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Archive for Kas覺m, 2011

Continue in Continuum

Continuum is a famous design company which have offices in Boston, Los Angeles, Milan, Seoul and Shanghai. Seoul office have two floors with 8 people inside. This is a scene from office at night.

Continuum’da sessiz bir gece. Boston, Los Angeles, Milan, Shanghai ve Seoul’da ofisleri olan bu tasar覺m irketinin Seoul ofisi 2 kattan ve 8 kiilik bir ekipten oluuyor.

Dinner with my new friendsEunyoung and Dahae from Continuum office. To enter office you should scan your finger with that machine in right picture.

Continuum’dan arkadalar覺mEunyoung veDahae ile akam yemei. Sa fotorafsa ofise girmek i癟in kullanilan parmak izi okuyucu.

Continuum does many things like:

Architecture,Brand Design,Brand Planning,Brand Strategy,Business Innovation,Customer Experience Design,Consumer Research,Copywriting,Design Strategy,Digital Design,Electrical Engineering,Digital Modeling,Environment Design,Envisioning,Exhibit & Event Design,Exhibit & Event Strategy,
Experience Modeling,Firmware Development,Graphic Design,Human Factors,Industrial Design,Innovation Leadership,Innovation Strategy,Innovation Workshops,Interaction Design,Interior Design,Journey Mapping,Mechanical Engineering,Model Making,Organizational Innovation,Product Design,Product Strategy,Product Testing,Project Management,Prototyping,Retail Design,Retail Strategy,Service Design,Social Innovation,Software Development,Storytelling,Sustainable Design,Technology Development,Usability Testing,Workplace Design,Workplace Strategy
Continuum yukar覺da yazd覺klar覺m覺 yap覺yor arkadalar. Ne yani hepsini 癟evirmemi beklemiyorsunuz deil mi? :)

My gift box arrived to office!

Pizza kutusundan 癟覺kan s羹per Istanbul hediyelerimle Korelileri g羹l羹msettim.

Big smiles with small gifts.

K羹癟羹k hediyelerle b羹y羹k g羹l羹msemeler.

Lunch with Continuum team members.

Continuum elemanlar覺yla yenen bir 繹gle yemei.

I love this kind of traditional Korean style restaurants with delicious Korean food. Korean food is mostly spicy which is not type but the ones with out spicy quite delicious. By the way delicious means Masisseoyo in Korean. And Spicy means: Mevayo.

Kore stili bu t羹r restoranlarda yemek yemeye bay覺l覺yorum. Kore mutfa覺 genelde ac覺l覺 olsa da ac覺s覺z olan yemekleri olduk癟a lezzetli. Bu arada ac覺 “mevayo” lezzetli ise “masisseoyo” demek.

Korean food culture full with many snacks and small plates. A little bit of this and that. Instead of having only one big thing they have many small small things on table.

Kore’de yemek k羹lt羹r羹 kocaman bir ana tabak yerine k羹癟羹k k羹癟羹k bir 癟ok ey yiyebileceginiz t羹rden. Bu durum masay覺 lezzetli ve zengin g繹steriyor. Biraz ondan biraz bundan derken doyuyorsunuz zaten.

Subway statistics

This is just a usual road in Seoul. Roads are usually very wide and looks like high way here. It’s because of the war between South and North Korea. Actually Seoul was nearly destroyed and South Koreans just rebuilt the city from 0. So Everything is planned nicely. However because of overdose population you can see traffic jams here. It’s a surprise because Seoul have world’s number 3 best subway system and it’s possible to go anywhere with subway. Fast, silence and clean. You can also use fast trains for traveling different cities each other. These trains reaches 270 kmh and can take you Pusan from Seoul just in 2 hours. By the way I saw a guy was wearing same shoes with me in metro.

Seul’da yollar genelde 癟ok geni arkadalar 癟ou bizim otobanlara benziyor. Bunun nedeni Seul’un 1945 G羹ney Kore Kuzey Kore sava覺nda neredeyse tamamen yerle bir olmu olmas覺. Sava sonras覺nda ehir s覺f覺rdan ina eden Koreli kardelerim gelecei de d羹羹nerek her eyi geni, b羹y羹k ve planl覺 yapm覺lar. Bunun en 繹nemli eksisi tabi ki ehirde tarihe dahir pek bir ey g繹remiyor oluunuz. Istanbul’daki tarihi dokunun %1′i burada mevcut deil dostlar. Iin ilginci t羹m bu geni yollara ve d羹nyan覺n en iyi 3. metro sistemine sahip olmalar覺na ramen burada trafik s覺k覺覺kl覺覺 g羹nl羹k yaam覺n bir par癟as覺. Istanbul kadar fena olmasa da burada trafik s覺k覺覺kl覺覺 癟ok ilgin癟 bir ey 癟羹nk羹 burada metroyla gidemediiniz bir sokak dahi yok. Hatta s羹per h覺zl覺 trenleri kullanarak ehirler aras覺 yolculuklar覺n覺z覺 bir ka癟 saatte tamamlayabilirsiniz. (Kore trenlerinin h覺z覺 270 kmh)

