Sunday, December 31, 2006

Eid Mubarak كــل عــــــــــــــــام و أنتم بخـيــر

يسعدني أن أرفع أسمى آيات التهاني و أحر الأماني والتبريكات بمناسبة عيد الأضحى الى
المقام السامي لحضرة صاحب الجلالة السلطان قابوس بن سعيد المعظم حفظه الله و رعاه
والى الشعب العماني الوفي و المسلمين في جميع أنحاء العالم
أعاده الله علينا جميعا بالخير و اليمن و البركات

It pleases me to convey my best and sincerest greetings to His Royal Highness Sultan Qaboos bin Said on the occasion of Eid Al-Ad`ha, and to the loyal Omani people and the rest of the Muslims all around the world.
May Allah restitute this festive occasion on us all with his blessings.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Apologetic Soliloquy - 2nd Verse

السموحة و المعذرة... أبواب أفرطتُ في التردد عليها
خوفي أن يُسلب رحيقُها و أن تفقدَ هذه الكلمات معانيها
حينها لن يكونَ باليد حيلةً سوى الترجي و التأسف لأصحاب المعالي ذو المكانات الرفيعة

a·pol·o·gy (?-p?l'?-j?)

1. An acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense.

2. 1. A formal justification or defense. 2. An explanation or excuse.

3. An inferior substitute.

Allow me to apologise yet another time. Apologise for deserting this place, for seeming to have forsaken my readers and for not commiting to my own blog. Have you all been wondering O'Arabian Prince, where art thou? I'm sure some of you must have, it's quite obvious from my shoutbox. In a previous entry I've said that "Blogging to me now seems like a dusty portrait of the Mona Lisa covered with a huge white cotton cloth sitting in the darkest corners of the attic." Well I can safely say that still applies. I am now convinced, more than ever before, that blogging is an art form. Since all art forms naturally have artists, I believe that the blogging world has its share of artists too, except that I'm not one of them.

In that same 'previous entry' that I spoke of, I also mentioned that "The blog has reached the 80+ posts mark and completed 10+ months since it's first post, and it saddens me that not a single entry was posted from Oman." Believe it or not, this is my very first entry to be posted from Oman. Unfortunately it's going to be the usual apologetic entry with some updates on what has happened.

I was extremely preoccupied with my finals and studies in general. So much has happened ever since I've been back on holidays. I'm really glad that I've never been bored out of my brains yet, and hopefully never will be. Despite the fact that I've said this a couple of times before, I'll say it once again, I am determined to update my blog much more often. Let's hope it sticks this time around.

As a part of graduating with a Bachelors degree from our faculty, we are required to complete 12 weeks of compulsory training or vacational employment prior to graduation. Obviously it should also be related to our field of study along with many other requirments. Two of my colleagues and I (which are both good friends and are also Omani) talked about taking up alteast 6 of the required 12 weeks during this 3+ month holiday of ours. We had started arranging for it prior to arriving, and al-hamdulillah everything went as planned and we started work about a week after our arrival. Not much to say about that except maybe... we have to go all the way to Rusayl. Why? Because we'll be training in two companies (3 weeks each) and they're both in the Rusayl Industrial Estate. However that turned out to be the least of our worries after having started work. We were actually more worried about how we'd be spending our time during work that day, and whether this whole training at this company would be a fruitful experience. One company down, one more to go, three more weeks, starting again after the official holiday.

It felt really good to finally be free from studies for a while after a really stressful semester. It felt even better to have the time to start working out again and play soccer, just as I've always been looking forward to. However the feeling of being back home among family and friends was second to none!

I've been away from the English Sabla almost all semester, and when I was back into it recently I was quite surprised to see how much things have changed around there. Most changes being unpleasant... that's another story for another day though. This should do for now, but I'll be back on the scene soon.

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