The Golden Elvis of Niagara Falls, Canada

Ever visit or have visited Niagara Falls, Ontario in Canada? If you have gone to Clifton Hill where there is the big Skywheel Ferris wheel, then Boston Pizza, and Tim Hortons. There is this open area where people come and go, while overlooking the uphill and downhill street of Clifton Hill.
I am pretty sure you must have seen The Golden Elvis of Niagara Falls. This man comes with everything painted Gold from a small guitar, the microphone and the stand, a chair, the stand, from his shoes, pants, jacket, and the mask of Elvis he wears. Even the sunglasses is covered in Gold. All in shiny Gold to draw attention to passerby’s. He has a sign that says pay 2 dollars and get a bead mardi gras necklace aimed and thrown on your head to automatically wear a necklace. If you pay 4 dollars, you get 4 of them aimed at you.
I was sitting there on the bench for about 2 hours relaxing and enjoying the outdoors, and I see this man making a whole lot of cash. I could not believe it. People put in Canadian currency of 10 dollars, 20 dollars, some even put in coins and even American money into the canister he has provided behind the chair where the customer sits and he does his aiming to put beads on somebody. He made over 800 dollars or more with just 2 hours or so. People kept lining up and giving this man a crazy amount of cash. I said to myself, I should be doing something like this and make that crazy amount of Cash in one day of work.
This Golden Elvis is there everyday. I wonder how much he makes all summer long. It is so crazy. I am sure he makes a few thousand dollars a day. He is there all day with these bead necklaces and these necklaces can be bought in bulk from dollar stores or party planning places. I couldn’t believe my eyes. That Canister at the end of the day must be so heavy. I am sure he pays rent or space at the Clifton Hill or he must have a licence or something to be there.
That is all he does, but doesn’t make any Elvis moves. I am sure he has in the past, but then when he gets to put the beads on, he blows a horn that is attached to the microphone or the pretend one I should say.
After all the times I have seen this guy, I finally know what he looks like when he took off the mask to get some air, But yes, that’s the Golden Elvis of Niagara Falls.

Looking at the Sky Thinking About Life

In life when we are looking for answers, or those moments where we want to just relax, take some time for ourselves, people have different ways to just unwind. What I find relaxing is looking at the sky in the early morning while the daylight is coming in, as well as when the sun starts to set and sometimes in between.
I like to reflect on life and just thank God for everyone and everything in life. With what is happening in this world nowadays with so much violence, crime and other terrible unfortunate things, I still have a strong faith and just being grateful.
Looking at the sky makes me think deep in thought about what is going in life, thinking about the future, thinking about friends and family both who are living and those who have passed away. The sky is so beautiful. I can’t believe how beautiful the colours can be, the sun, the moon, the stars, the different colours of clouds, the types of clouds, the beauty of nature and earth, and how incredibly beautiful the blue sky can be, sometimes orange, pink, with a mixture of sun. Its a beautiful thing to look at.
Since it is summer and trying to take advantage of being outside getting close with nature, the outdoors, and enjoying taking it all in, I feel that its where I find peace and harmony. It is where I can look at the sky and talk to heaven to my loved ones who have passed on, I can see their reflection, their faces and hear their voices through the clouds as I look up. They give me energy and make me smile. Although I miss them being here with me physically on earth, it gives me comfort to feel and know that they are in a better place.
The other day, I was on a boat cruise at a party, I took a few moments away from the fun and interaction and had some time for myself overlooking the Toronto skyline, the sky behind it, the picturesque views of the islands surrounding the sky and I did a lot of thinking about what my life is now and what I could do to always improve and add a lot more positivity into it and try to always find greatness in everything with optimism and happy thoughts which I have always, but I always want to add more of that into life no matter what it throws at me.
I am so blessed and looking at the sky is comforting and makes me love life even more.
Reflecting on life is very important. How do you reflect on your life? what do you do to relax and enjoy life and earth’s natural beauty?

The 1st Annual Hye Riders Boat Cruise a Great Success

In the evening of July 23rd, 2016 in Toronto Canada, more than 250 people embarked on the Yankee Lady boat to cruise on Lake Ontario, sailing by the Toronto Islands, Centre Island, while overlooking the skyline of Toronto. The beautiful sun was setting and as it was getting dark, we were under the clear starry sky, the moon was shining on the water and as we enjoyed with our family, friends, and with the Hye Riders Motorcycle club members. After many months of organizing and planning, the Hye Riders boat cruise was a great success where beautiful memories were made and that we will never forget.

We were entertained with the music and performance by the talented Khoren Mouradian who definitely kept people dancing all night. As we were dining, enjoying the beautiful summer night, it was so incredible to see the support from the people who attended, and as well as seeing the Armenian passion and energy that was felt in a happy and festive atmosphere. The Hye Riders are not just about the Motorcycles, they are always there for our Armenians, our identity, life and culture. For that we are so grateful to them.

Thank you to the Hye Riders for this beautiful boat cruise and for all that you all do. We are so blessed to having a lovely group like you all. May God bless you all and with continued success in all that you do. Ride on!

By: Talin Orfali — talinorfali.wordpress.com

For Our Hye Riders M/C – Motorcycle Club

For Our Hye Riders M/C – Motorcycle Club

By: Talin Orfali

Armenians on the open road,
The Great Hye Riders on a riding mode,
Hearing the rumble of Harley Davidson’s and more,
the passion of being Armenian is all what its for.

