Legends Live Forever – Song of an Angel

Dedicated to Our Armenian Icon Adiss Harmandian
By: Talin Orfali Ghazarian

Adiss, an Armenian icon with a beautiful heart,
His lovely songs are a work of art,
He gave his dedication and energy to his passion,
I absolutely loved his suits and style of fashion.

Adiss explored and traveled to many places,
His voice, grand entrance, put a smile on many faces.
His singing, performance, personality and more,
many people began enjoying on the dance floor.

The blossoming flowers bloom
every single time you used to walk into a room,
You stood out like a single red rose,
That every single person who came enjoyed the shows.

Adiss, a family man, friend, icon, legend to all,
When I heard about him passing, I began to bawl,
His legacy, his music, will forever live on,
But I truly cannot believe that he is truly physically gone.

Adiss is now performing on heaven’s stage,
Entertaining all of the people no matter what age,
We will definitely miss our legend, and his presence,
His voice, tunes, beats, rhythms has this awesome pleasance,

God rest Adiss lovely soul
Legends live forever
Because legends never die, he achieved his goal

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Thank you Adiss
We Miss you
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts
You will always be our Icon and your legacy and soul will live on with us forever.

Adiss Harmandian – Remembering The Life of Our Late Armenian King & Legend

In life you come across beautiful incredibly awesome people and I am here to Introduce you A True Armenian Legend, Maestro, Singer, Artist, Father, Grandfather, Uncle, A friend, a brother and a talent that was and still is truly one of a kind and a very rare gem and his name is Adiss Harmandian. Another name is Avedis – Adiss was born on January 14, 1945, in Beirut, Lebanon. He kicked off his musical career in the 1960s with his iconic song “Dzaghigner” and amongst other songs which then he became popular in Lebanon and the world began to know about Adiss and music. The diaspora quickly got hold of his music and he began to travel the world to perform on stages to grace the crowds with his presence.

Adiss moved to Los Angeles with his family. The family owns the iconic Baklava Factory in Encino which I had the pleasure and excitement on visiting 4 years ago or so. It was exciting to meet his son Norair. Many prominent figures, actors, actresses have visited the Baklava Factory to buy Middle Eastern sweets and more from there. He has had a restaurant in Lebanon called Adiss Signature and amongst other things.

Adiss’s energy was felt through his music and singing. He sang from the heart and was and still is a truly dedicated Armenian to his people. He has hundreds of thousands and even millions of fans worldwide who has become a staple in homes, vehicles while driving, stages, Armenian community centers, Armenian restaurants and more with his music blasted up, sung, and CD’s, Cassettes, and Vinyl records bought by so many people.

He became a pioneer in Armenian/Arabic and International music which then other musical performers began to follow in Adiss’s footsteps and his talent blossomed to others as well. It all began with Adiss.

His iconic musical career blossomed as he created 30 albums and over 400 songs that get you addicted to listening to him. Noune, Karoun Karoun, Kisher eh Kisher, Ashoun Eh Ashoun, Taline Anoushig, and Liana Liana both songs dedicated to his daughters Taline and Liana. He also has heratzir moratzir, he also has an album with the Iconic International Vatche, and he has had numerous duets with several singers and one of them is Ararad Aharonian. He has a whole lot of other popular songs of which I cannot share all of it, but if you search him online, you will see and listen to his music. He has had several band members and collaborated with Levon Ishkhanian and his band as well as local bands of certain locations in the world.

Adiss had also written a book called Yerki Jampov, meaning musical journey/road, and he tells his readers all about his life, music, some lyrics, amongst challenges and yet success stories, his tours all around the world and more. He has received many honorary awards from priests, dignitaries, amongst the Armenian community and in the world. He also earned a well-deserved medal called Mesrob Mashdots rare medallion!

Adiss is and will always be so near and dear to my heart and soul and to my family and to a lot of people I know around my Armenian community in Toronto and in Montreal in Canada and I know of many people around the world who share the same sentiments as I do. I have had the pleasure of speaking with Adiss Harmandian many times face-to-face. I have met him numerous amounts of times in Montreal and Toronto, Canada. Every single time I would hear him coming, I would definitely secure tickets to go see him with my family and I would go to Armenian Summer festivals in Toronto and Montreal for the purpose to see him. I took pictures with him every time and I love our pictures so much and the memories shared together. We would be the last ones to leave the party just so we can go talk to him freely and spend time with him.

