Friday Five: Aca-scuse me?

Friday, April 16, 2021
This week's Friday Five:
  1. In what way have you recently been rebellious? Technically, we are in lockdown with a stay-at-home order (that just got stricter today)... but I still go to the McDonald's drive-thru on Saturdays with Ying. (Don't judge me, I live by myself, we both work from home, and if I don't leave the house at least once a week, I WILL GO CRAZY.)

  2. What fond memories do you have of camping out? None, I've never been camping. Not even pretend camping in the backyard when I was a kid.

  3. When did you last have a snow cone, or something similar? Probably the chocolate strawberry bingsu I had three years ago. I don't eat a ton of shaved ice desserts in general. Also now I'm trying to remember if I've ever had a snow cone...

  4. Where do you have difficulty fitting in? Where do you easily fit in? I have difficulty fitting in with people who have kids. I mean, not all of them (Ying, one of my closest friends, is a parent), but when I'm in gatherings where there are lots of parents. I have nothing to contribute and I don't like kids. On the flip side, I fit in easily with ARMY. Obviously. BTS brings people together.

  5. How do you feel about banannas? I love them with peanut butter or Nutella on Eggos or toast, or on cereal, or in smoothies... but I actually don't eat them as is. Still, I gotta watch how many bananas I consume anyway, because they have so much sugar. I can eat like, two per week, max.

Photolog 2021: Day 105 of 365

Thursday, April 15, 2021
So, I joined a group order last May to get some new BTS enamel pins (because I have an addiction) and totally forgot about it because THEY JUST ARRIVED. Almost A YEAR LATER.
BTS "2020 Winter Package in Helsinki" Enamel Pin Set

BTS "Zero O'Clock" Rotating Enamel Pin

BTS Bring the Soul: The Movie Ticket Enamel Pin

I think this group order takes the cake at being the longest one yet (which is really saying something because GOs are notorious for taking a long time). But, hey, at least they're cute.

Run BTS!: Episode 137

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

This whole point of this episode was just to show that, at the end of the day, the only game that matters is Rock, Paper, Scissors. And that Jungkook's mom loves Jimin.

Photolog 2021: Day 103 of 365


Hi, I bought a cute new yellow blender (you know, to go with my aqua coffee maker and my lime green toaster) to make smoothies because I thought they'd be easy, healthy, and fast meal replacements (mostly for breakfast, actually, 'cause I never have an appetite first thing after I wake up). So I made my first smoothie ever. Just frozen strawberries and a banana and some water (sadly, I can't use juice or milk as my liquid with all this fruit because it's too much sugar), but it turned out way tastier than I expected. I mean, you can't go wrong with banana and strawberries, but still. Baby steps.

BTS TinyTAN: Dynamite — Clip



Photolog 2021: Day 102 of 365

Monday, April 12, 2021
Beef brisket curry with roti

Beef brisket curry with roti

Went to visit my mom today so we decided to get takeout from Le Viet for dinner. My choice? The beef brisket curry with roti. And OH MY GOD, I HAVE MISSED THIS SO MUCH. It is so rich and so greasy and so crispy and SO FREAKING DELICIOUS and just worth EVERY GODDAMN CALORIE AND FAT GRAM even though it's MY ENTIRE DAY'S WORTH.


Friday, April 9, 2021
This week's Friday Five:
  1. Who are your three latest celebrity crushes? 
    - Jeon Jungkook
    - Park Jimin
    - Cha Eunwoo

  2. What three strange things have you done during the pandemic? 
    - Make 95% of my meals at home
    - Stopped going to the mall (for someone who used to work in malls for over a decade, this was particularly foreign)
    - Not go to concerts

  3. What three goals do you have for the weekend? 
    - Sleep in
    - Do laundry
    - Play The Sims 4 for 12 hours straight

  4. What three things are you avoiding? 
    - Changing the filter for my vacuum
    - Cleaning the secondary vent in my laundry room (I just learned there was a secondary vent in my laundry room)
    - Using my blood glucose monitor (I just don't like the idea of poking my fingertips with a needle)

  5. What three things are you feeling pretty good about? 
    - I just bought a small blender to make smoothies and I am quite excited about it
    - Spring weather; it's actually been over 10°C every single day this month!
    - New music from BTS coming in May!

Photolog 2021: Day 98 of 365

Thursday, April 8, 2021

I've decided that today is cheat day because I've been good about eating salads every day for a week. So tonight's dinner: Japanese sesame ramen with edamame, corn, a hard-boiled egg, and... Vienna sausages. Because I don't have any char siu. Also because sometimes you just get in the mood for questionable processed meats.

Run BTS!: Episode 136

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Staff, giving a hint: "You've all said this a lot to Jungkook."
Jimin: "... Something like 'muscle-pig'"?

Jungkook, who just stole Tae's answer: "It's nice to steal answers!" *high fives Jimin* "This is what we should keep aiming for."

Staff: "The next round is decoding pager messages."
BTS: "Pager?"
Staff: "You know what a pager is, right?"
Tae: "Ah, what they used back in the day."
Hobi: "No one here is from the pager generation."

[After one correct answer]
Jimin: "This is how people communicated?"
Hobi: "Wow, messaging must've been really tough back then..."


