Amsterdam

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Hello Amsterdam tulips!

Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. While generally it is well known for its coffee shops and cheap thrills, the city consists much more than these (well at least from my point of view:)).

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I believe Amsterdam’s trademarks are canals and the cute old narrow apartments nearby. And do you know why the apartments are generally very narrow in Amsterdam? That is because the tax was based on how wide your house was. A funny fact isn’t it?

In my first day in Amsterdam I participated to a free walking tour, and I highly recommend you to join free walking tours in any new city you go to, since they give you the quickest understanding of the city and its history, and you only pay what you want! You can even meet with other travelers and get inspired by their travel plans.

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The colorful locks hanged on the bridge pole symbolize everlasting relationships. So, it is believed that if you and your lover hang a lock there, your lives clamped together and your relationship last forever.

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It is widely known that the Dutch make great cheese and Reypenaer is an extremely good example of it. The specialty of Reypenaer is its maturation method. Cheeses are matured with the old and natural way, which takes longer but brings greater taste and texture. The maturation takes place in a 100 years old warehouse in Woerden.

One of my best experiences –or maybe even the best- was cheese tasting at Reypenear workshop. I highly recommend it to those who are planning a trip to Amsterdam.DSC_0183 DSC_0187

That was the workshop class, equipped with the necessary items: different kinds of cheeses and lots of wine!

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Here I am at Madam Tussaud, with my friend ET!

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Really? Yes, shockingly real.

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Life was easier with our cool beanies in Amsterdam :) The weather was so cold and I can say that they were saviors.

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Vondelpark is the city’s most famous park. Taking a walk along the park is another must do for an Amsterdam trip.

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An alley with full of art.

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The Amsterdam Dungeon is a scary journey into 500 years of Amsterdam’s horrible history. It is a live actor show and teaches you that fear can be a funny thing. It was a little bit childish but I must admit that I really enjoyed it. Not to mention that I was founded as witch by the actors and was burned!

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Magnum pleasure store. There were so many tasty topping options for covering the original magnum mm :)

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Van Gogh Museum

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Last but not least, I highly recommend Amsterdam trip planners to add these to their agenda:

-Eating burger at Lombardo’s

-Night cruise

-Doing brunch at Greenwoods

-Watching sex show at Casa Rossa

See you on the next post!

Key to Happiness

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I have realized that the key to happiness is to live a meaningful life.

Sometimes we feel lost. We do certain things but do not know the reason we do them or if we enjoy doing them at all. That prevent us to feel alive. When we lose ourselves in the daily routine of life, the meaning get lost.

To have a more meaningful life, I’ve found a simple to-do list that everyone can do:

-Sparing at least 15 minutes everyday to talk with yourself or write a diary
-Setting own moral and beliefs clearly and ensure living regarding to them
-Spending quality time with beloved ones, which means being at the moment while being with them

And sometimes you need to take a step back and have couple of days off!

As I did the last weekend.. Here you see some shots from my weekend holiday in Urla ☺

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On Saturday the weather was so nice, just my luck!

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I met a very snappy and restless dog there.

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And he knows how to look cute and make a hit with people!

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With Deniz, we went out for a spin and enjoyed the weather.

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For brunch we arrived to Messt, which is the best brunch place ever, believe me!

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Yeah, we were happy.

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Then we went for a walk along the seaside.

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We sat at Denizalti café & restaurant by sea and enjoyed our beers.

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I have no pictures from the night but we went to a raki & fish restaurant and ate delicious appetizers and fishery products there. Wish all my days were like that! The second day of the holiday was no worse, but it is another post content :)

I want to end the post with a poem I found very beautiful:

True Joy

I’ll be happy once I’ve done this certain thing.
We all say this often not realizing what it brings.
We look only to the future for our happiness.
Letting life slip through our fingers in its fullness.
Will we really feel complete when the task is done,
or look back and see how we missed so much fun?

M. Jolynn Rawson-Hunt

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/true-joy#ixzz3RXWX1KMN

See you on the next post!
Naecus

My 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my Blog !

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

X-Culture Symposium – Louis Vuitton Challenge

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I was in Miami last week to attend to a symposium and compete in a business competition. I am amazed by the beauty and crazy aura of the city and my experience contributed a lot to my self-development -and CV :) .

