Monday, November 23, 2009

Famous Scenes from Brazilian Soap LOL



from minute 1:26 reminds me of my life, LOL.

Popular Past-time: Jet Skiing

K, so the Abu Dhabi jet ski rental industry that I KNEW was predominately run by gangsters (and other bloggers have posted on it), but in Oman it is a pretty safe past-time that even a fully veiled woman can engage in.
see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDWJFEMfVKY&feature=related

Visas, and other Documentation Required to Enter Oman

photograph: Omani border checkpoint on the drive from Dubai
The movement of foreigners is tightly controlled in Oman, and issuing of visas and other permits is subject to strict bureaucratic procedures.

photograph: Omani visa

Those whose applications are denied have little chance of appealing their status. Fortunately, the average expatriate doesn’t need to deal with much of the bureaucracy. Most companies and institutions employ ‘fixers,´ whose job is to wade through the government´s red tape to obtain work and residence visas for foreign workers and their families. photograph: Omani securities forms

If you are assigned a fixer, he will also act as your guide whenever your presence is required at a government office

Even with a fixer, you will be required to assemble a number of documents in order to apply for entry into Oman. The required documents include the following: photograph: passport with UAE exit stamp, and Omani entry stamp

•a passport valid for at least six months (it’s useful to have at least three or four photocopies);
•at least six passport-size photographs;
•a marriage certificate (if applicable);
•birth certificates for all family members;
•a medical certificate in the case of workers.

Foreigners working in Oman must have a certificate to show that they’re in good general health and free from HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. In some cases, you may be able to arrange for a test after you arrive in Oman. Your sponsor will advise you what’s required.

Note that you will be disqualified from entry if you have any connection to Israel: Israeli passport, entry stamp, visa, and so on.

While you’re in Oman, you’re required to carry identification documents (either your passport or a national identitiy card), and you must have your entry and residence visas available at all times. Labor officials often carry out spot checks on businesses in search of workers employed illegally and to inspect foreign employees´ passports.

So long as you obey the law and carry the required documents, you will have a pleasant and hospitable stay in Oman.

This article is an extract from Living and Working in Gulf States & Saudi Arabia: http://www.survivalbooks.net/products/living-and-working-in-gulf-states-and-saudi-arabia/

For tourists and touristas, Oman gives out two kinds of visa, a single entry stamp for 30 days, or a multi-entry stamp valid for 730 days with a maximum stay of 30 days at a time.

Visas: How to obtain a visa

For many years, Oman remained closed off from the rest of the world, and it was nearly impossible to gain entry.

The situation has changed and it’s now easier to enter Oman, a country known for its varied, beautiful landscapes and charming people. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals can enter the Sultanate freely, while other foreigners require visas. In 2003, the Omani government passed new immigration regulations and a complete overhaul of its visa categories.

Single Entry Visa
This category covers tourists, businesspeople, and what were previously classified as "short-term visitors." Single entry visas are issued at all ports of entry in Oman. All you have to do is submit your identification and pay a small fee, and you will be issued a visa valid for one month.

These visas can also be obtained at Omani embassies and consulates abroad prior to your arrival.

If you are caught outstaying your visa´s validity period you will be penalized with daily fines equivalent to the fee you paid for the visa.

Multiple Entry Visa
This, too, is obtained at Omani ports of entry after you fill out an application and pay an application fee. Multiple entry visas are valid for a period of one year, though you may only remain in Oman for three weeks at a time. In addition, at least three weeks must pass between each of your visits. This visa is ideal for travellers who do frequent business in Oman, or those who frequently visit family.

Multiple entry visas cannot be extended. As with single entry visas, if you violate any of the stipulated validity periods you will be charged daily fines equal to the fee you paid for the visa.

Express visa
Foreigners nationals who are not eligible for single or multiple entry visas (check with the Ministry of Information ) have to apply for express visas. These are issued by the Omani Directorate General of Passports and Residency through Omani consulates and embassies abroad. Applications may also be submitted to Omani travel agencies abroad.