BTS V LIVE [V, Suga, and J-Hope]: BTS Cafe Yongsan Branch OPEN! Tea Time With ARMY~

Monday, April 5, 2021

First livestream from the new HYBE building, introducing the Bangtanie baristas!
Yoongi: "I'll make you a really evil drink. No one will survive after drinking this."

Yoongi, reading comments: "'The name of the cafe?' Bangtan Cafe Yongsan branch."
Hobi: "Bangtan Cafe Yongsan branch? Are there more branches?"
Yoongi: "It's not a franchise yet."

Yoongi, reading more comments: "'Signature drink?' Our signature?" *looks around * "We ruined it."

Hobi, reading comments: "What is rose coffee? Is it literally rose?"
Yoongi: "Rosemary?"
Tae: "Light pink coffee, maybe?"
Yoongi: "We can never be hip."
Hobi: "Right."
Yoongi: "We don't know the trend at all."
Also, I'm still grasping the news of HYBE's acquisition of Ithaca Holdings. I remember telling my mom back in 2017, "These boys are going dominate the world." But man, that has truly become an understatement. (My mom literally said on the phone to me yesterday, "I saw on the news that BTS are going to own Justin Bieber." Bless her.)

Unboxing: LINE FRIENDS Store — BT21 Haul

Sunday, April 4, 2021
So this all started with me looking at one item, which was this double-sided square cushion. I got a promotional email about it from Line Friends and I thought it'd be cute for my office chair, you know?
BT21 Character Double-Sided Square Cushion

BT21 Character Double-Sided Square Cushion

But then I saw that they were having their Spring sale and thought, "I have to pay for shipping anyway, might as well browse a little..." And y'all know what happens when I shop online at 3:00AM while I'm bored. I can't resist anything cute.

BT21 The City Edition: New York City Bandana

BT21 Baby Chimmy Microfibre Hair Band

BT21 Baby Chimmy and Cooky Silicone Coasters

BT21 Cooky Figure Phone Stand 2

BT21 Baby Chimmy and Cooky Pong Pong Faux Suede Bag Charms

BT21 "Bite" Chimmy and Cooky Figure Keyrings

BT21 Baby Chimmy Figure Keyring and "Dream of Baby" Chimmy and Cooky Fuzzy Sleep Socks

I have succumbed to my inner 10-year-old. BUT I DON'T REGRET IT.

BTS EPISODE: Behind the Scenes of BTS Week 2020 for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon


They are, without a doubt, the best performers of the 21st century.

Friday Five: Play ball!

Friday, April 2, 2021
This week's Friday Five:
  1. In what area of your life are you on a roll? Um, none. I have plateaued. Unless you count being an ARMY as an area of life. (Which I do.) Then I am killing it.

  2. What’s the most recent spherical food you consumed? A clementine, about an hour ago. 

  3. In what way has your life taken a strange bounce? Well, for a hot second there, it was being able to dine out in restaurants again. I was ecstatic. But starting tomorrow, Ontario is officially on lockdown again. For four fucking weeks.

  4. When did you last hit a home run? In baseball terms, never. Metaphorically, I'd say quitting a job I absolutely hated right before the pandemic hit. Of course, I kinda hate my job now, too, but at least it's not retail (a ton of people got laid off from my old company over the last year) and I get to work from home. My timing was pretty impeccable.

  5. When did you last attend a special event for which you needed new clothes? My brother's wedding four years ago. But I would have bought new clothes for my friend Viv's wedding last year had it not been postponed due to the pandemic.

BTS — Film Out

Thursday, April 1, 2021

You, in my imagination
Are so vivid
As if you are right there
But I reach out my hand
And you suddenly disappear

From all the memories stored in my heart
I gather up the ones of you, link them together
Gazing at them projected across the room
I feel you with every burst of pain

Ooh, la la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la 
Ooh, la la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la 

Decay too far gone, absorbing no light or water
Sealing my wounded heart with a rootless, leafless vow
Two glasses placed side by side, their role
Never fulfilled, ah, just as they were
Since you last touched them

From all the memories stored in my heart
I gather up the ones of you, link them together
Gazing at them projected across the room
I feel you with every burst of pain 

Don't have to be right
Just wanted you to stay the way you are
Kind-hearted, always smiling, but
If tears can be measured, it took this long but
I've barely made it by your side
And found you

From all the memories stored in my heart
I gather up the ones of you, link them together
Gazing at them projected across the room
I fall asleep with you, vivid in my arms
The words you whisper, the resonance
Wander aimlessly around the room
The fragrance I smell, the warmth I feel
As long as it lasts, as long as it lasts

You, in my imagination
Are so vivid
As if you are right there
But I reach out my hand
And you suddenly disappear

Welcome back to the Bangtan Universe!

Run BTS!: Episode 135

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Namjoon: "Do you think we'll have to go through all the garbage bins by hand?"
Hobi: "Isn't a garbage bin too obvious? I'm going to check the garbage bins as soon as we start."
Jimin, who hid his object in the garbage bin: "There's a possibility... We don't know who picked a small object..."
Jungkook: "When I went to hide mine, I went through the garbage bins once."
Hobi: "I'm going all-in on the garbage bins."
Jimin, sweating: "I've gone through them once already, too."
Hobi: "Ah, really?"
Jungkook: "But I didn't find anything."
Jimin, still sweating: "Yeah, there was nothing..."