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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 simply go to any cafe and spend a whole afternoon, drinking one cup after another of Türk Çayı or Türk kahves while chatting with your friends about almost anything. At least that's what most local people do in their spare time. And the food, I'd suggest you search around and discover all the good restaurants all by yourself. It can be a very nice experience. I hope you enjoy your stay.
  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 standards. They didn't mean any harm. I have a black friend who came from the UK. He lives in the same city as mine. Some guys once even came to him and literally touched his face to check why he looked black. It was very offensive but he didn't take it personally because these guys were just "curious and uneducated'. It doesn't mean they are purposely against black people or something. My suggestion is that you should not consider every of their action as being hostile or racist. Just relax and let them do whatever they do. Ignore them. I'll give you another example. It happened when I was in China. I was taking a bus with a friend. We went onto the bus and I found myself a seat. Then that friend of mine went a little bit further to the back part of the bus and found a connected seat. So I left my seat to sit with him. What I didn't expect was that a black guy, who was sitting next to me in the beginning, got very offended. He went up to me and questioned why I was being racist to him. He thought I left the seat because I didn't want to sit next to a black. Did you get what I said? Sometimes people are not being racist. It's just you THINK they are being racist towards you. Just don't be so sensitive and jump to the conclusion.
  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/ (Greenstein has already posted for you) and it seems to be working good. That being said, the best way for renting is to go through someone you know. About the heating system, in my former apartments, it is centrally-controlled by the management unit of the building. The management unit sets a date to start/stop provide heating. I was not able to turn it off so I had to open my windows to cool my room down sometimes. I don't know if it is also the same case in the other apartments. Oh, also many buildings don't provide heat even though there are heating system facilities. You'd better confirm with the landlord on that matter.
  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 personal feelings though). The places for renting... I love the area near Ziyapaşa and Gazipaşa. I lived there during my first year. Lots of bars, restaurants, and stores. Very convenient (yet crowded) traffic also. But the renting fee in this neighborhood is higher than other areas. Are you planning to get a car in Adana? If you have a car, you can also choose houses near the big lake in Çukurova region. Otherwise I don't really recommend that area because public transportation can be painful in Adana, especially when you have limited knowledge of Turkish. I also liked Turgut Özal street area, Baraj Yolu, and Hayal Park. Check these neighborhoods out when you are looking for a house. 500-600 TL for renting is not quite realistic in the downtown area around Ziyapaşa. At least 800 TL/month is required and the houses are probably unfurnished. But for other areas, you may be able to find some houses if you are lucky. However, I would assume the average renting fee for a decent 2 bedroom house is at least 650 TL/month. I am still living in Adana and I have lots of English & Turkish speaking friends. If you need any help, please do let know. I will do my best.
  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 using a Turkish SIM card and started the registration process. Would I still be qualified for that? (because they will check my entry record) This is what really confuses me.
  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 at the tax office. Hope I won't have to go through this again.
  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 colleagues have registered their phones successfully but they can use one SIM card only. If they change their SIM card (whether it's from the same service provider or a different one), they cannot pick up a signal. However, some other friends can change their SIM card freely. Does anybody know anything about this? Are there two types of registration or does it simply depend on your luck?
  12. I think a box of sweet or chocolate is a good idea as I saw many chocolates on sale in supermarkets recently.
  13. 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 really like how some family members are interfering with other members' marriage lives. I believe family members should be in support of their family members' effort to keep a happy marriage and make their own judgement about what to do with their marriage instead of trying to tear couples apart. Another issue is about your boyfriend's attitude. If I were to face a similar situation, I would defend my girlfriend UNLESS I don't love her that much. Parents are important but the one with whom I am going to get married is family too, and probably, the most important family member, because she is the one with whom I am going to spend the rest of my life. If your boyfriend is "having a cold feet" just because of what his family members said, then apparently his love for is not as much as your love for him I am afriad
  14. 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 saved me 47 TL. My suggestion is, don't easily show that you know nothing about local price. Do some research before going on a trip. Of course it would be really helpful if you could just speak some Turkish. And always check the menu before you order.
  15. Thank you MadamM. And sorry to hear what you have been through. It must have been very painful for you not just because of the money but because it was done by your ex boyfriend.
