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To Dolmabahce Palace | #28DaysofIstanbul

Dayana Zahari | Sunday, December 27, 2015 | 1Comments |

Another new video for today.
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From Birmingham to Istanbul Video | #28DaysofIstanbul

Dayana Zahari | Saturday, December 26, 2015 | 2Comments |




This is a short video of my journey from Birmingham to Istanbul.
Have a nice day everyone!
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Giveaway Hujung Tahun 2015

Dayana Zahari | Saturday, December 26, 2015 | 5Comments |

Another giveaway in the house! 

Dayana's Blog List Jan-Mar 2016

Dayana Zahari | Thursday, December 24, 2015 | 36Comments |
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I love taking the time reading your blogs so I am looking for 20 bloggers who would like to be in my January to March 2016 bloglist.
The simple steps are: 
1. Follow this blog and follow my instagram and Youtube. 
2. Create a blog post with the title "Dayana's Blog List Jan-Mar 2016" with the banner above that links to this post.
3. Post the link of the blog post in the comment below. 
If there are more than 20 entries, 20 bloggers will be chosen via random.org.
Last day to enter: 3 Jan 2016
Thank you lovelies!

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Segmen Bloglist Azhafizah.com Jan & Feb 2016

Dayana Zahari | Thursday, December 24, 2015 | 2Comments |
Joining a segmen on Blogspot by Malaysian bloggers community!

Bermula tahun depan, azhafizah.com akan update bloglist 2 bulan sekali. So dengan itu, 2 bulan sekali akan ada segmen bloglist untuk mencari bloglist baru. Jika berminat untuk masuk dalam bloglist , bolehlah sertai segmen ni ye. Kelebihannya sertai segmen dapat blogwalking dan tambah traffik blog. Kalau dapat masuk bloglist, mungkin akan tambahkan traffik juga. Mudah mudahan.

Klik banner untuk sertai  Segmen Bloglist Azhafizah.com Jan & Feb 2016
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Segmen simple sangat. Cuma perlu buat entry dan copy & paste je. Pemilihan blog melalui random.org.

TAMAT : 30 DISEMBER 2015

28 Days of Istanbul, Part 2

Dayana Zahari | Thursday, December 24, 2015 | 1Comments |
Day 6
Abang and I went to Fatih, to return back a skirt I bought but it wasn't in the right size. We ate delicious bread for breakfast. Turkish people make really good bread! 

Fresh bread shop

Day 7
Lazy day Friday, rested at home, Abang discovered a new mosque called the Zeyrek mosque, which is the second biggest religious building built during the Byzantine empire, after Hagia Sophia.
Zeyrek mosque is apparently only 9 minutes walk from where we are staying. I'm not surprised if after all this I'll say 28 days isn't enough to explore this city full of treasures.


Day 8, 19th December 2015.
Abang and I went out early of the house to find marshmallows to have with our hot chocolate drink.
Unfortunately the store was not yet opened, so we bought bread at the same place we had our breakfast on the 6th day. So then we had ekmek (bread) and sardines for breakfast.

Istanbul Ekmek with Malaysian sardines. The bread tastes similar to Malaysian Roti Canai.
We took the bus and the tram and decided to explore Dolmabahce Palace.
This palace was built with quite a splash of European influence, from its decorations, lighting, furnitures and carvings. We couldn't take any photos inside the palace because everything was original. We couldn't even touch things and we walked on carpets instead of real floorings. 
The most powerful person in the palace is the mother of the Sultan I would say. She influenced quite a lot of what should happen in the harem, like which wife should be with the sultan for the day. Yikes. 

Dolmabahce isn't as big as Topkapi, but it's more modern in the interior.
Still, I don't understand the need for a new palace because Topkapi, the already built palace, is humongous! Well, when you have all the wealth, what can stop you? 
Sadly, at the same time when Dolmabahce is built, the life of an average Turkish person wasn't very easy, bringing us to the story of the unrest amongst Turkish people, which will bring down the empire a few decades after the palace is built. 

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.




After visiting Dolmabahce Palace, we decided to head to Taksim.
We took the funicular to Taksim from Kabatas. It is super easy to commute in Istanbul! I wish Kuala Lumpur was like this.
Photo from Wikipedia.
Taksim is way more modern compared to Fatih. If you wan't to find Turkish made products, go to Fatih instead of Taksim. However, Taksim holds the imported branded goods, I suppose heaven for shoppers, and maybe for those who love fine food and desserts. I bought myself a pair of polarised sunglasses from Sunglass Hut. 
We ate an Arab dish for dinner/lunch at the Mandy Hadramawt restaurant. We were the only ones in the restaurant but the food was deliciously good! 
On the way back home, we finally got ourselves marshmallows.


Day 9
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...



Eyup is rather a small town, but there were many families at the square near the mosque, spending time with each other, drinking sahlep, spending quality time. This reminds me a lot of Dataran Putra, Putrajaya in Malaysia.

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.

28 Days of Istanbul, Part 1

Dayana Zahari | Thursday, December 17, 2015 | 5Comments |
I'm going to share my Istanbul journey here on my blog, and if you do read it hopefully you'll find something beneficial from it.

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.


Day 1
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.

Day 2
Our breakfast for the day - the salami has pistachio in it!
We are just being lazy, so we only went to look around the area, went on foot to find some sort of a car boot here in Istanbul, which then led to us to Eminonu, where there's the Spice Bazaar, a bus and tram interchange, lots of other shops, and two mosques in the background.


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.

Day 3




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?


Day 4
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
When she ate, she offered me some of her fries. Despite being hungry and in a weak position, she wasn't greedy or selfish. She even asked me to dip the fries into her mayonnaise and ketchup.
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.
On the way back we got ourselves a Pistachio Chocolate Honeymoon Cake just for us!
It tasted really good, and how I wish I can share it with everyone!



Our Pistachio Chocolate Honeymoon Cake

Day 5
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!


Sister Bonding Time | Beauty

Dayana Zahari | Tuesday, December 08, 2015 | 0Comments |
Last Friday, I unlocked one achievement in life, which was, trying to apply proper make up.

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.

Dyson Cordless Vacuum | Black Friday UK Deals

Dayana Zahari | Friday, December 04, 2015 | 2Comments |
Week 9 of term!
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 ;)!
 
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