Being A Proud Armenian in the Diaspora

By: Talin Orfali Ghazarian

I am Talin Orfali Ghazarian. Since I was born, I ventured into this world becoming a Canadian born Armenian through my roots of my family in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I was Christened in an Armenian church a few months after my birth. In my early years, my family took me to church in the city of Toronto where I began to meet other Armenian’s; when my parents sent me to St. Sahag. St. Mesrob Armenian Saturday School and Sunday School too. My brother as well, when we both went together to school, but we are a few years apart in age.

Becoming active in the community was absolutely important for my family and then to me too and it still is to this day. I remember my late grandfather Habib Torossian had said to me when I was a child, he said to me to always “keep you’re Armenian heritage and culture alive, and make sure to always stay close to your community”. When my grandfather said those words to me, it stuck with me since then. I became a proud diasporan. My grandparents, my parents, my uncles, aunts, teachers, and so many other important people in my life gave me so much advice which I will take with me in my life.

As I began to be a teenager to my late teenage life into my early 20’s and up until now into my 30’s, I became part of the Armenian youth, where I made lots of new Armenian friends across Canada and the USA. We ventured out to Vancouver, Montreal, Laval, Ottawa, St. Catherines, Mississauga, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Kingston for meetings, gatherings, sports weekends, retreats, seminars, festivals, parties, dinners and more. Getting to know more Armenians was and is so special to me. We are still in touch today.

I got to meet many clergymen, bishops, those in government, prominent figures of our Armenian diaspora, singers, performers, writers, artists, comedians, actors, inventors, innovators, actresses and got to make friends with a lot of Armenians through social media as well. We have so much culture that is so rich, beautiful and blossoming. We have so much to give to the world our talents, the way of life.

With social media now, it is so much easier now to spread who we are to the internet, interacting with others, and communicating to make the world a smaller place which has happened many years ago. Being in a social setting to me is so important to me. I made Armenian friends and now we hang out regularly every week or almost every week. It feels incredible to be part of it all. I have so much to be grateful for. I appreciate all the people in my life and for being surrounded by positivity every step of the way.

We should never take who we are for granted. It is important to stay true to who you are and to never go away from your community. Things can happen, disagreements, and things that we may not like, but it never means to stay away from your community. Nothing and nobody is perfect. Mistakes can happen as we all do make them, but never let those things deter you away.

I can never forget the time where I was in high school in computer class and we had access to the internet and my high school teacher was Armenian by luck and we had an assignment to do online, so I went on the internet and began to search Armenian stuff and famous Armenians, and then my teacher approached me and said, Talin, that is not what you are supposed to be doing now during class, but then she pulled me aside after class and said, I really didn’t mind you doing that and she said, I applaud you and I am so proud of you for looking those things up, and she said I am not going to deduct marks off from you. So, I finished the assignment I had to do and gave it to her promptly the day after and she gave me full marks for it. I apologized to her, and she said to me, there is nothing to apologize for. She said she loved what she saw.

I am absolutely lucky to become and be an Armenian. It is so important to me. You cannot put a price on the love and appreciation I have for Armenia and Armenian’s around the world. When I graduated from Armenian School, I got the chance of a lifetime to go visit Armenia our motherland. It was the most beautiful 3 weeks I had ever spent in my life. I was homesick as well. I was just 14 years old travelling away from my family for the first time and I remember crying at the airport and a few times to want to come back to Canada to be with my family, but then I realized that I am in Armenia on this beautiful soil, so I just began to really enjoy and take it all in. I still remember it like it was yesterday. It has almost been 20 years since then. Time has flown. I need to go back.

Being an Armenian outside of Armenia is absolutely a vital part to globally keep active, to represent our motherland. It is absolutely important to keep being informed, to take part in events, to attend Armenian bible studies, schools, church mass, being part of groups, meetings, to attend Armenian community centres where ever you are and to enjoy the ambience and atmosphere. In order for our community to blossom, we have to fill these facilities with all of us. These are just buildings, but we as people have to get into them to become a vital community in numbers, which it is and it is such a beautiful thing to see.

We must never stop informing Non-Armenian people of the world who we are, what we have, what we eat, our landmarks, churches, picturesque views of Armenia, and to raise awareness on a terrible part of our history when the Armenian Genocide happened when 1.5 million Armenians were massacred in the hands of the Turkish Ottoman Empire of Turkey on April 24, 1915.

