Thursday, March 27, 2014

Take the Pledge... Earth Hour 2014

Take the Earth Hour Pledge on Saturday 29th of March from 8.30pm to 9.30pm

Join the Environment Society of Oman in partnership with The Wave, Muscat in celebration of Earth Hour. The event will held at The Wave, Muscat with performers, entertainers and more.






Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kim Yuna's Post Sochi 2014 Thoughts

It's really tough to find good quality videos on YT these days especially when it comes to the Olympic events because the videos get blocked soon as they are posted. So enjoy the moment while they last.


Note: IF YOU EVER FIND A GOOD LONG PROGRAM OF KIM YUNA ANYWHERE ON THE WEB, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT IT HERE SO I CAN POST.

Here's the SP of Kim Yuna avec les commentaires francais bien sur. Just don't mind the commentators and focus on Yuna. That's the goal.






I couldn't really find a good video of Kim Yuna's LP, so just bear with this one (I know you cringe when you see Adelina on the side, but what can I do?). You might wanna check out though the official LP video from the Olympics site: 
Yuna Kim Claims Silver with a Superb Performance | Sochi 2014Winter Olympics



And here's an interesting video of how Adelina would have scored if the Olympics was done somewhere else. Poor Adelina, all eyes will be on her come next skating events.

Here's an interesting POV from an audience shooting live. Frankly all I can see is a stick figure dancing so I guess it's better to watch on TV than live (good thing coz I plan to fly to Korea this 2018 to watch the Winter Olympics Figure Skating!).



And just for fun, I'd like to share this entertaining presentation on how Adelina "won" over Kim. Really interesting how the controversial Russian skater would sustain her reign until the next Olympics. Well that's something to look forward to, especially now that Kim has retired from the scene.





Tell us how you feel about Yuna Kim and Sochi 2014. Or if you have any thoughts, feel free to drop a line.



Gift to Share... by Alila Jabal Akhdar (Oman)

This April, Alila Jabal Akhdar will showcase new horizons, providing access to one of Oman’s most spectacular and untapped regions. 

The resort heralds a truly unparalleled journey for nature lovers, active travelers and those seeking the mountains for peace and tranquility.

In keeping to its philosophy of community involvement, Alila Hotels & Resorts will celebrate the opening of Alila Jabal Akhdar with a “Gift To Share” Program focusing on benefiting the local community.

Designed as an introductory privilege for local and GCC residents, guests booking one night’s stay in a Mountain View Suite will receive a complimentary second night in return for a donation to Dar Al Atta’a, a local charitable organization which Alila Jabal Akhdar supports .


This initiative will be the first of its kind in Oman and will reinforce Alila’s commitment in benefitting its host community. Dar Al Atta’a is a non-profit voluntary organization that was formed in 2002 and was formally registered as a charity in 2006 with the Ministry of Social Development of the Sultanate of Oman. This enabled Dar Al Atta’a to organize official fundraising activities and events, hire staff and effectively cater to the needs of the underprivileged in the Sultanate. Alila properties across the globe are committed to social, cultural and environmental responsibilities, which they regard as essential for sustainable business practice. We appeal to your generosity to share your GIFT to benefit local Omanis.



Muscat Hills Quiz Night


Up for a little challenge?

The Muscat Hills Clubhouse will be in full operation with alcoholic beverages as of tomorrow, Wednesday 26th March. The Quiz Night will also take place tomorrow, Wednesday 26th March at 7:45pm.





Monday, March 24, 2014

JOURNAL | Left Behind

Down the Road
What is it about leaving that makes people pause for a while? 

Is it the thought that somebody is going to be out of your life and that things will not be the same? Is it the thought that you will have to adjust again to so many different daily routines? Or is it the thought that you are left behind?

In psychology, I remember learning about the separation anxiety disorder. Where people panic when somebody leaves them. I might just be infected with this disorder. Back in grade school, I had those moments when my mom or dad would take me to school and when they stepped out of the school gate, everything was in slow motion- and I felt like I was the most abandoned person in the world. Tears welled up in my eyes, and my chest felt like burning and about to explode. I had the urge to cry.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

I Capuleti e I Montecchi... My First Opera

Me with Austrian colleague
I've never seen an Opera before and I have always been curious how it feels like to watch such productions. 

