7 Tricks to Hide Kitchen Clutter — March 5, 2018

7 Tricks to Hide Kitchen Clutter

Kitchen cabinets

The Kitchen is the heart of a home. It is a place where you cook delicious meals for your loved ones, a place where family and friends tend to enjoy light-hearted conversations. Whether small or large, a kitchen is considered as the busiest room in the house. Thus, it is also one of the difficult places in the home to keep uncluttered.

Kitchen clutter is the bane of many modern homes today. Getting your kitchen in the proper state can be taxing and tedious. So, we have put together simple tips and guidelines that you can follow to keep the clutter at bay and your kitchen fully functional. Read on, you can thank us later.

1 Say ‘goodbye’:

The first step in organising your kitchen is to do away with all the things that you do not use or are unlikely to use. Get rid of utensils that have started to rust and baking trays that never made it to the oven. Decluttering the kitchen also entails getting rid of things such as spices and ingredients that have past their expiry date. Keeping expired food products will add to the clutter in your kitchen. Moreover, unknowingly you may end up using these expired food items.

2 Have a cabinet for your appliances:

No matter how much you try to keep your kitchen clutter-free, appliances take up a lot of space. Instead of keeping appliances like Microwave, mixer, grinder, toaster etc. on the kitchen counter, you can put them in a large cabinet under the counter. This will clear up counter clutter and will offer you more space to work.

3 Ugly ingredients, pretty jars:

The herbs that go into your food may enhance its flavour, but they are not always a pretty sight. Storing raw herbs in their own plastic packaging will make your kitchen look amateurish, not to mention untidy too. Here’s a good thumb rule: always store these spices in attractive containers. This helps in two ways – first, you will easily be able to use spices & herbs when you need them and the pretty containers complement the overall décor of the kitchen. Put basic supplies of flour, salt, and sugar in attractive glass jars and set them on a revolving tray so you can reach for them easily.

4 Spice rack for Spice Jars:

Spice jars on the kitchen counter will add to the clutter. Get a spice rack that holds all the bottles and jars. You can place the rack on the counter or pin it to the wall so that it looks neat and organized.

5 Have a coloured partition for the refuse area:

Your kitchen probably has a refuse area just off the main cooking space. It’s a storage space, and it should not be visible to anyone unless you open the door to it. Put away all the extra items that the storage can hold, and cordon off the area with a pretty curtain or a slide-down partition in a bold colour.

6 Overhead cabinets are best:

The kitchen, as a room, has many items stored in it. Some of which are a potential mess unless you organize them on a daily basis. Utensils such as cooking pots, pans, and spoons stay proper if they stored in under-the-counter kitchen cabinets. Everything else such as food items, jars holding raw ingredients, extra dinner sets, glasses, etc. can go in overhead kitchen cabinets. Not only do overhead

Kitchen cabinets look attractive, they also make for a great storage option that reduces clutter significantly.

7 Don’t buy what you don’t need:

Add this tip right on the top of your list. Another way and perhaps the most efficient one to declutter the kitchen mess is to not buy things that you don’t need. Too many pots and pans, spices, exotic condiments, recipe books, even new appliances, creates a whole world of clutter and caused a hindrance to the day-to-day functioning of the kitchen. Make it a point to only buy the things that you absolutely need.

Above mentioned tips and tricks will definitely help you in the struggle of maintaining a clutter-free kitchen.

How to Choose a Good Internet Plan? — February 20, 2018

How to Choose a Good Internet Plan?

Ever evolving tech marketplace has made it difficult for users to select a good internet plan. Choosing an internet plan these days is not just about comparing the price and speed, there are a number of things to keep in mind. Whether you are travelling to Oman for work or already a resident, the below blog will help you with tips to find a good home internet plan in Oman. Read on!

Understand types of internet plans:

When you think of home internet service, the first term that comes up in your mind is broadband. But, what exactly is broadband? Broadband refers to wired internet connections. There are three types of wired internet connections DSL, Fibre and Cable.

