Archive for January, 2013

Time for a Holiday! (Part 1)

Posted: January 18, 2013 in Journal Entries

Enough of trying to be “Dr. Writer” for now. It’s because I’m travelling a bit!

Wikiattack mode!

Izmir (Turkish: İzmir; Greek: Σμύρνη Smyrni; Latin: Smyrna) is a large metropolis in the western extremity of Anatolia and the third most populous city in Turkey. Izmir metropolitan area extends along the outlying waters of the Gulf of İzmir and inland to the north across Gediz River’s delta, to the east along an alluvial plain created by several small streams and to a slightly more rugged terrain in the south. The ancient city was known as Smyrna, and the city was generally referred to as Smyrna in English, until the Turkish Postal Services Law of 1930 made “Izmir” the internationally recognized name.

The city of Izmir is composed of several metropolitan districts. Of these, Konak district corresponds to historical Izmir, this district’s area having constituted the “Izmir Municipality” (Turkish: İzmir Belediyesi) area until 1984, Konak until then having been a name for a central neighborhood around Konak Square, still the core of the city. With the constitution of the “Greater Izmir Metropolitan Municipality” (Turkish: İzmir Büyükşehir Belediyesi), the city of Izmir became a compound bringing together initially nine, and since recently eleven metropolitan districts, namely Balçova, Bayraklı, Bornova, Buca, Çiğli, Gaziemir, Güzelbahçe, Karabağlar, Karşıyaka, Konak and Narlıdere. Almost each of these settlements are former district centers or neighborhoods which stood on their own and with their own distinct features and temperament. In an ongoing processus, the Mayor of Izmir was also vested with authority over the areas of additional districts reaching from Aliağa in the north to Selçuk in the south, bringing the number of districts to be considered as being part of Izmir to twenty-one under the new arrangements, two of these having been administratively included in Izmir only partially.

And yeah, I’m going to freaking Smyrna for the first part of my holiday. I believe that it would be lots and lots of fun over there!

I’m really curious as to how Izmir looks like. After all, I’ve lived in Turkey’s biggest two cities (Ankara and Istanbul), and since this city is the third largest, I want to learn the answer to this question:

Is it a metropolitan city? Or is it just an urbanized village?

Whatever the answer is, I’ll start to find out a few hours from now!

So long people. Thanks for reading!


Last time, I said some things about writing and stuff.

Now for some real advice:

1. Read the “Elements of Style” by William Strunk. Yeah, it’s a classic, I know; but it will help you improve your grammar and whatnot!

2. Read a lot of books…read, read, read.

3. Write a lot too! No one has become a good writer without spending a lot of time writing. In fact, it seems that some of them have spent at least 10,000 hours of their lives before becoming a good writer…

I guess that’s all for today. Hope it helps!

PS: I’m not really a very good writer, but I’m willing to share whatever little knowledge I have.

Have a good day ahead!

Here they are:

1. No gurantee of bring published.

2. Hard to maintain “writer’s discipline”

3. Hard to keep up with the deadlines, if any

Yeah, it’s not easy being on the way to becoming a real writer. It is not a joke seeing your articles being sent back with the words “please try again”; it is not a joke seeing one’s daily life being hammered down thanks to writing, and it is not a joke to recieve humiliation and indifference at the beginning.

ADVICE: Don’t do this for a job. Yeah, I knew this before, but I wanted some sort of a spice to my life. And do it simply because it’s the the thing that you love, otherwise, you won’t survive it.

This is just the beginning.


Posted: January 12, 2013 in Journal Entries


Game over.

Yeah, time to celebrate I suppose. Time to dance!

So here’s another…

Posted: January 11, 2013 in Journal Entries

Cellphone Files v. 3.2: (January 1-11, 2013)

January 11:

1. Worst 40 minutes of the entire final exam! Damn it. At least, I have taken out Linguistics from my list of troubles.

2. I hope that I will be able to stay beside my friends both in good and bad times. Otherwise, what’s the point of being a person?

