The Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Tragedy, Hit Me Really Emotionally…

As I had woken up, I decided to do my regular daily routine by getting on the computer and checking my e-mail, but I decided to check out the news, and I saw a headline that a Cruise Ship had capsized, and I right away clicked on it, and I was just in shock, I could not believe what I was seeing on the computer. I thought it was something out of a movie, but unfortunately it is real. I cannot even begin to describe how I am feeling for the Costa Concordia Cruise Ship tragedy that happened on January 14, 2012 off the coast of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea. My heart feels heavy for all those people involved in such a terrible ordeal. I am glad 4000 people were evacuated and are safe, but I feel for those who have not been found yet and unfortunately those who lost their lives. I have not stopped thinking about this since I heard about it. I started to cry and my emotions on this was on the rise.

Having been on the same Cruise Ship Company on another Cruise Ship called Costa Atlantica, and among other Cruise lines in the industry, this news even hit me harder as I have been on these huge ships before. I cannot believe how scared and eery I have been feeling the last 24-48 hours since this terrible tragic thing that happened. Now I am thinking about how all these people are going to go home without travel documents, how they will be salvaging peoples belongings, how they will even raise this enormous and a 135,000 ton ship. I know this may put a big scar on the cruise ship industry and now people may not travel with cruises anymore, and I wouldn’t blame people who are looking to travel. I know this is a very scary thing, but I really enjoy cruising and visiting so many countries all at once. This definitely will not deter me from cruising again as I have had a passion from cruise ships and cruising and for several years this has been part of my life.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those and all the families.

Organization is Key When Traveling…

Do you pack your luggage or baggage without organizing it?

Do you just toss things in your luggage or baggage without thinking what or where am I going to wear this or use this?

 

Organization is key when packing when you go away. First off think of the duration you will stay somewhere, think of the clothes, accessories you will need. I am the person who doesn’t like to wear the same thing everyday, so I tend to pack a little extra. You never know what happens. So Always pack a little more extra because you maybe stuck toward the end of the trip or in between saying, “I knew I should have packed more stuff”. It doesn’t matter if you go away for a day, two days, 3 days, a week, a month, 6 months, pack according to your duration, but pack enough so you won’t feel uncomfortable.

 

Toilettries, Medication, make up, hair stylers, earrings, necklaces, shoes, other purses/bags…

 

These are often tricky to decide, but Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Shampoo, Perfume, and other important things.

Make up, hair stylers — Make sure you make room for those, but I usually pack make up in my carry on bag…

Necklaces, shoes, purses/bags, earrings and other jewellery, if your a woman/girl — we love our jewellry, pack several of them because you may decide, No i dont wanna wear this one. I should have brought the other pair, so bring a lot with you, so that you wont get stuck once again…

 

The baggage/luggage size — According to where you are traveling and how long you are traveling, judge for yourself how big or small you want your suitcase to be. I usually take about a medium size when I travel Around CANADA/USA — when I travel overseas or caribbean or something, I bring a large… I seldomly use a small suitcase. But keep in mind the Airline Weight and Luggage size Policies. Some Airlines you must pay, and some airlines you must pay for an extra checked bag. I do not know why. before this issue was never brought to our attention. I guess things change….

 

Well, that is it for now, but Organization is very important when you travel… Pack enough so you wont be stuck — It doesn’t hurt to have extra things with you. You may or may not need it, but its good. So light packers, Pack a little more… It saves you in the long run.

Carlos Bakery — Cake Boss — Buddy Velastro — So Much Respect

I have been watching Cake Boss for a while now, and I must say, I respect Buddy and his team so much. I mean it is just cakes and pastries, but they take the job so seriously, and they set really good examples. I love the show. So much creativity with cakes, pastries, cookies and everything. It is not easy to do those everyday. It can be strenuous, it can often be stressful especially when making huge cakes. I gotta hand it to them. The cakes are out of this world. It is incredible how big cakes can be and all that batter, icing, and everything. I got big respect for bakers, cookers, and people in the culinary industry. It takes a lot of time and effort..

