Name: Andrew Loh Zhu An
Date of Birth: 2nd June 1987
Nationality: Malaysian

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From the Andrew's Heritage Dictionary:

Andrew (AND-roo)

1. noun. common name.

2. adjective. smart, dumb, intelligent, retarded, clever, stupid, bright, dull, witty, tounge-tied, shrewd, stuttering, slow, quick-witted, moronic, autistic, lively, outspoken, eloquent, dense, daft, idiotic, foolish, thick, spirited, sharp, vigourous, rude, arrogant, pompous, bloated, ostentatious, boastful, inflated, direct, brave, cowardly, gullible, free, free-spirited, burdened, depressed, optimistic, pessimistic, defensive, creative, innovative, irritating, annoying, impossible, infuriating, shy, loud, displeasing, norm-challenging, harassive, irksome, troublesome, vexatious, worrisome, provocative, impatient, pleasant, diplomatic, unreserved, trouble-making, short, defiant, fickle, shallow, timid, audacious, brainless, indoctrinated, indoctrinatory, proud, exploitative, zesty, humourous, anal-retentive, rebellious, lame, innocuous, dangerous, explosive, spontaneous, adaptable, stubborn, pig-headed, nervous, offensive, pestering, useless, ironic, paradoxical.

Usage: You're so Andrew! [Interchange with any of the above definitions]

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Friday, July 04, 2008
Istanbul Day 5



They say that you must go on a Bosphorus tour every time you visit Istanbul.

They don't lie.



Some rococo palace (Dolmabahce?) that I didn't visit.



I think this is Besiktas.









Rumeli Hisari.

It was built in 2 months? by Mehmet II al-Fatih (the Conqueror) before taking Constantinople (Old City) on the European side of Istanbul.



Some suspension bridge spanning the Bosphorus that was the longest in the world at some point.



The strait-side mansions of the rich.









I got off at Anadolu Hisari.

So Turkey is divided into the European side (Trachea) and the Asian side (Anatolia or Anadolu in Turkish).





Here I had real squid for the first time in my life.

Calamari is not meant to be chewy.

Fresh calamari is as easy to chew as tofu and is orgasmic. oh em gee.



The Turkish military again. Ubiquitous.



Turkish coffee is rich and thick and strong. And I was fleeced because the fucking idiot charged me 3 lira for it and I was too stupid to complain.







These kids (who were selling drinks and snacks) were so cute! After I took their picture and showed it to them they were like tesukkur (thank you) hahaha. And it was I who was supposed to thank them.




The hisari (fortress) of Anadolu Hisari. Was a pirate? based that controlled the Bosphorus for some time?





Baby.





Ownership.

















Farneeeeee guy.





1 lira... pleeeeeeeasssssssseeeeeee....... water!!!! 1 lira!!!!! pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee..............







Fishermen.



Fisherboys.



On the waterfront.



So the fisherboys were diving from their boat.



I motioned for this kid to dive from the boat for me to take a picture and he dived from the second level of the boat to make a bigger impression. Hehehehehe.



Some other rococo palace that I also didn't visit.



Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue (Sultanahmet) Mosque.



Topkapi



Suleimaniye Mosque



Galata Tower overlooking Galata Bridge which spans the Golden Horn.



The evil eye was all over Istanbul.



I'm starting to buy all my stuff from kids because 1) they're cute and 2) I think they could use the money more than the adults.

This kid sold me 1kg of huge, sweet, amazing cherries for 2.50 lira -- one of the best best bestest buys in my life. Given that cherries are like RM 7 per 100 grams in Malaysia.



And after the Bosphorus tour I took a walk into Central Istanbul.



The Aqueduct of Valens

Not very well preserved, I must say; many historical monuments in Istanbul are but walls in playgrounds against which to kick footballs.




Pistachios! Again, fresh, better-tasting pistachios than anything I've had.



A packet of this was only 2 lira (because it was in a non-touristy area) and was amazing. Should've gotten more.



So I went to Kumkapi again to find those cute kids and their 25 kurus stuffed midyes but thez weren't there anymore and I was super duper sad! :(

But the following pictures were worth the train ticket back.

Istanbul

Istanbul

Istanbul


Posted at 04:43 pm by andrewlza

Ernest
July 8, 2008   12:27 PM PDT
 
You just went up to the military guys and asked if you could take their picture?
andrew
July 9, 2008   12:08 PM PDT
 
yep
kc
July 10, 2008   07:12 AM PDT
 
Hmm... now I must visit Turkey! The houses under the bridge... no worries about clothes hanging outside when the rain comes.
 

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