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Archive for Temmuz, 2012

15 Dark moments

Yes I admit it, I’m having fun and good times. But most of the times I am actually not having huge fun on the road. Even the simple daily things of your lifes can be hugechallengesfor me. Eating, toilet, washing your clothes or going to work. Every time I move Iadapt myself a new system and new rules. After the Rock Around video I started to get lots of comments which are telling me about how good times I am having. Yes but not always. So I wanted to share some of darkest moments from last 2 route of Designer on the road. Each of them have long long stories to tell however I will just tell the headlines here. :)

1- I have beenhospitalizedin Mumbai 2 times. First stop first problems.

2- My shoes stolen from a temple in Pune and I walked long way back to home in Monsoon rain of India.

3- I had a small bike accident in Goa. (Also in Ho Chi Mihn)

4- I was completely broke, very hungry and super thirsty during my trip to Chiang Mai and they didn’t serve food or water for free during the flight.

5- I had food poisoning in Ho Chi Minh. Had gastric bleeding all alone in my hotel room. Had blackout and then I went to a private hospital with 200 dollars. I asked for a gastroenterologydoctor but they didn’t have any. Then a general practice doctor wanted to make a simple blood test to me but asked 300 dollars for it.

6- I cut my finder deeply in my hotel room in Ho Chi Minh.

7- I arrived to Seoul fully broke and nobody came to pick me up. I was dead tired, sick and poisoned. I just slept for a while there till I found an old Korean friend’s mobile number in my phone and asked for help.

8- I was cheated by the tea trap gang in Beijing.

9- I got lost in the middle of desert, searched and found my guide plus other people by myself in Beijing.

10- I lost my action camera in Bali because of a giant wave and never found it.

11- My wallet stolen in Bali and I lost all my money and my id card. I started from zero again.

12- I had typhus virus in Bali and had 40+ high fever. Couldn’t even move for a while.

13- We couldn’t manage to open the house door in Colombo in the middle of the night around 04:00 am. Keys didn’t worked and I was really sleepy and tired.

14- House I stayed in Colombo was full with ants, lizards, bugs and spiders. A big snake was also got in the house for once. I woke up with itchy red arms and legs because of ant bites many times.

15- I got lost in Colombo in a very early morning around 05:00 am Sunday with a trishaw driver and found my home after 3 hours of search in the city. I was drunk because of a saturday party. No gsm card. No address written. No friends to call. Nobody to ask for help.Completelylost.

 

Son videodan sonra ne kadar elendiime dair bir 癟ok geri d繹n羹 ald覺m. Yer yer tatl覺 k覺skan癟l覺klar da i癟eren bu mesajlardan sonra iin bir de dier y羹z羹nden bahsetmek istiyorum. Tamam kabul ediyorum. Tabi ki eleniyorum ve yapt覺覺m eye 癟ok inan覺yorum. Zaten bu y羹zden arkama d繹n羹p bakt覺覺m zaman olan biten t羹m zorluklara ramen evet deyiyor diyip devam edebiliyorum. Hatta iin ger癟ei u ki yolda ge癟en zamanda genelde 癟ok da eleniyor olmuyorum. Son 2 rotadan akl覺ma gelen 15 zorlu an覺 s覺ralamak istedim. Tabi herbiri uzun uzun hikayelere sahip ama imdilik ben olabildiince k覺sa a癟覺klamaya 癟al覺aca覺m.

1- Hindistan’da iki kez hastanelik oldum. 襤lk dura覺md覺. Yola 癟覺kmadan 繹nce a覺lar da olmutum ama pek etkili olmad覺.

2- Pune’de bir tap覺naktan 癟覺kt覺覺mda ayakkab覺lar覺m覺 bulamad覺m. al覺nm覺lard覺. Kilometrelerce yolu Hindistan sokaklar覺nda muson yamurlar覺 eliinde yal覺nayak y羹r羹d羹m.

3- Goa’da k羹癟羹k bir motor kazas覺 yaad覺m. (Benzeri Ho Chi Minh’de de oldu)

4- Chiang Mai’ye gideceim g羹n u癟uu iple 癟ekiyordum 癟羹nk羹 uzun zamand覺r a癟t覺m. Param yoktu. Havayolunun ikramlar覺yla hayatta kalmay覺 umuyorken u癟akta servisin 羹cretli olduunu duyunca y覺k覺lm覺t覺m.