In the past 4 years or so, I began to date an Armenian and his name is Armen. A year or so ago, he proposed to me and now we are happily married with both our families being very close to our Armenianess and being part of our heritage, how we speak Armenian to each other. It is so beautiful. God willing when we begin having a family of our own, our future will be blessed with children and we will instill the same Armenian values and teach them to be full-fledged Armenian and to keep our diaspora alive. It all begins with how we as adults spread our love for our community to share it with children who are just beginning at life.

Being a proud Armenian diasporan for me is so important, and I promise to Armenian’s all over the world, the bond I have with you all will never die and I will always keep that promise where ever life takes me. That I will always guarantee. God bless our diaspora, our Armenians all over the world and our motherland of Armenia!

The Magic of the Internet on Imgur

In this day in age in technology and social media, it is very easy to transmit information, messages, articles, pictures, videos, gifs, interesting things and more. Just about a year ago or so, I discovered this website called Imgur. Imgur is a site where people become members and begin posting all kinds of images, gifs, visual stories, inspiring and uplifting content, and so much more.

Let me tell you a little bit about Imgur and to relax, kick back and have a joyful time discovering the magic of the internet. People from all over the world have joined the site. The website works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and people are up all hours of the night and day to add a little fun in their lives to come and enjoy themselves on Imgur.

Imgur has millions of members, so many billions of post views, and it is ranked as top site #15 in the U.S by Alexa. Imgur was launched in 2009. Alan Schaaf launched and created the site in his Ohio University dorm room as a simple, no-limits platform to shares images online.

Imgur has received many awards of best-bootstrapped startup, TechCrunch, crunchies, social media awards, best community website, Adweek’s readers choice for the hottest social platform.

There are options whether you would like to upvote, downvote, and favourite something you see. Once, you get enough views and upvotes, the content that you post goes viral and you get points. It is pretty fun. It teaches you what people these days look for in content. People love it when original content gets posted and when it is especially yours. People automatically know and feel that it is. You also get trophies too for many reasons all around for posting the cutest image, for getting the most favourites on a post, going mobile, beta testing, for multiple posts on the most viral page and more.

When you visit the most viral page, rising, highest scoring, and you will see the type of content that Imgurians love to upvote. There are certain posts that Imgurians do not enjoy politics, controversial images, and amongst other issues. When you check out imgur.com you will see what it is all about.

with the constant changes in social media, the kind of content people want to see, this website gives an idea of what kind of content is most popular these days and months. Imgur definitely keeps you engaged and it is such a fun and positive website.

They have a forum as well, where you can join and interact with other members if you have questions on how the site works and operates if you have things to share too as long as you follow the rules.

Once people really start to enjoy your content, your upvotes and points increase. Your notoriety increases. It begins from 0 points and you work your way up.

Bonus Medallions

Imgurite 80,000
Gold 70,000
Silver 60,000
Iron 50,000
Bronze 40,000
Copper 30,000
Glorious 20,000
Renowned 8,000 to 19,999
Idolized 4,000 to 7,999
Trusted 2,000 to 3,999
Liked 1,000 to 1,999
Accepted 400 to 999
Neutral under 400

After 80,000 points, your points increase more and more and it becomes unlimited. some people have over 1 Million points and even more.

Also, there is content you must steer away from. Imgur has all the terms and conditions written on the site which you do not want to receive suspensions, bans and shadow ban for whatever reason that the staff doesn’t like to see on the site.

If a post is doing well and goes viral and you get a few thousand points, and if you post it again, people always remember the content that does get posted, so you might get downvotes and go into minuses which will affect your points. You can also get upvote points when you comment on another person’s image, video or gif, but you can also get downvoted. If you get into minus, it is a good idea to delete it.

Imgur is also a website where people post clever, catchy and interesting memes which can also be funny. There are cake days where you can post the more bizarre cake or the most beautiful cake or however you wish. There are other days where they have for cat days, and so on and so forth. You will see once you get on Imgur.

Enjoy it and if you are not a member, become one today and you will enter into a really interesting world of the internet, have fun and enjoy the ride.

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Social Media Entitlement

Social Media has great benefits to it, but it also carries a negative approach as well. Has social media gone out of context in terms of finding comfort in disrespecting others and ridiculing them?

It gives some people leverage to write terrible comments and status messages. Some people are too comfortable now, and I am sure that they wouldn’t say half the things they would write online to people in person. Some people find that hiding behind a screen is something that makes them feel at ease.

