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Introducing You the Talented SuperStar Robert Chilingirian

In the past 20 plus years, I have been listening to music from my Armenian culture and background, and I got introduced to many performers and artists, but some have been captivating, capturing my heart, mind and soul, and one of them is the Talented Superstar Robert Chilingirian. After many years of listening to his music, I began to search for him on the Internet, and when I was on the MySpace website back in 2006, 2007 is where I found Robert, and I began to communicate with him One on One for many years. Since then we have become great friends. Social media has become a great tool to communicate and its been great.

Throughout the years, Robert has completed over 21 albums, written, composed many songs, created music videos, some are especially dedicated to the Armenian Genocide, our late and beloved Artist who passed away almost 3 years ago named Paul Baghdadlian, and so many other songs that are so meaningful to Robert and his journey through his musical career. Robert has traveled the world, and he says that Traveling, and seeing the world is great, but getting to know many and different people around the world is what it is all about. Robert is a well-rounded, down to earth, humble person whom I have had the pleasure of meeting twice now. Just recently when he came to Canada, to my town of Toronto, I had the pleasure of seeing him, and talking with him. He is such a kind-hearted man. I am ever so glad to have met him. I had the pleasure of meeting one of Robert’s Dancers in his videos Teria Morada a few years ago and that also was a great moment. I had met Robert in 2010 and now 2014. Best moments.

Robert also plays the bouzouki, guitar, and his energy is automatically felt throughout the crowds he entertains. He entertains in private functions, weddings, different parties and so much more.

In Robert’s Albums, he writes, create your own, be a leader, never a follower which is so true. If we all create the same things or close to them, things would be boring and not interesting, so be your own leader, and never follow others. Just be yourself, and go with the flow of what life has to offer. In the near future, I hope to see him again soon and reconnect. I wish Robert continued success, I wish him safe travels around the world, and God give him strength to do what he loves. God Bless you Robert and wishing you the very best my Brother.
Here are some of his links to explore and get to know him more:

http://www.youtube.com/user/robertchilingirian

http://www.myspace.com/robertchilingirian

http://www.facebook.com/robertchilingirian

http://www.twitter.com/girian1

The Buzzfeed Website – Entertaining & Educational

In 2013, I discovered a really informative, entertaining and educational website named Buzzfeed. BuzzFeed is a website that compiles social news, entertainment, which brings a whole new twist into the social media buzz of modern society. Buzzfeed is one of the most sharable breaking news, entertainment, videos, fun quizzes, illustration, and photos from the world.

This website has it all from Animal facts, Science, Greatest hits, Geeky, and anything you can possibly imagine.

Buzzfeed Also brings you back to your childhood with memories from rewinding to the past with the famous TV Shows, Gaming systems, technology, as well as foods that we used to consume back in the day, which does not exist anymore.

The website also provides news about comics, styles, books, music, tips, facts and other exciting things. Buzzfeed also has product information, diet, wellness, and gives people a whole new perspective on looking at things. I find this website to be one of the most thorough, detailed, and incredible website which makes me stay on there for hours sometimes just surfing, gaining information and just basically such a fun place to be.

Jonah Peretti is the founder and CEO of Buzzfeed, with Jon Steinberg, John Johnson, alongside with the incredibly talented great staff who are working around the clock to keep us entertained at all times with giving us fresh new content daily, with catchy titles, with illustrating articles which keeps us engaged into it all which then definitely gets us to share instantly to our family and friends on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets.

See, social media is not all that bad and we can definitely learn a thing or two from sites like this. Buzzfeed definitely gives a whole new twist into the social media platform with more than half of the world who are online. It amazing. Best wishes to Buzzfeed team. You guys are awesome!

http://www.buzzfeed.com

Thanks For All the Fun & Laughs Jay Leno – I Will Miss You

Jay Leno what can I say? last night during the final taping and all this week, I am sure the emotions were running high at the Final Show of The Tonight Show. 22 years have come and gone with celebrities, politicians, awesome surprises, what a beautiful last show. As I hold back my tears, I can truly say that Jay Leno you made my mother and I laugh so hard with your awesome monologues, the headlines, Jaywalking, 99cent dollar store items, Jays funny  pumpcasting, coulda woulda shoulda, the most wonderful time of the year, and everything else in between. You began your show with Billy Crystal, and ending with Billy Crystal on your show along with the touching music of Garth Brooks. With all the tributes from the stars that came on the show tonight like Carol Burnett, Kim Kardashian, Oprah, Matt Damon, Bill Maher, etc… along with your final touching, heartfelt, beautiful speech really did it for me. I cried up a storm, I had a box of tissues handy. I definitely needed it. Jay the thing I liked the most, was that you really love your fans, and you made sure that your show was entertaining as possible and made everybody laugh, and have fun which did for me.

