So everything in Oman is always late, so of course construction of a house is going to be late... But towards that, our project is now super super late. It is driving my family crazy. Latest crap is that the main wiring for the first floor has to be re-done. Which means, cutting the stone off the facade, also cutting the walls and plaster, and thus doing re-work. We've hated the work from the electrician all along... so I shouldn't be surprised I guess?
The expense for all this should be from the contractor/construction side since it was their electrician, their work. Of course, we are currently fighting them for this. I am not going to pay for the same stuff twice. Of course, fighting takes time...
I also need to hire another construction company (because I am sick of ours) to finish the kitchen counter area. Above is basically my kitchen layout with the blank space I did not purchase cabinetry for. I wanted something more European, so I want plastered counters. ...I also have to paint some kitchen shelving for open shelves in my blank wall space areas... and before I do that I have to customize the shelves to have hooks to hang mugs from the bottom shelves, and for the mid-height shelves, install bars for the support brackets, for platters, and for the bottom shelf, also bars, for plate racking to display my dishes...
...Well, my husband's dishes, since he's the one with a thing for blue and white porcelains... not me;). I blame Holland, since that was his first experience with travel;). Not that I can complain. I am a more rustic earthenware/stoneware kind of girl, but I appreciate the artistry of blue and white porcelains.
For those who think open shelving is a lot of work/dusting, I've had it before and found that I love the look, and it kept me super organized. Also, beyond platters and fancy tea sets, and one or two cannisters, everything else on display usually gets used with frequency, so it was surprisingly no work at all to dust.
So the house remains... a story to be continued.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
I also like the Arabesque motif on this dinnerware set. If you don't have a dinnerware set (I do) and you need six pieces of everything, then 27.9 omr isn't too much for something this pretty.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Now I know why the candy and chips lines were so busy the other day.
....Oman's Grand Mufti issued a fatwa against practicing Garakasho (which is kinda like a 3-day halloween but in traditional Gulf dress but for Khaleeji kids) as it is not an Islamic holiday (and like Halloween in the west, people kidnap kids, or hurt them, and Khaleeji parents seem to be a bit lax on stranger danger...
He also insists the holiday isn't originally Omani which I totally agree with. I think it came to Oman via Kuwait and Bahrain when a bunch of Omanis had gone there to work in days before oil.
As far as I know it has none of the Pagan cannotations of Halloween, so I wouldn't mind seeing a bunch of cute kids in Gulf dress with palm baskets loaded with candy, but then, I don't know where Girgian came from in Kuwait and Bahrain either...
Anyways, until I know better, I think it is kind of cute...
Sunday, June 12, 2016
I've tried Jumah with them (Jumah is Friday prayers). The five year old steals chairs from old ladies praying, to make forts out of prayer mats and the disability-prayer-chairs, and my husband says the two year old occasionally jumps on people's backs and takes money out of men's pockets and eats it [which makes me seem like an awesome mother I know]. Trust me, it just doesn't work yet. ...Then there's the sister who writes the Salafi Feminist blog and her daughter is only a year older than mine but mashaAllah she stands for Taraweeah.... So I accept my sucky Muslimah-mommy status with patience....(afterall, my parents were worse with me as a kid... so. Although apparently I liked Bible Study when I was under ten, go figure. ...Liked to show I could memorize more than the adults).
Most Omani Muslim parents don't seem as in tune with getting kids to learn to pray and hang out at the Mosque as Canadian Muslims seem to be... They do take them for eating out, and to the malls and parks to play in the evenings, and do a whole lot of visiting, which seems super fun for kids nonetheless. But I want my kids to get into Taraweeah. I want to go again one day....;).
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
1.) Scarf has gotta cover the chest completely (who cares if that is a granny style here in the Sultanate, I don't wear hijab to be part of Khaleeji fashion as much as I love the designer abaya scene). Hair also isn't purposefully showing.
2.) Stuff (clothes) are loose.
3.) They are not see-through.
4.) They aren't overly expensive beyond what people I encounter day-to-day could ever afford.
I'd wear a face veil if I realistically could without also taking it off. I admit, compared to the strictest schools of thought, I don't think lipstick is sinful but if I were wrong, a face veil would solve all wouldn't it?;). I also am of the school of thought that hijab should be an overgarment (be worn over regular clothes that don't have to be modest).
At the same time, hijab (modest Islamic dress code) isn't a pillar of the religion. Belief, prayer, fasting, charity, and preforming pilgrimage, those are.
So my first Ramadan rant this year is that some guys asked another Muslim girl at work to wear hijab "just for Ramadan".
Now, my first problem with this is they mean, a headscarf by hijab. Hijab in Islam is a lot more than that. Obviously, this is their meaning, since there are five other women (all Muslim) in that office, and almost none of them actually wear Islamic hijab. They wear Omani cultural hijab (scarf over most of hair, over one breast, abaya closed but fitted in one area or another (usually waist) or open with not always modest clothing underneath.
Asking another Muslim woman to wear cultural hijab has what benefit for anyone? I mean, so the guys don't see her whole head of hair?! But they can still see the hair (poking out the scarves) of the other women, the shape of their chests through the fit of their abayas, the curve of their hips? I don't get it...Don't get me wrong, I am still Western, but when I live in Oman as long as I have, I still see a woman with hair and go "Hairrrrr!!!" in my head and stare, but come on. Hair is everywhere. If you are gonna be like that, please don't have internet or a TV at least. Serriously. Hair isn't the point of hijab.
I mean, would they ask the other Omani girls in the office to wear better/looser/more covering hijab, or ask the boss to tuck in her bangs (just for Ramadan?).
Second problem is, hijab is akin to fasting, although it is a much lesser requirement for Muslim women. You have to fast or you are not Muslim. [By this I mean, if you had no excuse not to fast, and died suddenly, it is a sin that you risk not being forgiven for, not that any mortal being can judge what they cannot know---Allah is pretty famously forgiving and understanding].
You are still a muslim if you don't wear hijab so long as you wear it to pray. You might not be doing what you should, but you are still a Muslim. Wearing hijab Islamically is a declaration for yourself and to Allah/the Creator, it isn't for society. It says "I am a believer of the Islamic faith". It goes beyond just being a Muslim...If you wear it for the right reasons, that is.
Third problem is, what is the point of "just for Ramadan?". The Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessings be upong him) told Muslims that the best acts they can do are the ones they can do often, not the greater acts they do rarely.
Fourth problem is, people who asked her, obviously don't know the requirements of fasting themselves, which worries me. About them, not her. They told her "what is the point of fasting if you don't cover your hair?".
Number one, fasting isn't invalidated by not covering the hair (so long as she prays, and wwears Islamic hijab to pray her fard (required) prayers).
...They seemed not to know that. So they probably don't know the point of fasting in general, or what invalidates it. Worrying...
End of rant. I told her don't worry. ...And if she is gonna wear hijab, wear it for the right reasons, not other people.