Friday, July 05, 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Most Underrated Place in Turkey

"What is the most underrated place in Turkey?"

This was a question on Quora and I replied it as "Ulubey Canyons" You can see and ready my answer on Quora below:

Read Recep Hilmi Tufan's answer to What is the most underrated place in Turkey? on Quora

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Eid Mubarak!

As far as you know nowadays are the feast days of the Muslims. We have fasted for 1 month and from yesterday on we started to eat delicious sweets, chocolates and Turkish baklavas. We are normally calling this feast "Ramazan Bayramı" in Turkish however some different minded people are calling "Şeker Bayramı". As you can understand "Ramazan Bayramı" means "Feast of Ramadan" or "Eid el-Fitr" We have fasted 1 month in Ramadan and we are rewarded with this feast so we are calling this feast "Ramazan Bayramı".

eid mubarak

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Follow Me on Instagram!

What do you think about Instagram, Twitter and Facebook? When they first appeared every blogger said that "They are going to kill our blogs!" however nowadays I am seeing that every blogger uses these social media accounts for promoting their blogs. I can not manage these accounts integrated with my blog however I like to share anything with my friends / followers.

Nowadays I opened a new Instagram account that is @sizdengeldi (Sizden Geldi means "Received (Came) From You" in Turkish.) I am sharing funny photos and videos, news, new technologies, sports there. If I gain more followers around the world, I am going to mention in English also. Humour doesn't need any language I think. It is a universal language!

Are you using Instagram? If yes, please follow me and I am going to follow you also! Please comment your Instagram name so I can follow you. The last post which I shared on Instagram:

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Let Me Introduce Myself!

I am blogging here since 01.01.19. Here is my blog in English. Normally I have more blogs in Turkish. I like blogging and I am keeping blogs for more than 10 years. In my English blog journey, I found great blogs and bloggers. As far as I have time, I am visiting them and I am commenting on their posts. Some of them visit me as a return also. I am thankful all of them!

I want to introduce myself to my foreign blog friends. My name is Recep Hilmi TUFAN. I am 31 years old and I am living with my own family. My wife is a kindergarten teacher. We have a 4,5 year-old son whose name is Kayra Eymen. He is the meaning of our life. He is going to the same school with his mother. 

Kayra Eymen

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Caturday by ReHiTu

I don't know if I have a right to use this "caturday" theme however as far as I know it is a general explanation. I want to open a blog hop today about cats. I don't have any cats or pets however I love them. My wife and son get scared from all of the animals. When they see a cat or dog on the street they are changing their ways.

When it comes to the cats, Abu Hurayrah comes to my mind. Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) was a close Companion of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and has narrated more hadiths, or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), than any other Companion. He (may Allah be pleased with him) was known for being very sympathetic and loving towards animals so much so that although his name was `Abdur-Rahman, he was known as Abu Hurayrah, meaning “father of the kitten.” He (may Allah be pleased with her) was called so because of a small cat that he used to feed and care for and carry with him everywhere he went.

 ("Cat" word comes from the Arabic word qit/Hirra but a tiny male cat is called hurayrah, or thus In Arabic, Hirra means cat and Hurayra means a kitten.)

I have a Tumblr blogs also. One of them is Catolog.tumblr.com. I am sharing there photos, videos, writings, gifs about the cats. You can click here to see them.


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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Ramadan is Coming!

Do you know the month of Ramadan? It is a holy month for muslims. In the month of Ramadan, the muslims are fasting whole day. This year we are going to fast about 16 hours in the beginings of Ramadan and about 17 hours in the ends of Ramadan. The fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. So it is a must who says I am Muslim.

Let's look at the pillars of Islam:

1. The Profession of Faith—The Shahada 

The Profession of Faith, the shahada, is the most fundamental expression of Islamic beliefs. It simply states that “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.” It underscores the monotheistic nature of Islam. It is an extremely popular phrase in Arabic calligraphy and appears in numerous manuscripts and religious buildings.

2. Daily Prayers—Salat 

Muslims are expected to pray five times a day. This does not mean that they need to attend a mosque to pray; rather, the salat, or the daily prayer, should be recited five times a day. Muslims can pray anywhere; however, they are meant to pray towards Mecca. The faithful pray by bowing several times while standing and then kneeling and touching the ground or prayer mat with their foreheads, as a symbol of their reverence and submission to Allah. On Friday, many Muslims attend a mosque near midday to pray and to listen to a sermon, khutba.

3. Alms-Giving—Zakat 

The giving of alms is the third pillar. Muslims believe that they are meant to share their wealth with those less fortunate in their community of believers.

