Monday, 10 March 2014

Aydem electric bills - new website

Anyone who has attempted to check their electric bill on the Aydem website will have noticed that the website has been updated.
For those of you with a limited knowledge of Turkish, you need to navigate to the top right of the screen "Hızlı Borç Sorgulama"
Look for "Hızlı Borç Sorgulama"
Just type in your account number and your account will be displayed. If it shows "Borç Yok", that means no debt. If you you owe anything, the date of the last payment date and the amount owed will be shown.


Saturday, 1 March 2014

IMPORTANT - Visa apllication for Turkey 2014

Visa Applications at Points of Entry to the Republic of Turkey as of 11 April 2014 and Measures to be Taken During the Transitional Period 19/02/2014 - Announcement
In accordance with the new Law on Foreigners, the practice of obtaining visas upon arrival to points of entry to Turkey will begin to come to an end as of 11 April 2014. However, border authorities will maintain existing procedures for a certain transitional period, to include the 2014 tourism season. Visas for touristic or business purposes can be obtained via the new Electronic Visa Application System ( This system, which was launched in 2013, allows intending visitors to obtain their e-Visas in approximately three minutes online. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues efforts to strengthen the e-Visa system and to better enable foreign nationals to easily obtain their visas. In this context, as of 11 April 2014; - In addition to English, French, and Spanish; Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, German, Arabic and Chinese language options will be added to the e-Visa system. - In addition to Visa and Master Card, payment will be accepted from other commonly used credit cards and debit cards. - Necessary arrangements will be made to allow foreign visitors to obtain e-Visas from authorized airline companies offices, including those companies’ offices in airports. - Tour operators will be able to apply for group e-Visas and make lump sum payments for them. - Visitors arriving to Turkey without visas will be able to obtain their e-Visas via interactive kiosks placed in Turkish airports.
- Fees for e-Visas obtained via the e-Visa website ( will be lower than the fees for visas obtained upon arrival to Turkish airports. Information regarding visa fees can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to carry out these efforts in coordination with all relevant public authorities and private sector partners in order to make the transitional period as smooth as possible. It is our goal to eliminate waiting periods at Turkish airports. The new arrangements will be in service as soon as possible. WARNING Only use the e-visa link above. There are fake websites out there that will take you money and deliver nothing.


Sunday, 23 February 2014

Horse riding in Ataköy-Gökov, Turkey

About Padok

For a stylish and select holiday in matchless pine forests of Gökova where the nature presents all its beauties liberally, Padok Premium Hotel & Stables offers you an unforgettable holiday opportunity that allows you to combine comfortable recreational facilities with natural sports and riding activities.

Our facilities founded on a total area of 26,000 m2 include a boutique hotel with 32 rooms, forest promenade course, and 48 horse care units. Horse riding and training are provided by 2 certified trainers, 2 expert riders, and 8 experienced stablemen. You can benefit from the riding services 6 days a week between 09.00 and 21.00. Our facilities including indoor and outdoor paddocks of international standards will let you, our guests, have unique pleasures and experiences.

Features of the Hotel

Our facilities built using mostly the natural building materials are composed of two sections: one main building and one outbuilding. Both buildings have luxurious boutique hotel rooms at the upstairs to ensure your comfort at the utmost level. The downstairs are designated for the horses, and composed of the stables, veterinary office, blacksmith shop, saddle rooms, and horse care units.

The main building includes an indoor paddock of international standards. In our building, the open watching and resting terrace (with a view of the outdoor paddock) and the indoor watching terrace (with a view of the indoor paddock) are at the service of our guests.

Our large garden is decorated with eye-pleasing landscape arrangements for our guests, and we have a wooden pergola decorated with flowers and encircled with grasses for the people who want to cool off, rest, and watch the horses in the fresh air.

In the flowery corner of our large garden, we have a semi-Olympic pool, parted for children and adults. You can enjoy the sun and the pool either in the sunbathing areas designed especially for you or on the grass. With all delicious appetizers and drinks, our pool bar and personnel will be at your service.

