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  1. This is a topic where I can share my experiences with. Basic information first: I live in Thailand. In February, I sent a book to a friend in Turkey by air mail service, non-registered. Normally, it takes a couple of weeks for airmail parcel to arrive in U.K. or U.S.A. It took about a month before my friend received that book. I did not ask whether it was delivered to him or he went to claim it from the post office.Then in May, I sent my old cell phone to this friend by EMS, which in a way is courier service but is less expensive than famous international companies such as FedEx, UPS or DHL. Packages sent through EMS service would be handled by PTT at Turkey's end. (The service is handled by Thailand Postal Service as well.) The parcel reached Turkey in 3 days as it should be. It was forwarded to the large postal center near my friend lives few days after it arrived in Istanbul. Unfortunately, neither my friend nor me knew before I sent it that sending cell phone to Turkey is prohibited. The package was then returned to me by surface mail. It took about a month before I received the phone, which is pretty much what I expected. I was impressed when I saw the box. Someone at PTT sealed the box with PTT sticky tape to make sure that the box would not fall apart (or wouldn't be opened??). As if sticky tape would not be enough, the box was shrink-wrapped. It came back to me in even better condition than when it left Thailand.I still wonder whether people at PTT already opened the box or they knew because I declared on the box what the content was. It's hard to tell if they opened the box because they sealed it quite well. I have read this thread before so I was relieved when I found that both the book and the phone arrived at Turkey. I was more restless waiting for return of the phone. No, I was not worried about the Turkish part. I was worried that someone at Thailand Postal Office would keep my phone. That happens sometimes. Normally, postal service here is quick and reliable but I have never received something I ordered over the Internet before. (Only once out of ten shipments so far.)
  2. I learned it a hard way that you are now allowed to send a cell phone to someone in Turkey by postal service. A couple of months ago, I sent my old PDA phone to a friend there just to have it returned to me. The postal officer told my friend that it was prohibited. With the help of Google, I found one post (yes, only one. Perhaps you could find more in Turkish) confirming it really is prohibited to send a cell phone to Turkey by post. I have asked UPS, FedEx and DHL but have not heard from any of them whether sending the phone by courier is acceptable. I would think the same rule applies or it can be done with very complicated process that these companies do not wish to involve with, hence no reply. The post I found said the reason behind the rule was that years ago, the price of cell phones in Turkey was high so people usually ask a friend in other countries to mail them a phone. By the way, while I was waiting for the phone to ship back, I wondered whether I would see it because I read the topic about Turkish postal service here. It arrived in very good condition. They sealed the box with PTT sticky tape and even shrink-wrapped it. It took about a month to travel from Turkey to Thailand, which was pretty much what I expected for surface mail. Therefore, "Concerned Mom", please do not send Blackberry to you Turkish daughter. It will be a waste of time and money. You'd better send her the money to manager it at her end.
  3. Benh, I just want to wish you a smooth operation and that you get perfectly back on your feet in a short time.
  4. Thank you Zehra for sharing this. It's very good reading for a complete stranger like me, who has only been to Turkey as a tourist. From the article, it seems that Thailand (my country) share the same family traditions with Turkey. Here we have both extended family and "nuclear" family as well. The relationship/roles and responsibilities of family members are also quite similar. There were times that nuclear families almost replace traditional extended families, especially in big cities. However, since most women have to work so the family earn enough economically (it's very common for Thai women to work), grandparents again have to step in to help. Many modern families either have to ask either side of grandparents to live with them (or move in with their parents) in order to look after the children, or they have to send the kids to grandparents' home during the day or even during the workdays. There are more options of upper middle class and well-to-do families; hire a maid/nanny or drop the kids off at daycare center. In remote areas, you often find villages where habitants are mostly the elders and children because the "parents generation" have left the village to work in the city or other country. They would send the money home and they would visit home during New Year holidays or traditional Thai New Year holidays. I've read that it is common in Turkey to address others as if they are relatives or by seniority. This is the case in Thailand as well. The youngs respect the elders. We address others by their seniority. Everyone is either your grandfather/grandmother, uncle/aunt or brother/sister. :-) The more I read about Turkey, the more I see similarities. :-)
  5. Dear Mimosa,

    I'm truly sorry. I didn't know you have used that avatar. I'll remove it immediately. Thank you for letting me know.

  6. I noticed that you have used my avatar probably without realising. I would be pleased if you could find a new one. Thankyou.

  7. Someone told me the amber color lenses (the kind that works during night time) work best. I tried once but could not tell whether it worked. Perhaps it's because my front mirror was already tinted (it's not illegal in Thailand as long as the it's not darker that allowed percentage of darkness). I should try again.
  8. Carly, sorry to hear about your experience. I live in Thailand and I had bad experiences as well but it was not as bad as yours. I was sitting near a man who (seemed to pretend to) be drunk. He fell asleep and leaned on me. Finally, he rested his head on my shoulder. First I was scared and didn't know what to do. Then I gathered my courage and pushed his head away from my shoulder. Strangely, he didn't leaned on my side ever again!! My friend had an experience like you did on a very packed bus. She couldn't walk away so she used her sharp elbow to push that guy. He went away. The other friend, who also had this kind of experience on a bus, shouted loudly at the guy. He couldn't get off the bus fast enough as everyone was looking at him. I don't think the language matters. Speak whatever language you can. I think people would understand what happened and would try to help. I have read that these guys are scared whenever the victim act against them or do not appear to be scared of their behavior. The article I read also suggested taking picture of the man like others suggested.Another friend told me she once pulled her pocket knife out when a man who sat next to her on the bus showed her his private part!!! Again, that man couldn't zip up and get off the bus fast enough.My friends and I dressed properly when we experienced that. My friends were in university uniform. (Perhaps those perverts liked students.) and I was in a work suit. Some guys are just a jerk. You need to act up against them.I hope it won't happen to you again.
  9. Yes, yes! I saw this signed and took a photo as well. To this day I still wonder what it really means. Do they want people to use the toilet twice before flushing? Public restroom!?!
  10. Alice, I hope you're better by now. Have you tried chicken soup? In my case, it really helped though it took a couple of days. My parents have followed a recommendation of a local "Mr. Know-It-All" to take certain food made from chicken to combat a cold for over 40 years, and they say it helps. I have read that there was a research whether chicken soup actually helps combating the cold and found that it really does. Perhaps you can try that, unless you're allergic to fowl. Someone told me that having steak with red wine cures the cold. I never tried that though. (Too complicated for me )I also take lime juice (lemon is not widely available in Thailand) with some honey and salt when I have sored throat. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. (Lately, I've replaced lime juice by apple cider vinegar, adding lots of warm water to dilute it, add some honey and sip it like tea.) What works best for me is what Altemo suggested; take paracetamol, keep yourself warm and head for the bed. You should drink plenty of warm water to prevent dehydration too. Get well soon!