So this week, my colleagues and I went over to see an Italian production of Romeo and Juliet (yes, the classic Shakespearean tragedy!) at the Royal Opera House Muscat. And it was simply fabulous.


Romeo (Tenor, Alessandro Scotto Di Luzio)
The production was brought to Oman by the Fondazione Arena di Verona, entitled I Capuleti e I Montecchi. Cleverly set in a rather non-conventional narrative, where characters come out of canvasses and unaware construction workers go hither and thither.

The protagonists of the tragic opera, based on the 
libretto of Felice Romani, during that night were- Alessandro Scotto Di Luzio (Romeo), Rosanna Savoia (Juliet), Francesco Pittari (Tybalt), Paolo Battaglia (Capellio) & Dario Russo (Lorenzo).

The highlight for me in this opera was when Romeo was left alone with the body of Juliet. Thinking that Juliet was really dead, Romeo kept on lamenting how his life doesn't mean anything anymore and that he's going to follow Juliet in death. Then Juliet wakes up only to find that Romeo already drank the poison. Such tragic love story.

Romeo encounters Capellio. Photo Credit: Khalid Al Busaid / ROHM

But it was probably the ending that really awed and striked me, where a frame was slowly taken down and the cast looked like they were really in a painting. 


Romeo and Juliet Death Scene. Photo Credit: http://www.verona-in.it/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Capuleti.jpg

I'm now looking forward to seeing more performances at the Royal Opera House and discover the joy of watching classical theater productions.


See related articles:
Royal Opera House Muscat: Romeo and Juliet Adaptation Adds Beauty to Tragic Opera Tale (Sarah MacDonald, Times of Oman). http://www.timesofoman.com/News/Article-31468.aspx

L’Arena di Verona porta I Capuleti e i Montecchi ain Oman alla Royal Opera House Muscat. http://www.gardanotizie.it/larena-di-verona-porta-capuleti-e-montecchi-ain-oman-alla-royal-opera-house-muscat/


Photos: 
Alessandro Scotto Di Luzio (Tenore). http://www.alessandroscottodiluzio.com/index.htm

Romeo Encounters Capellio. Khalid Al Busaid. ROHM. http://www.timesofoman.com/News/Article-31468.aspx

Romeo and Juliet Death Scene. http://www.verona-in.it/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Capuleti.jpg



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Get Ready to Laugh... Courtesy of Javier Fernandez

Normally, I only follow the ladies figure skating events, especially Kim Yuna of South Korea. But in certain cases, such as Javier Fernandez of Spain, I found a special liking to his performance during the closing of the recent Sochi Olympics 2014. 





Photo Credit: JAMES RAJOTTE
Javier Fernández López (born 15 April 1991 in Madrid) is a Spanish figure skater. He is the 2013 World bronze medalist, 2013 and 2014 European champion, 2011 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, 2012 Skate Canada champion, a four-time Spanish national champion, and represented Spain at the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2014 Winter Olympics. He is the first skater from Spain to medal at the World Championships, European Championships, or a Grand Prix event (Wikipedia).






Sources:

Olympic Games Closing Ceremony Javier Fernandez in the Figure Skating Gala Event.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPJKYyZ0v4E

"Javier Fernandez (figure skater)." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javier_Fern%C3%A1ndez_(figure_skater)

Photo Insert. http://elpais.com/elpais/2013/08/06/eps/1375791493_085464.html



Friday, March 21, 2014

Ponderings

A person who is poor is not necessarily unhappy. 
In as much as, a person who is rich does not mean he's happy. 
You can be lacking with money, but surely would not lack of family.
In as much as, you can pay for everything but could not see value for anything.
For happiness comes beyond what this world has to offer.
And that our state of living does not define our sense of existence.


A Day To Go On Color War; A Night To Party

RADISSON BLU HOTEL with TELIKOS
PRESENTS 
HOLI- FESTIVAL PARTY 2014 ★★ MUSCAT CITY ★★



Right In The Heart Of Muscat City, Where We Celebrate Love And Togetherness Through Colors. Timings which will take us From The Sunny Afternoon Into The Midst Of The Night Dancing And Celebrating On This Joyous Occasion!! 