4. Fasting during Ramadan—Saum

During the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, Muslims are expected to fast from dawn to dusk. While there are exceptions made for the sick, elderly, and pregnant, all are expected to refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. 

5. Pilgrimage to Mecca—Hajj 

All Muslims who are able are required to make the pilgrimage to Mecca and the surrounding holy sites at least once in their lives. Pilgrimage focuses on visiting the Kaaba and walking around it seven times. Pilgrimage occurs in the 12th month of the Islamic Calendar.

We are fasting during daylight hours as I mentioned above. At the nights we are praying Tarawih. The first Tarawih of this Ramadan will be performed on Sunday night (05.05.19) and the first fast will be in the day after. So the holy month of Ramadan is coming! I am going to recite more Qur'an during this month and make du'a for the good of all mankind!

Do you have some muslim friends? Are they fasting also? Please write your feelings and comments. 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Aydın Koçarlı Cihanoğlu Mosque

Every sunday I am going to share inspirational architectures from Turkey. I am participating in Inspired Sunday. Today I am going to share with you Cihanoglu Mosque from Kocarli, Aydin. This mosque was built between in 1753 - 1756. It is 263 years old

As I said before it is a 263 years old mosque however it's first key is still exist. Look how beautiful it's woodwork!

See you next Inspired Sunday!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Grand Mosque of Bursa

I am linking this post to Inspired Sunday. Every Sunday they are collecting the photos of religious places. I want to join them every week. Here is the first one.

I am living in Bursa which is the fourth biggest city of Turkey and was one of the capital city of Ottoman once upon a time. Bursa has really historical places; Grand Mosque (Ulu Cami in Turkish) is one of them.

There is a fountain inside of Bursa Grand Mosque. The muslims performing their salahs with the sound of this water. It is a great emotion.

I found a good video which shows inside of Bursa Ulu Cami. Please watch and write below what you think.

Have you ever been to Turkey, especially in Bursa? Did you visit any mosque here? Please share your thoughts with us. If you want to get more information about Grand Mosque please visit Wikipedia.

Sunday, April 07, 2019


I couldn't find a better topic for my post. I am different from other bloggers. I firstly am finding the topic of my post and composing my essay according to that topic. But the others are writing the essay and putting the topic according to it. What about you?

I saw on The Marmelade Gypsy that his Rick got his hair cut by a woman (female) hairdresser. I commented on her blog that we don't have, as men, female hairdressers in Turkey. We have male hairdressers for women however we don't have female hairdressers for men. What about your country?

While I was writing this post, I saw 2 news that shows in Turkey there are female hairdressers in male barbershops. First one is from Mustafakemalpaşa, Bursa. I read a news from 2016 that hairdresser Rahşan was getting men's hair cut. Mustafakemalpaşa is a small city however she had a lot of customers, according to that news.

The other one is from Denizli. There are 2 girls (17 years old) who are apprentice, Gülsüm and Fadime. They got bored from female customers so they decided to cut male hairs. They said that the men are more compatible than women.

What do you think about this? Could you mention about your country in light of this issue? Do you have male hairdressers as women or do you have female hairdressers as men?

I am not going to barbershop more than 1 year. I am cutting my hair by self. It is not so difficult. I don't like to wait in barbershops so this was a good idea for me. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

"Is Turkey Safe to Visit?"

The title which I wrote and you read for this post is a question on Quora. "Is Turkey safe to visit?"

I gave a short answer for this question on Quora:

Read Recep Hilmi Tufan's answer to Is Turkey safe to visit? on Quora

People are asking this question thinking that there are terror attacks every corner of the country. Nowadays there is no terrorism neither in Turkey nor near Turkey like Syria or Iran. I think they are all get waited for the elections of Turkey. 5 days later we are going to elect our new local mayors however all of the political parties acting like this is a general election. According to me all of the terrorist groups which have different names and abbrevations are controlled by same countries. PKK, YPG, ISIS are all the same shit for me.

As you know 10 days ago there happened an attack to the muslim people who are performing their salah in mosques in New Zealand. There are 50 dead and 50 wounded people. There was not any terror problem in New Zealand normally however one man broke this rule! So I want to say that in this global world unfortunately terrosim is in everywhere! Turkey is safe to visit as New Zealand, USA, France, Switzerland or any country in the world is.
love will win
This will not divide us!

This New Zealand attack has united us; has united the Muslims and the others. If the attackers has seen this result they are very upset with the result I think. They wanted to make a chaos however on the contrary all over the world has united again.

