Dec 27, 2008

Celebrity's blog

I came across two Bollywood celebrity's blogs, enjoy:

If you know any celebrity's blogs, share it with us.

During AGCC 2008 summit

News from Times of Oman:
ROP puts curbs on parking of vehicles during AGCC summit
Saturday, December 27, 2008 12:29:35 AM Oman Time

MUSCAT — The Directorate of Public Relations, Royal Oman Police, has prohibited parking of vehicles on the service roads parallel to the following roads on account of the AGCC summit, which will be held here on December 29 and 30.

The prohibition will be effective from 8pm tomorrow (Sunday) to 11pm on Tuesday.

l Sultan Qaboos Road from Assahwa Tower Roundabout to Al Bustan Palace Hotel Roundabout through Muttrah Corniche, Muscat town and Sidab.

l Sultan Qaboos Road from Assahwa Tower Roundabout to Al Bustan Palace Hotel Roundabout through Al Qurum-Darsait-Al Wadi Al Kabir.

l The road will be closed as scheduled below to traffic on both sides from Assahwa Tower Roundabout to Al Bustan Palace Hotel Roundabout via Al Qurum-Darsait-Al Wadi Al Kabir. Instead, the traffic will be directed to alternative routes.

a. Monday (December 29) from 10am to 3pm

b. Tuesday (December 30) from 3pm to 8 pm.

l Heavy vehicles and trucks will not be allowed on Sultan Qaboos Road from Assahwa Tower Roundabout to Al Bustan Palace Hotel Roundabout. They will be directed to alternative routes as from 8am to 5pm on Monday (December 29) and from 12 noon to 11pm on Tuesday (December 30).

All motorists are requested to comply with the above and cooperate with the Royal Oman Police personnel.

News from Alwatan:

أثناء انعقاد مؤتمر قمة دول مجلس التعاون
شرطة عمان السلطانية تحدد الطرق البديلة للقادمين إلى مسقط
كتب ـ وليد محمود :حددت شرطة عمان السلطانية الطرق البديلة التي يجب على القادمين إلى محافظة مسقط ارتيادها بديلا عن شارع السلطان قابوس والذي سيكون مشغولا باستقبال قادة دول مجلس التعاون حيث سيتم إغلاق شارع السلطان قابوس بداية من دوار برج الصحوة حتى دوار فندق قصر البستان مرورا بجسر القرم دارسيت والوادي الكبير كما أوضحت شرطة عمان السلطانية أنه سيتم تحويل السير كليا قبل وصول ومغادرة أصحاب الجلالة والسمو قادة دول مجلس التعاون من دوار برج الصحوة إلى دوار فندق قصر البستان مرورا بجسر القرم ـ دارسيت والوادي الكبير والعكس إلى مسارات بديلة وذلك يوم الإثنين 29/12/2008م بداية من الساعة العاشرة صباحا وحتى الساعة الثالثة مساء ويوم الثلاثاء الموافق 30/12/2008م بداية من الساعة الثالثة مساء وحتى الساعة الثامنة مساء حيث يمكن للقادمين من منطقة الباطنة والمتجهين إلى محافظة مسقط والعكس سلوك شارع 18 نوفمبر بداية من جسر الموالح مرورا بالعذيبة الشمالية والغبرة الشمالية والخوير الشمالية .
أما بالنسبة للقادمين من الشرقية والداخلية إلى محافظة مسقط والعكس عليهم سلوك طريق مرتفعات المطار بداية من معسكر المرتفعة حتى دوار المستشفى السلطاني ومجمع السلطان قابوس الرياضي والخوير الجنوبية حتى مدينة الإعلام أو مرورا بطريق الأنصب شارع الأنصب ـ الجفنين ـ والرسيل إلى دوار مستشفى القوات المسلحة.
من ناحية أخرى سيتم تحويل سير الشاحنات الكبيرة كليا من شارع السلطان قابوس بداية من دوار فندق قصر البستان والعكس إلى مسارات أخرى وذلك بين الساعة الثامنة صباحا وحتى الساعة الخامسة مساء يوم الإثنين الموافق 29/12/2008م ومن الساعة 12 ظهرا حتى الساعة 11 مساء يوم الثلاثاء الموافق 30 ديسمبر .
كما تنوه شرطة عمان السلطانية إلى أنه سوف يمنع وقوف المركبات على جانبي شارع السلطان قابوس ـ جسر القرم ـ حتى فندق قصر البستان وشارع السلطان قابوس من دوار برج الصحوة حتى دوار فندق قصر البستان مرورا بالشارع البحري ـ دارسيت فمطرح فسداب .

Dec 26, 2008

Monopoly of insurance companies

Ahmed Al Falahi wrote an article on 23 Dec 2008 at the Oman Daily, an Arabic newspaper, about how insurance companies in different Welayats (regions) rip off the Omani citizens because of no supervision from higher authorities.

