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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Levain Cookies (step-by-step with pics)

I wasn’t happy with my previous post about the infamous Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies (this) because it didn’t feel… enough.

So, I decided to bake those Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies again, while taking pictures to document the entire process for this post.

Unfortunately, I had the carpenter over, with the electrician on the way (remodeling my place… or rather modeling it for the first time lol) and ended up burning the cookies, just a bit.

I was supposed to leave them in the oven for 20 minutes, instead I left them for 25 minutes, and that made all the difference, sadly.

In any case, they still tasted pretty great (according to the familia) if a bit harder than usual lol

For reference, the first time I made these was back in March 2020 (dis).

I’ll list the substitutes and everything below.

2/3 cup White Sugar (large refillable tub in the back)
2/3 cup Brown Sugar
2 sticks of Butter (100g each)
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda (I use Bicarbonate of Soda, same thing, right?)
1/4 tsp Salt
1 1/4 cup Cake Flour (or 1 cup AP Flour + 2 tbs Cornstarch)
2 cups All Purpose Flour (regular flour)
2 Eggs
2 cups Chocolate Chips (whole bag)
1 cup Walnuts (chopped)

I believe I got these Colourworks Measuring Spoons from Lakeland (Marina Mall) back in 2016.

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Levain Bakery Cookies (Best Cookies in NYC)

Sorry for the size of the video, but it was taken straight from my personal and only Snapchat account. I dunno’ know how to edit it to make it look smaller and more proportionate.

In a way, it’s kind of appropriate though, because the recipe I’m going to be sharing is of these rather large (6 oz / 170g) Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies!

Basically, there are these super famous Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies from Levain Bakery that although located in New York, have somehow achieved world renowned status!

Locals and tourists flock to Levain for their world-famous Cookies! Everyone loves them! They’ve even made it to the top of multiple lists!

I don’t know why these babies popped up randomly on my YouTube feed, but I became obsessed!

Seeing as how I wasn’t going to be going to New York any time soon (been there once before, nice place, bit far though lol), the next best thing was to make them at home!

While the actual recipe is “top secret”, thankfully, there’s a ton of copy-cat recipes available online (you can even find them in everything from Chinese to Korean)!

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Nordstrom Hair Care and Fragrance Haul (February)

On February 7th 2020, I placed an order with Nordstrom for some Hair Care and Perfumes.

It might look like a lot, but I actually purchased only x8 items (x3 full-size hair care items – x3 travel-size hair care items – x2 travel-size perfumes) and the rest were all gifts with purchase (deluxe samples).

The total was $336 (tack on an additional $30 for tax) which was around KD 111, not including Aramex shipping fees.

I didn’t know it at the time, but this was going to be my last online order for a good long while.

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Amazon UK Haul (February)

My dad asked me to order yet another Alexa Echo for him, once the new one with an 8″ HD screen came out.

Since UK electronics are more compatible with our electric system in Kuwait (?) as opposed to the army of adapters you would need for US appliances, I had to place my order with Amazon UK, as opposed to regular ol’ Amazon.

Since I was going to be placing an online order with Amazon UK anyway, I figured I might as well pick up one of the Babyliss Rotating Hot Air Stylers that I’ve had my eye on for a while now.

So on February 6 2020, I placed an order with Amazon UK for my dad’s stuff (he wanted some other gadgets as well) and for my stuff too.

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My First Essence Haul (Online)

The first Essence item I bought was a Nude Pencil Eyeliner online from Ulta.com (back when they used to accept my online credit card, around 2008 or 2009).

Many years later, I spotted Essence locally at Carrefour (spotted here).

In 2017 I picked up a selection of products from the Essence counter at Carrefour (haulage here).

Then again in January 2019 where I fell in love with one of their Mascaras (here) and repurchased it again on July 2019 (here).

Rather than having to rely on local vendors (because who knew how old the stuff they were selling even was), on February 5th 2020, I placed my first online order directly with Essence.

The website was fairly simple to navigate. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a wide variety of products and shade colors to choose from.

That said, I was only interested in repurchasing my favorite Mascara. The rest was purchased just to test out the brand.

All their products were Cruelty Free and Vegan and Paraben Free and oddly enough, some were Gluten Free (not joking).

The total was $40.32 with tax (after I’d used a $10 off coupon code).

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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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US Bath and Body Works Spring Shower Gel Haul

These Shower Gels were from my U.S. B&BW Spring Haul (here).

Typically, Shower Gels retail for $13.50 but there was a Buy 3, Get 2 Free deal on them.

All of the ones I got were new-new (at the time) so they all retailed for full price with the exception of Champagne Rose which I got on clearance for $3.95 only.

Strawberry Pound Cake (Sweet On You Collection)
Margarita Cupcake (Sweet On You Collection)
Lavender Clouds – Dream In The Sky (Rainbow Collection)
Fresh Raindrops – Dance In The Rain (Rainbow Collection
Saltwater Breeze (New Signature Fragrance)
Champagne Rose (Coming Up Roses Collection)

Don’t they all sound lovely?

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