Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Paying Milas council tax online 2014 - A guide

Milas Council tax becomes due in January each year. You are able to pay this in two instalments, by the end of May and November. Any outstanding balance of these respective date will gain interest. You are able to clear the account in one go if you prefer.  

I think the online service is the best method of payment and if you follow these steps, you have a good chance of being able to pay your council tax online, tried and test by many Idealworld Bodrum property management clients. This guide has been updated to take account of changes to the Milas council website 2014.

The website
http://www.milas.bel.tr

Clicking on the ENGLISH link does not seem to bring many advantages, except for English navigation options. None of the content on the site is actually in English. Maybe this will come in time.


CLICK THE LINK ON THE COUNCIL WEBSITE AS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE SCREEN PRINT ABOVE OR USE THE FOLLOWING LINK:    Giriş için tıklayın






A new window will open. You will see in the top left hand corner a box which I have highlighted. You only need a user number as the previous requirement for a password has gone. If you do not have these number you need to contact the Milas Tapu office or Idealworld if you are a client.

PLEASE ENTER YOUR USER NUMBER IN THE BOX


This is what you will see if you have no debt on your account. In this case, you have no need to carry on, so see you next year. If you have a debt, then please read on.


SELECT THE PAYMENTS YOU WISH TO MAKE. IF YOU WANT TO PAY ALL OUTSTANDING PAYMENT, SELECT THE BOX AT THE TOP JUST AS I AVE IN THE IMAGE ABOVE. THE TOTAL TO BE PAID WILL APPEAR TO THE RIGHT (AS HIGHLIGHTED ABOVE). THEN CLICK ONLINE ÖDEME (AS HIGLIGHTED IN THE IMAGE ABOVE) TO MAKE THE PAYMENT.





The Payment
Use the image above to guide you through the payment screen. 
  1. Type 11111111111 (that's eleven ones)
  2. Type you name as it appears on the tapu
  3. Type 02521234567 as an example. You are unable to add international number so a pointless box for foreigners.
  4. Type your email address. This is where you receipt with be sent.
  5. Type your name as it appears on your credit card.
  6. select the credit card number box, then use the number pad to the right to select your credit card number.
  7. Select the card's expriry date
  8. Select the next box and add the 3 digit security code using the number pad.
  9. To complete the transaction click ÖDEMEYI TAMALA
The website will now process your information. A small window will open in the middle of the screen which asks you to wait while the payment is being verified. If all went well, the screen will refresh and you will see that you either owe nothing on your account, or the remainder of you did not select to pay. You will now receive a receipt in your email inbox.

THAT'S IT. I hope you have found this guide useful.



If you do not have a username, please follow these guidelines:

If you are not an Idealworld client then you will need to claim your username and password from the council. This is the procedure (thanks to Brian Watts for this info):

info@milas.bel.tr
Subject: e-belediye Şifre
Email Body:

Tckimlik No: Turkish kimlik or foreign passport No
Ad: Name
Soyad: Surname
Baba Adı: Father's Name
Ana Adı: Main Title
Doğum Yeri: Place of birth
Doğum Tarihi: Date of birth
Adres: Address
Ev Tel: Home Phone (including international code)
Cep Tel: Mobile Phone (including international code)
Varsa Emlak Sicil No: Real Estate Registration No (you should be able to get this from  your Tapu).

GOOD LUCK

Monday, 16 June 2014

The Golden Savoy Bodrum

For those of you that have visited Bodrum in Turkey, you will have driven past the rather elaborate hotel entrance to the Golden Savoy. After stumbling across the website for the hotel, I thought I would share the information with you all. I think 'exclusive' is the word to describe the luxury portrayed at this hotel. Situated on the coastline approaching the Bodrum peninsula not far from a fishing village called Güvercinlik and also not far from Torba, this hotel enjoys a beautiful view of the bay. Along with a view of the Bodrum peninsula, there is Didim on the horizon with Turkish and Greek islands jostling for position. The prices  These are something from another world.You would need to be seriously well off to be able to afford to stay at this hotel. You can see how the 1% live though buy looking at the magnificent decoration, furniture and design of the hotel. If you can afford $800 - $64,000 (yep sixty four thousand Dollars) per night, then you will get a closer look at the hotel. Those of us that can only dream of this kind of price tag, we will have to rely on the website to look over the hotel.
So, if you have a spare $7,000 to stay with your family in the 90 m2 Premium suite or $440,000 for the 2000 m2 6 bedroom Golden palace, you can book here at http://www.goldensavoy.com Happy holidays

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 (www.evisa.gov.tr). 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 (www.evisa.gov.tr) 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 (www.mfa.gov.tr).
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.

Honey
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 "https://www.evisa.gov.tr" 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.

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE TURKISH CONSULATE LONDON WEBSIITE

THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN GET THE E-VISA


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 (m.soundcloud.com) 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 (m.soundcloud.com) 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.