Incidentally I want to tell some extra info about metros of Seoul. There are lines in metro system and you can make transfers between the lines for free and reach anywhere you want in city. For example this is green line thats why you see the green ground in metro. Information graphics are also good. You can’t get lost even you don’t undertsand any single Korean word. :) There are some usual things Koreans mostly do in metro travels. 1) They sleep. 2) They read newspaper. There are newspapers in the metro and you can take and read anytime you want. But the most popular thing is the 3. option which you will see in next picture.

Haz覺r laf metrodan a癟覺lm覺ken Kore metrolar覺 hakk覺nda biraz daha bilgi vermek isterim. Seul metrosu rengarenk iaretlenmi hatlardan oluuyor ve bu hatlar arasinda 羹cretsiz transferler yaparak dilediiniz her yere ulaman覺z m羹mk羹n. Mesela bu fotoraftaki metro yeil hatta ait. Bu y羹zden yerde yeil renkli eridi g繹r羹yorsunuz. Ayr覺ca her hatt覺n dura覺 gene bu renkleri kaps覺yor. Y繹nlendirme grafiklerinin baar覺s覺 sayesinde burada tek kelime Korece bilmeden kaybolmadan istediiniz yere gidebilirsiniz. Korelilerin metro yolculuklar覺nda yapt覺覺 3 temel ey vard覺r. 1) Uyumak. 2) Gazete okumak. Metrolarda bedava gazeteler var ve istediinizi al覺p okuyabilirsiniz. Bu gazetelerin araklanmamas覺 ve yolculuk sonunda baka yolcular i癟in yerine konmas覺 da beni ayr覺ca etkiledi. 3. se癟enek ise en pop羹ler olan覺. Nedir diyorsan覺z sizi s覺radaki fotorafa alal覺m.

3. option is doing things with mobile phones. In korea Every sinngle person have one of super smart mobile phones. When you enter to metro you see %85 of people doing things with their mobile phones. Most of them doing chat with friends in social media or special applications. Most popular messaging application is Kakaotalk here. Rest is playing games or watching movie or surfing on net. Evin in this photo there are 18 people doing things with their mobilephones. I see some people changing battaries like gun clips :)

3. se癟enek cep telefonuyla bir eyler yapmak arkadalar. Burada herkesin ama herkesin s羹per ak覺ll覺 son model telefonlar覺 var ve metroya girdiinizde herkesin elinde bu aletler birer emzik misali duruyor. Bu aletlere resmen ba覺ml覺 olmu bu insanlar覺n aror deitirir gibi batarya deitirdiklerine g繹zlerimle sahit oldum. Bu fotografta tam 18 kii telefonuyla ura覺yor mesela. Burada ak覺ll覺 telefonlar Vietnam’daki motorsiklet durumu gibi diyebiliriz.

This is the Seoul metro map. Don’t afraid. I know it looks complicated but it’s actually awesome. I love Seoul metro! And it’s not about it includes pretty and beautiful Korean girls inside :) See two different type of Korean girls in right picture. You have 2 options about girls of Korea. 1) Non attractive ones. 2) Hyper sexy super fit ones. And Koreans always care about fashion. Everybody dress up nicely in Seoul. Men, women no matter. E specially shoes are very good in Korea. Even for men. Except this man in the picture :)