Is your country safe to visit? What do you think about New Zealand mosque attacks? 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Local Elections in Turkey

3 weeks later we are going to vote for our reeve (mukhtar), district mayor and provincial mayor in Turkey. These are simply local elections however nowadays all of the parliament members including Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN, the President, are on ways to gather more votes. They are acting like this is a general election. The party in power, AKP (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi) (In English: JDP Justice and Development Party), is feeling that the people are not believing in them anymore. They are ruling the country for 17 years and the result is clear. Everyone who against them is terrorist according to them. They called simply farmer and stallholder as a terrorist and opened government vegetable stalls nowadays. I mentioned this here. Pleace click on to read.

In Turkey we are so used to elections because at least every two years we are going to ballot boxes. Last elections in Turkey were presidential and parliamentary elections which were held on June 24, 2018.

I don't have a political view. I don't trust to politicians anyway. They are all so liar. They are not keeping their words and they are not doing anything for the people. If a politician did some good and useful thing for someone or the people, do not forget that he could also take advantage from it.

Deputy means "milletvekili" in Turkish. "Milletvekili" means "representative of nation (people)" however they are not representing us, at least me.

In Turkey, if you are older than 18 you have a right to vote. As you know there are 4 millions Syrian refugees in Turkey. Süleyman Soylu, Interior Minister, said that 53,099 Syrians, who acquired Turkish citizenship, will be able to vote in the local elections. This is not acceptable for me. Why are they voting? Why did you give them Turkish citizenship?

I am going to finish my writing now however I want to ask something to you. Is there anyone from Japan here? As far as I read, in Japan, only literate people have rigths to vote. Is it true that illiterate ones can not vote.

Do you have any elections in future in your country? Please comment and share your thougths with us.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Have You Ever Been To Turkey?

I am a newcomer in worldwide blogosphere. Normally I have been writing blogs for more than 10 years however I newly opened this blog in English. So I want to make new friends from this blog universe. 

I have been in South Africa in 2008. I have lived there for 3 months. It was my first abroad adventure. I have visited Johannesburg, Limpopo, Polokwane, Cape Town and Durban. I wish I could visit one day again. 

I have been in Madrid of Spain, in Arona of Italy and in Paris of France in 2014 for business purposes. I was not alone in this business trip. It took only 1 week and I was with my boss.

Now I am working for different company and in this position I don't have any chance to visit abroad. I hope I could find a job which is related to abroad. It is too expensive to visit another countries on your own for a Turkish one. Because Turkish Lira is losing it's value day by day! Minimum wage is 2.020,00₺ in Turkey. It is €330,00 or $375,00. So tell me now what can a Turkish buy with this plenty of money abroad?

Now I am living in city of Bursa in Turkey. It is 4th biggest city of Turkey. If you come here, you can reach me to get me to help you. I am going to share with you some details of Bursa in other posts. 

Have you ever been to Turkey before? If you have been, please tell me if you like here or not? 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Are You a Quoran?

Yes I am a Quoran for years. I like reading answers there and sometimes I am answering questions which are suitable for me. Quora is a place that you can ask and answer anything you want in person or anonymously. If you are a Quoran like me please follow me there. 

As you can see from above photo that I've answered 70 questions on Quora and asked only 10 questions. The answers which I wrote get 47.4k views. I am following 679 people there but only 105 people are following me. So please follow me on Quora!

I want to share with you my 3 answers which are taken more viewers:

Number 3:

Read Recep Hilmi Tufan's answer to What is something crazy that your neighbor has done? on Quora

Number 2:

Read Recep Hilmi Tufan's answer to You only have $5 to buy breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire day. What will you get? on Quora

Number 1:

Read Recep Hilmi Tufan's answer to What was the last picture you took with your phone? on Quora

Saturday, February 16, 2019

"Did It Go To Your Difficult?"

I am going to share with you an image. It is a caption. There is a comment in English and I want you to get what that man wanted to mean!
I know that my English is not good enough however at least I know that you can not translate Turkish to English word by word. This is what Cem BAŞLEVENT did. As you can see above he replied one of the tweets of Reuters Top News and wrote "Did it go to your difficult?" What do you think about what he wanted to say?
"zoruna gitmek" in Tureng.com

There is a Turkish proverb "zoruna gitmek" which means "to feel offended". If we translate them word by word, let's see what will be it's meaning:

"Zor" means "difficult"; "(senin) zorun" means "your difficult"; "zoruna" means "to your difficult"
"Gitmek" means "to go"

Now let's make a question with them in Turkish: "Zoruna mı gitti?" which means "Are you feel offended?" That's what Cem wanted to write to Reuters in that tweet. :)

It is a shame for us that we don't know well our main language, too. We are so lazy about learning it well. I have a Twitter account which shows the mistakes that we did in our Turkish language! There are tons of materials to share in that topic!

