The Armenian Genocide – Envisioning the World without Genocide

Almost 103 years ago on April 24, 1915, a terrible act of violence, cruelty and crime against humanity happened to the Armenians. 1.5 million Armenians were massacred and left to die, were displaced from their homes, escorted out to the desert and women were raped. Men, women and children were killed by the government of Turkey. The Turkish Ottoman Empire and Turkish soldiers committed these acts and have yet to admit their crimes.

The Turkish Ottoman Empire tried to wipe our nation, our people and tried to commit ethnic cleansing from the world. They tried so hard to clean us all from the world so that they can take over everything and anything we have. They failed and they could not succeed. Armenia is the first Christian nation and the Turkish people got jealous and jealousy led to a Genocide.

Not only was our Armenian ancestors and family members killed, but also our lands, rivers, lakes, churches and our Mount Ararat were stolen from us. Our country of Armenia was massive and we had a huge land. Now, our country map looks like the head and tied up hair of a woman.

Since then several countries across the world, and 48 states of the United States of America have recognized the Armenian Genocide. We are still waiting for the entire United States of America to recognize and acknowledge. Now, the question is, why deny genocide? Why do people have to kill and destroy families?

In our world and how short life is,  I do not understand why people have to kill and terrorize other people. I am envisioning a world of peace, happiness, helping each other out, creating a beautiful world of humanity where incredible, inspiring and beautiful things can happen. We are people who need to develop ways to help the world, to think about people and how we can make a difference in this world. Positivity, optimism, and acting on greatness to our people and taking care of our world is something that must take effect. We all live in this world.

We have to take care of each other. Recognizing and preventing wars, genocides, and other terrible acts to humanity will not only strengthen our bonds, but it will also move past anything. We can overcome it all. People sometimes let problems get into their heads, so they have to resort to violence and killing. We have good and bad choices and those bad choices that we side with can have dire consequences that can cost a life, that can destroy bonds and so much more will be at stake.

The Turkish Ottoman empire and government of Turkey, must come clean and admit their guilt. As long as they do not admit their crimes, the unjust, unrest will continue. Justice must be served. Yes it has been almost 103 years, but the history is there, the evidence, the books, the pictures, the museums, Genocide memorials are all over the world and we have peaceful demonstrations across the world in our Armenian communities and in front of governmental offices and parliaments around the commemoration anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and throughout the year.

Becoming architects of denial is not a way to move forward. When Genocide and other problems of the world get recognized and acknowledged, that will make way for prevention for the future so that history can never repeat itself.

I am just imagining the life of the Armenian people if the Armenian Genocide did not occur. Where would we be now? The 1.5 million Armenians that were killed, can you imagine all the more amazing and beautiful things that would have happened in this world? These people could have done some incredibly beautiful things in our world to invent, to write, to innovate and do so many things. Can you imagine how much more populated the Armenians would be in our world? Its something to think about. Our world would have been more incredibly awesome if these people did not die. All these families and friends would be happy creating beautiful memories with each other.

I am just envisioning the many more millions of Armenians we would be right now in our world if it wasn’t for the Armenian Genocide. It’s such a great thought to think about past the Genocide, past the sadness and the dark days and years that we have gone through.

How would you think of Armenians and Armenia if the Armenian Genocide did not occur? How is your envision?

Not only about our Armenian Genocide, but all the other wars, genocides that have happened to other nations, can you imagine what life would have been like without it all? What would our world be like now?

That is why it is very important for the remainder of countries such as the US that have not yet recognized the Armenian Genocide,  should definitely do. It will not only strengthen bonds of countries getting together, but it will also be a sign of moving past history and seeing a bright future for us people and for the world. If we keep going back to history, things will never change. Looking to make good change always starts with you.

I am so blessed that we Armenians still exist, that we still have a community, we still have our race, culture, landmarks, churches, innovators, writers, the diaspora,  and our beautiful Armenia. We have come out strong and we have definitely seen a lot of change in the many recent years. Many celebrities, many prominent icons of the media and our world have come to support, recognize and acknowledge the Armenian Genocide.

Thank you to all those who have recognized, acknowledged and spread awareness. It is very much appreciated. Our gratefulness to you all is something that will never be forgotten.

I am so happy and proud to be Armenian, I love you all and God Bless Armenians and Armenia!

 

 

 

Social Media Vs. Life – Importance of Balance

Many years ago before social media websites were created, life was simple, we used to take a pen, marker, pencil or whatever writing instrument in our hand and write journals, diaries, doodle, and do all kinds of things. We used to lock our diary so that people do not go in and read what is being written. It was top secret stuff.

Most of us used to send letters, cards, photos that were developed and all that in the mail. We used to contact people the old fashioned way where they would get our letters and cards days later. Back in the day this was social media. Now that technology made its appearance, sending cards, letters, photos, messages are sent in seconds. Not days.