Kore metro haritas覺n覺 g繹r羹yorsunuz. Biliyorum kar覺覺k g繹r羹n羹yor ama korkmay覺n asl覺nda gayet basit. :) Kore’de iki 癟eit k覺z var kardeler. Birincisi 癟irkin ve hi癟 bir 癟ekicilii olmayanlar. Ikincisi ise 繹l羹mc羹l seksi olanlar. Normal k覺z yok mu karde burada sorusu kafan覺zda bol bol beliriyor Seul’da 癟羹nk羹 burada k覺zlar ya 癟ok 癟irkin ya 癟ok fazla g羹zel. Bir de Seul insan覺 k覺l覺覺na k覺yafetine dikat eden insanlard覺r. Burada k繹t羹 giyinen insan g繹rmek zordur. Sa fotoraf覺 癟ekme amac覺msa asl覺nda oradaki o k覺z deil yan覺ndaki beyaz 癟orapl覺 abiydi. Bu abiyi ben aa beyaz 癟orapl覺 k繹sele ayakkab覺l覺 adam modeli burada da varm覺 diye 癟ekerken abimiz 繹nce ilgin癟 sesler 癟覺kard覺 sonrada az覺ndan k繹p羹kler sa癟arak kusmaya balad覺. Bu da olduk癟a ilgin癟 bir durumdu.

First night and first sight

It is good to be back in Seoul streets.

Seul sokaklar覺na geri d繹nmek g羹zel.

After taken by Minsu from airport. We eat some chicken together and he found and paid for a nice hotel to sleep a day. He saves my ass everytime I come to Korea.

Minsu’nun havaalan覺ndan beni almas覺ndan sonra d覺arda bir yerde tavuk yiyip hasret giderdik. Sonras覺nda Minsu bana geceyi ge癟irebileceim bir otel buldu ve paras覺n覺 da 繹dedi. Bu adam buraya her geliimde hayat kurtar覺yor.

I had a seperate pc HD tv, ac, fridge and anything more than I need. I could even control all the lights from tv’s remote control :) Pretty interesting.

Oda da y羹ksek 癟繹z羹n羹rl羹kl羹 televizyondan bilgisayara kadar her ey mevcuttu. Hatta televizyon kumandas覺ndan odan覺n 覺覺klar覺n覺 ayarlamak da m羹mk羹n. Ilgin癟.

Next morning I check out from the hotel and tried to find the office of Continuum with my bags. This guy on the right picture helped me a lot for finding the office. It could be very hard without his support. :) Thanks buddy! And When reached to office. I met with Youngminh Kim and we talked about the misunderstandings. Anyway we solved the problem. Continuum also booked me a small but nice&clean hotel room to stay here two weeks which is really cool. Then I signed the agreement of Continuum to work here. Everything is ok.

Ertesi sabah otelden 癟antalar覺mla 癟覺k覺p irketi bulmak i癟in yollara d羹t羹m. Herkes beni bir saa bir sola y繹nlendirirken en son bu sa fotoraftaki 癟ocuk yol g繹stermek yerine benimle beraber irketi aramaya koyuldu :) Sayesinde irketi buldum ve i癟eride patron Youngminh Kim ile g繹r羹t羹m. Yanl覺 anla覺lmalar 羹zerine biraz konutuk ve sorunlar覺 癟繹zd羹k. Bana 2 haftal覺k g羹zel temiz ama ufak bir oda ayarlam覺lar. Zaten benim ihtiyac覺mda buydu. Maa konusunda da anlat覺ktan sonra hi癟 bir sorun kalmam覺 oldu ve sol fotorafta g繹rd羹羹n羹z anlamay覺 imzalad覺m.

After the first day in office it was time to find my new place for sleeping. It is named Blu guest house which is a ovely cute place to stay. Right picture is the street of the guest house.

Ilk i g羹n羹nden sonra s覺ra yeni kalaca覺m yeri bulmaya gelmiti. Ofisden bir arkada覺n da yo g繹stermesiyle yeni mekan覺ma kavutum.

The entrance of the guest house.

Pansiyonun girii.

This is my new room as you can see in left picture. Right picture is bathroom whic is pretty small but it’s ok. Because of that skew wall and my tall I couln’t take bath inside the bath tub. :)

Buras覺 da yeni odam. Klima, tv, yerden 覺s覺tma mevcut. Simdiye kadar kald覺覺m en k羹癟羹k oda. Ama g羹zel, sorun yok. Banyodaki yamuk duvar y羹z羹nden k羹vette y覺kanam覺yor k羹vetin d覺覺nda dikilerek ve sular覺 d覺ar覺 ak覺ta ak覺ta y覺kanma yoluyla hijyenimi sal覺yorum :) ))

There are two small windows in my room and here is the view of them.

Odamda iki adet k羹癟羹k pencere var ve ite manzaralar覺.

