Archive for April, 2010

Attend if you can! I am sure it will be nice 🙂 ..

sh. Hamza Yusuf


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Mutrah and Updates

Alright, last night I went to the Maz Jobrani show. Though they tell you that the seating arrangement is first come first serve, it is not so much the case. The first three or four rows were “reserved”. Anyway, they will have another show on Sunday so if you weren’t able to attend yesterday, then  you have another chance. All comedians were very funny. Though the first two comedians mostly gave British-Irish-American jokes. Funny, but I was hoping maybe some Omani-related jokes. Also, if you were having second thoughts about Jobrani giving his older jokes (the ones you see on youtube) then no worries. I think in total he only gave one or two old jokes, but the rest were new and funny… especially when he was making fun of Dubai :p

Alright, the topic of today is Mutrah…(Image on my banner) I woke up early this morning (usually never happens). I got there, and all the parking spots were blocked by the police!! My friend and I, being Omani and careless, parked anyway. Later on, my friend’s dad called her up and said “The police called and they want you to move your car out of the parking lot”..Oops! When we arrived, a cop was wandering around and there was a ticket on the car window! So, my friend being cute and innocent looking (yes, it helps sometimes) went to him and talked for a bit. She came back, and no parking ticket! yay! Apparently HM is going through Mutrah Cornish sometime today!

Mutrah, Oman

Anyway, the real reason I am writing about Mutrah today is to give advice to all of you “suckers” who are unfamiliar with the concept of BARGAINING!

Here are some tips about buying stuff in Mutrah…

– Never ever buy a “silk” scarf for more than 5 rials each! Yes, they are even worth less than that! The Indian told me he sells it to you guys for 20 rials each!!!!!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS! I bought 5 scarfs for that price today! and that was me being nice and not wanting to bargain more!!!!

These are not silk. Do NOT pay for than 2-3 O.R. on them!

– If you are going to buy that awful smelling incense (brown, but looks a little bit like frankincense) for more than 1 rial a jar then I don’t know what to say! The Indian guy didn’t even want us to smell it cause he said it was disgusting, but apparently you guys like it! Buy it but don’t pay the 3.5 rial price tag!!!

– Oh, just because some stuff (mostly stuff that visitors buy) have price tags does NOT mean they are fixed prices! You can bargain EVERYTHING and ANYTHING in Mutrah… so grow a backbone and get some bargaining talent! Geez!

– Please remember that those painting facsimiles are NOT the real thing! It is NOT okay for you to pay 5-10 rials for each! Remember, it is only an image printed on a damn paper! I bought one for 1 rial once! and I thought that was TOO MUCH for it!

Art copies that are not worth much, and other stuff that are not Omani

– If you want to buy an original OMANI silver jewelry, remember.. Oman ONLY does plain silver, or silver with coral. All those really nice and colorful gem stones are Yemeni! not Omani! So, don’t be fooled! They are beautiful, and you should still buy them if you want!

Not Omani.. Not Omani.. and Not expensive either!

– Most of the shops that are right in front of Mutrah don’t have original Omani stuff! Those Cool looking elephants, camels, wood pots, colorful lamps, and beautiful fabric or cushions with similar images are NOT Omani! They are actually Indian! So please! If you want to buy them, then Don’t pay TOO much on them!!!

Alright! I know I’m a bit harsh on you all this afternoon! But that’s cause I love you guys! :-p ..

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Resigned From Work

Alright, I am VERY delighted to let everyone know that I RESIGNED!!!!!

Well, truth be told, I only stuck here this long because I know I will be leaving in a couple of months, so no point of getting a new job. The plan was for me to stay for only three months maximum till I get a new job, well.. as many of you know I will be traveling to the US soon.

I almost felt bad when I handed in my resignation letter… almost, till today that is. I came to work, and one of my co-workers, being nice, got me some tea. This co-worker is one of my favorites cause he doesn’t treat me like a “girl”, but rather just another co-worker that he sometimes chit-chats with (Okay, you got me, he brings me the company’s gossip). Anyway, he came an hour ago and said: “Are you free?”, “Yes, you need anything?”.. “I have this project for a class, can you do it for me? You have till the end of the month”.. “No!”.. “Ohh, common, this is easy for you!”.. “It’s IT and I am no IT person!”..”Well, at least look at it”.. “Fine”

So, I looked at it, and the teacher has OUTLINED SPECIFICALLY all the components that he needs in this project.  I said, “I’ll explain to you what the teacher wants, but to be honest, I don’t know how to do this stuff”.. “Ohhh, common! yes you can. If I was told that you made an airplane I wouldn’t be surprised! You graduated from the US!!” I ignored the stupid comment and started explaining the concept, and he goes “See, you understand what is required! Do it for me!”.. “NO, and you can try kissing my ass AS MUCH AS YOU WANT.. I WILL NOT DO YOUR PROJECT FOR YOU!!!!”

He tried saying this to me too!

This annoys me SO much! I mean, I really respect my co-workers that work hard and want to have a better future for themselves. However, many don’t care much about the learning process as much as they care about getting the paper that says.. I HAVE A DEGREE, I WANT MORE SALARY! But when it comes to them doing the actual work.. they know NOTHING! apparently my co-worker is studying IT. He has a year left and he doesn’t even know how to hook his laptop up to our wireless network!

Another co-worker came up to me today and said:  “Hey, I have this paper here that I wrote and I want you to rephrase some of the words. You don’t need to do the introduction and the summary, just the rest of it!” … “HUH!” as I looked at him confused! “You want me to rephrase your paper for you?”.. “No, just the words because I copied the content from the book”.. uhuh! “Hmm, NO!”.. “Why not?” he looked at me shocked as if he doesn’t understand! as if there was a mutual understanding that I should do it, or that it is listed in my job description! I said, “Go to your word document, right-click and go to synonyms and choose another word”..


Really, I am SO glad to resign, and can’t wait till my time comes up! A few weeks left!

Also, what is up with my clients calling me by snapping their fingers at me and saying “Oy..Come!” .. no please, no excuse me.. no nothing.. Of course I DID NOT MOVE!

I don’t know.. Maybe I was their slave in my previous life and they just can’t get over it!

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