I will visit Hoboken, New Jersey just to go Visit Carlos’ Bakery. I must say I love Buddy’s Mom, Mario, Frank, the whole crew do an awesome job together, they work so well together and it is just fabulous. It is not easy at all. I love you guys! You all inspire me…

I Hope to Meet My Brothers and Sisters of RADIO AGA Soon…

In Early 2009, I joined this wonderful website and Radio Station Family, Called Radio AGA. AGA Stands from Armenian, Greek and Arabic, and those are the types of music this wonderful Radio Station plays. Our Founder and Brother of Radio AGA Jack Kojek, is an incredible person, whom I have had the pleasure of meeting a few times since then. He is a vibrant, energetic, and wonderful person and I wish him continued success with everything he does.

I have met many of my brothers and sisters of RADIO AGA, but I have yet to meet so many others from parts of US, Canada, Europe and all other places. Too many to mention. We have established a community to chat with each other on the wall on the Facebook page with over 7,000 members. Recently, I have not been able to be as active as I have been on the discussions, but I try to get on there as much as I am able to. I love my Radio AGA Family and I do not want them to think that I have forgotten about them, which I certainly have not. They are beautiful people I have spoken with online and we have become great friends. I am hoping to one day cross paths with them and meet each other face to face to create more memories. It is very awesome to meet people you speak to for a long time and actually meet them. Its an emotional moment. I had that last summer when I visited Montreal for a Summer Fest party. It was a special moment that I will never forget.

Radio AGA has become an important and integral part of my life. When I thought I didn’t have friends, they definitely made a big difference in my life, gave me so much hope, faith, love, and thats how I have become more positive and optimistic about life. I have so much to be thanful for, God works in Mysterious ways to get me to people whom I call My brothers and sisters.

I know probably some of you will not understand Armenian, Greek and Arabic music, but if you like to join our family on RADIO AGA and tune in to listen to the beats, and rythyms, feel free to do so. You will automatically be part of our Family in our RADIO Community. All are welcome.

Go to www.radioaga.com Like Facebook Page: RADIO AGA

Enjoy…

 

 

How I Make Time For Blogging Everyday…

Recently, I decided to make blogging a part of my daily routine writing about issues in our lives, from food recipes, travel stories, stories in general, poetry, and almost all parts of what writing is. I know it is not an easy thing to blog everyday. I know some people cannot make time to blog everyday as employment, life, family, children, life outside the home, cooking, cleaning, traveling take over and that is no problem at all. It is very important to balance life with everything and that is perfectly fine.

Now, I am here to tell you, how I balance blogging into my daily routine everyday. In the morning hours before having breakfast or in the evening after finishing with dinner and washing dishes, I make sometime for myself to sort out my thoughts and I start to write. Writing in my blog everyday is very important to me and I make it a daily chore. I am a huge neat, clean and organization freak, that I tend to do cleaning a lot, having laundry done, so on and so forth, that I made blogging into my daily habit. I spend quite a bit of time with my blog as I do with my chores, family, family outings, traveling, and more. I am determined to change the world one person at a time into happier, positive, optimistic people who can make a difference with themselves and give off that same positive energy to other people around them and in each and everyones communities across the world, so that we can see more smiles, more love in our communities and where people can tolerate each other, how people can get along with one another.

Life is so short to dwell on things, and there is no need for hating, making fun of people, bullying, so on and so forth. I am here to hopefully change the world because I am tired of seeing negativity when I get out in the public. I can sense and feel it right away. I feel that the more I blog everyday, and the more my message gets out to people across the many miles of our world, the better it will be for all of us. I think its an incredible form of technology to be able to blog, to be able to put our feelings, life and words out there for people to hopefully catch on and read.

In conclusion, blogging is a big priority for me, and knowing that people smile, and have this awesome burst of energy and seeing people happy is all the more of why I love to blog and I wish everybody nothing but the best in life. Blessings to all.

