Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Assalammualaikum, Kaifa Haluk

Peace be upon you, How are you?

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingIt is easy to fall in love with Oman not only for the beauty of the country but also for the friendliness of their people. They may not be very well verse in English but the universal sign of smile and nod and wave is at abundance. They are humble peope and are always ready to help whenever they can. That made us feel safe and very much welcomed.

I was surprised when so many people waved and smiled at us when we reached Musandam. Even more men waved at me when I am sitting alone. Hmm...scratch chin.

I find it quite strange when a family of a bearded man wearing his normal dishdasher (typical Arab white robe but Oman's one is much simpler) and the woman in full black abaya, face fully covered and lttle children waved at us frantically with big smiles as they drove past us in the village Qalhat (near the town of Sur). That you can never find in Qatar.

Their friendliness comes in handy especially Oman is not well eqipped with signboards. We kept having to ask people whereabout a certain place is.

In Musandam, we were trying to find a prehistoric rock painting in one of the villages in Musandam. We were already in the area but somehow we couldn't find the place. No signboard remember?

In case you are using this entry as your reference, I shall try to explain how to get there.

The ancient painting can be found in the village of Qida which is along the way from Tibat (Musandam's border post) - Khasab. As you enter the village you wil find dates plantation along the way. Drive to the end of the tarmac road and you will find a madrasah (school) on your right. Do not be surprise with the graded road. Drive along for a few hundred metres you will find an unused hand-pump well on your right and a big boulder with a small door on your left. The boulder is actually a little barn for the goats. Then you are at the right place. You won't be able to see the carvings immediately. Get off the car and do a little bit of exploration in the scattering of rocks around the boulder and be amazed

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The big boulder which is the house for the goats, that's the man who helped us.

Anyway there we went asking people. With my limited basic Arabic and sometimes their limited english, we both tried our level best to convey our message.

Always start your conversation with

Asslammualaikum, Kaifa Haluk

For they will also do the same when they talk to you. And when they ask me Kaifa Haluk?. I will always reply Tamam, Alhamdullilah (Excellent, Praise to Allah)

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The picture says "Me the HUNTER was here"

More pictures of the prehistoric rock painting HERE


Jo Kontan said...

Honestly Lollies,

I thot the picture says "Mat rempit - riding on four-legged animal"

Selamat Menyambut Tahun Baru 'two-double-o-seven".

Semoga Dapat kecapi apa yang anda hajati selama ini..

Lollies said...

TJ - tapi masa tu tak ada mat rempit. muahahaha

Mama Rock said...

ohhh...i'm already missing our drive when we used to drive up to Ras-Al Khaimah, Ajman, and Fujairah especially :(

AJ from BJ said...

good quality blogspot from you lollies...keep it up I guess being a full-time mom you can have a lot of time in writing up anecdotes..on your free time you can also visit my blogspot at gondai.blogspot.com ...in case you wud like to catch up with stories from thsi side of the world..Eid Mubarak and Happy New Year 2007.

Anonymous said...

wow. bagus lah orang oman begitu ramah skali melayan tetamu. sounded so sincere, not like our pepel, a bit forceful wif all the campaigns by the gomen.

Lollies said...

mama rock - yes the drive through those places were eventful. datanglah melawat lagi. he he

gondai- i went to your place but somehow could not comment. anyway you with TNB?

oh about the homemaker having so much time is really a myth. to tll you the thruth i blog more when i was working. i can bloghop more reply to comments and all. now i have to do all those in the middle of the night when all the endless works is seeming done. happy new year to you

wan - tapi kalau saya gi kontan awak layan saya tak?