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OzTurk last won the day on October 17 2015

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  1. Can the part time component of the position be fulfilled from other areas within Turkey ?
  2. I'd just like to add to this that since 2012 all Turkish citizens started accruing SGK premium debts. I was surprised to find out that I had a debt of more than 6000 TL - even though I have never lived in Turkey until this year. I had to obtain a document from the Turkish Consulate in Australia to prove my residence and then present it to SGK.
  3. Thank you sharing Chalapip. It truly is amazing how powerful written words can be and the strength they carry in our lives.
  4. Thank you Ken, I'll give it a go
  5. Thank you for your advice Abi Damn these cravings !
  6. Hi everyone, Looking for some advice on where I can find (if available) any ingredients to make Asian meals ? I love Thai food (especially cooking it) but haven't been able to enjoy a Thai meal since March this year Can anyone help me to find some ingredients please ? I live in Antalya but willing to pay to have items posted ! I'm looking for; Soy sauce, Sesame seed oil, Fish sauce, Oyster sauce, even willing to use the packet curry sauce if available It's a craving I just can't seem to subside
  7. It's wonderful to hear that you want to explore your Turkish heritage and think about living in Turkey. Although I am Turkish born, I lived outside of Turkey all of my life. Just like you, I felt an incredible warmth when I visited Turkey and spent time with relatives, this also played an important part in my decision to move here after living abroad for so many years. That warmth changed after staying with relatives for 3 months - I found myself looking to move away as soon as possible. It has been mentioned in other posts that many Turks consider foreigners to be virtual banks, I tend to agree with that sentiment, seeing relatives are great but only in small doses. Have you completed your military service ? That's another very important part of being a Turkish male. Do see the rest of Turkey, it is an incredibly beautiful country, travelling will also broaden your horizons and expose you to the different cultures that reside within Turkey, you never know, you may meet someone while travelling.
  8. Thank you for sharing your inspirations Ken. We can draw our paths from many different source of knowledge, I have met people who have inspired me and experienced a variety of situations that have shaped the person I am today. But the 3 books which I continually refer to over the course of my life: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay I related to this book (fictional) due to my migrant background and the difficulties I faced as a child growing up in a different land and trying to find a balance between 2 cultures. The character in the novel helped me to accept the person I am and that life is a bed of roses but you have to learn how to deal with the thorns as well and make the best of the situations you are presented with. The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela An incredible man whose life has taught me endurance, passion, belief and provided me with the ability to have hope. The late Nelson Mandela has provided me the strength I have accrued over the years to overcome many difficult adversities. Life is a bed of roses but you need to sow the seed and provide attention in order to reap the rewards. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield Although the book (fictional) is an adventure novel some of the views raised have appealed to me in ways that have helped me understand or give meaning to certain points in my life. I no longer believe in coincidence, I believe that every living organism provides a form of energy and your life can change in an instant. This has helped me to stop asking 'why' and to move away from negative aspects in life, I believe in my instincts and find value in things I do. Life is a bed of roses but don't concentrate too much on the thorns, give more energy to the beauty of the flower. There are many inspirational men and women who have added to my attributes over the course of my life, these are just 3 books that have stood out in my thoughts whenever I have felt a need for inspiration.
  9. Hi, I found myself analyzing my life in general and attributed my current 'chapter' in life to 3 books which have paved new paths for me, gave me inspiration and changed my way of thinking, ultimately bringing me to Turkey. I'd love to know what has influenced/inspired you ?
  10. Hi Kerry, Would love to chat, I'm Turkish but lived in Australia all my life, only been in Antalya for a couple of months now and really miss having a conversation in English. Have a look at another website called Internations, I haven't been to any of their events yet but see that they do host every so often for ex pats. Enjoy this beautiful city !
  11. Hi everyone, I have been reading the many post regarding military service and the options people are in search of to avoid completing their service, I feel I need to share my story. My parents migrated to Australia in 1969, I was only 1 year old, and settled into Sydney. I have spent my whole life in Australia and could only speak limited Turkish, which I learnt through conversation with my parents. After completing High School in 1986 and then college in 1988 I decided, against my parents wishes, to complete my military service - it was 18 months at that time. It was the hardest 18 months of my life, both culturally and mentally. I served as a Communications Sargent. During my service I learnt what it really meant to be Turkish, I learnt of the pride that our flag carries and the reason why it's red. I learnt the reason why our mothers, our sisters, our elderly and children sleep peacefully at night, I learnt what true friendship means and the value that one match stick can have. I learnt to speak, read and write in Turkish, I learnt to cook and clean, I learnt respect, discipline and honour. I experienced the joy and tears of those whom I was protecting, strangers calling me 'son', restaurants not taking my money for meals (when in uniform) and the pride my family carries to this day. My fluent English made my service easier, I was assigned positions that were aligned with my skills but 'boot camp' (the first 6 months) was the hardest part. The memories of my time served will remain with me forever, the skills I learnt have shaped me into the person I am today. For those who question the reasons for Compulsory Military Service, I urge you to look at the geographical location of Turkey, our surrounding neighbors, their history and our resilience to those forces. Military service shouldn't be compulsory for those who are deemed poor or uneducated, it should be considered an honour and duty for all who have Turkish blood. Consider how Turkey would have been if our military wasn't as strong as it is. I understand the reasoning for those who do not want to serve and do not judge anyone for their decisions, I simply want to outline my reasoning for completing my service. The decision to complete military service is not an easy decision - it's a life changing choice. I currently work between Australia and Turkey (with a close friend who I served with) and I'm grateful for having made my decision to complete my military service, I can now enjoy our beautiful country, our hospitable people and our wonderful culture. Military service is not considered for those who are medically unfit e.g. flat footed, hearing problems, eyesight or ailments that can affect performance, you can also be exempt if you are homosexual, be warned however, if uncircumcised, they will circumcise you in the army. Thank you for reading my thoughts and allowing me to share them on this site.
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