To Further Enhance The Experience, We Have Organic Color Powder || Water Pools || Lights || Video Screens || Poolside 

DJ's on deck duty battling on the best of hip hop, rnb, house, Ibiza vibes and the definite BOLLYWOOD!.

Unleashing Energies On Stage Will Be : 

► DJ PULSE MUSCAT (OMAN'S FAV BOLLYWOOD DJ)
► DJ STATIC (Stati C)
►DJ WARREN X

WARM UP SESSION'S BY:-

♫DJ KRUSH
♫DJ MP
♫DJ NAS

Come dressed in WHITE and get soaked with FULL on FUN! with color powder, water guns, water pools!

✓ DATE: FRIDAY 21st MARCH, 2014
✓ VENUE: RADISSON BLU HOTEL, MUSCAT - LAZY LIZARD
✓ DRESS CODE:- STRICTLY WHITE
✓ TIME:- 1PM - 6PM (HOLI SPECIAL WITH COLORS)
6PM ONWARDS TILL LATE (BOLLYWOOD & HOUSE)
✓ ENTRY: OMR 5/- PER PERSON

☎ For Enquiries: ☎ 96525446
Telikos Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/telikos.me

✪ 11 HOURS OF NON STOP MUSIC ✪ 
★ SPONSORED BY:- SIVANA ★ 
★ PR Partner: Oman Eventz

~Expecting you to join us on this "Colorful" Mayhem!



Finally Opened... Spa at Millenium Resort Mussanah

Spa is now fully open and running at Millenium Resort Mussanah (Oman). 
As the flyer says,"your heavenly experience starts here"...



And by the way, Millenium Resort also has their special Mother's Day treat (although it's only up until today). 






Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Weekend Getaway at Salalah Marriott Resort

For Omani nationals and residents, here's your chance for a much deserved weekend getaway only at Salalah Marriott Resort for just 45 RO.

VALID UNTIL APRIL 30.





Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Oman Agenda - March 2014

So you thought that ain't much happening in Oman's metro lately... you might want to read this monthly events leaflet. Really informative! And as a colleague would put it, you won't be bored in Oman, certainly.

(Oman  Agenda) is a monthly specialized leaflet which aims to familiarize citizens, residents, and tourists about the important events to be organized in the various governorates of the Sultanate by the Ministry of Tourism and various public and private organizations (Sultanate of Oman).

MARCH 2014






Source:
Oman Agenda, Sultanate of Oman



Monday, March 17, 2014

Oman Tourism Brochures

Oman tourism brochures have been released by Oman's Ministry of Tourism... and best part of it is that these brochures are all free for download.

To download free, you may visit their website at:
http://tourismoman.com.au/plan-book/download-our-brochures/

BROCHURE 1: TOURIST GUIDE
If you're all set up to visit Oman, this brochure will help you understand what you can expect from your amazing trip, so read on.

Photo credit: Sultanate of Oman, Tourist Guide (Oman Ministry of Tourism) front cover

Photo credit: Sultanate of Oman, Tourist Guide (Oman Ministry of Tourism) page 2

Photo credit: Sultanate of Oman, Tourist Guide (Oman Ministry of Tourism) page 32

BROCHURE 2: SPORTS & LEISURE
From hiking, 4WD tours, mountain biking, climbing, sea activities, etc. you'll find helpful information on this brochure.

Photo credit: Sultanate of Oman, Sports & Leisure (Oman Ministry of Tourism) front cover

Photo credit: Sultanate of Oman, Sports & Leisure (Oman Ministry of Tourism) page 8


Contact Details:

Sultanate of Oman, Ministry of Tourism
Level 6, 117 York Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel. +61 (0)2 9286 8930 / +61 (0)2 9286 8914
info@tourismoman.com.au
www.tourismoman.com.au



General Arabic Etiquette and Omani Hospitality

Stay abreast with knowledge of Arab etiquette, basic communication skills and traditional hospitality.
By the National Hospitality Institute, expert training in Oman.




