Talin’s Signature Rice with Orzo Noodles

Talin’s Signature Rice with Orzo Noodles

serves 4-6 people

I love to cook rice a lot. I find it is so healthy. I know the experts say it is filled with carbs, but there are health benefits to eating rice. It has nutrients and I think they are good carbs. We can’t let go of carbs entirely from our diet. We need balance and if we get rid of something entirely, it is not good. I pay very good attention to detail and taste when it comes to cooking. Rice with Orzo Noodles is something that I have been doing for so many years, so I decided to share my recipe with you all. My family and friends love my rice and they enjoy it so much they always get seconds.

The secret to making good rice is to never let it get sticky, mushy, and way well done. Sticky rice is meant for sushi, basmati rice is good too, but the best rice I find is parboiled. The texture is amazing. The key to cooking rice is to make it al dente just like pasta. Never overcook the rice. When you are cooking rice, always keep your eye on it. So important. Also to keep in mind, make sure the head is always on medium. Never cook rice in a low heat setting.

Remember, you can always tweak the numbers of servings with the number of people you can cook for. Rice is something that goes well with a lot of meals, especially if you make meals like chicken with sauces, roast, Stir fry, and all other kinds of food. Well, here is the recipe. Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients:

5 tbsp of vegetable oil or 3 tbsp of unsalted butter. your choice.
2 cups rice – parboiled
5 and a half cups of warm water
2 chicken bouillon cubes – to add flavor. no need to add additional salt.
half to 3/4 quarter cup of orzo noodles

How to prepare:

1 – put the unwashed parboiled rice in a strainer with thin holes so the rice does not go through

2 – wash 4-5 times with cold water – until water is crystal clear

3 – put 5 and a half cups of lukewarm water in a separate bowl and set that ready to go.

4 – use vegetable oil or butter and add in the orzo noodles beginning with high heat in the pot and then lower it to medium heat and until it becomes golden brown or lightly browned.

5 – Add the warm water into the orzo and put it back to high heat and let the water boil really well.

6 – add the chicken bouillon cubes into the water until they dissolve.

7 – after the cubes have dissolved. time to add in the rice – I have learned that it cuts the cooking time in half when you preboil the water before adding in the rice.

8 – bring the rice to a boil and then cook it covered by leaving a little air so the steam releases.

9 – every 4-5 minutes open the lid, mix the rice.

10 – the rice should be done in 15 minutes with the water dissolved.

11 – let it rest for about 2-5 minutes before serving or you can serve right away which is what I prefer. The texture of the rice will be just right.

12 – enjoy 🙂

 

 

Never Allow Someone’s Miserable Behavior to Rain on you

This quote is so absolutely true.
 
I can relate to this so much. Another issue is when people start problems out of nowhere then pin it on you, walk all over you, and then they run a squad to gang up on you and then talk crap behind your back, and then they have people acting like surveillance cameras to watch your every move.
 
I have no time and energy for bs from other people. They start problems out of jealousy and intimidation and they can’t handle it because of whatever insecure and miserable thing is going on in their lives so they have to hurt and gang up on another person for stupidity to feel superior, mighty and who think they are all that and to make someone miserable too. Some people can’t handle it.
 
God protected me from these people and he led me to the right path where I can be surrounded by people who genuinely love and care about me for me, who I can be myself around with and who don’t start issues out of nowhere. 
 
I believe in kindness, respect, and being happy for people of what they do, where they go, and how they want to live life. You owe nobody an explanation of what you do on your terms in your lifestyle. Who am I to judge other people? Everyone’s circumstances in their lives differ from yours. Never ever let anyone walk all over you. stand your ground and get away from people who belittle you.
 

 

Armenians in the Diaspora – Keeping The Armenian Legacy Alive

Armenians in the Diaspora – Keeping The Armenian Legacy Alive
Written By: Talin Orfali Ghazarian – Canada

In life, we come to this world with different identities and backgrounds, and every culture, belief, race, religion, and heritage is important and special in many ways and to especially acknowledge, respect, and preserve. It is very important to appreciate and not take who we are for granted no matter who we are.

As a Canadian born Armenian in the diaspora outside of my motherland Armenia, it is important to me to preserve my heritage and culture to always keep learning about my country, to always be updated with current events and news happening around the world.  The diaspora of Armenians is largely populated around the earth more than Armenia itself. We come from all continents of the world.

I had the pleasure of visiting Armenia and catching up with reality on everything I have learned in my life and actually seeing it in person. It is so fulfilling and it means so much to me having been able to have that opportunity to see my culture up close and personal.

