Friday, November 6, 2009

The Turkish Delight


My big boss came back recently from a 3-week vacation, roaming around Europe, including the Eurasian Country – Turkey. That’s one hell of life, I know. My biggest dream is to get lost around the world, and to do that while I’m still at my prime, and not a millionaire on wheelchair. Any job you have that comes with it? I’m sending you my resume! =D


The Celsius Library, one of the famous ancient ruins located in Ephesus, Turkey.
*Image from google
I’m a traveler by heart, albeit for now, the only places I can stick on my scrapbook are that of some local provinces (that I love!), and several Asian countries where visa isn’t a requirement. But I’m not giving up on this dream, especially that Cebu Pacific has started a seat sale trend, which is crazy and brilliant at the same time, and Air Asia can bring you to London for not more than Php 30,000! It’s just too bad that I may not afford my favorite Coke in Europe. LOL.


Mother Mary's last home, before her Assumption to Heaven. It now serves as a chapel, and a destination for pilgrims and tourists.
And since I think my boss finds me useful, he brought me these:


Turkish Delight: Sweet chewy jelly with powdered sugar outside and nuts inside.
If we are of same generation, I'm sure you'll remember the bright red jelly squares with powdered sugar that you can find in practically any sari-sari store. Turkish Delight is very similar with that, minus the color and add the nuts. =)
And Because I’m a Europe-ignorant girl, I made google useful, and found these about Ephesus:

“Ephesus (Ancient Greek Ἔφεσος, Turkish Efes) was an ancient Roman and Greek city on the west coast of Anatolia, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek period.”

“Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. It is also the site of a large gladiators' graveyard.”
I’m a Catholic, but I honestly have no clue that Mother Mary’s house is in present day Turkey. (Do you? Am I the only one clueless here?) And thanks to the boss, I now have a piece of it with me. Years from now, when I’m more ready and able, I’ll fulfill that European trip of mine, and I’m amenable to skip shopping and cola. *wink*

Holy Water from the spring inside Mother Mary's house. Pilgrims drink the water which is believed to be miraculous.


See how great and infectious traveling can be? =D It got me giddy by merely thinking of it!
Have a wonderful weekend to all!

Much Love,
The NeuroChiq

11 comments:

  1. I remember Turkish Delight from Chronicles of Narnia, it is what Jadis used to lure Edmund :D

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  2. I am a traveler by legs and heart!!! I wanted to travel around the world too..someday..we'll meet.... :P I have never seen Turkish Delight!! Thanks for sharing us info :)

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  3. Nice My brother is in turkey right now or a holiday. He said its reminiscent of paris minus the snooty people and dog poop in the sidewalk. It's beautiful in pictures :)

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  4. i got the same pasalubong (turkish delight) from my dad as well as a few rugs when he went to turkey. yup, it certainly plays a big role in christian history. all the seven churches in revelation are found in turkey, for example.

    anyway, i'm like you, i get excited with travel :)

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  5. Wow the gifts are very nice girl. ^_^. The Turkish Delight looks really yummy. I hope you will be able to fulfill your passion to travel the world, goodluck girl. ^_^ When you do, please post all your travel pix hehe especially the FOOD. ^_^

    And tnx so much for droppin' by my blog, appreciate it a lot. ^_^

    xoxo
    ems

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  6. This is a must-see place.Ü
    Learned something new today from your post.

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  7. this is a funny coincidence! i just had a turkish patient come into the clinic last friday...

    i'd love to see Turkey too... :(

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  8. @ Krissy: I haven't seen that movie, that's an interesting info! =)

    @ Nikki: Haha, traveler by legs =P I go so crazy when traveling too, that I don't stop walking until I can't feel my legs anymore. I think it would be great to travel with you, Nikki =D

    @ Caby: Wow, I'm getting envious with your brother right now =)I'm sure he'll bring home lots of pasalubongs for you!

    @ Janelle: Yes, I got so excited that I spent the next hour researching about Turkey! =P

    @ Em: I'm starting to fulfill that dream one place at a time =) Too bad that I was still not into blogging then, but I'll try to collate pics of my travel in a separate post =)Missed you twinsouls!=D

    @ Russ: It's great that we learn new things everyday =D

    @ Crickette: I don't know a single person from Turkey, except for some celebs I see on TV. How are they? I'd love to know more about their culture =)

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  9. Hi, This is a nice trip report. I am trying to put up a website about people's experiences in Turkey. www.iwasinturkey.com Would you be interested in publishing this article on my site with a referral back to your blog. Let me know what you think. You can reach me via info@iwasinturkey.com

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  10. @ Askin: Wow, the website seems exciting! I have no problem publishing this writeup, though I want to stress that it was my boss who had been to Turkey, and not me. =)

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  11. I thought that turkish delight was just an imaginary food made up just for the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe hahah

    My skin is not so good; I just cover it up with makeup :S

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