Archive | February 2013

Rebuilding The Titanic II – Good Idea or Not?

In recent news we may have or not have heard about an Australian billionaire Clive Palmer unveiled that he will be rebuilding the ocean liner ship Titanic that struck an iceberg in the evening hours of April 14 and sunk the early hours of April 15, 1912 over 100 years ago. Clive Palmer is going to rename the ship to Titanic II. He plans to have it completed by 2016 where there will be voyages from England to New York on the ocean liner. Now, we all know by now about the fate of the Titanic and how high and mighty they spoke about the ship and said “even God cannot sink this ship”. Now, the ultimate question is, do you think it is a great idea to rebuild a doomed ship of the past? Or do you think it is not a great idea to rebuild a ship where people would feel eery in going on the vessel?

In my opinion, rebuilding the Titanic II is not such a great idea. I feel that April 14-15, 1912 happened over 100 years ago and The Titanic has been the most popular ship in history and the memory of the souls lost on the ship would be disturbed and I just feel that its enough. God rest the souls of the Titanic who never survived and all those who have died up until recently from the Titanic and who ever sailed her. I think it is time to let this ship rest and keep its memory that way. I don’t feel very comfortable knowing that a replica of the Titanic will soon be sailing on our oceans. I know there are historians and those who are passionate about the Titanic. I was once a huge titanic buff, but not so much anymore in the last several years. I think it is enough and we should honour those souls and what happened that fateful evening with other ways such as prayer, thoughts, and remembering the lives lost even when we didn’t know them. I know Clive Palmer said that it will be a tribute to the men and women of the Titanic, but then again I don’t think it is a wise choice to do that. It is part of our history now and part of the world and resting at the bottom of the ocean floor of the Atlantic. I think by now ocean liners and cruise lines have come a long way with technology and the way ships are built these days.

What are your ideas, opinions and thoughts on this? I’d like to hear from you.

The Armenian Genocide of April 24, 1915 – 98 Years Later

The Armenian Genocide has been a constant struggle in the Armenian Community around the world for the past 98 years. As the 98th Anniversary approaches in April, I feel the need to talk to you about it today. The Armenian Genocide happened on April 24, 1915 until about 1923. Crimes committed against humanity of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey. 1.5 Million Armenians were massacred, murdered, and taken out of their homes, deported, made people walk through the desert and when they get tired or fall, the Turkish Ottoman empire sees them and kicks them down, women were raped, slaughtered, decapitated, stabbed, shot and so much more. The Turkish Ottoman Empire tried to wipe all the Armenians off the globe, but could not succeed. 98 Years later the scar is still there and will never go away in the Armenian Community. They tried to wipe a Christian Nation, but they could not. This issue has been a constant struggle in the world in terms of recognition and acknowledgement that these criminal acts did happen and Turkey has yet to admit their crimes against humanity.

Many Turkish journalists, and ordinary people in Turkey are urging the government to finally recognize the Armenian Genocide and now there is a movie called Genex coming out on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 2015. The movie will include Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie Portman, Paul Giamati, Al Pacino, and so many more. Brought to you in part by Sevada the directors of the film.

Annually we take buses to go to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in Canada’s Capital to Thank Canada for continuously supporting and recognizing the Armenian Genocide and being by our side during this pain we have all felt. Even though we were not alive on those times, we all feel it and we are all affected by it as they are our ancestors and family members from that time. Every year we have dignitaries, politicians come and speak in front of the Parliament and every year we do our commemorations differently, Then we march to the Turkish Embassy to talk to the Turkish Ambassador to stop denying the Armenian genocide and come forth and admit their crimes. We will never stop until Justice has been served for our people. We hope that history will never repeat itself.

Last year Google had announced that the search term of the Armenian Genocide was on the top 10 search trending lists of the world and the Armenian Genocide raised awareness of so many people outside of Armenians in the world. A lot of people now know what happened to us and it is important to us to let as many people know about it as possible. Raising awareness not only About the Armenian Genocide, but all the other Genocides in history combined. The Genocide is something so horrible. It means to try to wipe a race out of the world which is not a great thing. Racism and hate does not get anybody anywhere in life. All it creates are problems and more hate. The world needs to learn to live and let live and to love one another and leave countries alone, and help each other out. God Rest all the victims souls who had to be subject of Hate crimes and Genocide. Lets all work together to stop hate crimes altogether and not repeat history ever again.

