Istanbul Aku Datang ^_^ (Part 1)

8 Apr

i went to Turkey last month to attend a short course in neurosurgery..  🙂

this was the 1st time i received an international scholarship..

the scholarship was granted by the Turkish Neurosurgical Society to the neurosurgery residents / young neurosurgeons from the developing countries..  🙂

and this was the 1st time i traveled so far from my home country..

the most important thing, i had the chance to listen to the lectures given by the world pioneer neurosurgeon Prof. Gazi Yasargil who is now 87 years old and still actively participating in academic works..  🙂

ha..  ok..  the academic part finished..

now let’s talk about the “happy hour” part of the trip..  :p

during the stay in Turkey, i hav visited few interesting places in Istanbul, Antalya and Cappadocia..  🙂

this is the morning view in Istanbul, the most inspiring city in the world..  🙂

Turkey is located on 2 continents..  the Asia and the Europe..  the opposite side in the above picture is the European part of the Istanbul..

the sunset view from the Bosphorus Strait..  this strait separates the 2 continents..  and joins the Sea of Marmara to the south with the Black Sea to the north of Istanbul..

the Istanbul Old Town..

also known as Sultanahmet Old City..

it is nice to see the ancient defense wall along the city, with the train runs on the road together with the cars..

the taxi services here are really good..  friendly and professional drivers..  exactly following the meters..  and no double charges in the middle of the night..  🙂

clean city..

i luv the sunshine with the cool temperature..  ^_^

the beautiful architectures..

lots of tourists..

a lot of restaurants along the street..

souvenirs and handcrafts..

the famous Grand Bazaar..

it is one of the largest and oldest covered markets (since 1641) in the world with 3000 shops inside..  they sell jewelry, gold, silver, ceramics, rugs,hand crafts etc..

i luv the Bosphorus Cruise sightseeing tour very much..  🙂

the buildings along the shores..

the Rumeli Fortress, at the European side of Bosphorus Strait..  it is the largest fortification for the protection of Istanbul built by Sultan Mehmet II in 1451..

the Beylerbeyi Palace, located at the Asian side of Bosphorus Strait..  it was commissioned by Sultan Abdulaziz and built between 1861 and i865 as a summer residence and a place to entertain visiting heads of state..

the Ortakoy Mosque..

the Golden Horn..

little girl with the pigeons at the Hippodrome..

the night view in the Istanbul Old Town..

different types of Baklava..  the sweet pastries..

the souvenirs shop..

the Aladdin lamps..  jom gosok..  :p

so lucky enough to watch the Whirling Dervish Dance in live..

ha..  the ticket-selling uncle was so kind to sell the ticket to me in the children price (30 TL)..  :p

the event took place in this railway station..

the Sufi Whirling Dervish Dance..

the whirling dance reflects the movement of the planets in the cosmos..

the red flowers..

and the yellow flowers..

my new friend in Istanbul, Bouju..  🙂

one of the special dish in Istanbul..  the burning pot..

ha..  freshly prepared..

breaking the pot..

put on the plate..

the spicy lamb with eggplant and wheat rice..  yummy yummy..  🙂

there was something funny happened during the trip..

this was how i looked like in Turkey..  i’m not wearing sunglasses, but just a pair of common myopia glasses with photochromic lenses (which darken on exposure of sunlight)..  with my wind jacket on..

when i was on the cruise, a lady tourist from London was asking my colleague..  “is your friend the Korean pop star..??”

when i was walking on the street at the Old Town, suddenly an uncle popped out and said..  “he is here..!!”  and everybody started doing “that” dance..

when i was at the beach in Antalya, there were 2 young girls suddenly screamed loudly and started singing “that” song..

huh..???  looks identical to him..???  

emm..  i think this was what they saw..

hahaha..  sorry Psy..  i’m now ur parody in Turkey liao..  ;p

8 Responses to “Istanbul Aku Datang ^_^ (Part 1)”

  1. jules April 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    Wow! beautiful place… your pics sure brings back memories ~ I LOVE Europe! hope you had a blast xxx

    • Simon Sim April 24, 2013 at 12:16 am #

      haha.. u should visit too.. 🙂

  2. azma April 26, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    hahaha,,korean pop star…

  3. Dr Nadia May 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    adoiii kenapa pegi tak ajak i pun???I!! simon the next trip u kena bawak i sekali…u jadi tour guide okehhh

  4. Dr Nadia May 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    hahahhahha damn funny!! OPPA!!!

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