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Getting to know about money stuff in Turkey

The only time I was cheated in Turkey was when I first arrived. It is true that the most safest place could turn to be the most dangerous place. Here is my experience and tips about money exchange in Turkey……

Turkey is not a part of the European Union (EU), although it has applied to join the EU and its membership status is currently a candidate country. So, we’d better exchange the New Turkish Lira (TL, Turkish lira symbol 8x10px.png) which has been adopted since 2009. However, this currency is not able to be exchanged in some countries including Thailand. While the US dollar and the Euro are widely used in Turkey, but it will be definitely more expensive if you spend these currencies directly at any shops. You are recommended to exchange to the local currency first.The banknotes of the New Turkish Lira ranged from 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and also the new 200-Turkish-lira denomination which is rarely found. The Turkish coin lira is subdivided into 100 kuruş (kr) which you can find the frequent used coins in 5kr, 10kr, 25kr, 50kr and Turkish lira symbol 8x10px.png1.

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Tip:

I would say one of my most memorable experiences in this trip once I landed in Turkey was the money exchange mistake . It was a very few bad impressions during my journey in this country. Don’t be trapped by the money exchange counter at the airport with the signboard, “Change Office”.

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As I have seen a group of Western tourists exchanging their money there, I did follow them and decided to exchange only half of my budget luckily since there is the minimum amount to exchange at USD 10. Then, I got the money together with the receipt which made it more reliable. After I had got some local money in my pocket, I didn’t hesitate to continue my journey by catching the bus to downtown. While I was riding on the bus, I did spend time checking on the receipt and I was so surprised to find the commission charge and pretty expensive rate comparing with other money changers in town. Although, I was charged higher than it should be about a couple of hundred Baht, it was such a costly experience in my journey life.

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Please bear in mind that you’d better exchange only sufficient Turkish Lira to pay for the bus ticket to downtown. Then, I encourage you to exchange for the local currency at money changers with no commission and absolutely reasonable rate in Istanbul where are mainly found near by the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market or even at any post offices which you can notice the yellow sign of PTT (Posta Telgraf Teşkilatı).

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A year round destination…Turkey!

A half year has already passed…if you still have your vacation leave available for 7-10 days, I do recommend you to visit the country where East meets West, “Turkey”. When is the best time to travel to Turkey? The season does indeed matter for the country surrounded by seas and terrains. All of the four seasons do exist in Turkey and different season has its interest to visit. Let’s explore the main highlights of each season and which part of Turkey you should/shouldn’t visit specifically.

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Spring (April to Mid-June) -It is the tourist high season because of stable weather and longer daytime. Nevertheless, it is likely to rain during April. You are recommended to book an accommodation in advance if you plan to stay over in Istanbul and Cappadocia. While it is the tourist low season in the coastal areas of the Aegean and the Mediterranean. Moreover, the famous festivals in Istanbul you shouldn’t miss during spring as follows;

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  • Istanbul Tulip Festival some of you might not know that Tulips were first cultivated in Persia in the 10th century and then imported to the Netherlands later in the 16th century by the gardener at Hofburg Palace in Austria. The festival is held every April since 2006 which the city government of Istanbul will plant millions of Tulipsalmost everywhere on open ground. It is said that Tulips in Istanbul were counted to 13 million last year!

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  • Istanbul International Film Festival first established in 1982 and the award is presented in the golden Tulip to the winners. The purpose of this film festival is to motivate the development in Turkish cinematography as well as to promote Turkish films to be recognized. There were only 6 films shown in the first Istanbul international film festival but it has been more and more films up to thousands from 72 countries worldwide participated in the festival. For more information, please check: http://film.iksv.org/en/archive/newsarchive/p/1/705

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Summer (Mid-June to Mid-September) – This period is hot and dry but not too sticky. It is the best time to visit if you want to avoid getting wet in the rain. The coastal areas are filled with tourists on beaches. On the contrary, Istanbul and Cappadocia are empty and you may find cheap prices and great value for the accommodations in these famous cities.

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Autumn (Mid-September to October) -Another nicest time to visit apart from spring season as
the weather is chilled and rainless with clear blue sky but the cost of accommodation may be pretty high. However, daytime is shorter and the rain starts in October.Istanbul and Cappadocia are resumed being crowded while the coastal areas are lack of tourists.

