WE MADE IT.......

....to Celine`s official website.

Fans from around the world gathered in one amazing and emotional fan video to celebrate Rene, Celine`s husband. We mad it both to HELLO Canada and to CelineDion.com. THAT FEELING.

Celine fans are THE BEST!!!!!

Watch the beautiful video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3TeGZjUvSU

 

Hello Canada article here:

http://ca.hellomagazine.com/music/0201408259338/celine-dion-fans-around-the-world-come-together-in-an-emotional-youtube-video-celebrating-rene-angelil

 

To Ashley Berner....you ROCK!!! All the hours you spent putting all of this together....I`m speechless. You need an AWARD!!!!

 

To all fans that participated.......wow......all the emotion in this video.....fan POWER. You are all amazing.

 

 

xxx

Laila



Marked for life.....with Celine <3

Another AWESOME Céline experience in my life as a dedicated fan, and this time we speak DEDICATION. I stuck my nose forward in a text message to the National Norwegian radio station P4, when they interviewed an Elvis impersonator and big fan, telling them that I LOVE dedicated people/fans like him maybe because I am one myself but then of Céline Dion and attached a picture of my car.

The day after the text message a phone call appeared.....from radio P4!!!! They wanted to make an interview with me as the HUGE fan I am. So that's where it all started......and I ended up with a huge Céline portrait on my right leg, just above the signature tattoo I had done last summer.

Check out this link and watch a video that for sure give me chills.

http://www.p4.no/story.aspx?id=576840


xxx
Laila

My Céline-mobile "CellyD5"

Today I went ALL THE WAY and put on a customized decal on my car. Yes, I am a truly DEDICATED fan and PROUD of it......need to show right? 😉 Hope you like it. xxx Laila

30.03.2014



Fans around the world unite in one video for Celine's birthday!!

It's on days like this it feels extraordinary to be a FAN. And every Céline fan KNOWS what day it is today.......it's CELINE's BIRTHDAY!!! HURRAYYYYY!!!!

Céline is ALWAYS there for us through the presence of her voice, music and wonderful lyrics, so when we get the chance to give something back we do it BIG TIME!!! So Céline.....of you ever read this.....THIS IS FOF YOU, with love from all your fans around the world ❤️❤️❤️

http://youtube.com/watch?v=hHRtjuvcODI&feature=youtu.be

xxx from one of your fans
Laila

Radio 100% Céline Dion

Have you noticed it? The radio channel that playes Céline songs ONLY!!!!
Download the TUNEIN RADIO app to your phone (it's for free), and search for RADIO 100% CELINE DION.
They play all kinds of Celine songs, both French and English, ordinary song and all kind of mixes. They also play some interviews. GO GET IT.....NOW....you WON't regret it!!! You can also download it to your laptop here: www.tunein.com

xxx
a forever dedicated Céline fan,
Laila

Some wounds never heal.......

....but still we have to move on with our lives.
Today have been a day full of thoughts, since I've been off work because of a son being sick, and the thoughts have all been about my dad that passed 2,5 years ago. Then you may ask....what does this have to do with Celine? Well.....Celine has played a huge part in my life through her music, and she has in that way helped me to move on.

My parents split when I was 6, and I remember the day my father left as it was yesterday. I was very eager to go with him to see where he was going to live, but he wouldn't let me. He told me he would come back another day to pick me up.....it never happened. And this was when all the disappointments started. Yes, I did go visit my dad every second weekend, but it was not because he wanted....my mom told him to, and I was the only one out of 3 sisters that did. My 3 sisters were an age that they could choose themselves, and they chose not to be with him those weekends. For the record, I'm the youngest one of 4 kids.

The stays at my dad was not at all joyous. Early I had the feeling that he didn't actually care about either me nor my sisters. He also had a new wife and I had a half sister that was only 8 months younger than me. Her mother and she often turned against me, maybe because I was his daughter and in that way not a part of them....I don't know. Being in that situation as a child was HARD. One day I told straight forward that I didn't want to stay with them for the rest of the weekend. My dad told...ok...go call your mom. The only problem was that my mom wasn't home, so what to do? I called a dear neighbor and asked if I could stay at their place, without telling my dad. I just told him it's ok...you can drive me home...and he did. He didn't even CHECK if my mom was home. He just let me off in the yard and drove away. I stayed at my neighbors place that night...thank God for loving neighbors.