The Song of An Angel — Dedicated to Paul Baghdadlian

A poem dedicated to the Late Paul Baghdadlian who passed away June 28, 2011…

 

The Song of An Angel

 

This sickness took you away,

your family,

your friends,

you fans,

They all prayed to God for you to stay.

 

We listen to your songs,

We watch your video’s,

We look at your pictures,

we think of you now and for always,

for us to keep your memory alive,

 

Oh Paul Baghdadlian a person we will miss,

but it is too late. We are already missing you.

Paul you are suffering no longer,

but we must learn and do what you wish,

for us not to cry and for us to be stronger.

 

Now you have wings to fly,

An Angel who will watch over us,

who will and already is entertaining the angels of heaven,

Now you can create a song,

A song of an Angel…

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We love you PAUL

Always and forever

Gone, but never forgotten….

 

Love,

Talin Orfali

What is Your Coffee Taste? Starbucks, McDonald’s, Tim Horton’s or Other

In the past few years there has been a debate going on with what coffee taste people go for and what they think is a better choice to drink coffee. I am sure those who drink coffee or other beverages at these places such as Starbucks, McDonald’s, Tim Horton’s know what I am talking about when it comes to taste and when it comes to good quality coffee. Someone from the states spent so much money for a cup of coffee from Starbucks, adding so many shots of espresso and so many flavours put into it. I don’t know about you, buck I wouldn’t spend so much money on a cup of coffee. I’d rather go to McDonald’s where you spend way less and you get free refills too. Starbucks is often pricey, and the coffee’s in my opinion are not that spectacular in my opinion. In the end it is all about a person’s preference right? I am not trying to put Starbucks down or anything, but it depends on a persons taste. It takes an acquired taste to differentiate right?

Tim Horton’s coffee and other hot beverages were my favourite, but the cups are not well insulated and I end up burning my hand holding it, McDonald’s cups however have well insulation and the cover cap is also great quality too and you get more at McDonald’s then you do at Tim Horton’s, plus way less and sometimes McDonald’s offers promotions of Free Coffee or Latte’s the small size but then again it is free refill only on the coffee’s though and it tastes so much better then the other ones. Now I don’t know what taste you have when it comes to coffee. I am sure a lot of people have Tassimo, Keurig, and some sort of specialty coffee maker at home.

Now for me, McDonald’s coffee has this incredible and great taste to it and I have never been disappointed with my coffee. At Tim Horton’s sometimes it comes out to be too strong, sometimes just right, sometimes not that great tasting, and they don’t even mix the ingredients properly in the coffee or other flavoured coffees that they make like the French Vanilla, White Hot Chocolate, Cafe Mocha’s, and other beverages, sometimes they get it right, and a lot of times they don’t get it right. I have never had problems with McDonald’s coffee. I don’t know what you like and what your taste is for certain brands of coffee. Do you like making your own coffee at home or do you like to grab a quick coffee from your local coffee shop? Each Coffee shop is different and they all have something good for everybody, but it all comes down to your taste and your preference. Tim Horton’s has this Roll up the rim to win deal where you win a Toyota Rav 4, Barbecue, Food and beverage prizes and other things, but you have a 1 in 6 chances to win, and a lot of them say please play again or all you win is a coffee or donut. It is not fair. Each one should be a winner.

Are there any other coffee shops or cafes around you that you like their coffee? If so, what do you think of it? What is your taste? What is your opinion on a great cup of coffee or other hot beverages served by your favourite brands? It can be a brand where you take home and make it yourself. Not necessarily a coffee shop or cafe. It is all to your liking and your opinion. I’d like to hear from you.

Enjoy your coffee! :)

Traveling Is In Me – Another Great Traveling Experience In The Air!