I was really emotional with happy tears. I cannot wait to go back and hopefully soon.

Armenia is located between Europe and Asia, but are located in Asia, and we are bordered with Iran, Georgia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. The Turkish Ottoman empire massacred 1.5 million Armenians on April 24, 1915, during the Armenian Genocide and where they stole a lot of our land and our sacred Mount Ararat where Noah’s Ark came to its final resting place. Armenian’s in the diaspora and in Armenia are demanding justice to recognize the Armenian Genocide globally and especially Turkey, but they still continue the denial of their crimes.

More than 30 countries around the world have recognized the Armenian Genocide and we are working to never allow history to repeat itself as many countries, cities, states, and towns continue to recognize. It is never too late. Even after 105 years later. We Armenians in the diaspora are always including dignitaries, governmental bodies in municipal and federal governments, and as well as Non-Armenians to inform them of who we are and to educate them about Armenia, the Armenian Genocide, as well as our culture and heritage.

Every year on April 24th, we come together in many communities around the world, marches, conducting peaceful demonstrations, we visit our local embassies and parliaments to gather to voice ourselves for the Armenian Genocide and to pray and stand to remember our ancestors.

Armenia was the first to adopt Christianity since 301 AD and we have the oldest church in the world in Armenia called St. Etchmiadzin which still stands strong and it is so beautiful. our culture is so rich in history, so many beautiful landmarks, churches, statues, cross rocks, and many stories that are endless.

We Armenians have a very strong connection to our culinary cuisine and food. We absolutely love to offer our hospitality with serving Armenian coffee, sweets, food and never letting anybody go hungry. We love to cook, bake for our family and friends and we are very friendly. We pay close attention to detail to make sure we have perfectly tasty food for all to enjoy. In the diaspora, we are always welcoming people to taste our food and they absolutely love it.

As Armenians in the diaspora the same as Armenia, we have built families, friends,  school’s, churches, statues, Armenian Genocide memorials, parks, community centers, clergyman, organizations and committees to gather Armenian’s and to have a welcoming feeling of being at home where Armenian’s can connect, communicate, organize events and parties. When we get together we are a large family and it is amazing how connected we really are.

Social media and the internet have made everything so much easier to connect to Armenians around the world, to make friends, to share everything together, to create online communities, events, and to be one family to interact and share with one another in seconds. I have made many new friends and discovered many Armenian people and I have met some of them in person after communicating online for a while. It is such a great feeling to be physically present and to get to know each other more. It is a special moment.

We have many Armenians around the world who are writers, developers, artists, actors, who work in film, comedians, directors, teachers, principals, singers, dancers, cooks, chefs, bakers, who have the innovative touch, inventing things, realtors, electricians, doctors, lawyers, jewelers, and in every other field of professions to cater to our world.

Challenging aspects we face globally

We Armenians face challenging aspects living out of Armenia as we adapt to society with different cultures, races, backgrounds in our cities and towns around the world. That is why it is important to preserve our identity and to always remember and be proud of who we are. It is important to speak Armenian, to read and write. We go to Armenian schools and are taught at home from a very young age.

Some Armenians do not know how to read and write our alphabet which has 38 letters, but above all the important aspect to it all is to speak it and never forget it. I face challenges of reading and writing in Armenian when it comes to different writing patterns  and I have trouble usually with the bigger words, but that is not stopping me from speaking and to keep it alive and vibrant and writing about it.

St. Mesrob Mashtotz was our Armenian Alphabet inventor. He was the chosen one to give us these beautiful and rich letters where we can write stories, songs, scripture, church hymns, and prayers. We have different words we use for everything. There are so many thousands and thousands of words and it is incredible and beautiful on how it all sounds.

As we face those challenges, we also appreciate and love who we are and are so proud. There is just so much to learn about Armenia and it is a place worth visiting, discovering, and educating yourself about.

We in the diaspora are so dedicated, devoted, motivated with so much passion, awareness, love with showing patriotism, showing and waving our Armenia flags proudly, and working hard to ultimately preserve who we are when we cannot be in Armenia physically. I love you Armenia and Armenians around the world. God bless us all.

The 105th Armenian Genocide Virtual Commemoration Take Place around the World

On Friday April 24, 2020 marked 105 years since the Armenian Genocide of April 24, 1915. 1.5 Million Armenians were massacred by the hands of the Turkish Ottoman Empire and also they stole a lot of our precious land and our Mount Ararat. They still deny and lie about committing those crimes perpetrated by them. A lot of raw emotions and tears were felt.

