Thursday, January 31, 2008


I actually had left a piece of börek in the oven so here it is :


10:21 a.m. 4°C (39.2°F)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Some more pics of Sleeping Beauty

he likes to sleep with its head down

Car Check

Today I went to the Citroen Service to have the car checked. 2 weeks ago the car wouldn't start so the guys came and said to Ekin that they needed to update the car's software. So they took the car, updated the software and said that everything was fine. I asked the guy what was the real reason the car wouldn't start and the answer was 'the software has expired'. ARE YOU KIDDING ME ?
So That's why I went to Citroen today to get a real explanation. The car is new and recently came out of a 'car test'. Anyway the guy said that something went wrong technically with the injection system and that the way to repair was to update the injection software. Electronic in cars is cool but can be annoying too.
While I was waiting, I took pictures of the view in front of the dealership.

Social Security building (here on Google Maps)
picture taken from here.

This guy built his house right there with a little garden, how cool. Of course it's illegal.

Before arriving home I took this picture of our neighborhood. Our house is far behind the tower on the right, by the little blue buildings.

picture taken from here looking south east.


While passing by this grocery store, I notice this note on his front door so I went and had a look. It had written down the names of the people who owed him money, their address and the amount due. Some of them are not small amount.

The 1st one owes 640 Turkish Liras (YTL) since september 2006 ($ 542).
#2 owes 70 YTL ($ 60) since 6 months but apparently paid.
#5 owes 50 YTL ($ 42) since 2 years !!
#6 says : "note : watch us, there is more coming"
#7 says : "The list of the shameless"
#8 says : "I fed the people that the government couldn't feed, I'm the victim"


weather report

You can't tell on the picture but it's actually snowing. Well very little of course but it is.

08.39 a.m. - 4°C (39.2°F)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Ekin made some börek (boerek) with my help of course and they were very good and it didn't take much time.

Fry one diced onion in a pan, then add some spinach and let cook. We did not use meat.
in a bowl mix 2 eggs, 1 small glass of milk, a table spoon of olive oil and some parsley. in another recipient, smash some feta like cheese.
Then proceed as seen.
We cut our yufka in a triangle shape so they would be smaller, do as you wish. spread a bit of the egg mix on one layer of dough.

add the spinach

the cheese

Then roll it

and roll it in spiral like a cinnamon roll

Cook in the oven for 20 minutes

No pictures of the result because already I ate it.

Passing By

Cat's Eye

Snow Day ... or ist ?

Well, they were expecting a snow storm today and I waited for it all day long.

10:51 a.m.

01:31 p.m. : then the sun came out,

03:09 p.m. : So I waited,

03:52 p.m. : And there it was,

03:59 p.m. : That's it ? That's the big storm ? it lasted 10 minutes !

Monday, January 28, 2008

Stencils Searching Day

Today, as I went to feed my parents' cat (they're in Paris for those who wonder), I wandered around in the Cihangir district again to find some new stencils.

I really like this one, it was (apparently) drawn using a single line. It reminded me of the line skulls that my friend Noah did for his skulladay project.

The famous Cihangir Cats

View of the Galata Tower from Cukurcuma.

I'm always amazed that the water pipes and taps are in the open like that. If I shut this tap, the guy won't have anymore water. That's risky.

Ahhh the Bosphorus. This is the Asian continent on the other side.


Lucky Oreo

Poor Oreo

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Happy B-Day

Okan. Well it's actually tomorrow but nooo, you decided to celebrate it today. You fool. Don't you know that it's considered bad luck to celebrate your birthday in advance (says my mom).

You look good, yes you do.

Blue Cat bis

The cat some kids painted in blue 3 months ago still has some blue on its fur. Look here.

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Messenger is out

The movie 'Ulak' (The Messenger) I worked on last summer as a camera assistant came out in theaters today.
You can visit the official web page here and watch the trailers here.

It's a very good movie, really. The best Turkish movie I've seen in years.

You can have a look at the pictures here.

Fun day

Nice weather this morning at 07.44 am.

I then went to work to shoot this technology program I'm working for, (in Turkish).

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Movie Premiere

Tonight we went to see the screening of the Movie 'Ulak' (the messenger), the movie I worked on last summer as a camera assistant. We watched it with the whole crew. It's an awesome movie. You can go visit the web page here and watch two trailers here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Pasta Arbella 2.0

Today again I worked for the Arbella cooking show. We first started to shoot at 360, a nice trendy restaurant/bar/night club in Taksim with a 360° view over Istanbul. One of its owner (Mike) is also the cook who creates the meals for the show since he's a former cook.

Then we went back to the Studio where I finally took a picture of the Istavrit store that burned 2 months ago shutting down the 'Bursa Ciçek Köfte' restaurant next door where I liked to eat.

From the Studio. The Istiklal street is on the left, after the mosque.

I do have a large neck. They say I have a 'Pehlivan's neck

It's also our last day today. Farewell everyone, I ate 5 different type of pasta today.