At our lobby, the TV watching area and the Lobby bar providing you with all kinds of drinks are at your service. You can acquire all horse-riding materials of the international standards from our store at the lobby.

At our a-la-carte restaurant with the view of the indoor and outdoor paddocks, you will start the day energetically with a rich and organic rural breakfast. For the lunch, you can either prefer light appetizers or select from our rich menu. The special stone oven dishes from the Turkish and Global cuisines will climax your taste. You will feel yourself lucky while eating all delicious meals you have chosen from our menu in the company of live music in certain evenings.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Milas or ancient Mylasa

Milas (ancient Greek Mylasa Μύλασα) is an ancient city and the seat of the district of the same name in Muğla Province in southwestern Turkey. The city commands a region with an active economy, and the region is very rich in history and its remains, the whole territory of Milas district containing a remarkable twenty-seven archaeological sites of note. The city was the first capital of ancient Caria and of the Anatolian beylik of Menteşe in medieval times. There was a Jewish community.

The centre of Milas presents the overall characteristics of a well-grown city focused on agricultural and aquacultural processing, related industrial activities, services, transportation (particularly since the opening of Milas-Bodrum Airport), tourism and culture. The center is at a distance of about twenty km from the coast and is actually closer to the airport than Bodrum itself, with many late arrival passengers of the high season increasingly opting to stay in Milas rather than in Bodrum where accommodation is likely to be difficult to find.

Milas district covers a total area of 2167 km2 and this area follows a total coastline length of 150 km, both to the north-west in the Gulf of Güllük and to the south along the Gulf of Gökova, and to these should be added the shores of Lake Bafa in the north divided between the district area of Milas and that of Aydın district of Söke.

Along with the province seat of Muğla and the province's southernmost district of Fethiye, Milas is among the prominent settlements of south-west Turkey, these three centers being on a par with each other in terms of all-year population and the area their depending districts cover. Five townships which have their own municipalities and a total of 114 villages depend Milas, distinguishing the district with a record number of dependent settlements for a very wide surrounding region. Milas center is situated on a fertile plain at the foot of Mount Sodra on and around which sizable quarries of the white marble are found and have been used since very ancient times.

more on Wikipedia


Thursday, 20 February 2014

Blog template error

You will notice that there is a problem with the blog layout. A gremlin has got into the works and I am trying to route him out.

Please be patient while I fix the errors.

The posts are still available, but the widgets are stuck at the bottom of the page.


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Pine Trees and Pine Honey in Turkey

Turkish Pine

Pinus brutia, the Turkish pine, is a pine native to the eastern Mediterranean region. The bulk of its range is in Turkey, but it also extends to the East Aegean Islands of Greece, the Crimea, Iran, Georgia, Azerbaijan, northern Iraq, western
Syria, Israel, Lebanon, and Cyprus. It generally occurs at low altitudes, mostly from sea level to 600 metres (2,000 ft), up to 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) in the south of its range.

Turkish pine is also known by several other common names, Calabrian pine (from a naturalised population of the pine in Calabria in southern Italy, from where the pine was first botanically described), East Mediterranean pine and Brutia pine.

Turkish pine is host to a sap-sucking aphid Marchalina hellenica. Under normal circumstances, this insect does no significant damage to the pine, but is of great importance for the excess sugar it secretes. This sugar, "honeydew", is collected by Honeybees which make it into a richly flavoured and valuable honey, "pine honey" (Turkish, çam balı), with reputed medicinal benefits.


Saturday, 1 February 2014

Travelling to Turkey - 2014 Turkish Visa changes

If you are holidaying or traveling to Turkey after April 2014, you will need to be aware that you will need to have an e-visa prior to traveling.