5- Ho Chi Minh’de g覺da zehirlenmesine dayal覺 mide kanamas覺 ge癟irdim. Kan kustum, bay覺ld覺m ve sonunda 繹lmemek i癟in 200 dolarla 繹zel bir hastaneye gittim. Gastroentoloji doktoru sordum ama yok dediler. Sonrada pratisyen bir hekim bana basit bir kan testi yapmak istedi ama benden bunun i癟in 300 dolar istedi.

6- Otel odamda bir gece parma覺m覺 kestim. Ama derin kesmiim baya ak覺r ak覺r kan ak覺yordu. Aa覺 inip resepsiyondan bant falan istedim. Yok dediler. D覺ar覺 癟覺kt覺m, gece Vietnam sokaklar覺na kanlar覺m覺 ak覺ta ak覺ta market arad覺m.

7- Seul’a vard覺覺mda gene 5 paras覺zd覺m. Kimse beni almaya gelmedi ve ehir havaalan覺ndan 2 saat s羹r羹 mesafesindeydi. Hastayd覺m, karn覺m ar覺yordu, yorgundum ve a癟t覺m. Yapacak hi癟 bir eyim yoktu. Eski bir Kore’li arkada覺m覺n telefon numaras覺n覺 bulana kadar orada yatt覺m.

8- Beijing’de tea trap ad覺 verilen bir y繹ntemle doland覺r覺ld覺m. inli k覺zlara dikkat.

9- Beijing’de 癟繹l羹n ortas覺nda kayboldum. Rehberi kaybettim ve suyum yoktu. 繹l羹 y羹r羹yerek ge癟tim. st羹ne bir de 癟in seddinin en 羹st noktas覺na t覺rman覺p kahraman ilan edildim.

10- Kafama takt覺覺m aksiyon kameram覺 Bali’de s繹rf yaparken 癟arpan dev bir dalga y羹z羹nden okyanusta kaybettim. Hem kamera i癟in hem de i癟indeki s繹rf g繹r羹nt羹leri i癟in i癟im uzun s羹re ac覺d覺.

11- Bali’de c羹zdan覺m 癟al覺nd覺. Hem kimliim hem de b羹t羹n param kayboldu. Her eye s覺f覺rdan balad覺m.

12- Bali’de tifus vir羹s羹ne yakaland覺m. Ateim 40 derecenin 羹st羹ne 癟覺kt覺 ve ayaa bile kalkam覺yor, Endonezya yemekleriyle zar zor iyilemeye 癟al覺覺yordum.

13- Gece 04:00 am civar覺. Kolombo’nun karanl覺k sokaklar覺nda ev 繹n羹nde 癟antamla kap覺da kald覺m. Bana verilen anahtarlarla eve girilmiyordu. Zordu.

14- Kolombo’da kald覺覺m evde ev yaam覺ndan 癟ok ormanda kamp yap覺yormuum gibi bir hayat vard覺. Katil kar覺ncalar, kertenkeleler, 繹r羹mcekler, b繹cekler ve y覺lanlar evde birbirini yiyordu. Yer yata覺mda yatt覺覺m i癟in her sabah ka覺nt覺lar ve imi k覺zar覺kl覺klarla uyan覺yordum. 襤in k繹t羹s羹 sinek ilac覺 bile alam覺yordum.

15- Bir Pazar sabah覺 saat 05:00 civar覺. Cumartesi gecesinin getirdii bir sarholuk. Evimin adresini bilmiyorum. S繹zde Trishaw 繹f繹r羹ne anlat覺lm覺 ve s繹zde o da anlam覺. Adam 200 metre gidiyor sonra bana adresi soruyor. Bitik bir halde bir trishaw s羹r羹c羹yle Kolombo’da kayboluyorum. Adres yok, arayabileceim bir numara yok hatta gsm kart覺m bile yok. 3 saatlik turlamadan sonra evi buluyorum. Uyuyorum.

Good to known

When I was walking in Istiklal street of Istanbul I shaked with an incoming facebook message in my mobilephone. One of my followers just saw and recognized me :) How nice!

Istiklal’den ge癟tiim bir g羹n telefonumu titretiren s羹per mesaj. Tan覺nmak ho olay.

Same thing happened in Izmir too. :)

Ayn覺 eyin 襤zmir’de de yaanmas覺. Harikal覺!