DSL: Digital subscriber line (DSL) is high spend internet service for homes and businesses. It provides internet access through existing telephone network. If your internet use is limited to web browsing, video streaming, then this is the ideal network for you.

Cable: Cable internet network offers more bandwidth than DSL and is delivered through coaxial television cables. However, it is comparatively pricier than other networks.

Fibre: Fastest of all, Fibre internet networks are known to provide stable internet connections. These are recommended if you rely on the internet extensively for your work or personal use.

Understand your needs:

In most of the cases, individuals opt for unlimited internet plans. However, if your use is limited to web browsing and checking social media, then purchasing an unlimited internet plan may be an unnecessary expense. Therefore, measure your needs and opt for a plan accordingly.

A few internet providers also offer usage statistics on request.

Compare different plans:

Registration fees, monthly fees, cost for setting up the network will vary from provider to provider. Some internet service providers have no setup costs, so, it is always a better deal to shop around and purchase the plan that best suits your budgets. Apart from cost, speed is yet another factor to take into consideration while comparing different internet plans. If you download content in bulk, it is better to select a plan with higher speed.

Choosing the right provider:

Choosing the right internet provider can mean the difference between having a frustrating experience or a fabulous one. Look for a provider that offers a network with fibre optic technology. Fibre internet network will allow you to download movies, music and other high bandwidth files quickly. Also, choose a provider that offers flexibility if you want to add devices to your current plan or switch between plans.

Moreover, it is important that your internet service provider has a dedicated customer service team to provide assistance in case of internet disruption.

Best Places to Visit in Oman —

Best Places to Visit in Oman

Oman; a small middle eastern country is increasingly gaining popularity among travellers from all over the world. If you want to expand your travel horizons, Oman is one place that you should definitely include in your travel bucket list. Whether you want to spend time in nature, admire the authentic architecture or explore its unique culture, Oman has incredible attractions in its every corner.

Here is the list of most amazing places to visit in Oman:

The Royal opera house:

The Royal opera house, Muscat is a place that rightly honours art and culture of Oman. The Opera building reflects Omani architecture and is surrounded by stunning landscape gardens. The house consists of an art centre for musical restaurants, concert theatre, restaurants, shopping centres to buy gifts, authentic jewellery, beauty products etc. You can book for events at the house through its official website.

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque:

Located in Muscat, The Sultan Qaboos grand mosque covers an area of 456,000 square metres. The mosque is named after a leader in Oman and is one of the most famous mosques in the Sultanate of Oman. The Surrounding Wall of the Mosque reflects pure architectural beauty. Lights, decorations, patterns, crystal chandelier, adds to the beauty of the Mosque.


Known for its banana plantations, Salalah is a city located in the Dhofar region in the southern part of Oman. The desert terrain transforms itself into a lush green landscape during the Khareef season (monsoon). The entire Salalah including its mountains is covered with green plantations during monsoons. Do not miss out on witnessing unparalleled beauty of Salalah on your visit to Oman.

Wadi Bani Khalid:

Located 203 Km from Muscat, Wadi Bani Khalid is yet another popular attraction of Oman. Be it family vacationers or adventure seekers, Wadi Bani Khalid has something for everyone. As you venture along the Wadi, you will witness water flowing through natural springs. The constant flow of water throughout the year supports abundant vegetation thereby making it a beautiful attraction.

Wahiba sands:

Your Oman itinerary is incomplete without a visit to this place. Spend a night in the desert, experience the golden sunset, drive past the stunning water pools and shady canyon of Wadi Bani Khalid. The Wahiba Sands is also home to a wide array of flora and fauna.

Of all the Gulf countries, Oman is blessed with a number of tourist attractions. Moreover, by developing accommodation facilities, Oman has successfully attracted tourists from all over the world. There are many resorts in Oman that offer state of the art amenities. Al Qurum Resort, Turtle beach resort, Crowne plaza resort Salalah are some of the top resorts in Oman. Also, these resorts are in close proximity to famous tourist attractions.