When it comes to Reuters's news; yes our government started to sells vegetables. They are going to be cheaper than the citizens' stalls.

Do you have "government vegetable stalls" also in your country? Are there people in a row to buy from them? What do you think about "government stalls"?

There is another proverb "gücüne gitmek". It has same meaning with "zoruna gitmek" but "güç" literally means "power" in English. I want to share you a cartoon about this.

Go to power? Did it go to your power? Did it go to your difficult? :)

Thursday, February 07, 2019

What About Your Quality of Life?

I came across a post in LinkedIn (If you are using LinkedIn please add me) which shows the quality of life according to the countries. I searched for my country Turkey and found it in 46th place. I want to share it with you also.

Top 15 countries are like this:

1. Canada 2. Denmark 3. Sweden 4. Norway 5. Australia 6. Switzerland 7. Finland 8. Netherlands 9. New Zealand 10. Germany 11. Austria 12. Luxembourg 13. UK 14. Japan 15. Ireland

Are you living in one of from above countries? How quality is your life? What is the "quality" of life according to you? Does it means "money", "luxury", "safety",  "serenity" or what?

This index made by Spectator Index. They mentioned below that they created this ranking according to US News. What do you think about this index? Is it true or false? Which country are you living in? Did you find your country here?

As I said above I am from Turkey. We are in a difficult situation nowadays. Our money losing its' value according to Euro and USD. There is a big inflation. 1 person from 5 is unemployed. Interest rates are so high and no one knows what will happen after election. Yes there is a local election at the end of March. Everyone is living on one's nerve! No one is smiling.

What about your country? Please comment about yourself and your country regarding this issue!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Would You Rather Tag

As I mentioned before this is my new blog in English. Normally I have some blogs in Turkish. In Turkish blogosphere sometimes we are playing tag games (posts) with our blogs. This will be mine first tagging post in this blog. No one tagged me however I saw Geraldine's post and I wanted to post about this.

  • Answer the questions given to you by your nominator 
  • Make up your own questions and tag others! 

The Questions Which Are Asked By Geraldine:

  • Would you rather have the ability to fly or breathe underwater?
I would rather have the ability to fly. With this ability I could see more places around the world I think. I could visit also my blogger friends. :)
  • Would you rather live alone forever surrounded by all the books you can read or surrounded by (tame) animals?
 I would rather live alone forever surrounded by all the books because I am afraid of even tame animals. When I was a kid, I was biten by dogs 3 times and chased by a cock 1 time. So I am afraid of them even I know they are not dangerous in fact. It is psychological.
  • Would you rather have big feet or big hands?
 I would rather have big hands since if I have big feet I can not find suitable shoes for myself.
  • Would you rather drink coffee or tea for the rest of your life?
 I would rather drink tea for the rest of my life; because I don't like coffee more. I am a Turkish man however I am not a big fan of Turkish coffee. Tea is better for me!
  • Would you rather be hairless (and I mean hairless, including your eyelashes and eyebrows) or very hairy?
I would rather be hairless but not including eyelashes and eyebrows. :) I told everyone near me that I don't like the hair on my head. I wish I was a bald man. 
  • Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
In real I would rather another Turkish food however I am going to obey the rules of the tag and I would choose one of both. It is unlimited tacos. I didn't try sushi yet and I will not try anymore. I can not eat uncooked fish.
  • Would you rather know when you are going to die or how you are going to die? (You can’t change the time or method of your death)
I would rather know when I am going to die. No comment. :)
  • Would you rather be permanently live 500 years in the future or 500 years in the past?
 I would rather be permanently live 500 years in the past so I could live in the era of Ottoman Empire.
  • Would you rather get 1 free round trip international plane ticket every year or be able to fly domestic anytime for free?
 I woud rather get 1 free round trip international plane ticket every year. I want to discover new countries and new people around the world.
  • Would you rather be toothless or go bald?
I would rather go bald. I already answered this before. I don't like my hairs. If you want to see them please check my blog post which is in Turkish.

My Questions For You:

  1. Would you rather get paid for playing sports or video games? Why?
  2. Would you rather speak Chinese or Spanish? Why?
  3. Would you rather lick a dirty trash can or the batroom floor? Why?
  4. Would you rather be a ninja or a pirate? Why?
  5. Would you rather tell someone your darkest secret or get embarrased on national television? Why? 
  6. Would you rather be a professional athlete or famous actor? Why?
  7. Would you rather be in a car accident that kills only you or be responsible for a car accident where you live but your five closest friends and family die? Why?
  8. Would you rather go to prison or eat a dog? Why?
  9. Would you rather be bit by a bat with rabies or be bit by a poisonous spider? Why?
  10. Would you rather run fast or run far? Why?
I am Tagging:

 I am going to take my new friends who left a comment for this blog:

Rui Pires - Olhar d'Ouro
LL Cool Joe
Audrey Lin
Marisa Cavaleiro
Cathy Kennedy
Liz A.
Su-sieee! Mac
Feline Opines

and anyone who read and want to answer this tag are welcomed. I am waiting for your answers. Please do not forget to leave comments! :)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Kids Are Amazing!

