Monthly Archives: May 2012

“Oman: An Arabian Renaissance” on US Television Network

Nice video that was posted on US Television Network.  Check it out if you have 28 minutes to spare and want to learn more about our fascinating sultanate!

In a region notorious for religious extremism and unrest, Oman stands out as an oasis of peace.” Amen and may it always continue to be so!  🙂

From “Batman Begins” to “The Dark Knight Rises”

Watching movies is one of my major vices.  Like anyone else, I enjoy watching a movie now and then on the big screen.  I also enjoy collecting movies whenever I get a chance.  When I left Korea back in 2006, I left behind hundreds of movies I had collected.  Some of the best were sent home to family in Canada.





I was watching Batman Begins last night from the collection of 240 movies I’ve amassed so far here in the Sultanate.  The one line from the movie that stood out from all the rest for me is this one:

Your compassion is a weakness your enemies will not share.”

Batman/Wayne replies, “That’s why it’s so important.  It separates us from them.”  Well said!

Just found out that the conclusion to the Batman movies is scheduled to come out this summer: The Dark Knight Rises.  There are 3 trailers for it on the Warner Bros Picture’s Youtube page but the third one is the best.  Here it is:

Looks awesome!  I hope it makes it to Oman  at the same time it hits the theatres in the US.  It’s scheduled to open in the States on July 20th.  The movies listed on the “coming soon” page of Al Shatti Cinema only goes until July 12th so far so we’ll have to wait and see… (Thanks to Rantonit for tipping me off that Batman is scheduled to come out soon!)  It was funny to read on the IMDB trivia page for Batman Begins that the Batmobile was hit by a drunkdriver while filming in Chicago.  The driver thought it was “an invading alien spacecraft”, haha!

Taxi Drivers to Blame for 60% of Accidents in Oman!!!

This pic was taken by yours truly along the Muttrah Corniche.  The main was to let you see what the standard orange and white taxis of Oman look like.

I think that anyone who has ever been in a taxi in Oman might not be surprised by the statistic in a recent report by the ToO (Times of Oman) that those taxi drivers cause 60% of the accidents here in the Sultanate.  Yesterday, ToO reporter, Saleh Al Shaibany, wrote this fascinating article titled, “Taxi Drivers Blamed for 60% of Accidents“.  Well worth a read!  If you’re reading this from within the Sultanate, take care out there.  It’s like gambling with your life everytime you get on the road!

The Middle East – Where do YOU think I live?

Haha! I love this!  So much truth to this.  I especially had to chuckle at “where the locals think I’m from“.  Oman is definitely much more than any of these images or even ones that are conjured up in ones mind but we’re glad to call this place “home” for now.

Attention Filipino Food Lovers! ChowKing is Now Open!

This is from ChowKing’s website.  Apparently the grand opening was a HUGE success!  It was mostly attended by Filipinos and the Philippines Embassy even had a representative there!

This pic as well as the nice one of the food below are courtesy of our friend, Tin Daluz Barroba, who was there with her husband and friends at the grand opening on Sunday, May 20th.  We reported that she had to wait one hour before the order was taken and then another hour for the food to arrive.  She still thought it was well worth it and here is why:

Mmm!  This really makes me miss the Philippines!  🙂

Have any of you local readers been to ChowKing yet?  If so, how was your experience?  Here’s a nice report from Muscat Daily about the opening of ChowKing in Qurum City Center food court in Al Qurum, Muscat.    For more info, call ChowKing at 24470907           Here is their UAE facebook page.