Archive | June 2012

A Tribute To My Grandfather Who Died 10 Years Ago Today – June 30, 2002 – June 30, 2012

A Decade ago, I lost someone very dear to me and someone who is so special to me, and that is my grandfather Habib Torossian. He died just about a week and a half before his birthday on July 11. I remember the morning of June 30, 2002, when we got that terrible phone call, before 9am in the morning saying that My grandfather had passed away in his hospital bed at the nursing home. It was one of those days where my world shut down, crying my eyes out, and so much going through my head and I was so distraught and shocked at the same time. We sort of knew it was coming, but then again I was shocked. My grandfather meant the world to me, he taught me so many things about life, he taught me the importance of being in the Armenian community, among so many things, and he had such a wonderful sense of humour. I can still remember his smiling face, the way he used to sit, His voice, his touch, the way he cooked, the way he played backgammon. I mean who would forget those special moments I shared with him? I will never forget my sweet grandfather.

I remember going to several trips, picnics, camping, outings, dinners, get together, parties, among very great times with my beautiful cousins, and my mom, aunts and uncle.

My grandfather had a heart of Gold, he was so down to earth and put his family first above anything else. His passion for Armenia, His passion for writing, his passion for being in the Armenian community was so contagious. I think that is where I get it from. I visit the cemetery to see him once in a while, and I kiss his tomb stone and always tell him, “Dede”(means grandfather), in Armenian, so I would say, I miss you so much. This past year or so, My grandfather appeared in my dreams 5 times. It was so comforting to see his face once again. He was wearing all white. He is my Angel from above and I love him with all my heart. He is always in my heart and that is something that will never go away. I miss him terribly much. There is just so much I want to talk to him about, there have been so many things that he has missed in the past 10 years, but he is watching from above and watching over all of us. I love him and I wish there was a way to bring him back, but unfortunately, not. He will live on in our memories, and in our homes, in our lives forever. His soul and his goodness will never be forgotten. The fond and beautiful memories is so important to remember.To My dear grandfather Habib Torossian, I love you forever. I know heaven is a beautiful paradise and your there with other family members and friends who have passed, have a wonderful time together up there. God rest your soul, God keep shining light on you and among our loved ones who are not physically here with us today. One love. One Life. Kisses and Hugs Grandpa! I love you! Until we meet again. This is not goodbye. It’s see you later.

 

 

Tonight Was A Big Wake Up Call For Me — Thanking God For Making Me Realize Things

Tonight, I embarked on my last journey to Bible Study on Thursday Nights. It was an emotional night for me as I was enjoying the bible studies, enjoying hearing God’s words from our incredible and very nice priest Rev Father Keghart Kosbakian (KEH-GHART KOS-BAK-IAN). He taught us so many things from the book of Genesis to Exodus and so much more. We embarked on many trips to Kingston, Ontario for our Annual weekend trips. More over, I really enjoyed the fellowship, meeting new friends, and hanging out with them outside of bible study. I am excited to keep in touch with everyone outside of bible study. The sessions have wrapped up due to summertime where everyone takes vacations, and spends more time outdoors. Plus our wonderful priest is embarking on new adventures in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada and will be doing a lot of work there. Hopefully Our bible study returns back in September.

This year and the past years I have been coming to Bible study, I learned so much about my spiritual self. I know yesterday in my previous blog below, I wrote somethings that I shouldn’t have brought up, and it is not fair that I said some things out of turn. Yesterday was one of the days where I just wanted to vent out and I apologize for having been way overboard with my self-promotion of my blogs and going crazy with advertising it so much and asking friends to do it. I mean out of their hearts and thoughtfulness, they would do it anyway, without me even asking them, but then again I am so sorry to those who I became bothersome of it. I asked God tonight to give me patience, and to give me guidance and help me. I believe that he will answer my prayers and that whatever I am working hard on will eventually pay off in the end. I just need to learn to be more patient, and pay more attention to others as much as I can. I know I came off angry in my post and I rarely do get angry about anything, and I am so sorry.

My blogs are supposed to be about positivity and giving people hope, giving people that boost of happiness among optimism and among other things. Again I am sorry I acted the way I acted yesterday. I made a mistake and I am not going to repeat my mistake as I have learned from it. When the last bible study was going on, I kept thinking to myself, and doing my own self-reflection and how much I learned in so little time and reading peoples comments was in my brain all night. You all have no idea how much you mean to me, you all have no idea how much I honor, respect, and love Family, Friends, my fans, my followers, my subscribers, my supporters of my blog among everything else. I know I do not comment a lot on others blogs and I should really start on doing so. It is not fair to you all, and again I am sorry.

