My version of eat, pray, love – the mystical city of Konya

In my previous post, i wrote about my trip in Cappadocia for 4days and 3nights. Then, departed for 4hours bus ride to Konya.

Konya is one of the largest cities in Turkey. Speaking of Konya, ones would often relates it Rumi, the famous muslim sufist, philosophist and poet. His works are regarded as the best selling literature work in America. Rumi is also the founder of the Mevlana Order in the teaching of sufism.

As i reached Konya Bus Terminal, i looked for the left luggage area. It is right near to platform 31. It costed me 10 turkish lira to store a small luggage for 12 hours. The. I was directed to the bus stop to take the dolmus (minibus) to the city centre. And reality immediate hits me hard on myself. Majority of the locals in Konya couldn’t speak English. As i was asking the dolmus’ driver, a local guided me to tale which dolmus and where to stop. I am very grateful for that. I hopped out at a park near to Allaaddin Hill. I love how spacious the park is and people were chilling there. 

I walked to the Mevlana Museum. My love for Rumi was the only reason i made a stop at Konya. The museum is free to the public. Rumi tomb was huge. I didnt expect that. I saw people were praying and praising him to God.

There is a famous mosque adjacent to the Mevlana Museum, built diring the Seljuk empire. Owh not to forget that Konya was the capital of Seljuk empire many hundred years ago.

I wanted to visit the tomb of Shems Tabriz, the guru to Rumi. Unfortunately the location was secluded and i dared not to walk alone.

Konya is indeed a conservative city buy modern. 85% of the women wear headscarf. I didn’t overnight in Konya. Later on I found out how to purchase the e-kart to take the tram back to the bus terminal. E-kart can be purchased from El-kart kiosks located near all tram stations. The card will cost you 1 turkish lira, then u have to topped up whatever amount you required to take the tram.

I reached the bus terminal around 7ish pm. My bus to the next destination will arrive at 11:59pm. I spent the rest of my day at the bus terminal. 

You only need to spend about 3-4 hours in Konya and if you are not a keen fan of Rumi or Sufism, there is no need to come to Konya. 

To be continued on the next city…


My version of eat, pray, love – captivating cappadocia

Turkey has been wonderful. I am glad that the trip went smoothly and most importantly safe. Very minor hiccups, i think just in konya.
I was prepared for the long walk. A lot of walking especially since i was on budget. Thus, i will be relying on public transportation and walking. What i didn’t expect was the climbing and hiking. Yet i enjoyed it. I thought i would be gaining weight. However, seems like i became fitter throughout my stay in Turkey. I eat lesser surprisingly. I hardly feel hungry, contrary to when i am at Malaysia. People in Turkey definitely doesn’t need gym. Being a tour guide itself, makes you walk a lot.

Turkey was my first solo trip. I left my job and needed fresh air. My trip offficially started at Cappadocia. Such a captivating city. Formed by tuss and volcanic ashes. You get to see a lot of interesting natural formations. Cave houses which now mostly have been converted to hotels, cave churches and monasteries.

I spent 4d3n in Cappadocia, which is more than enough. 

Day 1 – I arrived day 1 around 2pm at Kayseri Airport. It took about an hour by car to reach Goreme, Cappadocia from the airport. Upon arrival, i spent the day at the hotel. Exhausted from the long hour flight with 2 transits in Singapore and Istanbul. What i realised on first day – food was expensive. Maybe if i had a partner, i could share since the portion was huge.

Day 2 – I already knew my itinerary in Cappadocia as i got my hotel to arrange for the tour prior to my arrival. I joined the green tour in day 2, which include, amongst others, panorama view of goreme,Derinkuyu underground city (highlight of the trip), selime monastery, ihlara valley and pigeon valley, onyx making demonstration. Some of the places are 1hr drive from goreme, so i think it was worth it to take the tour that also include transport, english-speaking guide, entrance fees and lunch. The guide picked me at at 930am and sent me back to my hotel at 6pm. Derinkuyu Underground City was thrilling. It is the deepest underground city in Cappadocia with 85m depth. About 13 storeys but visitors can only go down to max level 8. The place was dark at certain corners and mysterious with narrow passageway. You will have to bend 90 degree at some areas or squats. The underground city indeed a temporary shelter to the ancient civilisations like hittities and orthodox christians. Selime monastery will test your climbing skills and it was a long walk at ihlara valley with serene surroundings. I was told by my guide that the local traditional cuisine is pottery kebap. Since i didn’t want to burst my budget, i had instant noodle and bread in my room.