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Winter (November-March) – The good thing for visiting in winter is to experience snow even you are in Istanbul. The temperature could be reached 0 degree Celsius or less occasionally. If you wish to see snowy atmosphere, you should travel further to Cappadocia where is much colder. Turkey in winter may be low season with rainfall and freezing cold but it could be a choice for anyone who wants to travel on a shoestring.

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Mo-Mo-Paradise

Mo-Mo-Paradise is an All-You-Can-Eat Shabu-shabu style restaurant which has been widely known among those who love quality meat and authentic Japanese-style Shabu dining. Mo-Mo-Paradise can be found in leading department stores throughout Bangkok. The first branch, which is opened in Central World department store, has been a convenient place if you want to enjoy Shabu Shabu style dining experience in the heart of Bangkok. There are now six branches of MomoParadise right now in Thailand: Central World, CDC, Terminal 21, Central Rama 9, The Promenade, and Central Bang Na respectively.

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The highlight of the restaurant, as you may be able to guess easily, is the high-quality meat. They choose Kurobuta pork which are carefully sliced. The thinness of the pork allows you to enjoy the soup which seeped through the pork. The beef used in this restaurant comes from Australia and is also thinly and carefully sliced for your most enjoyable dining experience.

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Apart from that, you can also enjoy the variety of hygienic and nutritious vegetables gathered from the freshest sources of the country. There are more than 20 kinds of vegetables, mushrooms, seaweeds for you to relish at your disposal.

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Another crucial component apart from the beef and pork quality is the soups and the sauces which are all imported from Japan. It is claimed that they are the same sauce and soup as used in the restaurant in Japan. You can smell its yummy soup just by walking past the entrance of the restaurant.

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There are three kinds of soup for you to enjoy here: Shabu Shabu, Sukiyaki, and Karamiso. The Shabu Shabu is the original soup which you can enjoy with the tasty sesame sauce and the ponzu sauce formulated by Mo-Mo-Paradise and directly imported from Japan. Sukiyaki is a black full-flavored soup with a fresh and hygienic egg dipping from a trustworthy source. The other one is Karamiso soup which is a Japanese-stye spicy soup served with Karamiso, finely chopped radish and Japanese chili.

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You can choose to enjoy only one or two soup depending on your preference. The single soup option costs only 399 Thai baht, which includes everything except for the drink, desserts, and side dishes which can be ordered separately. If you can’t decide which soup to have, Mo-Mo-Paradise provides you with a mixed course (449 Thai baht), so you can enjoy two soups of your choice at the same time. There is also a Party Course (539 per person) which includes the Aussie beef, Kurobuta pork, chicken dumpling, Ramen, Udon, refillable drink, and desserts at your choice for 120 minutes.

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For desserts, Mo-Mo-Paradise offers Daifuku, a Japanese confection made of mochi stuffed with sweet filling, in 7 flavors: custard, strawberry, black sesame, chocolate, matcha green tea, and red bean. The mochi texture is very soft, but a little too thick and too sweet for some. Another dessert served in this restaurant is the soy milk ice cream served in a very cute clay pot in a variety of flavors: vanilla, black sesame, and green tea. The sour and sweet tropical mango and plum sorbet is also popular among the frequent visitors here.

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The best supporter of our website( www.lovelyplanetz.com ) for this week is Miss Sureepron Pikulkrong. She joined us on this review of Mo-Mo-Paradise. And there is a discount coupon in the book “50 Best restaurants in Bangkok”. The discount is 100 baht if you spend more than 1,000 baht with non expiring date of using.

Read how to join our food review.

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My bucket list.

If you want to design your own life style by yourself. You have to make it more into an action. The best way to do it is to make your own bucket list.

It could be anything no matter big or small goals. If you just start to have your own bucket list. I recommend you to make 10 things that you think you could achieve in a week such as ,

- I will to cook green curry.

-I will make 10 basketball shot in a row.

- I will run 10 rounds nonstop.

- Etc.

Then check it every week! Cross all the list that you make them and write the reason on goals that you could not make it.

