Sunday, September 14, 2014

HOUSE UPDATE: The floor plans are finished did you say?

My Muscat land for my future house (inshaAllah)
Well, coming back to my adventure of building and buying my own house/villa here in Oman... remember how back in June I blogged that our floor plans were finished?

Well, turns out the Engineer said he could do some things that Muscat Municipalities says we can't....(like put the stairs right to the side)  and also that we couldn't do some things that we could (such as build a bit wider to the sides... and change the parking to save more of the land.

So we switched our Engineer and started a new plan. That was going all well and all until he up and left the country for two months and was like, don't worry, I'll email it to you soon, inshaAllah, ma mishkila.

Well, mishkila.

He was beyond late. Two weeks turned into two months. Then we gave him a little more time, and he was like, excuses, excuses.

Canadian me is not patient. I don't like liars. Just tell us you can't if you can't.

Anyways, when he got us the plan it totally sucked.

And I was very very clear with what I wanted.

I want a living room (no majlis) that opens to a yard. This can be from the side or the back but not the front of the house (as the front has no good yard).

In his plan, the living room was, of course, to the front, with no entry to a yard. In fact... he didn't leave space for a yard.... at all.

I said I wanted the stairs seperate from any rooms. An entry hall is fine and then stairs, but not stairs and the living room.

So of course, the stairs opened from the living room----or, worse, an open concept kitchen.

I said I wanted a kitchen in the front of the house AND NOT OPEN CONCEPT---- because I am Western, and repeat, over and over again, no I do not need a maid's room, a maid's toilet, and a store attached to my kitchen.... somehow this must mean I want an open concept kitchen.

I do not.

Not with Omani inlaws with bazillions of children having the possibility of visiting. I don't like guests going through my fridge and kitchen cupboards.


Anyways... the upstairs was also kind of a disaster. One I could live with but a total aboration from anything that I asked for.

So, we got ourselves a new Engineer.

And I drew my plan for him.

With measurements.

My plan, on the land, includes a twin villa. Why? Because the land can be split. The twin villa is being built in an Omani style (way bigger than what I need but perfect for rental or resale to Omani families) but it should still have space for a yard or a garden at the very least.

For some reason all the engineers kept puting the bigger villa on the land with less space. I guess because the land is wider in the back at one side, but the Omani style villa needs more on the ground floor, so why not use the awkward space with more land to the side and have the living room open to a side yard/garden?

To me, this is a no-brainer.

I am almost convinced I should get a degree in architecture or engineering and start my own construction company....

Ugh. My husband thinks it is a great idea and is willing to take out a loan for it. I am like,  "whoa... when would I have time for that??????"

I am not really business woman. I have no ambition whatsoever.

Anyways, our new Engineer is Omani. He seems to understand (and listen) better than the others, so I'll see in two weeks what he comes up with. INshaAllah it is on time, and he sticks to my drawings and measurements. He charges 1 OMR per square meter of the plan I believe, and his plans are available in 3D. If he is good, I tell you his name and consultancy office address... until then, stay tuned for this whole misadventure;)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

OOTD+abaya: polk-a-dots & pearls + visiting family

 I love polk-a-dots. You could say I am addicted to them. So even if I find a really cheap 8 OMR abaya at the Exhibition (in polk-a-dots) I buy it. Who cares if the tailor sewed two connecting pieces of fabric together because he was too cheap to use a whole piece of fabric in a wider length? Who cares if the chiffon is poly-crap?---Not me, certainly, if it is done in dots. Now, of course, my Omani husband, who comes from a more conservative family (some of them believe plain black is the only way for an abaya to be an abaya) doesn't like head-to-toe printed abayas (even something so conservative to me as a splash of white dots on black). However, when my family was visiting back a couple months, this particular abaya was perfect. My father doesn't like the whole-abaya-and-hijab thing about my converstion to Islam very much, and prefers me in colours and prints. So polka-a-dots it was... especially since my little sister and father packed me back some of my old wardrobe... including vintage furs and 1930s polk-a-dot dress I wore underneath of my front-open polk-a-dot print abaya for a day out in Mutrah/Old Muscat visiting Museums and galleries, and strolling around Riyam park (for the two-year-old). {the photos weren't taken for an outfit-of-the-day post, and are thus cropped family photos so forgive, but that particular abaya is long gone now... and the other day I was missing it soooooo;) }

Thursday, September 4, 2014

To my best friend forever, congratulations on your wedding day. You deserved the sunshine, forever a summer girl, with the perfect white sand beach wedding.

You were a beautiful bride. I cried. I was jealous of your maid of honour;). I wish I could have been there.

Since I cannot, I wish that all your joys be as deep as the ocean, and all your troubles as light as the foam on the sea.... I wish you health, and happiness, and lots of laughter. He's lucky to have you, because no stronger, kinder, lighter-souled, less prejudiced human being have I ever known. You have a light in you, like sunshine... I feel confident that you will have a lasting marriage, because the life that you live, and the way that you love,  (quietly but fiercely) (simply but encompassingly), are the trappings of a beautiful life and healthy marriage, not just a  beautiful wedding day and bride.

But you were so, sooooooooooooo so beautiful! {{{mashaAllah}}}

To the bride, and her husband, all my best, forever and always.....

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Monday, September 1, 2014

I have just written a new resume and cover letter. I have the phone number, a personal intorduction, and the email of the man who has the knowledge and mayhaps the kindness to grant me the wish of my dream job (the area I was always supposed to be working in before the practicality of business took over). Will I be brave enough to ask and dare against disapointment, that I might be useful somewhere closer to my passions?: I've been brave before, brave enought to walk into the unknown, learn that, succeed there, but what I know, what I want, scares me ever more... I am terrible with disapointment, excellent at avoidance... 
But one can't avoid one's self can they? That inner voice that says, "this is not what you should be doing, what you're meant to do, what you love to do, even if it is useful, even if it is good..."  So I keep wondering, 'what if he says no?' My heart keeps saying, "but what if he says yes?"