What You Need to Know in and About Oman — February 2, 2018

What You Need to Know in and About Oman

Located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman is an Arab country that was ranked as the most improved nation in the world in 2010, over the preceding 40 years. In fact, the city recorded more than 77% urbanization in 2015.

Did you know that the sultan of Oman, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, is the longest-serving ruler in the Middle East? Popular as the man who led the modernization of Oman, Sultan Qaboos Bin took control of the Sultanate of Oman on July 23, 1970. He is still to declare his successor.

According to data published by Statista, Oman’s population was registered at 3.84 million in 2015. Although the capital is Muscat, it is Bawshar, home to 387,000 people, that is the largest city. Oman’s GDP amounted to a total of US$69.83 billion in 2012, with the largest share of 54% being contributed by the industrial sector, and 47% by the service sector.

Healthcare Facilities

From 49.3 years in 1970 to roughly 76 years in 2016, life expectancy has drastically increased in the nation. The credit of the health and improved lifespan of Omanis goes to the greater access to medical facilities and doctors. According to government reports, there were 13 private hospitals and clinics in Oman in 2015, with a total of 448 beds, along with 49 ministry-run government hospitals, with 4,659 beds. Of all these medical facilities, the large number of advanced hospitals and health centers are located in Muscat. All medical facilities in Oman are known to provide high quality of health care.


In 1970, there were only three formal schools, with 900 students, in all of Oman. Ever since the accession of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said in 1970, education has developed at a staggering pace. Till 2006-2007, the number of public schools had reached 1,053, attended by 560,000 students, while 65,000 other students attended private schools. In Oman, education is provided free of cost up to the end of secondary education. However, attendance is not mandatory at any level.

Job Opportunities

Oman never disappoints in terms of the best job opportunities to make a career in top companies. However, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), there are 50,000 Omanis seeking work, an 11% rise since July 2017, with most of them being university graduates.

Fortunately for them, the Council of Ministers in Oman has planned to create 25,000 more jobs in both private and public sectors starting from December 2018, according to an article published by Gulf News Oman on January 24, 2018.

To get information on the schools, colleges, companies and clinics in Oman, take advantage of the local information guide that is available with just a few clicks of the mouse or a phone call.

7 Basics to Set Up Your New Home —

7 Basics to Set Up Your New Home

Until recently, buying property in the Sultanate of Oman was a dream that was hard to translate into reality. However, the government has now allowed foreign citizens to own property to either live in or let out, mainly to encourage foreign investments, says an article published by RETALK Mena on July 10, 2017.

No doubt, buying a new property or home is a feeling that is beyond description. However, when you have decided to move in to your new nest, there are few things that become an absolute must. Here is a list of 7 things you should begin with, with looking for leased line providers being one of them.

7 Things You’ll Immediately Need in Your New House

  1. A Bed: When you have moved into your new home, what will your heart immediately desire after a long day of unpacking and organization? Definitely, a cozy space to sprawl in. This requires homeowners to invest in a bed and a pair of clean sheets before they buy anything else for their new habitat.
  2. Windows Dressing: As a natural human tendency, peeping in the neighbor’s home to know who has just moved into the locality is a common scenario. However, at a time when you are trying to design your space, the last thing you’d want will be those prying eyes. It is therefore wise to invest in some good quality drapes or some sort of shades to secure your privacy.
  3. Toiletries: Having your toothpaste, toothbrush and soap handy is necessary no matter where you are. It will make you feel at home immediately, only adding to your comfort levels in the new space.
  4. Kitchenware: While it is easy for you to order food the very first afternoon or even the first few days, you’ll need to buy some plates, bowls, containers and cutlery, and to fill your pantry with daily food items to prepare your own healthy meal.
  5. Side Tables: Opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate, but can’t find someplace to keep it? Before you buy any other significant piece of furniture, buying side tables with sufficient drawers and ample surface area is a must.
  6. Telephone: Of course, we all are dependent on our smartphones but having a landline at home is not an obsolete idea yet. It has its own benefits. To save money, take advantage of leased line providers, who can couple your landline with TV and internet connectivity at reduced rates.
  7. Television: Nothing can be more relaxing than enjoying your favorite TV show on a lazy Sunday afternoon, while sitting on your couch.

