Friday, 4 October 2013

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

July 2009- His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said al Said, Sultan of Oman gave one his royal yachts to the Ministry of Tourism. I was very lucky to be invited to dinner aboard this splendid yacht. Beautiful, luxurious and WOW are the words that spring to mind. The yacht will be rented out by the day to the rich and famous all over the world. Oh dinner was good too. There is always trouble when mother and I get together!
Baby Grand piano

Ceiling lights

Ceiling lights 

Door signs on suites

Each door is named after a town in Oman

Barber shop

Floor to ceiling cutlery storage

All counted and accounted for 


Me and me mum

Mother  on the Throne

Fine dining 

Seafood dinner caught off the side of the yacht 


A little something stuck in me teeth!

Serious face

The Captain and his crew

It's a sign you know!

Things that make me laugh

On the way to Sohar from Buraimi. I had to pull over for this one.

Driving from Sohar on the Wadi Hibi road.

Bowling in Muscat

a menu in Sur 
a menu in Sur 

A nice heavy mental clock!

A nice heavy mental clock!

A nice heavy mental clock!

  Iraqi restaurant in Buraimi. Eggs eyes for me :)

  Iraqi restaurant in Buraimi.Yummy- impregnating meat

  Iraqi restaurant in Buraimi.- soak chicken :) 
  Iraqi restaurant in Buraimi.Eggs case??

  Iraqi restaurant in Buraimi. Jaeck Youhurt with cucum YUM!

  Iraqi restaurant in Buraimi. I might the impregnating shawama one day. NOT"


A little shop next to a Yemeni restaurant in Buraimi 

Driving to Dubai

In Dubai 

Thursday, 3 October 2013

We received an email from the "boss" last night saying- 

 Dear All, 
This for your kind information. The machismos of using this facility is being worked out and will be circulated to you shortly. 

Kind regards 

 I take it that machismos is the copy machine as that was the only thing missing from the office today. It saddens me that someone with a PhD in Translations makes these kinds of mistake. Last year he sent me countless "genital" reminders! I rest my case, or should that be case my rest. Our level coordinator called a 2pm meeting so that we could discuss urgent issues! Basically, we aren’t allowed to do anything anymore. No copying, no Arabic in class and we have to give 24 hours notice on being sick. This is very alarming and worrying for me as I have no way of knowing when my old ticker is going to act up. We got an email from HR informing us that we no longer have health insurance and that should we need to see a doctor, we must pay and then claim the money back. This is all very well and good - but what to do if you have no bloody money. I feel another visit to the labour office on the cards. 

 On a lighter note, I went to the electricity company and a guy there told me that there was too much conception in my house and that is why my electric bill is too high.

You've been in the Middle East too long when..........

This has definitely been done before, but I thought I'd share it anyway:

You enjoy camping in the sand
You are not surprised to see a goat in the passenger seat
You serve coffee in a thimble
You expect confirmation on your airline reservation to be “inshallah”
You think everyone’s first name is “Al”
You need a sweater when it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit
Your idea of housework is leaving a note for the houseboy
You understand “no problem” means follow up
You think skis were developed for use on sand dunes
You believe speed limits are only advisory
You expect to see tractors driving at 40 kmp on a super highway
You expect police to drive BMW’s
You know whether you are within missile range of Iraq
You think black is appropriate day wear
You think it’s normal to play golf on the sand and putt on the brown
You refuse to go swimming in the Gulf unless the water is in the mid 90’s F
You wear a jacket inside and take it off when you go outside
You think shopping malls are covered souqs
You expect your office to call you at home on Fridays
You can judge a perfect “10” by the ankle
You think carpets belong on the wall
You know which end of the sharwma to unwrap first
You think the further you inch into the middle of the intersection the faster the light will turn green
You believe that the definition of “nanosecond’ is the time interval between the time the light turns green
and the time that the guy behind you begins to blow his horn
You believe it’s normal to buy a car without first taking it for a test drive
You give directions by landmarks instead of road names
You think all gas stations are made of marble
You can receive every television station except the local station
You get used to using the cold water tap to get hot water during the summer
You think being liberated means sitting in the family section
You think a red light means run it
think Kleenex belongs on the dinner table
You think the biggest event of the year is the camel races
You think water only comes in bottles
You can’t buy anything without asking for a discount
You have more carpets than floor space
You expect all stores to stay open till midnight
You understand that “wadi bashing” isn't a criminal act
You make left turns from the far right lane
You think Pepsi begins with a “B”
You send friends a map instead of your address