Window Shopping in the Market of Darkness

Market of darkness? The local name for Muttrah Souq is Al Dhalam Souq. “Al Dhalam” means darkness and “souq” means market. Muttrah Souq is located opposite Muttrah Corniche where it’s main entrance can be found. It was called Al Dhalam (darkness) Souq as the sun rays has no chance to penetrate inside due to the congestion of shops and some part of it are narrow alleys that I had to stop and let the person on the opposite side to pass before I proceed. Even though no sunshine inside the market, I find it very interesting, the atmosphere, the mixture of […]

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An Afternoon At Muttrah Corniche

Al Hamdul’Allah! as the arabic expression goes meaning “Thanks God!”, I’m finally back to my old self after some time of being a slave to work. Since 2nd half of 2011, I have been planning to come to Muttrah Corniche to enjoy the surroundings as in the old days where I used to visit this place for walking,  fishing, or just simply to breathe the sea breeze, finally it was realized. Summer has begun and at 5PM,the heat still made me melt like an ice cream under the sun as one OPM (Original Pinoy Music) says. I started my walk […]

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Around Chiang Mai in March 2012

I could say that I loved this city and it is a place that I would definitely go back. In fact, after a few weeks coming back to Muscat where I currently live, I woke up one morning missing Chiang Mai, the surroundings, the temples, the local food……… Chiang Mai is located 700 kms away north of Bangkok and according to history it used to be the capital of Lana Kingdom. No, I wouldn’t be telling you history on this post, I will show you Chiang Mai on a glimpse. Due to the Burmese threats in the past, Chiang Mai […]

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Crossing the Border of Hongkong & China in 1995

In 1995, Hongkong was still under the Brtish rule hence the border was not yet open during that time. After 4 days roaming around in Hongkong, I took the train to Shenzhen. It was a 45 minute journey along the countryside. I will never forget this day as unfortunately I had diarrhea on that day. I was so careful not to eat anything that would trigger the turbulence inside my tummy. I was successful to have a calm stomach during the journey and finished the visa formalities at the border. As I just entered China outside that building where the […]

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My First International Travel

Everybody has the first of everything. It was in the evening of August 1995 when I had my first international flight via British Airways to Hongkong.  The weather was not good that day, a typhoon is moving in the northern part of the Philippines, however, flights are normal, there were no cancellations. Manila to Hongkong is only 2 hours but that 2 hours was not a peaceful flight. Due to the bad weather, turbulence was terrible that the aircraft was up and down in an abrupt manner and passengers were screaming. Thanks God we landed safely in Hongkong. I stayed […]

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