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Example of my small goals of bucket list.                                             ( Check it every week )

- Go to gym and work out on Monday , Wednesday , Friday , and Sunday.

: Done.

- Play basketball on the day I have not been to gym. Go to gym instead if it is rain.

: Done.

-Meet new people in meetup.com.

: done

- Write one article per day.

: Failed , I have not done it on Saturday and Sunday.

- Organize free style cooking group.

: Progress , I will meet and talked to some people who are interesting in it and they might help.

- Find more people to help me write a restaurant review article.

: done.

- ETC.

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The secret of short term goals are that you have to make it clear into action(e.g. I will run 30 minutes nonstop is better than I will lose weight) and it is the thing that you think could do it within a week. But you just delay it if it is not on your bucket list.

Good thing about small goals is that it make you familiar with achieving something. Then you will have more faith in yourself. This is the most important part of life. REMEMBER!

                If you want to achieve something big. First you must have faith in yourself.

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My first book “Naked Sydney”

 

Let’s keep doing this over and over. Trust me it would give you strength and power. Then you could do whatever you want.

After you check your small goals every week. Now let’s make some bigger goals and put it in your bucket list. These things you could achieve it within three to six months. So let’s check this every three months and see some progress. These list would give you more confidence. Then your big dream would be something that you really believe that you could make it happened!

Example of my medium goals of bucket list.                       ( Check it every three months )

- Have my own kindle Ebook in English.

: with helped from Etty Liu

- Do an awesome tours for free!
: Thank you for my sales experience. I could convince tour operators in New Zealand and Thailand to give me a free tour in exchange of advertising them.

- Get a big company advertising in my first book.

: My Phuket book could sell adverts to Canon and AIS.

- Having a Thai website.

: With helped from Mr. Tosak.

- Having an English website.

: Thank you for many editors and my partner Mr. Folk and Miss Som who did help me a lot when I started this website.

- Get a dive license.

: about 5 years ago.

- Being a food taster.

: One of my big dream. I achieved it after I have a nice profile of making 4 books.

- Have chance to know lot of international friends.

: A good chance I could meet new international friends is by host networks.

- Join nice concert , Hoobastank , Oasis , Red hot chillie peper , Fat boy slim , etc.

: I joined all of good concerts mostly when I were in University. In Thailand , you could not make money at all if you are not graduated from university. So I was proud that I could save up to join nice concerts.

- Beat young kids in basketball games even when I am 30s.

: More over than keep the body fit. I sleep about an hour before playing basketball games. That is my secret.

- Rent accommodation on Airb&b

: I was given up on this goal about two months ago. But today I got an offer from friend that she want me to take care of her property and lend it on Airb&b when she travel.

 

Alright so now let’s move on to the big fish. After you cross many of goal from your bucket list. Now you should put your big goal ever in the list. It doesn’t matter what other people think about it. They might say you are a dreamer. But it is worth a try and it cost nothing. So let’s do it!

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Here are sample of my big goal in bucket list that I already got.

- Taller than 180CM. (6″)

My dad is 170CM. tall and my mom is 160CM. tall. My plan was to drunk milk as much as possible. Actually I drunk a gallon of milk per day and play basketball as much as I could. I even skip some classes to play basketball! Thank you mom to support my milk cost. I got that height when I was 18. And now I am the tallest person among our 30 members of family.

- Being healthy no asthma anymore.

I was born very weak. My mom told me that doctor had to put an oxygen respirator on me when I was three years old. And I still remember my hard time to had asthma every month. It was the really bad time of my life until I was 16. The reason I love basketball so much is because it stopped my asthma when I was 16.

- Quit routine job forever.

I had to have routines jobs about three years since I was graduated from University. But I plan to quit routine job forever sine I was 15 years old after I read the book , “Rich dad poor dad”.

- Live abroad about a year.

I went to Australia to live there almost a year by working holiday visa.

- Have international girlfriends.

Since I want to send my kids to NBA. So this is one of a serious issue. But it was started from my curiousness when I was a kid. One of the thing I really want to know was that why I saw many Western guys walk hand in hand with Asian girlfriends. But there were only few Asian guys who could date with Western girls. Finally I got an answer and I have done well in this two years.