Landing to Korea

When I landed Inchon International airport. I recognized that I am back in South Korea after 5 years. When I see this large perfect and clean toilet, I said yeah yeah I am in Korea again :)

Inchon havaalan覺na inmemle Kore tokad覺n覺 yemi oldum. Kore’nin d羹zenli, sistematik, teknolojik ve temiz pak d羹nyas覺 beni 5 y覺l sonra gene sarst覺. Hele ki bu tuvalete girince aaa harbi Kore’deyim ben diyiverdim i癟imden.

If you think this advertising place is big, get ready dudes and dudettes. Because in Seoul everything is big. (except the girls)

Bu reklam alan覺 ne kadar da b羹y羹k diyorsan覺z haz覺rl覺kl覺 olun sevgili dostlar 癟羹nk羹 Seul’da k覺zlar d覺覺nda her ey 癟ok b羹y羹k.

Airport is one o these big things. You should use a special train inside the airport to reach luggage area.

Bu b羹y羹k eylere havaalan覺 da dahil. U癟aktan inip bavul band覺na ulamak i癟in havaalan覺n覺n i癟inde trenle seyahat ediyorsunuz.

When i was in Korea in 2006. There was no Casino ads like this one. So I am suprised when I saw this one. And one additional information. In South Korea. Everybody have super smart cell phones. So this cell phone barcodes are very popular and they use this in every single ad. You take a photo of this barcode with your phone and you get full information about the product in your cellphone.

2006′da Kore’ye geldiimde hi癟 Casino reklam覺 g繹rmemitim. O y羹zden bu dikkatimi 癟ekti. Bir de ek bilgi. Kore’de herkes elinde son model ak覺ll覺 telefonlarla dola覺yor. Bu cep telefonlar覺 i癟in olan barkodlar覺 Kore’de her reklamda g繹rmek m羹mk羹n. Hizmet ya da 羹r羹nle ilgili daha fazla bilgi almak istiyorsan覺z Telefonunuzla bu barkodun fotoraf覺n覺 癟ekiyorsunuz ve t羹m bilgiler aynen cebinize geliveriyor. l璽.

My life saver friend Kim Minsu came and took me from airport with his white SUV. He was also the one who took me from airport in 2006 with same car. and shared his house with me. It was a good feeling to see him and same car after 5 years. Left picture is 2006 and right one is taken just a couple days ago :)

En yak覺n Kore’li arkadalar覺mdan Minsu gelip beni havaalan覺ndan ald覺. 2006′a beni kar覺layan ve bana evini a癟an gene oydu. 5 y覺l sonra hem onu hem de ayn覺 arabas覺n覺 g繹rmek ve ikisinde pek deimemi olmas覺 nedendir beni pek mutlu etti. San覺r覺m kimse benim kadar evrim ge癟irmiyor u hayatta. :)

Case studies from Lowe Vietnam

These are some samples of Lowe’s campaigns and their case studies. Hope you enjoy.

Lowe Vietnam’覺n kampanyalar覺 ve geri d繹n羹leri hakk覺nda bilgiler i癟eren bir ka癟 video.

I am an alien!

Alien seen in Korea :) It’s me.

Kore’de iki se癟eneiniz var. Ya Kore vatanda覺s覺n覺z ya da yarat覺k.

Back in Korea, my second home.

This is not my first trip to Korea. I firstly meet with my Korean friends in Istanbul, Grafist workshop. Then I went to their International workshop in 2007. And then some of them came back to Istanbul to see me. And now I am in Korea again. But before starting my Korea posts this time. I would like to share this old video which shows the old days from Korea & Istanbul. I love Korea and Koreans. Friendship forever.

Bu Koreye ilk geliim deil. Ilk olarak Koreli dostlar覺mla Istanbul’da Grafist workshop’unda tan覺m覺t覺k. Daha sonra onlar覺n okullar覺ndan gelen davetle kendimi 2007′de Seul sokaklar覺nda buluvermitim. Cok s覺k覺 arkada覺m olan bu insanlar覺n bir k覺sm覺 daha sonra beni g繹rmek i癟in zaman zaman T羹rkiye’ye geri geldiler. Ve ben yakla覺k 5 y覺l sonra sonra sonunda gene Seul’day覺m. Simdi o g羹nlerden g繹r羹nt羹ler i癟eren bu eski video ile balamak istiyorum Kore i癟eriklerine. :)

Hi China! See you later China!

While I was going to Seoul I had a 5 hours stop in China – Guangzhou airport. As you can see on right picture there is screen in public phones in China. Have no idea is it possible to talk face to face but I couldn’t recognized any camera. I think it’s just for information and help.

