“Wameed” -17th Photography Week at Photo Society SQU (20-24 April 2014)



The Window of Simplicity


Full of Hope


Radiant Morning


Above the Sky


Lkhwer Sands


The Explosion


Hidden Things


The Mountain Girl


Sardine Season



Abdullah Al Harthi

smile for the camera

Andy and Suliman

Wameed collage

“Red Bull Social Opinion Leader”? Thanks, Red Bull Oman!

ImageGot a call from Red Bull Oman today saying they wanted to deliver a case of Red Bull to me. No arguments here! ;-) Met up with Roopa and Bannia at City Centre Seeb and was surprised to see it was a case of 24 cans!  When I asked what is was for, they said it was a prize for being a “Social Opinion Leader”! Nice! A big thanks to Stacey and the entire Red Bull team in Oman! And of course a huge thanks to Roopa and Bannia for taking the time to drive out to MCC to personally deliver the case!

Once I got the case home, my son, Gershom, had his own ideas of what to do with the cans:ImageThe unofficial “Red Bull Tower Engineer”! :-)

Special Visit by Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Honourable John Baird, to Oman




John Baird giving speech

Mrs Brown at diplomatic club

front door

inside main entrance


diplomatic club in back

swimming pool

canada and oman

Ajay FM and Ambassador


swimming pool

front of diplomatic club


Just pics for now. More later…got a job and all! :-) What a great evening at the Diplomatic Club!

Friday Easter Brunch at Mokha Cafe at Grand Hyatt Muscat – WOW!

Mokha Cafe April 18 2014If you’ve never been to Mokha Cafe at the Grand Hyatt Muscat, you really should give it a try!  We were thrilled to be invited to their Easter Brunch on Friday, April 19th.  Easter eggs hangingEgg painting was one of several activities for the kids at the brunch. They had some painted eggs decorating the restaurant as you can see here.  My favorite was this Omani easter egg:Omani Easter eggEaster egg paintingPlenty of egg painting materials for the kids.  It really was a well organized and fun day!coloring timeKate from Y MagazineMy wife and I had the pleasure of meeting up with Kate Ginn from Y-Magazine.  She was in charge of the Easter egg camel cookie hunt for the kids at 12:30.let the games begin Up for grabs at the 12:30pm Y Easter camel cookie hunt was a hamper full of Easter goodies.  Let the games begin!Gershom and MommyMommy and Gershom hunting for cookies. They were hidden in the bushes and even on the sides of the palm trees.  Mommy Our son managed to find 11 cookies!Kate and winnersJakob was the big winner with 15 camel cookies! Here he is pictured with his family and Kate Ginn. She hesitated getting in this photo, but I thought she should definitely get in there as she organized the whole event so well! :-)from top of the stairsLooking down on Mokha Cafe from the top of the stairsfresh seafoodHere are just a few pics of the incredible food that was available at the buffet.more foodmore seafoodHyatt chefsone of the saladsyummy dessertschocolate goodiesincredible dessertscookies Our son Gershom’s favorite – the “Y-Magazine cookies”. Be sure to check out the latest Y-Magazine (Issue 316) which includes a home recipe for these delicious cookies.hot cross bunsNice to see Hot Cross Buns at the buffet! :-)Don at the HyattOur friend Don joined us for the buffet. He is another fan of the Grand Hyatt as he has stayed here on numerous occasions.  Our son, Gershom, really loved his time with all the fun kid activities and didn’t want to leave, so Don and I enjoyed a coffee in the lounge until our son tired himself out.coffee in lounge I could get used to this “getting served on a silver platter” lifestyle. ;-)our GershomA truly fun day out for our son. Here he is pictured with the horse rider monument in the main lounge. It was only during the recent Social Media Competition that I learned (from Maurizio’s blog) that this bronze monument of a Arabian falconer on a horse actually rotates slowly and makes a complete 360 degree turn every 60 minutes. If you ever make it to the Grand Hyatt Muscat, watch the back foot of the horse and you’ll slowly see it moving if you look close enough!proud of his eggGershom at home showing off one of the eggs Mommy helped him paint. Even today (Sat. 20th) Gersom said, “I want to go back to the place from yesterday!”  Easter Brunches come but once a year my son!  When the Hyatt has a promotion like this (and many others) in the future, you don’t want to miss out.  Stay tuned because apparently there’s another big prize give-away from the Hyatt to be announced and I heard that it’s far more impressive than a free one-night stay for 2 on the weekend

Thanks to the Hyatt and Y-Magazine for such a fantastic experience during the Easter Friday Brunch!

Holy Week Worship Services at PCO



That should read “April 18th for Good Friday”! Need directions to church services? Check out the church website at http://www.churchinoman.com