Tuesday, June 23, 2015

LANGUAGE | French Translators Online Tool

For some reason, I have been too enamoured with the French language, although I am not really as fluent in the language. To me, the challenge of carrying a decent conversation is one thing that I couldn't turn my back on.

And today I found a website that really helps me in translating French. Okay, there's Google Translate but Google is so inaccurate due to the fact that French is a very contextual language. Most of the time, French words are not what they are.

IM Translator Comparison Tool

Site: http://imtranslator.net/compare/english/to-french/translation/


Site: http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-french

Both sites are free and can translate tricky French expressions. Best part of it is that they provide sample sentences that uses the words or phrase. Pretty neat and easy to use.

Do you have other online translators that you know of?
Share it here and post your comments below. 


Monday, June 22, 2015

FITNESS & STYLE | Stay Fit and Healthy, the Zumba Way

We interviewed Fernando recently and here are some of the things he shared with us on his new found love- Zumba.

Tell us about yourself and how did you start with Zumba? ( previous dancing experience? how you knew of Zumba? Experience in other places? Stages of teaching Zumba? )

I have been passionate about dancing ever since I remember even as a little kid, however dance took over my life in the year of 2008 in the most unexpected way. I was attending Salsa classes in Muscat as a bored expat until the Salsa instructor had to stop the lessons due to an unfortunate injury. So, my friends gathered around me and requested to practice, so we did! And soon the friend circle grew bigger, that we had to rent a studio. At this point I felt I was not competent enough to teach dancing as I never had any sort of formal dance education previously.

During this time, I felt great connection, passion and desire to pursue dance education. So, I took various dance courses in many places such as Italy, Australia, UAE and etc…  And today I am founder of Latin Dance Muscat, the social group of passionate Latin dance enthusiasts... (www.LatinDanceMuscat.org) I currently choreograph, perform and teach Latin dance locally and internationally. 

I was introduced to Zumba unexpectedly. I was travelling to see a friend in Dubai, I just came to know that there was a Zumba Instructor training, so I thought, “why not try!” and once attended the training, I was inspired and immediately fell in love with it.

Love for dance is a huge part of my life… And now I am on a new journey. I am very excited to share my passion for dancing with everyone.

What are the benefits/advantages of Zumba compared to other forms of fitness activities?What is Zumba?

Zumba Fitness is the Latin-dance inspired workout, quickly grew out to be the number one most popular group exercise classes on the planet. In fact, it is reportedly performed by more than 12 million people at 110,000 cities, in 125 countries around the world and growing.

What are the advantages/benefits of Zumba Fitness?

It improves cardiovascular health and regulates the blood pressure.
Helps you to lose weight gradually.
It helps you to strengthen your body and increase physical stamina while improving flexibility.
Works as a stress reliever and improves mood.
Helps you to build and improve positive self-Image.
It helps improving coordination physically and mentally.
It’s a total body workout that helps to tone the muscles.
It boosts your immunity system.
And many more health benefits.

It is different from other programs, because you do not need a previous physical fitness background to start Zumba, It’s not monotonous or boring compared to many other fitness programs, it’s upbeat, fun and easy. It also provides a platform to socialize with others in a  non-intimidating learning environment. The reason it is popular is because it is fun and fitness together for both mind and body.

Who can join/participate in Zumba?

General Zumba fitness classes are carefully designed to suit anyone above the age of 14 years. It is suitable for even people with disabilities, injuries and old people as far as having the approval from a physician and they have an understanding of their limits and intensity levels.
Zumba fitness also provide specialized courses such as Zumba for Kids, Zumba Gold for old people, Zumba Aqua and many more.

Details of the classes? How people can reach you?

Currently I conduct Zumba classes in Al Khuwair, four times a week. Classes are not open to public but all friends are welcome, you can reach me by calling or via whatsapp on +96896148863 or visit my zumbe website:  fernando143.zumba.com

Any parting words? Important things our readers you would like to know about Zumba?

Well, I would like to warn the readers, once you start Zumba, there is no way out, Zumbe is addictive!

Zumba Quote: Zumba Fitness Party – Ditch the workout, join the party.

FITNESS & STYLE | Stay Fit and Healthy, the Zumba Way

I've recently met up with one of the most prominent dance figures in Muscat, Oman- Fernando. Known to many as the friendly salsa instructor, Fernando has performed in many important events in the metro which won him the admiration of many expats and locals alike. And now, as he ventures into another dance genre, he would like to share the joy and health benefits of Zumba. Full article to be released this week. Better watch out. 

Monday, June 1, 2015


I've been working in the tourism industry for quite a while. Although the job is something that many newly graduates would enjoy working in, there are also days when you just wish you have taken a different path. Most of those days come when you are faced with silly encounters in the job.

Below is a funny but true complaints received from different customers, all over the world. Warning, extremely funny. 


1. "They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax."

2. "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food."

3. "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."

4. "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price."

5. "The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room."

6. "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow."

7. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallartato close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time -- this should be banned."

8. "No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared."

9. "Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers."

10. "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

11. "The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun."

12. "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair."

13. "I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends' three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller."

14. "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the resort.' We're trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service."

15. "When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners."

16. "We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning."

17. "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."

18. "I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes."

19. "My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."

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