Monthly Archives: November 2010

National Day Celebrations 2010

My place of employment (which shall remain unnamed) had a National Day Celebration Event that included: live making of traditional Omani handicrafts, traditional Omani games, traditional dances, recitations of Omani poems and a buffet of Omani cuisine!

Our male Omani students who organized the dancing were all proudly wearing their Khanjars.

Several of our students had these bullet belts on which is pretty cool!

Drums are an important part of many Omani dances to keep the timing as they chant/sing.

In case you were wondering what the blade itself looks like within the Khanjar!

That is a small shield (or “buckler“) our student is holding.  Up until this point, I had only seen these in a museum! (Bait Al Zubair to be exact)

Some of our students singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC0mPCyjt-s  And here is some singing plus “dancing”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG731X49BsE  Interesting!  :-)

This was one of the traditonal items for sale.  It’s a traditional powder (all natural) used as make-up.

Would you believe that this powder is used as shampoo?!

As you can see, it’s not only Omanis who are in a celebratory mood these days!  Several teachers could be seen sporting the latest “I love Oman” pins and such!

The Omani buffet was a wondeful way to end the afternoon of celebration!

This was something new for me.  This is “Harees”, a traditional Omani barley porridge.  It doesn’t look like much but boy was it ever good!

A BIG THANK YOU to all our colleagues and students who did an outstanding job organizing the National Day celebrations at my workplace!  I’m sure that Omanis have been preparing similar events around the country during these historic days in the Sultanate.  Congratulations to the Sultan and to all the people of  Oman!!!

Traditional Omani Handicrafts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxQlBKrDzUo

Kids Games Oman 2010!!!

A BIG THANK YOU to you all who came, supported, volunteered or participated in the 1st KidsGames event in Muscat, Oman during 2 consecutive Thursdays in November, 2010!  Over 200 children from different churches, denominations, communities and schools attended the event and had a fantastic time and enjoyed closer friendship with other kids.

Jess Manglicmot officially starting Kids Games 2010! Jess is responsible for the youth programs in the PCO (Protestant Church of Oman) and it’s amazing how much energy he has!

Sami from “Black Stallion Martial Arts“, a gym that runs out of the Falaj Hotel in Ruwi.  They have classes every weekday evening.  He did an impressive demonstration for the kids at the beginning of the Kids Games events.  Check out one short clip I took of him in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huboAGpLjSQ

Wow!  Kids, don’t try this at home!  :-)

Just look at that determination!

Kids were placed into different teams and given a country team name such as the “South Africa” team you see here who were the champions at “Catch the Tail”!

One section of the scoreboard.  There were so many fun activities/stations for the kids to play and everyone had a fabulous time.

KIDSGAMES is a worldwide phenomenon connecting children with Jesus using Sports & Games, the Bible, creativity and fun all integrated into an easy-to-run initiative.

A team that prays together, stays together!

Kids Games Oman was open to all 7-12 years old.  Anyone older than this had fun through volunteering!  :-)  If you missed out on KidsGames in Muscat this year, consider signing up next year.

Brother Kiran from OCF (Oman Christian Fellowship) leading the kids in fun lessons to stress the importance of teamwork and dependence on God.

This was the first ever KidsGames event in Oman-the first of its kind!

Jess leading the handing out of awards and closing ceremony

One final round of dancing and singing of the official action packed “Kids Games Song”!  If you’ve never heard the KidsGames song, click here and check it out!

There are no losers in KidsGames! Only winners! Fun! Fun! Fun! I can’t wait for next year!  :-)  My hat (if I wore a hat!) is off to Jess and all the volunteers who made this year’s KidsGames a smashing sucess!

The Queen at Al Alam Palace

The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II (aka QEII), is scheduled to leave Oman this morning after wrapping up a 4-day visit here in Oman.  These are historic and exciting days to be living in Oman!!!

(pic from “The Daily Mail” in the UK)

I managed to watch live coverage of the Queen being paraded through Old Muscat and then welcomed at the official palace (Al Alam) of Sultan Qaboos.  This first clip is of the procession through Old Muscat for Queen Elizabeth II.  2nd video clip: Here is a wonderful little clip I managed to videotape from live coverage off Oman TV for any of you out there that are interested.  It already has 153 views after only 13 hours of posting.  (Will post a bit of the parade later when I get a chance.)  Anyone hear about the possibility of Obama coming to Oman very soon?…That’s what a little bird told me…

Click here to read a fascinating comparison of the Queen and the Sultan by one of the bloggers I try to keep up with, Sultanate Social.  Here is a humorous yet respectful take on the official greeting (with great pics) by another blogger known as “OmaniPrincess (but Not Omani!)”  Finally, here is a fascinating look at the lavish gifts Sultan Qaboos gave to the Queen. (Thanks to Blu-Chi for the link!)  One trait of the Sultan which I find extremely admirable is his incredible generosity.

I love the fact that Oman and England have signed a treaty of friendship that is to last for eternity.  The document dated 1800 states, “the friendship between the two nations should endure till the end of time or until the sun and moon cease their revolving careers”. (from a Nov. 27th article in the Oman Observer).  Such lovely use of language!  In today’s language I guess we’d say that Oman and the UK are BFFs or “Best Friends Forever!  :-)

Christmas Bazaar in Muscat This Thursday!!!

Does a Chrismas bazaar in Muscat sound bizarre to you?! Well, it shouldn’t.  The church has been blessed with much freedom to meet and worship under the leadership of Sultan Qaboos bin Said.  The Bazaar this coming Thursday should be a great time of fun with a lot of good bargains and great food available.  It’ll run from 9am to 2pm.  Why not stop by and enjoy some early festive fun at the beginning of December?!  :-)

Thursday 9:00am at Ghala Church
Bring your family and friends to our Christmas Bazaar. It will be a Christmas celebration and shopping experience featuring Christmas musical performances, arts & crafts, food, clothing, jewelry, books, cards, Christmas decorations & more. Come hungry and you will have the opportunity to purchase a delicious lunch.  All of the funds raised will go to support local charities.  Entrance fee of RO 2, children under 10 years of age are free.