Category Archives: Life

Not for the pretty pictures…

Don’t read this post for pretty pictures, or for perfectly arranged food on a plate just to wet your appetite. Read it to remember that food is an essential part of our life, our culture, our well-being and what makes family come together at least once a day. Read it because some parts of the… Read On

Salt Your Soul…

Sometimes you just need to cut the ties to the land and set sail. The air becomes stuffy at the office, the “have-to-do” list grows a mile long at home. You become consumed by all things big and small, and feel the need to “just go”. To go to a world where the currents, wind… Read On

Return On Investment

Finishing an MBA and not ever think about ROI is unheard of. They hammer that thought into your deepest layers in your brain and you start thinking everything in terms of what value it brings, you bring, they bring to the table, what is the cost of the opportunities you have lost along the way,… Read On

A Quiet Scream

View from Pierre Loti, on top of Haliç A big city has a lot of problems. Traffic, waste, crowd, living expenses, unplanned urbanization, slums, air pollution… you name it. A big city like Istanbul has a lot of emotional baggage on top of these problems. It struggles to preserve its soul while gentrification, corruption, rant,… Read On

Finding your limits

Starting to live here for a short-term period after 15 years of not-being-a-resident was not as easy as I had thought. Getting used to the daily life, the intensity of people or doing business in an environment where everyone says “It is easy bro, no worries” but does not give you any solid promise, coupled… Read On

Same old…

There are some places in one’s life. No matter how long you are gone, some places which stay the same along with its roads, its fishing boats, its bakeries and its people. Yes I see the difference here and there, but Tatlısu, the little village that has been standing there since I was born was… Read On