Is Trusting People For Their Word The Thing of the Past?

Lately, I have been doing a lot of thinking about trust and trusting people. Nowadays, its very difficult to trust and to believe in people. Sometimes you have to do second guessing, and underestimate people in worst case scenarios.

Now, when you are making big decisions of life such as buying a home, car, or other important things or put certain conditions on things, people always need to protect themselves. Sometimes and often times people need proof on paper and in writing. Nowadays people do not go for someone’s verbal words that they say they will do something or give something.

Even granting people permission when they say expressed written permission must be granted if they would like to use material from books, films, internet, articles, and other copy right things.

Unfortunately society has made us this way. People now know how to trick people, lie and cheat. Now unfortunately and heaven forbid when you get into a small accident that did not even injure them and people go all Hollywood and act out. Now you need evidence to protect yourself by taking photos of the car that was involved in the accident, the licence plate number, have a dashcam, and even put things in writing to always have paper and a pen in the car for cases, so that you can obtain their information and write that it was a minor collision and for them to sign it. So that they do not tamper with the truth.

Imagine, your boss at work promises to promote you, give you a raise, or says that they will do something, it is in your right to get things in writing. Its so important.

You have to be very careful these days. People always know how to ruin another person. They have ways to really destroy someone and fraud people. It is pretty sad. When you expect someone to keep their word, they end up disappointing you and say, Oh I never said that, I don’t know what you are talking about, I don’t remember saying that. They always have a back up plan to really get into someone and manipulate them.

It is very rare these days to find people who keep their word and trusting people. I’ve had a lot of trust issues these days. When people manipulate you, and try to destroy you, stay away. I would never associate with people who are out to get you.

In conclusion, always protect yourself. Always keep everything documented. You never know when you might end up needing that evidence. Take photos, keep messages, and so much more. It is crazy how society has become where a word is no longer enough. When you give someone your word, keep your promise, and don’t disappoint others. Be kind, be real and don’t take advantage of someone, don’t be dishonest. It is one of the worst things you can do.

Have you been in a situation where you feel like you were the victim in someone’s lies?

Have you ever been through an ordeal where you didn’t get things in writing and things ended up badly for you because of not doing so?

April is Genocide Awareness Month

The Month of April has arrived today. April 1st is a day where fooling and pranking people is upon us. It can be fun, but silly at the same time. There are far more important things to remember about this month.

I want to address the importance to remind everyone that the month of April is The Armenian Genocide Awareness month. Recognition, Acknowledgement, Justice and spreading awareness is absolutely imperative. The Armenian Genocide was something that was absolutely horrible, a crime that was so terrible. The Turkish Ottoman Empire and government tried to wipe and exterminate all Armenians off the face of the earth and tried to steal all our lands, but could not succeed.

April 24, 1915 was a dark day. Armenians were slaughtered, stabbed, shot, beat up, raped, displaced from their homes, taken out with full force, sent out to the desert to walk for miles and miles with no food and water, they were beat up and killed when they got tired all from the hands of the Turkish Army. 1.5 Million Armenians were massacred.

As April 2017 has arrived. This year is the 102nd year commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. Please check in with your local Armenian communities to see when demonstrations, protests and other Armenian Genocide event happenings and please participate in them all, or whichever event you can attend to. It is very important. We cannot stay silent. We need to get out there and show the world.

A lot of coverage has taken place in the last few years with prominent figures of our society have visited and documented their time in Armenia with spreading awareness about the Armenian Genocide. We need to keep going and we need to get the world to recognize not only the Armenian Genocide, but all Genocides of the world. So that history will never repeat itself. It all starts with the power to unite people of the world together and to take a stand.

If all of us in the world get along and work together for our world to recognize and acknowledge important issues, then everything will fall into place, everything we do will get the justice and peace that we all need in our lives. Be the change you want to see in the world. We cannot just speak about it. We must act on it.

Memorizing Phone Numbers of Yesterday VS Technology today.

Recently, I have made a realization that has been in my mind for a few days now. How we used to keep in touch with phones, technology of today VS. memorizing phone numbers from yesterday and the past.

In the 80’s and 90’s and before that in 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, we had paper address books, and as well as a phone numbers list stuck on our fridge doors. Before cell phones, we had to memorize numbers, a huge directory book of phone numbers and contacts would appear in front of our doorstep to find people to call them.

You had to really memorize numbers or else, how else would you be able to contact somebody? Before, it wasn’t easy when people weren’t home and couldn’t contact them until they got home. So people would call a few times. When parties, functions, meetings and all that took place, it would be difficult to let people know they will be late. Calling them at home didn’t make the difference. Sometimes people wouldn’t show up and all night they worry about what happens.

People used to use corded phones to the wall, so they would be stuck in the room and playing with the cord while talking on the phone. I am sure in today’s world, there still are corded phones in the homes because if in case the electricity goes out, you have a backup and also your cell phone. Well until the battery runs out. So I sure hope you remember some phone numbers. It is important.

