Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

The Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, home to 6 sultans of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1924 and the first president of the Turkish Republic in his last days in 1938 has long been abandoned as a residence and is now a museum open to tourists. My husband and I visited this palace back in 2006.

Dolmabahçe has the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world and used 35 tonnes of gold (equal to nearly 1.5 billion dollars) in its construction of which 14 tonnes were used to gild the ceilings.

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Surreal (Short story)

She lived in a surreal world. She hardly knew when she was dreaming and when she wasn’t. But about one thing she was sure. Her husband was trying to kill her.

It must be for that for pretty young thing he had got himself as a secretary. He wanted her out of the way. After all what had she managed to give him so far besides medical bills and headaches.

She wouldn’t let him do it; she would cling to life with every last ounce of strength she had left.

In the next room, her husband was talking to her doctor over the phone.

“I just cannot understand why she’s not getting any better. I’ve been giving her medicines regularly.” He sounded anxious.

Meanwhile she got out of bed, took the medicines he had neatly placed on her bedside table next to a glass of water and flushed them down the toilet.

Daily Prompt: Twilight Zone

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Dreams and Exams

I usually don’t remember my dreams. But whenever I’m worried about something I have the same dream. I dream that I’m in school and I have an exam to do and I haven’t studied for it. I wake up and I’m glad that I don’t have to do exams any more. At least not in the way we had to in school.

In life everything is one big exam and its preparation is not as easy as reading a book or preparing test questions. Sometimes when you least expect it, a big problem stares back at you and you haven’t the foggiest what to do about it.

These days my biggest test is getting my son to school. Every morning I spend at least half an hour convincing him to go to school. I’ve already checked many times with his teacher and principal and they are very happy with his performance at school and have told me that once he gets to school he has no problems whatsoever.

The problem has increased ever since he visited the big school for assessment. Now he thinks his school is for babies. I’ve tried telling him that the big school won’t take him until he finishes his term at his present school but he’s not convinced. The last few times I got him to school when I told him I would race him inside.

As far as dreams are concerned my son has very vivid and imaginative dreams. Sometimes he feels the need to wake me up in the middle of the night and tell me about them. At other times he waits till the morning to tell me in great detail about his dreams. They are more like stories with a beginning, middle and end. Sometimes they also change during the day while he is telling different people about them.

I envy him sometimes. I wish I could dream of dragons and beanstalks and bravery and adventure.

20130303_212959Daily Prompt: Sweet Dreams

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  48. Daily Prompt: Sweet Dreams – Mark II, Mod VI | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  49. Reality vs. Dreaming | Busy Mind Thinking
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  51. Dark Waters | Vampire Maman
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  53. It’s Like I Dreamed You Into Life | A Sober Head Full Of Confusion
  54. Sweet dreams are made of this. | The Shevster’s Space

Friday Fictioneers: Making Hay

hay-bales-sandra-cMr Safdar won the election from his constituency and became a member of parliament of the government in power.

Instead of using his position to alleviate the suffering of the poor masses, he decided to make hay while the sun shone. He would pocket commissions from deals that went to the government for approval and was particularly satisfied with the deal to import luxury BMWs into the country.

A few months later as he returned to his palatial home, his car was hit by a speeding car head on. He was killed on the spot. The driver of the BMW was taken into custody.

This post has been written for the Friday Fictioneers. For details see the link below:


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White

The Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Turkey was home to Sultans of the Ottoman Empire and was built between the years 1843 and 1856. The baroque style palace exterior is made from white sandstone. Here is a view of the palace taken while my husband and I were on a Bosphorus cruise back in 2006.

DSCN2661_1It is the largest palace in Turkey and the land the palace has been built on was reclaimed from the Bosphorus. Here are more shots taken on a tour of the palace.

DSCN2696Here is a view of the gate to the Bosphorus:





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White–well white-ish | Artifacts and Fictions

The colour White | nowathome

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White | Beijing Daily Photo 2

Weekly Writing Challenge: Object

As I sit in the study next to me is my husband’s computer table with a collection of memorabilia on top. Of these my favorite is a replica of a cable car we got as a souvenir from our travels to San Francisco back in 2004.P1010784

The cable car system in San Francisco is the world’s last manually operated cable car system. We used one of its only remaining three routes, the one to Fisherman’s Wharf. The cable cars are mainly used by tourists now. The cable cars are pulled by a cable running below the street and are operated by something that looks like a clutch. At the end of each line there’s a manual turntable to rotate the car.San Franscisco - Cable Car Turn II (2004.05.21)

What if our life was run like that never straying from the pair of rails provided? We would reach our destination in the shortest time possible. Instead we keep running off in other directions. Some find their way back and others are lost forever.

