Sunday, September 29, 2013

Protestant Church in Oman

The Protestant Church in Oman (PCO) was formed as a partnership between the Reformed Church of America and the Anglican church. It is a multi-denominational, multi-cultural, and multi-national Christian church.

PCO has 2 churches in Muscat and also 1 in Sohar. In the capital region, they have four English language congregations, an Arabic congregation, a Filipino congregation, and a Korean congregation. The PCO also oversees more than 60 sponsor congregations that meet at the Ruwi and Ghala campuses.

11 AM - Korean Worship Service (Good Shepherd Chapel, Ghala)
6:30 PM - The Sanctuary Bible Study (Zwemer Hall, Ghala)

7:30 PM - English Worship Service (Main Hall, Ruwi)

7 PM - Growth Group / Bible Study (Good Shepherd Chapel, Ghala)

7:30 PM - Filipino Growth Group / Bible Study (Good Shepherd Chapel, Ghala)
7:30 PM - Arabic Worship Service (Bishop French Hall, Ghala)

9 AM - Contemporary Worship Service (Bosch Hall, Ghala)
11 AM - Growth Group (Bishop French Hall, Ghala)
11 AM - Traditional Communion Service (Good Shepherd Chapel, Ghala)
6 PM - Anglican Holy Communion (Good Shepherd Chapel, Ghala)

*MH - Main Hall 

*GSC - Good Shepherd Chapel
*BH - Bosch Hall

For more information about the church, you can visit this website:
Telephone no.: 24799475 / 24702372

Saturday, September 28, 2013

MV Logos Hope from 2-7th October 2013

MV Logos Hope will be returning to Oman (recently was last 2011) to welcome their 43 millionth visitor and will be open to the public from Oct 2-7, 2013 from 2pm to 10pm, docked in Port Sultan Qaboos. On October 6, it will be open from 10am to 1pm for women only. The entry fee will be 300 baisa for adults. Children under 16 are free, but they must be accompanied by an adult. 

All visitors must take a shuttle bus from the parking lot behind the Port Services building in Muttrah. Also, don't forget to carry either a national ID or a residence card as this will be asked for prior to boarding the ship. 

The ship is operated by the German Christian charitable organization GBA Ships (Good Books for All) and is home to the worlds biggest floating book fair. 

The affordably-priced books cover a range of subjects including literature, science, sports, hobbies and children's books with over 5,000 titles in English, Arabic, Malayalam and Tagalog. 

In addition to selling books, they have partnered with some organizations to do some charity work while the all-volunteer crew and staff of 400 people represented by over 45 different countries are docked in Oman. 

What I love best about this is the fact that it's a Christian ship, enough said. ;)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Muscat Mums Yard Sale on 16th Nov 2013

The popular Muscat Mums Yard sale will be on Saturday, 16th of November 2013 and will be held outdoors from 8.30 am - 10.30 am in MQ (Directions in flyer attached).

The yard sale is an excellent chance to have a good clearout of all the stuff you no longer need and sell it off to those who do need it. Also a chance for a browse, to grab some bargains and catch up with a few people.

Its free to come in and browse and everyone is welcome so bring your friends and housemaids, spread the word!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sifawy Boutique Hotel Promo: Weekend getaway!

It has been a long time since I was dying to try this new hotel for an overnight stay. At last, the plan finally materialized, thanks to their summer promotion! We paid for a B&B for 1 night stay for 50RO nett including all taxes and other charges last August 30-31, 2013. This is actually a late post as I totally forgot that I also want to blog about new found places or activities in this blog ;) 

Our Room..

Kid's Corner.. (Actually is 1 room which they turned into a kid's play area. Only thing I didn't like is the outdoor big toys like the playhouse and slide were out in the balcony and it was hot since it was summer. They should have at least put them inside where there's aircondition)

The hotel view from outside.. 

Al Sabla Restaurant..

View from the Lobby's balcony..

View from our room..

Lobby / Reception..

The place is really nice, and if you really want more of a tranquil/peaceful place to go to, then this is my bet. I was looking for more activities for my 1 year old daughter and they only had the pool and the Kid's room. 

The food was great, as we had an Entertainer voucher which is for a Main course in Al Sabla restaurant and you can get the other lower-priced main course for free but they didn't offer us any Ala Carte menu and so we went for their main course buffet for 14RO + taxes, not bad anyway. Breakfast of course came as complimentary. 

I would recommend this hotel and definitely worth going back to with a price like that, you surely wouldn't regret it. We just didn't have enough time to walk around the nearby marina and it was quite hot so we had to skip it. 

Pandesal and other Filipino breads

Pandesal is a very popular breakfast (and all time favorite) bread enjoyed by Filipinos. Its such a good news for us whenever we find out shops or bakeries are selling them, and we're always on the lookout for the close-to-home-tasting ones.. Anyway, here's a few of the places where we usually buy ours, just in case you were looking for it.

Ramez Grocery/Supermarket (Seeb, close to Mcdonald's)
They also have Spanish bread, and others Filipino breads for sale

Mars Supermarket (Al Khuwair, opposite Platinum hotel)
Their famous pandesal is made and baked by their Filipino baker

Pinoy Store (Al Khuwair, behind The Kabab Factory)
Their breads are from Bread Basket. Not only do they sell pandesal but also the other popular Filipino breads like Spanish bread, pandecoco, Tasty/milk bread loaf, etc. 

Al Meera Supermarket (Azaiba, previously Safeer Supermarket)
Their breads are also from Bread Basket