This year our commemorations were a lot different then other years. We commemorated, remembered and got together virtually online in social media, going live with videos, sharing photos, and previous years of commemorations, peaceful demonstrations, and gatherings. Armenian Churches, Organizations, Armenian People were sharing from their homes.

The reason for us going online this year is due to the obvious of the whole COVID19 virus Pandemic, physical and social distancing protocols which prevented us from gathering in large crowds and beside each other for our health and safety.

I am sure The Turkish Government around the world found it to be a sign of relief and joy that we were not together physically around the world in large crowds in front of embassies, memorials in dedication to the Armenian Genocide, however, that did not stop us from gathering virtually and spiritually, so basically we came out once again.

We will never stop remembering the victims of Genocide no matter how we voice ourselves and those who survived in the aftermath. Recognizing, spreading awareness and acknowledgement is key to prevent from history from ever repeating itself.

Hopefully and God willingly as COVID19 passes quickly out of the world and in 2021, on the  106th year we will get together again physically to share our emotions, grief and stand strong together. In Memory of the Armenian Genocide. We will never forget.

COVID19 – Masks and Gloves Being Thrown on The Ground – Littering our World

Recently with the COVID19 Coronavirus outbreak, people have been going to grocery stores and other essential places to buy necessities and essentials and then going home protecting themselves with Masks and gloves to try to prevent themselves from getting the coronavirus COVID19.  There are people who are really disgusting and who litter and little do they know what they are doing is causing the problem to be worse. It is creating a huge problem for our world and in our backyards.

It is so disgusting. To those who throw their gloves and masks at the parking lot’s at grocery stores and other essential stores leave them in the carts. Stop littering and stop being so irresponsible and throw them in something invented called the garbage bin. They are there for a reason. Just some people do not understand the concept of what the Garbage bin is used for.

I have seen hundreds and maybe thousands of gloves and masks on the ground and it is absolutely horrible, inhumane, and so crazy. Here we are trying to prevent ourselves from getting sick and boom, there are these people who are doing just the opposite.

People are so focused on social and physical distancing and yet some just throw them on the ground and leave them in carts with whatever is on those gloves and masks being spread around.

I even saw them flying around and that causes a bad environmental disaster as well causing harm and danger for them to get into waters and streams where fish and other animals live and other places too. People have no idea what hazards and havoc this causes and ultimately we pay the price at the end with more people and animals getting infected with this horrible virus. It is unbelievable. There need to be strict penalties to enforce on these people who litter and there should be security and police monitoring parking lots and other places to catch these people who litter.

it is a very disgusting thing. I will call people out on that if I do see it happen and I will make sure they throw it in the garbage disposal. I will definitely be keeping my eye out next time I do groceries. This is crazy and people need to be educated. I cannot believe that we have to teach people how to throw things in the garbage and I cannot believe we have to tell people to do this and where they can’t think of it with common sense by themselves and people have to tell them. That shouldn’t be. It should be automatic and a lightbulb going on in someone’s head. It is ridiculous.

We need to help each other and our world to flatten this curve and with littering, it is not helping at all.

People just don’t get it and don’t understand. More needs to be done to stop these people.

The 105th Armenian Genocide Commemoration – April 24, 2020

The Armenian Genocide Commemoration

April 24, 1915 – April 24, 2020
105 Years of Remembrance
1.5 Million Armenians Massacred by the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

By: Talin Orfali Ghazarian – CANADA

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is Canada’s Capital and every year for a few decades now, we embark on a journey with buses and automobiles to the Parliament Hill for a peaceful demonstration to meet with government dignitaries, Armenians across cities and towns from Ontario, Quebec and Other areas plus our Non-Armenian supporters who have recognized and acknowledged The Armenian Genocide, then immediately after the Parliament, we conduct a march to the Turkish Embassy to also conduct a civil demonstration. Canada has recognized the Armenian Genocide and the purpose of us gathering at the Parliament hill is to say thank you to the Canadian Government for recognizing.

However, this year in 2020 is a lot different and due to unfortunate circumstances due to the COVID19 outbreak, we will be doing things a lot differently. Just because we are not gathering in large numbers together, does not mean that we have forgotten and it does not mean that we will not remember. This year, we will be live streaming online and commemorating through social media outlets, posting articles, hashtags, videos, and pictures to participate. We will definitely make sure that we voice ourselves.

1.5 million Armenians were displaced from their homes, sent to the desert without food and water, were left hungry, tired, slaughtered and massacred by the hands of the Turkish Ottoman Empire of Turkey, and also we had our lands were stolen and our Mount Ararat where it was the final resting place of  Noah’s Ark. To this day, Turks still deny and lie about ever committing those terrible crimes.  There are several websites and literature about The Armenian Genocide online. 

