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Blog It Forward – Abdulbasit Gulsen

This blog is part of the Blog it Forward challenge and I’ve been blogged forward by Uwe Fetzer, my team mate in SAPlink Plugin for ABAP in Eclipse Project.

Sorry Uwe, I’m a little bit late to respond your Blog it Forward request. After 2 Teched’s (+1 Sapphire 🙂 ), DemoJam preparations etc., I’m now ready to forward your BIF to another community members.

I’m SAP Techology Consultant and SAP Mentor from Turkey. I’ve been working on SAP technologies for 12 years. I’ll not get into much technical details. I’ll list the milestones in my career and then start to talk about more intertesting stuff 🙂

Now, let’s talk about 3 major cities that I’ve spent most of my life. 


I was born in Iskenderun which is founded in 333 BC and many different cultures lived there in the past.


I spent first 16 years of my life. It is a small city, population is around 200K and located on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.


Like most other cities of Turkey, Iskenderun is famous with delicious food and deserts. You can eat one of the most delicious Turkish deserts “Kunefe” in Iskenderun. It is made from oven baked shredded phyllo dough with molten cheese and syrup. Although you can find it in almost all cities of Turkey, you can only find the original one in Iskenderun (or in the neighbour cities 🙂 )


I moved to Ankara (the capital of Turkey) when I was 16, to study Electrical and Electronics Engineering in Middle East Technical University. I stayed there only for 5 years but probably I’ll always miss these part of my life.

/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/scan0010_169027.jpgI was young when I moved to Ankara. I had lots of fun (as seen above), met with great people, learned a lot about life and I met with my wife!


After university, I moved to Istanbul which is the heart of the country and I still live here for more than 12 years.


You can cross from Europe to Asia using the bridge shown in the above picture. Normally, most of you probably suppose that crossing the continents using this bridge is very attractive and funny but unfortunately most of the times it is nightmare for us. Istanbul is a city with very poor public transportation. As a result, most of the time, we have very bad traffic in the city. For example, last week first snow of the season came to Istanbul and it took me 4 hrs to get home (25 km).

BIF Questions by Uwe Fetzer

What has your Mum cooked for you as a child (the everyday meals, not the special ones)?

I’m thinking about the answer of this question for 3 months. It is really hard to choose but if I had to choose only one, I think I would prefer “İçli Köfte“.

icli kofte.jpgThis is one of the meal that I can’t stop myself from eating. It is made of bulgur sutffed with minced onion, meat and various spices. You can boil or fry but I strongly prefer the boiled one.

Blog it Forward

I want to forward this blog to:

Ibrahim Gunduz : One of the most passionate community member in Turkey. You can’t find much contributions from him on SCN but he is the one who always helped us to organize community organizations in Istanbul and Ankara.

Ömer Haziroglu : I’ve been working together with him for a while. He is new to the community. In 2012, he wrote his first blog and I believe he’ll start sharing more his experience on SCN and he’ll be one of the top community members in Turkey in the coming years. 

Tahir Öz : He is one of the passionate community members in Turkey. He did great contributions in SCN especially in Mobile space and also attended/presented in SAP Inside Track and SAP CodeJam events in Istanbul. I’m sure he has lots of interesting stuff to share with his BIF blog.

(07.03.2016 Update) Ridvan Polat I wanted to add him to the BIF chain to let him introduce himself to the community. He is very active in participating and also organizing local Inside Track and CodeJams in Turkey.

The question I want to ask them is :

1. What 3 things would you change if you were a CEO at SAP ?

2. How would you spend the rest of your life if you won the lottery next week ?

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  • Hello Abdul, and it's so nice to have your #BIF.  No wonder you have looked so happy when I saw you at SAPTechEdLV - I did not know you were working on the SAP Plug In for Eclipse with Gregor, Uwe, Jann and Ivan.  A great team!

    Please show me where to get "Kunefe" if I ever get to Turkey.



    • Hi Sue,

      I'm surprised to hear that I've looked so happy during Teched. Normally, I look so tired due to the busy schedule and jet lag (at LV).

      You can find the best "Kunefe" at If you ever come here, I'll be happy to help you to taste various types of regional foods and deserts.


  • Great Blog, Abdulbasit, in past I did got a chance to exchange, some SAP information to few  consultant from Turkey, cant recall the name, it's been a while now, and your city look so beautiful, and Plants in the middle of road, it look so cool like Green Roads......

    Will love to try "Kunefe" it look so low on calaorie and delicioulsy.

    Best Luck for your new book.


    Nishan Dev

  • Wow....Your City looks so beautiful and even descent.

    I have seen Istanbul in couple of movies and it is damn good. Now a days, we are calculating calories to eat food, but when i was 15 years old, did not have these kind of rules. And, that was the time where i enjoyed a lot in eating.

    Nice one

    Thank you,


  • Hi Abdul,

    Good Day!

    Thank you so much for sharing about you and your experience. It was very interesting and different to read you BIF. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing exceptional blog. Keep rocking and sharing new innovation and ideas. I love to read your blogs and happy to comment it.

    Have a nice day!


    Hari Suseelan