My entire childhood have been centered around a lack of my biological dad. A dad that never cared, because he was just too self-centered. A dad with a completely lack of empathy. A dad that was mean, both psychologically and physically towards my mom and some of my siblings. Another thing is that I feel we were raised learning to hate our dad. Yes, he did stupid things, but still he was my dad.....a child will always love its parents no matter what. It's our flesh and blood, and I tried so hard so many times....but in the end I had to give up on trying and just face the fact that this is my life.
A kid shouldn't have to connect this kind of lyrics to a parent..... http://youtube.com/watch?v=pLfy1XiQpEU

It has for sure given me some rough times throughout the years, but it has also taught me a lesson. NEVER ignore the people that loves you!!!! It's all about giving and taking. Even though I think it's hard to get I do for sure give. I've given so much if myself all the time it lead to panic/anxiety attacks. I never saw myself.....I have always been there for others....family, friends, my husband, my sons.....I did EVERYTHING.....but taking care of myself.

The panic/anxiety attack happened....sad but true...when I travelled all alone to Las Vegas to see Celine's show. Suddenly had had just myself to think of....I could spend the days in Vegas like I wanted to. I think it got a bit too much....so it all turned out bad. But I got through it.....it took a long time and hard work, but I made it. I still have some off moments, but I can manage.

And Celine....her voice and lyrics has played a HUGE part in my life, she has made me cope with the most difficult times. So Celine....THANK YOU SO MUCH for being there for me when I needed it the most. If you only knew.


xxx
Laila

Radio interview.

Tonight I was interviewed on e-Riks on Radio Randsfjord about our Paris trip to see Céline in concert and about Celine in general. It is om Norwegian though so it's not easy for you English-speaking fans to understand, but still it is fun to share. Check the link below 😉

http://youtube.com/watch?v=DcPMwfAKVk4


xxx
Laila

Get well soon Rene!

Last night the fans got the not so good news that Céline's husband Rene Angelil had to undergo surgery on December 23 rd, to remove a cancerous tumor, throat cancer. He is now home with his family in Las Vegas for recovery.
As a fan of Céline's it hurts to hear about this. My thoughts go tfirst of all to Rene himself, but also to Céline, their sons and to Rene's three adult kids.
I can't even imagine how this time has been for Céline. Seeing your loved one have to go through this is HARD.

Céline.....both I, and all your fans worldwide, want you to know that we're all with you in this difficult time. We're all thinking about you and praying for Rene and a speedy recovery. You are both such AMAZING human beings.

What I would really would want to do is send Céline and Rene a huge bouquet of flowers, but as an ordinary fan from Norway that is not easy, so it will have to remain a though.......but Celine.....please know that you are all in our thoughts ❤️


xxx
Laila

Meet & greet's

It's been a while since I blogged now, but here I am again.

Last summer I was lucky to meet Celine in Quebec City in Canada. This was a totally unplanned meeting as I was waiting for her at her hotel. A dream came true after over 25 years as a fan.....over 25 years of waiting. I was in the right place at the right time.....and that was it!
Getting a meet and greet is not easy. It takes a lot of work, planning, requests, e-mails and so on. You have to WORK for a meet & greet, or you have to be in the right place at the right time. Not every dedicated fan has the resources to make it to a m&g, as Celine most of the time is stationed in Las Vegas, which means an airfare to Vegas, hotel, show tickets you name it. And it means you have to try to get an organized m&g, you have to go through her management, and I can tell you...there are a LOT of fans in line wanting the same. Some fans make it, some are lucky to make it more than one time, and some fans don't make it at all. We can't always get what we want in life, and things doesn't come to you....you have to act to make it happen.
Celine's management have their hands full organizing it all, working their butts off trying to please fans with their requests. But they can't please everyone.....sad but true. I have, some fan friends and even my sister and mother have, tried to get me a m&g with Celine, without result. I have even been in Vegas 3 times to see her show, but no m&g. I believe an organized m&g wasn't meant for me, but........I made it ON MY OWN! I travelled to Quebec, I saw her show "Une Seule Fois" (which was an AMAZING show), I showed up at her hotel...and there she was.....my dream came true.....I got her signature....I got a picture with her.....and I almost fainted lol........a dream I never thought would come true. But I have a motto I live with.....NEVER GIVE UP!!!
Things happen when you least expect it!!!! And then again....I got to see her outside her hotel in Paris last November. So it's not impossible. You just have to BELIEVE!!!!
So to all my fellow fans.....follow your dream.....do things the right way.....and you will get there! What do you do to try to get to meet our idol Céline? xxx Laila

The journey continues.....and I`m off to Paris TODAY

I`m feeling kinda HIGH right now....haha.....who doesn`t when you get to see your idol LIVE once again.

In a few hours my husband and I fly to Paris on another Celine journey. A lot of my fan friends are there already, and Celine had concerts both monday and tuesday....and she was ON FIRE!!!! Several friends of mine also got to meet Celine outside her hotel, have a picture and her autograph :-)

We will stay at a hotel close to Champs-Elysees, and we will explore Paris big time. I can barely wait.