Green box!?!?!

Sometimes I got very interesting e-mails. This is one of the top ones.

Bazen 癟ok acayip e-mailler geliyor tabi. Fakat bu sefer olay biraz daha u癟 d羹zeyde :)

Pit stop :)

I’m coming home to have a short pit stop, meet with my friends and plan my 3th route. I’ll be looking for design companies or advertising agencies located in Europe and South America. If you have any contacts around these places you can help me to put me back on the road as soon as possible. Feel free to contact with me for any possibilities. See you in Istanbul!

Eve geliyorum! Uzun aylardan sonra tekrar kendi ehrimde olmak ve arkadalarla, aileyle hasret gidermek harika olacak. ilk 2 rotay覺 baar覺yla tamamlad覺m ve bu k羹癟羹k molay覺 hak ettim diye d羹羹n羹yorum. Sonunda T羹rk yemekleriyle g羹zel kahvalt覺larla ge癟ireceim g羹nler geldi :) Asl覺nda sadece mola deil daha 癟ok 3. rota i癟in i aramakla ge癟ecek gibi bu s羹re癟. Eer G羹ney Amerika ve Avrupa k覺talar覺nda balant覺lar覺n覺z varsa yollara h覺zl覺ca geri d繹nmem konusunda bana destek olabilirsiniz. Bu konuyla ilgili benimle irtibata ge癟mekten 癟ekinmeyin. 襤stanbul’da g繹r羹mek 羹zere!

Drawing progress

This is how things done. Working on progress of “Youth of my wife”

Bu da iin geliim s羹reci. Boyarken arada ekran g繹r羹nt羹s羹 almak g羹zel oluyor.

Youth of my wife

“The youth of my wife” is not for a client it is a personal work. But since it is one of the projects I did on the road I wanted to share it with you here. It’s a surprise gift for my girlfriend and I painted it all around the world. Yes it’s a digital painting I did with my old A5 wacom intuos3. 100×70 centimeters, big one. It took a long time to finish it. So Everywhere I go I kept painting it in my free times. The big percent of the artwork completed in Colombo. It helped me a lot in long alone nights. Hope you like it.

“Eimin gen癟lii” bir ajans ya da m羹teri i癟in deil benim kiisel bir 癟al覺mam. Ama yolda ortaya 癟覺kard覺覺m projelerden biri olduu i癟in Designer on the road kapsam覺nda paylamak istedim. K覺z arkada覺m i癟in haz覺rlad覺覺m bir s羹rpriz olarak ortaya 癟覺kan bu 癟al覺ma emektar tabletim wacom intuos3 ile yap覺ld覺. 100×70 ebatlar覺nda dijital boyama olan resmi tamamlamak hayli uzun zaman ald覺. Bu y羹zden de iin psd belgesi de d羹nyan覺n bir 癟ok yerinde benimleydi. Uygun zamanlar kollay覺p 繹zellikle de geceleri 羹zerinde 癟al覺mak benim i癟in b羹y羹k zevkti. Resmin b羹y羹k k覺sm覺n覺 Kolombo’da tamamlad覺m. En yaln覺z ve fakir kald覺覺m ehir oras覺yd覺 ve bu resim uzun gecelerde bana g羹zel arkadal覺k etti. Umar覺m seversiniz.

Some details. You can see me with open arms in her eyes.

G繹zlerde benim kollar覺m a癟覺k kavumay覺 bekleyen bir siluetim var.

All the objects in the painting have some stories about us.

Resimde bulunan objelerin hep hikayeleri var.

I am the king.

Alemin kral覺.

At the end it is printed in a special 7 color giant printing machine. Hope she will like it a lot. It was also hard to keep this thing as a surprise…

Sonunda iin 癟覺kt覺s覺n覺 ald覺m. Bunun i癟in 7 renkli dev bir Epson kullan覺ld覺. S羹rpriz olarak tutmak da zordu bu ii. O y羹zden 羹zerimde bir heyecan var. Bakal覺m neler olacak…

Hard Rock Dubai

Here we are in Hard Rock Cafe Dubai!

Dubai Hard Rock Cafe’ye var覺yoruz. :)

I haven’t been in any Hard Rock cafe since I was in Mumbai and Pune. I missed this atmosphere a lot. Probably this is the biggest Hard Rock I have ever seen.

