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When i was younger, i used to write a lot of feature articles about a lot of things.

Here’s one of them:

Kurban Article
This was my article two years ago…

Well, these were my heydays. Today, i’m just studying Turkish Language, wondering when i would start my university studies…

It doesn’t really matter how much i’ve wrote! I have still a lot to learn…
I really thank my teacher for keeping and uploading this one…
We miss you all,Maam Chay Tunacao!!!
Anyways, carry on, people!

Does this one ring any bells?

Hmmm...

The official poster of the movie, the "Social Network"

All of us already (or at least, have an idea of them) know who were the people behind Facebook, isn’t it?

Rest assured, after you watch this film, you will think twice before using the network again.

The Social Network, directed by David Fincher, gives a glimpse of how Facebook came to be (or how, supposedly, it was created…) Here’s the story:

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history… but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

(The paragraph above and below, indicated in italics, was written by Columbia Pictures )

Every age has its visionaries who leave, in the wake of their genius, a changed world – but rarely without a battle over exactly what happened and who was there at the moment of creation. The Social Network explores the moment at which Facebook was invented — through the warring perspectives of the super-smart young men who each claimed to be there at its inception. The film moves from the halls of Harvard to the cubicles of Palo Alto to capture the heady early days of a culture-changing phenomenon in the making — and the way it both pulled a group of young revolutionaries together and then split them apart. In the midst of the chaos are Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), the brilliant Harvard student who conceived a website; Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), once Zuckerberg’s close friend, who provided the seed money for the fledgling company; Napster founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) who brought Facebook to Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists; and the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence), the Harvard classmates who asserted that Zuckerberg stole their idea and then sued him for ownership of it. Each has his own narrative, his own version of the Facebook story in this multi-level portrait of 21st Century success – both the youthful fantasy of it and its finite realities as well.

(Taken from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1285016/plotsummary)

Now that we know the story, i’ll tell you what i understood:

1. That Facebook was created so that conflict will be spread and people’s privacy will be broken;

2. That Facebook was created as a result of countless betrayals;

3. Plagiarism is depicted as an ordinary theme in the film;

4. Facebook’s functions are all designed to maximize exposure of private data to the public, and at the same time, make business moguls get the most profit out of it;

5. Facebook was simply created, in the first place, not out of good intentions.

Although i believe that 30 percent of the movie was shown exaggeratingly; the other 70 percent can be taken as reality. Thus, it gives us a rough picture of the people behind it (i.e their history, character, and backgrounds), and at the same time, how “The Social Network” came into being…

However, this is just my own opinion, and it dosn’t reflect the opinions of everybody here. If you want to form yours, better watch the movie!!!

İyi Seyirler!!!

Like sleek, black workhorses, they ply Istanbul’s crowded districts every single day, bringing thousands across the city and even across two continents in less than a hour!

It is one of my most favorite modes of transportation here in the metropolis. I can walk for 15-20 minutes from my house to Bahçelievler’s station, then sit (or, stand, as what happens most of the time) for 25-40 minutes, and finally, walk for 10 minutes from Zincirlikuyu’s station to Esentepe, where my school is located.

Here are some pictures of my favorite metrobus:

The newer version of the metrobus on the run

WOW!!!

And here’s their garage:

At the IETT's forested garage

Another picture...

However, for all the good things that this metrobus gives, there are some dark spots: Those who don’t have electronic transport cards tend to wait in long lines, and the buses are always fully packed, like cans of tuna!!! And worse, there aren’t enough stairways to let hundreds of people pass!!!

The metrobus has a straight path, unlike all the other buses, and as i looked at the autumn sky, i wonder what is in this thing that draws a lot of people.

Maybe it protects them form the weather.

Maybe it’s just something that has no traffic.

Maybe it’s just unique.

But for me, i think it’s because that it signifies that no matter how we all go astray, at the end of the day, we still go back to the straight path, consciously or unconsciously…

Dostumlar ne demek?

BU DOSTUM:

WOW!!!

Bu dostumlar!!!

Well, i came to Turkey on July 5, 2010… and it has been almost 3 months since i came here…Time is so fast, i believe…

Another “örnek”:

WOW!

Dostumlar...

