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  1. ProducerMohammed A. Jawad
    Preparations for Ramadan
    Preparations for RamadanAha...it’s all Ramadan rush! Walk in into any hyper store or supermarket and one can see the visible crowd of customers—all hastily wading, surveying promo offers and picking up groceries at discounted rates and special deals.It’s like a shopping...
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    Brian McKenzie
    26/05/2017 #7 Brian McKenzie
    The stores in Bishkek are CLEANED out, if you want decent selection - it is out to the rural farmers bazaar.
    It was a difficult month for me last year, this time I am better prepared.
    Jerry Fletcher
    26/05/2017 #6 Jerry Fletcher
    Mohammed, Thank you for a look into a world foreign to me but so wonderfully human.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    25/05/2017 #5 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #4 @🐝 Fatima G. Williams Thanks so much for your compliments :)
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    25/05/2017 #4 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    Ramadan Kareem @Mohammed A. Jawad Blessings from above to your family and friend's.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    25/05/2017 #3 Tausif Mundrawala
    Everyone waits with unabated breadth for this auspicious month. Am glad that you shared this buzz with us, @Mohammed A. Jawad
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    25/05/2017 #2 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #1 @Aaron 🐝 Skogen Thanks so much for your warm greetings and compliments.:)
    Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    25/05/2017 #1 Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    Ramadan Kareem, @Mohammed A. Jawad. Peace and blessings to you and your family during this, your most sacred of months!
  2. ProducerBrian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    02/05/2017
    The Wheels on the Bus....
    The Wheels on the Bus....This is a Ukrainian marshytka  - it is a little shuttle bus for getting around town.  They are privately owned and run at higher frequency intervals than the City Buses.  A ride across town will set you back 4 ua - which is about 15 cents - a pretty...
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  3. ProducerAnđela Bogdan

    Anđela Bogdan

    28/04/2017
    ASTANA - Futuristic city for the 22nd century
    ASTANA - Futuristic city for the 22nd centuryOne of the largest international expos of the decade is coming to the capital of Kazakhstan. EXPO 2017 is a recognized expo, also referred to as an international specialized expo, and is part of the World’s Fair system. Recognized expos are smaller...
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    Brian McKenzie
    11/05/2017 #8 Brian McKenzie
    #7 @Anđela Bogdan You're welcome, it will probably be my next landing zone on my continuing 'Stans escape & expose trip.
    Anđela Bogdan
    11/05/2017 #7 Anđela Bogdan
    @Brian McKenzie Thanks for sharing! :)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    30/04/2017 #6 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #5 Hvala Tebi! Sviđa mi se ideja, ali toliko je već zanimljivih tema obrađeno u Građevinaru. Možda nešto o splitskom kampusu ili nekim budućim projektima Sveučilišta u Splitu. Bit ćemo u kontaktu. :-)
    Anđela Bogdan
    30/04/2017 #5 Anđela Bogdan
    #3 Hvala Vam puno na podršci, @Lada 🏡 Prkic! Ako imate neke zanimljive teme, projekte ili građevine o kojima biste voljeli čitati u Građevinaru, slobodno proslijedite u inbox, pa ću ih pokušati obraditi u sljedećim stručnim prilozima. :)
    Anđela Bogdan
    30/04/2017 #4 Anđela Bogdan
    #2 I agree with you, Lisa. :) Astana is called ''The Dubai Of Central Asia''. Very unique city in the middle of the Kazakh Steppe.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    29/04/2017 #3 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Astana je grad sam po sebi čudo, koji je izgrađen vizijom jednog čovjeka i uz pomoć najpoznatijih svjetskih arhitekata. Nigdje nema toliko čudnih struktura na jednom mjestu. Sajamski grad će samo upotpuniti sliku Astane po tom pitanju.
    Uvijek mi je drago pročitati tvoje članke u Građevinaru, Anđela. :-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    29/04/2017 #2 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    How unique and should be very enlightening!
    mohammed khalaf
    28/04/2017 #1 mohammed khalaf
    Being more inclusive should be of utmost importance to all employers in an increasingly diverse society and competitive global marketplace.
  4. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    06/04/2017
    "Yellow Snow" it is supposed to be the last snow of the year
    Of course in the west, it means that a dog relieved itself in a drift or field
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    Brian McKenzie

