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|Fresh bread shop|
|Istanbul Ekmek with Malaysian sardines. The bread tastes similar to Malaysian Roti Canai.|
Dolmabahce isn't as big as Topkapi, but it's more modern in the interior.
Even with the awe at their large sum of wealth and power, I just wonder if the royalties do deserve so much when there are those out there still isn't living comfortably. Part of me felt worried looking at their collection gold plates and cups. Nonetheless, all of that is history. How will I lead my life, now that's the bigger question.
|Photo from Wikipedia.|
We wanted to enter Miniaturk on this day, but once we arrived, we noticed we didn't have enough Liras to enter Miniaturk which costed TL10 per person. Very funny right. So then we took the Metrobus, then the bus to Eyup.
Metrobus are like vans, you pay cash when you travel with them, unlike buses where you can use your Istanbulkart. Travelling in this area was quite tough because not many can speak English, so we kind of found ourselves travelling quite far up to Alibeykoy on the Metrobus before getting the bus to Eyup.
Alhamdulillah we arrived at Eyup during maghrib time, so we got the chance to pray maghrib at Eyup Mosque. The mosque was packed, unlike other mosques we went to. I'm not sure the crowd is because of the location or the time or...
Day 10 and after, we entered places using our Museum Pass, so I'll share those in another post inshaAllah. Thanks for having a read! Do drop a comment.
P/s: If you're not bothered to read, do wait for a video which I hopefully will share soon.
Also, all photographs are mine and unedited due to me being not bothered enough - except the only one underneath because it was uploaded to Instagram.
The airplane took off from Birmingham International Airport at 8.50AM on Saturday, 12th December 2015. I had a one hour transit in Frankfurt, and then another 2 hours plus flight, arrived in Istanbul on the same day at 4.30PM GMT+2.
The feeling when you finally get to meet with your husband again, after looking at him through the computer screen for 78 days, is just priceless. I wish I recorded the moment.
We took the Istanbul Metro to Aksaray, and then a taxi to our place in Unkapani.
I used Airbnb to find our long-term accommodation, which is great, because it serves just like home.
Our day one was just settling down, getting our things out of the bag. Well, we are going to be here for about one month.
With the help of the caretaker of the apartment, we found a few shops nearby, bought fruits, vegetables, bread and cheese!
I didn't know Istanbul makes good cheese - although I cannot compare to ones I have tasted in Switzerland, still, they do make lots of dairy products like cheese and yogurt.
Their salty milk, is called Ayran.
|Our breakfast for the day - the salami has pistachio in it!|
|The view of our path|
We tried some sort of bread pizza which, silly me I didn't ask for its name.
Surprising and sadly, there were lots of people smoking in the Eminonu Square, so we had to change our sitting spot a few times to finish the bread pizza thing.
We smelled very good food by the streets, like the Balik Ekmek, which is grilled fish I believe, and lots of kebabs and koftas, and also grilled chicken. We finally chose the grilled chicken to take home for dinner.
We went to the Topkapi Palace on Monday, waited for some of our Malaysian friends but unfortunately our timings just couldn't match so we didn't get to meet in the end. However, we got the chance to pray at the Blue Mosque. After that, Abang and I decided to walk along the tram lines to find lunch. We walked for 3km from Sultanahmet to Aksaray tram station, then finally found the place where we wanted to eat.
We took a chance to head to a place called Topkapi, where the Panorama 1453 museum was located.
There we learned about the history about the starting of the Uthmaniyyah reign in Istanbul. It is certainly amazing, listening to stories of real amazing people. How some did have doubts about conquering Constantinople while others wanted to fulfil the Prophet's prophecy so much and believed in Muhammad al-Fatih.
On the same day, we bought two Turkish ice creams, one costed us 10 Liras, while the other only for 3 Liras. The one that costed us 10 was from Sultanahmet, yikes, I know. The one with 3 Liras was near the Panorama museum, quite far away from Sultanahmet - the centre of tourist attraction.
Nevertheless, the ice creams tasted really good! We also tried Sahlep, a treat from the guy selling the ice cream, its a sweet milk, with sprinkles of some sort of herbs on top?
