Thursday, October 16, 2014

SHOPPING: right now I am loving...

Right now I am loving the 'looks for less' posts featured on Mademoiselle Shosho's blog. I am so pregnant that walking around the malls browsing is pure torture. These posts helped me find a really great pair of shoes for a quick-in-and-out shopping trip:). See her blog for more great steals

HOUSE UPDATE: a change in plans

So the floorplans are finalized. Laying the foundation will start soon inshaAllah, as soon as we decide on a contractor---scary that. What we haven't decided on exactly is the facade (architecturally speaking, all Omani-Omanis involved prefer European which, let's face it, I am good with, and I am the only one who wants something influenced by Oman) so here's couple quick sketches and ideas for my townhouse/villa that were approved by the Omani owner purchasing the twin villa we are building next door. I grew up with a love of English architecture (Tudor revival, Victorian [that has to be pretty grand however, Georgian],  French stone work, ect..., and the Omani buyer loves Paris, and French country. So the compromise is looking like this (all lovers of Arabic and Omani architecture, I know, that's soooooooooo sad:( but inshaAllah depending on laws from the Ministry of Tourism, I may get to run the design on a hotel project so that will definately satisfy in regards to Omani interior design. Funny thing is, I always felt I WOULD end up in a Georgian-style townhouse, just in another country lol, so we'll see. Plans always change in Muscat. No Omani woman I know ever keeps a plan. So now, the mix of French and Georgian is making me think Charleston, USA... but so on we go. The front foor and shutters and stone are pretty much sourced, and lanterns, so only windows in our chosen style have yet to be priced if we do go for this type of facade.

I had forgotten. Back in Canada I always used to watch Jon Stewart, the Colbert Report, and Rick Mercer;)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Getting an Omani Passport, UPDATE: Ministry of Interior announces new 10-year law

Oman's Ministry of Interior announced a new law: if you are married to an Omani and have permission, you must stay married (and in the country) for 10 years to recieve an Omani passport.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Eid Mubarak Oman

While Eid Al Adha is technically, officially, today, no one I know is cutting the meat or going out for Eid prayer. A fatwa from the Ibadhi Grand Mufti told Omanis to not cause fitnah (trouble basically is the translation for it) by disagreeing with the government over the official timing (since Islamically it is by moon-sighting which makes Eid al Adha technically tomorrow not today) and the Mufti told Omanis to pray the Eid salat at home, rather than going out tomorrow for it (which looks against the government). Saudi Arabia (Sunni Authority) decalred today Eid, and I didn't check Iran (not exactly Shia authority but I don't follow them ever so I dunno). Anybody? Anyways... beyond all the initial whatsapp angst pre-{government declared} Eid morning, everyone seems happy today.

I'd just be like, go out for Eid prayer and cut your sheep/goats/cows tomorrow (Islam) but don't be mad at the government ect... because like, tomorrow is still a holiday anyways right? :). I don't see how the government could be offended if people prayed tomorrow instead of today.... It isn't exactly something scary.

Anyways, an earlier start for Eid makes travel a lot easier, and without all the meat cutting, everyone I know is relaxed and visiting and having fun. It actually feels like a holiday doesn't it?  A day off from tradition?:)

Eid Mubarak Oman.