I stood up mainly because of your show, your headlines and everything else with Kevin Eubanks, Rickey Minor and the bands. As Mondays approached, I could not wait to watch your funny headlines among other things. Jay Leno I will miss you immensely and very much. Enjoy your time off and always know that I will always remember your show and I will always support, admire, love and respect you even when your off the air. Thanks for everything. I wish that somehow I could have been on your show and you would interview me. It was my dream to get on your show, it was a dream of mine to get to go see a live taping of your show as well, but that did not pan out and work out the way I wanted to.

Having talk shows, and the whole operations of it is extremely difficult, with getting stars on the show, the scheduling, the daily monologues, the designers, administrative work, getting the rights, set designers, getting celebrities on the show, politicians, as well as the studio use. It take a lot of time, energy, money and everything to make a show successful and 22 years is a long time for a show and Jay Leno was one of my favorites. I cannot believe it is the end of an era, Thanks for all the fun and laughs Jay Leno. I will miss you.

Now that Jay has passed the torch onto Jimmy Fallon, I would like to give a warm welcome to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon another person I truly adore, love and respect. Jimmy Fallon makes me laugh so hard as much as Jay Leno did. Best wishes to Jimmy and I look forward to his Tonight show. God bless you Jimmy Fallon on your journey and Jay, I would love to see your cars one day and meet you of course if I get lucky and come to Los Angeles for a visit. If I get an invite that is. lol. Thanks Jay and welcome Jimmy!

Madonna’s Photo Post of Her 13 yr old Son Holding Alcohol – So Wrong

On Saturday January 4th, 2014, as you may or may not have heard with this news circulating on the television and on the internet social media, It was reported that Madonna had posted a controversial photo of her Son Rocco who is 13 years old posing with a bottle of Alcohol.  Soon after that photo went viral and so many thousands of people have seen it. Madonna then said, nobody was drinking, we were just having fun. Then she quoted, calm down and get a sense of humor. Then she said, do not start the year off with Judgement.

My opinion on this is, that it is so wrong, no matter if nobody was drinking, it is still wrong to hold an alcoholic bottle, especially in an underage persons hand. What are people who sees this picture to think about it? What are people supposed to do? Sit there and stay quiet? It doesn’t matter how humorous something can be to some people, it can be serious to others. This is not something to joke about, especially when it comes to alcohol. That sends out a message to other teenagers who are underage, that they can do the same thing too, then post it online for the world to see, then having people on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other people around the world can view it, then the school, and the parents can get a hold of that picture quite easily. Yesterday, I had written about spreading rumors and being careful of what to post online. This is something else that needs to carefully be thought of before posting it.

Madonna should have known better then having to post that picture online. A mother should not allow her son/daughter act that way, even if it is just for show, and actually taking a picture. Okay if you are going to take a picture, at least do not share and post it to the world, and especially on social media. It sends out the wrong message making it okay for everybody to do the same. It is not something to joke about. Of course people will be judging and giving their opinions, just like I am right now. You cannot expect people to be encouraging this type of behavior. Remember, what gets posted online is there forever, and now that picture Madonna has posted has landed in many peoples computers, It has landed all over the internet. Where do we draw the line here? It should be illegal for even posing with alcohol and at 13? Come on! That is just sickening.

Society these days is saturated with things like this, some people do not know their limits, some people post anything and everything, whether if its true or not, whether its disturbing or not, whether its something that can be trouble or not, Its just terrible and ridiculous, and especially for a parent behaving that way is uncalled for. That is just asking for trouble. That teenager and those young children who see that, will say, Okay, let me go to my dad or mom’s liquor cabinet, and take a picture of myself and post it online. Nowadays, children and teenagers are so bright with technology, that they will know a way to post pictures, and then if that picture gets in the wrong hands, there can be serious consequences, and in the end the parents will be in trouble and that family will be in jeopardy. I think that social media is spiraling out of control and make it seem okay to post every little thing, well, its not okay. Especially when it comes to Alcohol and other things.

I do like Madonna’s music, and I have grown up with her music, but I must say this stunt, just caught me off guard. She should have known better. That is all I know and that is all I think about this.