  16. Sorry to hear what you have been through Goldibike. I totally get your frustration. This was my last year's post. I ended up buying a new cell phone in Turkey because none of the providers were willing to register my phone for me even though I provided a valid residence permit, passport, and tax receipt. One of my colleagues registered her phone successfully because she knew someone working in Turkcell. She didnt even use her own passport to register.
  17. I have been getting funny haircuts since I came to Turkey. Every haircut is a whole new experience for me. Every time before they cut my hair I had been imagining, yet they never ceased to shock me. By far I've got prisoner haircut, Bruce Lee haircut, 70s playboy haircut, Neymar haircut, etc. I don't know if it's because they are so eager to try something new on my head or because Turkish haircut doesn't fit my Chinese head. My haircut simply looks funny. My friend suggested a device, which you might be able to find on amazon. It's called DIY Hair Clipper. I haven't tried yet but I am hoping it can save me out of this misery.
  18. I even had a "friend" who once borrowed me 3 grands. Whenever he gets paid, his priority is not to pay back the money, but to go to the gambling center and spend all. I asked our common friends, and it turned out I was not the only "victim". Some people just don't have the idea of how to earn people's trust.
  19. Ken, sorry about this but this "he was very sure he would win the lottery because he had been a good person and therefore, Allah was going to reward him by making him a lottery winner. " really made me laugh out loud. I've seen people refuse to pay back their debts but I've never seen anyone refusing in this way. And, everyone, thank you all for giving me all these suggestions!! I think I know what to do now. Raja, you are right. I am really lucky to have someone give me advice about these issues.
  20. Thank you all for your advice. After one night's sleep, I feel I am thinking more clearly now. I don't think I will lend him money. At least not this amount. I'll figure out how to refuse without hurting his feelings. Yabancigirl, you are right. I have the same doubts. How can someone buy a house with a credit card? At first I thought it was a scam so I asked him to send me a voice message, which he did and it turned out that it was him. But still, I feel at a loss about the situation.
  21. Today a very good friend of mine texted me, asking me to lend him some money. Normally I don't hesitate much if the amount is acceptable since he is a really good friend. We have a long history of friendship and our homes are very close to each other. But I was still shocked when he asked for 20,000 dollars. 20,000 dollars may not be a very huge amount but it is not a small amount anyway. I never mean to doubt him. I believe him. I really do. But I had experienced several times when some "friends" borrowed money from me and they never bothered to pay back, and I was too ashamed to ask my money back. It was just several thousand so later I decided to just let it go. When it comes to this amount, these memories start to haunt me. I was quite panicked when he asked for loan from me and somehow I said yes. But now I start to worry. I wanted to keep my promise but I also worry about wasting money and losing friendship at the same time. But if I don't lend this money to him, our friendship is still at risk. He said he is going to pay me back after a while (he didn't specify when). Then I did a little calculation based on his earnings, and the numbers don't really match. It literally will take ages for him to accumulate this amount of money. So... I would like to hear your opinion about this situation. Should I lend him money or not? I am feeling quite guilty now because somehow I sound like not trusting him. Does this really make me an awful friend? PS: I did ask what he need this money for. He said he bought a house but he used his credit card for his down payment. He has to pay back this money before the interest-free period expires.
  22. Are you going to bring some medicines back to your country? My concern is not about buying. It is about carrying them across the border. One of my friends who was studying in New Zealand once tried to bring a large amount of medicine (the name of which I forgot) to New Zealand (because he said medicines are expensive there). He got arrested and almost faced a drug dealing charge because they said the medicine could be used for meth cooking.
  23. No. Don't close up your heart just because some heartless jerks tried to ruin your life. Stay happy. Live a spectacular life. These people will end up miserably. And that's when you show up in their face and give them a middle finger.
  24. Hi Dreamergirl. I agree with the posts made by other members. Chances are that he is hiding something bad from you. Best thing for you now is to move on and forget about him. Even if you found him by the slightest chance, the result might still be frustrating. So...better to end up now. Cheer up.
  25. An interesting reading, Lin. How would you describe Turkish drivers? I find Turks are driving in different styles depending on which city they are in. In Adana, a yellow traffic light is not a sign to wait. It is a sign to honk the horn.
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