Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Winner On A Global Scale

A panel of judges chose my photo to feature in HSBC Global Calendar… from over 5,000 photos only 13 got selected. The Global Calendar will be displayed in over 7000 offices of HSBC world wide and some of theirs clients will be given the calendar as complementary gifts. Yes ladies and gentlemen you are looking at an award winning photo on a global scale….with a $1000 tag on it…

Monday, October 22, 2007

So Long Everybody and Thanks For The Fish

The time has come for me to return home to Oman…. Its been over 3 years in Dubai and I have seen the impossible in many aspects happen…. It was interesting times…. Las Vegas on Prozac is the best way to describe it, but I long for a simpler life... away from the rat race rush and traffic somewhere where I can enjoy the outdoors more and see my friends and family when I choose to.

I guess I finally answered the question I posted 2 years on my first post ever… and its freedom 100%.

Thank you Dubai, you have thought many things that I will never forget. I will always come and visit this place and keep in touch with some great friends I met. So long everybody and thanks for the fish.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hawaii: Guaranteed Rainbows

Can you recall how many rainbows you have seen in your life? Less than 10,20 or 50. Well, I hardly see rainbows and I don’t think I have seen more than 35 rainbows in all my life and the ones I saw do not have all the colors. Its novelty to see one, unless you go to the rainbow state, Hawaii.

At first I did not pay too much attention to the signs around me but after seeing 2-3 rainbows a day, I started to see rainbows used as trademarks everywhere on the Islands. I guess with the never changing weather, a combination of drizzle and sun your bound to see rainbows more than once a day.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Things that make you say hmmmm in Hawaii

No trash

Walk on your own risk

No wondering around here

They ain't joking when they say its hot
Hawaii toilets
Cool mail box
Hawaii Five O
Can't read
Something is not adding up

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Hawaii: The Prize at a Price

Clear waters, relaxed laid back atmosphere, unique marine life, delicious Asian cuisine, lush green, exotic looking people, a friendly and safe place, perfect temperature that never changes, advanced facilities, great service, daily drizzle, rainbows seen daily, waterfalls, great entertainment…. sounds like paradise? Well not quite, you always need to read the fine print in the advertisement.

All this come at a price, a very high price, so high that the Hawaiian natives can not afford and they are moving to main land USA. A sad reality for natives, but a great life for the wealthy. The real estate price is beyond reach of normal people and the one’s who do own a land move to the main land and buy 2-3 house from the proceeds of selling their land in Hawaii.

I was told by a Hawaiian, ‘The white man moves into our houses and we move into their houses’. How bizarre is that? The land of guaranteed rainbows is only for the ones who can afford to pay the price for paradise. The Prize comes at a Price.