After buying the TV, look for Ultra-Fast Home Broadband bundled with TV entertainment and Telephone Voice Minutes with built-in OSN packages, to get absolute value for your money.

4 Ways to Embellish Your Bedroom with Accessories —

4 Ways to Embellish Your Bedroom with Accessories

bedroom design

Along with the right balance of colours, symmetry, and furnishings, accessories are a great way to make your bedroom look visually appealing.

The bedroom is your private space, a place where you relax after a long day at work. It is a space where you sleep, dress-up, dream, and laze about in. Your bedroom must be decorated in a way that invites you to spend a long time there. Hence, it is essential that the overall ensemble of the room is welcoming.

It is possible to achieve a cosy ambience with the right accents of colour, complementing furniture pieces, and lighting fixtures. To give your bedroom its own personality – and you can help create the right ambience by means of picking the right accessories. In fact, accessorizing correctly is a cornerstone of bedroom design.

In today’s time, accessorizing rooms is not only a trend but, also an affordable luxury that one can indulge in. Though there are several bedroom design accessories available, it is essential that you pick the ones that will accentuate the overall ensemble.

The handy guide to accessorizing the bedroom

* Start with the floors:

The floor can be carpeted or a nice textured flooring can also complement the overall décor. If you choose to have a carpet, get one in a muted colour that does not attract too much attention. If the floor is currently bare, get a gorgeous rug that you can place in the centre of the room. It becomes a veritable centrepiece for the bedroom and elevates the floor from drab to eye-catching.

* Move on to the walls:

Our walls are like a blank canvas waiting to be filled with works of art. Bedroom design principles dictate that if your bedroom furniture is heavy or opulent, the walls must be lightly coloured and bare. Conversely, if your bedroom is starkly furnished, the walls must be decorated to a heavy finish (think dark colours or a rug on the wall). Another way to decorate the wall is to hang exotic canvas prints or edgy wall art to create a visual focus.

* Introduce a pop of colour:

Whether you want to add energy to a gloomy room or calm a chaotic one, colours in your room play a very important role. Not just the wall colour; bed sheets, drapes, furniture, pillows, floor rugs, also add to the colour scheme of your room. Instead of too many colours in the space, try adding a pop of colour in certain spots. For example, a sunshine yellow reading lamp on the nightstand, or an exquisite painting with subtle colours above the bed, will reduce the need to add too many colours everywhere else. Do match your furnishings with the rest of the room’s colours, or your bed will stick out in an unflattering way.

* Look into the light:

The trendiest light fixtures can make your bedroom a beacon of urban class. An interplay of light and shadows adds a mystical look to your bedroom. Picking the right shape, colour and size of the fixture is important. You will need a large fixture for a dominant wall, while smaller lamps work best for side tables and reading nooks.

Accessories are a great way to enhance your bedroom design without the fuss of remodelling. Just follow the tips mentioned above and you will be sorted.

3 Awesome Reasons to Consider Recessed Lighting for Your Home — January 22, 2018

3 Awesome Reasons to Consider Recessed Lighting for Your Home

recessed lighting

If you are someone who is in the process of doing the home décor of their new home or redecorating your current home, then all of your time these days will be taken in selecting the right sofa, curtains, cupboards, accessories, paints, etc. So, today we are here to remind you about one crucial home decorating accessory that always takes a backseat- Lighting.

Lighting is one area of home décor that most of us come to in the end. In spite of the fact that it adds character to a room, enhances the beauty of the furniture in it and sets the mood of that area.

For e.g.- You cannot have bright lights in a dining room. And you cannot have overhead lighting next to one single sofa. However, you can have simple accent lights in the patio area of your home. They will be perfect for get-togethers and parties.

