Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Planning Istanbul tour

I found this itinerary from the website with the link below.  I am now waiting for the quotation.

Option No 1
http://www.istanbultours.org/islamic-tours/6-days-istanbul-bursa-islamic-tour-package.html

 Day 1 -Arrival to Istanbul (Breakfast-Lunch) 
 You wll meet our staff on arrival to Istanbul and drive to your hotel. 
Day 2- Full Day Istanbul Islamic Tour (Breakfast-Lunch)
After the breakfast at the hotel you will meet your guide  for a full day Islamic tour in Istanbul. Today you will be visiting world wide famous Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmad Masjid), Ancient Hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisk, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace the house of sacred heritage of Hazrat Muhammed (asv).
Today you will have a great lunch from Turkish Ottoman Cuisine in old city of Istabul.
After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 3-  Bursa Islamic Day Tour (Breakfast - Lunch)
Today you will meet your guide at the hotel and drive to Bursa for a daily guided tour in Bursa.
Full day tour in Bursa with all famous and Islamic visiting places lunch included.
Our daily Bursa tour from Istanbul is a perfectly arranged to see all important sites, cable car hike in Bursa and visit to the historical Silk Market. 
  
After the Bursa tour drive back to Istanbul and hotel for overnight. 
Day 4-  Eyyub Sultan & Bosphorus Cruise Tour (Breakfast - Lunch)
Today you will have the chance to see a different Islamic heritage which is not listed in regular Istanbul tours. We will drive to Eyyub Sultan Mosque where you will be visiting the famous Eyyub Sultan's Tomb, the great mosque, Pierre Lotti Hill and old Ottoman town.
After lunch you will join our Bosphorus cruise where you will see the city walls, Golden Horn, Maiden Tower, Ciragan Palace, Ottoman Mansions and other historical and naturel sites.
After the tour drive back to hotel. 
Day 5- Istanbukl Shopping Tour (Breakfast)
Today you will have a shopping tour at leisure. Our driver will transfer you to biggest shopping mall in Europa: Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall.Where you can also see a great aquarium and ice museum (the only one in Turkey).
Today lunch is not included.
After the shopping tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 6- End Of Istanbul  Islamic Package
Transfer to airport according your flight time. 

I emailed another Islamic tour package which offer similar itinerary http://www.turkeytravelbazaar.com/
tour/islamic-package-tours/6-days-istanbul-bursa-islamic-tour-package.html and received a response.
 So far, this is the most reasonable tour that is within my targeted budget.  The price quoted is Euro1859
 for 4 of us inclusive of airport transfer, hotel, tour and tour guide, breakfast and lunch.
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I requested another quotation from another website and still waiting for reply.

Option No 2

http://www.exclusivetravelturkey.com/istanbul-bursa-yalova.htm
Istanbul Bursa & Cumalikizik



Day 01 : Istanbul Arrival 

Upon arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport & clearing customs, you will be met & accompanied during
 your transfer to the hotel. If time allows, you will have an orientation walk with one of our guides
 around Sultanahmet to get acquainted with the neighbourhood.

Day 02 : Istanbul
We will leave hotel in the morning to visit the spectacular Blue Mosque decorated with beautiful
17th century Iznik tiles. Then stroll around the historical Hippodrome where chariot races were
 once held. Continue with the Hagia Sophia, an early Christian church, later converted to a mosque
 under Ottoman rule. This magnificent temple now serving as a museum with all the artefacts from
 the Byzantine era intact & is especially famous for its mosaics. After lunch break, we continue
driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge & head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which offers
360° panoramic views of Istanbul overlooking the Sea of Marmara. Driving back to Europe over
the Bosphorus Bridge, we visit Dolmabahce Palace, with more than 340 rooms & eight Turkish
 Baths the imperial residence of the last six Sultans, is sure to fascinate its visitors.

Day 03 : Istanbul
Breakfast at hotel, then meet your guide at hotel lobby for a short drive to Spice Market, Egyptian
Bazaar heaped with various sweets & spices is one of the world’s largest spice bazaars since
1665. Soon after, we embark on the Bosphorus ferry for an unforgettable cruise along the
Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. Winding between green hills, it is
 lined with mosques, castles, 19th century mansions, picturesque villages & the extravagant
 baroque palaces of the late Ottoman Sultans. After lunch break, we will Topkapi Palace Museum
, the residence of the legendary Ottoman Sultans. It consists of several exhibition halls, such as
 the treasury, the porcelain section, armoury, holy relics. We will complete this historical day with
 a visit to the Grand Bazaar (Kapalicarsi). Return to hotel with evening at leisure.