He gave a four wheel drive with 4300 cc with third party insurance, as an example may cost OMR 300 at one company and same specification and facility it will cost OMR 70 in other company.

He said as per my understanding, the lack of competition in the regions comparing to Muscat region and neighbouring regions, which has high competitions and multi options suits everyone‘s needs. The greedy insurance companies at other regions manipulate and set the fees as they please.

Can the regulatory authority do anything about it? Or do we encourage the new Intilaaqah participants to go towards setting up new insurance companies, which lacks competitions to kill monopoly and blood suckers?
Bits and Bytes
  • No immigration visa to USA for Khat consumers in Yemen. Must have three years minimum of free of Khat out of the body system, with periodic medical test as a proof.

Dec 25, 2008

Rules and regulations

On my way back home, from a lovely dinner, I stopped at roundabout, waiting for the cars to pass by, I was thinking, what will really happen if I got in? what are the risks?

I started thinking about how terrific for the person who came up and developed the traffic rules and regulations; how such rules is applied world wide, over years, without that, we would have been living like hooligans.

We have different Rules, standards and guideline for different purposes, some have been developed, some have been extinct and others have evolved, depending on the circumstances, economics, religion, etc many countless factors.
Without all that, we would not have existed at all.

(Click here to view the image source.)

Think out of the Box..

A friend have dropped me this article, from unknown source, and thought of sharing the same with you, it might change your thoughts.

Every company has a performance appraisal system in place to measure the effectiveness of its employees.

Employees are normally rated in most of the companies in the above categories. Apart from the above non performance category is also there, which is not depicted here . Needless to say everyone wants to be rated Outstanding.

What is the yard stick and how do you measure these aspects?
Employee "A" in a company walked up to his manager and asked what my job is for the day?

The manager took "A" to the bank of a river and asked him to cross the river and reach the other side of the bank.

"A" completed this task successfully and reported back to the manager about the completion of the task assigned. The manager smiled and said "GOOD JOB"

Next day Employee "B" reported to the same manager and asked him the job for the day. The manager assigned the same task as above to this person also.

The Employee "B' before starting the task saw Employee "C" struggling in the river to reach the other side of the bank. He realized "C" has the same task.

Now "B" not only crossed the river but also helped "C" to cross the river.
"B" reported back to the manager and the manager smiled and said "VERY GOOD JOB"

The following day Employee "Q" reported to the same manager and asked him the job for the day. The manager assigned the same task again.

Employee "Q" before starting the work did some home work and realized "A", "B" & "C" all has done this task before. He met them and understood how they performed.

He realized that there is a need for a guide and training for doing this task.

He sat first and wrote down the procedure for crossing the river, he documented the common mistakes people made, and tricks to do the task efficiently and effortlessly.

Using the methodology he had written down he crossed the river and reported back to the manager along with documented procedure and training material.

The manger said "Q" you have done an "EXCELLENT JOB".

The following day Employee "O" reported to the manager and asked him the job for the day. The manager assigned the same task again.

"O" studied the procedure written down by "Q" and sat and thought about the whole task.

He realized company is spending lot of money in getting this task completed. He decided not to cross the river, but sat and designed and implemented a bridge across the river and went back to his manager and said, "You no longer need to assign this task to any one".

The manager smiled and said "Outstanding job 'O'. I am very proud of you."

What is the difference between A, B, Q & O????????

Many a times in life we get tasks to be done at home, at office, at play….,

Most of us end up doing what is expected out of us. Do we feel happy? Most probably yes. We would be often disappointed when the recognition is not meeting our expectation.

Let us compare ourselves with "B". Helping some one else the problem often improves our own skills. There is an old proverb (I do not know the author) "learn to teach and teach to learn". From a company point of view "B" has demonstrated much better skills than "A" since one more task for the company is completed.

"Q" created knowledge base for the team. More often than not, we do the task assigned to us without checking history. Learning from other's mistake is the best way to improve efficiency. This knowledge creation for the team is of immense help. Re-usability reduces cost there by increases productivity of the team. "Q" demonstrated good "team-player" skills,

Now to the outstanding person, "O" made the task irrelevant; he created a Permanent Asset to the team.

If you notice B, Q and O all have demonstrated "team performance" over an above individual performance; also they have demonstrated a very invaluable characteristic known as "INITIATIVE".

Initiative pays of every where whether at work or at personal life. If you put initiative you will succeed. Initiative is a continual process and it never ends. This is because this year's achievement is next year's task. You cannot use the same success story every year.

The story provides an instance of performance, where as measurement needs to be spread across at least 6-12 months. Consequently performance should be consistent and evenly spread.

Out-of-Box thinkers are always premium and that is what every one constantly looks out for. Initiative, Out-of-Box thinking and commitment are the stepping stone to success.