Poem — Highway 401 east To Montreal — By Talin Orfali

Highway 401 East to Montreal

 

Highway 401 east I love you

You are the way to my happy place

So I will never be blue

 

It brings me to Montreal, so many lovely people to see

That I love and admire,

My love for you all is like intense fire.

 

passing by so many cities and towns Galore

going to a city I truly adore.

 

Passing by the big apple, the paint test strips,

thousand islands, the triangle green house and more

So many things the 401 has for people to see

so many things in store.

 

A highway that is so special to me

I know it sounds funny, but its how I

want it to be,

 

The highway 401 east only exists to me

from the start

I love it with all my heart.

 

I know each Kilometre I pass

It gets me closer to the people I love

who have class.

 

Going to a city that is great

that I never want to stop on the way

and keep going straight.

 

So 401 east to Montreal I love you

So many memories since I was a child

so happy I can drive on it now as I grew.

 

Thank you Highway 401 east

You are the best

Forget the west…

In General, Relying on People Are Hard to Find These days.

Trust has become minimal these days and relying on people is something so rare. The world is

changing day by day, people are changing, the society is changing, peoples attitudes and the way

life is now. It is sad to see how once people who promise to be by your side always, and promise

that they will always be there for you and all of a sudden those people whom you thought you can

rely on no longer live up to their promises. It is very hurtful to see people who make promises and

cannot keep them. Especially when you think those people are close to you and who you thought

would never abandon you.

It is especially hurtful sometimes when it comes from your own family or from best friends. I know

that everyone has their lives to live and things come up, but people should not make promises that

they cannot keep. I have learned the hard way. I have learned that when you want something

done right, when you need to get somewhere, you do it yourself. It is very important to learn who

true people are these days and its important to stand up for yourself no matter what the situation

is.

It is especially hurtful to come to terms on how some people say that whatever you have on your

mind, or you want to express your feelings, talk about problems and they say that they will be

there to listen, give you advice, hug you and tell you its going to be ok, or they give you some

words of wisdom, then they do not follow through. Its so extremely hurtful, and they are feeling

you will never forget.

You must learn how to stand on your own two feet. I have learned that in the end the people

whom you once thought that you can depend on, you cannot anymore. It is unfortunate but this

is how reality is. Many times I have been let down and many people have put me down and its not

a good feeling at all.

I hope that nobody has to go through these issues. I am glad I have people in the last few years

that have really helped me through the worst times of my life, but then again those bad feelings

come back to haunt you and its not a good feeling at all. I have experienced so much in my life,

so much rejection, so much angst, anguish, everything. It was terrible once I stepped out of my

home. I don’t know if it was written on my forehead or this vibe toward me was not right. To this

very day, I still speculate, and wonder why I was bullied, why people treated me differently then

everyone else. I have always been belittled and picked on and now trusting people is very difficult

for me.

To those who are going through all this and people who have gone through it, your not alone. I am

in the same boat.

Armenian School, The experience of a lifetime…

When I was a young girl at the age of 4, I began my journey in St. Sahag St. Mesrob Armenian Saturday School. Often I would complain that I don’t want to go to school on a Saturday, but my parents always said, no you are going, so I ended up going anyway. The bus would pick me up and take me to school. It was at John Ross Robertson Public School and Forest Hill schools in Toronto. During the times when we went to church, I was last to be picked up and first to be dropped off, however if it was at the schools the bus driver would be first to pick me up before 8am and take forever to take me back home. I would get home last after 3pm in the afternoons when school would be over at 1:15. When I was in 8th Grade my brother used to drive me to and from school at John Ross Robertson Public School.. After graduating, they started to have the School at AGBU Toronto on Saturdays.
Having said all of that. I was so lucky and fortunate to have gone to Armenian school to learn the alphabet, writing, reading, history, culture, religious aspects, heritage, and being woken up every Saturday mornings. I have made lots of friends, and lots of memories in that school. I will never forget it. God Bless all the teachers, principals, and staff for giving me the valuable, and wonderful education of my Heritage and Culture and so much more, followed by an awesome trip to Hayasdan/Armenia for 20 days. The best 20 days ever.