Express visas are valid for two weeks, and may not be extended. The same fines as multiple and single entry visas are applied if you outstay an express visa´s validity.

Employment visa
Foreigners between the ages of 21 and 60 are eligible for employment visas. In addition to the standard entry documents, employment visa applicants must submit a letter of invitation from their employer and an official work permit issued by the Omani Directorate General of Labor. Certain nationalities may also be required to submit labor permits or identification from the embassy of their home country. For more information, consult an Omani embassy or consulate.

Apply for an employment visa at an Omani embassy or consulate abroad. Your application will then be processed by the Omani Directorate General of Passports and Residence.

The Omani authorities are exrtremely strict about employment of foreign nationals. In processing your application, they will carefully consider your qualifications and work experience and whether your employer has Omani employees that could do the job. Furthermore, if the authorities determine that your job could be done by a hypothetical Omani national - in other words, doesn´t require a foreigner, they will reject your application.

If your application is rejected, you will not necessarily be told why.

Student visas
if you are coming to Oman to study at a university or language program you will require a student visa. In order to obtain a student visa, you will need a sponsor (your school will serve as your sponsor). Apply for a student visa at an Omani embassy or consulate in your home country.
Student visas usually cover periods of either one or two years, and are considered multiple entry visas. If you decide to continue your studies in Oman beyond your visa´s expiration date, you may apply for an extension with your original application materials through the Directorate of Passports and Residence.

Other visas
For information om additional, more specialized visa types (such as seaman´s transit visas), their required application materials and validity periods, consult the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs .

Visas issued by the Emirate of Dubai
If you hold a valid Dubai visa of any kind (except employment), that visa is also valid for Oman, and will remain so until it expires. Additionally, Dubai nationals are allowed to visit Oman for up to three weeks without a visa.

from: http://www.justlanded.com/english/Oman/Oman-Guide/Visas-Permits/Visas

Citizenship: Is it possible to become a national of Oman?


Citizenship: Is it possible to become a national of Oman?

While foreigners can, in theory, become Omani citizens, it is nearly impossible if they do not have 100% Omani ancestry.

The only foreigners known to obtain Omani citizenship on a relatively consistent basis are the children of nationals who emigrated before 1970. These people may return to Oman and apply for citizenship through the Ministry of the Interior, but they are by no means guaranteed success. For this reason, the government´s citizenship policy is extremely controversial. In many cases, the government will grant only a half a returning family citizenship. In others, it will not even grant some members of these families residence or work permits.

As a result, some Omanis accuse the government of retroactively punishing families who left during the country´s difficult reform period.

If you have no Omani heritage, your only chance at citizenship will be through marriage to an Omani national, and even then your application will probably be denied.

In exceptional cases, Oman´s ruler has the power to grant citizenship to a foreigner who has made great contributions to the state over a period of many years, but these instances are rare.

It is more common for generous employers to reward loyal workers by providing them with work and residence permits of indefinite duration. Even still, there is a good chance this support will end when those workers retire.

The government does not even grant citizenship to foreign children born in Oman, unless one parent happens to be an Omani citizen. Even still, children of mixed families may have different rights than either of their parents - this varies from case to case. Therefore, if you have a child in Oman you will want to make sure to carefully review his status with the Ministry of the Interior.

If you're not the one---

For K

(Daniel Bedingfield)

If you're not the one then why does my soul feel glad today?
If you're not the one then why does my hand fit yours this way?
If you are not mine then why does your heart return my call
If you are not mine would I have the strength to stand at all

I never know what the future brings
But I know you are here with me now
We'll make it through
And I hope you are the one I share my life with

I don't want to run away but I can't take it, I don't understand
If I'm not made for you then why does my heart tell me that I am?
Is there any way that I can stay in your life?

If I don't need you then why am I crying on my bed?
If I don't need you then why does your name resound in my head?
If you're not for me then why does this distance maim my life?
If you're not for me then why do I dream of you as my wife?

