Safety on The Road Should be #1

Time and Time again, I cannot stress it enough on how important it is to secure locks, to double triple check your Car, SUV, Trucks, Big Trucks, Big Rigs, Transport Trucks. If you are hauling something, please make sure that it is securely fastened and to make sure everything on your vehicle is in good working order before you drive on the roads and highways. It is for your safety and for others as well. It is super important to check out latches, any loose things in and around your vehicle.

Even regular maintenance with tires, brakes, oil, and all that. Your actions on the road is very important. Please drive safe everyone, keep your distance, and always be alert. I can’t stress that enough.

On Friday, July 14, 2017 A Horse near Edward Street, in Prescott/Domville on Highway 401 east near exit 716 fell off a livestock Trailer truck and fortunately survived the fall and filled one of the lanes in the Eastbound lanes. Ontario Provincial Police in Canada has charged the truck driver with this careless mistake. It was a close call.

Please maintain your vehicles no matter how big or small. Once you get on the road, It is not just about you anymore, Its about so many others who share the road. Please remember that. A careless mistake can be costly, but worse, it can cost a life. Prevention is key, Safety is #1. Please be cautious and careful.

All Inclusive Resort Guests & Their Terrible behaviour

In life after the stress of work, school and other life’s commitments in our daily lives, we look for a getaway to an All Inclusive vacation away from reality for a week or two or whatever duration. We get excited to pack up, fly to our destination and start our trip. It gets exciting up to the point where the resort guests start behaving badly, disrespecting the resort staff, showing bad manners, poor etiquette, not being courteous, littering, and showing people how unsanitary they can be.

Some people think, Oh I will never see these fellow guests again and they won’t see me so I can do what I want and act how I want. When it comes time for these people to eat and head toward their a la carte restaurants, snack bars, and the regular dining room buffet, some people start to lose their minds by cutting in front of people waiting to be served, or start touching food with their hands and handling them by putting it on their plates when they see there are utensils to pick them up with, or you see people eating food before sitting down.

You also see those people who fill their plates up to capacity and then don’t even eat more than half of it, then that food goes to the garbage. People get food more than they can handle it, and then waste it. Then people fill up drinks and only drink about a few sips and then the rest gets wasted too. Some of these guests are so wasteful and its just so unbelievable.

How about those guests who just tend to leave their cups and garbage all over the resort without putting it in proper garbage bins. Yes, I realize people are on vacation and they shouldn’t have to lift a finger, but really its disgusting having to see that from other guests who are pleasant and have manners and etiquette to proper dispose things in the right places.

These same very guests who behave badly and terribly, they are the ones then to write false reviews about the resort and how they felt very sick from the food they ate. Well, GEE, Duhhhh, when people are rooting around the food in the buffet with their germ full and bacteria full of hands and then their germs gets transmitted onto the food, then the next person touches that food and then boom a food borne illness because of another person’s thoughtless and manner less act another person has to suffer the consequences, and then who gets the blame? The All Inclusive Resort does, and then you see the travel reviews bad mouthing a great resort.

I mean come on! There is a common sense and being courteous to others. There are utensils on everything at the buffet, it is there for a reason for guests to use it. I think that all resorts need to have mandatory hand sanitizing stations at all entry and exit points of every restaurant, snack bars, and everywhere. You never know where people’s hands have been.

Then there are those guests whom dirty up the resort so much, it is unbelievable. some of these guests act like slobs. The cleaners of the resort cannot keep up. Give the staff some slack. It is a big resort with a lot of walking and cleaning up. I am sure you do not do this in your own house.

I feel like some of these guests at these resorts are getting worse. It is very disgusting how they act and I have seen it countless amounts of times. Especially in the last 3-4 years.

I always pick up after myself and I dispose my garbage in the proper places. I don’t just leave things and then walk away. That is not how I was raised. I believe that people need to really develop proper etiquette and then come to vacation to these places. It is not right to litter and destroy a resort’s reputation by the actions of guests who behave terribly.

I never believe in traveler reviews, and I never believe in what people tell me about a resort. I will go and judge it for myself. Everyone has their own opinions and the way they see things. I will not read and waste my time on resort review sites online. I know more then 95% of it is a lie, because I go to a lot of resorts and I see what people do and it is not the staff’s fault.

Resort staff work so hard and sweat. I see them running through to make sure things are great. I would like to see guests in their position to have to handle a huge resort and then after being disrespected and yelled at. If the roles were reversed, how would you be feeling after a long day or night?

I am really trying to put into words on why guests do these things? I don’t understand this at all. It is really ridiculous. I just hope that resort chains see this and really implement these changes and add security and health and safety staff especially around restaurants and other places that handle food and drinks. I am just thinking about the safety and security of all guests and I want people to enjoy and yet to think about other people too and not be selfish.

I just want guests to really think about what they do before they do it. I know you are there to relax, have fun, enjoy and all that, but there is a limit and there is a way to act. Just because you are not in a reality setting, it doesn’t mean that you can gallivant and act ridiculously. I just hope people realize that and change their attitudes and respect resort staff and other guests.

