Saturday, 11 July 2020

Latin Extravaganza podcast


Hi guys

Just a quick message to share with you the podcast of my radio show "Latin Extravaganza" for The Power Of Dreams Show at Dublin South FM

The show was a success and I am VERY grateful for the support.

Click on HERE to access the podcast.

Thank you for listening to it.

Marlon/Marlife

Saturday, 27 June 2020

My Latin Extravaganza for the POD


This article was first published by GCN - Gay Community News - my place of work. But of course I have to share here for my Marlife audience.

GCN’s very own Marlon Jimenez-Compton, after securing a regular slot on The Power Of Dreams Show, is offering you next Wednesday a ‘Latin Extravaganza’ on Dublin South FM. In his own words, Marlon says “I promise I am offering you a bonanza of rhythm, colours and great vibes. For sure, rhythm is gonna get you”.

Marlon said his mission with the show is to “spread positivity, good vibes and of course love which is something we need at the moment due to the lockdown. So it would be a good way for [people] to listen to something that is gonna bring a smile to their faces.”

Speaking to GCN, Marlon, who is from Venezuela, grew up listening and dancing to Latin music. He says that dancing to Salsa and Merengue was for him like a happy workout and very therapeutic.

“You dance for hours and hours just enjoying those songs that not only make you move but also bring you joy and contentment,” he said.

He also confesses that for him, in particular, the Latin Extravaganza show brings a touch of nostalgia to him, but in a happy way, as he is not dancing as much as he used to – which is why sometimes you might catch him on his social media dancing and singing to Latin Music and both Spanish and English.

As you can imagine, his show is packed with Latin moves and rhythm. In his own words, one of his colourful purposes is “to make you feel you are in front of the Caribbean sea with a cocktail in your hands full of happiness and joy.”

Marlon is using his platform on Dublin South 93.9FM to highlight some of the causes close to his heart, while still supporting his clients from GCN. In this month’s show, he will highlight the work of SpunOut.ie.

Listen to Marlon Jimenez-Compton’s Latin Extravaganza this Wednesday, July 1 and a repeat on Friday, July 3. Both dates air at noon on Dublin South 93.9FM or on dublinsouthfm.ie

Marlon/Marlife

Image by Luis Aviles Ortiz https://slingshotgraphicdesign.com/

Sunday, 21 June 2020

My HB's posts on Facebook



If you follow me on social media, you migh have realised by now I am a social media nutter. I am on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter, and I love the fact that I have a platform to convey my messages whatever they might be.

I recently started to wish Happy Birthday to some people on Facebook by videos. I think it is a more personal way to send my wishes, but also it is a great way to let them know you are truly and sincerely thinking of them. I wish I could do it with everyone, but it requires so much time that I don't really have.

Now I know my intentions were good and as you might say "cute", but oh my god, I was not expecting the reaction they have received in particular by those directly celebrated - which is what is lovely about sending a positive message full of love, people react to them in such a loving way that it is encouraging for me to continue celebrating people's Birthdays.

I am sharing below the last three videos I recently sent and the reaction by those who received them.      

                        Happy Birthday Meghana Sridhar!

                        

A birthday wish like no other 🤗

@marlife16 and I were colleagues at Facebook Ireland - getting to know him in person, through his blog, staying in touch via social media even after moving continents, and learning about the causes he values & advocates for made me a big Marlon-fan! He exudes positivity, pure heart and kindness. He teaches the world not to take oneself too seriously and that every moment should be cherished cuz you never know what next; he lives by that philosophy..leads by example. .
His journey from his home land Venezuela, to activism about gay rights, and being a voice of awareness about abuse inspire me no end!
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On some of my lowest days, Marlon’s words have picked me up; he’s been the rainbow at the end of a storm. We’re physically so far away from each other and are on such different journeys in life, yet he has a huge impact on me.
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This is the video he made for my birthday and it touched me deeply; I want to share this cuz everyone deserves a piece of @marlife16 in their lives 💜 Obrigado amor! 🌈



                                                   Happy Birthday Maria Callaghan!

                                           To watch my message to Maria, click HERE





Happy Birthday Caoilinn Taylor McGlade!

To see Caoilinn's video, click HERE




As you can see, it is so emotionally rewarding to receive such lovely reactions. I will always try to spread love and positive vibes every time I can and every where I have. It makes me feel good and I love celebrating people.