Seoul’a giderken Cin’in Guangzhou ehrinde durup havaalan覺nda 5 saat ge癟irdim. Sa fotorafta g繹r羹ld羹羹 gibi Cin’deki ankes繹rl羹 telefonlar hep b繹yle ekranl覺. Ger癟i kar覺l覺kl覺 konuma var m覺 bilemiyorum keza kamera falan g繹r羹nm羹yor ortalarda.

I just bought a magnet from here.

Buradan bir tane magnet ald覺m :)

This is the huge walkway of Guangzhou airport. You can walk all way long here and make shopping in duty free shops located next to each other.

Buras覺 da Guangzhou havaalan覺n覺n uzun y羹r羹y羹 yolu. Burada y羹r羹rken sada solda bulunan duty free’lerden al覺veri edebilir ya da benim gibi genelde bakmakla yetinebilirsiniz :)

While I was waiting in the airport for 5 hours I got hungry and ate these things to feel better till the plane.

Havaalan覺nda beklerken karn覺m ac覺kt覺 u癟akta ikram edilecek yemee kadar beni tutmas覺 i癟in bu aburcuburlar覺 ald覺m. Burada tuvaletlerde gene taharet musluu yoktu. Insan覺n bu kadar yokluk i癟inde tak覺l覺rken k覺癟覺n覺 evian marka suyla silmesiyse ayr覺 bir komedi.

There are many vertical screens around and you can see digital posters this way. Posters change every 3-5 seconds and some of them are also animated.

Geleneksel bask覺l覺 posterler yerine Cin’de b繹yle ekranlardan bolca g繹r羹yorsunuz. Bu ekranlarda g繹sterilen posterler her 3 – 5 saniyede bir deimekte ve baz覺lar覺 hareketliyken baz覺lar覺 duraan.

I think this gives to designers more space to move. No need for bleed, you now how the color will look like, you can think some animations to make something more creative and you can use also use 72 dpi images :) Not bad.

Bu uygulama tasar覺mc覺lara farkl覺 bir hareket alan覺 kazand覺r覺yor. Tama pay覺 yok, renklerin nas覺l g繹r羹neceini bileceksiniz, daha d羹羹k 癟繹z羹n羹rl羹kl羹 g繹rseller kullanabilir, 羹r羹nle ya da hizmetle badaabilecek animasyonlar d羹羹nebilirsiniz. Hi癟 fena deil.

While I was looking to posters around. My plane just arrived and it was time to go to South Korea.\

Posterlere baka baka gezerken bir de bakt覺m u癟a覺m gelmi. Kore’ye gitme vakti. Yeni 羹lke, yeni maceralar.

While I was walking to my plane I was excited to because of going to Seoul again after 4 years. I missed all my friends there. And so I felt happy to see them and Seoul again even in this hard situation.

U癟aa doru ilerlerken 4 y覺l覺n ard覺ndan tekrar Seul’a gidiyor olman覺n verdii bir heyecan bast覺 羹zerime. Hem arkadalar覺m覺 hem de ehri 癟ok 繹zlemitim. Bu zor durumda bile olsa tekrar onlar覺 g繹recek olmak g羹zel bir duygu.