I am ever so glad I went!

Healthy Hearty French Toast

I know you may think french toast is full of carbs and calories, but really it isn’t… Not when you have 100% whole wheat bread…

 

My recipe for a great tasting french toast…

 

get whole wheat toast… People get 100% Whole Wheat and Multigrain mixed up….

Multigrain can still have a high amount of calories… 100% Whole wheat or Whole Grain is the way to go.

 

It depends how many you make for yourself. whether it is 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 of them…

Make sure you have enough eggs to cover it all…

 

If you make 3 toasts, cover them with 2 beat eggs….

If you have 4 french toasts, beat 3 eggs… Incorporate that with the yellow yolks too..

 

When beating the eggs, you have the option of adding cinnamon to add flavour or vanilla extract…

 

If you watch your calorie intake, then use low sugar syrup or add REAL PURE Honey (Not those billy bee imitation honey)…

 

With french toast you can cut up banana’s, apples, you can put blueberries, strawberries, rasberries to get your fruit intake…

You can have a glass of Orange juice or have a cup of coffee or tea to your preference, and voila!!! A HEART Breakfast!

 

Bon Apetit!

The Big Apple — Colborne, Ontario — My Thoughts and My Rating on it.

3, 519,760  apple pies sold. By, Talin Orfali

In past experiences I have stopped at the Big Apple in Colborne, Ontario on my way back and forth from Montreal to Toronto, Toronto to Montreal and I think its a nice landmark in Ontario. It can be seen from Highway 401 at exit 497. Percy St. Big Apple Dr in Cramahe Township. There is a giant red apple, that cannot be missed. It has been in existence since I was little.

I must say certain pies are great especially the Caramel Apple Crumble, but I have tried the Apple cookies and I didn’t find them to be quite appealing. It was overbaked and I really did not enjoy it. It was not what I had expected. The gift shop is quite enormous and there is an array of merchandise, groceries, snacks, souvenirs and apple products for baking and consuming. I had bought a lanyard, t-shirt and a couple of things from the gift shop. I think some of the prices are reasonable, but some are ridiculously expensive. I really do not see the logic of things being expensive in stores. They will be kept there for years if they do not make the prices reasonable for the customers.

There is a golf course, There is a pole with a sign on it stating how far cities are in the world. It is pretty neat. There are animals, and a lookout point in the giant red apple, that overlooks the Highway 401. You can see transport trucks and vehicles driving by so quickly and the nature of trees around is absolutely spectacular.

The cleanliness of the restroom’s are excellent and maintained. If you ever go to a bakery, restaurant or place where food is being served, the restrooms must be clean. The restrooms are an important factor to how food is handled and overall health of a restaurant and how things are made.

My overall rating out of 10 for The Big Apple is an 8. They can improve on some things as stated as above.

Armenian Pizza – Recipe — In Armenian It’s Called Laghmajoun (Mesa-Shod)

Due to Popular Demand and People wanting to know how to make this delicious Armenian dish, I’d like to welcome you to today’s recipe. They call it Armenian Pizza,

We have other words for it such as, Laghmajoun, Lahmajoun, Mesashod — For the correct pronounciation (MES-A-SHOWED) (LAG-MA-JUNE)

Ingredients.

  • Ground Beef (you can substitute Ground beef for Lamb Grounds, but GROUND BEEF is a lot tastier)
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Tomato
  • Pepper

 

How to Make…. (Credit — http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lahmahjoon-armenian-pizza/ )

Place ground lamb or ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and break into small pieces until mostly browned. Drain any excess grease. Add the onion, green pepper, and garlic. Cook until onion is translucent. Stir in diced tomatoes and tomato paste, then season with parsley, basil, mint, cumin, and if using, cayenne. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and refrigerate overnight to blend the flavors.

