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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.

10 Kas覺m 2011 9 Yorum Short URL
  • ger癟ekten talihsizlikler 羹st羹ne talihsizlikler.. bu vietnam sen oraya gitmeden de bela olmutu devam覺n覺 da getirmi.. ama koredeki ve seyehat acentas覺n覺n olay覺da hakkaten son nokta olmu..g覺da zehirlenmesi ayr覺 bir felaket zaten ya.. valla o sinirle bi yerini koparmaman mucize olmu.. 癟ok 癟ok ge癟mi olsun bro.. ama b羹t羹n bunlar覺n 羹zerine memlekete d繹n羹p mola vermen g羹zel :) 繹zlettin kendini bro, bekliyorum.. kazas覺z belas覺z yolculuk sana…

    Hasan T羹rkolu

    10 Kas覺m 2011

  • Sen hi癟 kafana takma bu olumsuzluklar覺, her ey 癟ok daha g羹zel olacak! Hem belki ben in’de deilken in’e gitmeye 癟al覺t覺覺n i癟in olmutur bu talihsizlikler ahah :D Belki de beraber gezeriz in’i :) p羹yorum 癟ok! Gel de okan yalab覺k dublajl覺 uncharted oynayal覺m bir an 繹nce :) )) ahahah

    ipek 癟ankaya

    10 Kas覺m 2011

  • Can覺m kardeim seni 癟ok seviyorum. Operim seni ben. Biraz da koklar覺m. Oh mis.

    Canim dostum Hasan biz Okan yalab覺k dublajl覺 Uncharted oynayal覺m diyoruz. Sen de kat覺l :) heaahe

    CagriCankaya

    10 Kas覺m 2011

  • yuh neler olmu ya hayretler i癟inde okudum. ge癟mi olsun 癟ar覺, hemen d繹n de sana kokore癟 neyim yedirelim miden bi kendine gelsin :P

    ayser

    10 Kas覺m 2011

  • Ayserim hadokenim gelicem kebablar d羹r羹mler hepsini g繹t羹r羹ceim. Kokore癟le midemi adam etmen g羹zel fikir. Turk’羹n midesi anca kokore癟le d羹zelir nas覺lsa :)

    CagriCankaya

    10 Kas覺m 2011

  • ok ge癟mi olsun. Umar覺m herhangi bir rahats覺zl覺k kal覺c覺 olmaz. Yolculua ara vermeniz g羹zel. Enerji depolamak i癟in ;)

    Yakup

    12 Kas覺m 2011

  • “99 problems but the b繹rek aint one”
    Yollayamad覺覺m b繹rei burada yedireceiz sana. A癟elya’yla ellerimizle besliycez.

    g繹rkem 繹zdemir

    13 Kas覺m 2011

  • Tesekkur ederim Yakup :)

    Gorkemcim bu yazdiklarin burada belge olarak duruyor, gelince boregimi beklerim ona gore :)

    CagriCankaya

    13 Kas覺m 2011

  • Helal olsun sana Cagri!
    Buyuk gecmis olsun diyorum oncelikle.. Her onemli ad覺mda oldugu gibi riskleri goze alarak ciktigin bu yolda boyle aksilikler malesef hep olacak, ama yilmak yok!
    Maceralar覺n覺n devamini 4 gozle bekliyorum =)
    Opuyorum

    Alice Piscitelli

    14 Kas覺m 2011

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