 

I’ll admit that i learn more when under fire than when sitting comfortable in a corner…I don’t know whether i should share this or not, but, here it goes!

In this place called Türkiye, your friends are your fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters. Of course, almost everyone here can do the same for you, but…Iba talaga kapag kalahi mo na ang pinaguusapan, ‘di ba?

I admit that wala akong sakay, na minsan, puro masama ang iniisip ko sa tao, but i try to value my friends too much…whenever i can…

We may not be the best of friends, but we make sure that nothing goes in our way…and that we stay one and the same…

DOSTUMLAR!!!

I miss you all…and i love you all!!!

P.S.: I would like to share some words of a very great man (might or might not be paraphrased):

“Those who maintain a friendship with one who has fallen on hard times are true loyal friends. Those who do not support their friends during their misfortune have nothing to do with friendship.”

Tamam o zaman! Till nxt tym, pipz!!! ^_^

Kara, kara, kara…
Kara, kara, kara…
Kara, kara, kara…

Ne oldu?
Siz hayatınız çok güzel
Ama, siz kara gordunuz…

Bak, neden?
Arkadaşlarınızla çok kötu?
Veya duyarsız insanlar var?

Kayboldunuz değil, de me?
Sabırsız degil, de me?
Rüyasız değil, de me?

Elhamdulillah, hep problem…
Cevap ve çozum var…
Insha Allah, siz hayatınız, beyaz gordunuz…

The sun is hot, the trees were still, the skies were blue, and the clouds were quickly dispersing away, as if someone told them to go away and have their business. It was May 2010, and I was still back in the Philippines, where vegetables were quite expensive (by our standards), and eggs were both cheap and small.

However, when I came to Istanbul around two months ago, there were no instant noodles, flavored tuna, or fish dishes! Worse, meat was prohibitively expensive! Instead, whenever I check the fridge, I find black and green olives (which I didn’t like), white cheese (which I never liked the taste), green vegetables, jams (which were made from cherries, strawberries, and apricots), different kinds of fruits, potatoes and…eggs!

Two weeks later, when I and my friends transferred to another house, the same food items appeared! And for one thing, we started to become weary of eating potatoes and eggs…We tried cooking them in different ways, but it turned out to be the same! I asked my friends:

“What do you have in your house?”

They all replied:

“Olives, white cheese, potatoes, and eggs. We are growing tired of eating them!”

It’s just the same with everyday life. Yes, we do wake up everyday, eat breakfast, go to school, eat lunch, study our lessons, do our homework, and so on, but do we still leave time for us to remember why we’re been created?

The modern age is so fast, so glittering, but at the same time, the more we expose ourselves to it, life loses its true meaning and simply becomes a monotonous routine.

All of us know that we were not created just to simply dissipate away our years, and that we were formed for a much higher purpose, right?

Therefore, we should not just work for the days that we exist in this place. It is a reality that we need food, shelter, clothes (i.e. material things) to survive, but at the same time, I believe that we should think and reflect on our real purposes. No one could say that there are no ways on how to do it; it’s up to us whether we will do it or not.

We don’t want our lives to be simply turned into mashed potatoes and eggs, right?

Abdulrahman Lintua Edding, Abz, Edz, Abdul, Rahman, Edding, Tobi, L(?)

Si Edz ba yan? Oleh!

Edz in Green

WHOever did not hear about him?

He was one of those who last embraced our batch. And yet, within only a year’s stay, he made himself a name in our school. He’s very proficient in Physics, and it is one of his most favorite subjects!

He’s a very prolific aniime, manga, music, and strategy game addict. As a matter of fact, his computer contains the latest of these! Not to say that he has a certain level of skill in Computer!

I believe he is a sincere friend, although he does not know what ways or words to use to convey his ideas; in fact, one of our abiler used to say:

“Edding just came in…but he is with you right now…because he is a sincere person…”

Although i don’t like his attitude sometimes (to be honest), i believe that he has more to show in the future.

Carry on! Aim high and grab your dreams!

P.S.

Gusto niyang maging astronaut, physicist, pati maging arms manufacturer! SAN KA PA?

Geçmis olsun, bro! Get well soon!!!

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