This is the information from the Turkish consulate:

Deadline for the application of Stamp Visa and Banderole visa for entering the Republic of Turkey at the border gates
23/12/2013 - Announcement

Dear Visa Applicants, Turkish Consulate General kindly request the following information to be circulated; The application of Stamp Visa and Banderole visa for entering the Republic of Turkey at the border gates will continue together (simultaneously) with the e-visa application until 10th April 2014. After the aforementioned date (10 April 2014) the application of Stamp Visa and Banderole visa will be abolished and will completely be replaced by the e-visa application. The citizens of the countries who are eligible to get the banderole visa given at the border gates will be able to enter the Republic of Turkey with getting an “e-visa” online from the website "" instead. Turkish Consulate General would like to inform and emphasize the deadline (10 April 2014) for the application of Stamp Visa and Banderole visa for entering the Republic of Turkey at the border gates. 

According to the general visa (for touristic purposes) rules, British passport holders have the right to stay 90 days in 180 days. The day you enter Turkey (not the day you get visa) is  the first day of the period of 180 days which means your right to stay 90 days duly starts on the day you enter Turkey.



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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Turkish government censoring the internet - no access to Soundcloud

So, I went to log onto my favourite music website today. Soundcloud has a lot of my own music uploaded to it, plus it is a good way to interact with other music-lovers. This is my access to copyright free music that is not commercial and suits my taste.
I was shocked but not totally surprised to find the Turkish government have blocked Soundcloud. I used to use Mixcloud, but they blocked that too. Now I am unable to access MY own music or that of my friends. 

Music is important to me and what about all those musicians in Turkey that can no longer access their music or fans. I find the situation crazy.

Who is to say the Turkish government is not going to restrict Google again? A couple of years ago I had to use the TOR network to access my own business files on Google because the government had clumsily restricted Google DNS.

This is what you see when you try and access Soundcloud from within Turkey:

Bu internet sitesi ( hakkında İstanbul CBS'nin 16/01/2014 tarih ve 2012/656 sayılı kararına istinaden Telekomünikasyon İletişim Başkanlığı tarafından KORUMA TEDBİRİ uygulanmaktadır. 

(The PROTECTION MEASURE has been taken for this website ( according to Decision Nr. 2012/656 dated 16/01/2014 of "İstanbul CBS" has been implemented by "Telekomünikasyon İletişim Başkanlığı".)

Turkish government - shame on you.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014



