Sunday, 29 March 2015

Marlife...a year later

It’s unbelievable to see how time flies, especially when you are having fun. I created Marlife 18th of March, 2014, and I never thought the response was going to be so great. I am humbly touched by the way people have supported this adventure - which in turn is giving me so much emotional reward.

The idea of creating my blog was born one afternoon when I was having a shower and I said to myself that I should start writing about my life experiences and share them with the world. I couldn’t have thought of a better title than ‘Marlife’, a pun on Marlon’s life.

           

 Social media has played and amazing role in communicating my thoughts, feelings, emotions and ideas. It has created a network of readers spread amongst all corners of the world.  I was extremely impressed when I began to receive messages and comments in the likes of Australia, Germany, UK, USA, Canada, Spain and Venezuela.

             I can honestly say that the reason why people have responded in such a good way to my writing is because the sincerity of words. Everything I write comes from the heart, and if it in any way influences people’s outlook in life, I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined. It is that kind of reaction which truly drives my inspiration to continue blogging.



             In the process, I created Marlife's promotional card and vest - which has used to draw attention to my blog. It is a funny way to invite people to have a look at what I am saying through my writing.




             The whole experience has been a good one and I couldn't be happier.

         





  I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for your kind support and I honestly mean it when I say that you, the readers,  are the reason why Marlife is still alive.





            Five most read blogs

             1) Welcome to Marlife

             2) What you cannot say to Irish women - Part 1

             3) I love my penis, but one day I thought of castration because I was gay

             4) When the police made me walk like Naomi Campbell

             5) My landlord thought I was positive and asked me to leave



            Marlon/Marlife

Friday, 20 March 2015

Saint Patrick's Shoot



It was a great afternoon shooting the Paddy's theme for Marlife's - which only took less than two hours, because when you count on a great photographer & digital designer like David Park - davidgpark@mac.com - you know you are guaranteed good work.



David has the ability to translate an idea into images in such an amazing way that all you can do is be pleased and satisfied with his work.



I would like to share part of the whole shoot. The official images - which are the ones you all saw on display and the unofficial - which are the ones untouched. The reason I am sharing them with all of you is because I honestly think the whole thing is just brilliant and as is David as a photographer and designer.



As you can see, the experience was so much fun. It was a day to remember and I can't wait to shoot next theme, whatever that might be. Writing my blog has been a great experience and I am so happy to have Marlife as a sense of emotional reward which I'm always sharing with you.
Cheers
Marlon/Marlife

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Paddy's & the excitement of it all

The countdown has begun...

After nearly twelve years in Ireland, I still get excited about Paddy’s day. I still vividly remember my very
first Saint Patrick ’s Day. I thought it was fascinating to see not only Irish people, but also people from all over the world gathering together to celebrate everything that have to do with being Irish.

What I find most fascinating about the whole celebration is the colours, the hat’s, the leprechaun’s, the shamrock’s, the Irish flags everywhere, the Celtic letters and the manifestation of being Irish to the core. Those colours have embraced me in such an Irish way that I honestly feel I have a little bit of green in my blood.

Usually on the day I am hangover, celebrating from the day before, in true Irish style. This year, for a change, I will be working, but I will record the parade to try to be part of excitement. I can’t wait to see the streets of the whole country covered in green.

Like previous years, a number of iconic Dublin landmarks will go green at 6pm each evening from Saturday, March 14 until Tuesday, March 17. Buildings changing colour include The Guinness Storehouse, Connolly Station, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the National Museum of Ireland.

The main event of the celebrations, the St Patrick’s Festival Parade gets underway at 12pm on Tuesday,




March 17. Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll is this year’s Grand Marshal and has spoken of his delight at participating in the parade. Colourful floats will be joined by the bands from Ireland, Germany and the United States with 500,000 people expected to be along the route.

There will be plenty to see and enjoy. It will be an event to remember and I hope you can enjoy yourself.


Have a great time celebrating the Celtic spirit, the Irish flavour and everything that comes with it. Let your heart beat from the exciting of being more Irish than ever.



Have a Great & Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Marlon/Marlife





Monday, 2 March 2015

Five reasons you should be grateful for

It was on a Sunday morning, John, my partner, and I were in the kitchen having breakfast and all of a sudden, out of the blue, we started talking about how blessed we were as people and as a couple.

We told each other the reasons we are grateful with life.
  1.   We are alive and have our health
  2.   We have a job
  3.    We have a house – our sanctuary
  4.    We have and love each other, and more importantly…
  5.    We enjoy so much the privilege to be alive
Life is beautiful, yes, but it can be tough, too. However, the difficulties in life can serve us in a good way to make us better and strongest people.  It really depends on our willingness to see life as the perfect path to walk on, to grow, mature and become wiser.

Some people do not believe in happiness, but I must say that happiness is not about having a laugh 24/7 or being in good form all the time. I personally think happiness is about trying to find a balance to learn from the bad experiences life has to offer and to truly enjoy the good ones.

Happiness is not defined by a bundle of objective experiences, but by the perception we have about them. In simple words, it’s not what it’s out there, but the way we perceive it.

I am not trying to change your personal opinion about happiness. Who am I to try to do so? The message I am trying to convey is that no matter how hard life may be, there are still reasons to be grateful and joyful.

We have to live life in accordance to what we think and believe is best for us, but we can’t forget to embrace with dignity the consequences  -good or bad - of our choices and decisions.

I would like to invite you to take a moment - at any time- to try to find the five reasons you should be grateful
for. It doesn’t matter how small those reasons may be. At the end of the day, it’s your life and they are your reasons and therefore they are valuable to you, and that’s what matters.

I would like to finish my message by saying…Life is good, life is bloody, bloody good.

Marlon/Marlife