Adiss was a kind-hearted, dedicated, driven, passionate, and an incredible person inside and out whom will forever be my #1 artist. The world become a lucky place with him. I truly appreciate all the hardships and hard work he went through to go through and to create his lovely music. and more. There truly aren’t enough words to describe this incredible and beautiful man.

We have all of his music and we have listened to it for probably over a million times, and we will never stop. I became quite close with his children with many conversations throughout the years and recently in the last 3-4 years and even more. It is such a pleasure to know his family and to be connected to them.

Adiss has been part of my life since I was a baby. My mother always put his music on at home while cleaning, cooking, and just sitting down and relaxing and when we are driving somewhere. My favourite is when I am driving to Montreal on the highway and I would put Adiss on in my car and it is so suiting and fitting to drive to his music passing through cities and towns. It is the absolute best. Greatest feeling ever. When we also had a cottage, we would drive up there too with his music. My mother introduced me to him and his music and I will forever be grateful to her for that. Listening to Adiss has been a vital part of my life and I appreciate it so much.

I thank Adiss for giving us these beautiful gifts of his music, talent and his life who he dedicated to us all who was so selfless, put his family, friends and fans first before everything else and worked day in and day out.

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In the last 15 years or so, Adiss had been battling cancer off and on, and in the last 2 years, his health deteriorated further and I was always communicating with his family. Sadly and unfortunately cancer took his life and passed away on Sunday September 1st, 2019 and passed away at the age of 74. Adiss was blessed with 3 children, Norair, Liana and Taline and was blessed with grandchildren as well.

His funeral took place at Forest Lawn in Los Angeles, California on Saturday September 7th, 2019 where someone said in a speech that Adiss was famous and popular worldwide before YouTube and social media was introduced and that is so absolutely true. I was unfortunately unable to attend the funeral physically, but they broadcasted the funeral online live so those who couldn’t attend to watch and be there with them. Adiss has been a huge part of the Armenian Identity and became the #1 prominent figure and face of Armenian Music and more. He was an artist as well. He has so many beautiful qualities about him that I just cannot even describe to you. It really hurts to know that he is not here anymore physically. It has definitely put a huge scar in my heart.

I learned so much more about him during his funeral and sharing more about his life from his children, priests, friends and more.

This past week has been a very difficult week for my family and I as we try to process this tremendous and huge loss. We had this bond with him that was so special. It has been a week full of tears, raw emotions, and so much more. The hurt, the devastation hit us very hard. We are trying to come to terms with this. We never thought this would ever happen.

It will take a long time for us to adjust to this new reality, but Adiss Harmandian’s soul, music, voice, memory, legacy and his life will forever live on with us. He is and will always live with us in our hearts forever. We love you so much Adiss and we forever will miss you. May your music forever be heard. God rest Adiss beautifully kind hearted Soul and may he rest in peace.

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Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Adiss family, friends and our fellow fans around the world for this tremendous loss.

 

 

Fun Cruise Ship Terminology to Know – Glossary of Cruise Terms

Cruise Ship terminology is a totally different language when you get on a cruise ship. There are different terms to describe things and places around the ship. It’s such a fun thing to know and when you study and use the terminology on a cruise ship, its pretty awesome. Get on a cruise ship and learn to talk the talk. So, here are some fun and important terminology to know when you are on a cruise:

Aft: The back part of the cruise ship

All Hands:  All crew members

Amidships: The middle section of the ship

Atrium: a part of the ship where you can see multiple decks

Beam: Widest part of the ship which is the central part

Bow: The Front of the ship

Bow Thrusters: the propeller’s in front of the ship to help it move.

Bridge: A place where the captain and it’s officers control the ship.

Buoy: markers at sea that direct ships to enter ports and indicates where ships must navigate.

Cabin/Stateroom: A room for passengers aboard the ship

Cabin Steward: Someone who cleans and upkeeps your room

Cast off: To release the ship from her mooring

Cruise Director: A person who is in charge of all entertainment and announcement.

Debark: Going ashore at ports

Disembark: the leave the ship

Deck: describes each floor on a ship

Dock: When cruise ships come to port and get tied up.

Embark: to go onboard the ship.

First Seating: described as early dinner time

Fleet: the number of ships in the cruise lines

Forward: same as bow, but front portion of a ship

Funnel: The ship’s smokestack

Galley: It means the Kitchen on the ship

Gangway: A ramp that is used to get passengers on and off the ship safely and easily on the concrete dock.