That is all for now, but if you would like an Honest opinion and someone who doesn’t lie about reviews, and want travel tips? Please contact me and I will help you. I am honest to everyone and I will not lie about a review that is for sure. What you see and what you read about my travel experiences is what you get.

 

Over 100 People Attend The North American Armenian Youth Seminar at Camp Iawah – A Great Success

For the past 7 years since 2010, Armenian Prelacy of Canada’s Armenian Religious Education Council organizes a weekend seminar with clergyman, organizing committee members and Youth and Young Adults. It has been very successful every year.

On June 9th-11th, 2017, at Camp Iawah north of Kingston, Ontario, Canada in Godfrey, over 100 people attended the seminar coming from Montreal, Toronto, Cambridge, California, New York, even all the way from the Bahamas. We enjoyed home cooked meals, also a barbecue by the shores of Wolfe Lake, overlooking the beautiful moon which made its presence after our barbecue, then we danced around the bon fire with Armenian music, made s’mores.

During our free time we had activities such as canoeing, basketball, soccer, enjoying the lake, and some of us during that time enjoyed a good conversation, connecting with others and we became a family. Then we all wished it was a longer gathering.

The purpose of this Armenian North American retreat is to strengthen our spiritual selves, to meet and make friends with other Armenians, to make a spiritual bond with God, and to enjoy a weekend of fellowship.

Clergyman conducted discussions both about religion and other topics. Srpazan/ArchBishop Papken Tcharian, Hayr Keghart Kosbakian, Hayr Vartan Tashjian, Father Paul Guirgis, Dr. George Laylekian. Also Semaline Joukakelian who were also one of the presenters of a discussion.

Thank you to Zaven Joukakelian, Anie Aboyan, Sossie Aboyan, Nora Zobian, Maria Tchamitchian, Sarkis Kidanian, Arameh Ebrahamian, Taline Krikorian, Mariam Arakelian, Dania Ohanian, and others who organized this beautiful weekend which we will never forget.

During the course of the weekend, people heard the Phrase “Church Camp, Church Camp, Yeah, Yeah!”, That was said by Taleen Haneshian and Nazeeg Haneshian with crediting them, and later we all learned it on Friday night when everyone arrived. It was a fun saying which then it was said throughout the weekend many times. It was so incredible.

Many people hardly slept all weekend as we all wanted to spend as much time with each other as possible as we all know, weekends go very fast. Time is precious and we all wanted to be part of every single aspect of the weekend. I know we all if not most of us recovered when we got to our homes.

We look forward to future gatherings together to reunite with friends, to make new friends and most importantly get together with hearing Gods words, learning, and creating a strong bond with God, and to take what we learn to include it in our lives. God bless everyone and hope to see you at our next Armenian North American retreat/seminar.

Niagara Falls Tourism on The Other Side in US

Niagara Falls is a very popular tourist destination in Canada and the United States. It is right by the border. There is the Canadian side and the American side of it. The most popular, scenic and beautiful side is the Canadian. Tourists always end up on our side of the border to explore the beautiful falls, they dine at very delicious restaurants, tourists and visitors also enjoy their time mini-golfing, walking at Clifton Hill, enjoying the many places such as Guinness World Records, the Harley Davidson store, haunted house, riding on the SkyWheel, Ripley’s Believe it or not, heading to the Hershey Factory near Clifton Hill. Seeing an upside down house, heading to Casino Niagara or to the New Fallsview Casino, shopping at Fallsview and so much more. You can even see a guy wearing all gold trying to be Elvis, giving out beaded necklaces if you pay him, he will put them on you by the SkyWheel, Tim Horton’s and Boston Pizza area of Clifton Hill. Only in summer months though.

The Canadian side has it all, and you can see all of the Niagara Falls. You know when you enter the American side. All they have is the Seneca Casino, Hotel and that is about it, and an outlet mall about 10-15 minutes into the states, which is not really outlet mall prices. When you drive around the streets, you see abandoned boarded up houses, very worn down cars and people are still seen driving them and hardly anybody is seen walking outside, Downtown Buffalo is like a Ghost town and you don’t see many people, they don’t have extravagant hotels like the Canadian side. It is really depressing there in the American side. They don’t have attractions to offer to visitors. They have their famous buzzy’s restaurant nearby.

The US side of Niagara Falls, definitely needs a reboot, and they need to up their game in the tourist side of things. When people think of Niagara Falls, they think it is only in Canada, they don’t even acknowledge that there is a US side. They need to get some tourism and money generated in that town and they should get some funding of some sort from the US Government or something. Something has to be done. I feel like every time I go there, the place is getting worse and I feel like there is no growth. People look depressed there. Time for an overhaul.

Life is Unpredictable – Live it to the Fullest

Life is unpredictable. You never know what happens from one minute to the next. Even seconds. It is so important to cherish and appreciate loved ones and others around us while they are still alive and not after they pass away. Say I love you all the time, hugging and letting someone know that they are appreciated and loved is so important. Actions speak louder than words. It is easy to say a few words, but to act on it, is a different story. When you show that you love and appreciate others, it will feel incredibly awesome.

