Monthly Archives: May 2009

Mirchi/Shang Thai – The New Restaurant(s) in Al Khuwair, Muscat, Oman

Che at Mirchi  My honey in front of Mirchi/Shang Thai which is just behind the Al Khuwair McDonald’sshrimp chips  These shrimp chips are served when you first sit downspring rolls  One of the appetizers we tried-vegetable spring rolls.  Pretty good!dimsum  Another appetizer-dimsum che vinoo and pastor peppin  Che with Vinoo and Pastor Michael Peppin.  By the way this building is actually TWO restaurants.  The ground floor serves Indian food (this restaurant is “Mirchi” and the Thai restaurant, “Shang Thai“, is on the 1st floor (what we would call “the 2nd floor” in Canada…).   We enjoyed the Thai restaurant this time.  (Tel: 24483083)

Speaking of Thailand…Che and I are taking off tomorrow for a 2 week vacation!!! (like a late honeymoon)  If I am on-line, you will be able to catch us at : www.andyinthailand.wordpress.com

Enjoy your summer everyone, take care & God bless!!!

East Meets Middle East! (SMU’s Visit to SQU)

Mohammed and new friend  On May 2nd, 45 of my students and I had the great privilege of hosting a group of 43 students from SMU (Singapore Management University).singapore presentation  SMU is one of only 3 universities in Singapore.  It is one of the youngest institutions; established in 2000.  It focuses mainly on fields of business, accountancy, liberal arts, social science and law.  For more information on SMU, you can check out their website at www.smu.edu.sg mingling  It was so wonderful to see my students mingling with the Singaporean students.  Many of my students shared in our next class that it was the first time they had really interacted with people of a different culture. Awesome!Ahmed and Omar with new friend  The SMU group were visiting Oman as part of a wider immersion program, called Business Studies Mission, covering all GCC countries.  This is to help students understand economic, social and political developments in our part of the world (the Middle East).Ahmed and friend  Ahmed making new friends!  Check out this short video of the Singaporeans singing to my students! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXee1Jle0Hc  “One Peope, One Nation, One Singapore!”Mariam getting award  My student, Mariam, did a fabulous job presenting information about our university to the group from Singapore.  Here she is receiving a thank you gift!Salim getting award  Here is my other student, Salim, (also receiving a gift) who worked with Mariam on a presentation about Omani culture and university life to the group from SMU.  I couldn’t have picked better representatives!Shais and friend  Shais, on the right, really enjoyed the chance to meet people from Singapore.  Like many of my other students, he now has email buddies from another part of the world!making new friends  Osama, Sulaiman, one of the SMU students and Shais bonding outside before the group had to leave.Mohammed Mazan and Singaporean friend  Mohammed and Mazen listen on as their new friend tells them about how fascinating he found Oman, our university and his new Omani friends!Sulaiman Osama and friend  We couldn’t have picked a better day for a visit as they happened to visit on “University Day” with a lot of things happening on campus!  For many students, the best part of the visit was taking them on short, private tours around campus and getting to know them better.Edward and Zahran  Edward, who is currently doing an internship here in Oman, and one of my precious students, Zahransqu-smu  This picture was designed by my extremely creative and talented student, Osama.  I can’t thank my students enough for volunteering their time and energy to share a part of their lives with the group from Singapore.  They truly acted as great ambassadors of Oman and I am very proud of the hospitality and love they showed.  I am very blessed to have taught such interesting/incredible/bright engineering students this semester!  Life is SO good when you have a job you love!

Anger Management

The Hulk at Markaz Baja  (The Hulk at Markaz al Bahja Mall in Muscat, Oman.  Ever feel like THAT?!)  “Be angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down on your wrath.” (Ephesians 4:26)