    05/04/2017
    The old ways are still apparent in Central Asia
    100 miles outside of the capital - cars and computers are a rarity.
    And thankfully neither Starbucks nor McDonalds has landed locally
    Sakha warrior song: "Orto Aziya" - Legentej (Yakutia)
    Sakha warrior song: "Orto Aziya" - Legentej (Yakutia) Yakutia Sakha warrior song якутская песня "Орто Азия" -...
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  6. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    05/04/2017
    Асель Касмакунова - Кара жорго
    The Dark Rider dance - sweeping the nation in line dance fashion - a great shoulder work out as well.
    Super Kyrgyz folk song and dance - Kara Jorgo(Kyrgyz Musics)
    Super Kyrgyz folk song and dance - Kara Jorgo(Kyrgyz Musics) Music of Kyrgyzstan. Асель Касмакунова - Кара жорго....
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    Brian McKenzie

    03/04/2017
    Bishkek has many "Tribute" restaurants piggy backing on an existing brand - either directly using their name or a spoof there of. Nearly every social media stream has its own themed cafe ( VK, OdnoKlassic, WhatsApp, McDonards, and of course Football Club Pubs ManU, Royale Madrid.... etc) YES, there was even an Obama tribute restaurant .....I saw was - because Bishkek is Repealing & Replacing that eatery with one to Celebrate the 45th President - Donald Trump.
    Opening in a few weeks after the remodel.
    Obama was not / is not popular here - there will be no face-time remnants of his Legacy in Central Asia.
    Brian McKenzie
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  8. ProducerBrian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    01/04/2017
    Notice of Intent
    Notice of IntentThis was my last Long form post on Linked-In over a year ago.  Notice of Intent   In that year, I have developed ties to the community and local out lying regions - made connections with construction, finance, and government entities that could help...
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    Brian McKenzie
    02/04/2017 #2 Brian McKenzie
    #1 #Kyrzbekistan is a fictitious country born from a grand 2014 NYTimes blunder. It is more of a state of mind - than a place on the map ;)
    Vladimir Van Dyke
    02/04/2017 #1 Vladimir Van Dyke
    May I be so bold as to correct the fellow Bee that there is no such Country as Kyrzbekistan. The map depicts three separate and sovereign Countries. What is the intent of your naming the region with such odd name?
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    Brian McKenzie

    23/03/2017
    Toilet paper in the region (when you find it) is as such - no tube and it is a "raw" and course affair - just this side of wiping with shipping parcel paper.
    No fluffy bears dancing
    Mr Whipple has no worries of you squeezing this roll 😱
    Brian McKenzie
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    Joel Anderson
    23/03/2017 #1 Joel Anderson
    @Brian McKenzie Oh just great. Now you are going to start another twist to the over under argument. Sideways--Left or Right?
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    Brian McKenzie

    22/03/2017
    The Dragon is normally associated with China ..... but China is right next door - so it was an easy commute for this red devil to make an appearance !
    Actually - there is a long standing local folklore about dragons as well.
    The Red Ceremonial one here is supposed to grant you good luck and fortune for the year.... the ones of olden days just wanted to eat you.
    Brian McKenzie
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    Brian McKenzie

    22/03/2017
    More Cymolok for everyone !
    I am honestly surprised that they have not thinned it down and made it into a booze yet..... but that is just the old moonshiner streak in my family thinking out loud......
    With the right process - it could be a potent potable.
    Brian McKenzie
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    Brian McKenzie

    22/03/2017
    The Spring Holiday of Nowruz came off in grand style.
    Many of my students were involved in the dance performances and in the behind the scenes work for costumes and choreography.
    The local news got way better pictures than I did - Enjoy
    Brian McKenzie
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    Brian McKenzie