The turntable represents the end of one journey and passing of knowledge and wisdom to the next traveler who travels much of the same journey but towards a different goal. The rotation at the turntable may be smooth but requires a lot of effort, like our endeavors to teach our children all the necessary knowledge to embark on their journey of life.

Along our journey, as on the cable car, we meet many people, some we embrace and they become an important part of our lives, others we may not care much for. But each person we meet defines us and shapes our character and personality. We may not know it but we carry a part of them with us for all of our lives.

May each of our lives be run with direction and purpose and may our transitions be smooth.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Object

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  15. Him | Emily Schleiger
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  27. Daily Prompt: Writing Challenge | The Road Less Travelled By
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The Others (Short Story)

February What if Challenge question 2: What if you discovered a lost civilization? 

I knew I was different since I was small. I could see people in a crowd others couldn’t see. They stood out like a burning candle in a sea of darkness. They were not like the others; they had an air of confidence not seen in the slinking shoulders of an average man. They had delicate features with blue markings on their face and carried long spears that evoked respect more than fear.

I learnt to keep this secret to myself, lest people think I was not quite right up there. I often wondered myself if I was crazy or just in the wrong place. These “other people” only appeared in crowds and I never saw them on their own.

The first time one of them looked me in the eye was the day I turned sixteen. That day my life changed forever.

I awoke that day with an excitement I attributed to my birthday. When I went down for breakfast everything was routine and my family hadn’t bothered to remember what day it was. I was off from school and I decided to go to the mall.

I was walking along a street when some distance away I saw him. He was looking straight at me with a gaze that pierced the soul. I stopped and stared. It was as if time had stopped for me. Around me the sea of humanity went about their business, but there I stood as he walked towards me. He stopped in front of me and motioned me to come with him. I followed mesmerized.

He walked to the end of the road and stopped. He turned to look at me, then took a step and disappeared. I followed him and suddenly the road, the cars and the people melted away. I was in a different world.

There were bluish grey mountains as far as I could see with dwellings dotted all across. Below us a raging river meandered through the rocks. Men and women worked near what looked like a mine. I saw some carts with a bluish rock that glowed. Children noiselessly scurried along the mountains playing hide and seek with each other. I could feel many eyes on me as I made my way slowly and a little out of breath to one of the dwellings.

A group of elders sat in a circle. One of the elders rose as I approached. He spoke in a soft assuring voice.

“Welcome! You must have known in your heart that one day we would come for you. This is where you truly belong. We are a small race but we are more advanced than the other humans. We have built our own world away from the cruelty and selfishness of the others. It is a great day when young blood like you joins us. We will celebrate the induction tonight.”

My heart raced. It was true what he had said, I had known that I didn’t belong in the other world but this was so sudden. I had so many questions about this new world I had been brought to. As if he had read my thoughts he said,

“Don’t worry, we will answer all your questions one by one until you are satisfied.”

My heart lightened and my worries were replaced by excitement. I knew at last I had found my right place.


Field of Flowers Award

field-of-flowers-awardI was nominated for this beautiful award by the very talented Lita at litadoolan. A big thank you to her! She is new to WordPress but makes an impression straight away. She writes from the heart and even her comments are very thoughtfully laid out. Do check out her wonderful blog for some great reviews of art and architecture and much more!

All awards come with conditions with which to comply.


▪Thank the blogger who nominated you

▪Place the award on your blog

▪Nominate 7 other bloggers and write a little something about why you would give these bloggers

A Field Of Flowers

▪Let your nominees know that you nominated them

My nominees are all new discoveries for me. I’m sure you will enjoy these blogs as much as I have.

1. Pinstripes&Lipgloss: Taylor’s blog is upbeat and is sure to lift your spirits. She writes about her life as a college student and also about food and fashion.

2. Wanderlust: Dr AM is an aspiring young doctor and writes about her experiences and her desire to travel.

3. The Wandering Poet: Andy’s beautiful photography and wise thoughts are sure to inspire you.

4. The Writer’s Life: Karen’s short stories with vivid imagery are a joy to read. She transports you into another world with such skill, you feel the emotions of her characters and leaves you wanting more.

5. Alexandra’s blog: Alexandra’s photography is both beautiful and personal. She doesn’t care for too many words, she lets her photos do the talking.

6. peacefulblessedstar: This star has an inspirational story and a mission to spread happiness to those in rough times. She shines brightly and is a true blessing.

7. Love, Support, Educate, Advocate, Accept… Julie is an inspirational mom and a true angel. Her story is one of courage and strength and is sure to inspire you.

Congratulations to all the nominees and I hope you’ll accept this award. It is just a small thank you for being so wonderful! Keep writing and stay blessed.

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