The Code of Occupational Health and Safety Law No.6331 (hereafter it will be referred to as Law no 6331) has entered into force by publishing in the Official Gazette on 30 June 2012. The Law no.6331’s aims are; (i) interfere occupational accidents and occupational illnesses before they happen (ii) locate and remove risks while work is being done in the workplaces and/or prevent new risks before they happen. The public servants, employees, employers, apprentices, whole interns in the workplace, works and workplaces which belong to the public and private, every profession included agricultural professions etc. are subject to Law No 6331. However, Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri-hereafter it will be referred to as TSK), security, disaster prevention team, home services, self employed are not covered by the Law no 6331.
The Law no 6331 will enter into force; (i) after two years of its publication (on 1 July 2014) for public institutions and workplaces which have less than 50 employees, (ii) after one year of its publication (on 1 July 2013) for the workplaces which have less than 50 employees and defined as dangerous and virulent, (iii) after 6 months of its publication (on 1 January 2013) for other workplaces.
Work to be taken as a base for defining workplaces as danger status. There are three categories of danger are specified in the Law no 6331; (i) less dangerous, (ii) dangerous, (iii) virulent. According to article 9 of the Law no 6331 titled “specifying the danger status”; the danger statuses of the workplaces will be located by the Ministry’s Annunciation by considering the rate’s tariff of the short-run insurance branch specified by article 83 of the Social Security and General Health Insurance Law, Law no.5510 (dated 31 May 2006) and in line with the respective parties committee’s opinions, which established under the presidency of the General Director of the Occupational Health and Safety. In accordance with the article 9 of the Law no.6331, “the danger statuses of the workplaces” is published in the appendix of the Occupational Health and Safety Annunciation in the Official Gazette dated 26 December 2012 and numbered 28509. “The danger statuses of the workplaces” will be specified according to the list which is in the mentioned Annunciation.
It is regulated that especially in the articles 6-7 and 8 of the Law no 6331 that every workplace needs an occupational safety expert and an occupational physician. It does not matter the specification of the danger status of the workplaces. The workplace can have these services in partially or completely from the common health and safety units, if it does not have any of these experts within its workers. However, by considering the number of employees and the danger status of the workplace, the workplace can have the mentioned services on its own with the necessary qualifications and documents.
According to the article 6 of the Law no 6331, employers will provide cooperation and coordination between the people who run the health and safety services in the workplace for the services which include prevention and protection of the occupational risks. The workplaces which have full time occupational physician, it is not compulsory to have other health employees.
It is compulsory to evaluate the danger status for every workplace by not considering its danger status of the workplaces. Thus, it is aimed that the employer will specify the dangers which will affect his workers health and safety, and provide the necessary protections for them. Due to that aim; employers are obligated to have an A class occupational physician and a safety expert in their virulent work, a B class occupational physician and a safety expert in their dangerous works and a C class occupational physician and a safety expert in their less dangerous work by considering the danger status of their workplaces.
Employers are obligated to perform medical screening for all employees. According to the article 15 of the Law no 6331, it is an obligation to perform medical screening by considering the work, the quality of employees and the danger status of the workplace in accordance with the Ministry’s specification of times when (i) a new person start to work as an employee, (ii) any job changes happen, (iii) any occupational accident occurs, (iv) any occupational illnesses occur, (v) any situation of repeated removal from work occurs, if it is claimed. The employers, who are run the works specified as dangerous and virulent, are obligated to claim a health certificate from new employees before they start to work.
In this new Law no 6331 period, it is aimed to keep record of occupational accidents and occupational illnesses in an updated and effective way. For this reason, it is compulsory for employers to inform the Social Security Institution (Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu-hereafter it will be referred to as SGK) (i) after one week day of the occupational accident happened, (ii) after three weekdays of the occupational illness learned. The pre-diagnosis of occupational illness incidents, which is specified by an occupational physician or any other medical stuff, will be leaded to the medical services authorized by the SGK. The occupational accidents which are devolved to the health care organization and the occupational illnesses which are diagnosed by any healthcare organization should be informed to the SGK in ten days at latest. Moreover, employer is obliged to record the occupational accidents’ (without causing any injury or death) causes which have not happened yet in the workplace. Thus, it is aimed to reduce the growing number of occupational accidents and to record any occupational accidents happened.
Whole employers should prepare an emergency plan beforehand for; (i) first aid, (ii) firefighting, (iii) evacuation of people, (iv) the situations of serious and close danger. Moreover, employer also should prepare trainings and demonstrations with participation of all employees. Employers are obliged to communicate with the other organizations in regard to; (i) first aid, (ii) emergency medical intervention, (iii) emergency salvation and (iv) firefighting.
Employer should inform all employees about occupational health and safety and employees’ rights and liabilities in the work life. Employees should be educated regularly in regard to; (i) job changes, (ii) workplace changes, (iii) distanced from work in a long period of time, (v) new working conditions after used equipment changes. Employer, who runs a dangerous or virulent works, is obliged to ask to employees’ vocational education certificates. Employees who do not have such certificate should not be worked in this work.
The occupational health and safety committee should be established, if there are 50 or more employees in the workplace and work is being done at least for 6 months. The employer is obliged to apply the occupational health and safety committee’s decisions which is compatible with the regulations.
If there is more than one employer in the same defined job type, the employers should inform each other in regard to occupational health and safety committee’s decisions, which will be affected to other employers too. If there are employees who are worked for a sub-employer, a commission should be established in coordination by the primary employer with participation of the sub-employer.
The legislator aimed to reduce health and safety problems in work life. We will see the positive and negative effects of the mentioned regulation in the following days.


Monday, 23 December 2013

Festive Greetings from Idealworld Bodrum

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year