Looking at that photo I took at one of the malls here in Oman got me thinking about an interesting sermon by Jack Buteyn a while back titled “Anger Management“.  Maybe like me, when you hear the title you think about the hilarious movie starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson.Anger_Management  As funny as the movie is, there is nothing funny about uncontrollable anger that reveals itself occasionally in fits of rage.  As one quote from the movie says, “Temper’s the one thing you can’t get rid of by losing it“.  No one thinks anger expressed in others such as wife-beaters, brawlers and lunatics is acceptable-but are we willing to look at ourselves in the mirror when it comes to matters of anger?  Anger Management is a lucrative industry today.  It seems that like Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We have guided missiles but misguided men“.  The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart!  The sinful nature of man is self-centred, wrathful and misguided.  Contrary to what pop-pyschology tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)  …Anyway, that was not the main point of the sermon, which is that anger, in and of itself, is NOT A SIN!  Ephesians 4:26 reads, “Be angry but do not sin.” Psalm 4:4 says, “In your anger do not sin“.  It is HOW you dwell on or act upon your anger that is the problem.  We often, in our sinful nature, can lose control and BIG TIME!  A famous Christian author, Max Lucado, hits the nail right on the head when he wrote: “Anger. It’s a peculiar yet predictable emotion. It begins as a drop of water. An irritant. A frustration. Nothing big, just an aggravation. Someone gets your parking place. Someone pulls in front of you on the freeway. A waitress is slow and you are in a hurry. The toast burns. Drops of water. Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip. Yet, enough of these seemingly innocent drops of anger and before long you’ve got a bucket full of rage. Walking revenge. Blind bitterness. Unharnessed hatred. We trust no one and bare our teeth at anyone who gets near. We become walking time bombs that, given just the right tension and fear, could explode.  Now, is that any way to live? What good has hatred ever brought? What hope has anger ever created? What problems have ever been resolved by revenge?” (Max Lucad0-“No Wonder They Call Him Savior“)DSCN6170  (Word of Life Bookstore poster in Ruwi)

One quote mentioned during the sermon was the perhaps overly used, “Let go and let God.” In other words, “Let go of your anger/problem/situation and let God take care of the situation in His Sovereign care/justice.”  Again Max explains this well here:  http://maxlucado.com/email/2008/08.17.html  We are called to “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.” (James 1:19)  How is YOUR “anger management” going?!

An Enjoyable Stroll on the Campus of SQU (Sultan Qaboos University)

passagewayanother passageway  Che, Chilin, Mabel and I decided to go check out Sultan Qaboos University in Al-Khoud, Oman, on the outskirts of Muscat.  It is the largest university of Oman, the only national university in the country  and the pride of its people.SQU clocktower  This is the clocktower which greets visitors as you enter Gate 1.  There are 4 gates to the university. (This is a photo of a photo actually…)Mabel and Che with clocktower Mabel and Che with the clocktower in the backgroundfemale passage  This walkway is for females only.  Interesting, isn’t it?!female walkway closeup  A closer look at the female walkway signChe and flowersMabel and flowersAndy and Chilin ChillinChilin and Mabel hiding haha  Who’s that hiding behind the boat at the Faculty Club?Andy and Che in front of boattiled artworkart at faculty clubartwork at SQU  Flowers everywhere, beautiful architecture, walls adorned with artwork…these 14 photos are just a brief glimpse of the beauty of SQU’s campus.  If you’ve never been there, try to arrange a visit.  It’s quite the place!

Muscat – Certainly Not Lacking in Coffee Shops!

costa window  Costa Coffee at Al Shati, Qurum is one of our favorite coffee-shop hang- outsAndy and Ches coffees  Cafe mocha flake (for me) and coffee coolatta (for her)Andy and Che at costas  Life doesn’t get much better than this!the ladies at shiatti  Tracey Mackenzie, Mabel Tang and Mrs. Che Freo Brown turning heads at Al Shati, Qurumshiatti beach area  Great place to just kick back and take it easy!  This was taken at the entrance of Dairy Queen, Al Shati.  There are at least 4 coffee shops at this beachside mall: Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Costa Coffee and Second Cup (and there are more!)Che and Tracey at Costas   Che and Tracey on another visit in Costa’sdeep conversation  An intimate moment with my honey at Starbucks, Al Noor Plazaoman starbuckscaribou coffee  Caribou Coffee is located in Bareeq, Al Shati and is the only coffee shop I know of that has a fireplace in Oman! (Not that you would need it in this heat!)

These are just a few pics of the many places that you can go and enjoy a nice cup of coffee with friends and family in Muscat, Oman!