This day is particularly an interesting one. We wanted to buy only 3 things so we took the bus to Fatih. We then figured we should take a look at the Fatih Mosque, but just in the area, we were stopped by a Syrian child. She was hungry, and she asked us to feed her. We asked her what did she want to eat, in the end, she chose fries and chicken. She must be in a desperate state, where asking strangers for food is her option. She did not understand English, so we used Arabic instead. We asked her where she lived, she said by the sea but she looked sad, so we stopped asking, and waited for the food to arrive.
|The Syrian girl|
She couldn't finish all of the food, so she took some home.
She's 6 years old, and her eyes displayed strength and courage - which a six year old can only gain through the experience of being independent, through the need of it.
We then ate our lunch too, then continued to head on to find the three things that we needed.
Being a girl, I stopped into a clothing store (unplanned) because I figured I needed a lightweight jacket and got myself a leather one! The store's called LC Waikiki, and I'm loving it because it is like Primark in England but with all these long dresses and shirts, pants and skirts, suitable for muslimah wear. Made me feel more like settling down here in Istanbul.
We then continued walking, bought ourselves some Turkish towels from the brand Karaca Home (also unplanned). We walked all the way down the long road, I can say for about 3km, and finally found what we needed to get - a HDMI cable - because we don't understand Turkish TV channels.
|Istanbul cats are fat.|
It tasted really good, and how I wish I can share it with everyone!
|Our Pistachio Chocolate Honeymoon Cake|
Today is a lazy day. Hence I am sitting down and blogging in front of my laptop.
I figured I should start on my essay, but it's 10PM now, and I'm bound to be sleepy once I finish typing all this.
Well, inshaAllah tomorrow is another day!
I have never been a 'girl' in that sense, I've always preferred books over fashion, technology over beauty accessories, when I was a kid, games over pretty things. Interestingly living in the house where everyone's a lady, I've learned some new interesting stuff, and I might develop a new skill too - just to appear more decent.
So here's what my first attempt looks like!
Hey, acquiring a new skill should start somewhere.
If you're thinking of starting to learn something new, don't be afraid, you don't know how much you can achieve!
Drop me a comment and tell me if you're trying something new too.
Alhamdulillah, can't believe it I have managed this far considering my initial situation of not knowing where to stay, whom to stay with, when would I meet my husband again...
InshaAllah all of that have been answered and planned.
Last Black Friday, I got myself a Dyson cordless vacuum, specifically the DC440.
This clever little thing weighs only about 2.3kg.
Before using it you'd need to charge them on a wall mount provided, then you can vacuum for about 20 minutes of efficient vacuuming. It won't die straight away after.
For those having back problems this is a good vacuum to purchase.
I got mine for £179.99 from Argos. I'm not sure about the price in Malaysia.
I have not opened the box yet though because I'll probably make a mess, and then I would need to put everything back in the box since I'll be moving out soon.
I'll probably write a review after using it.
Do you have a favourite vacuum yourself?
Comment in the box below ;)!
|Around 7PM today|
However, it is actually referring to a Friday, where all the prices in the shops DROP.
The tradition started in the US, and now has come to the UK. Shops and online stores will have sales starting from the week before that Friday until the Monday after (called Cyber Monday).
This year, Black Friday falls on 27th November 2015. I'll be looking for a jacket for this autumn-winter transition period.
I hope some sort of Black Friday will arrive in Malaysia too because it's really when businesses gain more from volume rather than big profit margins, and when consumers get the chance to buy what they've been longing for!
Many people battle with negative thoughts and low self-esteem, including myself sometimes
So hopefully these tips will help me and you guys out there :)
Building self-esteem might be difficult, but with these techniques, you can slowly grow out of your comfort zone.
1. Do something you enjoy
Do something you're good at to increase your confidence, this can be paid work, a hobby or volunteering.
|Volunteering as Warwick Volunteers in the Bake it up! Project.|
2. Build positive relationships
Associate yourself with people who will not criticise you, and who you feel able to talk about your feelings. If you spend time around positive and supportive people, you are more likely to have a better self-image and feel more confident. I personally see this in western style parenting, where parents encourage their children a lot, talk to them like adults, and in turn, they mature and develop their vocabulary and self-confidence really quick. Even in university, after doing class presentations, no matter how it went, my team mates would always say we did great. Now imagine if I was back home, I can imagine the team going, "We did so bad... We could have done better..."
|Warwick Islamic Society Poets, 2014. We got into the Warwick Diversity Calendar!|
3. Learn to be assertive
Being assertive means you value yourself and others, and can communicate with mutual respect.
- Pay attention to your body language as well as to the words you say, be open and confident.
