Guess what will end soon? Hint: it started a month ago… yes, Ramadan!

Happy Eid [or “Feast”] El Fitr!

In Arabic, “Eid” means feast or celebration in English. Specifically, “Eid el Fitr” is a major celebration, marking the end of “Ramadan”, the month of fasting (and prayer) for observant Muslims of the world, including Canada.

Bambi wishes her relatives, friends, fellow citizens, and readers a Happy Id, if they happen to highlight it tomorrow!

May everyone celebrate with peace of mind and enjoy the day. Of course, some may be perhaps currently mourning a loved one or facing personal or collective challenges in their lives. Lots of courage to them and may love prevail in… and among the hearts.

A total eclipse is more magical when it is of the sun versus the heart, isn’t it?

Did you watch and enjoy the total solar eclipse?

Thanks to National Geographic for the brief YouTube video explaining the phenomenon of a solar eclipse.

This being said, thank you Ms. Bonnie Tyler for your unique love song entitled Total Eclipse of the Heart.

If she may, Bambi will now offer Ms. Tyler’s old song to the sun and the moon 🙂 as well as to Roula and Doudou because it marked the start of their ongoing love story since 1980-81. At the time, Roula was 13 and her youngest sister Bambi just 9. Roula met true love while biking in the neighbourhood’s public garden during civil war times. As for Bambi, she has been blessed then, as she began having a living brother for the first time. Slightly later, as a teenager too, Bambi’s other sister Rania met Rabih who became her second brother :).

To conclude this brief post, with or without a total solar eclipse in your day, with or without love, may the magic of nature and the beauty of human encounters entertain and enrich your lives!


April 8: Had Mr. Jacques Brel been still alive, it would have been his birthday

Please raise your hand if you are a fan of Mr. Jacques Brel (, a LEGENDARY Belgian singer-songwriter and actor (1929-1978). Bambi is saying so while having trouble preparing this post as she cannot type with her two hands in the air.

Regardless of the above, it means a lot to Bambi to pause before going to sleep to celebrate Mr. Brel’s incredible musical legacy. May his memory be eternal and thanks to all the skilled artists who move her heart when they pay tribute to his unique talent!

Ms. Michelle Torr: best wishes on the evening of your birthday!

Ms. Michelle Torr, a highly talented and famous French singer, was born on April 7, 1947 ( Of note, she is well-known in the francophone countries as well as in non-francophone counties, thanks to her participation in Eurovision Song Contests (

Bambi likes Ms. Torr a lot, perhaps partly because she reminds her of her childhood and teen years in Beirut. She also appreciates how she sang in the German language as well as her numerous visits to Québec where Bambi used to live for fifteen years.

“Joyeux Anniversaire Madame Torr”!

Happy Birthday to the great singer that you, Ms. Torr!

Everything is ending [“Kel Shi Am Yekhlass”]: what a sad yet beautiful love song by Ms. Majida El Roumi

Did you have a beautiful day and/or evening, like Bambi? Since she woke up this morning, a beautiful song has been on her mind. Who knows why? Maybe it is because she heard it on the internet radio when she opened her eyes? Maybe because of its lovely melody or deep Lebanese-Arabic lyrics on the end of seasons with an underlying hope for a transition toward personal growth or transformation, along with a loved one? Regardless of the true meaning of this love song, Bambi is eager to share it with you in this post. Following the performance of Ms. Majida El Roomi as well as Ms. Rania El Hajj, if you are interested, you can find a quick English translation of its lyrics (

“Everything is Ending

Everything is ending, love and dreams…

Everything is ending, boredom and days

The street is getting narrower and we are on the streets…

The distance is going to end and so is the street.

Take me, my love, hurry and take me

life is fading away…

Please take me, and don’t lose me in the strange night

take me, my love, hurry and take me

I am at the door

Hide me in your heart and don’t leave me alone in the mist.

Everything is ending, nightlife and celebrations…

And departure to far places is calling…

The Autumn is ending and we are in the Fall…

and the fog is covering the sidewalk…

Everything is ending, the faces of the friends…

Everything is ending, the laughs of the beloved ones…

The celebration will be over and I am alone on this day…

and you are far away…”

Born or killed on April 4: may the memory of Ms. Maya Angelou and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. be eternal

Ms. Maya Angelou, an inspiring American poet, storyteller, civil right activist, and autobiographer, was born on April 4, 1928 (

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. an exceptional Baptist minister and a top leader of the civil rights movement in the United States, was assassinated on April 4, 1968 (

Thanks to both of them for the incredible inspiration… May their memory be eternal.