A simple tip to consider when going light shopping for your home is seeing the function of the room first. If you perform all your daily tasks there, then the lights need to be bright. If it is the family corner of your home where all of you get together and watch television in the evening, then considering recessed lighting here is a good option.

Here are three excellent reasons to consider recessed lighting for your home-

  1. Recessed lighting doesn’t take up any visual space in your home. Its lighting cans are set in the ceiling itself. So, it makes the room feel bigger, brighter and without much ado goes about doing its job of illuminating the room.
  2. Recessed lighting is excellent for highlighting different areas of your home. Let’s say you want to emphasise a particular wall-piece. This illumination can cast light on that specific wall where the painting is hanging and accentuate it.
  3. In general, this form of lighting is a safe form of illumination. You need not worry about your children touching or pushing it while playing, and you don’t have to bother about cleaning it now and then as it is set high on the wall.

So, we hope you select the lights that are best suited to your home and illuminate your home with some great lights out there!

SIP Trunking Services: Helping You Serve Better — January 8, 2018

SIP Trunking Services: Helping You Serve Better

SIP trunking services

SIP trunking services are the essential link between customers and businesses. The smoother the linkage, the better the communication mode.

The modern world has shrunk dramatically owing to the widespread proliferation of the Internet and related communication methods. You could be sitting in your hometown but Face Timing with your relatives on the other side of the world. Or you could run a mid-sized garment business and personally address a customer query from another city.

This feature of instant connectivity is crucial for many businesses to thrive. Businesses in media, communication, retail and manufacturing, especially, require seamless communication means to be able to form an indelible link with customers. This link is bolstered by SIP trunking services.

What is SIP trunking?

The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunk service, or simply SIP trunking service, is largely corporate or industrial use of VoIP technology. Organisations using SIP trunking services are connected to the data cloud via one single connection. In turn, this connection is split into different computers and phone lines.

While the broader VoIP technology is used across homes, the SIP trunking services are normally used for corporates and large institutions that require multiple phone lines. This type of VoIP is also associated with multiple telephone services like call forwarding, call waiting, voicemail, etc.

Primarily, SIP trunking services are used to transfer voice data over telephone or Internet lines. The voice data is broken into ‘bits’ or electrical impulses for transmission over a line. SIP trunking handles large volumes of multiple phone calls through cloud computing, which also enable several computers to remain connected for data in a way to become one large computer that holds all the data bits being streamed across the telephone lines.

How SIP trunking helps businesses

The network of computers and phones connected to the SIP trunking cloud power the communication between businesses and customers. It ensures that calls are carried through quickly and seamlessly, with no data lag or interruption. The benefit of cloud computing in this process is that it replaces the earlier line-to-line switching methods, which made the process liable to call drops.

However, teaming up with the right SIP trunking services provider is crucial. In Oman, the leading providers are those that have devised innovative, cutting-edge products and services to meet the changing demands of businesses. They are also helping scores of companies save costs and improve efficiency by doing away with traditional phone lines to deliver a faster, more seamless modality via SIP trunking.

It is also easier to manage the SIP trunking system – you can add or modify your requirement as per the growing needs of the business. Often, this can be done at the company’s end without intervention from the provider. Maintenance and troubleshooting times are also dramatically reduced. Thus, SIP trunking is helping businesses offer the last mile in excellent customer support.

Understanding grass stains, and how to remove them — October 10, 2017

Understanding grass stains, and how to remove them

grass stains

What makes a harmless blade of grass such a potent staining force? This article explains the science behind grass stain removal.

For most people, freshly mown grass is a sign of summer, of lazy evenings spent drinking iced drinks on the patio. It is linked closely with your childhood memories of fun and frolic, of tumbling in the grass and lying down on your back to look at the stars. Grass is comforting to walk on and the smell of it after a spell of rain is enchanting and soothing.

What is not so great is that grass can leave stubborn stains on your clothes. Whether you walk through a park during your lunch break or your children wrestle with their friends in the garden, grass always leaves its mark on clothing. You think it is harmless enough, so you put the clothes in the wash and hope for the best. Then you are surprised to discover that the stain has not even faded despite a hardy wash.