Spreading Rumors – Like Playing Broken Telephone

Have you ever been in a situation where you have been a victim of somebody else spreading a nasty rumor about you, which is not true? Have you ever been in a situation where someone else has come to you and spread rumors about somebody else? Well, spreading rumors is not a good thing to do, no matter what it is. I am sure a lot of us know the game “broken telephone” The more someone says something to so many people and how word of mouth goes around, many people understand it in different ways and in the end what someone says gets misinterpreted, misunderstood, and a whole new different story gets told. In the end the person getting the information will say it amongst everyone and it will be totally different.

I never believe in anything people tell me, unless I see it with my own eyes, hear it with my own ears, requesting proof, evidence, but I never ever spread rumors about somebody else or get involved in somebody’s business. It is not a great thing to do. Spreading rumors could result in consequences, it can ruin relationships, friendships, trust and can put yourself in a compromising position with friends, family and other people. It is not a good thing to do. Many media writers, and some tabloid magazines and sites will write and do anything to make that quick dollar and they do not realize it can do damage to someones reputation, and they do not even care. Maybe they do deep down, but in the end all they want to do is make money out of it, and the people high up in these places request to have false information spread out to the world, but they do not know how wrong it is. Even if it is wrong, the bottom line is that they always cover their butt with something and they do not want to admit it.

In this day in age in social media, social networking, entertainment and other tabloid websites lead us to believe whatever they write and say, but how do we know for sure what is real and what is not? It is super important to know and be aware of what we post. Especially online where information can be transmitted in seconds and everyone in the world can see and view what is written. We must always think about what to post, then post it. Sometimes it can lead to consequences too. The internet and social public places can be easy places where things can be spread like wildflowers. So be cautious.

So in future, we should always analyze things before we are quick to believe in something we read online, or something that is heard from other people. Unless there is real proof about something, or unless you witness and hear it for yourself, you should never be quick to judge, but judging is in human nature and that is something automatic that most people do, but I think it is time to step back and think if it is real or not real. These days, trusting this society and what has become of it, is something that needs to be thought of before we actually think its real. I have learned it the hard way. I now, do not trust easily and believe everything I hear easily. I am very careful and I am not naive anymore, like I used to be many years ago. Some things have happened where its been an eye opener for me, and that taught me so much about certain people and their actions. So in future, do not believe everything you hear, and do not fall for things quickly. Unfortunately many people fall for it. So use your judgement wisely and be very careful with what and whom you trust. All the best. That is all for now.

 

 

The Armenian Voice – Radio Station

Armenian Voice

ArmenianVoice

http://www.armenianvoice.com

Welcome To ArmenianVoice, the free internet radio station of your favorite Armenian,Greek and Arabic music with live programing, and rapidly growing musical library. ArmenianVoice is reachable anytime from anywhere. The support and dedication of our list. Armenian Voice is also formerly known as RADIO AGA, Armenian Greek Arabic Radio Station and Brought to you in part by Owner Operator of The Internet Radio Station is Jack Kojek. Tune in and enjoy our Armenian Culture Music.

Spring Is Almost Here! Excited For That. Are You?

After the many months of winter, this is the moment I always wait for, I really like this time of year when it becomes Mid March, I really enjoy it when our weather gets warmer, and when the winter is behind us in a way and almost time when the trees start growing its leaves again, when the grass gets greener, the roads are washing away from the salt and snow, when everywhere gets thawed out, mild temperatures start and increase by day, when the flowers start to grow again, colour and life comes back after the cold, dark, wintry days, the tulip and other spring  flowers blooming, the spring air and smell of mud, dandelions start to grow, the smell of top soil, garden centers open, outdoor furniture, barbecues, outdoor equipment starts coming back into the stores, spring colours, clothing and bright vibrant colours come back on our store shelves,  the sunlight shines, birds start chirping, animals come out of hibernation, the geese fly back north. I just love this time of year when life comes back. I am so tired of winter, snow and having to bundle up every time I go out. I’d love to go somewhere for 5-6 months of the year and not see snow and be part of the cold freezing weather and not wear layers outside.

I also like spring because it gives me a time to wash the cars and I love washing my car, washing the car mats, detailing and getting rid of the winters salt and sand they put on the streets, and taking care of it. I also like to wash out my driveway and clean up my garage, having to put the shovels away, and just enjoying the whole process of getting rid of winter. It is my favourite.  I am a person who loves vibrant colours, who loves warmer weather, the beautiful sun shining, and among when the days get longer. I really didn’t enjoy when the days get shorter and it would be dark before 5pm. I really enjoy it when time and daylight time increases. In June and July it is still sunlight after  8:30 and you would still see a bit of light after 9pm too. those are the days I love, plus you don’t feel that the night is dragging on so long and plus it gets brighter earlier in the morning and its so refreshing and you start your day earlier and you appreciate the daylight and days. I also like getting rid of the boots and jackets I wear and pack them up for 5-6 months of the year.