- Express feelings if you have been upset, wait until you feel calm and explain clearly how you feel.
- Learn to say no to unreasonable requests
- Tell people if you need support in completing a task
|Charity Week volunteering - helping orphans and needy children, one of my platform in creating self-worth|
4. Look after your physical health
Being healthy helps make you feel happier and improve your self-image. Physical activity releases endorphins - the feel good hormones. Lack of sleep too can cause you to become less confident.
Eat a well-balanced diet, at regular meal-times with plenty of water and vegetables will make you feel healthier and happier.
5. Set realistic goals - challenge yourself!
You will feel satisfied and proud of yourself when you achieve your goal and will feel more positive about yourself!
6. Focus on positive things
List positive things about yourself, things that you have, that you've achieved, things that you do.
Focus on your strength.
What can friends and family do to help?
If you have a family member or a friend that has low self-esteem, you can:
1. Show them that you care about them - listen to them, spend time with them.
|Family Europe Trip back in Spring 2015|
2. Remind them of positive things - you can't change someone's perception of themselves, but you can remind them of their good qualities.
3. Avoid blame - Don't let people with self-esteem blame themselves for something that has happened. Tell them that it is not their fault.
4. Be patient - self-esteem takes time to build up, they need reassurance.
5. It is okay to feel bad at times - nobody feels happy and confident all the time, but tell them don't be under pressure to live up to unrealistic expectations.
|Friends that you can trust.|
If you do feel like you need professional support, please do visit www.mind.org.uk.
Last Saturday I helped out at the Scarman House kitchen for Warwick Conferences. It was my first time entering a big restaurant kitchen, like the ones you see on cooking shows like Masterchef.
|From this website.|
I was just helping out packing lunch. Adding into a paper bag a sandwich, one fruit, a cereal bar, a bottle of water and one pasta pot. How healthy, I know.
|From this website: http://alcalde.texasexes.org/|
Well, kesusahan tu datang untuk uji kita pun.
To make us steadfast.
Nak tapis, siapa yang betul-betul beriman.
Hakikatnya, kesusahan tu juga yang bawa kita lebih dekat kepada Dia.
Sebab bila manusia bahagia sepenuhnya, maka ia lupa, takde apa perlu nak minta tolong kan?
Tapi bila susah, ada alasan untuk kita bangun tahajjud, minta tolong, menangis dalam sujud.
Kesusahan ni tanda Dia sayang kita. Peluang untuk kembali dekat denganNya.
Life is full of colours and emotions, maka betul lah, pursuit of happiness tu pursuit yang paling rendah sekali kalau ikut Ustaz Nouman.
Kejarlah pursuit of impact and truth tu.
A month has passed since I arrived in England, and 45 days to go to Istanbul. I am counting days, yes, and as each day pass, some things become easier, and others get harder. Like going forward seems to be easier, but keeping up with studies are getting harder.
Yesterday I had to cook for my packed lunch, and then I thought back to the days when I was living with zauji, together in our apartment. When did we cook? Turned out that I used to cook on weekends and on days that I would go back home early from university. Zauji would help cook too, on days I feel overwhelmed and stuff. Things sure is not easy when you have to handle them alone.
Alhamdulillah for my roommate who wouldn't mind sharing the food that we would cook, so sometimes I skip some cooking.
Talking about things being hard, Kak N asked me to watch a video by Nouman Ali Khan, and he talked about the pursuits in life. To summarize, all we have to do is to keep going, and continue that pursuit, be it pursuit of excellence, of impact and finally of truth. Because in the end, when human beings only judge you based on results (graduation, CVs, all looking at your results), Allah however, looks at your EFFORT.
PURSUE. With effort.
A special note he made to the sisters was, to calm down, and not worry too much about the results, and know that the effort will be all worth it when standing in front of Allah.
Yeap, just what I needed when things are starting to become difficult.
45 more days to go to Istanbul!
I'm hoping to make a travelog out of the one month visit to that beautiful historical city.
Any wishes on what I should comment on? Do make a note on the comment section below :)
|A picture of us driving up to Scotland. |
This is at all not related, but I just miss our travel moments together. It is true when they say, money is spent best on travelling!
Malu, dengan diri sendiri.
How can I say that I have not got enough, how can I say that I need more, when they do not have even water. Saudara kita, keluar agama, sebab nak cari air. Kita, buka puasa tak nak takat air kosong.