Many countries around the world have recognized the Armenian Genocide and we thank and appreciate you. Let’s prevent that history does not repeat itself. 

Acknowledge, Recognize, Awareness. 

 

Celebrities Complaining About Being Isolated & Quarantined During COVID19

RANT from me:
Warning.
I am so pissed off right now!

Some celebrities are complaining that they are stuck in their homes during the COVID19 pandemic and some say that they are bored in their villas/mansions. Sorry but you are complaining about being stuck in your 6,000 to 20,000 sq feet or more mansions when you have swimming pools, hot tubs, ample space to move around to do things, movie theatres, workout rooms, game rooms, massive walk-in closets, pool tables, super expensive cars, super expensive clothing and so much more. I don’t feel for any of you at all. Try and be in people’s shoes right now and your complaining!

There are alone people in this world who are isolated, there are people who are suffering, there are homeless people out there, there are people who live paycheck to paycheck and some who are struggling to make ends meet, some people who have lost their jobs and got laid off due to this pandemic, there are people who can’t pay their bills, there are people who can’t be with their family and friends who are in hospital and YET celebrities have the audacity to complain while they are in the millions of dollars worth of mansions?

While front line workers, nurses, doctors that are pouring in their sweat, tears, exhaustion to help patients with COVID19 who are trying to save their lives, security guards, grocery workers, parents, fast food places, restaurant staff, delivery people, transit workers, pharmacists, truck drivers, post/mail servers, teachers and other essential workers out there who are busting their asses off working so hard to help YOU, who are working so hard to make sure you have food at home.

Kids who can’t go to school now, who were looking forward to seeing their friends, who were supposed to graduate, teens who are supposed to have their proms, graduation valedictorian speeches, and all these special pivotal moments, people who are supposed to have weddings, engagement parties, birthday parties, baby and bridal showers, milestone birthdays, holiday gatherings, travel plans, business trips, cruises, and all kinds of events that are canceled, and

yet Celebrities are complaining that they are bored and feel so isolated and cooped up in their HUGE ASS MANSIONS, GET OVER YOURSELVES!

Appreciate what you have, be grateful and be thankful. There are people who are dying every day from this pandemic and who are deeply suffering, there are other people who are dying from various diseases and illnesses around the world too. While you’re in your MANSIONS, there are people taking in their last breath. SO UNBELIEVABLE!

Rant Over.

How to Keep Busy at Home During The COVID19 Pandemic – Self-Isolation Quarantine

I know it is a difficult time for us right now where our lives were filled with our busy lifestyle, going and coming, going out, but now with COVID19 CoronaVirus pandemic going on, we need to really focus on being isolated and quarantined just for a while until things clear up. Our Governments want to keep us healthy and safe as much as possible keeping us at home so that we won’t become a statistic too.

We need to entertain ourselves while we are quarantined and isolated at home and social media, the internet, and communication with others are so important right now as it always has been. Some people underestimate social media, but at times like this, we need to connect more than ever right now.

I know it is serious what is going on in the world and I am thinking about the lives lost and families ripped apart and those who are currently in the COVID-19 condition and those heroes in the front lines Nurses, Doctors, Pharmacists, Grocery workers, Teachers, public transportation workers, and others. I love you all, I respect you and I thank you. I appreciate all of you.

Some Tips from me to keep busy at home during this difficult time we are all facing during this pandemic of COVID19:

1. Play board, card, and other games do crafts, puzzles, and color, do things without screen time for a bit.

2. Have a baking or cooking challenge. Search for a recipe online or do something on your own, and then share your progress on social media. Hashtag it to #QuarantineRecipeChallenge

3. A good time to do spring cleaning around the house, organize closets, pantry, and drawers. look at your medicine cabinets, bathroom and organize and discard any expired medicine, shampoo, creams, and other things that have been laying around for a while.

4. Watch movies, TV Shows, and anything to steer your mind away from COVID19 related issues.

5. Read books or look up a subject online, do some research and write about it. Like a book report or something.

6. take out a pen and paper and start writing or do some doodling.

7. Communicate more on social media and phone and just keep connected with your friends, family and the world. Share funny memes, inspirational quotes with each other, and have fun with others virtually while being physically distant.

8. If you sometimes don’t want to cook, order some take out and have it delivered to you. Also if you need to stock up on food, go out once a week safely to the grocery store, pick up whatever you need and then come home, restock everything.