Head: the bathroom

Inside Cabin: a room that does not have windows, porthole or balcony

Keel:  The heavy steel beam at the bottom of the ship upon which the ship is built, and which helps to keep it upright.

Knot: A measurement of a ships speed. A Nautical mile per hour is equal to one knot.

Maiden Voyage: A first inaugural ship sailing.

Master/Captain: the leader of the ship

MDR: Main Dining Room

Moor: To hold the ship in place with lines at a berth

Muster Drill: An exercise that is conducted on the ship that is mandatory for all passengers and crew. A safety drill regarding instructions for life jackets, life boats and directing you to your station. In case of emergency at Sea.

OBC: Onboard Credit. a credit added to your onboard account, either as a perk of booking or as compensation for an unforeseen event.

Pitch: The forward and backward movement of the ship as it moves

Porthole: A round window in a cabin

Portside: The left side of the ship – when facing forward.

Purser: Also known as lobby reception desk

Shore excursion: a guided tour organized by the cruise line.

Sister Ships: Ships built of the same design-sometimes referred to as ships owned and operated by the same cruise line

Starboard: the right side of the ship

Stern: A the back or rear portion of the ship. Same as Aft

Tender: When cruise ships are anchored in the water and not at the dock, and where little boats transport passengers and crew to the shore. This is done because the water is not deep enough by the shore.

Veranda: a private balcony attached to the cabin

Windward: The side of the ship exposed to the wind.

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Lido: Lido deck is located toward the back of the ship where you can see the propellers moving or at the sides of ship.

 

Travel – Cruise Advisors – Why Do We Give Travel Tips, News & Advice to you?

I am here to explain to you on why travel and cruise advisors such as myself give travel tips, news and advice to you whether you are planning, being new to the travel scene, when you want to travel again, and amongst getting very important information out to you that you should know to prepare yourself.

It is our utmost pleasure to assist you because we care about you and want to make your travel experiences as enjoyable, relaxing, fun, fantastic and a lot more. We assist with airlines, airports, cruises, cruise lines, baggage, how to pack, what to pack, tips and tricks, carry-on baggage, allowances, what to pack in your carry-on, being efficient, all-inclusive resorts, border crossings, bus trips, amongst other forms of information in regards to documents for travel, passports, bookings and specials.

Traveling in this life to see the world, to experience all walks of life, to meet people from around the world is a way to a new perspective on life, on how you see other people living, learning local laws, beliefs, and viewing the world in a different light. We travel advisors help you to get there. Yes, it costs money to travel, but it is money well spent. You will not take the money with you. The world is meant to be explored.

If you have never traveled in your life and do not intend to ever, then you are missing out on a whole lot. Pictures, videos, and stories do not do its justice. You need to see it for yourself.

You can travel, we travel advisors can help you get on your way.
🙂 Bon Voyage!

One of the most Ridiculous Traveller Complaints ever

I just heard one of the most bizarre yet really insanely ridiculous complaints I have heard from someone who went on a cruise ship vacation on the first embarkation day. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing.. Such selfish and disgusting behavior. What makes her special more than anybody else? So, here is what took place.

So, this couple went crazy and started to complain about something that should not have been bickering about. Okay, so what happened was that this couple gets on the ship late on embarkation day around 4pm and the ship leaves at 5pm from Miami. 4pm is when the mustering drill was happening before sailing out on the itinerary. This couple missed the mustering drill which they must attend the next day..

. So, this couple complained that their baggage did not make it to their cabin until 7pm, and they were nagging and making a huge stink about it because she did not have an outfit to wear for their early dinner. She then said that I am going to cancel my trip and get off at the next port… Just for a mere 3-hour wait for baggage for A MASSIVE Cruise ship that has over 7800 guests and crew on board this ship.

Do the Math of how much baggage that is coming on board and they have to sort through, go to the right cabins, and have to be delivered through the service lifts with huge cart fulls of them. It takes time for them to be delivered. Plus every bag gets screened before getting on the ship. This couple thinks that miraculously the baggage will be there right then and there.

They are so selfish and do not even think of the workers on the ship. Mind you, there is a lot of heavy lifting involved. It’s absolutely mind-boggling of the stories you hear.
It is one thing to lose your baggage altogether and left behind, then its something to take up with the cruise line, but in a respectful manner though. Not being rude about it, but when you receive your baggage and STILL COMPLAIN then that is a Problem and its terrible.

