Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Colleague Did a Great Job!!!

Yes she did! Making me feel so proud of working in the same organization with her. And a question arised... Have you ever thought about the feeling of being proud of colleagues may increase the organizational commitment among employees? Maybe we should study on it? Though I studied on "Organizational commitment in cross-cultural environments" at university, I never mentioned about how a colleague could increase the motivation in a team. Wow!!! I just discovered a new thing! I love when my humble effort to arise my awareness to what is happening in the world or to discover the nature of  human being. Ohh, I think I should go back to my academic life again! (Uff, too much talking for an introductory part) 

I was at Indigo friday night to see the amazing Flamenco Show of Ángel Muñoz. Though this was not my first flamenco experience (anybody remembers the fantastic show at Sabanci University last year?) I must confess that Ángel has made the only show that hypnotise the audience. 
You may ask that how I will associate a fantastic flamenco show with my colleague's success... So, here's the story. 

Last week I was in a meeting of the new magazine we will publish and there was so much brain storming (I definitely love it as it does help you to know about your colleagues like nothing else can!). I highly recommend it if you have not tried it yet! I found out that the marketing manager, Tuğba, danced flamenco, and she knew about my high interest to dance during the meeting. And I was with an invitation for Ángel Muñoz's Dance Show in my hand at the end of the meeting. :) 

Right after the meeting she told me about what she was working on lately which was impressed me a lot and made me write to share what I heard about. She is the founder of the website which you can hear about on TV programs recently. Let me explain some about the precious project. Basicly,

1) You take the photos of the roads, pavements, and all the constructions in public area that make inconvenience to the people with physical disabilities in public area. 
I choose this photo as it has reminded me
my childhood in my grandparents' farm

2) Why do we do that? Because, if you take the photos of buildings and places that make inconvenience to the people with disabilities and load to the website (indicating the address on the google map), they will be fixed as soon as possible as the Burada Engellendim" project is continuously followed and officially suported by authorized people at the Metropolitan Municipalities.

3) When the inacurate construction is fixed "This is Fixed" note will be seen on the photo! :) That's it all!
I am aware of the parking problem in Istanbul...
but now I am also aware of  the difficulties disabled people face :(
Shall we be sensitive to disables before we have a disabled relative?

Special thanks to dear Tugba for all her efforts in creating page and doing her best to announce it! (And I think I should not forget Ángel's super show too!

With my very best wishes & Have a great week all!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How a baboon is associated with a job seeker...

I'm watching Nat Geo Wild laying down on my sofa, doing one of the most relaxing things I can do after a looong day. 

I see some baby baboons trying to swim across the river with the help of other adult baboons. Then the camera focuses on a baby baboon doesn't get any help from other adult baboons. He has to swim alone in the wild river where full of hospitable(!) crocodiles are. The baby is aware of the danger and looks around with fearful eyes while trying to swim across the river. You can't imagine how lovely it is in spite of the horror in his eyes. Now I want to jump into the screen (btw thanks to HD broadcast!) and save him from the horible river. Seems interesting... 

While I'm thinking about the possible reasons, the narrator breaks the silence and explains: The adult baboons doesn't help that baby as all his relatives have already died. Can you believe the rest of the group doesn't help the baby because he has no relatives alive!? Does the story sound familiar to you???  

I know it doesn't sound a happy story, but this is real life! Now I'm curious, what did you think when you read about the documentary above? Somehow it's reminded me desperate job seekers have to fight alone against the wild business world full of educated crocodiles!

Anyway... Now I have to get up prepare my suitcase as I'm leaving to Milano in two days. It's gonna be a huge show called "Host" and I know it's gonna be sooo tiring at the end of the day...

It's interesting but though I lived in Turin and Rome (I do love both cities btw!) somehow I have a little bit prejudice about Milan which is not that good. I must confess I've been to Milan only twice (without visiting the city- it's ironic!) once at the airport, the second one was te train station experience when I was going to Switzerland! So how come and I have this stupid prejudice before visiting a city!!!??? Would it be a "Berlusconi affect"? :) :) :) Oh Mio Dio! I guess I've just created a new word for Psychology jargon! If I modify it properly yes I can! "Berlusconiphobia" :) Anyway just kidding! It wouldn't be fair if I associate a city with the owner of its football club.

I should head out now to prepare my suitcase..

Wish you all a great week!


