Gaziantep sits within Turkey’s South East region that has been trading with many nations and civilisations since ancient times, receiving products and influences from East and West that enrich its culinary traditions and techniques.
Turkey is an awe-inspiring country that is blessed with varied landscapes that are millions of years old and multitude of vestiges from ancient civilisations, heritage and culture – its history is a heavily potent mix of Classical Gre- co-Roman, Byzantine and Oriental influ- ences, infusing elements from the East and West.
Turkey (Turkiye) means the ‘land of the Turks’. It was formerly called Anatolia, which means ‘the country where the sun rises’ in Greek. It is home to 80 million people that inhabit the nation’s seven regions: Marmara, Aegean, Black Sea, Middle Anatolia, Southeast and East.
The past few months have been hectic for us, as we had been heavily involved in large scale programmes such as the Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia to Central Sarawak, Kembara Kraf Selangor 2013, Malaysia Tourism Hunt (MTH) 2013, all of which are covered within the pages of this issue. Speaking of MTH, which is Tourism Malaysia’s laudable effort, it encourages international tourists to drive around Malaysia on their own and take advantage of the country’s good road systems to know more about the destinations and people. We therefore invite all travellers coming into Malaysia to consider renting a decent car (equipped with navigation system of course) and begin exploring the country independently and flexibly, allowing them to uncover more interesting facets of Malaysia along the way.