To honour their respective legacy, Bambi will start by sharing four of their own famous quotes. As usual, she will end in music with three songs: the first on loving others (Mr. Daniel Lévi, in French and sub-titled in English). The second on loving life (Mr. Julio Iglesias in French). Last but not least, the third song is about a loving dream related to fairness in our world (Les Enfantastiques in French).

Ms. Maya Angelou

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it”.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time”.

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud“.

“Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it”.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character“.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that”.

Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend“.

Bente: Thank you for sharing the Netherlands’ stunning skies!

Nature is magical in Holland, isn’t it?

Bente, “Dank u well” for sharing the stunning skies of the Netherlands.

To thank you, and honour your beautiful home country, below you can find a few meaningful songs, including the Dutch national anthem with Mr. André Rieu :).

Bambi cherishes the memory of our numerous rides in the car in Atlantic Canada with your singing talent in many languages :). She misses you and loves you a lot. You, along with your awesome family, are Bambi’s and her spouse’s greatest blessing in life ❤️.

A picture taken by Bente in the Netherlands.

Mr. Daniel Lavoie: Thanks for your incredibly beautiful song about love in times of war!

Mr. Lavoie, Canada and the world of music are richer with talents like yours. Your song Ils s’aiment [They Love Each Other] moves Bambi’s heart each times she listens to it. It is a tribute to the simplicity and beauty of love in times of war, destruction, and hatred.

For those who do not know it, Mr. Lavoie, a songwriter from Manitoba, got inspired by a highly disturbing TV footage from 1983 of a teenage couple, walking hand in hand, in the destroyed streets of Beirut. This is how his famous Ils s’aiment song was created.

This teenage couple could have been one of Bambi’s sisters and their boyfriends (now husbands). It could have been Bambi or any one of her childhood friends. Such a teenage couple could have been walking, hand in hand, in troubled areas of Haiti, Somalia, Ukraine, Russia, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Syria, Iran, Irak, etc. They could have been living in Canada. It could have been you. It could be your children or one day your grandchildren, if any.

May only love, along with friendship and our shared humanity, have the final word in our war-torn world. May music keep making us dream of peace while singing for love.

Of note, Mr. Lavoie’s superb French-Canadian song became a big hit single, not just in North America, but also in Europe… and in Lebanon too. Impressively, in France, the song reached #2 fast, selling over two million copies ( More recently, Mr. Daniel Lavoie Daniel was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame ( Bravo!

For your convenience, an English translation follows the YouTube video below (

“They love each other

They love one another other like they did before

Before the threats and great torments

They love one another hesitatingly

Discovering love and discovering time

There’s someone who is mocking

I hear someone who is mocking

Mocking me, mocking whom?

They love one another like children

Love full of impatient hope

And in spite of the looks

Full of despair

In spite of the statistics

They love one another like children

Children of the bomb

Of catastrophes

Of the threat that’s brewing

Children of cynicism

Armed to the teeth

They love one another like children

Like before the threats and great torments

And if everything must be blown up

Collapse under our feet

Let them, let them, let them

Let them love one another

And if everything must be blown up

Collapse under our feet

Let them, let them, let them

Let them love one another

Children of the bomb

Of catastrophes

Of the threat that’s brewing

Children of cynicism

Armed to the teeth

They love one another other like they did before

Before the threats and great torments

They love one another other like they did before”.

If we are like books, as per Mr. Émile Zola, four best ones are celebrating their birthdays today!

Are you familiar with Mr. Émile Zola’s work? He is a French novelist, journalist, playwright who was born on April 2nd, 1840 (

Mr. Zola is famous for the following translated statement: “We are like books. Most people only see our cover, the minority read only the introduction, many people believe the critics. Few will know our content.”

If we are truly like books, Bambi is blessed because she knows the PRECIOUS content of four books all born on April 2nd, just like Mr. Zola. To the latter, she can add a fifth book, born on April 1st. Yes, it is Soha, her childhood friend in heaven. May her memory be eternal.

To come back to the four wonderful books of the day, are you curious about them? Well, two of them are males and two are females. Two are cousins and two are like brothers; one she met at age 13 in Lebanon and the other in her twenties in Canada. Yes, she will name: Laila in Germany, Carla in Beirut, Selim in Montreal, and Fred in Ottawa :). Happy Birthday to all of them!

Bambi adores these books :). May they shine and keep inspiring their loved ones and people touched by their humanity and multi-talent. May all the chapters of their respective books all be filled with peace of mind, health, love, successes, and prosperity. Thanks to all of them for being faithful readers of this blog, despite their busy lives. Bambi wishes each one of them a wonderful day (or night :)!