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10 KM Charity Walk for Philippines Typhoon Relief – Dec 7th, Shatti Al Qurum


This Saturday there’s a 10km charity walk to benefit the victims the recent typhoon in the Philippines. This is a joint project of Muscat Duty Free and UNICEF. Participation fee is RO3. The walk starts from Shatti Al Qurum Corniche at 2pm this Saturday.” (from Merge 104.8’s facebook page)

“Yours Truly Indonesia”Promotion at Asia, Shangri-La Muscat Until Nov. 26th

ImageWe were invited to the fabulous Asia restaurant at Shangri-La on Thursday evening to try out the Indonesian promotion that started Nov 12th and continues until Nov 26th.  It was an incredible evening of entertainment and unbelievable food.   For those who visit the facebook page of Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa and answer 3 questions each week (during the promotion), you will be entered into a draw to win a 3 day vacation at Shangri-La Jakarta with tickets provided by Oman Air!Image  This was not our first time at Asia.  Click here to read about our experience during our first visit there.ImageThe lucky man is this picture is Mark Kirk, General Manager of Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa.  The 2 ladies on either side of Mr. Kirk are members of the Indonesian community in Muscat who got all dolled up in traditional Indonesian dresses.ImageThe cocktails were great! These are specially made for the Indonesian promotion.ImageImageImageKaredok – Raw vegetable salad with peanut sauce.  This salad alone is worth the trip out to Shangri-La!  There really was something magical about the peanut sauce on that salad!  One of my favourite dishes of the entire evening.ImageSoto Betawi – Batavian Beef Soup – Words can’t describe how delicious this soup tasted.  Seriously one of the best soups I can ever remember enjoying.  Indescribable taste and the beef was so tender in the soup that it seemed to almost melt in my mouth.ImageSate Lilit Campur – Mixed Balinese Satay served with Nasi Goreng, Acar and Sambal.  The delicious main course of the evening  came with a generous helping of rice (with pineapple in it, I believe).ImageAnother specialty drink for the promotion called the Bali drink which contains rum.ImageImageKue Lapis Surabaya Dengan Es Krim Kelapa – Layered cake from Surabaya served with Coconut ice cream.  Yummy!ImageAnother look at the main dish that the guest chefs from Jakarta prepared as it was coming out of the kitchen for one of the guests.ImageChefs Nur Budiyono and Marlina Tulus Salam are happy to serve during their 2 week stay in Oman. True Indonesian ambassadors bringing the finest authentic Indonesian delicacies here to the Sultanate for a limited time.  These 2 expert Indonesian guest chefs are from Shangrila-La Jakarta and are here to present Indonesia’s best kept culinary secrets in a unique menu of natives’ favourites.ImageL to R: Eihab Attia (Communications Manager), Chef Marlina Tulus Salam, Ingrid Hotanijaya (Communications Executive), Chef Nur Budiyono, Samir Abu Al Majid (Advertisinglass Executive for Al Watan), and Ania Zdunek (Assistant Director of Communications).  It was great meeting so many wonderful people at this brilliantly organized event!

Thanks a lot to the staff at Shangri-La Muscat (especially Ingrid and Rasha) for the invite!  What an unforgettable evening.  For those of you who have never been to “Asia”, now’s a great chance to try it out.  Who knows, you might even win the 3-day vacation to Jakarta, Indonesia!  Whether you win the draw or not, it may very well be the best Indonesian cuisine you ever get a chance to experience!