Initiative should be life long. Think of out of the box.

Dec 24, 2008

George W Bush's farewell party

A simple gesture for George W. Bush’s farewell via shoes turned into a laughingstock. Enjoy.


No comment.



Now it’s the property of….

No comment.

The memory

The farewell kiss.

Care to hit Bush with a shoe game or visit for more caricatures.

Dec 23, 2008

Spam attack

My journal been Spammed by an Anonymous who has left 6 new comments on 6 different posts, advertising his two Arabic Tunisian blogs.

(Click here to view the image source.)

It seems that the person is craving for attention for his blogs, needs to increase the number of traffic (who doesn‘t), as a result I have activated the word verification for comments.

Bits and Bytes

  • Mark Ruffalo brother died, and a Saudi woman was arrested then released as it was rulled out his death as homicide. As per Al Arabiya newspaper, she is a Business woman, while the other newspapers refer her as a Saudi princess. So is who is Shaha Mishaal Adham?
  • Condoleezza Rice admits USA's popularity decreased since George W Bush became the precident of USA.
  • Rumours about 'killer perfume' in UAE and the police denies it.
  • A Turkish shoe factory had to employee 100 individuals in order to fill in the 370 thousand pair of Muntadhar al-Zaidi shoes, as it turned out to be a Turkish made.

(The post been Edited on 24 Dec 2008 20:59 PM. GMT 4+).

Dec 22, 2008

Some Financial Humor

Thought of sharing several Humor jokes from my inbox, which is related to the recent global financial crisis of 2008.


Some Financial Humor:

·         The US has made a new weapon that destroys people but keeps the building standing,. Its called the stock market - Jay Leno

·         Do you have any idea how cheap stocks are?? Wall Street is now being called Wal Mart Street - Jay Leno

·         The difference between a pigeon and a London investment banker. The pigeon can still make a deposit on a BMW.

·         What's the difference between a guy who lost everything in Las Vegas and an investment banker?   A tie!

·         The problem with investment bank balance sheet is that on the left side nothing's right and on the right side nothing's left.

·         I want to warn people from Nigeria who might be watching our show, if you get any emails from Washington asking for money, it's a scam. Don't fall for it - Jay Leno

·         Bush was asked about the credit crunch. He said it was his favorite candy bar - Jay Leno

·         The rescue bill was about 450 pages. President Bush's copy is even thicker. They had to include pictures  - Jay Leno

·         President Bush's response was to meet some small business owners in San Antonio last week. The small business owners are General Motors, General Electric and Century 21 - Jay Leno

·         What worries me most about the credit crunch, is that if one of my checks is returned stamped 'insufficient funds'.  I won't know whether that refers to mine or the bank's.


Bits and Bytes

  • Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of KSA, despite estimated loosing 18.06% of his wealth because of the global financial crisis of 2008, he still maintained his status as the wealthiest Arab for year 2008.
  • Oman government won't shift to Fri-Sat weekend.

Dec 21, 2008

I can't access my journal

I am not able to access my journal since Friday because of cut in
internet, it seems Nawras is effected too. Google services are either
not accessable or too slow.

Sorry everyone for that.

Dec 16, 2008

Gain Thawab

Umrah or Ummrah is a minor pilgrimage performed by the Muslims who follow Islam as religion. Muslim may perform it unlimitedly and anytime.

I personally know people go to perform it every year, it’s their choice, they may want to gain more Thawab (Reward for good deeds) and pray to Allah (God) to wipe out their Ithims (sins).

I believe if one already performed Umrah, and wants to perform again, he can gain more Thawab by sponsoring the below categories to go to Umrah:

  • An elderly person, who can not afford,
  • An orphanage (allot who were not adopted),
  • Poor individual/ family,


  • sponsoring someone to perform Haj.

Think about it, you may gain double or triple or countless Thawab (only God knows how much he will reward you) as if you had performed Umrah. But that is all depends on your true intention, and no one knows it except you and God in addition to the Mala’ikah (Angles) on your left or right who write your deeds, if your intention was good, the right Angle will write it as good deed, and vice verse.

Click here for Glossary of Islamic terms in Arabic.

Bits and Bytes

  • Medal For Courage will be geven to Muntadhar al-Zaidi by Aicha, daughter of Lybian leader Muammar Gaddafi because of his courage to throw his shoes towards the forty-third President of the United States.

Dec 15, 2008


My personal journal, is finally redirected to, but the url address is not redirecting to for unknown reason.

I chose as it’s my nickname and its symbolic to me, my label.

Bits and Bytes
  • A Saudi citizen offers to pay USD 10 millions for Muntadhar al-Zaidi shoe, which was thrown towards the forty-third President of the United States.