  •                     Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Distribute the lamb mixture evenly over the tortillas, and spread out to the edges. Place the tortillas onto a baking sheet.
  •                     Bake for about 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and place the lahmahjoons onto a large piece of aluminum foil so that two of them are meat side to meat side, then stack the pairs together, and bring the foil up over the top to keep warm. These can be served hot or cold. Cut into small wedges.

 

The Blogger In Me

Recently, I decided to make blogging one of my priorities everyday and I chose to set a goal to write each and everyday. I know that it is a challenging task to come up with different subjects and food recipes of mine, but I am up for the challenge. Most of my writings are all about positivity, changing the world and things we can do to make our days go by happier and better. I mean them all from the bottom of my heart. I think that if each and everyone of us spend some time and reflect on our lives and simply do things step by step to make our lives more happier, we can see a world of a difference.

For me, I love blogging and it makes me happy to see that I am making a difference in the world and touching so many peoples lives and changing them for the better. It is my priority in life to see others happy and doing well and being positive all in the while. Writing makes me a stronger person and this wonderful world of blogging is an incredible tool and we can all learn from each other on variety of subjects throughout the world. I love reading online about different things, different subjects and I remember a lot about my life and my experiences I have been through since I was a child. There is just so much that I want to share and so much that I want to spread around the world.

I strive to make deadlines for myself to post everyday, and I do not want to skip a day. If I skip a day, I don’t feel good the day after as I value and put my readers needs first. Without my readers, supporters and people whom have given me incredible awards, I wouldn’t be where I am today and without the energy given to me by these wonderful comments by my readers which are so important to me and you all have a place in my heart. Even if I do not know you. I have to write and write and write. My fingers just start typing and doesn’t want to stop sometimes. I sometimes get pains in my fingers from typing so much and I take breaks in between from the e-mails I get, to answering facebook inbox messages, and so on and so forth. The Internet, Blogging, Social networks simply take my mind off of many things and writing and spending time on the internet is very therapeutic for me. The Internet is not all that bad as so many think it is. It is just the way that you use it.

Writing is such a wonderful thing, and our blogging world, social networking and communication has changed so much that things circulate instantly and the internet is a huge encyclopedia and whatever we want to know or whoever we want to know about is just a couple of clicks away. Its incredible isn’t it? There are some people I live Vicariously through and there are so many inspiring people out there and all of you have an incredible gift to put words together and that is very difficult, but then again we all have talents and special gifts in life and we should never take them for granted. Now I call myself the blogger in me, because I have a closeness with words, stories that have happened in my life, so many things that are a perfect example on why I call myself that. We all have a title in this world, We just have to discover them. You will see how incredible the turnout will be.

So do not give up, and do what makes you happy and find something and never stop working at it.

I Love To Laugh

In My life I laughing is one of my favourite things to do. I love comedy movies, comedy videos, comedic photos, so on and so forth. I think laughing is such a wonderful thing. We all have our lives to think about, all the stress, getting by day to day, but we should take sometime to laugh, enjoy and really get out there and unwind a bit, and leave stress at the door. When your at home, or when your out, its such a positive and great thing to laugh and there are so many different ways all of us laugh and were all unique in that way. whether your with friends, family, always figure out ways to incorporate laughing, watch a funny movie, do funny things(NOT THOSE DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME THINGS Of course), take sometime to leave those gadgets, playbooks, tablets, laptops, computers and all sorts of technology down and do something fun and interactive, face to face.