    21/03/2017
    Symolok (Cумолок) is a traditional Kyrgyzs treat for the Nowruz (Muslim New Year Celebration) that is commemorated on March 21 - the Spring Equinox. It is a ground, strained and filtered grass whey concoction. It is 'juiced' mixed with a yogurt base starter and then fired over a large cauldron that is fueled by a fire. The process of cooking, cooling & stirring takes about 12 hours and is traditionally started on the marking of midnight for the ceremonial preparation. Family members will take turns stirring, singing and feeding the fire. An odd notion, is that there are seven stones in the bottom of the cook cauldron - one stone for each of the long standing tribal regions of the nation.

    The taste is a mix between unsweetened butterscotch and raw applesauce - the kind you get on a farm without any sugar or preservatives. It is tremendously labor intensive and only available for the Spring Holiday. The tradition is that the first taste of your serving is to be done by inserting your pinky finger into the mix. I gather this to test the temperature - because right off the fire - it will burn your mouth like nobody's business. There were a few blended smoothy vendors down town that made the mix thinner and easier to drink - but nearly all the others had the consistency of Malt-o-meal

    I found it delicious - but was admonished in horror by my friends when I suggested it would make a yummy ice-cream..... Apparently, some things are not open to cross pollination.
    Сумолок - материнская надежда
    Сумолок - материнская надежда Мы в интернете - http://kabarlar.org/ Мы в twitter - https://twitter.com/KABARLAR Мы в facebook -...
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    Brian McKenzie
    21/03/2017 #2 Brian McKenzie
    #1 @Dean Owen I will have to try that when I make it to Japan. I still think it would make a good icecream base ......I might just get inventive with what I can score after the party.
    Dean Owen
    21/03/2017 #1 Dean Owen
    Reminds me of the Euglena drink that is popular in Japan now. Yucky!
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    Brian McKenzie

    19/03/2017
    Dear Miscreant Globalist F*cks
    Central Asia is NOT Europe
    Go Home - Stay HOME.
    eeas - European Commission
    eeas.europa.eu European Union External...
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    Brian McKenzie

    18/03/2017
    Damn your trademarks ! Give me Sheep Burger and Spicy chicken bombs Brian McKenzie
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    Brian McKenzie

    15/03/2017
    When travelling about the Stans - invariably you will have to take care of Business. This is the 'modern' toilet in the region, as it flushes. Liberals, Progressives and SJWs should rejoice, it is gender nuetral. Just shut your yap, drop your shorts (or what have you) squat over the hole and fire away. Remember the local tradition is to wipe with your bare left hand .....but if you are a frilly westerner & brought your own TP - be advised it goes in the basket next to the toilet and not down the drain. Brian McKenzie
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    Brian McKenzie
    15/03/2017 #1 Brian McKenzie
    To be clear, these were common in Ukraine as well, even in brand new construction.
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    Brian McKenzie

    10/03/2017
    The Traditional 'Dress Hat' of nomadic elders and cultural Kyrgyz - the Калпак (Kalpak) Brian McKenzie
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    Brian McKenzie
    10/03/2017 #2 Brian McKenzie
    #1 my students - getting ready for spring Yurt Season
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    10/03/2017 #1 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    Youre having fun :)
  18. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    09/03/2017
    KURMANJAN was born in 1811 outside present-day Osh, Kyrgyzstan. During her 97 years of life, she united Kyrgyz tribes against Chinese, Russian and other Central Asian powers, commanded an army and negotiated the continued integrity of her nation. She became the first female leader to be recognized by the Tsar of Russia, the Emir of Bukhara and the Khan of Kokand. Since independence in 1991 and the bicentennial of her birth in 2011, she is remembered not only as a datka (righteous governor) but also as Queen of the Alai, Queen of the South and, most of all, ulut enesi—mother—of the Kyrgyz nation.
    Official Trailer Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains (ORIGINAL)
    Official Trailer Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains (ORIGINAL) Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains is a historical epic from Kyrgyzstan, set in the 19th century, which tells the true story of Kurmanjan Datka, a...
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    Brian McKenzie

