UmQusai's Thoughts ..

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Back from Kingdom of Bahrain !

For those who missed me the past few days .. I was in Bahrain for a work trip. I did enjoy my time there:)

My best acheivment in this trip is that I managed to get Thoub Bahraini (they call it thoub Nashel) from there .. you guys dont know how long I have been dreaming to own such a thoub .. it just look so beatiful on Bahrainis on TV :)

I also met a group of Iraqis .. oh my god I dont know how much I love those people .. I mean they are the strongest people on earth!! The things that they've gone through are just so big!!

I bought 2 boxes of Rahash & Bahraini sweets to give people here .. I just love thier rahash!! its very tasty (it will show on my figure after a month, oh my god) !!

I had a good time overall ..


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Friday, November 18, 2005

العيد الوطني الخامس والثلاثون

خمسة وثلاثين سنة .. هي عمر نهضة عمان .. هي عمر الفجر الذي عم البلاد وأرسى قواعد دولة نفتخر أن نكون ممن ينتمون إليها ..
تعتريني مشاعر الفرحة والولاء .. وأنا أرى الأضواء المنيرة بالشوارع .. تبدو عمان كأنها عروس تزهوا بإنجازات شعبها وقائدها

قبل عام 1970 .. كانت عمان فقيرة من أي مظهر من مظاهر الحضارة .. 3 مدراس مفتوحة، مستشفى واحد ولم يكن يسمح للفتيات بالتعلم .. إضطر العماني قبلها أن يهجر وطنه طلباً للرزق ..

وجاء قابوس وأنار للعماني دربه .. وأمسك بيده ليسير في درب التحضر بخطى واثقة مدروسة .. وها هو الأن .. العماني الخبير ، الطبيب ، المهندس ..
حفظك الله ذخرا وفخرا لعمان
هذا هو الخطاب الذي بدأ به سلطاننا مسير العطاء:ـ
خطاب صاحب الجلالة السلطان
إلىالشعب يوم تسلمه زمام الحكم
‏ بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
إني أعدكم أول ما أفرضه على نفسي أن أبدأ بأسرع ما يمكن أن أجعل الحكومة عصرية وأول ‏هدفي أن أزيل الأوامر غير الضرورية التي ترزحون تحت وطأتها.
‏ أيها الشعب : ‏ سأعمل بأسرع ما يمكن لجعلكم تعيشون سعداء لمستقبل أفضل وعلى كل واحد منكم المساعدة في ‏هذا الواجب.‏ كان وطننا في الماضي ذا شهرة وقوة وإن عملنا بإتحاد وتعاون فسنعيد ماضينا مرة أخرى ‏وسيكون لنا المحل المرموقع في العالم العربي , وإني متخذ الخطوات القانونية لتلقى الإعتراف ‏من الدول الخارجية الصديقة وإني أتطلع إلى التأييد العاجل والتعاون الودي مع جيراننا وأن يكون ‏مفعوله لزمن طويل والتشاور فيما بيننا لمستقبل منطقتنا.‏
إني أستحثكم الإستمرار في معيشتكم المعتادة وإني سأصل إلى مسقط خلال الأيام القليلة القادمة ‏وهدفي الرئيسي ما سأخبركم به
.‏ شعبي.. إني وحكومتي الجديدة نهدف لإنجاز هدفنا العام.. كان بالأمس ظلام ولكن بعون الله غدأ ‏سيشرق الفجر على عُمان وعلى أهلها, حفظنا الله وكلل مسعانا بالنجاح والتوفيق.‏
قابوس بن سعيد
سلطان عُمان

هدية العيد الوطني هي نشيد صوت للنهضة نادى:ـ

الإفتتاحية العمال الفلاح المرأة التلميذ تراث الأجداد التاريخ الختامية

Today is Oman National day, I Thank Sultan Qaboos for being the light that guided Oman into being a modern country. Thank him for giving us his youth and love to be what we are now.


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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Your Blog personality

I came across this test in Islaner's Blog

Your Blogging Type is Confident and Insightful
You've got a ton of brain power, and you leverage it into brilliant blog.Both creative and logical, you come up with amazing ideas and insights.A total perfectionist, you find yourself revising and rewriting posts a lot of the time.You blog for yourself - and you don't care how popular (or unpopular) your blog is!
What's" Your Blogging Personality?

The results are intresting, what do you guys think .. does it really reflect my blog's personality?

You are welcomed to do it too :)


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Social Change ..

One of the subjects that really was intresting in collage was Sociology .. the lecturer we had made me visuale sociology and never considered it as boring subject as some others did "funny is that in the foundation course we had a different lecturer and I hated sociology then and never wanted to take it again".
Since then, I started trying to understand society and try to build some theories around my own .. which brings me to my post today .. Social Change.