9. Take this time off from the fast-paced busy lives as an opportunity to catch up on sleep, rest and things that you wanted to do for a while around the house to accomplish it.

10. Work from home if you can.

11. Get some fresh air outside your home, balcony, look out the window.

12. Walk around your neighborhood being physically distant from others at least 6 feet for half an hour or less.

What other tips do you have? Share in the comments below.

Most importantly Stay Healthy, Wash your hands often, wash your clothes or put them in the hamper right away when you go grocery shopping for essentials and focus well on hygiene and keep safe.

 

My condolences to those lives who were lost during this terrible illness.

The Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Panic – My Opinion

Recently, we have all heard about the COVID-19 coronavirus that has been circulating around starting from Wuhan, China in Asia and it has been a great course of concern to many people and my condolences to the families who have lost loved ones and my thoughts and prayers to those who have come in contact with this virus, and now a lot of people have been concerned and want to avoid public spaces, shaking hands and offering kind gestures to others. People are in panic mode grabbing so much toilet paper, masks, hand sanitizers, wipes, disinfectants, food, water and other essentials where a lot of stores are out of stock just so people can quarantine themselves.

In my opinion, someone like myself who is in Social Media, and have been writing since 2001, and have been involved in writing a lot of topics and have seen and been through journalism and media.

The media is a people magnet. They suck you into what they want you to hear and they begin to frighten us with blowing things way out of proportion leading people to believe everything, and then this is just like the other viruses that have come and gone with SARS, Swine Flu, Norovirus and etc… etc… — They expect you to get scared so that you do not continue with your daily life and so you can go out to dish out a lot of money so you can freak out. It is way too much. It really is sad that people fall for it.

I am sorry, but I am not concerned about this coronavirus one bit because I am not going to stop living my life, going out to places, interacting with people, enjoying my time going out and going about my business just because the media tells you so. Do not be so naive.

See the trend? Stock markets have gone down, fuel prices have dropped, events and important occasions have been canceled, touristic places have closed, some cruises have been canceled, travel to some places are canceled, parties, schools, gyms, and other places are closed. A lot of businesses and people’s lives are being put on hold. — Hmm.. I smell something fishy going on here. I know they want you to be safe yadda yadda, blah, blah, blah, but now are they really?

I think that because some people do not want to exercise good clean habits, hygiene and there are people who will eat anything and everything that is alive and has a pulse, there are people who have disgusting habits, picking nose, putting fingers in the mouth, sneezing into hands, coughing without covering mouths, eating with your mouth open, spitting, littering, not washing your hands after using the washroom and even other times also when people go to the washroom in public places, some people do not even flush, and dirty the seat and the rims with human waste. So disgusting.

Because of these people who do not want to wash their hands and who do not want to be clean, and because of people eating God knows what, everybody else has to deal with it because some people choose to be selfish, choose to be careless and to infect, spread whatever they consume. Is that fair? I do not think so.

So, go live your life without fear, go out, enjoy yourself, do whatever you can and want. Don’t let some COVID-19 virus deter you from life.

Our Experience on The 12 days Norwegian Joy Panama Canal Cruise Vacation.

On the morning of Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, We embarked on a cruise vacation aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy after impatiently waiting for 3 and a half months. I could hardly contain my excitement at the airport waiting to take our flight to Miami, Florida where we took an Uber for the first time ever in our lives to head to the Port of Miami to meet our beautiful ship. That was a pretty fun 10 minutes. Just the check-in process was just a little longer than expected and the ship left a couple of hours later then it was planned to sail away which was 4pm. Ended up leaving around 6:30pm as passengers were coming onboard. The ship was at the wrong terminal which is the cause of the delay, but that was not such a huge issue and just waited out until officially going in.

As we took our first steps onboard the ship after checking in, it was such an awesome feeling. So, we familiarized ourselves with the ship, and then we had a mandatory mustering safety drill onboard which was compulsory. As we concluded, we grabbed a bite to eat quickly at the buffet on deck 16, which is the Garden Cafe. We saw other ships sailing out which were in the port with us. Later, the Super Bowl game was on the jumbo screens. We watched quite a bit of it. Then our ship began to move and then that began our 12-day journey where we first had 2 days at sea.

In those 2 days, we learned Norwegian Joy very quickly and we got used to it. We dined at The Local for the best chicken wings ever and other tasty food items on the menu. You could dine there for 24 hours a day with a large selection of your choice and you can order multiple if you wish. Then we dined at the Manhattan Main Dining Room most of the dinner times which we enjoyed. The food was so excellent and tasty. Great memories. We got to sit way at the aft(back of the ship) and the view was spectacular with the propellor turning the water as we were sailing. We also dined at the Savor and Taste restaurants which were complimentary as well that comes with your cruise.