Not a big deal so, if this couple is complaining of a lousy 3-hour wait for baggage on a massive cruise ship, you often wonder what kind of complaining they do on a daily basis for something that is irrelevant, small and really nothing to complain about. There will always be that crazy, selfish ridiculous bunch who will do nothing but cause trouble for no reason at all. It is insane on what I hear all the time from travelers.

Cruise & All-Inclusive Resort Vacation’s – Bad Behavior, Disgusting, Disrespect and Selfishness from people

In life we will encounter all kinds of people in this world, especially when we travel to different destinations, seeing people from all walks of life, witnessing how people behave and carry out themselves, especially on cruises and all-inclusive vacation’s. We will see people who lack manners, hygiene, bad behavior, disrespect, selfishness thinking they are the only ones who matter on vacations and they don’t care about others.

Manners, respect, dignity, courteousness cannot be bought. It does not matter if you paid $1000 or $10,000 or whatever amount for a vacation. It doesn’t make anybody entitled to treat resort and cruise staff with disrespect, and treating them like total garbage. It is absolutely uncalled for. Respecting, being kind and good to people matter and it can make a big difference in how people work, on how they get treated. I just cannot stand people who feel the need to be entitled.

The things I have seen in my travels are absolutely ridiculous where I can write so many stories about. People are absolutely selfish, disrespectful and disgusting around the buffet areas and they lack manners too.

I never blame resort chains and cruise lines when it comes to hygiene and all that. I blame passengers who come on the cruises and resort guests at all-inclusive resorts. I see people grabbing food with their hands, using washrooms without washing hands, people who use the utensils at the buffet and actually eat the food with it and put it back and each time they do, I always call people out and tell them what they did wrong and I tell the staff right away when I see things like that. When you travel with me, and if I see something or someone behaving badly, I will be calling them out and I will get involved. I will not let others get sick and myself included because of a disgusting behavior from another person. Not on my clock. that is for sure.

People then come back from their trip or during their trip and complain that they got sick because of the resort or cruise line giving them a bad name and making terrible reviews and going way over the top spreading false information, and some people may lie and send negative messages to people for them to avoid it, but I truly believe that hygiene, behavior and everything starts from guests and passengers. Cruise lines and resorts spend a lot of time cleaning and preventing germs and bacteria, whereas these people blame the workers that they got sick. I do no believe that even for a second. I am not naive and believe in every review I read online. I just simply don’t bother spending my time focused on negative reviews where more than half the time, they are exaggerated and falsely written.

Nobody can fool me. I’ve traveled way too much in my life to know and I have so much experience. 

Some guests and passengers then play the innocent and think they are always right when they travel and they have the entitlement. Well, newsflash, you do not and you are not. I think tougher laws and more security needs to be hyped up to oversee what is happening, especially in places where people eat, and mandatory hand sanitizing and washing before entering buffet and restaurant areas on cruise ships, and all-inclusive resorts. I’ve been writing to cruise lines especially to do this and to make sure kids do the same.

People who bud in line in front of you to get the food they want is an absolute no-no for me. Wait like the rest of us in line. I will absolutely not allow that to happen when it comes to me. I will be having a good choice of words and I will politely ask to get behind the line and the second time, I won’t be so friendly and I will get staff involved. Budding in line because you are so “special” and more important than everyone else in line. I will not let that happen when I witness it. Some people’s eyes are so much bigger than their stomach and they just want to finish everything and not let others get those foods being selfish.

Another thing I don’t like is people filling their plate and getting another plate and filling it up like a mountain and then go to their table, eat and then leave more than half on their plate and wasting the food and seeing those plates being picked up by the staff. Such a shame. There are starving children in this world in poverty and these people who travel waste so much food. I think people should be charged for food waste like how All you can eat sushi restaurants charge. Such terrible behavior. That food could have been eaten by someone else. Some people have to be selfish and get everything.

Another thing I despise is when you are watching a show or in an entertainment establishment on the cruise ship or resort, band members playing, singing and everything when you are sitting down, relaxing and enjoying where people in front stand up and watch and blocking your whole view where you maybe want to video, take pictures and maybe not, just wanting to see. People act selfish and think they are the only ones in the room where you say excuse me, you are blocking my view and can you please move so I can enjoy too? and they don’t even budge to move and go somewhere else. It just makes my blood boil. Some people wear hats and who are so tall which is even worse.

Bottom line is, so many people these days are selfish, and only fend for themselves. some people do not think about the others. It is so terrible.