Day 04 : Istanbul / Bursa
Early breakfast & check-out from hotel, we travel by ferry to Yalova, then by coach to the city of Bursa,
 the first capital of the Ottoman Empire & one of the greatest treasure houses of Islamic architecture.
We will first visit the Green Mosque & the neighbouring Green Mausoleum, both world-renowned for
their superb tile decoration, as well as the late 14th century Great Mosque & the Koza Han, which for
centuries was the center of Bursa's flourishing silk trade. After enjoying a leisurely cable car ride up
 the steep slopes of Mount Olympus, we drive to the historic village of Cumalikizik. This is one of the
best preserved Ottoman villages in Turkey with scores of picturesque houses built in the traditional
style. Lunch is at one of Bursa's most famous traditional Turkish restaurants, where we will enjoy the
finest authentic Ottoman cuisine in a historic setting, where Sultan Murat II once dined. You will be
dropped off at your hotel in Bursa for overnight stay.

Day 05 : Bursa / Istanbul 
Free day at leisure. Before leaving Bursa, experience one of the many famous Turkish Baths (Hamam)
 in Bursa. A Turkish Bat bath is a place, where physical & spiritual cleaning takes place & is hundreds
 of years old. Natural lighting & izonic colored tiles create a relaxing atmosphere. When entering to
Turkish bath, you leave all the hastiness of daily life outside, you exchange your clothes for a waistcloth
 & adorn the traditional clogs. Inside temperature reach up to 50 C under the central dome of the
 building. This heat & humidity opens the pores of body & extracts the fatty anoils of the body in
preparation for your scrub down & a massage by the attendant. After a gentle soap massage you
 leave the bath place with towels & pass to resting room. Here, tea is offered to you. You leave the
 Turkish Bath renewed, beautiful & refreshed. Check out & transfer to Istanbul (4hrs).

Day 06 : Istanbul Departure 
Depending on your flight time, check-out (12:00) from hotel & remainder of day will be at leisure
till your transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your homebound flight.



I found this useful tip from the same website

11 things you must do if you go to Turkey

Enjoy a Turkish Bath (Hamam) and relax.

Take a boat cruise on the Bosphorus (Istanbul).

Bargain for souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar or anywhere.

Sip tea and play backgammon at the local tea house.

Buy delicious sesame covered simit from a street vendor.

Catch a performance of the renowned Whirling Dervishes.

Say "Merhaba" (MER-huh-BA) (Hello) to locals.

Walk on a magic carpet and buy one if possible.

Take a ride on a dolmus (small minibuses).

Visit the barber for a haircut, shave or massage.

Watch folkloric dancing or a 'Mehter' parade live.


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I contacted the website twice and still waiting for the quotation.




Friday, August 8, 2014

Japanese Cheese Cake

Kek Keju Jepun
Bahan2 :
7 keping cheddar cheese (kira-kira 28g satu slice)
200ml susu segar@susu cair
4 biji telur
75gm tepung naik sendiri
75gm butter
100gm gula halus
1/2 sudu teh cream of tartar
Cara Menyediakan :
1. Koyakan cheese kecil-kecil dan campurkan bersama susu.Masak dengan api perlahan..Kacau selalu.
2. Bila dah hancur masukkan butter sehingga cair, tutup api dan sejukkan.
3. Asingkan putih dan kuning telur di dalam bekas yang berlainan.
4. Pukul putih telur bersama gula dan cream of tatar sehingga kembang dan meringue(bertanduk).
5. Kemudian pukul kuning telur hingga kembang dan masukkan adunan cheese tadi (ditapis)
6. Masukkan tepung sedikit-sedikit serta kacau perlahan-lahan sehingga sebati.
7. Kemudian masukkan adunan putih telur tadi dan kaup balikkan adunan sampai sebati
8. Lapikkan loyang dan sapu dengan sedikit butter.
9. Letak loyang dalam bekas berisi air panas
10. Panaskan oven..boleh lah dibakar dalam 1 jam 30 minit atau mengikut kepanasan oven masing-masing

got it from fb.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Rice cooker cake

Thought of giving it a try soon.

Got the recipe from http://www.kidspot.com.au/best-recipes/Breakfast+1/Rice-cooker-cake-recipe+5435.htm


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk

Method:

Step 1. Place flour, sugar and eggs into a bowl and whisk together while adding milk at a little at a time until all ingredients are incorporated.
Step 2. Pour cake mixture into the bowl of a rice cooker and set the rice cooker to cook. If you have an automatic rice cooker, you may need to push the button down 2-3 times until your cake is cooked.
Step 3. Cook until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean or the cake has a smooth, dry surface. This should take around 20-25 minutes.
Step 4. Slice and serve with berries and ice cream or maple syrup.