99 problems to deal with…

Well my trip was going very well till Vietnam. I arranged two companies in Ho Chi Minh. 3 weeks for Lowe and 1 week for Bates 141. When I reached Lowe I also sent an e-mail to Bates to let them know about I arrived to Vietnam and will come to Bates after 3 weeks work in Lowe. But they didn’t replied at all. So I talked with Lowe’s creative director about the situation and ask him about one more extra week to work in Lowe. He said ok no problem. But 3 weeks later Lowe’s finance department came to me and said today is your last day. I said I will stay one more week and I talked about this with creative director. But they said we don’t know this. They said we have to get approval for extending your time from the head office. Then I talk the problem with Lowe’s managing director Michel Borelli. He just solved the problem in 10 seconds with a single e-mail. So I stayed more in Lowe. But Lowe didn’t want to pay for that extra week’s hotel expenses. It was 2.850.000 dong for one week. But the problem is Lowe paid me only 4.000.000 dong for 4 weeks. Which makes 342 Turkish Lira. :) Thanks to associate creative director Naveen Mihindukulasuriya because he gave me 1.500.000 dong to pay for hotel and saved my ass from big trouble. It was a huge surprise that biggest company on my route paid me lowest salary. Sometimes I eat very cheap food to survive with this money. And I had food poisoning. I got sick. I had diarrhea, fewer, and tiredness. I didn’t go to work and stayed in the hotel 2 days. Then I vomit black and bloody and afraid. I went to the hospital. They said I am having gastric bleeding and it’s important. They wanted to make some blood tests on me which costs 300 US dollars. But I said I have only 200. The doctor canceled some of the tests and did only the important ones. I paid this 200 dollars with my emergency money. But that money was for my plane ticket back to home, Istanbul. Doctor gave me some medicines and I used them. I am going better everyday but I still have stomach pains sometimes. After that I got an e-mail from my Korean agency about they misunderstood the project and they said we can’t pay for your hotel we tought you do this travel self sponsored and just looking for some experience. :) Well that was a big shock because I told them about my project in many of my e-mails and everything also written on my blog’s homepage. In my last day in Vietnam I was angry because of all these problems and while I was packing up I cut my finger as you can see in the picture. Just imagine my situation. You feel sick, you have no money, you are going to another country which is an expensive place and they don’t want to pay you, you will land to Seoul in 21:30 and no one is coming to airport to take you. This kind of moments make me stronger than ever. I said myself. Ok calm down. You are not going to die. I have been in South Korea before and I have some good friends there. I called Minsu who is one of my best Korean friends and told the situation. He came to airport and took me. Then he put me a nice clean hotel for one night and paid the price. It was 100 tl for one night. Next day I wake up took a bath and went to Continuum, my Korean agency. We talked about the problem face to face. I told them I about I wrote you everything clear how you can say “we didn’t know that” And if I had enough money to travel around the world why I work in companies instead of traveling and enjoying all the time. Any way they booked me a small but nice, clean hotel to stay and paid me some salary to live. So the big problem is solved but one more came right after. I was planning to go to China after 2 weeks in Korea but my clumsy travel agency took me a wrong dated Chinese visa. I just recognized that there is written “Enter before September 2011″ on my visa. So it is not possible to Enter China with this visa. I checked my old e-mails which I sent to my travel agent. I wrote the dates with no mistake. But somehow He got visa for September instead of December. Well problems were coming like a street fighter combo. I told this problem to my new working friends in Continuum. Chinese government don’t accept individual visa applies since 2007. You have to contact with a travel agency to get Chinese visa and they got it for you. Luckily Continuum have a good travel agency and we told them about my situation. They told me that I can not get a new visa from Korea for China. So I decided to chance my Chinese ticket back to Turkey. Rest some, arrange more companies. There are some possibilities in Philippines and Sri lanka as well. So when I feel better after some break I can continue my road trip with China. I told all these things to my contact in China, Mr.Bibi Ho, CEO of Amuse Group digital advertising company. Because he was expecting me 2 weeks later. But he told me not to worry. He said: You can come anytime you want. We will be waiting for you here. So I relaxed a lot because I never want to put agencies in bad situations and I want to keep my promises all the time. Anyway. I will try to change my ticket back to Istanbul and planning to be back home in 22 November. (good news for my Turkish friends) I really tired of all these problems and need a good break for a while. It’s been nearly 6 months I started to travel with no money. So it will be good to have a nice break. Best regards from Designer on the road.