Mumbai ve Pune’den sonra hi癟 Hard Rock Cafe’ye gitme imkan覺m olmam覺t覺. zlemiim Hard Rock cafe ortam覺n覺.Muhtemelen imdiye kadar g繹rd羹羹m en b羹y羹k Hard Rock cafe de budur.

These empty tables just all taken in half an hour after we arrived.

Geldiimizde baz覺 k覺s覺mlarda bo masalar vard覺 ama yar覺m saat sonra etrafa bakt覺覺m覺zda oturacak yer yoktu.

Just like me Duru is also happy to be here. She loves the special burger for kids. However she likes the bread instead of meat. :) Just like my childhood.

Duru da burada olmaktan en az benim kadar zevk al覺yor. Favorisi buran覺n 癟ocuk men羹s羹. 襤in ilgin癟 yan覺 hamburgerin sadece ekmeini yemesi. Beni de k羹癟羹kken dedem iskender yemee g繹t羹r羹rm羹, yemezmiim, bo pide yemeyi tercih edermiim. :)

Legendary burger.

Efsanevi burger.

Have a quick break to giant burgers and burn some calories with Duru.

Yemeye ara verip biraz kalori yakal覺m dedik. 襤te Duru ve partneri ben!

Duru is dancing in freestyle. She follows the beats and moves her body. She is amazing!

Duru’nun kendine has serbest stili harika. 2,5 ya覺nda olmas覺na ramen m羹zii hissederek yapt覺覺 fig羹rler muhteemdi.

While I was checking the stuff of Michael Jackson, Duru decided to upload our dance video to youtube right away.

Danstan sonra Duru videomuzu youtube’a eklemeye karar verdi. O bununla ura覺rken ben de Michael Jackson’覺n eyalar覺na bak覺yordum.

Al Bastakiya

Al Bastakiya is a historic district in Dubai. Al Bastakiya is one of the oldest residential areas in the city of Dubai. Solmaz and Erkal just wanted to show me some old style places of Dubai. More traditional stuff. This kind of places are not much in here. Unlike Istanbul, Dubai is all about new, manmade places.

Al Bastakiya Dubai’nin nadir tarihi mekanlar覺ndan biri. Dubai’de bu t羹r eski yerleri g繹rmek olduk癟a zor. 襤stanbul’un aksine Dubai daha 癟ok yeni binalar ve doal deil de insan yap覺m覺 deneyimler sunan bir ehir.

Mazdas are just a kind of metal canvas here. To paint and express yourself.

Mazdalar burada tuval muamelesi g繹r羹yor. Boyay覺p eleniyorsun. Olay bu.

First we walk a lot then we sit a bit.

nce baya y羹r羹mece sonra az bir ey dinlenmece.

What makes Al Bastakiya unique is its architecture. The wind tower, called barjeel, is in every house of Al Bastakiya.

Al Bastakiya’y覺 繹zg羹n k覺lan ey Barjeel ad覺 verilen r羹zgar kuleleri. Burada her ev bu kulelere sahip. Doal bir klima g繹revi g繹ren bu kuleler, r羹zgar覺 al覺p evin i癟ine, salona iletmekte.

Even the bus stops have airconditionsDubai. It’s a must have here. You can’t wait outside much here in Dubai. It’s like impossible to breathe.

Burada otob羹s duraklar覺 bile klimal覺 odalar eklinde. Normal 癟羹k羹 bu olmadan burada otob羹s beklemek i癟in can覺n覺za susam覺 olman覺z gerek. S覺cak alt覺nda pimi bir arabaya biniyormu gibi bir his var genel havada. O derece s覺cak yani.

A local spice shop in Al Bastakiya area. Tons of spices. I don’t even know most of them. Too complicated for me. :) Nice smell anyway.

B繹lgede bulunan lokal bir baharat d羹kkan覺. ounun ad覺n覺 bilmediim tonlarca baharat var. Kar覺覺k iler. Hi癟 anlam覺yorum u baharat iinden. Ortam g羹zel kokuyor ama.

Going to dinner! On the road to Dubai Hard Rock! Ohh yeah It’s been a long time I didn’t eat that legendary burger they have. Time to be happy.

Yorulduk, yemee gidiyoruz. Hem de Hard Rock Cafe’ye! Uzun zamandan sonra tekrar efsanevi burger yemek i癟in sab覺rs覺zlan覺yorum. Mutluyum.