There are so many things on our phones and on our computers now. Everything that you can think of is there. Apps, Games, Social Media Sites, photo enhancement entertainment, music, calculators (we don’t even have to do math anymore in our brains), navigation system, and whatever else you can think of. A lot of people are interested in seeing what is happening on their devices rather than looking around them and actually living life.

Now, here comes important questions. Are we living life? Are our lives revolved around online presence? Are we creating a balance to live life without gadgets, computers, smartphones? Do we look up away from looking down on our screens to look up and see real life around us? Do we look at each other and talk anymore?

Now, what can we do? We need to find balance. I am not saying to entirely block yourself out from social media and reading content online. I wouldn’t be writing this right now on a social media platform. We just need to prioritize our life and take care of what is important first. There is a time and limit to everything. We have to take a break. Our posture, our eyes, our physical and mental being. We need to take care of ourselves.

A lot of time goes by being connected online and we don’t even realize it. We spend so much time per day being on screens, but little do we know that life is passing us by. Days are going by more quickly. We get entertained from the stuff we see online. Some people create things to spread and make things go viral within seconds and few hours.

It is great to communicate with friends and family on social media, It is incredible to see people commenting, liking posts, and interacting with each other. We all know face to face interaction and being together is what’s more important, but sometimes we have to do what’s simple in communication where online we get to talk to each other instantly.

We just have to balance ourselves. We shouldn’t dedicate all our time to screen time. Life has to be lived too. What do you like to do? What are your hobbies? What interests you outside of the internet? You don’t have to answer to me, but answer to yourself. What can you do to fulfill your life? Are you helpful in your community? Do you volunteer? Do you get outside and admire nature?

Try this out for a day and see what happens. Leave your smartphone or tablet devices at home from the morning. Don’t come back home all day. Go to a mall, go for a walk, look at different people, and do stuff that does not involve screens. When it becomes evening, come back home.

I am sure that by the early afternoon you go crazy without looking at your phone. You are inching, biting your nails, and having anxiety without it. When evening comes around towards the night, you come home, you go rushing for your phone, you hug it, you kiss it and say I miss you. like you have been away from a family member, child or whoever. We have become so dependent on it. You then promise that you will never leave home without your device. This is just after 1 day not using your phone.

All of life is a balance. Everything has a time for it. You just need to know how you spend your time. Don’t depend on smartphones and technology to get you through life. You are missing out on real life, you are missing out on your own talent and what you are capable of doing. Spend time with loved ones, spend time with yourself and leave the phones behind. Life is too precious to pass it by. Get going and make the most out of it. Life comes by once. Do everything you can. All the best to you in finding your balance.

A Fragile World

Life lessons can happen right in front of us. Sometimes all it takes is a natural disaster, hurricane or some terrible situation to wake people up. It gives perspective and lessons to learn in life that the world is fragile, life is fragile and things can happen in a second that can change our lives forever. We can’t just sit on the sidelines and wait for the world to crumble down.

These are all tell-tale signs from God, that things on earth are not okay. It all starts with t…he people. We are the ones who are running this world. There are people that are ruining it, and there are people who are trying to do their best to preserve things and to take care of this world. There are people who are destroying this world and there are people who are not.

We are humans that need to come together, put aside differences to help each other out and to love, respect and take care of each other and our world. When something powerful as hurricanes, tornado and other natural disasters happen, it is mother natures way of giving people a rude awakening with reality.

How we take care of this world and our actions really do matter. Climate change, Global warming, pollution, littering, and our attitudes in treating this world needs to change. We need to take care of it, so it can take care of us and our future and coming generations. We need to take care of it because the earth is our home and we need.

I wish these world leaders can stop and wake up and seriously think about what they are doing. They need to wake up to stop the killings of the innocent, stop blowing up people’s homes and to stop destroying families, stop polluting, to stop being so greedy, and selfish. Some people need to stop being selfish. This is the “ME” Generation where people always feel the need to always be entitled, Well it doesn’t work that way.

Some of us do not even care about what is happening in the world, but you know what? We need to start caring, we need to start worrying. It is our responsibility when we come into this world, we need to do our part in helping and being there for one another, to be kind to each other and to respect. It all starts with us. The people of earth. This is serious stuff that we all have to think about.

 

Air Canada Centre to be renamed to Scotiabank Centre

What Genius people we have with Genius ideas. (Inserts Sarcasm)

Skydome in Toronto was renamed to be Rogers Centre
Air Canada Centre ACC to be renamed Scotiabank Centre.

Or remember Maple Leaf Gardens? Now, that was a great name for an arena!
So unique! NOT! These arena and stadium names are being butchered. Instead of naming them something unique and something that does not include a company name, they go ahead and name them after banks, telecommunication companies and more. Skydome is suitable and very tasteful. I find it to be an amazing name for a stadium.

Like the BMO Field. It is named after Bank of Montreal. Another bank.
Now with ACC being changed, it has ruined the Canadianess of it. As it is in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and named after the Airline, Air Canada, I feel that its ridiculous.

I will keep calling them Skydome and Air Canada Centre.

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.