Vietnam’a kadar neredeyse sorunsuz ge癟en yolculuum Vietnam’da 羹st羹ste gelen b羹y羹k problemlerle kabusa d繹n羹t羹. Vietnam’da 2 ajansla anlam覺t覺m. Plan覺m ilk 繹nce 3 hafta Lowe’da 癟al覺mak daha sonra 1 haftal覺覺na Bates 141′i ziyaret etmekti. Vietnam’a var覺nca Lowe’da ie balad覺m ve geldiim konusunda bilgilendirmek i癟in Bates’e e-mail g繹nderdim. fakat cevap veren, ilgilenen olmad覺. Bates’in bu umursamaz tavr覺n覺 g繹r羹nce Lowe’un yarat覺c覺 y繹netmenine durumu anlatt覺m ve geri d繹nmezlerse burada 1 hafta daha 癟al覺abilirim dedim. Kendisi de hay hay sorun yok dedi. Ancak 3 hafta sonra Lowe’un finans ekibi bizim b繹yle bir bilgimiz yoktu bize g繹re bug羹n son g羹n羹n ve s羹reni uzatmak i癟in ana ofisten izin almal覺y覺z bir s羹r羹 prosed羹r羹 var gibi eyler s繹ylediler. Ben de durumu Lowe Vietnam’覺n genel m羹d羹r羹 Michel Borelli ile konutum. Kendisi sorunumu 10 saniyede basit bir e-posta ile 癟繹z羹verdi. Ancak daha sonra 繹rendimki Lowe benim son haftam覺n otel paras覺n覺 繹demek istemiyormu. 8 ekstra g羹n i癟in otel benden 2.850.000 dong para istedi. Komik olan eyse Lowe’un bana 4 haftada sadece 4.000.000 dong 繹demesi ki bu da T羹rk liras覺yla sadece 342 TL ediyor. :) Tak覺m direkt繹rlerindenNaveen Mihindukulasuriya’ya teekk羹r ederim 癟羹nk羹 bana 1.500.000 dong verdi ve bende 羹zerini tamamlay覺p otelin paras覺n覺 繹demi oldum. Ilgin癟tir ajanslar b羹y羹d羹k癟e verdikleri paralar k羹癟羹l羹yor ve insani taraflar覺 gittik癟e azal覺yor. 4.000.000 dong’la Vietnamda 4 hafta ge癟irmek tam bir hayatta kalma m羹cadelesine d繹n羹t羹. Ucuz ve ne olduu belirsiz yediim eyler y羹z羹nden sonunda G覺da zehirlenmesi yaad覺m. Inan覺lmaz kar覺n ar覺lar覺, ishal, ve ate y羹z羹nden 2 g羹n ofise gidemedim. Bir kere banyoda bay覺l覺r gibi olup kendimi yere att覺m ama sonra kendime geldim. 2. g羹n ise midem bulan覺p kustuumda siyah ve kanl覺 bir kusmukla kar覺lat覺m. Hayat覺mda ilk kez g繹rd羹羹m bu sahneyi telefonda bir arkada覺ma anlat覺nca bunun mide kanamas覺 olduunu ve acilen hastaneye gitmem gerektiini s繹yledi. Hastaneye gittim ama gastro uzman覺 izinliymi. Beni genel hastalara bakan bir kad覺n doktor muayene etti. Kan testi yapmam gerektiini ve bunun 300 dolar 羹creti olduunu anlatt覺. Bense eve d繹n羹 paramdan 200 dolar alm覺t覺m yan覺ma. Durumu anlatt覺m. Doktor testlerdeki baz覺 tikleri kald覺r覺p sadece 繹nemli olanlar覺 yapt覺rd覺. Sonra bir ka癟 ila癟 yazd覺 ve ila癟lar覺 kulland覺m. Gittik癟e daha iyiye gidiyorum ama hala zaman zaman karn覺mda ar覺lar hissediyorum. Ben bunlarla ura覺rken Kore’deki ajanstan gelen bir e-mail beni ok etti. Dediklerine g繹re arkadalar benim projemi yanl覺 anlam覺lar ve benim konaklamam konusunda bana yard覺mc覺 olamazlarm覺. Onlar beni kendi paramla geliyorum sanm覺lar. Vietnam’da sinir krizleri ge癟irerek bavulumu haz覺rlarken bir de parma覺m覺 kestim. Durum 癟ok k繹t羹yd羹. Seul gibi pahal覺 bir yere gidiyorsunuz. Tam gitmeden 繹nce her eyiniz aylar 繹ncesinden ayarlanm覺 olmas覺na ramen ajans size biz seni yanl覺 anlam覺覺z diye bir mail at覺yor, paran覺z yok, kalacak yeriniz yok, akam 21:30′da iniyorsunuz ve kimse sizi almaya gelmiyor. Olduk癟a i癟 a癟覺c覺 bu durum kar覺s覺nda sakin olmaya ve nas覺lsa 繹lmem herhalde diye kendimi teselli etmeye balad覺m. Eski maillerimi a癟覺p ajansa g繹nderdiim a癟覺klamalar覺 gene forward ettim ve bak覺n ben size durumu a癟覺klam覺覺m nas覺l yanl覺 anlad覺k dersiniz diye bir e-mail att覺m. Ama geri d繹n羹 olmad覺. (Olmu ama ben o zaman 癟oktan yola 癟覺km覺t覺m) Ayr覺ca bu a癟覺klamalar ve projemin detaylar覺 blog’un ana sayfas覺nda ilk g羹nden beri duruyor. Neyse ki Kore’de 癟ok samimi arkadalar覺m vard覺 ve onlara durumu telefonda anlatt覺m. En s覺k覺 Koreli dostlar覺mdan Minsu beni 21:30′da havaalan覺ndan ald覺, yedirdi ve bir otele g繹t羹rd羹. Otelin paras覺n覺 da 繹dedi saolsun. Ertesi g羹n otelden 癟覺k覺p 癟antamla beraber Continuum’a yani Kore’de 癟al覺aca覺m ajansa gittim. Durumu y羹zy羹ze konutuk. Hatalar覺n覺 kabul ettiler ve bana 2 haftal覺k k羹癟羹k ama temiz bir yer ayarlad覺lar. Yaamam i癟in maa’da verdiler. B繹ylece durum 癟繹z羹lm羹 oldu derken. Benim beceriksiz seyahat acentam覺n bana yanl覺 tarihli Cin vizesi ald覺覺n覺n fark覺na vard覺m. Gene eski maillerimi kontrol ettim ve ben onlara 22 Aral覺k yazmama ramen bana Eyl羹l ay覺 i癟in vize alm覺nm覺. Tarihi ge癟en bu vizeyle Cin’e girmemse m羹mk羹n deildi. Cin 2007′den itibaren bireysel vize bavurular覺n覺 kabul etmiyor ve vize i癟in bir sehayat acentas覺yla anlaman覺z覺 istiyor. Continuum’un sehayat acentas覺na durumu anlatt覺k ve Kore’den yeni bir vize almam覺n m羹mk羹n olup olmad覺覺n覺 sorduk. Ne yaz覺k ki m羹mk羹n deilmi. Durumu beni Cin’de bekleyen ajans覺n bakan覺na kibar bir dille anlattim. Neyse ki ajans bakan覺 Bibi Ho bana gayet kibar bir ekilde istediin zaman gelebilirsin bizim kap覺m覺z sana dilediin zaman a癟覺k diyerek y羹reime su serpti. C羹nk羹 bir ajansa verdiim s繹z羹 tutamay覺p onlar覺 madur edeceim diye endieleniyordum. T羹m bu durumlar kar覺s覺nda Kore’den sonra Cin’e olan biletimi deitirerek Istanbul’a d繹nmeyi d羹羹n羹yorum. Filipinler’den ve Sri Lanka’dan gelen teklifleri deerlendirip biraz dinlendikten ve iyice iyiletikten sonra yeni bir Cin vizesiyle tekrar yola 癟覺kmak ve asya turumu tamamlamak plan覺m. K覺sa bir s羹re i癟inde olsa eve geliyor olman覺n heyecan覺ysa g羹zel. Aileme, T羹rkiye’deki arkadalar覺ma ulaacak olmak harika. 5 bu癟uk ayd覺r yollarda bir ton y羹k羹m羹l羹kle ve paras覺z sehayat etmek ger癟ektende hem psikolojik olarak hemde bedenen bir yorgunluk yaratt覺 diyebilirim. Yak覺nda T羹rkiye’de g繹r羹mek 羹zere. Sevgiyle.

