改變

我真的有心去改變自己
只欠一份勇敢

我覺得自己已經有點點進步
會嘗試去告訴別人自已內心的想法
會發表自己的不滿
會表達自己的情緒

以前的自己只會收收埋埋
因為唔敢面對改變
因為唔敢比其他人知道我諗咩

但都係唔夠
自己總是唔敢面對昨天的我

我現在才知道你唔講出黎,人地真係唔知你諗咩..
係咪太遲?

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Fast Facts

Population:
72,907,000 
Capital:
Ankara; 3,428,000 
Area:
779,452 square kilometers (300,948 square miles)
Language:
Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic, Armenian, Greek
Religion:
Muslim (mostly Sunni)
Currency:
Turkish lira
Life Expectancy:
69 
GDP per Capita:
U.S. $7,300 
Literacy Percent:
87 

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Straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey tries to be a bridge between West and East. The portion of Turkey’s land in Europe may be small (about 5 percent), but the country’s largest city, Istanbul, is there. With nearly 13 million people, Istanbul is the third most populous European urban area, after Moscow and Paris.

The Asian part of Turkey is dominated by the dry plateau of Anatolia; the coastal areas of Anatolia consist of fertile lowlands. The country, especially northern Turkey, suffers from severe earthquakes. Mount Ararat, the highest point in Turkey at 5,137 meters (16,854 feet), is the biblical resting-place of Noah’s ark.

Turkey joined the UN in 1945 and NATO in 1952. Although Turkey and Greece both belong to NATO, disputes over the Aegean Sea and Cyprus strain relations between the two countries. Turkish forces invaded Cyprus in 1974 to protect the Turkish-Cypriot community during a military coup—it still maintains some 35,000 troops in northern Cyprus. UN peacekeepers remain on the island.

Southeastern Turkey saw years of civil war in the 1980s and 1990s between Turkish forces and Kurds from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who wanted to form an independent Kurdish state. Relations improved when the Turkish parliament passed laws giving more rights to Kurds, but Turkey has used cross-border operations to quell Kurdish insurgents located in Iraq.

In 1990 Turkey supported the West against Iraq following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and in 2003 allowed U.S. forces to use Turkish air space in the Iraq war. In 1999 Turkey gained approval as a candidate country for membership in the European Union. Turkey hopes to be able to join the EU by 2015, but the road has not been smooth. Questions about the role of religion in public life occupy Turkish discourse, notably seen in the state’s ban on wearing headscarves in government buildings and schools, which has been a focus of protests.

There are some five million Turks working and living in EU countries—most in Germany. Most trade is with Europe, and many European vacationers come to Turkey for the climate, fine beaches, resorts, Roman ruins, and Crusader castles.

ECONOMY

  • Industry: Textiles, food processing, autos, mining, steel, petroleum
  • Agriculture: Tobacco, cotton, grain, olives; livestock
  • Exports: Apparel, foodstuffs, textiles, metal manufactures, transport equipment

—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition

七種不能買的紀念品

出走旅遊都會習慣買當地的土產紀念品 要注意了, 即便沒有認真證實是不是正確會這
樣, 還是小心為妙..

1.夏威夷沙石
其中最危險者,莫過於夏威夷的沙石。 當遊客到臨,夏威夷的旅遊局已有告示板寫上
「切勿取走夏威夷境內任何沙石」, 許多遊客都只會以為是環保原因,不要破壞大自
然而已, 但其實是因為夏威夷族人的一個毒咒!

 2.蘇格蘭的石頭
除了夏威夷,另一個亦有石頭詛咒的地方是蘇格蘭,但這並非很多人知道。 古代的蘇
格蘭勇士在死時都落下詛咒,不許外人取走那凗裡的土地, 尤其是昔日蘇格蘭人常常
入侵,令怨氣加強,故詛咒一直延續至今天。

3.西藏死人骨產品
到西藏或尼泊爾旅遊的人,總喜歡在街上的小販檔購買小精品, 但有些卻不簡單,是
昔日西藏巫師或貴族用奴隸人骨所做的東西, 碗可能是人頭骨;小號角可能是人腿骨
; 小盒可能是盆骨,買了你也不知道。 有人說這些東西若非法擁有,容易招魂, 而
且可以招來尼泊爾或西藏的魂。 萬一手信送給朋友,就真的不得了!

4.日本神社傳統娃娃
在日本許多寺廟及神社的殿內殿外,都不時會有善信送來公仔, 尤其是日本常規公
仔,但千萬不要取,因為這些放了多年公仔, 日本人深信已有靈性,要給寺廟火燒掉
或供奉在廟內, 否則會害了家人。 所以日本人都不愛在跳蚤地攤買舊的洋娃娃或公
仔,以免惹靈。

5.土耳其邪眼
邪眼Evil Eye,又稱藍眼Blue Eye, 是土耳其最出名的手信,亦是最邪的東西。 這是
源於中東吉卜賽的巫術,掛一個邪眼在家或在身上, 便可吸走外來者的邪氣及妒忌
心。 所以戴者經常要更換邪眼,因邪氣滿了不但開始有魔力,而且會害人。 我有個土
耳其朋友就親眼看到邪眼爆開,傷害別人。

6.埃及的黑色貓神像
傳統古文明埃及,流傳最廣的邪惡詛咒自然是法老王詛咒, 只要是破壞了法老沉睡的
人都會受詛咒。 但原來連從法老王墓中盜取的物品都會帶來不幸, 當中以被塗成黑色
的貓神像最為靈驗。 在古埃及被奉為神明的貓,特別是受法老寵愛的貓, 在法老死後
,,會仿照它製成黑色石像放於法老墓中, 並受施下詛咒,大家到埃及買手信時一定要
注意!

7.東歐近羅馬尼亞一帶的木頭
一向有吸血鬼和狼人傳說的東歐, 木頭很多時會被當作對付這兩種怪物的武器(如製
成十字架或木釘或木槌), 亦因此特別易受到這兩種怪物的邪氣感染

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6月中的土耳其之旅令我忍唔住要周圍搵資料睇下呢個地方既文化歷史背景, 誘發我對此地既好奇心!
一直都好恨去地中海一帶,被佢獨有既顏色: 黃&籃&白 深深吸引住.. 今年終於有機會去! ^^
記得有次睇旅遊節目介紹土耳其藍眼,覺得幾有趣..原來係咁邪架o.o 買左返黎都唔敢放係屋企啊..