I have a kid also. He is 4 years old. Yesterday he finished his first term at school and he took his first report card. Everything is OK with his report card. Today he and his mother went to our home town Afyonkarahisar by bus for his holiday.

I said the kids are amazing in the title. Yes they are. They have very logical answers. I saw a post in Facebook and it made me laugh. I wanted to share it with you to make you laugh.

I want to add some funny dialogues also.

Reporter makes a news about World Milk Day and asking a question to a little girl:

R: Do you drink milk?
G: Yesss
R: What happened when you drink milk?
G: I am peeing. :)


Ali is 3 years old.

Mother: Look, this is a olive tree!
Ali: Ok, then which one is cheese tree?


Umut, 4 years old.

Policeman: What is your name?
Umut: I won't tell!
Policeman: But why? I am a police uncle of you!
Umut: I never tell then! :)


Merih is 5 years old; Başar is 4 years old!

Merih: I saw a scary dream that monsters were eating my sister.
Başar: I saw scariest one that the monsters were eating my mom, my dad, my grandmother, my grandfather, my brother and the grocer!
Merih: You are lying! Monsters don't eat the grandmoms and granddads, they don't eat grocers too!


There are too many funny dialogues which I came across. Do you know any dialogs like this with kids? Please share them with us.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Plastic Bags Are Not Free!

In Turkey plastic bags were free before this year however starting from January 1, 2019 they are sold for 0,25₺ (Turkish Liras). Everyone started to talk about this banning. Some people thought this is a good idea for our environment and some people said 0,25₺ is so high for a plastic bag which has logo of the seller on itself.

In Turkey minimum wage will be 2.020,00₺ (I used "will be" because no one gained this money yet. They will get this money starting from February.) So one man who gains minimum wage can buy 8080 pcs plastic bags. What about this in your country? Are you also paying for plastic bags in shopping centers, supermarkets, pharmacies etc?

We bought some biodegradable bags to put our goods and not to pay money for plastic bags. We are taking them with us when we are going to the supermarket.

Some people started to protest this banning and they returned the plastic bags after they used them and took their money back. There was one man who protested this with a donkey.

Some people also started to take their goods with a barrow to protest against the government.

I think these protests will finish within several months because people will get used to this banning. I am supporting this banning however I don't think that this banning will be useful for environment. You need to ban the usage of plastic bags crisply! You don't try to sell them with money to decrease the usage!

Are you also paying money for plastic bags in your country? How much money are you paying? Please share your comments with us!

Monday, January 07, 2019

When Did You Marry?

I was 23 years old when I married. I married in early age because my mom wanted to see my marriage; she was ill; she was rectum cancer and she knew that she was going to die! So I married when I finished my university to make my mom happy!

I was also happy because I married the girl who I already loved. She was loving me also. We married in a date which is easy to remember: 11.11.11 :) Now we have a 4 years old son. Nowadays we are thinking about the second child.

I saw a graphic which shows the average ages of the women of Europe when they make their first marriage. You can see from that graphic that the Scandinavian women are waiting their 30s to find the true men! It is also same for the countries which are in West side of Europe. But when you come to the Balkans the first marriage age is getting under 30s.

In my country, Turkey, it is approximately 24,7 for women according to this graphic. I think it is about 26-27 for men.What about you and your country? Are you married? If you are married how old was you when you married? Please comment below!

PS: Sorry for my mistakes in grammer. I am not using English more than 5 years. So I am starting to forget it. I opened this blog to keep it alive! Thanks for reading and comments!

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Hello World!

New year, new blog! Hello all!

I am Recep Hilmi from Turkey. I am writing blogs for over 10 years however I deleted the first ones. Now I am writing in rehitu.com in Turkish since 14 February 2016.

I want to keep this blog in English. My main goal is at least writing one time in a week. I have secondary blogs and pages also. I am an active social media user however I can not find enough time to do it!

I am working for a company which sells engineering adhesives and technical sprays. I am a regional sales specialist. I am married since 11.11.11. I have a son who was born in 10.11.14. :)

My English is not perfect so please kindly warn me if you find a mistake.

See you later! Take care of yourself always...