How did people go without all the technology to communicate? How about when there was no caller I.D? Nobody would know who is calling. I think Prank callers had a lot of fun back then using payphones to trick people and annoy them. How about when people used to carry a phone address book with them in their bags?

Nowadays, with smartphones and technology, there is no need to write numbers anymore.  People are so connected to their phones and now the art of calling people is slim to none and people are more involved in text messaging so that they can have time to organize their thoughts, instead of speaking directly to someone on the phone. It has become such a norm.

I am pretty sure there are still people in this world today who still recognizes and memorize phone numbers. It is important to have things on paper too, so as if one day your smartphone is on its last mission to serve you, at least you have backup.

Memorize phone numbers that you regularly text and call. Use and address book to put them in. You never know what happens to your phone. You can lose your contact list and then somehow get on a computer to send status messages on Facebook letting people know “I’ve lost all my contacts, please send me your phone numbers again”. I have see and heard about that so many times.

If it ever comes to a point where you need a phone number and cannot remember it on a rainy day, it will actually be really bad.

How many of you remember your friends numbers? Do you know your boyfriend, fiancé, or husbands, or girlfriend, wife,  cousins or even your parents numbers by heart? If you do not, then its time you do.

We cannot let technology and contact lists in our phones do all the work for us, that we don’t need to remember anything, its in our phones. Nobody should think that way. People really need to think about it. We need to upgrade our minds and educate it and learn the skill to memorize things.

So, I wouldn’t be so dependent on technology and go for the greater technology we were born with… Our brains. There is nothing that technology has that will even be a fraction or come close to than our brain in our bodies..


The White Out Story – A Childhood Memory

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about my childhood and the memories that have been made within those years. I distinctively remember one of those memories where I call it the White Out Story. It is because when I was I think around 5-6 years old or a couple of years older, I remember I learned how to turn the computer on.

School was out and it was in the summertime. I was on the computer, and I was playing kids games such as baby math at the time and then wheel of fortune, as well as a car racing came. After playing for an hour or 2, I decided to turn the computer off. Then near the computer, I saw a tube or 2 of White Out. So, I was very curious about that and I had never used it before, so  I began to open up the tubes and started covering the monitor screen of the computer with Whiteout. I then began to do the same to the outer part of the monitor.

After that, I began to add some on the surface of the keyboard. Not everywhere, just a few places. So for a few hours nobody came into that room until my dad came home from work. He went upstairs to put stuff in the office. Then he was about to turn the computer on so he can play a few games too. I was downstairs watching TV, then I hear this shouting and screaming from upstairs…. ” TALIN! What did you do to the computer?” I was so scared that I was going to get it. Thankfully it was just yelling then I was grounded from using the computer for a month, and then after that I had to be supervised at all times using it.

Then I promised I would never do that again. There was no white out in sight and they were taken away from the office and even the permanent marker. All locked and hidden away.

To make sure, My dad would lock the office door every time he went to work and hide the key somewhere that I could not have access to it.

So my mom and dad spent 3-4 hours cleaning the computer screen and keyboard with nail polish remover that my mom had. I definitely learned my lesson after that. The White Out is for using it on paper when you make a mistake with a pen and putting it on a computer is very wrong. Every time I see white out now, I always think of that moment.

I was just a kid and didn’t know. I thought I was doing a good thing, but then ended up to be a totally different thing. Now, My parents and I laugh about it and sometimes bring this memory up. Mind you, computers from back in the 80’s and 90’s were super expensive. One of the most expensive things people owned back then. The computer we owned was one of the best in the market at that time.

I wish we still kept it and kept it in our storage, but we gave it away to someone else who needed it after we upgraded our computer. Fun times when I was a kid, but then I learned to never make that mistake again with white out.

Did you do something wrong like this when you were a child?

What are your childhood memories?

Toronto Pearson Airport – Street Festival is Back for 2017

Toronto Pearson International Airport 2017 Street Festival is Back!

Save the date and mark it on your calendars!
Saturday June 17, 2017

Behind the scenes look at Toronto Pearson Airport, and those who are working hard to bring it to you. Taking a closer look to how the airport operates, and what the process from checking in for your flight and all the way to getting inside your aircraft to board the flight.
This street festival will also raise awareness as well to appreciate the operations at the airport. Not just by taking a flight out and checking in. You will actually see the lengthy process.
There will be live music, airline companies, food, games, free stuff, VIP Bus Shuttle tour around the runways, tarmac, deicing stations, the hangars, and lots more. Just remember to save the date. It will be a great day to bring your family, friends, and airport/aviation enthusiasts too. Everyone is welcome!
more information once it becomes available can be found at or Social Media at Toronto Pearson’s Facebook page, and you can connect with them on Twitter. So Keep checking in!