Saturday, March 15, 2014

CORPORATE | TIPS ON HOW TO WORK SMARTER, FASTER & BETTER


From Think and Grow by Napoleon Hill

(1) It is not how hard you work; it's how smart you produce results that matter

(2) Efforts do not equal results

(3) Find a way to get more done everyday within the same hours

(4) Focus on working diligently despite anything else going on

(5) Reinforce the concept that using time wisely and maintaining balance will make you more productive

(6) Make sure you are able and willing to do any job you are assigned or task you take on

(7) Take advantage of and enjoy leisure time



CORPORATE | Common Expressions At The Office


Mutterings

A few common expressions written on my small notebook. 
I have this habit of writing down nice expressions I hear from people I talk to.

(1) Dragged down the wrong tail...

(2) Empower and raise the opportunities...

(3) Cheapens the entire work force...

(4) He thinks he runs the show...

(5) Get all the facts first...

TRAVEL | Tale of a Country's Twisted Logic


I just had to write this and get it out of my chest.

(Photo by Alma Buelva)
Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/bi-requires-all-tourists-proof-of-financial-capability-to-travel

























After reading this article about "the Bureau of Immigration requiring all tourists proof of financial capability to travel" all my horrific encounters with the BI flashed back before my very eyes.

See related articles-

I am always inconvenienced at the Philippines whenever I pass through the BI. I always have to present all sorts of papers just to prove that I have money and can afford to travel. This is simply pathetic and disadvantageous to those who only travel on limited budget.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Just Got Featured in Internations.Org!

I am so honored to be featured in Internations.org in their "Featured Blog" section, and I would like to thank Valentina (from the Web Research Department) for taking time to share my humble blog about Oman.

As you may read in the their site (click- Allan: Expat in the City), my blog discusses about anything under the sun- social issues, corporate tips, travel, dance, photography, movies, etc. 




So what's Internations.Org?


InterNations is the first international online community for people who live and work abroad. As a network based on trust, we enable our members to interact with other global minds in a similar situation, with comparable interests and needs. InterNation users can keep in touch with friends and business contacts; they can exchange reliable information on expat-specific topics, both on a global and a local level.

With InterNations you can:

  • Meet other global minds
  • Stay in touch with international friends
  • Receive advice from expats
  • Share your thoughts in the World Forum or the Town Talk
  • Help young people from a less privileged background



For more interesting information about Internations.Org, you may visit their website at:
http://www.internations.org




Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bike Tour Event at Juweira Boutique Hotel (Salalah)

Special Bike Tour event, special beverage promotion taking place on March, 12th 2014 at Juweira Boutique Hotel (Salalah).

For reservations, contact +968 23 23 9600 






Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Almouj Golf Themed Cuisine Nights Are Back Again

Back by popular demand; themed buffet and a’ la carte’ nights at Almouj Golf Restaurant.

Beginning with this Thursday 13th, Sushi a’ la carte’ menu and Thursday the 27th, Asian cuisine buffet.






Monday, March 10, 2014

Gabriel Peri Paul Eluard Gallimard 1966

Finally, we're done with our French poem recital!
And I must say- a job well done, tres bien.

I must also admit that it was both nerve wracking and exciting at the same time. I felt like I was reconnected to my theater side once again, and that I owned the stage that night as if nothing was in front of me (when in fact a crowd of native speakers were all eyes, ready to judge how I'll mess up).

But frankly, I was so nervous in the beginning that I forgot the first line, right after "Il y a des mots.." I was like uh-oh, I need to improvise. So I had to get the microphone and calm myself!

Breathe in, breathe out!

Luckily, after I got used to the stage everything went well and I had a blast performing. It was a high that I hadn't experienced for a long time. I realized that I missed performing.




La semaine prochaine- jeudi 20 mars a 19h, nous avons un recital de poeme au Centre Franco-Omanais. Je suis tres excite.

L'evenement est intitule:
La Quinzaine Des Poetes:
Venez celebrer la poisie, la francophonie et la diversite linguistique au Centre Franco Omanais!

Ci-dessous ma part dans le poeme.