In so many years I have been so fortunate enough to travel to so many places and one of my favourite parts of travel is Airplane travel and the adrenaline of the plane accelerating to take off is quite awesome. In February of 2012, when I embarked on my journey to Varadero, Cuba with Sunwing Airlines, From the time when we checked in with our luggage and to the time we boarded our flight, to the time we were on the plane, landing and come back from our destination, I should say we had incredible and wonderful service. It was out of this world. This one particular flight attendant on board the plane really stood out to my family and myself. I will never forget her radiant smile and her energy. She helped us out above and beyond. Our 3+ hours of flight was so excellent. I was so comfortable, relaxed and happy. We had her on both flights departing and arriving. The most incredible thing is that she remembered us from the flight going to Cuba.

I had never seen such professionalism and such maturity in all the airlines and flight attendants I have encountered. I usually never forget a face, but this one was over the top awesome. We were looking in the airline flight magazine for merchandise, and everything. She was so helpful and catered to our needs and she explained each thing we bought in detail. When she was bringing out the food for passengers, drinks, and snack, she was smiling, and took good care of the passengers on board. I put in a lovely word for her with the company. It was one of the best airline experiences I had ever been in.

Traveling is in me so much. Some people I have seen on airlines and at travel destinations, look so dull and depressed. I was once on another flight to Cuba again, and this lady sat beside me and her daughter was on the other side of the same aisle, and these two looked so miserable and they didn’t smile at all or anything. I said pardon me ma’am but is everything alright? You two seem a little depressed or out of sort. They said, oh no nothing is wrong, we don’t usually smile much and were just going to Cuba for relaxation. I said, I do not mean to pry, but I said to them, just think of this experience now, your on a plane, traveling to a warm destination with a nice beach, and atmosphere, with lots of fun and relaxation involved. I would be jumping for joy with excitement and smiling that I am going away on vacation, they agreed with me and they said, you are right, without arguing or anything. It went pretty pleasant, and then they opened up to me and they said we had never met anyone like you before who is caring and so vibrant. So, we began to talk about the hotel that I stood at and they were headed to the same hotel as we were. It was awesome. So we made friends with this mother and daughter and they both really appreciated it. So the rest of the trip, we saw each other a few times around the resort and we made arrangements to meet each other at times on the beach, during some meals and every night we were usually together. It was a great experience meeting them. They started out as not so pleasant, but when I made those comments to them, they really opened up. We still keep in touch til now. We met each other back in 2004 or 05 I believe. Great times.

I can remember another time, this was Heading to Cuba again. Been there 10 times. So I have many stories, but will end it with this one. I remember when we were at the airport waiting for our flight at our gate, and another person like my previous post was so confused. I said, what is wrong? How can I help you? She said, I hope I am at the right gate. I said to her, No you have to go to Gate E81 for this flight. I said to her, it is not here. you have to go 2 gates down for this flight. So She is like can you show me? I said yes sure, So I walked with her to go to her gate, and she said thank you so much. As soon as she went there, they started making the announcement for her flight, that it is boarding and they are required to line up so they can show the boarding passes to the attendant. She made it in the nick of time before she missed her flight. She was so confused and she thought my plane was her plane, but Problem solved, she got on that plane.

Some people need to really study about their travels. You need to be well prepared for everything. You can’t just show up at an airport and not know a thing and you can’t just show up not knowing the procedures, maps, and everything about that airport, what documents are required, the amount of luggage, weight to carry, carry on requirements. That is one of the big reasons as to why sometimes delays happen when people are not educated enough about travel. Everything must be checked before going to the airport. It is imperative to know before you go. It saves the hassle and you will be informed of everything. There are lots of resources. Your travel agent, the internet, phone numbers for airports, and among getting knowledge and the know how from experienced people. It is very important to know all this. Educate yourself. There is nothing wrong with it. It prepares you for your first time and for other times following that.

If you have any travel concerns, or any questions, feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer your travel questions.

Thanks. :) happy travels!

