and The Garbage Pail Kids Movie but those weren’t musicals so whatever). Basically, all the musicals I’d seen up until that point either revolved around orphans or babies.

Then, I saw Selena (1997) played by Jennifer Lopez (before she became the J-Lo we all know and love today) and was mesmerized! To this day, I can’t listen to Como La Flor without tearing up because it reminds me of her (the real Selena). I remember lending the tape to my cousin and she never returned it.

I was super excited to see Romeo + Juliet (1996) and then Titanic (1997), for obvious reasons (Leo)! They count as musicals because both their soundtracks (musical scores?) are quite memorable. To be fair, I thought the score from the classic Romeo and Juliet (1968) was extremely memorable (well, just that one super sad song).

Once I watched Moulin Rouge! (2001), I was obsessed! It was not just another cheesy musical. Moulin Rouge was dark! The music, the cinematography, the costumes, the story, heck, everything about it was amazing! It was just… masterful! Also, Nicole Kidman never looked prettier than she did in that movie!

Of course I watched 8 Mile (2002) because Eminem. I couldn’t finish Chicago (2002) or Bride and Prejudice (2004) or The Phantom of the Opera (2004).

My friends and I watched Rent (2005) and as soon as the end credits came up, all started singing 525,600 Minutes simultaneously (and not one of us got the lyrics correct lol). I think I liked Enchanted (2007) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) but for some reason, can barely remember them.

Finally, we come to Les Misérables (2012) which I put off watching because “I’m not into musicals”, but once I did actually give it a shot (X-Factor UK and Britain’s Got Talent kept singing songs from the movie/musical and I wanted to see what the fuss was about), I was veritably blown away!

I’d actually seen the previous version of Les Misérables (1998) on tv when I was much, much younger (so long ago that I wanna’ say it was on Super Movies on Orbit, remember Orbit guys? lol) and actually enjoyed the story but I could’ve sworn it was Gabriel Byrne (whom I adore) that played Jean Valjean not Liam Neeson.

In any case, the 2012 version of Les Mis was true excellence! Whoever cast these actors in those roles did such a good job! I was entranced from the get-go! I loved most if not all of the songs! The one where Marius (played by Eddie Redmayne) was remembering drinking with his friends only the night before (Empty Chairs at Empty Tables) just broke me!

The Great Gatsby (2013) was yet another masterpiece! The music was fire! The costumes were fire! Leo was fire! lol I loved the whole thing! In fact, all I listened to was the Jazz Foxtrot version of Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray, for months afterwards! The entire movie was just masterful! Baz Luhrmann is a genius and I absolutely, love, love love his work!

I did watch Grease (1978) at some point, but that was so long ago and all I remember was that it was playing on MBC and I got into it lol Also, I saw La La Land (2016) in our Cinema Room and thought it was just okay.

Anyways (long tangent over) the above video is of James Corden singing “One Day More” which was whatever… up until that one dude, whose singing sounded so similar to Hugh Jackman’s (“this impeachment is a lie”) and then the other two, whose singing sounded similar to the tavern junkies (“we won’t wear a mask, that’s our given right”) cracked me up! That’s why I figured I’d share it.

That said, if Trump is a bully and the whole world bullies Trump, doesn’t that make the whole world bullies too?

Now on to something lighter…

While watching the inauguration (thank you, spell check), I clocked this cutie! I would not shut up about her, up until my mom and dad got annoyed and threatened to kick me out of their living room.

How darling are her curls? The way she paired it with the headband! Also, the rest of her outfit was pretty adorbs! You pair that with her gorgeous eyes and honest to goodness, the girl looks like a real-life Pixie! So stinkin’ cute!

As it turns out, this lil cutie is Ella Emhoff (22) who is the daughter of Doug Emhoff from a previous marriage (before he was married to Vice President Kamala Harris).

I look forward to seeing the looks Ella is going to be serving in the future!

