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Questions for thought across Europe and Asia

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Why are there very few female pilots?

Why many people love branded stuff?
1. feel good.
2. can afford them.
anything else … ?

Lancome Genifique. Youth is in your genes. Reactivate it. Discover the skin you were born to have. Is it just a bold advertisement or does it really work?

Why am I a Catholic?
1. Mother Teresa
2. Love and lover
3. Universal mass

Why is Black Sea called Black Sea?
The Black Sea got its name from the Ottoman Turks. ‘Kara (Black)’ denotes ‘North’ in Medieval Turkish.
Black Sea is rough, with dangerous high waves and currents for swimmers.

When can we see tulip?
Late March to early May. Best bet is early to mid April.

Where does tulip come from?
The 1st tulip bulbs were introduced to Netherlands from Istanbul.

Why are Turkish ice creams elastic?
The ice cream usually incorporates ORCHID ROOT EXTRACT that gives it an incredible chewy and stringy texture.

Where can trains from Istanbul go to? Belgrade, Sofia, Bucharest, Budapest, Thessaloniki, Aleppo, Teheran.

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August 31, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Romantic banquet overlooking Bosphorus

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Ciragan Palace Kempinski.
It is a former Ottoman palace, is now a five-star hotel of the Kempinski Hotels chain. It is located on the European shore of the Bosporus between Beşiktaş and Ortaköy in Istanbul, Turkey.

Dolma, stuffed vegetables cooked in olive oil.
Sea bass in papillotte, root vegetables, baby potato, mastic cream sauce, rokka leaves.
Selection of baklavas, served with clotted cream.
Coffee and tea.

I like dolma, among the tastiest dolma I have ever tried. The baklavas are too sweet for my taste buds.

What is dolma?
Wikipedia said that dolma is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire and surrounding regions such as Iran and the Caucasus and Central and South Asia. Perhaps the best-known is the grape-leaf dolma, or sarma. Common vegetables to stuff include zucchini, eggplant, tomato and pepper. The stuffing may or may not include meat. Meat dolma are generally served warm, often with sauce; meatless ones are generally served cold, though meatless dolma are eaten both ways in Iran. Both are often eaten with yoghurt.

Darling and I are so grateful for this wonderful occasion, we say this in our before-sleep prayer. Lord, You love us so much.

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August 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm

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Istanbul, we learn about you before we visit you

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Still so much more to learn …
99% of Turkish are Muslims.

Islamic Etiquette:
SHOES – Remove our shoes before entering a mosque / a Turkish home.
MEN and WOMEN – A man should not touch a woman (other than family), even to shake hands, unless the woman proffers her hand / cheek first.
NO LEFT HAND – Never eat or pass something to a person with our left hand (traditionally used for wiping ourselves).
PORK and ALCOHOL – Though many people in Turkey do drink alcohol, we should never offer alcohol or pork to a Muslim.
DRESS – Dress modestly, no bare knees, shoulders or midriffs (for either sex).
COVER HEAD – It is considered polite for a woman to cover her head when entering a mosque.
RAMAZAN – No eating and drinking in public during daylight hours.
SIGHTSEEING – DO not go sightseeing in mosque at prayer times (particularly noon on Fridays).
LOVERS – Avoid public displays of affection btween couples.
NO JOKE – DO not joke about any religion.

I want to buy Blue beads for Mum (she has been wanting it for few months and I am so lucky to go Istanbul to buy it for her),
Turkish delight (I ate it before in Cyprus), almonds, hazelnuts, honey. I also want silk scarves for myself.
The blue bead is actually a charm to ward off the “evil eye”.
If you buy saffron spices, check it is the real think – there is a cheaper alternative (safflower) on sale.
Souvenirs for friends: pointed slippers or a sparkly belly-dancing outfit.

It is illegal to be out in public without photo ID.
Western women are seen as free and easy – Turkish men will flirt and younger women will be hassled, stop it with a POLITE but FIRM response.

Unscrupulous cab driver: Most cab drivers are fine, but some, particularly in the old city (near Grand Bazaar), charge 3x. They may try to cheat on payment. E.g. 50 YTL note we gave, they will say 5 YTL. Inspect every note and say what it is out loud as we hand it over. Keep small notes at all times, the drivers will rarely have change.

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August 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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Istanbul, we are coming!

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Before I visit a place I have never been to, I love to see beautiful captures from other people. Only by learning to see from others’ perspective, we can be clear on our own perspective.
Many times, the photographs captured are more beautiful than reality, and these photographs serve as a reminder to us on how beautiful a person, an architecture, a landscape can be. Like the HSBC ads, always seek potential in everything.
The composite is acquired through the eyes of many talented photographers from Flickr and Pbase: Joanot (Nikon D200), Carlo Tancredi, Oberazzi, Samirdiwan.

From my humble limited travel experience, people in China and South East Asia are very friendly and smiles when I asked them if I can photograph them. Many in UK and some Western Europes are more reserved, a teacher even told me that I could not photograph a group of kids, in spite of the kids come to me and asked me to photograph them. OK, I respect your rules then.
Please tell me if I seek permission to take photos of people in Istanbul, will they be happy to be photographed?

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August 1, 2010 at 4:03 am