Madinat Jumeirah

Burj El Arab’s night view is just awesome.Especiallywith it’s changing led lights gives it a nice ambiance and makes it visible most of the times. It is the fourth tallest hotel in the world and also world’s first 7 star hotel.

Burj El Arab’覺n gece g繹r羹nt羹s羹 deien led 覺覺kland覺rmalar覺yla 癟ok ho. D羹nyan覺n en uzun 4. oteli olan Burj el Arab ayr覺ca d羹nyan覺n tek 7 y覺ld覺zl覺 oteli.

Madinat Jumeirah the Arabian Resort Dubai, spreading across over 40 hectares of landscapes and gardens. It is designed to resemble a traditional Arabian town.We came this place with Solmaz and Erkal to smoke some hookah and drink Turkish coffee. Nice chill place with peaceful atmosphere. It is good to see Turkish coffee is quite popular here. Taste is similar however there are differences about the serving issues. Coffee comes to table in the pot then waiter just puts it in the glass and makes it ready to drink in front of you.

Madinat Jumeirah asl覺nda buran覺n kapal覺 癟ar覺s覺 da diyebileceimiz ilgin癟 bir mekan. Tabi yine baya b羹y羹k ve i癟inde kaybolunas覺 bir mekan. G羹zel kafeler ve barlara da sahip. Hemen ya覺n覺ndaki yapay 覺rmakta tekne gezintileri ya da kay覺k turlar覺 yapabiliyorsunuz.Buraya Erkal ve Solmaz’la beraber nargile t羹tt羹rmeye geldik. Men羹de T羹rk kahvesini de g繹r羹nce denemek istedim. Tatlar ayn覺 say覺l覺r ancak sunumda farkl覺l覺klar var. Burada kahve masaya cezvede geliyor ve bo kahve barda覺na sizin 繹n羹n羹zde aktar覺l覺yor. G羹zel ve havadar bu mekanda nargile keyfi yapmak ve T羹rk dostlarla uzun uzun sohbet etmek 癟ok keyifliydi. Solmaz’a ve Erkal’a tekrar teekk羹rler.

One of the bars of the place at left. Families with children can’t stay after 22:00 pm. And if you want to buy some alcoholic drinks you have to have a drinkinglicense. Weird right? I have no idea what the hell is doing Tin tin here in the middle of all these local sculptures. :)

Mekanda bulunan barlardan biri. Gece 10′dan sonra 癟ocuklu aileler kabul edilmiyor. Ayr覺ca i癟ki sat覺n almak i癟in ehliyetinizin olmas覺 gerekiyor. Araba ehliyetinden bahsetmiyorum. Burada i癟ki i癟me ehliyeti diye bir ey var. :)

Turning to an Arabic man

Everywhere I go I try to live like a local, you know that. Actually I try to look like them too most of the times. Not always because sometimes traditional clothes are very expensive. But I was lucky in Dubai I found with a decent price. Dubai is full of men wearing this kind of dresses and talking with Blackberrys on hand. So when the salesman was helping me I asked him: “Where is my Blackberry?” as a funny joke. He got it, laughed and show that perfume you see at right. And said: “Here is your Blackberry” I was shocked. I don’t know why but Arabs are huge Blackberry fans. :)

Bildiiniz gibi gittiim her yerde lokal bir vatanda gibi yaamaya gayret ediyorum. Hatta kar覺layabilirsem lokal biri gibi g繹r羹nmeye bile 癟aba g繹steriyorum. Tabi bu her zaman m羹mk羹n olmuyor 癟羹nk羹 bazen lokal k覺yafetler biraz pahal覺 olabiliyor. Dubai’de ans覺m yerindeydi ve uygun fiyatl覺 bir elbise bulabildim. Dubai’de bu elbiselerle ellerinde Blackberry’lerle gezen tipik Araplar var. Ben elbiseyi giyince sat覺c覺 kardeimiz ayn覺 Arap gibi oldun dedi. O 繹yle diyince ben de akas覺na Blackberry’im nerede diye bir at覺ta bulundum. akay覺 kapt覺 ve g羹lmeye balad覺. Yaln覺z sada g繹rd羹羹n羹z parf羹m羹 g繹stererek de saniyesine cevab覺 yap覺t覺rd覺.