Pics/Vids from Red Bull Car Park Drift Last Weekend – Now to the Finals in Dubai, Nov. 8th

Seems like my blogging buddy, Geoff, beat me to posting pics from last weekend.  Check out his incredible pics from last weekend here.  What you don’t see on his blog are the lengths he is willing to go in order to get some of those shots!  Let me show you what I mean.ImageTalk about commitment! Some of those cars came mighty close to the cable spools! Here’s another look:ImageWhile Geoff was there officially shooting for Red Bull, I was helping myself to the free drinks (Red Bull – original and sugar free) in the VIP tent! 😉ImageHere are a few pics of the action:ImageImageImageImageImageImageThey also had this free try-it-for-yourself game setup for younger racers at heart:ImageIt was an awesome day of action down at the Oman Automobile Association!  Here are a few videos I took while there:        This short vid might give you a small taste of why Ali Al Balushi was crowned “King of Omani Drifters” for 2013: ImageAs the sun set on the car park drifting event, the 2 racers who came out on top were: 1) Ali Al Belushi and 2) Sami Al Shaibani.ImageAli Al Belushi and Sami Al Shaibani will both represent the Sultanate of Oman at the regional finals in Dubai this weekend on November 8th at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Geoff and I will be there to check it out.  Thanks to Red Bull for the blogger passes to Dubai!  Should be awesome fun!  Let’s hope one of the gents from Oman wins it! Dubai, here we come! 🙂ImageWinner of the RBCPD, Ali Al Balushi – the new Omani “King of Drift”

Here’s a decent video put together by Red Bull:


LOGOS HOPE’s Video Port Report – Muscat, Oman, October 2013

Great video report from Logos Hope on their recent visit to Muscat, Oman! Nice scenes of Muscat including Muttrah and Muttrah Souq. The video contains their official reception to Oman, the visit of the 43rd millionth visitor in the whole history of GBA ships, their exclusive event for women and children, partnerships with “Clean Up Oman” and I-Care Initiative and a special visit from some folks from the Oman Association for the Disabled. They welcomed over 20,000 visitors while in port less than a week. Great job to the entire crew of Logos Hope on “building friendships, learning from each others cultures and bringing knowledge, help and hope around the Arabian Peninsula”!

When Lakes Meet Oceans Exhibition by Matti Sirvio

ImageThursday, Oct. 24th was the opening of Pastor Matti Sirvio’s exhibition “When Lakes Meet Oceans” which was inaugurated by Her Highness Sayyida Basma Al Said at Ghalya’s Museum of Modern Art.  A big thanks to the Museum for permission to post this pic! 🙂  I’ve posted about Ghalya’s Museum of Modern Art before in this blogpost.Image If you haven’t been to the museum, which is along the Muttrah Corniche, you might want to go check it out (9:30am-6pm daily) during Matti’s exhibition which runs until November 8th.ImageHere is Pastor Matti in front of his painting, “Tree Full of Apples“”, which sells for 1200 OR.  In total, there are 26 painting on display ranging from 500 OR to 1500 OR.  Opening night was a huge success with 7 paintings already sold.    Here’s some info taken from the exhibition brochure:Image

Image                                  This painting, “Dogs Bark The Caravan Moves On” (1200 OR) is one of my favorites.  To see the other 24, you’ll have to head down to the museum! 😉ImageThe talented Markku Polyhonen (also from Finland) performed a piano recital at 8pm to entertain the group of art lovers, friends and supporters.  It really was a great evening out that was beautifully hosted by Ghalya’s Museum!  As with most of these events, it was also a great chance to socialize with some fantastic people like these gents:ImageMatti did it right.  If you are ever going to open an art exhibition in Muscat, these 2 gentlemen should be on the top of the list for invitations: Abdullah Al Busaidi (Communication and Public Relations Manager for Bait Al Zubair Museum/Foundation) and Ibrahim Gailani (artist extraordinaire).  Not only do they know their art, they are true socialites that make such events a real joy to attend.

Let me close by sharing this nicely written piece by an unnamed staff reporter from the Times of Oman titled “Finnish Artist Paints Oman’s Vibrant Beauty on Canvas“.  Nice pic of Pastor Matti Sirvio next to one of his first paintings from Oman!Image (photo credit: Times of Oman)

Other pieces of work from Matti can be viewed at this website.  He can also be contacted at