Treating cruise staff with disrespect and mouthing off at them. You do realize these people come from all over the world to serve you and they leave their family, friends, and homes for so many months at a time and they are probably homesick and are depressed not spending time with their loved ones so they can make a living for them and for themselves and treating them with disrespect and bad behavior makes it worse for them. Some have gone overboard. Bottom line is to respect people. You are not entitled. doesn’t matter who you are.

When it comes to etiquette, manners, respect, courtesy, and behavior, I take it very seriously. The way a person is brought up and raised has a lot to do with personality.

I truly believe things need to change in the travel industry and before people travel, I think they need to take a course on travel etiquette. This is serious. I know with millions of people traveling, it’s nearly impossible, but in a way it is possible because everyone needs to go through security screening at the airport and before going on cruises, the same thing should happen on taking a mandatory course before traveling, answering questions and reading on how to behave properly.

It is getting out of hand. What have you seen in your travels? I would love to hear stories. You can write in the comments below. Thank you

NoGarlicNoOnions – Introducing Anthony Rahayel – Food, Travel Blogger

A couple of months ago, as I was going through YouTube to find some literature and information on Lebanon and Lebanese foods, I came across a video NoGarlicNoOnions, so I was intrigued and decided to click on the video that was close to an hour long, so I decided to watch the whole video, and a couple of minutes in, I became hooked, and then I watched another few following. So, these videos have been around for a few years now, and I just suddenly found this now, which is better late than never.

NoGarlicNoOnions was founded by Anthony Rahayel back in 2012. Anthony and his film crew began introducing us to Lebanese culture, food, taking us to villages, cities, and towns of Lebanon and amongst him visiting Armenia and Italy tasting all kinds of foods amongst other places he has traveled. He also travels and explores at the same time when he is tasting delicious food, that you just want to eat your screen.

Anthony’s contagious and positive approach and the way he explains how the food is made, the texture, quality is out of this world and so much fun to watch. He speaks Lebanese and also he says a few words of English as well. Thank goodness my mother and my neighbors who are my family now, translate words, phrases and sentences to me, so that I can understand what Anthony is saying and its incredible how many words and sentences I know now of Lebanese by just watching Anthony, NoGarlicNoOnions. Thanks to them all, I am more aware of what is going on when I watch.

His passion and drive toward the culinary world is extremely visible. His expression and enjoyment can be felt. He has over 2500 reviews on various topics from air travel, restaurants, gadgets, food and more.

He also goes out to search for restaurants, and small family owned eateries for them to gain exposure, so that tourists, Lebanese people who live in Lebanon and others can go to those places and support these vendors. These hidden eateries are discovered and explained so well.

NoGarlicNoOnions goes above and beyond when explaining. Thorough, detailed and never boring. When he went to Armenia especially really excited me even more about him. I am Armenian and I truly appreciate him going to visit, spending time with Armenians, tasting our food, embracing our culture and having his viewers know about Armenia and Armenians and the food. I truly appreciate him for taking the time to go there and to enjoy our Motherland. It means a lot. NoGarlicNoOnions has a special place in my heart.

You can now say that I am obsessed with Lebanon further and I have the desire to visit hearing all the stories and my desire for tasting the delicious food, desserts, ice cream, drinks, and everything. I have a lot of Facebook friends and I also have family in Lebanon as well. Anthony gave me the idea, and understanding on how Lebanon is and now I have a better picture in my mind of how it is.

Lebanon is such a beautiful country that is on my bucket list to travel to. Hopefully, in the next couple of years, my dream will come true. I hope that Anthony Rahayel will be there to give me a guided and professional tour around the beautiful country and take me to great places to eat and enjoy the ambiance of it all, to enjoy the nightlife as well.

My family and I are hooked on his videos and I have subscribed and followed all of his social media accounts online. Recently, I contacted him expressing my admiration toward him. He can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and he has his own website called nogarlicnoonions.com – He also have photographs of his travel adventures, food, and so much more.

Anthony and his team have received travel, food, blogger, awards and more. Search for Anthony Rahayel and NoGarlicNoOnions and you will see what I am talking about. I am hoping that I will meet him in person. I am now a fan of him for life. Thank you, Anthony, for taking me up close and personal through videos. Hopefully, I will come and see the real deal and soon.

Following links for more information.

http://www.nogarlicnoonions.com/
https://www.facebook.com/nogarlicnoonions
http://instagram.com/nogarlicnoonions

https://www.youtube.com/user/rahayel
https://www.zomato.com/nogarlicnoonions