I love laughing a lot. It keeps me going. They say that laughing is the best medicine, and laughing can also make you lose calories and it works so many muscles in the body and its one of the best things you can do for yourself. Just LAUGH WILL YA? 🙂

hahahahahaahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

 

Talin’s Spinach, Mushroom, Red Onion, Whole Wheat Spaghetti in Mushroom Sauce

I have not written a recipe in a while, so I decided that today is all about a healthy recipe. My new years 2012 resolution is to get more healthy, eat well, have regular physical activity and have a well balanced diet. Eat everything of the food groups, but everything has its limits. Now today, I’d like to start with Spinach, Mushroom, Red Onion Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Mushroom Sauce.

Ingredients needed:

Basil,

Oregano,

Salt (Mushroom Sauce will have Salt in it, but just add a little bit more into it)

10-15 Mushrooms(Regular and cutting them until each mushroom becomes 4 Pieces),

2 Red Onions Chopped,

Fresh Bagged Spinach — One or Two Bags

Whole Wheat Pasta — 750 g or 900 g —– Serves 3-5 people.

Mushroom Soup Sauce — 1-2 cans

Olive Oil

To Prepare the Sauce: Remember to wash the spinach, then wash the mushrooms and the onion before chopping.

you put olive oil into the Spaghetti Sauce Pan — make sure its deep enough to then put the whole wheat spaghetti to mix together….

Put in the chopped red onions to cook, but do not overcook the red onions as it will lose its colour…. cook on medium heat.

then quickly put in the mushrooms after the onions cook just a bit

then put in the basil, a dash of salt and Oregano into the pan and start mixing….

then after without chopping the spinach, just put it all into the pan and it will shrink in size. you do not need to cut the spinach.

then your done….. make sure the onions are still red to make it look good and the nutrients from the onions will not go away….

Then you will put in the Mushroom sauce and let it all cook until warm to hot….

To Prepare the Whole Wheat Spaghetti

In a pasta pot put water, but just enough and keep an eye on it so it wont overflow when it boils… add salt and olive oil into the water.

after the water has completely boiled put in the whole wheat spaghetti and let it cook for 10 minutes to 12 minutes MAXIMUM until its al dente. dont overcook spaghetti or any type of pastas.

Remember to mix the pasta in the water instantly after putting it in and keep mixing the whole wheat spaghetti so it wont stick together every 3 minutes until its cooked

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Then you drain the water from the spaghetti and you mix in the spaghetti with the sauce and your done…

—— Eat Immediately. You can put Parmesan cheese on top or feta cheese, but make sure the feta cheese is not so salty… there are different types of feta you can buy from a specialty grocery store or a cheese factory or something.

Then your done!

BON APETIT!

2012 Is All About Change, But Positive Change with Optimistic Approach To Life.

I think 2012 is a year of change. Since a new year has come, I think the importance of starting out with happy and positivity the way we rang in the new year partying, enjoying, smiling, being fruitful, kind, being optimistic, enthusiastic and just having a great time, I think we can incorporate the same energy we had to celebrate the coming of the new year and we can use that energy throughout the year to do good things all year round and for other years to come.

Although sometimes life can be hard and there are obstacles that will come our ways, sometimes when we don’t get what we want in life, but that should not be the sabbotage of you, that should not stop you from being positive about life. I think that it all starts with a persons outlook on life and we can all be happy and do positive things in our lives to make the world a better place only if we choose to be. We can never be optimistic and positive if we always let the negativity empower us.  If we do not get what we want in life at that frame of our lives, it may happen or will happen sooner or later than you think.

It is very important that this year of 2012 to change Negativity to Positivity, to Change Pessimistic Attitude to Optimistic Attitudes, From Unhappy to Happy. Smiling and Smiles across the world will give this fantastic and incredible vibe in the world and it can be felt by millions and billions of people across the world. We can all make a difference in this world, We can all do something to benefit us and benefit others. It can be the most incredible gift you give yourself. I think its time to snap out of it. Never forget to be yourself and never forget to be who you are in the process.

Whenever you give yourself those gifts, you will always be happy. Just give it a try this year. You will see how lovely your year will turn out to be. Cheers to TWENTY TWELVE!

Now get on out there AND SMILE SMILE SMILE AND SMILE!