Yesterday, my friend told me she passed through Ibra on her visit to Sur. She was woundering why some families are so attached to thier villages (or blad how we call it). If you see it from a vision or a person who lived in muscat, those villages are boring small villages that have no entertainment at all.

Well what happens here is, the head of the family (father, uncle, .. etc) lived all his childhood in the village. When Oman started to develop, most jobs were located to muscat. So, in order to earn a living, he moved to must with his village in heart. Therefore, he never consider Muscat as "home" even if he has a house and his family is setteled there. Every weekend or at least once a month he will go back to his village. You go ask one of these guys from which part of Oman he is and the first answer would be his village name and he would only mention muscat if he was asked where he currently live.

His children on the other hand, lived all thier lives in muscat and thier consider it thier home. They are attached to thier village as a place where they originated from (and a place where thier father consider it home) but at heart .. Muscat, where they lived is considered home.

When the story above happens to alot of Omani household, I find it intresting to see how the father and the son have different loyalities. It just gives me a glimps of how change happened rapidly in Oman and the affect is very visible now.

Another issue that I consider a major change change is Women's education. although this story doesnt happen to everyone but I saw it clear in some families. You would see the mother being illetrate, and a house wife .. she lived her childhood beleiving that its "3aib - bad" for a woman to go to school let alont work. Now, after 30 years of development, you would see the same mother scolding her girl for not being serious in her school work .. and praying for her other girl to get accepted in such and so interview. It amazes me how mind sets managed to change fast, and how mentalities started accepting things they would consider taboo as children.

with all the above, there are areas that take a long time to change and wouldnt change fast. lets take an example: Tribilisim. as much as they started accepting social change, they still didnt accept to change thier minds and attitude about tribilisim. What makes it differnet? I dont know. But I guess its one thing that is deeply rooted in the arab genes. Although I beleive its changing, as there are things that are more accepted today then they were yesterday .. but still the process is slow.

Isnt it intresting to live on the years of development? to see the changes before your own eyes :)


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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Its all about "Ibra"

I always wonder why Ibra has a special place in my heart .. The moment someone mentions Ibra my heart beats faster and I feel the love of the land over flow in my heart ..

I never lived there, we just went there occasionally .. and the only reason that would make us (me, my siblings and cousins) get excited is that we exercise a certain freedom to go out of the house without my parents worrying about us.

Anyway, Ibra is an average town in the sultanate. It has the basic facilities other towns in Oman have but ofcourse its not comparable to Muscat. Its located in the Sharqia (East) Region of Oman.

If you ask me what are the attractive places to visit in Ibra, I wouldn't know. When we go there, we would mostly spend our time with family. Sitting out with my uncles and aunts having Mshakek (BBQ) is what we do when we go there.
However, few months back we went to visit one important land marks in Ibra. Its mosque that has two "Qibla" (direction where we head to pray). The reason is, Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him, was first ordered by Allah to head towards Quds in Jerusalem while praying. Then, he was ordered to head to Mecca. I think this mosque is a proof that Ibra embraced Islam during the life of prophet Mohammed, since the mosque has direction to the two Qiblas. Its a very small and old mosque, I had some pictures taken by my sisters camera .. She didn't send me the pics yet but I promise I would post them once I get them.

Another thing that's unique to Ibra is Suq Al Arba3 (ensued Market). Its a market run by the women of Ibra every wenesday. They sell traditional Omani clothes, other materials and different things that women use. Sadly, I've never been to the Suq but its definitely something I always hear about. When I ask my aunt to make me my Omani clothes (that I usually wear when I go to Ibra and during Eid) she always mentions the Suq and what it has.

Wearing our national costume which consists of a dress that goes until the knee and a trouses that has special embroidery at the end, is something I always do when I go to Ibra. When we were young, my mom used to force us to wear it and we used to hate it. Now, I thank my mom million times for doing that .. if each mother didn't do that to their kid, we would lose the valuable Omani clothes. you would only see them in museums.

Ibra is facing a great danger now, few water resources. Rain falls are not as much they used to be before, and that is affecting the farms and crops there.

So, this is ibra how I see it .. Below are some pictures to help you visualize what I talked about:

Ibra-3laya main road & Al-Yahmadi

Ibra without water

Ibra clothes


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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak to Everyone. I know I am early as Eid would be either thursday or friday here in Oman, but since tommorow I will be heading to my Husband's Village and wont be back until 3rd day of Eid, I wont be able to wish you all a happy Eid.

Hope Ramdhan was a fruitful month to all of you guys, and inshallah you manged to gain lots of Thawab (rewards from Allah) and made less sins.

وكل عام وأنت بألف خير ان شاء الله


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