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  1. conan198903

    New to Adana

    From the perspective of a foreigner who stayed in Adana for more than three years, I would say certainly the entertainment activities are limited in Adana if you compare it with bigger or tourist cities like Istanbul. But still I enjoyed my stay and I never felt bored for even a single day. While I was in Adana, I joined a local hiking group so we went for hiking almost on a weekly basis. I ended up making a whole lot of friends and making myself "famous" among the local hiking group. Also cafes, gyms and bars are available, as Ms Gupsise has mentioned already. Or you can simp
  2. I am afraid it will take a lot more for you to get rid of me.
  3. I lived in Adana for almost three years as a foreigner and I guarantee you it is a very safe place (in some sense even safer than Istanbul). There is still a considerable distance from Adana to Syrian border. I made many wonderful friends and had lots of good memories in Adana. I hope you will enjoy your stay there.
  4. I am also leaning Turkish but on the contrary, I feel Turkish has many borrowed words from other languages, English included. It directly uses "problem" meaning a problem. It has "elektrik", "şoför"(chauffeur), "sekreter", "futbol", "Polis", etc, to name just a few. This made things much easier for me because as long as I know English, these words are not new to me. If you are really looking for a language that has very very few borrowed words, I would name my native language Chinese.
  5. Hello Sodiq, You have probably misunderstood their reactions. As an Asian, I experienced the same confusion when I first came to Turkey. I live in Adana, where we don't see many foreign expats as in other big cities, not to mention Asian faces. Being stared at or giggled at while I am walking on the street is no new story for me. They sometimes call me "Ching Chang Chiong" (which to some Asians can be offensive). The thing is, Turkish people are curious people. It means they are helpful and warm-hearted but they may sometimes cross their lines and become somewhat "rude" by your s
  6. I'm glad I can be of some help to you. Yes I have moved several times in the past two years. But I didn't go through any agency. I rented my first place through the branch manager of a bank that our company is cooperating with. The second time we were just driving around the neighborhoods where we were planning to rent a house, and checking the signs for renting (kiralık). We then got the phone number and called the owner for negotiation. We had a Turkish translator and he was doing the checking and talking work. Some of my friends are using the website http://www.sahibinden.com/ (Greenst
  7. Welcome Ed. Hope my reply is not too late. The other members have provided plenty of useful information. I'm just here to give some personal opinions. Hope mine can add to something. In regards to Mersin and Adana comparison, I have been living in Adana for two years and I constantly travel to Mersin for work and sometimes for leisure purpose. In terms of city cleanness and entertainment options, Mersin is indeed a better option. Also, Mersin has a larger population of expats, especially Arabic population. But somehow I feel Adana residents are more friendly to foreigners (just my person
  8. I knew they would only start the count down when I started to use a Turkish SIM card. It's just that I was so sure I could succeed in registering this time that I already inserted a Turkish SIM card. After that I realized they will ask for an entry stamp. The article says that I'll have to register my phone within 60 days of arrival to Turkey (if I decide to use a Turkish SIM card of course). In this case, for example, if I brought a foreign phone into Turkey and for the first two month, I didn't insert a Turkish SIM card, then after staying in Turkey for three months, I decided to start
  9. I suddenly realized I made a terrible mistake... I forgot they will check my entry stamp. From what I read, if I have entered Turkey for more than a month, I would be disqualified from registering my phone. It that correct?It has been 9 months since I last entered Turkey...Actually my passport has been registered to a phone already and I was planning to borrow a friend's passport for that but his stay also exceeded one month... Another blocked phone is on the way...
  10. Thanks Ken for the link. I haven't had any time for my registration yet. I will share the answers to this question after I go through the procedure. I had a post about my frustrating experience in registering my phone but it was posted a long time ago. I literally went ALL the branches of Turkcell store in Adana downtown area. They either told me that their system was not working properly currently or that I had to go to the population bureau to obtain a residence certificate (even after I showed them my residence permit, they still required this weird stuff). And I did pay my tax a
  11. I had a VERY frustrating experience registering my foreign phone when I first came to Turkey (acutally I didn't even succeed. I paid my tax, and showed my payment receipt, residence permit along with my passport, but Turkcell used all sorts of excuses not to get my phone registered until it finally got blocked). But this time I still decide to give it a try. I know I am probably being silly but the cell phone prices in Turkey are just ridiculous. Why would I buy it here if I could get it from somewhere else paying 300 dollars less!! Then here comes the problem... Some of my coll
  12. About this meat issue...I haven't noticed anything like that (or am I being fooled all the time?) If I buy meat from large supermarket like Migros or Metro, are they also going to do the same??
  13. I think a box of sweet or chocolate is a good idea as I saw many chocolates on sale in supermarkets recently.
  14. Hello, MilkMilk. Welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear about what you are going through now. I don't know the situation in Singapore but in China (and I think in most part of Asia probably), family is still an important factor that affects marriage. They always say that getting married is more than just about a couple being together. It is about the union of two families. It is therefore quite common for other family members to get involved into issues that are supposed to be handled only between the couple. In Turkey, it is more or less the same I guess. That being said, I don't
  15. I'm not sure if you guys have noticed, some restaurants (just some) in Antalya have both English and Turkish menus, which are presented separately. If they notice you are a foreign tourist, they will present you with the English version, on which the prices are doubled. That's why I always speak Turkish for ordering food and I always require a Turkish menu. There was once a guy who tried to sell me two pieces of simit bread for 50 Turkish Lira. He was shocked when I asked "Şaka mı yapıyorsun?" Then I told him in Turkish that I lived in Adana and I know how things are going here. So, it s
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