The ship is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful and the layout and everything was so nicely thought of and the ship design was organized and everything was easy to get to. I watched the Footloose musical production which was excellent by awesome performers. I participated in many games, trivia, and cupcake icing competition at the Atrium on Deck 6. Also got to enjoy the hot tubs, the swimming pools, lounged on the sunbeds while gazing at the beautiful blue teal sea. We also took part in a Question and Answer period with the Ships Captain Carl-Gunnar Hammerin and his crew. People asked them questions about the Norwegian Joy and the operations behind the scenes. It was quite interesting to partake in.

The ports of call we visited were beginning with Miami, 2 days at sea then to Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba, Cartagena, Colombia, Colon, we went through the Panama Canal Gatun locks, Anchored in Gatun lake for 2-3 hours, and then we went to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, 2 days at sea and back to Miami on the disembarkation day. We just went around the ship area and did not want to go too far out. I just enjoyed the scenery, got off the ship, took many photos of the cruise ship, and areas. Don’t like to do those excursions much as we just wanted to relax and enjoy and go back to the ship to shower, change and enjoy the scenery, and when the ship left to the next port.

It is awesome to see people disconnecting the ropes after mooring and how they release and reel in the ropes back onto the ship before sailing out from the docks. I love it when the propellors make the water turn and hearing the beautiful sounds of the waves, the peaceful and beautiful seas, watching the moon from afar, watching other ships from a distance, breathing in the beautiful ocean breeze and salty air which was so relaxing and beautiful. It truly makes you appreciate these hardworking people.

The staff on board were fantastic, and always maintaining, cleaning, and taking care of the ship, and everyone was so friendly and awesome. I absolutely enjoyed talking with the crew. they are onboard cruises for months at a time without seeing their families and friends which is very difficult emotionally as they can be homesick too. Its always so good to be kind to them, to be patient, and show respect to them. They are the hardest working bunch I have ever seen. Non-Stop all day and night to work for us passengers who get on board. I said thank you to them as much as I could. Common courtesy and dignity are very important.

It was so crazy about how quick 12 days went by. It was like a dream. I flew home, and I said, where did the time go? You wait and wait for the vacation to come, you begin to put things together to pack, doing research, enjoying the packing stage, and as the days get closer, excitement and anticipation gets to you and then the day comes and you get onboard and time just starts to zoom on by.

Met some great people on board from our Facebook group and other people recognized me too because of giving travel advice online. So it was pretty amazing to get noticed by people. It was such a great adventure filled with lots of fun, memories, relaxation, seeing different places, people and grabbing souvenirs, and postcards also took about 12 to 1300 photographs throughout the trip. I couldn’t stop taking pictures to document our memories. I love looking back at the photos and just remembering. February 14, 2020 was our last day 😦 It has been depressing since getting back into reality, but it is what it is.

I totally recommend Norwegian Cruise Line and I recommend cruising period. If you have never been on a cruise, get going and book it. You will not be disappointed. I can assist you if you have any questions and I will be happy to be there for you every step of the way to make your cruise ship vacation as memorable, fun, and awesome as it was for us. It is truly an amazing way to see the world and to travel. Do not delay, book and see for yourself how truly remarkable it really is.

I can’t wait to cruise again in the near future. It is the best and look forward to many more adventures. Panama Canal was definitely in my bucket list and I crossed it off.

What the Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Taught Me About Life

Before I begin, I just want to say I love you all very much. Life is just too short and you do not know what happens from one minute to the next. Life is very unpredictable and can change instantly. Tomorrow is never promised. Always need to live life being kind, humble, appreciate and cherish each other. Life can change in seconds. So once again, I just want to say I love you all very much!

In life, we all go through so many situations, problems, and issues in our lives that are irrelevant at this point. You know why? Life is just too short to hold onto grudges, hate, and jealousy. We weren’t put on this earth to destroy and hurt each other. We are all born innocent until a negative and bad influence ruins our personalities, and what we do to others. We must never get that far. We must not let people’s bad examples take our innocence away. In the end, the choices you made do affect others too. Do not succumb to those matters and stay away from the wrong crowd.

I just want to say to enjoy your life, be with great people, kindness and spread good cheer around is very important. Time is precious, people are precious, the world is precious. We need to understand that what happened with the Kobe Bryant crash puts things into perspective, that in an instant fate and life can take us away in a second and families can be shattered and a huge loss in people’s lives forever. Never take anyone and life for granted.