    01/03/2017
    Its the same f*cking recipe
    Well telegraphed ..... and with the same idiocy planned
    Ukraine 2013
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-backed-techcamp-color-revolution-revealed-by-ukraine-official/5441928

    Bishkek 2017
    Somebody needs a few Hawaiian Shirts
    Brian McKenzie
    U.S. mentors travel to Kyrgyzstan for TechWomen Delegation Program
    www.kabar.kg
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    Brian McKenzie

    01/03/2017
    Protests, Detentions, Arrests and Dead
    Oh MY.
    Just as predicted - the Spring meeting of Putin with local Anti - US Kyrgyz government Prime Minister has been met with Western led Color Revolutionary Bullshit.
    Brian McKenzie
    Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Bishkek
    www.kabar.kg
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    Brian McKenzie

    01/03/2017
    The little nameless war that the Globalists / CIA / America have been funding and spooling up on the border has come to the capital city.
    Right on time. Just as f*cking predicted.
    Time to play ball.
    Brian McKenzie
    Protests erupt after Kyrgyzstan arrests opposition leader
    wapo.st Hundreds of people protested Sunday in Kyrgyzstan after authorities detained a prominent opposition leader on fraud and corruption charges that his supporters say are politically...
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    Brian McKenzie

    24/02/2017
    The nomadic tent not only dots the hillside and is the central hub to the still existing rural culture - it can even play a integral part to your table top as a souvenir or a dishwarmer - yes - the little yurt will keep pies and meat dishes warm for a very long time past it leaving the oven. Brian McKenzie
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    Brian McKenzie

    24/02/2017
    Samsi (CAMCbi) Are a local 'fast-food' meat pastry that is available at nearly every quicki mart in the city. They are a 'hot-pocket' that is tandoor fired treat that is filled with ground meat, onions and often garlic. The meat is most often mutton - but chicken, beef and yes - horse will appear. The only think that will never appear - is pork, it is after all a Muslim Country and Pork is completely rare.
    When they are hot - the oil and juice is nearly scalding - it is best to let them cool for a bit.
    I like to buy them, put them in the fridge.... and make a slice to slide in eggs, mushroom and cheese cubes.... and then the microwave does it work.
    Bring your fat bryki - they are not low-call in any sense of the word, especially after I am done with my version.
    Brian McKenzie
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    Brian McKenzie

    24/02/2017
    Plov (Плов) is a season rice dish out of Uzbekistan for origin - but it is a favorite across the entire region. There have been over 200 different documented recipes of this staple. The rice is slow cooked in a seasoned broth over a long fire embers. Vegetables of Carrots, Garlic, and Onions are always on hand - the meat is often mutton during the spring and fall seasons .... but beef and horse will appear as well. My favorite rendition includes raisins, leafy bokchoy and seared potatoes added at the very end as garnish. Brian McKenzie
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    Brian McKenzie
    24/02/2017 #1 Brian McKenzie
    If you want to make it at home, here is a good step by step and detailed recipe www.olgasflavorfactory.com/main-course/plov/
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    Brian McKenzie

    24/02/2017
    Maksym Shoro ( Максым Шоро ) is a malted grain drink that is served on the corner when the weather is nice. The drink is sold by the cup or the bottle - when taken in the bottle - it is carbonated. You can also buy it in stores as well.
    Though it is a grain / barley / malt mix - it tastes like carbonated peanuts. It is like drinking a fizzy peanut butter sammich.... but with a twist. About hour after drinking it - you will NEED a toilet. And you will experience I have dubbed Maxim Skorost - (Максым Шkороctb) - which if you know a bit of Russian - it means Extreme Speed .... a play on words to the brand - a havoc on your intestines.
    on the upside - you will not need an enema in this region - ever.
    Brian McKenzie
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