Why does grass stain your clothing?

To understand grass stains, it is important to understand the composition of grass. Its distinct green colour is the result of the presence of two compounds – chlorophyll and xanthophyll. Chlorophyll is a dye and nutrition processing compound, while xanthophyll is largely a dye. Together, these two (and many other micro compounds like carotenoids) give grass and leaves their distinct green colour.

However, grass is more fragile than other leaves and prone to snapping under pressure. When this happens, the compounds in it are leached onto the nearest available surface. This can happen even when grass blades are stuck on to the clothes. Besides, their molecular composition is quite similar to that of fibres like cotton and jute. So it is easy for the compounds to penetrate similar molecular structures in clothes, and bond rapidly. Within minutes, the grass stain sets on the clothes and becomes semi-permanent.

The stains can become even more stubborn when combined with mud.

How to remove grass stains from your clothes

  • Do not wash the clothes with your usual detergent. The chemicals in the detergent may react with the grass stains and set them deeper into the fabric.
  • Use a stain removing formula (in liquid, powder or gel form) to remove grass stains. The stain remover is designed to combat a variety of stubborn stains. Some amount of soaking in water may be required.
  • Exposing the stain to heat, whether in direct sunlight or in the dryer, can deepen it and make it difficult to remove.
  • Keep your stained clothing away from fabric whiteners, bleach and stain removing detergents. These products do not work for stain removal, and may harm the garment’s fabrics.
  • Dealing with the grass stain when it is fresh will remove it on first treatment with a stain remover.
Sweat, and getting it out of your clothes —

Sweat, and getting it out of your clothes

Sweat Stains

Sweat stain removal depends on how you approach it, and the colour of the clothing. When you have Vanish at hand, it becomes really easy.

You can run, but you can’t hide – from sweat stains. Sweat is your skin’s natural response to internal and external heat. It regulates body temperature and keeps your skin from overheating. It also aids in the removal of toxins and impurities from the skin. It is mainly composed of salt and water.

Though it is colourless and odourless when fresh, it develops an odour when it dries. Dried sweat can emanate odour from your skin and clothing for hours. The problem gets worse when you use the same clothing again, subjecting it to a fresh round of sweat.

Over time and with repeated washing, sweat stains appear as yellow patches on your clothes. The problem is not that you washed your clothes later than you should have – the problem is that you washed them with soap or liquid detergent that was not designed for stain removal! The chemicals in these soaps can react with the sweat and cause a yellow sweat stain to appear.

Get a stain remover like Vanish

Sweat stains are most prominent on white coloured clothing, and also light pastel shades. They appear dark and patchy on the armpit area, the collars, and also the lower back. These are areas where sweat tends to collect and dry. When washed with detergent, they develop a yellow hue that is instantly noticeable.

Instead of detergent or fabric whitener, you need a good stain removing system like Vanish powder or liquid. Also stay away from bleach, which is harsh on the fabric and which makes the sweat stain yellower than before. Here’s how you clean out sweat stains using Vanish:

Get Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White for white clothing. Soak the stained garment in plain water, adding a scoop of the Vanish powder in it. Soak for six hours, leaving the garment undisturbed. The toughest of sweat stains will lighten up and disappear during this time. Remove the garment from the soak, drain excess water and wash the clothing in the washing machine using a scoop of the Vanish powder. The stain will be completely gone in the wash.

Use Vanish Oxi Action for coloured garments. Once again, soak the coloured garment in cold water and a scoop of the Vanish powder. Coloured garments require one hour of soaking to remove the sweat stain. After soaking, drain the excess water from the garment and wash as usual in the washing machine.

Take care to inspect the clothing for complete stain removal after treating with Vanish. Repeat the above steps if the stain has not completely left the garment. If the stain is even minutely visible, do not expose the clothing to direct sunlight or dry it in the dryer. Let the garment air dry in the shade before you treat it with Vanish again.