Daily Archives: April 6, 2008

I guess the turtles hatch their eggs just about anywhere along the coast. It is the city of Sur, south of Muscat, however, that is most famous for turtle hatching sites in Oman.
The “Coffeepot Roundabout” located near the Shangri-La turn-off.

At the Shangri-La

Here’s my baby at the Shangi-La. I was tempted to go swimming but when the only shop at the hotel asked 68RO for a simple pair of swimming trunks (That’s 177 bucks, folks, for a cheap looking swimsuit that one might find for $1 or $2 elsewhere!!), I not only lost my desire to go swimming but I near lost my temper and my appetite! That is HIGHWAY ROBBERY! And yet MANY overweight foreigners were sitting around the pool and beach wearing those ghastly shorts. As long as there are suckers willing to pay the price, I can’t see the prices going down anytime soon… (Note to self: always bring your swimsuit when traveling!:-))

With Che for the day!

                            This mural located on the way to The Bustan Palace Hotel contains some of the icons of Muscat.

Che (which rhymes with “day”) as beautiful as ever!

“When you’re in love with a beautiful woman, you know it’s hard.
Everybody wants her, everybody loves her.
Everybody wants to take your baby home…
Everybody tempts her, everybody tells her
She’s the most beautiful woman they know…”
I’ve been thinking about this song from Dr. Hook because there is always someone hitting on my baby! (Now normally I’m not the jealous type…)
This weekend, my honey goes into the Shell station and this is the conversation the guy has with her as I’m waiting in the car (like a chump) getting it filled up…
Filipino clerk: Wow! You’re SO beautiful. Are you a Filipina?
Che: Yes, are you saying that because you are also from the Philippines and supporting your own? ha!ha!
Clerk: No. Come on. I’m sure you have heard “You are SO beautiful many times!”
(Hmm…I might have to give this guy a private visit the next time I’m in Muscat…)

The Iqama – A Call to Prayer….Or Not!

(A mosque just before sunset on the UAE side of the UAE/Oman border crossing)
Many do not turn up at the dawn, say residents, who blame it on laziness and a lack of motivation
By Samir Salama
Associate Editor of “The Gulf News
Abu Dhabi – Worshippers complain that lazy imams are making them late for work and and sometimes someone from the congregation has to lead the early morning prayer because the inam is still sleeping.
They are paid to lead the prayers five times a day and they are given accomodation near the mosques so they won’t be late for the prayers,” said one angry worshipper.
Many times both the imam and the assistant are absent at the (fajr) dawn prayers,” said M. Kunhi, a worshipper.
It delays everyone, especially if you have to catch a bus to go to work early,” he said. “Sleeping cannot be an excuse. There are many types of alarm clocks available. I think the Authority for Islamic Affairs should install punching machines at mosques to check their attendance.”
Ebrahim Abdul Baseer, another worshipper, said this is a big problem particularly in remote areas, where the imams feel they can get away with their laziness.
They do not have any motivation,” Abdul Baseer said. “Their problem is laziness.”
Another regular worshipper, Ali Ahmad Abdul Maqsood, said: “Last week the Imam missed the Fajr prayer. We were all standing in a line after the iqama (call to prayer) was made and we didn’t know what to do. We stood there for 35 minutes until we pushed one of us to lead the prayer.” He said mosques are empty in the mornings except for a few elderly people.
The General Authority of Islamic Affairs encourages worshippers to report any shortcomings in mosques and any suggestions. “Investigation is conducted into these complaints and those who prove guilty are punished. Penalties include salary deduction and termination of services,”said Mohammed Obaid Rashid Al Mazroui, Deputy Director General for Islamic Affairs and Endowments. He said the authority also conducts inspections of all mosques to check the performance of imams and muezzins and cleanliness of the mosques.

When this mountain “range” comes into sight, you know that you will soon be approaching the Oman-UAE border. (125 kms from Ibri) Doesn’t this mountain look like a fat man (or pregnant woman) lying down?

A picture speaks a thousand words, right? Well, this photo really captures the essence of Al Ain Mall.