Extrait d’un poeme a Gabriel Peri Paul Eluard Gallimard 1966


1
Il y a des mots qui FONT MOURIR

2
Et ce sont des mots TRISTES

3
Le mot MISERE le mot PAUVRETE

4
FAMINE et le mot SECHERESSE

5
Le mot GUERRE et le mot PESSEMISME

6
Et certains noms de CEMETIERE

7
Certains noms de VICTIMES

8
Le mot SANG et le mot ROUGE

9
Et le mot NUIT et le mot NOIR

10
Et certains noms de PAYS DE VILLAGES

11
Et certains noms de FEMMES ET D’AMIS


Cet evenement est organise par:

Organisation Internationale De La Francophonie
Centre Franco-Omanais
Ambassade de France en Oman

Nombre de participants limite, inscription gratuite et obligatoire a l'accueil du Centre Franco Omanais ou a: omanifrenchcentre@gmail.com

Pour plus d'informations, visitez:
http://www.vivreenoman.com/centre-franco-omanais.ws



PHOTOGRAPHY | Photoshoots In Oman


Today I would like to feature some of the most recent shoots we've done in Oman. I am very thankful to all the models who have shared their time and passion for the challenging shoots.

For all other interested people who have passion for modelling and photography, feel free to contact me.

Theme : Mid Afternoon Shoot
Model: Crisha (Filipina)
Backgrounder: It was high noon in a private resort in Barka when we decided that it was the perfect time to take some snaps. 
For more photos - (Mid Afternoon Shoot)




Sunday, March 9, 2014

Pre-Summer Barbeque Party

Summer time in Oman has clearly arrived as temperature starts to soar. You won't last for five minutes outside without getting drenched from sweat. 

Just a week ago I was driving out for lunch with a colleague and although the aircon was on high level, it still felt like I was in a sauna. 

Worst part of it was that sweat was getting into my eyes I had to wipe it while driving and that's not so easy, frankly. But this ain't hot yet. Just not yet.

***

Anyhow, this week was the perfect time to hit the waters and off we went to a private resort to unwind and enjoy the comforts of a swimming pool.

In Oman, there are private villas which you can rent for a day to basically have the time of your life.


This week, we stayed in this private villa somewhere in Barka. It was truly refreshing to be away from the city and spend some lazy afternoon with friends. And boy, the food was just superb. We had barbeque and all sorts of Filipino food. It was really awesome.


I think I would never get tired of doing this unwinding over and over again. And I don't mind getting invited. 

And this is actually my first ever barbeque party! Oh boy, the smell and taste was excellent and I suddenly felt like I was transported back to the Philippines.


Some useful tips though when renting a private villa:

1) Bring some disco music. Most likely the villa will have its own sound system.

2) Prepare some games to break the ice.

3) Bring your drinks- whatever pleases you. Nobody would bother. Wink!

4) Make sure to bring a camera to capture memories because it's gonna be a blast definitely.

5) Clean up after the party.



Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dutch Ball at PDO

Totally had a blast on Feb 28th's Dutch Ball Party as we rocked the night away with groovy music, fabulous people and of course- free flowing booze (which I think I had too much). 
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It was so fun to be part of the glittering crowd (literally as all guests were donning glittery clothes). And everyone was just enjoying themselves.


Anyhow, we were especially there to spark up the party (so to speak). After the Dutch Ball organizer's speech, the techno beat blasted in the air and the curtains suddenly opened. The speaker were not able to finish his speech though as the crowd turned toward the stage.






And then the show began!


It was rather a 'staged' routine to draw the crowd onto the dance floor. First was the blue robot on stage, followed by the green, and then the red. When the music died, the lights blacked out. And then the three robots were all on stage. It was awesome.

The lights all fade out and the band hit the notes with that familiar "dum dum dum..." beat. The sexy ladies came walking on the stage and the group performance began.


The crowd, now all gathered in front were in awe and I bet were itching to get their feet on the dance floor too.

What made the number really fun was that at the end, the performers grabbed people spontaneously and danced with them.

And that was the start of the fantastic evening.

I have not party-ed like this for a long time and I haven't drunk for quite a while. So after a few bottles of beer, a few minutes jumping and strutting on the dance floor- I decided it best to step out and took snaps of the undeniable crazy fun happening that night. 


Me (on the right) after 5 bottles of Heineken
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Seriously, I have never been to a party with so much to drink- FOR FREE. And although I am not really good at drinking, it was so refreshing to be in a cool atmosphere where everyone can just dance and not think about anything else.

I felt I was transported to a whole different place (was this still Oman, hahaha- I asked myself) because boy, it felt like one awesome night.


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And of course, with a glittery event like this, I wouldn't miss the chance of capturing only the most beautiful people of the night.





























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