  • Mazoon Mobile may ink with Oman Mobile as a reseller for mobile services in the Sultanate beside Renna and FRiENDi. Now who will ink with Nawras? Both Injaz International, and Kalam Telecommunications (No sign of their brand yet)? or one of them? or none of them?

  • AGCC summit to discuss five-year cap on unskilled expatriate employees in the Gulf.
  • Help for overseas Indians just a free phone call away soon via toll free number. (When will Oman or an Arab country do the same?)
  • Four emirates commit to 2009 Earth Hour (When will Oman join?)

Dec 14, 2008

As per Typealyzer

I came across typealyzer via Per Your Request journal. Its analysis the presonality of author's journal/ blog through the writting skills.

This is my result:

The analysis indicates that the author of is of the type:

ESTP - The Doers

The active and play-ful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

This show what parts of the brain that were dominant during writing.

- Thinking (T)

  • logical
  • mathmatics

- Practical (ST)

- Sensing (S)

  • order
  • habit
  • details

Dec 13, 2008

Sorry for been offline

After thorough thought, I have decided to purchase a domain name for my journal/ blog and its done through Go Daddy; I don’t know if it was a right decision or not to purchase from such internet domain registrar and web hosting company; I didn’t do my homework right, I just picked what was in font of me.

Now I am having a problem of redirecting my journal from to Go; that’s is why my journal was offline, it may take a while, but it worth a shot.

Any tips or advice? will be appreciated.

My Eid
Eid celebrations went well, busy with family and relatives, the holidays went pretty fast and tomorrow back to work for all the government, semi-government, semi-private and banking sectors in Oman.

I have been Tagged by Blue-Chi; despite I am not a fan of Tags, as I don't like reveals allot of my self, but I won't disappoint my friend.

List down five things people probably do not know about me:

  1. I am addicted to 'Daim' candy.
  2. I love to eat fresh green chilli with my meal when I am starving for a long time.
  3. I was too moody.
  4. I watch Indian (Hindi) movies.
  5. I olny drink decaffeinated coffee.

Who tag naw??? Amjad and Dubai Guy.

Dec 9, 2008

Are you a fan of Noor?

Seriously, are you Noor and Mohannad’s fan? If so you came at the right place. (Please note, I am not a fan of Noor TV series.)

Prove your self that are a fan of Noor TV series by participating to Noor competition via SMS and win a trip to meet The actor and actress who played Muhannad and Noor, in addition to that you will receive a DVD collection of the whole episodes of Noor TV series with the autograph of the casts.

Who will gain?
MBC, telecoms (STC, Zain, Mobily, Etisalat, Zain, Wataniya, Oman Mobile, Nawras, Qtel, MTN, Sabafon, Mauritel, Mattel, Zain Iraq, Asiacell, Orange, MTN and Syriatel), and ads.

Who will loose?
The disappointed participants who will pay allot of money for over 10 SMS per day until the winner is been announced.

The outcomes:

  • Disappointments.
  • Strikes in the household.
  • Higher number of divorces.

Dec 8, 2008

Eid Greetings

Eid Mubarak to everyone around the world, as 8th December 2008 marks the first day of Eid around the world except Oman, as the government announced 9th December 2008 marks the first day of Eid.

Bits and Bytes

  • The late Omani pioneer, to be honoured in Syria in the field of invention, research and academics.
  • Moroccan families sell their furniture to buy goat for Eid celebration.
  • The Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources to adept the e-payment system.
  • 20% cap for down payments for financing your car via Finance companies as per Central Bank of Oman (CBO) new regulation.
  • An unusual incident, were a bird followed the dead body for 350 km from Macca to Mahd al-Dhahab District in KSA were the body was buried as its his home town. The bird set near the head of the deceased man and was moving his head front and back while people were reading verses from the holy Quraan. It has been said it indicates the good deeds of the deceased man.

Dec 7, 2008

I am scared

It took me awhile to write this article, short one but it worth writing. I don’t want to look too brave to start attacking the higher authority nor condemn the government or anyone, at the end of the day, I get behind the bars.

I am honestly scared, I wish I had wings ليت لي جناح has strong view of condemning the high authority, allot of people are risking their lives, is it worth it, your name, family and tribe’s dignity is on stake.

We may try to be enormous, hiding ourselves behind the mask of nicknames, we may think no one knows us, but in really everyone do, we have witness the cost of the Sabla forum, it’s not worth it.

Dec 3, 2008

What will you do?

I have just found out some news, which the people in the house never told me for unknown reason:
- My sister-in-law's uncle passed away few weeks ago & my sibling found out by accident.
- My cousin's cousin mate with accident few weeks ago & I heard the news from outside source.
- I was invited for dinner & was told after it was over as they apologized on behalf of me without tell me (they insisted that I was informed & I was not).

What ill you do he it happened to you?