Celine has concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, & Wednesday and Thursday next week. We will be on tomorrow Friday`s concert, and I`m totally ready...with my Norwegian flag banner saying " ONE WORLD - ONE PASSION - CELINE DION". On Saturday we will attend a Celine After Party held by the fan group The Red Heads, this will for us be a once in a lifetime experience.....phuuuuu.

I hope I will be able to update here during my stay, if not I will for sure do it when I get back home.

 

My sweater is ready.........

And so is the banner...here with two Celine friends Gro and Lisbeth.




 

 

 

See ya!!!

 

xxx

Laila

My INSPIRATIONAL wall.

Finally I got to frame my memories from meeting Celine in Quebec. This is for sure a wall that will inspire me to go on and reach for my goals, in years to come. Things are possible, you just have to LOVE, HOPE, BELIEVE and last but not least....DREAM

xxx Laila

Video footage of my meeting with Celine in Quebec.

Here it is.....on tape.......warms my heart to see it on tape  <3

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiwI92rwivw&list=UUt2nMvBSjzsdoAbsrG4xIcg

 

I got interviewed by our local newspaper :-)

....and here is the translation to it:

 

 

HERE ENDS LAILA`S CELINE DION-HUNT.

Laila Steen Johnsen had her biggest dream come true this summer:  A meeting with Celine Dion.


NEDRE EIKER: - It feels absolutely wonderful! Now the hunt is over, says one of Céline Dion's biggest fans to dt.no.


Laila Steen Johnsen got the best 40th birthday present she could ever recieve, from her family, this summer: A trip to Quebec, Canada with a concert coming with it. That it should end with a meeting now makes the life as Céline Dion fan finally complete.

- When I went to Quebec, I had a tiny hope of getting to meet her, she says.

Met Dion before her 5th concert

The fan from Mjøndalen have tried to meet the Canadian singer several times before. She has traveled to Las Vegas three times where she has seen the star in action four times.

Céline Dion has been successful both with French and English lyrics. In 1988 she won the international Eurovision Song Contest finals representing Switzerland. In the 90's her popularity grew internationally. Especially with the song "My heart will go on" that was the soundtrack to James Cameron`s movie "Titanic".

Steen Johnsen has been in contact with "Skavlan» (Norwegian talkshow) repeatedly with arguments on why they should invite Dion to the studio. Before a concert in 2007, Steen Johnsen made a necklace with the inscription C + R. C for Céline and René, who is Dion's husband, with last name Angelil.

Tattooed autograph on ankle

But a "personal" meeting, she managed to organize summer 2013. As the dedicated fan she is, she was also listened to the artist's sound check the night before the concert.

She had found out which hotel Céline Dion stayed in and ran into the lobby after soundcheck. There she met over 30 like-minded fans from around the world. After four hours of waiting, at half past four in the morning, the star came into the lobby.

- The guards were surrounding her all the time, so didn`t get much time. But I got the photo taken with her and her autograph, says the fan from Mjøndalen.

Last Saturday she tattooed the fresh signature on the ankle with the number 5 with it. The number five because it is Dion's lucky number and this was the fifth concert she had with Steen Johnsen in the audience

- There is a calmness to her. Yes, it was absolutely wonderful to meet her, says Steen Johnsen.

 

 

Here is the link to the article: http://dt.no/kultur/her-ender-lailas-celine-dion-jakt-1.8008805

 



A HUGE THANK YOU <3

Just got in after mowing the lawn.....and mowing the lawn gives you time to think and reflect about things.

I want to tell you how GRATEFUL I am towards all of you that have found it joyful to follow my Celine/Quebec experience online. You have NO IDEA how much it means to me! All the positive heart-warming words you have given me after I had my dream come true....to meet Celine. Being a huge fan hasn`t always been a joy as I often have been made fun of......in every way.....made fun of me for being so dedicated to Celine and her music. Yes....I am truly dedicated, and when I do things I do it properly....ALL THE WAY. Why do things half way? This Quebec experience for sure made a turn..........

......when you go to the grocery store....and you meet friends that read online what you experienced in Quebec, that have seen the pictures I posted and are overjoyed for what I accomplished on my trip.....that is PRICELESS!!!!

Now I am really looking forward to my next Celine experience.......her concert in Paris in late November. I will get to meet a lot of facebook friends there as well.....meeting them are actually half the joy...if not more :-)

Again......to all of you....from all of me.......

A HUGE THANK YOU.....MERCI!!!!!!

