Sunday, February 26, 2012

Maslenitsa

Before the lent, we (Orthodox Christians) have a week of celebrating (like Mardi Gras in Catholic Church), during which is popular to eat pancakes. Today is the last day of celebrations and tomorrow the lent commences. Today is also known as day of Forgiveness (you ask everybody who you see on that day to forgive you for anything you may've done to them, and they answer "God will forgive").

So I wanted to celebrate this day with my American friends for a change, to share my country's traditions with them. And we did pancakes, drank wine and watched "The Barber of Siberia" - tragic historical Russian-American movie about love, traditions, decency. There was episode about Maslenitsa as well, so that's why it was interesting to watch it today.






@my home

February 2012

Ist Style Party by Time Out











So this Friday I went to the party of my pal Rene Ames, who wrote his first column about fashion, making his interview with Asli Jackson for Time Out magazine, and had party for friends at the W Hotel Lounge.
I loved the fashion-like crowd and the whole atmosphere, the show and the music were awesome as well!
Some of the photos were taken by Naim Salman.

W Lounge/ Istanbul

February 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Soulmate

I don't know if you believe in soulmate in terms of friendship, but it seems that I have found another one of mine.
We are both chestnut head, hazel-eyed, same age, same height, used to be the same weight (until she lost few pounds :))
We are both independent, a bit stubborn, willing to help people, believers, easy-going and fun. We are both related to the aviation business. And even our moms are pretty much alike!
We can talk long hours without having a problem of finding a subject to discuss. And laugh, laugh, laugh...

So what's interesting about it you'll say. Here it is;

I was born in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine. Sara Beth was born in San Antonio, Texas (USA). I live in Istanbul, she lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sara comes to Istanbul to help volunteers working with the victims of human trafficking, many of them are Russians and Ukrainians...
We met about 3 years ago in Istanbul with a reference of a mutual friend for couple of hours. After that she came twice to the city, staying at my place (last year she came with her mom), and I feel like she is the sister I never had. It's amazing, how a person who you know so little can become so close in such a short period of time. Since we are both believers, it's natural for us to see something big behind all this.

So it's true when the say, people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Farmer's market

Reading about healthy way of life and nutrition made me go today to the farmer's market after my gym. As some of you may know, there are farmer's markets usually on Sundays in the big neighborhoods of Istanbul.
Here is the book by the way, unfortunately only in Turkish:


So I took my big green Migros shopping bag and brought it back home full and heavy:



And here is what was inside:



- 0,5kg of home-made butter
-10 eggs
-2 Green, 2 red peppers
-2 zucchini
- half of cabbage
- blue cabbage
- greens (rock, parsley and lettuce)
-2 pomegranates
-3 grapefruit
- 1 kg of apples
-bundle of garlic
- 1 kg tomatoes (slightly larger than cherry tomatoes)
- 2 pieces of salmon (650g)
- gilt head bream ( that's what dictionary says me :) you can see the fish, looking at you from the bag) - 450g
- 200g hazelnuts
- 200g dried apricots
- 200 g cranberries

For all this I paid 60 TL, that is $ 34. I wonder how much would cost a similar set of products in your city / country. By the way, if I'd bought everything at the grocery's, it would be %20 more expensive. But the biggest advantage here - all is the freshest.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Change



Nothing is permanent except change. Heraclitus


While studying Change Management on Harvard Mentor Management program I started to think about the change and it's role in our life. By our nature we resist change and tend to keep status quo. But opportunity lies where the change begins. In order to evolve, we need to change.

To prove it we can see how the big companies like Google, facebook etc force themselves and therefore us to change, in order to keep the high interest of their users. They change the design, the content, apps, policy all the time, and we complain but every time we adjust ourselves to the changes made, and only few of us will remember the original design of "the facebook".
I believe this is the way to attain sustainability - always change.

So taking example from the successful companies, I started not only welcome change but to initiate it.

Really, why not be the change you wish to see in the world?..

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Perfect Sunday















Friend/church/ breakfast/ Istiklal/ tram/ ice-scream/ pigeons/ walk/ my city

Istanbul

February 2012