Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’


Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half – View from Dormabache Palace

July 20, 2015

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

Half on Half - View from Dormabache Palace

The symmetical composition plays on the positive and negative spaces; the Yin and the Yang.

Shot in Istanbul, Turkey


WOW Istanbul!

March 14, 2015

These days, I daily hear over the radio the announcements of Turkish Airlines flying from here to Turkey starting March 30…. Each time I hear the ad, I am reminded of Istanbul — a truly wonderful place to visit. So nice! So interesting! And so culturally and historically rich! The first time I saw the mosques well lighted at night, I couldn’t help but exclaim: “WOW!” It was just looking at pictures on a fairytale book. Thanks to Weng Ulayan, ang may pakana kaya ako naglanding dun!!!


Trip to Istanbul, Turkey with Hagia Sophia Mosque in the background. Walking distance from it is the equally famous Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet. I remember that when I was a student I reported in my Humanities class about Hagia Sophia. That time, I was so engrossed on its beauty and history. I was day dreaming about seeing it then. And the dream came true…when I already stopped dreaming about it! Kaya ang saya!!! Dreaming coming true when least expected… [Photo taken by Weng]


Come Fly with Me to TURKEY / Sultanahmet, the Blue Mosque

November 15, 2013

It was last November 2 when I got a chance to visit for the first time The Blue Mosque –¬† SULTANAHMET CAMII [Turkish] or Sultan Ahmed Mosque (click to read more). Friend from UP Film¬† Center days, Rowena Martinez Ulayan-Tuzcuoglu, Istanbul resident and known visual artist in Turkey brought us to the site I never imagined I would one day be. Despite coming from a country majority of whom are Catholics, I found the place simply marvelous!


My first view of the magnificent Sultanamet Camii or The Blue Mosque in Istanbul. I viewed it with wonder and awe! It appeared to me as fairy-tale like.

Sultanahmet Minarets

Closer shot of the minarets

Sultanahmet compound2

Inside the mosque court


Take note of the paper like objects flying around one of the minarets…


…they are in fact, birds, seagulls I believe. They quite struck me as they actively animate the place along with tourists visiting the mosque.

Sultanahmet rug

The floor rug inside the mosque building. Shoes must be removed before entering it. Plastic are provided on bins placed at the main entrance lobby. Women must cover their heads [hair only] with cloth, in my case, shawl, as sign of reverence.

Sultanahmet Ext1

View of Sultanahmet as we leave the place on the way to Hagia Sophia side opposite it.

Sultanahmet Ext2

Leaving the beautiful mosque behind