I really enjoy sitting on the patio, I like driving with my windows down, listening to vibrant music, going camping, and I enjoy leisure time away too.

What season do you like? Do you also enjoy spring and summer months? What do you mostly enjoy when the weather starts getting warmer? What activities do you like doing outdoors? Would love to hear form you. Happy Spring!

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

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!

Introducing Adiss Harmandian – An Extraordinary Incredible Talent

Hello, I am here today to introduce to you an Armenian Legendary Singer and performer an extraordinary talent and incredible voice, a dedicated and devoted Armenian who shines to the world and the Armenian community. Mr. Adiss Harmandian was born in Beirut Lebanon on January 14, 1945. Adiss Has been awarded many prestigious awards for his efforts, excellency and dedication to the Armenians and the communities across the world.

Adiss Harmandian has been awarded by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Catholicos of Armenian Cilicia the highest Armenian Diaspora religious award, the “Mesrob Mashdots Medallion” (with the degree of Prince) title for his 40 years of work

  • In 2005 he also received lifetime achievement award by the Armenian Music Awards and a certificate from the Los Angeles Council members for lifetime achievement.
  • Upon the proposal of France’s Armenian community, then mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac honored the popular Armenian singer with a medal for recognition of his contributions.

You can listen to his music here even if you do not understand Armenian you can hear his voice, and the way his voice ignites and touches your heart and among everything else.

http://www.haykakanmusic.com/playlists/adiss-harmandian

Adiss still continues to this day to sing, and grace the large crowds. He has his own restaurant in Lebanon called Adiss Signature. He owns a baklava shop in Encino in California. God bless Our Lovely Adiss Harmandian and may God continue to give him strength, energy and the power to do what he loves is to sing and to perform for everyone. May God bless him always.

Introducing You “Vahe Tilbian” A Fantastic Performer, Singer, Dancer

Hello everyone, I would like to introduce you to a long time friend of mine of 8 years and his name is Vahe (VAH-HEY) Tilbian. We met through an Armenian Youth Organization in Canada and When I flew to Vancouver, British Columbia back in 2005 for the Armenian Youth Sports Weekend that took place in July, 2005, We met officially and became friends. Since then we have been in touch and hes such a fabulous, talented and incredible person who is so artistic in performing, singing, dancing. His passion and dedication toward the art of music, dancing and the whole entertainment world is so wonderful and beautiful. His voice is so therapeutic, beautiful and brightens the room when you enter. Vahe possesses so much beauty and demonstrates his dedication toward his culture, and in both Ethiopian and Armenian. Below is his biography and what he has to say in his own words from his Facebook page Vahe Music.

In his own words, here is a mini biography about him and his performing history.

http://www.facebook.com/Vahe.music

My interest in music and dance started early on as I was and still am surrounded by a very musical family. At age 3 I used to go listen to my aunt and uncle rehearse with their band (Sevan Band). This was later strengthened by classical piano lessons for almost 7 years and singing in the Armenian Church choir. Later also joined the Motley Singers of Addis Ababa for a few years as lead tenor.
Armenian by origin, Ethiopian by nationality and still living in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Currently working on an album which I am hoping will be an eclectic mix of these two very unique cultures, tied together under an alternative genre of music.
Currently also working with Z Beyaynetus band, Kenny Allen and the 251 as well as opening the weekly show and singing supporting vocals with Zeritu Kebede.

An artist, an entertainer.
I’m a singer/songwriter, a dancer, a writer trying to make myself heard out there to whoever is interested in hearing, in listening. To whoever is interested in looking and seeing, interpreting and deducing.

For all his Discography and Music Click on his link

http://www.vahetilbian.com/my-music.html

I wish Vahe all the best in the future, God bless him and keep him going with everything in his life. Hope I will get to see him again soon.

