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VIP.Anonymous last won the day on June 30 2014

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  1. Merhaba! I had a great time during my 2 months stay. I was there 2April thru 2June. Language barrier is really the challenge as English is not widely-spoken so I advise you to install google translator app on your mobile. I was able to converse with the locals using that and I even made friends especially to the people who worked at the grocery I frequent to at Cudiefendi Sokak in Ortakoy. Turkish men are generally respectful to women. When I' m alone crossing the street, they would atop the car and let me pass but when I'm with my bf, they don't do that. Haha.Its not dangerous to walk alone during daytime until early evening, but I'm sure its different when its late and few people are up and about. As it would in any countries. People won't hurt you but they will trick you to pay more especially in touristic places like Eminonu etc. So beware. I hope you will have a great time, I'm sure you will! I miss Turkey like its my own country! The people, the food and the sights. I'll see you again soon Turkey!
  2. Hi yasi, I'm so sorry for the late reply. I've been busy at work since I was gone for 2 months so i didn't had the time to login here. I guess you're from the Philippines as well. Invitation letter should be both in Turkish and English texts. My fiance had to go to a licensed translator first for the english text before going to the notary public. Don't give up, everything has a solution. Better yet, your bf can come to the Philippines then you and him can go to the Turkish embassy for faster visa processing @Ken, Turkish embassy in Manila is very strict about issuing tourist visas to Filipinos. They may have their own reasons but at the end of the day, it really sucks. Pardon my language.
  3. I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I hope this helps. I arrived in Istanbul last April 2, 2014 as a tourist with a 15day visa. I set an appointment with the immigration police 2days after i arrived, my appointment date was set June26. Unfortunately, I had to go back home(Philippines) in June, duty calls. Went back to the same immigration police but I was informed they can't do anything about it now since all applications are now being forwarded to Ankara. They can't even qoute how much I should pay for the penalty. So the day of my flight, I had butterflies in my stomach as I'm thinking I will pay a huge amount but they only charged me 123 TL! I was expecting 500. Only immigration police at the airport can tell you how much is the fine but its better to be prepared than not. Don't worry, they are nice people and very helpful. My advise is to go there 3 hours before your flight as you might experience queues. Will be back again in Istanbul for good in December. I miss the lamb kebap & ayran. Good luck!
  4. Thanks! Experienced nightlife in Taksim, it was wild, fun, interesting, loud and I had a great time! Stayed in a cafe hidden below of a building, name of the cafe translated in English: Cafe by the lemon trees. Jogged near the harbor, apartment I'm staying is just 3 blocks away! Been tricked by the ice cream man when I bought one! He was the best! I nearly had a heart attack when he did it the first time, pretending to drop the ice cream cone then turn it around then did it again different ways! Walked from Ortakoy to Besiktas and had a traditional breakfast at one of the cafe's there. On the walk way back home, had a chance to see the tulip gardens at the summer palace and attended the guided tour in the palace. The guide is very accomodating, translating important infos for non Turkish speaking people like me I'm going to have a nice cup of Turkish coffee at Kapefi in a little while. Nice sunny weather outside. Will try to attend a guided tour by bus and/or visit the other side of bosphorus. Maybe tomorrow or next wee
  5. Touching down in 4 hours. Finally, Istanbul, my beauty I will see you! Suggestions from everybody Will be much appreciated. I want to experience Istanbul from a local's point of view. Thank you in advance!
  6. Hi again. I had a very challenging time getting my visa approved. I submitted all the required documents in the visa form. My visa was denied in Jan 24 for unknown reasons. I was very upset because I thought I won't have any problems. I have enough funds in my bank account, I have a high paying job, my tax form indicated that as well as my Certificate of Employment, I even printed my payslip from the last 2 months as additional proof that I will go back home after my visit. I already booked a round trip ticket, had to travel 8 hours just to go to Turkish embassy in Manila and I didn't get any answers from the personnel. I called my fiance, who is a pilot and retired air force colonel. Obviously he is very angry and also want to have information to fix the problem so he called the embassy, explained the situation in a calm and professional manner and was rudely answered by the same personnel I spoke with! He talked to his friend who is currently working in Foreign Affairs. He called Manila Turkish embassy, was lied to and said I didn't have any documents when I applied. Its good that every documents that I passed, I had the interviewer signed a receiving copy. My fiance informed him and sent all the signed documents that I submitted. Then, embassy told his friend that I don't have enough funds, no proof at all etc. He was very livid, he looked at my documents and when he saw my bank certification, he knows that its more than enough, and that I should be issued a visa. He asked me to go back on 1/27. So I did. I gave another set of copy of my documents(I don't know why they asked me again). This time, they gave me a release slip 2/3 and I paid Php2600. I was ecstatic! I went back again, Monday, February 3, arrived at the embassy early so that I can go back home asap as I have shift at work that night. I was the first who ave my release slip to the personnel I had given my documents before. I waited and waited, others got theirs but not me. So I asked her, she said the consul will process my visa. So I told her, why just now? Why was it not process before I came here? Again, I didn't get any explanation. She just said that I need to wait. I waited from 10am to 5:30pm to be interviewed. Unfortunately, there was a change of ambassador that day so all day they were in a meeting. The consul I spoke with said he didn't know why I was given a release date because he didn't see my application. I explained my situation and my expectation to him. He has all the 2 sets of my documents in front of him, I discussed and explained every documents as well as showing him my employee id as well as my other bank accounts. He said the reason why they were strict because they don't want to give me incorrect visa, so I told him straight that if you're thinking I will go to your country to work and not visit, you thought wrong. I told him I intend to go back home, I will just visit my fiance. You saw my documents, my salary, it may be low compared to Turkish salary but my fiance said its more than the average income of Turkish. And its more than enough here in the Philippines. Why should I work there when I have a high paying job, work is good and I managed people at work. I said I will have unexcused absence from work because of this. I asked when will I know the result. He did not give me concrete answer if I will ever get the visa but just said will review my files, and someone from the personnel will call me between 5-6 days. I told my fiance I will go back home, he told me to stay at a hotel for the night, he called his friend again who promised I will get my visa next day. His friend called embassy first thing in the morning, spoke to the consul who interviewed me, and was told my visa is ready. I was hesitant to go because of my bad experience with the embassy but I tried again, and I got itMy flight will be this Thursday, Feb 13 and will arrive in Istanbul Friday. My visa is just 15 days but we will file for an extension next week, Monday. Any information regarding extension process is very much appreciated. And we are also planning to marry in Turkey soon. Relieved, Arlene
  7. Thank you, those are the first thing that I did. I have all the requirements prepared including those from my fiance. I just wanted to have a general idea so that I'll know if what I have in the bank is enough or if I need to add more. I'll call the embassy monday morning.
  8. Hello everyone! I filed a 2 month vacation leave from my job to visit my fiance in Istanbul effective 15February-15April. I am ready to go to the Turkish embassy in Manila, Philippines to apply for the visa but before I do, I need to know how much do I need in my bank account to ensure that the consul wouldn't have any reason not to approve my visa? Is my leave duration equaled to how much should I have in my bank account? For example, the shorter I stay in Istanbul the lesser the amount I need to have in my bank account? Although my fiance will fully support me for the duration of my visit, one of the requirements is to have a certification from the bank and a passbook. I really appreciate all the help. Sincerely, Arlene
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