My Promise to the Armenian Community of the World

Hello, I am Talin Orfali. I am a proud and happy Armenian. Even though I do not have a Ian or Yan in my last name, I am still fully 100% Armenian. I will never stay silent in telling people I am one. I will never stop telling people about our culture and I most certainly will never stay silent about the Armenian Genocide for as long as I live.
I love Armenia. Being Armenian is a blessing and we should never take who we are for granted. We have so much to celebrate about us and our rich in beautiful culture, alphabet, churches, landmarks, picturesque views, Statues, and of course our country.
We unfortunately also went through a lot as well. The Armenia earthquake of December, 1988 where 25,000 Armenians died.
Our ancestors, family members also went through very terrible hardships, something so horrible with the Armenian Genocide of 1.5 million lives displaced from their homes, exterminated by the hands of the Turkish Government on April 24, 1915. We also had our lands and Mount Ararat stripped away and stolen from us.
With that, we need to be a great example in keeping our culture alive and strong by always working hard to raise awareness on our Heritage, Culture and on the Armenian Genocide. We must never stay silent. Silence doesn’t get us anywhere. Nothing gets done. So we must participate in our Armenian communities as much as we can.
We must stick together, help each other out. When we are strong together, we can combat through anything. We are the future of Armenia and Armenians.
Thankfully, Armenia is still on the map, and there are millions of us still walking on this earth and we Armenians will never die.

All Inclusive Resort Chair Hoggers

An Issue that must be changed in All Inclusive resorts and our daily lives.

In life, we all want to take a little break from our daily life from priorities, stresses, work, school, and the whole 9 yards. We begin by looking for an all inclusive place to travel for a week or 2 or whatever the duration. We book the vacation and as the day arrives to our preferred destination to the south, we are looking forward to much needed R&R(rest & relaxation). We get there with anticipation and excitement of what we imagined, by settling in and by lounging by the pool or beach on the lounge chairs provided by the resort.

Unfortunately, our anticipation and excitement comes to a halt, when all chairs at the beach and poolside gets reserved and then we are left standing around with no luck in finding that relaxation spot in the sun. Many people begin by waking up before the birds and the sun to go out to the pool or beach to put resort towels, and belongings on chairs and then go for a few hours. Some do not return until the afternoon and yet those belongings and towels are still on those seats.

If you don’t agree with what I am saying, then that means you support hogging and being selfish. It is not good.

I think it is unfair to be chair hoggers, and to be selfish about it. Resorts need to implement changes to chair use policies. Security and on-lookers from the resort must be present at all times observing what is going on without asking for tips from vacationers. This is a job to ensure everyone has equal rights to chairs. There should be rules about this kind of selfish behavior. I have noticed that a lot. People just stand around waiting for chairs to become available. There are people who just look at you and do not even offer their chair if they are not using it at that point in time.

For example, if you are in a parking spot for more than an hour, or 2 or whatever the limit is, should be ticketed right? Or restaurant time limits or whatever the case. It is the same thing, if you leave you chairs unattended for a long period of time, you should lose that chair. It is that simple. Strict rules should be enforced about this.

I understand that sometimes people who put their belongings on chairs are in the water or getting a drink from the bar to return to their seats. That is understandable. I understand that if you are occupying the seat with actually laying on it and relaxing that is no issue at all, but if you are one of those people hogging and go for hours and then returning afterwards, that is a very terrible thing to do. If you are not within those premises and not keeping an eye on your belongings, then you should not save chairs.

If you are the type to keep their stuff at their chairs, then go for a meal for hours and then go grab coffee or something at the Lobby bar and walk around while your belongings are on a chair that someone else can use, kindly pick up your stuff and bring it with you, so some other people can use the chair that need it. It is only common courtesy to do so, and it is helping another person out.

People need to stop thinking about themselves and stop being selfish and think about other people. Everyone pays good money to go to these resorts. Everyone deserves equality, everyone deserves to have fun, relax, enjoy themselves without hoggers trying to make sure another person doesn’t get a chair. There are people who will ruin the mood and vacation for another person. It is not right at all. Everyone is entitled. You are not the only one at that All Inclusive resort. There are hundreds of others too.

Whether I am at the beach or the pool, but I am mostly at the beach. If I am in the water for a while and come back that’s okay, and security should be watching all this happening and that is why security is on the resorts too. they should watch for chair hoggers too. If you leave the beach, you take your stuff with you. If you come back, there should always be chairs available.

I always give my chairs away if I don’t need it for a couple of hours. I allow others to enjoy relaxing time. I never hog chairs and that will never happen when I travel. You also make friends that way and you are helping another person out. You are actually making their day better and enjoyable to care for others, and think of others. You cannot just grab everything for yourself.

Resorts also need to bring in more chairs for each resort and keep some on standby in case needed. Super important traits to develop in life. This is about a trait too and this should be a lesson in life too. Not just in resorts, but also in reality coming back home. Selfish arrogance and being ignorant is not good at all.

Respect others so that respect can come back to you,
Be reasonable, and thoughtful of others and don’t be a hogger.
Be selfless and don’t be selfish.