All the best to everyone, I wish you all the best in your success, I wish for all your dreams to come true and always believe in yourself and be who you are. Peace, Love and Respect to all.

If You Are A True Friend To Me, Then Prove To Me, You Are.

There is something I have been dealing with the last few days pertaining my blog and my fanpage on facebook made by one of my good friends. Thank you for that, but there is this issue of people who claim to be my true friends and people who really love me, but have yet to join my facebook fanpage “A Writer Named Talin Orfali”. I am not trying to force them to join, but if someone claims to be a true friend and person who appreciates me and supports me through everything, then they would join my fanpage and they would share it on their walls. I am not saying that they have to, but it would be nice to see that my friends give a care about me, by liking my fanpage and among everything else. What I do not find fair is when people ask me to promote things for them and when they ask me to promote events, and pages and everything, I do it right away or a couple of hours later, and then when I ask people the simple favour of joining my fanpage and promoting my stuff, it does not. It is either they are with me fully or not with me at all. you know what I am trying to say? I am just trying to make sense of all of this. Well, I am not going to do it anymore. You know all this promotion of events and everything, I at least should get discounted or get in free to the events. I spend so much time for all that. At least respect me back and do something small for me. Doing something small is a great deal for someone else who appreciates it. I am not going to let people walk all over me and use me as their promotions person and then when I ask of something in return, it does not get done, or I have to wait for a long time.

I am so done with people who are so fake to me, and who just toss me to the side after being used. I will not be doing it anymore.If they claim to be my friends they have to be my friend fully. I do not accept part time people in my life.

 

 

The Best Of Montreal – Restaurants

Hi Everyone, I could not take up on the opportunity to talk about my Happy Place today. I love Montreal so much. I want to talk to you about the best of Montreal from Restaurants and More. Montreal, Quebec is known for its amazing food and gigantic portions at most of the restaurants around the city and in Laval, Quebec too! Now, if you have not been able to go to Montreal, I suggest you make that into your travel list. There is so much about Montreal, that I need to discuss with you today. I want to first introduce to you the best restaurants in Laval, Montreal. It’s where Montreal Steak Spice is from, Smoked Meats, Poutine, Quebec Cheese, Laughing Cow Cheese,They are a must go!

Montreal’s Incredible and Delicious Restaurants & Dessert places:

Middle Eastern, Armenian —- Montreal and Laval have so many middle eastern and Armenian restaurants which are so awesome from Karoun (Ka-ROON), Chef Kebab, Lordia, Arouch(which has 4 locations, but the St-Martin in Laval is the best one out of them all which has Armenian Pizza, and Thyme Zakhtar and Cheese AND pepper paste breads which are incredible), Cafe Avec Vert Gouin, Princessa, Amir(Best one is on Boul L’acadie), Cafe Depot, Coktail Antabli which is a dessert place on L’acadie, Tango in Laval, which is in Centropolis which is dessert and ice scream place as well. Marouch is an incredible place for breakfast from the middle east and Armenian,  there is also Rouby, Al Balad, Lahmajoun(Armenian Pizza), Lahmajoun Sevan, Seta Lahmajoun, Broadway Cheese cake, B-sweet, Mozza, and a lot of Armenian and Middle Eastern Bakeries across Montreal…

Greek places —- Casa Grecque, Vieux Duluth, Arahova, Greek place at St Anne Du Belle Vue, and more.

Quebec’s finest —- Boccacinos, Schwartz Montreal Smoked Meat, Poutine, La Belle Province, Scores, Presse Cafe, Casse Croute, Galleria which serves breakfast and lunch open until 4pm. Delicious place… Deli Chenoys, Houston, Madisons, Elixir, Chez Cora,

There are so many tasty restaurants and I have been to them all and more. I am your Montreal Laval Specialist. Let me know of what I can help you with, during your Montreal stay….

Have fun!

 

Talin’s Biscotti With Fennel and Slivered Almonds

Hello! Today I want to write a recipe and it is my Biscoti With Fennel and Slivered Almonds.

What you will need:

4 Large Eggs

2 and a half cups of flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

a little more than half of canola oil

half a cup of slivered almonds

2 tablespoons of fennel

1 cup sugar.