Thanks to International Business lecture I attended the last semester, I met  with the X-Culture organization, which brings students from 80 universities all around the world and businesses together. We did a consulting project for one of the corporate partners of X-Culture, as a cross-cultural team and experienced virtual teamwork. As a result, our project is selected from one of the bests. The reward was the application opportunity to X-Culture symposium and Louis Vuitton Challenge, a global business competition sponsored by Louis Vuitton, which will be part of Academy of International Business-Southeast USA Annual Conference in Miami, is given to us. There was a limit of 40 people. I applied immediately, being excited, and after a month had the great news that I am selected. There were only 3 people selected from Turkey, two is from Ozyegin University Undergraduate and one from Koc University Graduate School. The other person from my university was my boyfriend, what a chance huh? :)

Louis Vuitton Challenge subjects and our teams were shared. My team consisted of 5 students: 2 students from USA, one from Colombia and Dubai, and me from Turkey. We chose the subject of “How to enhance Louis Vuitton store experience for clients?” and worked one month virtually on our project.

Okay, too much background information, let’s come to the point where I came to Miami :)

I arrived Miami earlier than the symposium date to give myself time to explore the city. First day passed with enjoying my time in South Beach, swimming and seeing around and the second with cycling on Key Biscayne Island and swimming again.

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Miami Beach welcomes you warmly.

 

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Way to the Miami beach.

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Cycling in Key Biscayne Island.

 

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Lighthouse Grounds, Key Biscayne

 

The next day I visited the Dolphin Mall, the best outlet of Miami, and spent all day shopping. Actually I was not planning to spend all my day in a shopping mall when I was in Miami however it was worth to spend, since there were factory stores of the upscale brands with more than 50% off that I could never ever find in Turkey :)

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Other day, my project team members arrived to Miami and we went to Louis Vuitton store in Aventura mall and made an in-store observation and also an interview with Operation Manager in store. That gave us great insights and we worked on our project rest of the night.

X-Culture organization started on 23th of October. We met with Louis Vuitton Americas executives, had a presentation session, which they provided further information about their organization and career opportunities. After the presentation, we asked the questions we had to fully understand their needs and use it in our consulting reports. It was a great opportunity to meet them and have a conversation with them. And they were so friendly.

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While Fabiane Rouille, Caribbean Area Director of Louis Vuitton, presenting the brand

 

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Q&A session after the presentation.

 

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Photo of all X-Culture participants and academic advisors

 

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Two teammates, Brandon from New Jersey and Sally from Miami, and me

 

On 25th, there was CEO panel session in which we met the leaders of Miami-based corporations and they shared their experiences and words of wisdom with us. Participants were Andrew Yap, CEO and President of Leasa Industries, Natalie Baro, President of Michelsen Advertising, Sue Romanos, CEO and President of CareerXchange and the Chair of the panel was Danette Gosset, CEO and President of Gosset Marketing.

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CEOs at CEO Panel

 

All those events held in Conrad or Florida International University, which are on Brickell Avenue. Here are the photos of the Brickell Avenue that is very central, full of skyscrapers and palm trees.

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On 25th, the last day at night there was a Gala for all X-Culture and Academy of International Business-Southeast USA Annual Conference participants including free dinner and drinks J It was a great opportunity to network with International Business students, professors and professionals. The winners of the Louis Vuitton Challenge also announced in the gala, which was not my team unfortunately, and we all got our certificates.

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Bunch of X-Culture participants in Gala, including Vas Taras, X-Culture Project Director and Peter Magnusson, Conference Chair of  Academy of International Business Southeast.

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Me and Deniz

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The Louis Vuitton Challenge was a lifetime experience for me since I met with so many people –and executives- from different countries, saw a new city and a new culture and also made an international virtual project that includes several primary and secondary research studies.

Finally, I want to thank to Ozyegin University, who supported me and gave me the travel and accommodation scholarship. I would not know about this wonderful organization and participated to it without their guidance and support.

 

See you in the next post and the next post will be “Miami Must Do’s” :)

Naecus 

 

Louis Vuitton Challenge!

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Hello everyone!

I have great news! I am selected from more than 2500 people to participate a global business competition sponsored by Louis Vuitton Miami. Our group is doing a consulting project to Louis Vuitton Miami to enhance their clients’ store experience. In order to have related data, other than secondary research, we also decided to gather insights from primary research methods such as survey, focus group study and observation.

Here, you can see our enjoyable-to-do short survey about your retail store experiences. If you spare few minutes to fill the survey, that will help us a lot for our project. Thank you in advance!

https://tr.surveymonkey.com/s/ZGXSWFK

 

Merhabalar arkadaslar!