 

Love you ALL <3

 

One world - One passion - Celine Dion 

 

 

xxx

Laila

 



At the entrance of Celine`s house in Quebec <3

 



Celine's signature - my new tattoo :-)

I told myself long ago...the day I get to meet Celine and have her signature it will be my new tattoo.....and here it is. I decided to add the #5 to it as it is Celine's lucky number, and after the Québec trip also mine....as this was my 5th concert with Celine and believe it or not...when my husband and I checked in at the hotel in Québec we got room #55...a sign? The tattoo is all fresh...will take a few weeks to heal properly and for the redish to dissapear, so I will post a new picture later ;-) xxx Laila

My dream came true!!!!

I met Celine!!!!!! It happened at night July 27th at 3am.

After listening to Celine`s soundcheck on Friday night, my husband and I was outside the arena on Les Paines listening to Celine`s soundcheck. When she was done, we went back to our hotel to get some proper sleep before a long day and Celine`s concert on Saturday. But when we passed Celine`s hotel on our way back I told my husband..."why not stop by to see what happens there". When we arrived there were several other fans there too, including fan friends of mine, and other fans arrived while we were there. So....we stayed hoping for Celine to arrive soon. First Celine`s mother arrived, with one of Celine`s brothers and one of her sisters. Then after a while Rene arrived......and I got to shake his hand saying "Hello". He was so nice, telling us that Celine would be there in at least 45 minutes. We waited and waited hoping for Celine to arrive, but it took time......we got all pretty exhausted and not to speak tired....but we were perservant...and finally it payed off.

She arrived at about 3 am.....taking her times for her fans as always. I was the first one she came up too when she got in to the lobby. I had her sign the photograph I brought of her and I got to give her the bracelet I had bought for her....Norwegian designed from NoraNorway....her security guard Nick took it for her. Then it was over for me...I thought. But then I was like......OMG.....I didn`t manage to get a picture of her....so I followed her and the crowd further in to the lobby.....and I made it over to her again....asking for a picture...and she was like...."Ok...but quick" as she wanted to go up to her hotel room.

I got a great shot of her and me.....a memory for life <3

I had never any expectations on getting to meet her before going to Quebec, but I still hoped for it to happen. I guess I`m a bit superstitious as this would be my 5th live performance with Celine....and after we checked in on our hotel and got room muber 55....I just knew something would happen....and it did. As of now #5 is my lucky number too :-)`

Here is a video of the happening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq6FpwzjUBo  I`m the one in the white t-shirt...getting a picture with her at 0:59 :-)

 







xxx

Laila

Good things happened in Quebec :-)

I have ALWAYS said.....good things happen to those who wait....just be PATIENT. And last night I got to meet Celine.....finally....after YEARS of waiting. We were at her hotel waiting....and after being there for 4 hours....it all paid off. Celine arrived...just the way I wanted to meet her.....all casual....being herself. She signed my picture.....she was so nice. The she continued though the lobby.....and I followed...haha....so further back I again managed to get up to her to have a picture taken. Phuuuuuu.....I was all tears after it all....and not in bed til 4am lol There was a video recorded of it all. http://youtube.com/watch?v=Eq6FpwzjUBo&feature=share&list=UUt2nMvBSjzsdoAbsrG4xIcg&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DEq6FpwzjUBo%26feature%3Dshare%26list%3DUUt2nMvBSjzsdoAbsrG4xIcg A fem hours before Celine arrived, we also saw Maman Dion Arvid, and just after her René arrived....and I got to say hi to him to, and shake his hand :-) Overall......A WONDERFUL DAY FOR #cellyd5 <3 Tonight......the concert at Les Plaines.....UNE SEULE FOIS <3

At the entrance to Celine's house in Québec :-)



Praying.....or rather...begging ;-)



Save the last dance for me ;-)



Celine et moi <3



Yesterdays CATCH at the Grevin museum



Having a delicious smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz :-)



5-layers chocolate cake <3



Celine gateau.....yummi <3



NIckels



Basilique Notre Dame de Montreal



A wonderful day in MONTREAL :-)

My husband and I had a wonderful day in Montreal yesterday July 23rd. We explored the city walking to old Montreal, latin quarter, chinese quarter, we visited the amazingly beautiful Basilique Notre Dame de Montreal where Celine and Rene got married back in 1994, Dec 17th, and where their firstborn son RC was baptized in 2001, July 25th. In the evening we visited the Grevin wax museum where I finally got my Celine moment....probably the only one I`ll ever get...phuuuu. Then we had smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz, owned by Celine and Rene, (Rene had been there that morning...baaahhhh) and then we went over to Nickels to have the Celine cake......a 5 layer chocolate cake that tastes like HEAVEN. So......overall.......yesterday was a WONDERFUL day for a Celine fan <3 Today we will explore Mont Royal....then we`re off to do some `damage`at Walmart :-) J´aime Montreal <3 Bissous, Laila xxx

22.07.2013



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