Cyberbullying is one of the worst things that someone can combat. what you say and do online has a big impact and you really do not know who is watching, reading and observing. You really do not know your audience. When someone is in a vulnerable position in real life, the people who are bullying the person has leverage to humiliate them on the internet for so many people to see.

Although social media is a great tool to keep in touch, to make new friends, to communicate and transmit information instantly, however it can also be dangerous too. You need to be very careful to make sure things aren’t used against you and what you post online stays here forever even if you delete it. There is always a way to retrieve deleted posts.

People have this mentality now that they feel entitled, that they can disrespect people, they can post what they want without consequences. Some people have by now, but majority of the people out there who do and post terrible things online get away with it. Especially hurting others with insulting and terrible comments.

If you have nothing nice to say to others, and if you do not have anything productive, inspiring, nice, kind and good things to produce online, then you should not be posting. What you do and say does affect others.

With this digital age now when everything is out in the open on the internet, and privacy is minimal, you have to be careful. You have no idea what people go through in their personal lives, you have no idea the path people are on, so its a good idea to stay away from disrespecting others, and ridiculing others, and actually try to help them.

Spread positivity in ones life, and always lift people up when they are down. There will always be those people who will never learn and who will always continue to be rude and mean to others and it is terrible. Hopefully someday they will wake up and realize that what they are doing is wrong.

Help others, be kind, and be nice because you never know what another person goes through.

Talin’s Meat Sauce for Chicken, Ribs and Pork Chops

I love sauce and dressings a lot and I love bathing my meats, salads and all that in with that. I have made my own sauces and dressings with different types of herbs, spices and people love it.

Here are one of my favourite signature sauces I made myself from scratch to pork chops/chicken/ribs and depending on how much you make. It can be a lot, but this recipe is for 4-5 people: (Bathing your meat with lots of sauce and marinating it is very important to make it tasty and tender)

Ingredients include:

2 1/2 tbsp – chicken seasoning powder
1 tsp – allspice
2 tbsp – onion powder
1 onion – red – very finely chopped into very small pieces
3 1/2 tbsp – brown sugar
3 cloves of garlic – finely chopped to very small pieces
1 tbsp – garlic powder
1 can of hot chicken sauce or poutine sauce gravy mix (you can use them for pork and ribs as well.
3 tbsp – soya sauce – light sodium

3 tbsp – mayonnaise
2 tbsp – Lemon juice
both Lemon and Mayonnaise will tenderize the meat.

Mix all ingredients together very well in a mixing bowl for about 5 minutes, making sure all ingredients are incorporated with one another. Let it sit for about 10 minutes so it can rest, and then add it to your meat and let your meat marinate for about an hour or 2. Make sure it is all covered. Put your meat in the fridge. Add all the sauce on it.

Enjoy 🙂

Benefits of efficient traveling – Toronto Pearson International Airport

Toronto Pearson International Airport is one of the busiest Airports in the world, and many tourists and locals of Toronto go in and out of the airport daily. Traveling has changed a lot in the last 20-23 years. A lot of new technology has been added, the face of air travel has changed, the laws are constantly being updated and many new security measures have been added in addition to how airports operate. The benefits of efficient travel is vital to keep the flow of passengers going as well as employees of Toronto Pearson Airport.

Here are some ideas of benefits of efficient traveling and to create a New Toronto Pearson International Airport:

– Terminal 1 should be focused on USA/Canada travel. NEXUS and entering US customs and security should be in T1. Canadian Travel should be there as well since majority of US/Canada flights are there. Security screening would be more easier and quicker if more machines from T3 US NEXUS/Customs can be transferred to T1.

– Terminal 3 should be focused on Southern, Caribbean and International destinations. The benefits would be to make more room for international and eliminate all US/Canada travel from the terminal. Normal security screening and moving the machines from T1 to T3 would make getting to flights on time and less lineups.

– The Airlines that fly to US/Canada/ International/Southern/Caribbean destinations can be split between both terminals. For example, Air Canada flies to Los Angeles LAX, and the same Airline flies to Paris, France, then both terminals can separate between International/Domestic and Southern flights as well as Nationwide.

– Airports should also be pet friendly. Say, a passenger flies away for a while and returns back and gets picked up by loved ones along with their pets, it would be a great thing to see pets reunite with their owners and the reaction the animals get when they haven’t seen their owners for a long time just like how human reactions can be. It would be a great incentive and the benefits and the joys of seeing human and animal reactions can be a positive and rewarding thing at the airport, as long as they are attended to and kept leashed.