I don't know why you're so far away
But I know that this much is true
We'll make it through
And I hope you are the one I share my life with
And I wish that you could be the one I die with
And I pray in you're the one I build my home with
I hope I love you all my life

I don't want to run away but I can't take it, I don't understand
If I'm not made for you then why does my heart tell me that I am
Is there any way that I can stay in your life?

'Cause I miss you, body and soul so strong that it takes my breath away
And I breathe you into my heart and pray for the strength to stand today
'Cause I love you, whether it's wrong or right
And though I can't be with you tonight
And know my heart is by your side

I don't want to run away but I can't take it, I dont understand
If I'm not made for you then why does my heart tell me that I am
Is there any way that I could stay in your arms?



Cannot touch, Cannot hold, Cannot be together
Cannot love, Cannot kiss, Cannot love eachother
Must be strong and we must let go
Cannot say what our hearts must know

Chorus:
How can I not love you
What do I tell my heart
When do I not want you here in my arms
How does one walks away
From all of the memories
How do I not miss you when you are gone

Cannot trip, Cannot share sweet and tender moments
Cannot feel how we feel, Must pretend it's over
Must be brave and we must go on, Must not say
Wat we no longer long

Chorus:
How can I not love you
What do I tell my heart
When do I not want you here in my arms
How does one walks away
From all of the memories
How do I not miss you when you are gone

How can I not love you

Bridge:
Must be brave and we must be strong
Cannot say what we no longer long

Chorus:
How can I not love you
What do I tell my heart
When do I not want you here in my arms
How does one walks away
From all of the memories
How do I not miss you when you are gone

How can I not love you
When you are gone

Girly Islamic Interior Design

Pretty pretty. I love the simplicity and the colours of the bedroom.


Omani Make-Up and Hijab Styles

Sunday, November 22, 2009

You Have To LOVE Football


To be an Omani Princess, you HAVE TO love Omani football. So if you don't know ANYTHING about Oman's football team, catch yourself up with this quick vid of Oman's best goals:


Some basic info: The Oman national football team (Arabic: منتخب عمان لكرة القدم‎), is the national team of Oman and is controlled by the Oman Football Association. Although the team was officially founded in 1978, the team was formed long before, and has established a proper football association in only December, 2005. Players then started to take awards for their efforts. The team has never qualified for the World Cup, but has qualified for the Asian Cup in the years 2004 and 2007, and reached the Gulf Cup of Nations final three times, and won it on its' third attempt.

Prior to the new century, Oman struggled greatly in the Gulf Cup, usually finishing in 6th or 7th place, even when the Cup was held in Oman. It was about 1998 when Oman took the Gulf Cup seriously, and in the year 2003/2004 Gulf Cups an explosion of new talent emerged like the familiar names of Imad Al-Hosni, Ali Al-Habsi, Badr Al-Maimani and Khalifa Ayil, which made the team very successful. Most recently the national team lost to the U.A.E. in the final, and in the prior competition lost to Qatar in a penalty-kick shootout. Finally after losing twice in the final, Oman managed to win the 2009 Gulf Cup of Nations, held in Muscat, while defeating regional giants, Saudi Arabia, in a penalty shootout, 5-6. Oman maintained a clean-sheet throughout the whole competition.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oman_national_football_team


Fashion tip for game night---more national colours are worn for matches than National Day:


For more info: http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=oma/news/index.html

Dilemma- You don't know what I feel about you

DILEMMA- Kelly Rowland ft. Nelly
Lyrics:

I love and I need you
Nelly, I love you, I do
Need you

No matter what I do
All I think about is you
Even when I'm with my Boo
Boy, you know I'm crazy over you

No matter what I do
All I think about is you
Even when I'm with my Boo
You know I'm crazy over you

Uh-uh-uh-uh
I met this chick and she just moved right up the block
from me
And she got the hots for me, the finest thing I need
to see
But oh, no, no, she got a man and a son, oh-oh, but
that's okay
'Cause I wait for my cue and just listen, play my
position
Like a shortstop, pick up e'rything mami hittin'
And in no time I better make this friend mine and
that's for sure
'Cause I-I never been the type to break up a happy
home
But there's something 'bout baby girl, I just can't
leave her 'lone
So tell me, ma, what's it gonna be
She said, "You don't know what you mean to me," come
on