Hye Riders are always there,
because ultimately they really care,
Always there to support our race,
of our Armenian life & culture to embrace,

Sharing the love and adoration of bikes,
That is the type of bond everyone likes,
The Armenian blood rides through,
A beautiful group that sticks like glue,

Oh Beautiful Hye Riders Motorcycle Club,
May You forever be the Armenian Hub,
Ride on Hye Riders you are the best,
We Armenians around the world are truly blessed.

The Toronto ACC 20th Summerfest 2016

Annually for the past 20 years, The Armenian Community Centre of Toronto committee members, organizers and volunteers come together to plan a summerfest outdoors, pitching a tent up, bringing incredibly talented artists and performers from all over the world and as well as giving us other surprises. The summerfest happens in a duration of 3 days beginning on a Friday and ending on a Sunday night.
This year in 2016, the summerfest began on July 8th and concluded on July 10th. It was a great and successful weekend which was enjoyed by so many people who came from out of town and as well as the new comers to Canada from Syria, and also from our city of Toronto and GTA. We had many performances by Mister X, Harout Pamboukjian, Arden Arapyan, Martin, Ararad Aharonian, Joelle(for the children), Silva, and Adiss Harmandian. Adiss Harmandian and Ararad Aharonian surprised us by singing their famous duet together “Lousnyage Kenats”. On Sunday. The Erepuni and Sassoun Dance ensembles performed traditional Armenian dances. We watched the Euro Cup final on Sunday where Portugal won 1-0 beating France. There were also fun and games as well as face painting for the kids, a popcorn stand, then a petting zoo of various animals on the Sunday.
Many dignitaries and politicians were also present during the Summerfest 2016 including the Mayor of Toronto John Tory.
There were several market vendors from Hye Riders, Ara The Rat, Rogers, ACC The Hallcrown Banquet Hall, Dr. Datevik Shaboyan, The Uncle Mike Show, plus many more. we had platinum sponsors such as TD, Lara’s Restaurant, and Arz Fine foods.
The purpose of the Summerfest is to bring the Armenian community together as one, and to make new friends, reunite with one another to embrace and enjoy our beautiful Armenian culture with our food, music, and our beautiful traditions all in one atmosphere. A lot of people who are not Armenians also came to enjoy our culture as well. Proceeds from the Summerfest go to community events such as culture, educational and humanitarian works.
I was happy to attend all 3 days and cherish each moment. I did not want it to end! I am excited for the 2017 summerfest next year.
Thank you to all the organizers, sponsors, committee, and volunteers of this incredibly awesome event with incredibly awesome performers! Congratulations on 20 years!! Wish you all many more years of continued success in pulling off a great festival. I know its not easy and a lot of hard work and countless hours, energy, and invested time go into planning it. I appreciate it so much! May this annual summer event go on for many more decades. God bless you all and God bless our Armenian Community Centre of Toronto and all our Armenians around the world!

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Adult Colouring Books – Therapy to relax the mind and body

Recently, I discovered something incredible. I saw something that was awesome. A colouring book for adults. I had to do a double take, and I picked up the book to see what it is all about. I saw so many patterns, designs, mandalas, arts, and all sorts of pictures that are so well done, but you definitely need to be detail oriented, choose the right colours and definitely have the eye for it. You need to organize what colours you will choose for the design. It also can be whatever you want it to be, but you really need to concentrate and stay focused. One mistake can ruin the whole picture.

 

Also, if you see 2 designs on one page back to back, it is wise to use pencil crayons, and then if you see 1 design on one page and skips the back part and into another picture on the next, make sure you put a cardboard or something so that when you use markers, it won’t bleed through the paper.

 

I am sure by now, some if not everybody knows about these adult colouring books. You can get all kinds of them. Depends on what you like.

 

I bought a case of markers that has 100 colours in there, and I bought a package of pencil crayons that has 24 colours, but I am going to buy more of those. I am so happy and excited that we adults can colour too. You are never too old to colour. They say these adult colouring books are like therapy and it has been a proven fact that it helps you de-stress, and make you get into colouring and not stopping until you are done the page. It keeps your mind from wandering and thinking about other things.

 

It is so therapeutic and I recommend this to anybody who has an interest to colouring or just about anybody. It is incredible what you can do with being creative and thinking about the colours and everything to choose. It all depends on what you like to do with it. There are tons of different colouring books you can find. You can even buy them online or print them out on the computer and do it yourself instead of buying them, but the books are also nice to have.

 

It will definitely bring back the kid in you again, it will be an enjoyable time. I have been colouring for the past couple of weeks and I feel like my whole body and my mind is so calm after. Try it out. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy!

Los Angeles Music Playlist

Just Finished Compiling my Los Angeles, California Radio Music Playlist.
Here are the songs that reminds me of the freeways and streets of LA
Miss it a lot!😦 My heart will always be in LA
Adele – Hello
Magic – No Way No
Calvin Harris – Summer
Calvin Harris/Ellie Goulding – I need your Love
Nino & Vinz – Am I wrong
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Selena Gomez – Hands to Myself
DNCE – Cake by the Ocean
American Authors – Best Day of My Life
Daniel Powter – Love you Lately
Ellie Goulding – On My Mind
Paul Baghdadlian – Oor Es
Sara Bareilles – Brave
Shakira – Try Everything
Tyler Shaw – Wicked
Sam Hunt – Take your Time
Ariana Grande/Zedd – Break Free
Plus More….