Notes

One of my last days in Vietnam. The maids left me a flower with some notes :) They are so funny. I will miss their laughs. Thanks to them they cared for me very well.

Vietnam’daki son g羹nlerimde odamda b繹yle bir 癟i癟ek buldum. Bunu yapan o iki temizlik kad覺ndan bakas覺 olamaz tabi. Bu ikilinin en kahkalar覺n覺 繹zleyeceim. Her eye g羹len ikili, teekk羹rler size!

And last dinner in Vietnam. Marc, Naveen, Marc’s housemate and me went to a Vietnamese restaurant. It was one of the places with beautiful waitress serving around. I just recognized one of the girls was looking at me and then I saw she is calling me. With Marc’s insists I went to girl and talked with her a little bit. Then she took my hand wrote these things. :) That was funny :)

Vietnam’da son akam yemeimde Marc, onun ev arkada覺 ve Naveem’le beraberdik. G羹zel k覺zlar覺n size servis yapt覺覺 tipik Vietnam restoranlar覺ndan birindeydik. Bu k覺zlardan birinin bana olan ilgin癟 bak覺lar覺 g繹z羹me 癟arpt覺. Sonra bir bakt覺m k覺z bana el kol yap覺yor beni yan覺na 癟a覺r覺yor. Marc’a durumu g繹sterdim. Olm gitsene falan diye yapt覺覺 覺srarlar sonucu k覺zla dalgas覺na gidip konutum. Sonra elime bu notu yazd覺 kendisi. Komik olayd覺. Vietnam ilgin癟 mekan.