Marlon/Marlife

Sunday, 7 June 2020

It was time for a change - Marlife's new art graphic.



Hi guys


First of all, I would like to say thank you so much for allowing me to share with you my craziness online. Thank you for every click you have pressed when I have posted something I wrote or a video dancing and singing, or for whatever it is you think deserves your support to me.


In my March, 18th 2014, I published my very first blog on  #marlife which I titled “Welcome to Marlife!!!” and the response was greater than I expected. The reason I created a blog was because the reactions some of my Facebook posts would receive, so I thought it was a good idea to create my own platform to express whatever I would want to.


Six years on now, I still love my baby and I wish I could have more time to dedicate to it. However, life is busy and with all the social media channels I have, it is quite hard and time consuming to be loyal to all of them at the same time.


Time for a change


The great image you can see below was created by David Park,  someone whose work is amazing and he is also someone my husband and I can call a friend. It is worth mentioning that David created art graphics for my blog for Saint Patrick’s and Christmas. Needless to say his dedication to his work always produces content of high quality. 




After six years, I felt it was time to change the image and so I did.


As you can see, I have already used the image as Marlife's new face, and I am so excited to the extend I want to show it to you below hehehe. The image is a collaboration between photographer Babs Daly and graphic designer Dave Darcy. Dave is the graphic designer for GCN - Gay Community News - the LGBT+ publication I work for. I am very happy with the final result and I hope you will appreciate it, too.



To see more of Dave Darcy’s work, you can visit https://onestrongarm.com/ & for more of Babs Daly's visit @theinkfactory and @piercied.ie



Once again, thank you for your support and feel free to tell me what you think?


Marlon/Marlife




Tuesday, 5 May 2020

I took over The Power Of Dreams radio show


Hey my friends,

If you are connected with me through one of my social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @jimenezmarlon72 or LinkedIn, you might know I was recently invited to take over The Power of Dreams show at Dublin South FM , and I am still pinching myself.

The producer of the show, Marian Shanley, invited me to participate and I am very grateful to her for giving me such a great opportunity.


My colleague, Katie Donohoe, wrote an article about it for GCN - where we work and the response has been amazing.


I won't overwhelm you with letter and this is the link to the actual show CLICK HERE.

Thank you everybody for the great support.

Marlon/Marlife

Thursday, 2 April 2020

I can tell you where mine came from...



The more we live, the more we learn and the more we learn, the more we love ourselves. This is my mantra.

When I was a little boy a group of my friends - neighbours - organised a party and, for not reason, they didn't invite me  (now thinking back, that's what is called passive-agressive bullying). I was very upset and my Mother was very annoyed and also upset for me.

As I was looking over the fence, crying, they saw me and "felt" sorry for me and asked to join them. My mother was aware of what was going on. As I was going to make the move, she came over to me and said "You are not going to that party. They had you upset and you are not a second-hand plate." I begged her to let me go, but she was having none of it and said "Absolutely not, have some dignity, have some respect. You are not going."

I still have that very powerful moment with me. That moment still lives in me. That's where my dignity comes from. I still wonder, why such an infantile dynamic meant something for her, we were only kids, but she took it to her heart and, of course, made a very powerful lesson for life moment for me.

This is why I always put me first. Even in my marriage, I alwasy put me first. This is not selfishness, it is the ability to avail your own emotional resources first and then transfer them onto others, if it is possible.

Having dignity is the reason why people with bully tendencies  do not try to bully me because I am well able to lay down my bounderies of self-respect, and I would make them known and noticed.

The reason I am explaining this is because I recently published a post on my Facebook called "Dysfunctional friends" and it received an OK reaction so I wanted to explain why my dignity is the centre of who I am.

You can read my Facebook post below after my signature or go to my Facebook page.

Thanks for reading.

Marlon/Marlife

Some self-reflections to be shared.