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How to Prepare:

Take out a cake mixer beat the eggs really well, then put in the oil, then vanilla….

then you put in the baking powder, flour, sugar, and fennel…

after you stop the machine, put in the slivered almonds

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preheat the oven to 350 degrees — then with parchment paper, make sure the biscotti is about an inch and a half thick and a little long. should make about 4 pieces.

then you put it in the oven and make sure it turns golden brown on top. take it out of the oven and keep the oven on, and then let it cool for a few minutes, then cut them up into bite sized pieces or how biscotti’s are cut and then put them back in the oven and wait til the inside gets golden brown and there you have it. BISCOTTI :)

ENJOY!

Taking Everything Step By Step To The Top Of The Ladder.

In Life, I strongly believe that when we work hard and to get to where we want to be in life, we must take things step by step to get to the top of the ladder. There is no such thing as starting from the top. Learning the tricks of the trade and doing the best we can in life is what is important. Some of us may not succeed in the beginning, but never give up because you failed, keep doing it and you will see positive and really great results. Put it in your mind that you will do this, talk to yourself, and look at yourself in the mirror every morning and think to yourself, for example: Hi Good morning, My Name is Talin, I am going to do something positive and learn something new today and do the best of my ability and not leave things to do today. I will not leave things for tomorrow, because tomorrow you never know what it brings. when you have the opportunity to do something today, do not leave it for tomorrow. Prioritize your life. what is important first, then you do everything else after. Everything in life takes steps, and sometimes we need to take a few steps back in order to move forward. How will you know when you don’t try? We can’t just take the easy way out and say I give up, I can’t do this. That is not a good way to approach life, and that is a recipe of failure. Giving up and saying I can’t do it. Snap out of that phase and take a look at yourself. You can do everything and anything you want to do. Just keep going and doing something that will benefit you. Why put yourself in that predicament? Why make yourself depressed and put yourself down?

Yes things happen sometimes that are not in our control and things can happen that may prevent us from moving forward to success, but do not let those obstacles get in the way of where you want to be in life. take sometime for yourself, think about what you want to do in life, and spend some quality alone time with you and just brainstorm ideas without disturbance. make a list of things you want to do in your life, whether its traveling to your favourite places, whether its something you want to do with your home, or something for others, helping yourself, helping others. make a positive list and jot down all the ideas you have and things you want to accomplish and put it somewhere in your house where you will constantly see it and go from there. Nothing is more incredible than setting positive goals which can help us in the long run. So think about it and go with the flow.

You can do it, you just have to discipline yourself and snap out of negative thoughts. When negativity takes over, things become dull in life. Don’t do that to yourself. Get up stand up, take can control of your life and don’t give energy to things that don’t matter. That Ladder is not going to climb itself. :) So get on it! get into the groove! Love yourself and do good things for yourself. You will see the big change in your life. Just do it! All the best to you! You have my support and encouragement. :)

My First Book Title Will Be, “The Blogger In Me, Expressing My Life”.

Yesterday as I was sitting down and thinking about a book title, I came up with one called “The Blogger In Me, Expressing My Life”. It just hit me. Then I started to write an outline of what my book will talk about. I am not going to make it a novel story, I am going to write an ordinary book with all sorts of sections and One part will be about my blogging experiences which is the introduction and I will be writing my biography as well. then I will get to writing about different things to express my life and compiling my blog entries into my book. I do not want to give away everything that will be in the book. There are some surprises inside too. I wouldn’t want to give away everything that the book will have or else what is the point of me getting it published right? I am so excited about this book. In 2008 I wanted to write a book called the Human Struggle, but it took quite a long time to figure out the plot and everything, but now I am more prepared, and more aware about what is expected in a book and I have a lot more content to share and to give out to the public. Now I am going to focus on writing my book which is the very important part. I will keep on blogging everyday and going on my social network profiles, but writing my book and hopefully getting it published by 2013, will make me so happy. It will be hard work and a lot of running around to get this book happening, but I am up for the challenge and I am up for everything that life throws at me. I appreciate all the support and all the words of encouragement from everyone. Lets do this! I can do this! I can’t wait to sell my books and I can’t wait to hear reader feedback. I am excited to sign my books and be at a bookstore to sign autographs and take pictures with my fans! Everything is possible. :) I am so happy!