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.

The Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Ottawa, Canada Every Year

Every year on April 24th, Bus loads, car loads of people venture out to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to commemorate the Armenian Genocide of April 24, 1915, where 1.5 million Armenians we exterminated, and massacred by the hands of the Turkish Government. The Ottoman Empire. Our lands were ripped away and stolen from us as well. We stand in front of the Parliament Hill, then followed by that we march to the Turkish Embassy not too far away from the Parliament.

Our purpose every year to go to Ottawa, is for Armenians and Non-Armenians, go to voice ourselves and to publicly appear to raise awareness about the Armenian Genocide to passerby’s on the streets of Ottawa. Canada has recognized the Armenian Genocide. We are forever grateful that Canada has acknowledged what happened to us over 102 years ago. We always say thank you to Canada. Not only on April 24th, but everyday.

The Turkish Embassy and Turkish Government still refuses, denies and lies about the acts of horrific crimes against Armenians and humanity. They still deny the fact that they did it. In the past 3-4 years, the Turkish supporters have been attending our Armenian Genocide event. Of course they are being paid to be there and I witness the way they act, and even disrespect their Turkish flag by putting it on the ground and you see people walking on it. Even the Canadian flag is disrespected by putting it on the ground. The Turkish supporters dance, jump and celebrate on the other side. I have witnessed them also bringing barbecues, and celebratory music. It is absolutely disgusting.

Thank you to the dignitaries, politicians, and all those who take the time out to attend the Armenian Genocide commemoration in Ottawa.

Armenian Genocide events are near and dear to my heart and soul. I try my best to be present at every Armenian Genocide event. This year in 2017 was my 20th year in a row in Attendance to the Ottawa peaceful demonstration. In the last 20 years that I have been present, I can definitely say that we have come a long way in terms of recognition, and many non-Armenians know about us now.

1915 never again! Genocide never again!

We are still here! #TurkeyFailed #ArmenianGenocide #KeepThePromise #ThePromise

Thank you Canada for recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
God bless Armenians
God bless Armenia!

Cineplex Theatre Concessions – Beware of being jipped.

Some of us love to see new films in the theatre, and venture to go to the movies, some of us want to munch on popcorn and have a drink or something at the concession stands. Some of us just grab a popcorn bag and drink and head to an auditorium to see our chosen film without sometimes noticing something that is not a big deal, but it is when we pay for overpriced popcorn and drinks.

Do you really think the employees at the concession stands are being honest with you? Do you think you are really getting what you ordered? They fill up your bag with popcorn and you are thinking it is all the way to the top? Think again. Sift your popcorn bag and watch what happens. As you are shaking your popcorn bag, a ton of room is left on top to fill enough for a small to mid size popcorn bags.

Always ask for them to top it off for you. It is in your right. You bought a large popcorn or any other size, so they must honor and fill it up to the top and you should see the popcorn above the top just by a bit.

When you are buying a combo that has candy in it, make sure you are getting what you want. If they offer you a bonus candy or chocolate bar, make sure you get it. It happened to me. I ordered a large popcorn, large drink, candy and it comes with a bonus Mars Chocolate bar which is being promoted now and I get my 100 SCENE Points. The employee took away the Mars Bar, then I noticed something was wrong. I said, Hello, there is supposed to be my Mars Bar Candy that was left by the cash register for me to take.

Then he said, Oh I thought you took it, I said no. I said I want what I paid for. Then he gave it back to me. Trying to jip me so I don’t notice the bonus candy. I was absolutely appalled. They charge an arm and a leg for concession items, they should give us more.

I cannot believe some customers do not notice and see what is going on. People are being ripped off but some people do not say anything and do not take action. Before I leave the concession counter, I make sure I shake that popcorn to get it topped off, I make sure I get what I paid for and they should load everything up instead of being cheap and barely adding enough of what we want. Some people really need to open up their eyes and get what they want. Some people need to speak up.

I’ve said to myself, this is the last time I order things from the concession stands at the movie theatre, but then again I cave in and buy items anyway. It is very expensive and its just so ridiculous to charge people so much for food. You can make Popcorn at home for less than $2.00. You can buy a hot dog at Costco for $1.50 and that includes a soft drink. You can buy pop for a dollar or 2. You can eat and drink for less than 5 dollars.

I realize they need to pay their employees, overhead, and other expenses with electricity and such, but they need to realize that charging people that much is absolutely ridiculous and it is like robbery. They do not think. When they charge people way less for items, they will gain more customers and more people will buy popcorn or whatever else is on the menu.

So be very aware of getting jipped. You have every right to more quantity when you pay all that money for it. So keep all this in mind and don’t fall for their tricks.

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..