Friday, July 03, 2015

Troy in Çanakkale

Hello there! I supposed you didn't expect me to update in less than a week after my last post. Well, surprise.. surprise!! I got motivated seeing that my followers continue to visit my page, plus I get new likes in my Facebook page, not everyday, but at least, every week. So, thank you, ladies, very much for your continued support. Any which way, this is just another installment for my Turkish vacation series. As continuation to my family's roadtrip to the Aegean Region, here is a short photo story of our visit to the ancient city of Troy or Troia in Turkish, an archaeological site and a very famous tourist spot in Çanakkale Province.

This huge replica of the Trojan horse greeted us right as we enter the premise. It was really hard to take a photo without anyone in the background since this area was always flocked by visitors for souvenir photos.

Once can actually go up the stairs, check the inner rooms of this wooden horse and peek in one of those windows just like what my baby daughter is doing in the photo. Don't worry, she's safe being held tight by my dear husband.

It's spring time when we went to Turkey this year so my kids and I enjoyed the stroll without so much to complain about. The weather was sunny but our cheeks were kissed by the cold wind. Just perfect.

I can't give a very clear background about this place. If you are familiar with Illiad and the Odyssey, heard names like Menelaus, Agamemnon, and Helen, then happened to watched Troy, a 2004 film of Brad Pitt, then I think you know a thing about it.

This site gives us an idea on how was the civilization of the old Greek people. Actually, I was amazed by the beautiful engineering done with these buildings. Those sturdy marble and bricks surely passed the time.

I imagine the common people and their leaders watching a performance in this theater. Some women and sitting in awe while some men are standing while cheering.

What this area could be? These pile and pile of stones appear to be a part of something huge. Whatever it is, I'm sure someone wealthy or influential lived in it.

This trip to the Aegean for the sight of Troy educated my elder daughter, refreshed me with my knowledge on Greek Mythology, and truly opened our minds of the possibility for the humankind to unfurl whatever existed for centuries but buried beneath the earth.

Till my next post! :)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Roadtrip to the Aegean Region x Kofteci Yusuf

One of the highlights of our family's visit to Turkey this year is the trip from Istanbul to a certain municipality at the coast of north-eastern Aegean Region. The long hours of land travel plus boat transfer were all worth it. Besides, as much as I love Istanbul and its busy streets mainly because of food and shopping, it is really more than a treat to be able to escape the crowded city, the traffic and all that, then see the countryside where there are world-famous heritage sites, beaches, and other tourist spots.

The roads are long, sometimes lonely, most of the time alluring with its beauty. I wish I was able to take more pictures specially during boat transfer, but my baby daughter was too clingy. Thus, taking a decent photos was very hard. Most of the shots were blurry that I had to erase them.

I shared selected photos in my Instagram account. I bet you can recognize them if you follow both my IG and my blog at the same time. This one was taken somewhere along our way to Edremit in Balikesir Province.

We stopped by at this restaurant in Susurluk to have our late lunch. This place, Kofteci Yusuf, is famous for its mouth-watering grilled Turkish meatballs. You can tell by the full parking lot alone that they serve good food. I believe, they have branches spread all over Turkey. So, if you happen to be visiting Turkey, I suggest you guys put this restaurant in your itinerary.

Since Susurluk is known for frothy ayran, my elder daughter just had to try it. By the way, to those who are not familiar with Turkish cuisine, ayran is a cold yogurt drink made by combining water, yogurt and salt. It is commonly served in restaurants anywhere in Turkey.

Dyarann.. this is the meatballs I'm talking about. You probably noticed by now that it is not actually shaped like balls. Turkish meatballs are either elongated or flat patties. So far, this is the second best Turkish meatballs that I ever tasted. The first one was in a family restaurant somewhere in Manisa. I previously blogged about it HERE.

After some our lunch break, some chit chat and looking around, off we drove again to our last destination. Here in the collage is my elder daughter (with MIL peeking), my little one saying 'hi' to the camera while breastfeeding, and my camera-shy BIL covering his face while driving.

I know, I'm sorry it's been a while since my last update. Honestly, I have been planning to write a series about our Turkish trip. I just find it hard to squeeze some blogging time these days. Anyhow, I will try to manage my schedule and finish each draft then post it live. Till the next?

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Impressing the Boss During the Probationary Period

A person’s first few months on a new job are some of the most awkward times that he or she will have in a lifetime. The new employee will have to try extra hard to blend in with everyone and show off his or her skills and work etiquette. All new employees will want to try to impress the higher-ups so that they keep the job during their probationary periods. The following are some tips for impressing the boss during the few months and keeping the job opportunity open:

Dress for Success

Dressing for success is crucial to gaining respect in the workplace. Dressing for success may be a simple task such as buying clean mandatory work uniforms. For example, a hotel receptionist may visit a professional store for a pack of hotel front desk uniforms.

No Lateness or Absenteeism

The first few months on a job are crucial, as the new employer has the right to dismiss the employee for any reason of any kind. Therefore, a new employee will want to ensure that he or she comes to work on scheduled days and times. If an emergency arises, the employee will want to follow the correct protocol for calling out or notifying the employer of lateness.

Get Along With Everyone

The new employee should be in perfect harmony with everyone. No arguments, gossip or unhealthy competition should occur. Employees should work together for the common goal of the company. Various personalities will sometimes clash, but that does not mean that they have to express it during work hours. Managers often monitor how their employees are getting along, and they will terminate someone whom they feel is a trouble maker.

Prove to Be an Asset

Finally, the employee will want to spend the first few months on the job proving that he or she is an asset to the company. The employee should work quickly and efficiently. The person should ask for additional tasks once he or she is done with one task. Furthermore, the employee will want to assist co-workers with tasks with which they need help. A person who follows all of the previously mentioned tips will be sure to keep the job after the initial period ends.