It is true that human interactions can be challenging, because we are human, but I still think that in those interactions our diginity and self-esteem should always prevail.
For example, you should be wise enough to discern what a real friend is. A real friend do not try to put you down to up themselves. A real friend do not talk behind your back to other people about you or support others who do because this behaviour makes them complicit. A real friend do not tell others about your flaws and shortcomings. A friend is not someone who is jealous of others. For example, a real friend doesn't tell you or others you have an unhealthy eating problem and when they were saying it they were in McDonald's. Seriously!!!
I know sometimes those "friends" are only projecting their own unhappiness and internal discomfort, but that's their issue, not yours.
And let me tell you something, I am proud enough to say that I teach people to treat me the way I should be treated, and that’s due to my strong self-esteem.
One of the many virtues my loving Mother instilled in me was dignity and self-respect which translate my very solid self-esteem - which is why I do not have space in my life for the kind of 'friends' I just described above. It will be a dysfunctional "firendship".
Two last things: 1) Remember that bullies exist only if we allow them to bully us and 2) I feel I am honoring my Mother's memory every time I close the door to those who don't deserve to be in my life. If you have a toxic person in your life, get rid of them immediately . They are not worth it.





On that note: Keep loving and keep safe ❤️




Thursday, 27 February 2020

Me as a little boy.


That little boy you can nearly recognise in the photo is me in a clown 🤡 custom. I was in 3rd grade and was nearly 9. Two years later that photo, my mommy suddenly passed away. I was I am and will always be heartbroken 😭
Her name was Carmen and she loved me dearly. She made me feel I was the most wonderful human being In the whole world and to this day I still feel like that. She ingrained in me an enormous sense of dignity for who I am.
Nobody would ever love me they way she did. She is the reason for me being me. She is the reason why I love myself so much. She is the reason why I tend to be self-reliant. I don’t need to go out there to look for appreciation because I already appreciate myself. I have that within me.
If somebody doesn’t like me, I don’t care, but if somebody loves me, I do appreciate it 🥰
I have to confess, I have never loved anyone the way I loved my Mommy, but oh boy the way I love my husband is getting very very close to that love.
So I thank my mommy’s memory for equipped me with the perfect feelings to love my husband. John is the centre of my universe. The owner of my heart. I am very protective of him. I adore him for who he is and I truly believe what we have is very special because it’s in the name of love.
So thank you so much Mother for the loving legacy you left me which I am sharing with my partner in life: John Henry Compton, not even his smelly farts has made me to loving him less 😂 #Loveislove 
Thanks for reading
Marlon/Marlife




Monday, 17 February 2020

...But is it really?



Love, compassion, joy, happiness, contentment, hate, rage, anger, rancour, jealousy, resentment etc... are powerful feelings that have existed since humankind was "created". Those feelings are pivotal components of who we are as humans. We all have a common denominator and that is being human.
Neither the internet or social media have created these feelings in us, but, yes, we might use these channels to express them. If these channels didn't exist, we would find a way to project whatever feelings we might be embraced by. It is just what it is because it is just what we do. Why? because we are only human and therefore complex creatures.
To put it in different words, before the internet and social media millions of people were killed in the name of hate, and millions of people were born in the name of love. So as we can see, these powerful feelings have always existed.

Our place in a very "interconnected" world

The above reflection is based on personal experience, but also based on living in a world where the technological tools available to us can be both utopian and dystopian, depending on our propensity to either or. Whichever our stance is, we must be very aware of the sense of responsibility that comes with using online platforms to communicate or inform or promote or tell whatever it might be we want or need to.

A very good example is singer-songwriter-actress Lady Gaga who has famously defined social media as "the toilet of the internet". The interesting thing is that her Facebook page has over 58m Likes and 56m followers. She has over 80m followers on Twitter, and over 39m followers on Instagram. I know we are not Lady Gaga, but in a very pop culture-driven world where celebrities can hugely influence us, do you not think her claim is quite contradictory?

So I think this opens the conversation of is the internet/social media "bad" or “useless” when it does not work in our convenience and/or favour? Or social media should be used the way we think it should be - a different way is not "acceptable" because it is not our way? Or is it we can find it difficult to accept and deal when the things we put out there for public scrutiny don't play out the way we originally intended? Or more importantly if it is so bad, why are we on social media at all? The questions we need to ask ourselves are endless.


What should we then do as social media lovers?

It is true that there is a dark side to the internet, but there is a very bright one, too. Whichever we go for, it's totally down to us and not the internet itself.

