Monday, 28 November 2011

'Stop corporate power'?

I usually do not get why people protest - not that protesting itself is wrong - but this old lady says something with her sign reading "Stop Corporate Power."(not seen in the picture)

I want to learn more about the consequences if they stop corporate power.

Yeah, i believe majority of the protesters do not say anything at all - at least of the ones in Turkey.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

All in the past?

While we were talking about the books we have been reading lately, one of the secretaries working here in Iraq, the one who is Filipino, said "Why do you read history? It's all in the past."

I really enjoy talking to secretaries, truck drivers, carpenters, I mean.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

The red line

Just like the various feelings you may have when you look at a line on different background colors, every new place one go, she will define herself from the beginning with diverse feelings. As abstract expressionist Barnett Newman also stipulated in his paintings some of which are shown below, i feel the difference in the environment in every place i go.






Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Bangladeshi Counsellor

A counselor from Embassy of People's Republic of Bangladesh in Baghdad, Iraq came the other day to visit the company I am working for. Unluckily, none of the managers were available to listen to him, maybe because he came without any appointment, and thus, they brought the counselor to my office to listen what he wanted to say. So, I asked his intention of visit. He replied, he came to offer us to employ his people, Bangladeshi, to work for the company in this nearly $200 mln project. There was a mix of emotions in his words; proud, sense of duty, and some other that I cannot name right now. Even though he offers unskilled workers, what an honor for an officer to help people from his nationality. Not that I am a nationalist, but still, isn't this what it has to be?

Friday, 1 July 2011


focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

'the goal'

At the risk of being boring, i have to note this here.
On September 11, 2010, i published a post here regarding the goal of humankind stating that each individual 'should reach happiness' somehow. Although it has not been long, i disagree with myself as to whether the goal that i have stated was thorough. Is happiness an asset to be achieved, or is it just a feeling, like many others, that shall be experienced while you are on a journey to 'the place', which i alleged  as 'happiness' on my previous post?

Since i disregarded the word 'happiness' as 'the goal of life', we have to come up with a new word and i think i know that. Make a guess and then click here to see my proposal.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

What's wrong with Iraq? - Enjoying the journey

I was talking to one of the secretaries - the one who is Filipino- yesterday morning while she was wearing her make-up at her desk. I told her that I admire her for that she puts on her make-up everyday despite the fact that we all are living/working in Iraq. Then the other secretary - the one who is Iraqi - asked in an enlightening way which made me think that I used to have a brain that I stopped using a little while ago:

- What's wrong with Iraq?

Really. What's wrong with Iraq? Why do I have to be where I want to be to continue living? What if it will take fifteen years to reach where I "want" to be? Most important of all, why do I keep forgetting to enjoy the journey all the time? Then I realized...

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Sex and Fashion Count As Well

While protesting or celebrating, men and women, if there are any, should dress fashionably because world will remember them as typical citizens of their country.

Taking a look at the pictures below will probably explain what i mean better; and how sexist and old-fashioned protesters can be:

Yemen (the Economist)
All of the protesters are men.

Turkey (the Economist)
Again, all of these protesters are men. Middle seem purely happy.

Syria (the Economist)
All people in this gathering are also men. 

Syria (the Economist)
Tired of men?

South Korea (
Nice mix. Fancy colors.

Portugal (the Economist)
Nice shirt !

Libya (the Economist)
All men. Boring. 

Italy (the Economist)
Easy to see some women. 

France (
France seems the best to me.

Britain (the Economist)
Too many women. Colors of a computer game.

Australia (Reuters)
Is this what they call protesting in Australia? Adorable.

One should wear her make-up and put on her/his best shirt before leaving home for a protest or a celebration.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Turkey at the Bottom of the Table

Even though it is at the worst place of the chart, it is good to see Turkey, the country i have lived in for  24 years, being counted as well. Source.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

The World As It Should Be

This is the picture of the world that i want to live in; world that is ruled, also, by women. (pictured, Christine Lagarde, a candidate to head IMF)

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Birthday Wishes

Two months after my 26th birthday, i finally had some time to work on the distribution of people's wish, age, gender and closeness who sent IM, e-mail, SMS to celebrate my birthday. I'll keep the text short and leave the floor to statistics. 

Below is shown percentage distribution of genders of the people who celebrated my birthday;
                                         Distribution by age;

How close those people are to me;

                                            And what do they wish for (my favourite);

Saturday, 1 January 2011


to be emotionally or aesthetically moved by; feel