Music is A Universal Language

Hello everyone, I don’t think I have ever emphasized my love for music and what is does to me and my soul and how it makes my world so great. Now, music has been part of me since I was a kid, but lately I have been listening to more and more, and plus it depends on the mood I am in that specific day and time of my life, but here are my favourite music genre’s and what the music reminds me of and how it is for me.

Reggaeton/Cubaton/Spanish/Caribbean/Soca/Reggae/Bachata/Salsa/Merengue/ — All these music genres remind me of my travels to The Caribbean, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and when I went on Cruise ships. I have a lot of this type of music and it just makes me feel like I am in tropical destinations around the world and it makes me feel like I am sipping a coconut by the beach, and just hearing this music in the background. It is awesome and great beats to soothe my mood at that point in time.

Armenian/Arabic/Middle Eastern/Greek/Persian/ — Now, this is what I usually listen to and I love this type of music too because it reminds of get together, parties, and outings within my Armenian community and we have all these types of music playing at our parties and among in our homes too. We love our Music and we play all these kinds. I know we are Armenian, but we listen to all these kinds of music and we dance and just have fun with it all. We also have Armenian Patriotic Music as I am sure with Arabic, Middle Eastern, Greek and Persian music too. We play that toward the ending of some parties I attend.

Pop/Alternative/Classic Rock/70’s/80’s/90’s/ — These I listen to when I am in the mood, but mostly I listen to them when I am with other friends and family and with those who like this music like me. Its something I listen to once in a while or a few times a month. Now when I go to parties too and when I hang out with people.

Dance/Freestyle/House/Trance/Rhythms/ — I listen to this a lot too. I have a huge playlist on my Ipod and I listen to it when I am just in the mood. Like I said, I am selective to music as long as it suits what I am feeling that day and when I am happy and jumpy, this is the type of music I get into.

Television Theme Songs are my favourite too.

So you can say I am into mostly everything and there are some types that are not my cup of tea, but I am sure that goes for everyone. I am into Country music too, but I am mostly interested in the ones above. I used to carry a huge cd collection, but now I have them all in my Ipod and carry it around. Times have sure changed, but nothing beats the Cassette tapes and music of the past, but although this time around the music has changed and everything, but music from the past is a whole different story. You could actually hear every word said, and you can actually understand the meaning behind what these artists would say, but then again times have surely changed, technology has changed a lot and advanced a lot. I think now with all this music talk, I am gonna go listen to some now. :)

Have a wonderful day!

The Oscars Are Around The Corner – 85th Academy Awards

It is that time again where the 85th Annual Oscars Academy Awards are on the way this Sunday on February 24th, 2013. The glitz, glamor, dresses, the ambiance, displays, celebrities, artists, and celebrating an evening filled with incredible and great talent that makes television and movies the way they are now. I never miss a year of the Oscars and I always watch it. I make some amazing dishes for dinner and snacking, and prepare for the Oscars. It is a tradition in my family where we watch the Oscars and pick out our nominees and see who will win. I think ARGO is going to win this year. I have this feeling they are. I have never seen the movie yet, but I have heard incredible reviews and read so much about it. I haven’t seen most of the movies that are Oscar Academy nominees, but I plan to watch them. I don’t watch every movie out there, but the ones that are interesting to me. So I will watch ARGO when the DVD comes out.Who do you think the Award should go to for best picture and for best movie of the year? Django Unchanged? Les Miserables? or others?

The only thing is we don’t usually dress up for the occasion, we just have a cozy night in and watch the red carpet preview, then the award itself. Do you think Seth Macfarlane will do a great job as a host? I am confident he will be. I am sure he will add a flare of comedy into his introduction to the Oscar night. It must be an honor to be chosen to be a host for such a huge night in Entertainment. I wish him all the best in that and I am rooting for Seth. Way to go! I also liked it when Ellen DeGeneres Hosted as well. She added so much to it. I don’t know if you remember that year.

Do you have an Oscars Academy awards tradition? What do you do? Do you watch the Oscars? What do you think of the fashions as the years go by? Do you concentrate on everything in the background, and whats happening on camera? I am sure a lot of people do. I am thrilled and excited for Sunday. Are you?