Terasa jauh sangat beza. Betul, tak salah mencari kesenangan hidup, sebab sahabat pun ramai yang kaya, seperti Abd Rahman Auf, Uthman ibn Affan, tapi kekayaan mereka bukan berhenti takat untuk diri sendiri.
Banyak lagi kita kena reflect dekat diri sendiri.
Please friends, spare 30 minutes to watch this documentary directed by Mohammed Zeyara. It will open our eyes, to the difference in our lives compared to theirs. In fact, this is only one village in the African continent, there are still many others.
I couldn't have imagine life getting as complicated as it is right now.
Subhanallah, may these tests make us stronger.
I'm not exactly sure should I make my story private, or share it to the world, because sometimes you feel better when you know that other people are facing something rather similar to what you're going through, and I like making people feel better.
Well, basically, I thought I'd be fine, being far apart and all, but it turns out to be quite tough, for both of us. So now we're planning to go for a month of holiday in Istanbul (which is like a dream come true). I've been to Istanbul once before, and I fell in love with the city so much I think I would want to spend more time there. I love the fact that there are beautiful mosques that we can go to, just to search for inner peace, and have a feel of the Ottoman empire history. Since I'll be going for one month, of course I won't be forgetting my assignment and studies. Got to focus. Final year is here.
|Slotting in the image of Istanbul at night.|
Life is short, a year is even shorter, but sometimes a day can feel ever so long.
I'm supposed to enter Redfern, which I just e-mailed to cancel. I cannot seem to make it difficult for everyone later in the year when Abang comes. So now I'm like a nomad again, like in the summer.
Thank you Allah for all these lovely people living in Coventry, inshaAllah I can get through this. I just have to be strong.
Home is where your heart is.
The search for a temporary stay inshaAllah has ended alhamdulillah, but now we have to search for our next temporary home after Istanbul.
This journey is amazing.
So here goes:
1. Sediakan 5 ketul ayam, perapkan dengan sos perapan black pepper/BBQ selama 30 minit. Sos perapan juga boleh dibuat sendiri.
Cara buat Sos Perapan sendiri: Campurkan 3 sudu sos tiram bersama 3 sudu kicap manis dan sedikit black pepper yang telah ditumbuk.2. Goreng ayam yang telah diperap. Saya menggunakan air fryer jadi tak perlu gunakan minyak.
3. Hiris bawang besar dan bawang putih. Tumbuk sedikit black pepper.
4. Tumis bawang besar, bawang putih dan black pepper di dalam kuali yang ada sedikit minyak sampai naik bau atau bawang nampak layu.
5. Masukkan sos tiram, kicap, air sedikit, dan ayam.
Boleh juga kalau nak tambah cili besar dan bell pepper.
Menuntut ilmu itu suatu jihad.
Menuntut ilmu di luar negara apatah lagi. Rasa jihadnya tu, meruntun jiwa.
Kali ni harus aku bermujahadah dengan lebih lagi. Tahun akhir menanti. Dah nampak dah cabaran, duri-duri. Ada yang terang-terang, ada yang masih tersembunyi.
Dua tahun pertama telah kuharungi, tetapi ruang penambahbaikan tetap ada.
Orang yang phobia dengan sunyi nak kena campak masuk hall. Hall yang pintu berat kalis bunyi. Tahniah. Maka hati perlu diisi, supaya tidak kosong, membunuh dari dalam. Hati perlu dibasahkan dengan kata-kata pujukan daripada Ilahi.
Lembut, keras, lembut, keras.
Nak bentuk hati pun susah. Nak kena sesuai ikut keadaan pun ya jugak. Sesak nafas.
Nak jadi kakak, menuntut kesegaran jiwa.
Bangunlah jiwa, cepatlah segar.
Simptom denggi akan merebak dalam lingkungan masa 4-10 hari selepas terdedah kepada virus denggi. Antara simptomnya ialah:
- Demam, suhu mencecah 40C (104F)
dan sekurang-kurangnya dua lagi simptom berikut:
- Sakit kepala
- Sakit belakang mata
- Lenguh-lenguh sendi
- Muntah-muntah atau mual
- Kelenjar bengkak
Kanak-kanak mungkin ada rash sekali dengan demam.
Rasa penat tu perkara biasa dalam proses untuk sembuh daripada demam denggi.
Sekian, harap kita semua dijauhkan daripada demam denggi.