- Making money by traveling.

I did it after I work for Mr.Adisak Chanduang ‘s company. My first book was a guidebook of New Zealand.

- Having my own business.

I did my first business that no parents got involved sine I was 19 years old. It was fun and exciting. Even I could not make any profit at all. But it gave me a lot of things to learnt.

- Making a book.

- Being supported from airline to travel.

- Being a model.

- Stay in nice hotels for free as a part of a job.

- Having photograph with successful people.

- Invest successfully in stock market.

- Have my own company.

- Do a Skydive. , Etc.

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Being an armature model in Australian company.

 

Here are sample of my dream list that I still working on it.

- Train my kids to be the first NBA. player from Thailand.

I trusted one of the Irish guy fairly enough to tell him about this dream. It turned to be a bullshit dream ever in his opinion. And it was that time that I unfriended him.

- Retire before 33.

- Having six packs before I am 33.

- Make $10,000 from my English website.

- Dunk.

- Many many more……

How about you guys? I am sure many of you have done a lot of great things. Please share your bucket list. And I would love to know and discuss about it.  ^__^

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life style designed by yourself.

Life is what you make  = Do you believe it?

Today I supposed to finish my lunch break in 30 minutes. But it turned out to be an hour and a bit as the movie that I never be bored to watch was on TV.- Forest Gump!

I watched “Forest Gump” more than 10 times. It’s not only because I like this movie so much but also I think there are many things I have a lot in common with Mr.Forest. That was enchanted me.

First of all , we were born in an abnormal physical condition. Secondly we love to see things in different way with others. And we have extraordinary nice life style.

The uncommon life style that I design it by myself!

What life style that most people want to have?

Being happy?

Yes , people do want to be happy. But how could you specific factors that bring you happiness? In my opinion I would categorized them into the 3 main parts which are….

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- Money.

Our society use money as a trade of commodities and stuffs. That is why we called it currency. If you dated back to the stone age. Money is nothing. Strength and physical power would be more important. But as we have not got a time machine yet. So money is one of the most important part to your life style.

- Health.

If you know that you would die tomorrow. It does not matter how much money you have today! Money and good health seem to be controversial to have both at the same time. Most of people choose to have only one of them and ignore another.

- Love.

If you could have as much money as you want. Then you could spend that money in gym. You could have both wealthy and healthy. But you might not have enough time for another important thing in your life. It is people that you love.

What would it be if you could have anything in this world. But you are the only one who enjoy it!

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Good news is…you could have all of three main happiness factors at the same time. All you need to do is to make a good plan by balancing it well. Then you could be whatever you want as your dream in a childhood.

    Read how I balance all of those factors and achieve my dream life style!

To make it clear and take it into action. You have to write your goals into the paper-the bucket list. It could be something very little like I want to have only one dish per meal or it could be as big as I want to be an NBA. player.

The most important thing is that you have to make sure you really want it. It is a real passion of you. Not just a toy that the kid cries for. Do make some of short term goals and some long term goals. Then check it every year. Cross some of goals you have achieved and put more goals you want to make it in the future!

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Here are sample of my dream list that I already got.

- Taller than 180CM. (6″)

- Being healthy no asthma anymore.

- Quit routine job forever.

- Live abroad about a year.

- Have international girlfriends.

- Making money by traveling.

- Making a book.

- Have my own kindle Ebook in English.

- Do an awesome tours for free!

- Get a big company advertising in my first book.

- Having a Thai website.

- Having an English website.

- Being supported from airline to travel.

- Get a dive license.

- Being a model.

- Being a food taster.

- Stay in nice hotels for free as a part of a job.

- Have chance to know lot of international friends.

- Having photograph with successful people.

- Join nice concert , Hoobastank , Oasis , Red hot chillie peper , Fat boy slim , etc.

- Beat young kids in basketball games even when I am 30s.

- Do a Skydive. , Etc.

Check out my full bucket list and detail of how I did them!

I am still chasing many things that I dream of. I show you my bucket list because I want to make a commitment. I am sure many of you have done well and design your lifestyle by yourself.

Please show and share your case with me. And let’s learn together on how to design our life style by our self!