These people on the Helicopter crash of January 26, 2020 — pilot Ara Zobayan, 50; Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, 56, wife, Keri, 46, and their 13-year-old daughter, Alyssa, 13; Mamba Sports Academy basketball coach Christina Mauser, 38, a married mother of three; and Sarah Chester, 45, and her daughter, Payton, 13 – Kobe Bryant 41, Gianna Bryant 13″.

When you look at all those ages, the families that have to deal with daily and constant pain, grief, mourning, tears, broken hearts, shattered dreams because their loved ones died so untimely, and so shockingly. It really is something to think about. Forgive people if they have done you wrong, solve your problems, get together and talk about things and how to resolve it. People plan their families, future together, the hopes and dreams for their lives and life is so unfair to just part physically with our loved ones.

Some people focus too much on material and monetary gain. Once you cross the realm to heaven, you will not take anything with you, except your soul. It is important to be humble and not boast, flaunt and show off to people.

People find the easy way out not to talk to people anymore, because of mistakes made. People aren’t perfect, they have flaws, they have weaknesses. People find the easy way out to divorce, broken friendships, relationships by calling it quits. People give up way too easily nowadays instead of talking about it and fixing it. It is very important to communicate our issues and to start fresh no matter how many times you fall. You pull yourself back up, refresh yourself.

It is so difficult to process the loss of life especially when life goes on. Always know that those people who we lose physically, they are with us in spirit, they are looking down from heaven to see us, to watch over us. I dealt with a huge loss about 5 months ago, and to tell you the truth, I am still grieving like the first day I heard about it and it hurts a lot and I cry a lot, but every cry, every grief makes me stronger and I believe that the person is always with me.

It is crazy about how when people die, everyone starts to talk about them more, are remembered, but when people are alive, they seem to be taken advantage of and not worried. I hope that what happened is a lesson to us all.

We dropped everything once we heard about the Kobe Bryant fateful helicopter crash and we all hurt because of the news. It is evident that we can all come together as one to hold onto each other, and to mourn together. Let’s use the same energy to help each other up.

Life truly is unpredictable. Do not delay, Hug your loved ones today and always, say I love you every chance you get, say thank you, appreciate each other, spend as much time as possible with people. When you are with your family and friends, making new friends, put those screens, phones, computers down.

Focus on real communication, make memories, talk about things, laugh and hold onto each other. You don’t realize that time is ticking and screen time is taking away all those precious moments that you can be making with your loved ones. It is very important. – You will regret it. Trust in me. You just never know. Tomorrow is never promised.

In loving memory of the helicopter crash that killed 9 people in Los Angeles, California. We will never forget.

Talin Orfali Ghazarian

 

Helicopter Crash Victims

Helicopter Crash Victims

The Celebrity Feel – Toronto Pearson International Airport

In life, we are given this incredible privilege to travel and see the world and how aviation, technology, engineering, and aircraft make this world a smaller place by getting to places quickly. Toronto Pearson Airport is an airport that is so near and dear to me with all the great memories created whether it is traveling, dropping off, picking up and just spotting aircraft nearby. Very special to me.

Every single time that I land in Toronto Pearson Airport, as soon as we taxi, gate, get our belongings from the aircraft and walk our way out to the terminal, to get through customs, to claim our baggage, the adrenaline, and that feel of seeing flight attendants, captains/pilots and amongst CATSA and CBSA officers, plus other passengers sharing the same atmosphere. It makes me feel so incredibly appreciative and thankful to the travel industry and our beautiful Airport of Toronto Pearson.

As we are about to claim our baggage, that moment comes along where we begin to exit to reunite with loved ones, meet colleagues, or go get a shuttle, bus, taxi, uber, lyft or other transportation to take us home or where ever else.

As you are walking out, you see all the eyes on you as you are carrying your baggage, that automatic celebrity feels where you glance at everyone and people are smiling and making eye contact with you. It feels like you are a celebrity coming home. So at this point, I walk a bit slower and I do the same looking at everyone else and I smile too. I just absolutely love that moment. I appreciate every moment and cherish it and this is one of them.

That part whether it’s at Terminal 1 or 3, is one of my favorite parts of the airport and of course when I am at the gate waiting for my flight and watching beautiful aircraft go by. Toronto Pearson Airport is a sentimental place for me and I always feel like a celebrity there. I am thankful to all the workers and volunteers at the airport. Appreciation, kindness, and patience go a long way when traveling and expressing that is very important. It makes life and people’s day go by a lot better.