When someone passes away, they are talked about a lot more than alive people. When someone’s passes away, people tend to regret and to say, I wish I had spent more time with them, I wish I had cherished them a lot more, I wish I had made an effort to make more time with the person and spend quality time with them. Giving someone our time is something that shows how much you care, love and appreciate a person. Yes, sometimes we may spend our time with the wrong people and later realize that we wasted our time, but all in all, no matter what, we should always be grateful for all the moments in our lives.

Mind you, there are babies, children and those who were never born to get a chance at living life.

So, be grateful and do good things, be around good people, spread positivity, appreciate, love others, understand the walks of life people take, be happy, be healthy, be yourself, enjoy life to the fullest, smile, embrace the little things in life, be sentimental, cherish your memories. We only get one life to live. make it right for you, but at the same time, don’t forget about appreciating, loving and understanding others too. We are in it as a team and should treat people like family.

My Vision in Being involved in the Armenian Community

As being an Armenian and being part of the Armenian community, I take it very seriously. No matter what part of being involved in the Armenian community , it is all very important. I attend the Armenian Community Centre of Toronto and I attend church at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church of Toronto in Canada as much as I am able to. I also take part in the St. Mary’s Armenian church Bible Study sessions. I attend many Armenian Genocide events around April 24th and right on the day by participating in going to Ottawa. It was my 20th year in a row attending in 2017.

My vision in being Armenian in the diaspora outside of Armenia in North America in Canada is not just by being involved, but also spreading awareness on social media and other online sites and telling people by word of mouth about Armenia, our people, and everything that I possibly can to Non-Armenian individuals. Before, people never really knew about us, but now with all these prominent figures and being on the news and also The Promise Film that has been out in select theatres, we are now more out there and trending as well.

Helping my fellow Armenians and being part of the Armenian community is very important to me. a couple of months back, I had written something about not being appreciated back with a gesture of gratitude to acknowledge my hard work and efforts to the Armenian community by making announcements and getting rewarded with all that recognition publicly, but on the contrary, I really am receiving private acknowledgements and people coming forth to me and complimenting me and my hard work and efforts in the Armenian Diaspora and so much more.

I have since then realized that I am receiving the greatest reward by helping out. I was expecting something in return, but then I said, why am I going to expect anything in return? I give to my Armenian community without any conditions or any strings attached. Being helpful and being part of as many events as I am able to attend to is something so important to me. As long as I know that my help never goes in vain, I will always go above and beyond without expecting anything.

I am Armenian and I am so proud, happy, and blessed by God to be one and that I will never take for granted. No matter what race and culture we come from, we must always be proud, happy and blessed. It is important to keep our culture alive by helping each other out without expectations. God bless Armenians, God Bless Armenia and one day and hopefully soon, The Armenian Genocide will be recognized by all the countries of the world.

I love you Armenians and I love you Armenia!

Garo Paylan – A Brave Man & A Hero

Garo Paylan was born in 1972 in Turkey. His family is originally from Malatya. He then went onto University of Istanbul’s school of Business. He is of Armenian descent. Garo Became a director of many Armenian Schools in Istanbul. He became a member of the (HDP), Peoples Democratic Party of Turkey. He is a politician and member of the Turkish Parliament. In June, 2015 he was elected in the Grand National Assembly as a representative of Istanbul’s 3rd electoral district.

When Garo Paylan got elected, he vowed to fight against The Armenian Genocide denial when he later demanded that the Armenian Genocide be recognized in Turkey. The Armenian Genocide happened on April 24, 1915 and 1.5 Million Armenians were massacred, and lands were stolen by the hands of the Turkish Government and Ottoman Empire.

In April of 2016, during a speech in parliament he made about the Armenian Genocide, he counted the ethnic Armenian Politicians who were deported then eventually killed from the Armenian Genocide right amongst Turkish Officials. He is currently a member of Turkish Parliaments planning and budget committee.

After several days went by after his speech, a brawl and fight broke out in the parliament which involved the AKP and then forced the parliament to be suspended. Then the Turkish governors in the room began calling him “The Armenian Bastard”, and began being racist to Garo Paylan. The attacks were due to him being of Armenian origin.

He stood for what was right, he stood up defending Armenia and Armenians, and the right to speak out about the Armenian Genocide. He did not care about where he was at that time when he uttered those words in The Turkish Parliament. He is now known to Armenians as a brave man, a hero, and someone who stood up for all Armenians of the World to do his best to get the Armenian Genocide recognized and acknowledged. For that we are so grateful to him.

Paylan’s safety and security is also at risk right now. Wherever he travels, he has security officials around him. At an event in Toronto on April 30th, 2017, where he spoke about the status in Turkey right now and about him, the hall was heavily secured by police authorities, security checks with wanding individuals before entering into the hall where Garo Paylan was to enter and to speak to all of us.

I have met Garo Paylan and took several photos with him. He is an absolutely beautiful person inside and out. He cares so much for his Armenian People and you can tell by his expressions and how he deals with people is something so incredibly beautiful. He is an awesome person with a great personality.

I wish Garo Paylan all the best and I wish him safety and security as always. May God bless him and to continue to do what he does and to keep raising awareness about The Armenian Genocide throughout the world.