Another cutie that I couldn’t take my eye off of was Natalie Biden (16)! She had gorgeous eyes as well (is it something in the water that they’re drinking? what’s the secret?) that I couldn’t help but notice! Her pink ensemble was to die!

Natalie Biden is the daughter of Beau Biden and is the granddaughter of President Joe Biden, for reference.

I wish I had a clearer pic of her during the inauguration (thank you, spell check), but this is all I could find.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

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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Podcasts

Podcasts

2020 was the year of the Podcasts for me.

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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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Comedy Gives Back – Laugh Aid 2020

This Saturday, an A-list lineup of comedic icons are joining forces to help raise money and awareness for an emergency relief fund benefiting working comedians who have been financially impacted due to the pandemic with Laugh Aid.

The four-hour telethon puts the spotlight on a powerhouse roster of comedy superstars including Ray Romano, Bill Burr, Marc Maron, Iliza Schlesinger, Jeffrey Ross, Nikki Glaser, Hannibal Buress, Bob Saget, Dane Cook, Anthony Jeselnik, Patton Oswalt, Ron Funches, and many more.

The line-up includes many more comics and the fundraising event will be streamed live on multiple platforms. Again, just to confirm, it’s a telethon. Personally, I can’t wait to watch Bill Burr and Daniel Sloss and all the rest!

Watch me wait and wait only to find out it’s not available for viewing in my region lol

Anyways, if you weren’t aware and are interested, now you know. Enjoy! ^_^

Love Island UK (Tyson Fury) vs Big Brother UK (Boris Johnson)

It delights me to no end when my worlds collide!

I’d like to preface this by saying that my all-time fave Reality TV Show was, still is and always will be Survivor, only the American Version because all the other versions don’t even come close!

With that being said, it’s no secret that I’m pretty much obsessed with “British Telly”. That obsession was at peak in 2016 (dis) and has continued on until today! One of my all time favorites was Big Brother, but only the U.K. Version because the American Version was just… unwatchable! Love Island was another one of my new-found favorites offerings from “British Telly” (dis), but again, only the U.K. Version because the American Version is nowhere near the same! Sadly, Big Brother was discontinued (dis) which pushed Love Island in the lead as my new favorite UK-based reality TV Show! That stuff is so addictive, it’s basically crack!

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Logic & Eminem – Homicide (featuring Chris D’Elia)

LOL

Now if you don’t know who D’Elia is, he’s a comedian. I don’t particularly care for his specials (both of which were on Netflix), but I loved his earlier work, mainly because he was making fun of Drake before it became a “thing” (personally, I can’t stand Drake). Also, D’Elia has got a very, very, very distinctive laugh (it’s infectious) lol

You might’ve noticed him on Conan (where he arches his back and sticks his butt out which just bugs me sooo much, because it reminds me of il-Limby Egyptian Phenom Character, whom I never found funny). D’Elia was also on the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber and a bunch of tv shows; Whitney (alongside Whitney Cummings) and Undateable (alongside Ron Funches) and Good Doctor (as Shaun Murphy’s neighbor in that one scene where he opened the door).

I see D’Elia a lot more often as a guest on other people’s podcasts (on The Fighter & The Kid with Brenden Schaub and more recently on This Past Weekend with Theo Von and even on Joe Rogan’s Podcast). That said, D’Elia has his own podcast (and his own cult lawl), but I don’t listen/watch it. I enjoy him more as a guest on other people’s podcasts.

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I will however watch short clips of D’Elia because some of his stuff is hilarious! I mean thiskilled me! I had tears, actual tears, running down my cheeks!

This. Slayed. Me.

He kept getting angrier and angrier. Literally, Eminem!

Honestly, his genuinely funny stuff gets even funnier with time!

Farewell, De Rossi

I mean… is it even Roma without De Rossi and Totti?

Their friendship over the years was incredibly endearing! Their love and loyalty to Roma even more so!

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Once again, I cried and cried while watching Totti and De Rossi and Ranieri tearing up last night.

Goodbye, De Rossi… Goodbye, Gladiator of Rome!