Coup D’état Diary

FB_IMG_1470618074956Sorry, recently I have neglected the blog too much. There is the backlog of thousand matters to talk about. Let them stay in the pocket for future posts, but take the most breathtaking topic:  D’état Coup Attempt in Turkey, in my beloved country.

Since last few weeks many of my colleagues from different countries called me to ask about me and my family. They watched news about Turkey, they were worried.  Their words were full of pity.

Do you know how it feels when people worry about your country?

Living abroad loads you whole the burden of news about your own country in the global media.

Is Turkey safe now?

We want to travel Tukey, but we heard there is ISIS…

Turkey is a very beautiful country. Your foods are very delicious. What was its name? Kebab? Yes, yes kebab!

Not only my friends but also people I encounter in supermarket or coiffeur asked me about happenings in Turkey. Thanks to them I did learn that the word in Korean referring to coup is kuteta  (쿠데타), which looks to be a loan word from French.

Turn back to coup day.

Only A few hours before the coup attempt I had a flight from Istanbul to Seoul. After 10 hours of flying, I arrived my home in Seoul. I wanted to take a short nap, but my phone didn’t let me sleep with notification raids. When I checked my smart phone there were hundreds of messages mostly from Whatsapp groups. What I found out was something of a surprise.  People were talking about an abnormal thing. Turkey had turned into chaos…

During next hours I did follow the happenings second by second from TV broadcastings. Turkey was being hijacked by an evil cabal. It was like an action movie.

Do you know how it feels when you are watching your country is in fire, while you are thousands of miles away from it?

Coup attempt failed. With a great support ruling party brought about another victory.

Now on, the Ruling Party will be stronger as never been before. Nietzsche says; What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. 

We experienced that there would be thousands of people, company or institutions to denounce the coup if it fails.  As we experienced that they clapped army commanders in successfully carried out coups in 1950’s, 1960’s, 1980’s.

From a distance, I follow the escalating ferocity of Turkey’s political battles. You may blame me to be a passive bystander. I don’t have any other choice but to do so. Because I know well that sometimes, politicians and interest groups welcome conflict in pursuit of a broader ideological goal. I don’t claim the coup attempt was a play, but I am sure it is welcomed by someone.

What do we do here; to blame… Blame the opponent to be a traitor, a hain… Compete in patriotism

Worn Out Internet Bookmarks

Yesterday, when I happened to check files in my portable disk, I came across some internet bookmarks which I used to follow 7-8 years ago. Most probably I did save them to that disk before reformatting my PC. I remember, I used to follow those pages regularly. That time, their contents ranged from news pages and social sites to blogs and forum pages.  Inside those web pages, today,

Some of them are still active, and they seems to have many followers as before

Some of them exist, but not updated since long time ago, today they looks like an archive,

And the others totally have been shut down.

In the Internet age (you may find another name for it; cyber world,  media world) changes are too fast. In a few years any product (or person, or webpage) that is popular becomes obsolete.  For instance, Mirc, Nokia…  The question for companies is whether they make one of their products (or webpage) obsolete or their competitors. If one of your competitors makes it, then your company will be in trouble. This is a common fear of popular companies, and it must be. In 1990’s Microsoft had that fear, and today Google needs to have it.

Anyhow… good music never becomes worn out. enjoy this beautiful Turkish cover:

City Lights and Charlie Chaplin’s Eyes

Urbex Seoul 4; Sculptures of Ali and Zahra in Korea

Ohhh sculptures of the two characters of one of my favorite Iranian movies, Children of Heaven!

And in Korea!

I don’t think it’s particularly brilliant but I love the movie. And, I never forget those 2 characters of the movie.

DSC_0012 (2)Place is the same as the one in the previous post, Ihwa Mural Village of Seoul.

It was a big surprise for me to see these sculptures in Seoul. If there is a fan of Iranian movies in Korea, please drop here a message. I really need you.

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How to go to Ihwa Mural Village:

Take Subway, Hyeahwa Station. Exit 2. Walk in direction of left side. You will see signs which will take you to the village.

For the Other Urbex Seoul Stories on Dogania: Here

Urbex Seoul 4; To find another city better than this one…

Ihwa Mural Village

From Ihwa Mural Village looking at Namsan Tower of Seoul.

A nice spot to quarrel with this city.

Soon I will write a post about Ihwa Mural Village on my website, Seyahatya.com

Keep following.

How to go to Ihwa Mural Village:

Take Subway, Hyeahwa Station. Exit 2. Walk in direction of left side. You will see signs which will take you to the village.

For the Other Urbex Seoul Stories on Dogania: Here

While I was on their planet 4

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Ihwa Mural Village, Seoul – South Korea

Rest of my days on the planet: here

Urbex Seoul 3; Waiting Sunrise Along the Han River

안녕 하세요 여러분! 제가 운동 하기를 시작 했어요. 매일 아침에 힌강에서 만날래? Han River, Seoul These days I am enjoying beautiful weather of Seoul by going down to Han River every morning before sunrise. During that time every thing is amazing, especially fascinating view of  river. Location; 200 meters from Hannam Station, between Hannam Bridge and Banpo Bridge.

Bani Adam (the Children of Adam) and One of Shaadi’s Bayts

“Humans (lit., ‘children of Adam’) are the limbs of one/the same body,
and are from the same essence in their creation.
When the conditions of the time hurt one of these parts,
other parts will suffer from discomfort/restlessness, as well.
If you are indifferent about the misery of others,
it is not deserving to call you a human being.”

– Shaadi Shirazi

Original of the bayt:

 بنى آدم اعضاء يک پیکرند
که در آفرينش ز يک گوهرند
چو عضوى بدرد آورد روزگارد
دگر عضوها را نماند قرار 

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Photo: Kobani, Western Kurdistan. Aftermath of Isis’s Siege

Urbex Seoul 2; An Old Structure on Cheonggyecheon

I don’t know the story of this structure, but it deserves a post on Dogania. image Location; 200 meters from Sinseol-dong Subway Station (Line 1). Lets talk about the story of Cheonggyecheon project in a post next time. It is an appreciable change made by Seoul in recent years.

Urbex Seoul; An Epic Place in Hoegi

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It is from the back gate of my university, Seoul City University. Though I have passed hundreds times by here, I just realized how a place it is.
I certainly need to check the sky more often. Unless doing that I will miss many things in the city.
Look up.!


Subway Line 1, Hoegi Station, Exit 2.

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