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Breakfast in Istanbul. The end.

The final chapter to Breakfast in Istanbul by Brian Martin-Onraet.

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“What is that Daddy? A dragon?”

“Yes, Tiffany, it is the family dragon. It‘s been in the family for more than a hundred years.”

“That’s what Lung means, right, Daddy? Dragon? I even know how to write it!”

“Very well, Tiffany. Show me.”

I stuck my tongue between my teeth. Took my time and proudly wrote:

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“Very good Tiffany. Now that is the simplified version for Dragon. Next time, you will try the classical form. Here, let me show you.” He took a small brush out of a drawer, a bottle of black ink that always sat on his desk and wrote in a few,swift, elegant strokes, on the same piece of paper:

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I have kept that piece of paper. Hoarded preciously in my treasure box. Dragons in the West are fearful creatures. For us in China, well, I’m Malaysian, but for our people in China, the Dragon is a…

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Breakfast in Istanbul. Part 2.

Breakfast in Istanbul by Brian Martin-Onraet (part 2). A must read short story inspired by my daily sketches

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I needed to get dressed for that party the Philosopher had invited me to. And, of course, I had nothing to wear. Please do not smile my reader friend. That is always a delicate matter. The little black dress (Oh Tiffany! Oh, Givenchy!) is of course, always a possibility. But no. Too easy. I wondered why I’d paid 40 bucks a piece for two additional suitcases to find myself with nothing to wear. So I rummaged and rummaged and found an old Cheong Sam (your typical body-hugging Chinese dress) I’d bought once for a wedding and never wore again. It made me look like a Chinese waitress. Why had I packed it still is a mystery.

Yet here was the solution for this intellectual party the Philosopher was throwing. I took a pair of scissors and sewing kit. A girl should never travel without a pair of scissors. I cut…

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Breakfast in Istanbul. (Part 1) By Brian Martin-Onraet and Tiffany Choong

A must read action packed fictional short story by Brian Martin-Onraet inspired by Stewart the seagull that took me to Istanbul this year. A big thank you for this. I am honoured x

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The seagulls glide and glide over the waters. Hundreds of them. Gliding and flying effortlessly. Catch the wind. Glide a while. Then a swift stroke of a wing and glide again. Stewart is probably up there. I can’t make him out. Too many seagulls in the air. And too many ships in the waters! Reminds me of traffic in Bangkok, Chang Mai or KL, without the motorbikes. Here, ships and boats of all size and hue cross each other at breakneck speed. Well, a few knots’ breakneck speed. They make quite a show, sounding their horns at each other. Painting the water white with their foamy trails. Ferries, tourist boats, fishing boats, one or the other Navy battle ship. Russia and the Black sea are not too far away.

Every now and then a seagull stops in mid-air, flipping its wings madly, suspended in the air, then drops into the…

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Sketch of the day no 669 in my moleskine art journal: the hanging basket. From Istanbul to Penang

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hanging grocery basket

Sketch of the day no 669 in my moleskine art journal: the hanging basket. From Istanbul to Penang. I should have named it the flying basket. It would have been more appropriate!
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the grocery basket

Sketch of the day no 632 in my moleskine art journal: buoys from Istanbul. ‘It’s time to sail away, I will return one day’

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It’s time to sail away, I will return one day… Istanbul buoys

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal are buoys from Istanbul fishing area near galata. It’s the last sketch for this moleskine sketchbook. The whole book has been dedicated to my time in Istanbul ~ live like a local series.

‘It’s time to sail away, I will return one day’

Sketch of the day no 631 in my moleskine art journal: Antique turkish brass inkwell & pen case with shell decoration for travellers

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Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of an antique Turkish brass inkwell & pen case with shell decoration for travellers.
‘I’m capturing the world one page at a time.’

Sketch of the day no 630 in my moleskine art journal: trunk escutcheon. All journeys have a secret destination of which the traveller is unaware.

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antique turkish trunk escutcheon

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of antique Turkish trunk escutcheons.
‘All journeys have a secret destination of which the traveller is unaware.’

Sketch‬ of the day no 629 in my ‪‎moleskine‬ ‪‎art journal‬: miniature filigree clog used in ‪‎Turkish‬ hamam.

Antique Turkish Hamam clogs
Antique Turkish Hamam clogs

Today’s sketch‬ of the day in my moleskine‬ art journal‬ is of an antique miniature filigree clog used in Turkish‬ hamams. I discovered them at an antique shop in Beysehir, Turkey. They are made of wood and a layer of silver sheet covers the top.

If the shoe fits, buy it ;p

Sketch of the day no 624 in my moleskine art journal: Cocoche. A citizen of Istanbul.

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Istanbul stray street dog adopted. Everyone deserves to be happy xx

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of Cocoche, a small dog. She was a street dog and then she was adopted by a nice lady.
Every animal is a citizen of Istanbul.
Everyone deserves to be happy xoxo

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