Saturday, June 25, 2011


(A Mario Frangoulis Experience)  

To start at the beginning: Though I never tried hypnosis when I was studying at university (people think that the first thing a psychology student learn is how to hypnotize J ) now I know what people feel when hypnosis puts a person in a hypnotic state.
Yes, I waited him sitting for one hour and a half, and I never complained. At the end of 1.5 hour I was in trance (that I wished it would have been the deepest one that would never make me up) in each second of yesterday night. Yes, finally, I was in Mario Frangoulis’ concert...
I had contemplated to go to listen to him in Greece and knowing that I never get fed up of listening to his songs, hopefully I will do that (You may think that I’m crazy (and I am), I can do that even this summer!) The thing I felt yesterday night I was so thirsty and drank only a glass of water, but still felt so thirsty. So I may go to Athens (most probably he would give the concert in Acropolis) just to listen to his concert for a couple of hours.
The songs had already been listened so many times before I went to his concert, and only 2 or 3 Greek songs were so new to me. But the funniest thing I did was trying to hear the Greek words I was familiar with J When he said “spitia”which means homes, I was like “Oh he’s singing about homeeees!” Hahaha J or when he said “dendro”which means tree, I was proud of myself as I understood couple of words finally. Btw some words in Greek are really no need to learn as in psychology jargon we use a lot of them a lot such as “dendrit” in brain, or the term “oedipus ”complex etc...
His voice is great but I don’t listen to him because of his splendid voice . He’s from Corfu (one of my dream islands in Ionian Sea) but I am not fan of him because of this too. He sings well-chosen fantastic songs such as Vincero’ Perdero’, Notte di Luce, Hijo de la Luna, but some other singers sing them too and I am not really fan of them. He’s well-educated, but this could be the strangest reason to listen to a singer J Or because of he has always been very much loved? No no no... Because he adds certain elegance when he sings? No, he is not the only elegant person I’ve ever met.
The thing I’ve learned in this life is honesty, grace and generosity of spirit are essential ingredients to the well-lived life worth living. The reason I appreciate him a lot is he represents a best of “humanity” for me which is rare to meet in such a chaotic, materialistic and, capitalist life. If you listen to the interviews which have been done with some other popular singers have known him well, you will understand what I really mean.
These are what I listened from some interviews:
“... he is very generous, very beautiful both appearance and the heart, of course he has a great voice but I think the most special thing is he is very beautiful human being.” Lara Fabian
“... I adore him I think he has a great character, and such a beautiful voice... a timeless voice!” Justin Hayward
As I observed him singing in his concerts and the TV programs and in his interviews, I didn’t need any of these praises to adore him indeed. The reason I published the thought above is I would like to draw your attention to the order of their praises: both are in the same order. When I heard others’ thoughts about Mario, the outstanding feature of his character was that of humanity: his honesty and loyalty in his life, and finally passion. Mario is just not a good looking 21st century tenor, but he’s the best combination of the great features above: a role model for both current and next generations. I now don’t know what caused Mario to be that good combination. Maybe because he was born in the heart of the Africa and saw the poor and the rich, lived north and the south, or maybe he was sent to Greece by his mother when he was only four. Whatever the reason is, it seems life has made him mature and I totally adore this final Mario! When I watch him I feel like I look at a mirror, that’s why I love him…
I have a very strong wish, from the bottom of my heart: I want so much all very dear people in my life, and whoever deserves, to have “a Mario” in their life, that sincerely smiling, that honest, that successful, that beautiful, that passionate, and that loyal.

Thanking him once again for making us live a fantastic night I must confess I already feel so excited for the next concert!

Before I finish I would recommend you to listen to his song that I might have listened to a thousand times .

With my very best wishes...


Friday, January 21, 2011

When he leaves me speechless...

"How does a part of the world leave the world?
How does wetness leave water?

Dont' try to put out fire by throwing on
more fire! Don't wash a wound with blood.

No matter how fast you run, your shadow
keeps up
. Sometimes it's in front!

Only full overhead sun diminishes your shadow.
But that shadow has been serving you.

What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is
your candle. Your boundaries are your quest.

I could explain this, but it will break the
glass cover on your heart, and there's no
fixing that.

You must have shadow and light source both.
Listen, and lay your head under the tree of awe.

When from that tree feathers and wings sprout on you,
be quieter than a dove. Don't even open your mouth for
even a coo."

Mevlana Rumi

"A lover asked his beloved,
Do you love yourself more
than you love me?

The beloved replied,
I have died to myself
and I live for you.

I've disappeared from myself
and my attributes.
I am present only for you.

I have forgotten all my learnings,
but from knowing you
I have become a scholar.

I have lost all my strength,
but from your power
I am able.

If I love myself
I love you.
If I love you
I love myself."

Mevlana Rumi

When he talks, he silences me.. And I feel the peace somewhere deep inside at that moment.
Do not interpret my silence as refusal; silence gives consent.
He is my SUN.. Lightens my way in the dark. 
One more reason to be thankful to God.. 