January 10:

1. I’m horrified at myself right now for leaving two books, novelette, and an article unfinished. Damn it.

2. I look far away, and then I looked inside me. Then I saw that I am both a rebel and an artist, which means that I’ll have a very colorful life. The question: What’s next for me?

January 7:

1. It’s amazing how people get inspired by moments of sadness…now I understand why.

2. Time to stop loitering. Time to start thinking hard and fast.

January 1:

1. When the stars fall from the highest heavens, that’s where it all ends.

2. What the hell…guess where the bloody heck I spent the 1st minutes of the year: In a freaking bathroom! Holy sh*t!

3. One glass of ice tea and a couple of choco bars. Ach, what a far cry form the festivities back home.

4. I think every person who wants to go somewhere must lean the art of sying without talking, and the art of talking without saying. That’s real life in a nutshell.

5. The calm before the gathering storm. There’s something on the horizon.

Well, I guess these things seem random to everyone, but believe me, these are the thoughts that go through my mind (and the things that I am able to save in my small, black cell phone).

And obviously, it’s only two exam days left…and then it’s time for the best thing of the year: the holiday!

I’m gonna start planning…

Moving on!


3 Days under Fire

Posted: January 10, 2013 in Journal Entries

This is it.

Only three exams left: All three are important, it seems. It doesn’t matter.

Time to get my act together! So despite the fact that I may never just get the Phonetics section right, I feel that I have a great shot at pinning down the rest of the Ling exam tomorrow. Of course, the following day Educational Sciences come up, but it is not as hectic and time-consuming as Linguistics. Then a “rest day” on Sunday (no rest, I have French the next day!)…

And finally, the most “critical” of all my exams come in the form of French. The question is: Will Earl Carlo Guevarra get this one around? Or will he succumb again to the pressure and the “hard grammar” that the language creates? After all, he has got a very low grade in the midterm exam.

Anyways, the best part is what comes after the exam…that’s what they say, but I’m afraid it’s a bit wrong, for it means that I need to complete my 25-page goal before the 18th of January, and I’m afraid I’m really running out of time…I’ve only written a good 7 pages (excluding the abstract, of course), and it seems that I need to step up if I will make this one into a happy ending.

I need these “happy endings” more than ever. For it seems that finally, life and Destiny have catched up with me: I just hope taht they don’t maul me real bad.

Then of course comes the holiday trip, which, in my opinion, is the best part of the first quarter of the year… (I’ve discussed a bit about this in my previous post) I’ll try to get ready for the trip before the 18th, and it seems that I have a clear list of what to bring:

5 t-shirts

3 sweaters

2 polo shirts

Lots of undergarments and socks

1 toothpaste tube (Sensodyne; that’s doctor-prescribed)

1 toothbrush

Grooming stuff

A few books

Well, I guess that’s the tentative list for my trip. It will be a long one, and I hope that it will turn out to be an interesting and fun trip! (I’m also looking forward to the gastronomical delights of the places that I want to go)

So I guess it’s time for dinner. I need to go back quickly to reality!

Hope you enjoy reading!


Holiday Trip: Minus One

Posted: January 8, 2013 in Journal Entries

Today is the second day of exams. I know that some of them are hard, but I don’t really care about these exams! What I do really look forward to is the “semestral holiday”, which goes for a full month…and here’s what I plan:

14-18 January: Rest

18-25 January: Trip to Izmir

25-27 January: Another trip…

27 January-2 February: Trip to Gaziantep

2-4 February: Rest…

4-7 February: Trip to Bursa

7-10 February: Trip to somewhere else… (I’m not really sure about doing this one though…it’s all based on the availability of funds!)

11 February: Registration

12-13 February: Rest…

14 February: First day of classes

I’ve just survived 3 semesters here in Turkey. The question: What does it take to survive the full 8 semesters (or the maximum 14)?

Another question is that I’m really curious about my lifestyle this coming semester. Will it still be bohemian? Or will it be a completely different life?

I’m really excited to see everything, and I’m really excited about the holidays!

Life is so nice to me right now.