This post is part of a series on our trip to Oman in October 2012, during the celebration of Eid Al Adha holidays. The temps have finally simmered down, perfect for the outdoors, yay!
After a super jam-packed morning tour of Muscat and a missed chance for an afternoon siesta, we continue exploring Muscat at sundown.
Sir Roger came to pick us up at 5 pm and we headed for Muttrah. If in the morning we just passed by the area, this time we got out of the car and explored the whole area on foot.🙂
First stop, Muttrah Souk.
I’m always curious to check out souks, but I do my best to control shopping, window shopping lang, hehe.
And as usual, checking out the ceiling design,
Andaming tao! Siempre holiday, or maybe not even during holiday. Kaya nga market e. Nevertheless, it’s not too difficult to pass through. There are many pathways / alleys and the stalls are orderly lined up.
Took my time window shopping, and sooo loved these…
We entered this shop for antique jewellery and stuff and i just found myself sitting and searching for “treasure” hehe.
Finally found my picks, a silver tortoise and a dark stone pendant,🙂
We move further inside alleys and paused every now and then to admire and click photos,🙂
Sir Roger guided us to his favorite silver shop and we got good discounts. Buboy got himself a ring while I chose a pair of earrings,🙂
They say time passes quickly when you’re having fun. So true. When we got out of the souk, it was already pitch dark! Or maybe because it’s almost winter, kaya maaga dumilim.🙂
We crossed the road and walked along the Corniche,
Along the Corniche walls featured photos and details of Omani historical sites / places of interest, like this one:
Our next stop, Riyam Park view deck, aka “spaceship”
Forgive the quality of photos, my phone cam may be great during the day, but sucks at night. Or maybe I’m just totally clueless on how to configure it properly for decent night shots, hehe.
Funny story: The gates to the view deck were closed! We looked around for security or in-charge but appeared nowhere. And people were climbing the gates/wall over in order to enter. And so we did as well.🙂
The view deck was spacious, and there were many people like us enjoying the view and the cool night breeze, yes, mahangin ober there teh!
From the deck you get a view of Muttrah – the Corniche, Mina Sultan Qaboos and the Gulf of Oman…
We stayed there for sometime enjoying the views, chatting and planning our itinerary for tomorrow. Benches like this were scattered in the deck, tambay mode muna.🙂
After an hour or so, we went down the deck and climbed (again) out of the gates hehehe. Crossed the street and walked along the Corniche to our car.
We asked Sir Roger to drop us at Muscat Grand Mall to do some grocery for our picnic tomorrow,
MGM seems quite new, in fact some parts were still under construction. What I liked what its interactive Mall Directory, parang giant iPhone, touchscreen navigation,🙂
We noted the location of the foodcourt (for dinner), Carrefour (grocery), Western (money exchange), mafi Starbucks, and went our way to the walkators,🙂
It was nice to see familiar stores like Daiso, Bench, et al. Parang Bahrain lang din,🙂
We had dinner at KFC (chicken allowed during holiday hehehe), exchanged money at Western, then went to Carrefour to buy food and drinks for our trip tomorrow.
Sir Roger came to pick us up afterwards and asked him where’s the nearest Starbucks as there was none inside MGM. He thoughtfully brought us to one outlet (but forgot the location) where I got Omani souvenir cup for my collector friend back home. Oman cup check!🙂
We then drove back to the hotel and before hitting the bed and snore, made a quick research on the route to use for tomorrow’s trip. We don’t want to get lost like we did a few times today, hehehe.
Day 3: Qurayat-Sur roadtrip, dare to jump @ Bimmah Sinkhole & be swept away by Wadi Shab