No matter what I do
All I think about is you
Even when I'm with my Boo
Boy, you know I'm crazy over you

No matter what I do
All I think about is you
Even when I'm with my Boo
You know I'm crazy over you

Uh-uh-uh-uh
I see a lot in your look and I never say a word
I know how n****s start actin' trippin' , and hate up
all the girls
And there's no way Nelly go for it
Ain't f***in' with no dame, as you could see
But I-I like your steeze, your style, your whole
demeanor
The way you come through and holler, and swoop me in
his two-seater
Now that's gangsta and I got special ways to thank ya,
don't you forget it
But it ain't that easy for you to back up and leave
him
But you and me we got ties for different reasons
I respect that and right before I turned to leave
She said, "You don't know what you mean to me," come
on

No matter what I do
All I think about is you
Even when I'm with my Boo
Boy, you know I'm crazy over you

No matter what I do
All I think about is you
Even when I'm with my Boo
You know I'm crazy over you

Sing it for me, K

I love and I need you
Nelly, I love you, I do
And it's more than you'll ever know
Boy, it's for sure
You can always count on my love
Forever more, yeah, yeah

East coast, I know you're shakin' right
Down south, I know you're bouncin' right
West coast, I know you're walkin' right
('Cause you don't know what you mean to me)
Midwest, I see you swingin' right

No matter what I do
All I think about is you
Even when I'm with my Boo
Boy, you know I'm crazy over you

No matter what I do
All I think about is you
Even when I'm with my Boo
Boy, you know I'm crazy over you

East coast, I know you're shakin' right
Down south, I know you're bouncin' right
West coast, I know you're walkin' right
('Cause you don't know what you mean to me)
Midwest, I see you swingin' right

East coast, I know you're shakin' right
Down south, I know you're bouncin' right
West coast, I know you're walkin' right
('Cause you don't know what you mean to me)
Midwest, I see you swingin' right

East coast, I know you're shakin' right
Down south, I know you're bouncin' right
West coast, I know you're walkin' right
('Cause you don't know what you mean to me)
Midwest, I see you swingin' right

No matter what I do
All I think about is you
Even when I'm with my Boo
Boy, you know I'm crazy over you

Yeah, yeah

East coast, I know you're shakin' right
Down south, I know you're bouncin' right
West coast, I know you're walkin' right
('Cause you don't know what you mean to me)
Midwest, I see you swingin' right

East coast, I know you're shakin' right
Down south, I know you're bouncin' right
West coast, I know you're walkin' right
('Cause you don't know what you mean to me)
Midwest, I see you swingin' right

Islamic Generousity

One thing I have noticed is Islamic generousity in Oman---generosity beyond reciprocity. As a "selfish" westerner this is something I am going to have to have some practice at. I will start by making sure I always have some kind of food on hand, as well as sweets arranged very elegantly through-out my/our [I live with my girls] home in an easily accessible manner, and that Ialways have qaqwa [Omani cardamon flavoured coffee, chai [tea], mi [water], and two kinds of asir [juice] available for visitors.
I love the idea of arranging chocolates around a vase or Morrocan lantern, and of making a gift basket of dates shaped into a palm tree with cellophane. Tres chic.

One Omani with a passion for proverbs, told me a little tale about how one should treat guests:
"Once upon a time there was a famous Shiekh renowned for his wealth in a racing stallion, and his genourosity. One day four men from a rivalling tribe came to test the character of the Sheikh, their intention to take his wealth (through the stallion) or defame him (by asking for the soure of all his wealth---the stallion). They would ask for the famous horse, and they would either walk away with the wealth of the Shiekh's people, or they would make the Shiekh look bad before all men if the man refused what they plotted to ask for. They journeyed to the lands of the Shiekh, only to find the lands overcome with horribe drought. There was no food and drink along the way. A very poor Shiekh recieved the men even though they were traditionally his enemy, and offered them a great meal of meat even though in his lands there was almost no food to be had. The men immediately regretted their original intentions, and confessed to the Shiekh they had originally come to shame the Shiekh into handing over his most prized pocession---his horse. The Sheikh looked sad and said, 'I wish
you had told me that before. I have just fed you my horse.'"