Day 3 – My red tour began, covering goreme open air museum, pasabag (mushroom shaped stone formation), devrent valley (animal shaped stone formation), abandoned greek village and ceramic making demonstration. This tour was shorter. It ended at 4ish pm. Most of the places werewithin close distance. Indeed you could actually walk to places like goreme open air if you stay in Goreme. After the tour, i walked up to the sunset point in goreme to watch the sunset view.

Day 4 – i managed to catch a glimpse of the hot air balloons. The tour normally starts as early as 4am. I didnt try it because the price was a bit on the high side ranging from 80-175 euro, depending on the type of tour. Moreover, i doubt i could get up that early. I checked out at 9am and walked to the bus station for my bus ride to the next destination.

I truly enjoyed my stay here with all the activities. I’d highly recommend taking the green tour. If you are working on really tight budget or timing, just lose out the red tour as you can visit the goreme open air museum on your own. However, during the greentour, you have already seen cave church and monastery.

To be continued on my next destination…

Root cause

I thought i would be angry about work while on this trip. As it started, i realised that i am more angry at my dad. My dad is the root cause to my depression and fragility of my emotion. 

Best for me to keep my distant from him since the closer i get to him, the angrier i become

Final countdown

Today i left my country with no job, no relationship and repeatedly being disowned by my dad since 18. 

I aim to tone down. No more networking, minimal social life with selected peers, no more trying to build an extravagance social status – hoping to be liked and befriended by many people, to post on instagram so that people desire/envy my life, whilst reality is far beyond real.

It is ok if people were to call me anti-social, as long as I am contend with my life and sureoundings. I am sick and worn out with trying to proof what others said about me is wrong. People are entitled to their opinion.

P/s: whatever bound to happen is with the permission of the Almighty. Embrace and love yourself. You will see light at the end of the tunnel as you ride through the bumpy roads.

Be Gentle

3 more days and I am exhausted. Please be kind. I have no energy to compete. All I want is to be accepted for who I am.

I am both hurt and traumatised. This silent period is meant for me to rebuild my confidence, recharge my vibe and rejuvenate my appearance.

It will require some investment. But it is surely worth it as we will be living for many many more donkey years.

P/S: My soul is tired

Counting Days

Four days til my last day as a consultant and my healing trip to Turkey. It is a mixed feelings. I woke up yesterday feeling rather under the weather as I will be leaving the company. However, looking at the bright side, I left for growth. A decision with purpose.

My love for history, culture and Rumi made me decided for Turkey. It will be a journey through the history beginning as early as the Hittities to the Ancient Greek-Roman to the Ottoman Empire and the modern Turkey. I wouldn’t call it soul-searching trip, but I’d prefer to name it the ‘food for soul trip’. I have my soul. I need to enhance its strengths. Feed it the right way since it is now too tired and bitter.

Well, if you read/watch Eat Pray Love, the writer actually went to 3 different countries in order to attain these objective. Eat in Italy, Pray in India and Love in Bali (Indonesia). I on the other hand seek for one country that would be able to give me all three (eat, pray, love). Therefore, Turkey is perfect! Indulging in the scrumptious Turkish cuisine (ie. eat), appreciating the teaching of Sufism and Rumi’s poem (ie. pray), immersing myself in the history of the country which dated back to 1-2BC (ie. love).

I do not have a lot of expectations but I do know I just need to get out of the country to heal myself as I am too disappointed with my career. The day I will be leaving for the trip, is the day that I officially have nothing. No relationship (been 2 years not even dates). No career (as I was told I shouldn’t be doing what I want to do as I do not know or have never done it). But I am grateful to God for my family, the trip and (perhaps) potential opportunities. We do not know. It could be a blessings in disguise.

The Greater Power


God is the Great!

When i wanted to be part of the project early this year, my boss said to me that i can’t because i don’t know. Henceforth, he took my new colleague to be in the project team.

Yesterday, maybe after 5weeks from project inception, the project team leader insisted that my new colleague to be removed from the team. My boss had no choice but to follow accordingly. 

I wasn’t quite sure the reason but all i realised was only one thing – God has answered my prayers.