Following are his links

http://www.vahetilbian.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/ethioarmen

https://twitter.com/VaheTilbian

Introducing You Raz Chaks – A Great Talented Drummer

Hello everyone, I would like to introduce you My great friend Raz Chaks who is a talented drummer and artist. Raz possesses passion and dedication to drumming and has drummed to Katy Perry, Gangnam Style, Alex Clare and so much more. I discovered his drumming passion about a month or 2 before and I am very proud of him and his accomplishments and his work. Raz is an Armenian who resides in Ontario, Canada. I have known him for many years through the Armenian Community. His passion and dedication is not only through drumming and music but his constant dedication to the Armenian community. Raz is a humble, down-to-earth person whom I have grown to respect and appreciate. It is a pleasure to know him and to have met him years ago at an Armenian function and have seen him through out the years. Without further a do, Here are ways you can listen and view his drumming videos on Youtube, you can join and like his fan page, and interact with him on Facebook and much more.

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLwdcZRNMtaUIkOiuKOpwXw?feature=mhee

Youtube Channel – Chaks Drums

http://www.facebook.com/ChaksDrums

His Facebook Fanpage

I would like wish Raz Chaks the best, with happiness, health, success, and much more. He deserves all the great things life has to offer. God bless him with where ever his life takes him and his path to drumming and his passion.

The Music Of The World, To My Soul – My Favourite Music Of The World

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!

My Favourite Music – What I Like To Listen To

Due to popular demand, people want to hear from me on what music I like to listen to and what genre’s. I like all sorts of music, but some a lot more. I like music with beats and also music with meaning. It is a universal language and I am sure all of us like music in some shape or form.

I like:

Caribbean Style music:

Reggaeton, Cubaton, Merengue, Spanish, Cuban Music, Latin, Salsa, Mariachi, Reggae, Bachata, Steel Drum Music, Tropical Sounds, Mexican

Middle Eastern, Europe:

Armenian, Arabic, Persian, Italian, Greek, French

North American:

Pop, Alternative, Trance, House, Dance, Freestyle, Motown, Old School,

 

What do you like?

 

 

The Armenian Youth Getaway in Kingston, Ontario Was A Great Success – June 1-3, 2012

On Friday June 1st, 2012, around 63 or more people From Montreal and Toronto embarked on buses to North of Kingston, at Camp Iawah, in Godfrey Ontario to reunite with friends, to make new friends, to share, to also learn about Armenian Religion and to learn about our faith and community a lot more. Since this year is the 500th anniversary of the printing of Armenian Books and literature, this time we dedicated it all to that. We discussed the importance of Armenian Language, to speak and write Armenian, and why it is important to keep our culture, and heritage alive. On Friday night June 1st, we had arrived at Camp Iawah, and we began with an Orientation, then we all go our room numbers where we are going to sleep, but what sleep? We had little or no sleep at all, all weekend. Who goes to a Youth Getaway and sleeps right? It’s just for a weekend. Then afterwards we all met up in the conference room and we played an ice breaker game called get to know others bingo. So we had to go around the room and find someone similar to what month were born, what type of music we like, where each of us were born, and when it was all done, someone had to call bingo. It was a fun start to the weekend. After that we did our night prayer then we had free time.

On Saturday June 2nd, 2012, we woke up, had our morning prayer, then breakfast. After breakfast we had a few discussions, followed by lunch, after lunch we did a lot of sporting and outdoor activities such as canoeing, soccer, rock climbing, basketball, and among other games. After all that we had dinner and after dinner we had a strong debate on the importance of reading and writing Armenian and it was a heated one to two hours of it, but we sure did learn a lot from it, and how important it is to learn a new language so on and so forth. After that we had some time to spend outdoors again around a bonfire we made and we danced, sang, and just enjoyed each others company with cookies and hot chocolate. After we went back toward the building we were staying in and we had a karaoke night, it was such a great time. After everyone did their own thing and people were awake all hours of the night. including myself. I got like 4 hours sleep all weekend. Now, I am paying for that.

In conclusion, the whole weekend was an incredible experience for me again. This was my 3rd time attending the Youth Weekend getaway and it was nice to see my friends from Montreal. My Montreal circle keeps getting bigger and bigger and Its so awesome to see. Thanks to all the Organizers of this beautiful and great trip we had. It is not an easy task to plan and to organize events. I appreciate all those who worked so hard to make sure that we all are taken care of, we all had a great time and we made memories to last a lifetime. I mean that is what it’s all about right? Making friends, making memories, sharing our lives with others, and just going with the flow in life. All the best and I cannot wait until the next Getaway. It needs to come back fast because I miss everyone already. I am hoping I make a trip to Montreal soon to see my friends and hang out with everyone. All the best to the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC) and thank you again for a beautiful weekend which I will never forget. God bless everyone.