Gül Nur Bilek

Monday, January 3, 2011

Nur in One of the Wonders of Istanbul: Princes' Islands!

Buyuk Ada
I fell in love with this beautiful villa, please see the phaeton:)

Dear friends, in 2010 summer I had a chance to see the Princes' Islands. As I had always heard about them, I wanted to go and visit the islands as soon as I got the chance. One is called Büyük Ada (the largest and the most famous one), which is translated as “large island” to English. As you can easily understand “ada” means “island”. Uff, I’m really sorry, somehow I can not stop the teacher inside J If one of your parents is a teacher, you always have him/her inside of you, even if you never want, and that means you always love to share the info with the people around. Uff, too much talk, that’s enough! Let me show you a photo of lovely Büyük Ada.

Unique Cultural Synthesis of Byzantine, Ottoman, Turkish and Western Cultures

I LOVED THIS PHOTO! Not taken by me. Buyuk Ada in Autumn.
But I'll go (inşallah) back there to take autumn photos next year..
The tour of the island is one of the greatest joys! If you go to Büyük Ada you should try phaeton which takes you all over the island. One of the best things of the island is motor vehicles are not permitted on the island, so people walk or rent a bicycle or horse-drawn carriage, even ride a donkey! :)

But if I prefered to to see the island by walking till I got exhausted, thanks God I found one phaeton around on the way back. Don't worry it's very easy, you can see them anywhere around.   

Another awesome villa :)

Buyuk Ada is famous for its splendid villas. GOD GRANT ME ONE Pleasee! (I wrote it in pink to make my wish seem lovelier, you think it works?)
Here's the another photo! Each of the houses is very beautiful. I was impressed so much that while I was leaving the island I found myself thinking of how I could manage to settle down on the island.


Taken from my helicopter :)
Hehe, just kidding! Of course not!
Coz I left mine in Istanbul :))
That's easy! You just take a ferry or fast passenger ferry (sea bus) from different piers of the city, Istanbul, and after half an hour sea travel you arrive at the first island.
If you wanna go to Büyük Ada which is the biggest one, you have to complete 1 hour sea travel, because Buyuk Ada is the last island.


You'll definitely love the trip accompanied by friendly dolphins!

In my first trip to the islands I totally focused on the sea to see a group of dolphin. Well, could I? Yes I diiiiiidd!!! It was great to see them jumping out of the water.

To be honest, this is not taken by me :) But what could I do?
I couldn't manage to take a photo of them as I didn't waste
my time preparing the camera while fantastic dolphins were
 jumping out of the water!:)

Btw, you can also see them if you look at the Bosphorus carefully! Ahaha, it sounds like "You can even see the Smurfs if you become a good kid" Anyone who never watched The Smurfs? I was totally a fan of them, I can still watch it. Uff, too much talk again!


No worries, I'm not gonna tell you the history of the church:) 
But the question is: If you are a Middle Eastern, a European or an Asian it's ok, you may skip reading the details when you see something from the 6th century; what if you are an American? 

One of my American friends had his holiday in the Aegean costs of Turkey this summer. You should have seen his face when he saw historical structures from the 5th century B.C. I guess the reason is it's a bit (!) earlier than landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas :) God I really talk too much! Somebody should stop me, please!

What I would like to tell about is Aya Yorgi Church and Monastery which has been on the top of the hill on the Buyuk Ada. There is also a very nice restaurant where you can eat or drink.

Suddenly I found myself praying in the church with a great peace inside. As a muslim, I must confess that I can pray anywhere reminds me God; and also anywhere to remember God.  
Every 23rd of April, on the day of St. George, thousands of Greeks and Turks come to Aya Yorgi Church and a great celebration takes place in Buyuk Ada. 

Means "If God wants/let me" in Islam. And I know that it is writen also in the Bible.
What I want to tell is whenever I said "I'm gonna do this/go there etc..." I could never managed to to do it. And I also know that, as Robbie said, "I sit and talk to God, and he just laughes at my plans." So, insallah I would like to see 23rd of April celebrations this year in Buyuk Ada. So, what do you think, is "inşallah" enough to make my wish come true, or should I write it in pink? I think I have been taught the answer very well.

You can ride a donkey to climb on the top of the hill to get to the Aya Yorgi Church :)

 Finally, let me show you a very interesting trash can! I guess the people in Buyuk Ada are so gentile that they even take care of the empty water bottles and do anything they can for their convinience :) Please see the swing made for the empty bottles!
The photos are great, but believe me the atmosphere in Buyuk Ada is much greater. Yet, if you still would like to see more photos click on the link below:

My dear friends, thank you very much for the feedbacks!
I love you all :)