Toronto Pearson Airport, Thank you – I love you. Safe, well wishes and happy travels to all of us.

YYZ ALL THE WAY!

The Hard Truth & Sad Reality of Social Media – Devices That Consume Us

The sad reality of how smartphones and other devices are consuming us and face-to-face human interaction and communicating is diminishing and at a rapid rate. We need to set limits within ourselves to go offline, explore our world around us, connect with humans at a personal level, show emotions, and develop our personalities.

This is the fact and the hard truth and it has become a huge problem in our society, when we prioritize what’s on our screens, and play with apps. We no longer need to do any critical thinking anymore, we no longer need to learn the basics, even mathematics, spelling, counting. Everything is done for us and there are apps for everything.

We are putting smartphones and devices first in our lives, and physical communication with people second. Even paying attention to our families and friends have diminished. I see it happen far too often where people get together at restaurants and coffee shops and they sit around not talking, but they are on their phones and showing no emotion, and no personality. It is so sad. Why have we come this far? Why do we have to do this 24/7?

Here I am talking about this on a social media blogging platform.

We have become so dependent on these devices that we even ask Siri and Alexa to do basic chores around the house like taking down decorations for example, but we know that it won’t happen that way, but maybe one day. I wouldn’t put anything past it. Screen time is consuming our time at a very alarming rate.

So much of our lives are going by and we don’t realize it. Spend time with your loved ones and create memories without these screens. want to take pictures? Buy a digital camera and take pictures and then look at them later. Smartphones have made it easy to take pictures and to share instantly too

Our brains are no longer functioning without these devices that we stare at for hours and hours a day. People cannot even put these devices down when driving, walking, and even shopping. This has become a big disease and it is running people’s lives.

It’s very serious. I am very concerned about the coming generations.

These images are so powerful and the description exactly and spot on of what these devices are doing to us. Hopefully, it will make people think about their actions and take these matters seriously. What can we do to combat this? How can we take a break from this all?

I am definitely making changes in my life. Life is too short. 

Be Kind to One Another – The Ellen Show — Ellen DeGeneres

Hello Everyone,

As you may or may not know, Ellen DeGeneres is someone who advocates kindness and she always says be kind to one another after her shows. I have been writing for so many years now and a lot about emotions, spreading kindness, positivity and hopefully making a difference in people’s lives. I have been through bullying and people not treating me right because I am different.

Now as some years have gone by and many attempts to get to meet Ellen DeGeneres, get onto her show to spread out more kindness and everything she stands for hasn’t worked in my favour and to get my big break in the world to advocate change in social issues, and to mainly focus on putting smiles on people’s faces and being an inspiration. It has been so hard to reach out to her because basically hundreds of thousands of people do on a daily basis and its so difficult.

I want to be able to travel to Los Angeles again and this time visit Ellen at the studios and get to help the world. I want to empower and put happiness in people’s lives. I want to be able to meet my favourite stars, get into the world of entertainment writing too, work with the stars, head to award shows and at the same time advocate kindness and positivity into people’s lives as well.

I feel like I have been hitting dead ends and not getting anywhere. I will greatly appreciate, be so grateful if someone can help me. I know in my heart that I can make magic happen and I know in my soul I can put meaning into this world and spread love and joy into people’s homes, family life, relationships, and friendships.

Thank you.
Love,
Talin Orfali Ghazarian

Happy New Year 2020 Everybody! Happy New Decade!

There is so much I need to write about but do not know where to begin. I just have so much on my mind and in my heart about so many things. When I write about it, it will release the pressures within me. Writing is very therapeutic for me and where I feel so good at doing. Mostly positive, but also things that I have been through in my life. I’ve been given this gift from God to write, to express myself and to help others too with whatever they are going through too. I love seeing people be happy, smiling, having a good time and living their best life.

Life is too short to dwell on the past and to deal with people who put you down, humiliate and ridicule you. It is 2020 now and a new decade to focus on true and loving people, to be happy, to think happy, to love and be kind, enjoy your life.

What you do in your life, how you lead it, where you go, and how you control it, you have no need to explain to anybody else everyone walks in their own shoes, everyone has differences. You have no idea what somebody is going through in their lives. Always important to be understanding, nice, loving, kind and appreciative. Compassion, and giving someone compliments and accepting is truly a great gift you can give to someone. You truly have no idea of what a positive impact that will be on someone.

Happy New Year 2020 everyone and have an awesome new decade filled with health, happiness and good things. May your memories of this decade be good ones. Enjoy and uplift yourself and everyone around you.