In my very own opinion, there is not right or wrong, but different. Once we are not causing harm, spreading hate or organising crimes, we can use our SM the way we would like to. I particularly love talking about my life and that includes my husband and dog, and about whatever it is going on in my life. I use it to share my singing (even though terrible) and dancing. To share photos and videos. I try to spread love and positive vibes whenever I can.
This is what I have been doing and I will continue doing because I love it. It is my platform, it gives me a voice and I find that empowering. And if somebody doesn't like it, so be it!

To finish, just two last things: Never stop being yourself, whatever that means to you. There is a price to pay, yes, there is, but we must be ready to pay that price if we want to be authentic, again whatever "authenticity" means to you. We have a place on earth and we can use it as we like once, again, we are not causing any harm.

One very important thing I always try to keep in mind is that, in life in general, human interactions can be quite complex and very challenging at times, both off and online. The things we say and do, sometimes the way we behave, our actions etc, have consequences, both positive and negative. When it comes to the negative ones, the question is what can we learn from them to move on to try to have a happy life? We should always try to find the lessons, because the lessons are always there. It is important to have full ownership of the consequences of our actions, at least for me it is.

Apart from that, let's live, love and let's have a laugh. Let's be joyful, let's dance and sing even if your singing is as terrible as mine hehehe. We live once so let's try to make the best of it.

Thanks for reading. 
Marlon/Marlife






Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Our stay in the Radisson Blue Hotel/Spa Sligo



I wrote this article/review for GCN - Gay Community News - the magazine which you can find online on www.gcn.ie

In need of a relaxing time out away from the stresses of modern living? No need to hop on a plane when Ireland has so much to offer. Marlon Jimenez-Compton set off for beautiful Sligo to see what the West had to offer.

Heading off for our break away to the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa in Sligo, (a county I have never visited before) all I could picture in my head was the Atlantic ocean. An ocean that is as blue and beautiful as the sky itself. So I knew something majestic was waiting for us even before we got there.
When we arrived, we were greeted at the reception by friendly smiles which not only made us feel welcome but also at home. When we were directed to our room, it was more spacious and comfier than we expected. I opened the curtains and there were two very green mountains - a picturesque spectacle of nature. I was amazed and enthralled by the view of Sligo Bay.

Meanwhile John, my husband, was making sure all the room’s amenities were in the right place and ready to function; from the high-speed wifi to the TV, the heating to the hot water. And yes, everything was working to perfection! I think it's clear that as a couple, our definitions of comfort are diametrically opposed. I love smiles and nature as part of a great great service. John loves smiles and technical commodities as part of his, so it is fair to say that the Radisson Blu Sligo had something for both of us!

We didn’t want to leave the comfort of our room just yet, so we ordered brunch to be delivered. We ate and talked while contemplating the view - which made our brunch even more delicious.
I went to the spa - which is adjacent to the fitness centre - and what a fantastic place. It's the perfect spot to unwind; with an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The spa offers top-rated treatments, massages, facials and relaxation therapies. I booked a full body massage which was such a soothing experience. I felt so relaxed afterwards. When I left the spa it felt like I was walking in the clouds.

It is worth mentioning that the Hotel offers a wide range of outdoor activities which include kayaking, surfing and hill walking. An added bonus of taking one of these activities is that you will be surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Rosses Point.
When the evening arrived, I was still wrapped up in a balmy feeling from the massage. However, I was ready to dress up and go to the restaurant for a well-deserved dinner for two. Considering what I had enjoyed and experienced so far, I of course had high expectations, and so did John, who couldn’t wait to treat his palate with his favourite – medium-cooked steak.

The Classiebawn Restaurant more than met our expectations. It was a real treat. From the service to the actual food and the wine. Delicious, succulent and just gorgeous. I had fish, sea bass to be exact, it was so fresh that it felt it swam to my plate straight from the ocean. John also loved his steak!
When dinner was over, we were offered, courtesy of the house, an Irish coffee. To finish the night, we went to the Waves Bar for a few drinks before going to bed after a superb evening full of pampering.
The next day, on our way back to Dublin, we were reminiscing about all we had experienced. All we can say is that the whole thing was just fantastic. So yes, we both highly recommend it. I would love to go back and enjoy it all over again from the moment we were welcomed by smiles. Smiles as big and Blu as the Atlantic Ocean.

To book your stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa visit www.radissonhotelsligo.ie or call +353 71 914 0008.

Marlon/Marlife