Drifting in Oman

One of the big trends for Muscati boys (I think all GCC guys really) is street racing and drifting. Oman is famous for its high car accident rate and harsh punishments for street racing and crashes, but that doesn't deter the youth set from this thrrilling (and sometimes dumb---if the track isn't abanoned or closed) pasttime.




LOL, reminds me of my sister's old crowd. LOL, I like how in some of the vids, the guys THINK they are drifting but they are just spinning out. LOL, how Oman winds up with so many accidents:

New DL

I need to get my local DL so I can upgrade to an international license in Oman. No more driving without a DL for me, uh eh. Or depending on the boys to bring me shwarma at midnight.

Soundtrack for our late night drifting on abandoned asphalt:

Thinking About My Next Step

I need to pay off some debt and then find the funds (and a job) for my return to Oman. Got little paperwork and human resources work to do (if you get my drift)... And I need to work on getting my DL, and stuff for a home...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Am I Dreaming? : MAYBE I AM BUT IF SO I DON'T WANT TO WAKE UP



THE LYRICS:

Akon:
Konvict
Kat DeLuna and Akon

Mmm, yeah

Red one convict
Yeah

Am I dreaming?

I'm not like all those other guys
Have you believing
It's too good to be true
And they come smothered in lies
Oh so decieving
Leaving you black and blue
See I'm show you
And get to know you
So girl,
Let me do what I do
And get it fooi?
A hundred fooi?
And make sure you
Feeling brand new

I know you never had a brother
Like me that was on another level
Squeezing you like you like it
Never hold back and never settle
Have your body trembling
Got you burning up like a kettle
Before you know it
We'll be sleeping
And dreaming this forever
Can you feel it
I kiss you so
You know it's real
I can see it
That beautiful body
And that sex appeal
(am I dreaming)
I know you wonder
If this real
Never go back to the
Thing that use
To give you something
You can feel

And when we kissed under the moon
Am I dreaming...
He showed me things I never knew
Am I dreaming...
He know exactly what to do
[x2] am I dreaming...
Am I...
[x2] am I... dreeeeaming
(akon
Oeh, girl you're not dreaming)
(akon;
I can show you baby
That you're not dreaming)

Yea, yea, yea, yea, yea, yea, yea

Got my heart up in this dance
What a beautiful man
That batchata as we rock on the set
Put his hand over my hips
Started looking at his lips
I'm the luckiest girl in the land
And I can't believe the way you
Got me feeling right

I don't wanna leave this place
Stay right by my side
But in my head I never thought
I could fall in love with you...

And when we kissed under the moon
Am I dreaming...
He showed me things I never knew
Am I dreaming...
He know exactly what to do
[x2] am I dreaming...
Am I...
[x2] am I... dreeeeaming
(akon;
Oeh, girl you're not dreaming)
(akon;
I can show you baby
That you're not dreaming)

Baby wish
We never left the floor, I don't know
Don't wanna be alone anymore
We have something mesured out, I don't know
Are you real, am I dreaming...

The way you shake it to the right
And shake it to the left
Now and I would into the keep you
Dreaming like this [2x]

[x2]
Oh eh, oh eh, oh eh oh
Oh eh oh eh, oh ah

Leaving Muscat

As I walk up the ramp of the plane I pray I will return shortly, and that my rescuer of this last month will be here again to pick me up, as they were to see me off. And that I won't need any more rescueing, and that maybe I could save him for a change.

The plane lifts off into the air, and the rainbow gaslights of Muscat's highways and looped roundabouts appear like antique silver and gold necklaces, strewn haphazardly all the way from Seeb to Al Bahrimi. I twist the locket-like Omani traditional necklace at my neck, and cry [almost].