Harika haberlerim var! 2500 bin kisi arasindan secilerek Louis Vuitton Miami sponsorlugunda olan uluslararasi bir proje yarismasina katilmaya hak kazandim. Grup olarak Louis Vuitton Miami’ye magazalarinda musteri deneyimini daha ileri tasimalari icin bir danismanlik projesi hazirliyoruz. Gerekli veriyi elde edebilmek icin, ikincil arastirma tekniklerinin yaninda, ayni zamanda anket, odak grup ve gozlem gibi birincil arastirma metodlari kullanmaya karar verdik. 

Doldurmasi hayli eglenceli olan kisa anket linkimizi asagida gorebilirsiniz. Eger birkac dakikanizi ayirip anketimizi doldurabilirseniz bu projemiz icin cok faydali olur. Oncesinden tesekkur ederim!

https://tr.surveymonkey.com/s/ZGXSWFK

Ayrica, yapacagim odak grup calismasina katilmak isteyenler benimle irtibarata gecebilir (nazli.usta@ozu.edu.tr). Calismayi bayramdan sonra en kisa zamanda yapmayi dusunuyorum. Soracagim sorular Louis Vuitton magaza deneyimiyle ilgili olacagi icin katilimcilarin Louis Vuitton’dan daha once alisveris yapmis olmasi/magazalari hakkinda bilgi sahibi olmasi gerekli. Maksimum 8 kisilik olacagi icin eger ilgileniyorsaniz lutfen hemen bana mail atip yerinizi ayirtin.

*Bilmeyenler icin odak grubu (focus group): direk olarak kullanıcılara marka ile ilgili ne düşündüklerini sormaya yaran, algılarını, fikirlerini, eğilimlerini ilk ağızdan öğrenmeyi hedefleyen bir pazar arastirmasi teknigi. Survey’in yuzyuze, acik uclu ve de daha samimi muhabbet seklindeki hali.

From Galata with love

These photos are taken by one of my friends from Minnesota. Tanner came to Istanbul as a part of his Europe trip and after a work day I met him near Galata tower. Since I played with their color and light settings and posted them through mobile phone, the photo quality is bad compare to their original versions, but I like myself better that way :)

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From Instagram

Add some color to everything you work on

If you also follow me on Instagram, you have already known that I changed my job (or correctly my internship) one week ago. It was so fun 2.5 months at Castrol and I will miss there a lot (You can see my “A Day at Castrol” post here).

Now, I am Calgon Brand Intern at Reckitt Benckiser. Hello FMCG world!

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A Day At Castrol

Hello!

I’ve been away from my blog for a long long time. I missed writing here a lot. Therefore, right now I am feeling so happy and I am also so excited to share what is happening in my life.

Basically, I am doing internship all the summer.

After all the interviews I had passed through, I got an internship in a global company, as I desired, at the department I want to be in. I started at BP, at the BP Lubricants/Castrol part, as a Marketing intern.

Here is an ordinary day at Castrol:

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Meeting time with other interns from Castrol and having our quick breakfast together. Here you see Alican and Izgi, they both are from Marketing department.

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Job starts!

Castrol Turkey is absolutely a good marketing school. Since Castrol Turkey team is able to take initiatives in this region and also in the Caspian countries, here there is a lot more than just executing the global marketing strategy. They also create their own strategy based on the market needs and growth potential.

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Lunch! We are very punctual for that. At 12:00 sharply, Burcu and Elif, two other Castrol interns from Customer Relations and Pricing respectively, take us from where we sit and together we go downstairs to cafeteria in the building.

 

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We talk, gossip, laugh, maybe laugh a lot in the accompaniment of a tea or coffee.

Sometimes we go to terrace to take a fresh air and meet with other interns from BP.

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What am I doing at Castrol? My responsibilities vary, depending on the Marketing team needs. I do market & competitive analyses, analyze customer insights and prepare action plans, help event planning details, create contents for both BP Magazine and websites, create presentations, …

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Finish!

After work, I ordinarily meet Deniz to eat together.

Or I go home and watch TV series. I just finish watching Flash Forward (in 3 days) and love it! It is depressing and totally unfair that it ended after just one season. Whatever…

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What am I wearing to work? I usually wear comfortable and simple things to work. Easiest way to be comfortable and simple is to wear dresses, especially in hot summer days.

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Dress – KOTON

Bag – ZADIG & VOLTAIRE

Flat shoes – COACH

Necklace – YARGICI

 

See you soon at the next post! <3