– Allowing people who wait for passengers at the arrivals to wait right at the terminal round-about for 15 minutes. Allowing passengers to stay instead of circling around.

– Spotting aircraft locations in the airport premises. Allowing non-passengers to enjoy the airport and more pre-security departure options to allow people not traveling a great experience at Toronto Pearson and permit leisure time for aircraft, airport enthusiasts.

I think these key points is an imperative part to improving operations at YYZ Toronto Pearson Airport of Toronto. It is important to keep things efficient as tourists are increasing, line ups are long and sometimes check in processes can get super busy especially during the holidays, leisure and business travel.

I am certain that these changes will take the step to the right direction and that passengers, non-passengers and airport employees, aircraft and airline crews will all appreciate it. Separating the destinations per terminal is important.

USA Travel should be catered to one terminal where customs, check in processes and NEXUS entry areas should be in one area and opened up make room for that as the security procedures differ from the regular security screening.

Toronto Pearson is an airport that is near and dear to my heart and it is a place where it is sentimental for me. These ideas and suggestions are things that I have observed and would love to see them considered and happen in the near future. I get excited every time I come to the Airport whether I am flying, picking up passengers, spotting to watch aircraft take off and land. Its a beautiful airport that I love so much and this airport means the world to me.

I am glad I have all these memories and I cannot wait to continue to make more travel memories throughout the years.

Toronto Pearson International Airport – YYZ – CYYZ

In Toronto Pearson International Airport, there are over 60 Air Carriers which operate in and out of the airport. They are connected through direct flights, codeshare, connecting flights which the airport caters to over 180 destinations around the world. Toronto Pearson is one of the busiest airports in the world and it is in the top 30.

List of Airlines per Terminal at Toronto Pearson International Airport: CYYZ – YYZ

Terminal 1:

Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Egyptair, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS Scandinavian, Singapore Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, Thai Airways International, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines and United.

Terminal 3:

Aer Lingus, Air France , Aeromexico, Air Transat, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, American Airlines, Azores Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern Airlines, Condor, Cubana, Delta, EL AL, Etihad Airways, Flair Airlines, Fly Jamaica, Hainan Airlines, Iberia, Icelandair, Interjet, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, KLM, Korean Air, LAN Airlines, Miami Air International, Pakistan International, Philippine Airlines, Primera Air, Qantas, SAUDIA, Sunwing Airlines, Ukraine International, Westjet, and WOWAir.

Cargo Terminal’s: (NON-Passenger)

Cathay Pacific Cargo(Vista Cargo), Cubana Airlines Cargo(Vista Cargo), FedEx Cargo (Cargo North), Korean Air Cargo(Cargo West), Lufthansa Cargo(Cargo West), and United Parcel Services(Vista Cargo).

I think Terminal 1 at the Toronto Pearson International Airport should be for US/Canada destinations and Terminal 3 should be for Southern and International Flights. I have been working on this pilot project to pitch in this idea for the airport to make things more efficient and more practical in travel and to keep things organized. Especially for the Canadian and USA Travel out from the airport. Hopefully, this can work out. It will be a great step toward the right direction if this pans out.

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Some Travel advice from me to you.

Talin’s travel tips:

Zone boarding – At the Boarding counter at the gate before heading to your aircraft. Important tips to follow.

Zones are put on your boarding pass for a reason to make going to the aircraft less congested and keep things organized when you are finding your seat and getting enough time to get settled in with putting your carry-on baggage away in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you.

When your zone gets called, that is when you line up. When it is being announced where families with children and those who need more time and assistance with those in wheelchairs and who requested wheelchairs and those in priority seating need to be seated first.

Then Zone 1-4 or whatever the case maybe follows. Do not worry, all of you will get on the aircraft and they won’t leave without you when you are there at the gate.

Depending on the size of the aircraft and how many seats there are, they sometimes begin by zones in the back of the aircraft, then mid zone, and then the front.

I know sometimes it is difficult to find space for your carry-on baggage in the overhead compartment when it is a full flight, but sometimes you have no choice but to put your baggage under the seat in front of you or unfortunately have your carry-on checked for free if there is no space left. That is what gets people to not follow instructions because they are afraid for these reasons.

No worries about these little things. Have a safe trip and what is important is that you are on the flight and heading to your destination. Have fun.