Thursday, January 31, 2013


Left alone with my thoughts
I struggle to breathe
My lungs contract
I stop inhaling
And I let go
Allowing my heart to escape me
Leaving me suffering
With no new pages to turn
And too much ink on my pages
My eyes are wide open
Filled with empty tears
Reminding me of a time
When I left my heart in Dublin

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dear Manal,

I wish I can say that I have always been your biggest fan, but sadly enough, I am ashamed to say that my first reaction to your initiative was not excitement. I have, and always will be a huge supporter for women's right including driving. However, living in Bahrain and seeing what happened in Egypt and Tunisia over the past few months, I had a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach as I watched your Youtube video and started reading your name on Twitter, it was a feeling of fear, a fear of radical change.

I would like you to know that I completely regret that feeling and wish that I was half as courageous as you are, and half as brave as you will need to be in the coming months as the events unfold.

Reading about your arrest today initially angered me, but I quickly returned to my senses and started analyzing what has happened in my head. Ever since this movement started, I have been waiting for someone, anyone in a seat of power to make a statement, or to even acknowledge what has been going on. The same feeling I had as the world waited for Husni Mubarak to speak, and for King Hamad to speak after him. Those leaders failed us as Arabs and as citizens of the Islamic nation.

I totally believed that Saudi will also take the Ostrich methodology as well, for sticking your head in the ground and ignoring the problem has proven to work well in the past. The more I thought about it, the more I started finding the silver lining in your arrest today. I want to believe that the decision to arrest you came with a blessing from up above, and no, I don't mean from God.

For someone with power to acknowledge this as an issue shows me that they have heard the screams and the pleads. Arresting you was the most logical reaction they can have, no matter what the ending outcome will become. I say this because no matter what their stance is on the subject, they had to neutralize you and return people's expectations to the status quo. This way, they ensure that if a change does occur, it occurred because they allowed it, not because you showed us that we do have the power to make a change.

I truly hope that I am right in my optimism(?), I truly hope that your actions do help in shaping the road to open minds and open roads..

Feras "Frogman" Sheraiff

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Missing Link

Every summer, Aramco is bombarded by summer students and interns yearning for a sniff of the all mighty ARAMCO…

Although it is usually the relatively new employees who are stuck training and tutoring the even younger employees, we never seem to mind it because you feel that they deserve to be taught and enlightened. Because when you were new all you really wished and hoped for was for someone to hold your hand and walk you through the ins and outs and do's and don'ts…

I am bothered by one thing though… Why do we still have colleges that teach in Arabic?

I am very proud of my Arabic heritage and language. What I am not is ignorant enough to believe that a person who is a Finance graduate with a 4.0 GPA will be able to survive in a 100% English based corporate culture. Is it just easier for whoever is responsible to turn a blind eye and fall for the we need to hold on to our language and one day Islamic Finance will take over the world and then we will strike, then we will convert all the Financial lingo into Arabic, and force every bank to comply or face bankruptcy…

I, ignorantly, thought that the point of having schools and colleges and universities (mind you I am calling them universities in the loosest sense possible) was to prepare the youth for the job market, to prepare them for the real world. However there seems to be a missing link between what is taught at school and what the real working environment is like. I am not even asking for strong academic bases at these schools and I am not asking them to compete with Harvard and LBS. I just expect some common sense and some realism is the preparation of the youth.

I might be blowing this simple thing out of proportion, but I should not be blamed because I am only scratching the surface of these academic issues. I am sitting at my desk, listening to my colleague struggle to explain basic financial concepts to a summer employee because of the language barrier. The summer guy looks smart enough, but I wonder if he can survive in the real working world.

The saddest thing is, he is not the one to blame.

p.s. I mean no harm with this post, and I have met many exceptions to this post, but I am talking about the general public who are only taught English when they turn 14 and don't use it in their everyday life.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Froggy's Got Talent

Like many other guys, I haven't been blessed with good handwriting. My handwriting resembles that of a 6 year old boy scribbling in his notebook while riding a jet ski.

Generally speaking I am terrible at creating something good on a piece of paper, be it a drawing or text. Like Mocha has stated in the past, nothing beats putting pen to paper and writing, I completely agree with her statement and this is why this frustrates me.

I was in an informal meeting at my mother's office and little froglet was running around the office causing havoc. He eventually decided to come and sit next to me. So to keep him entertained I decided to draw a few animals for him to see if he recognizes them.

You can judge for yourselves how that little adventure went

p.s. I didn't draw Mickey Mouse.
p.p.s. The dinosaur on the top is supposed to be Barney

Saturday, June 12, 2010

That's life.. That's what all the people say..

I guess my life isn't as interesting as I once thought it was. You win this round Ke$ha..

Good morning everyone..

p.s. In case you didn't get the reference, Ke$ha - Tik Tok
p.p.s I changed the layout because I got complaints about my previous one not being reader friendly

Sunday, April 25, 2010

These are my confessions

  • I hate/am afraid of using sharp knives. I was peeling an apple for Baby Froglet the other day was terrified while doing so
  • I curse a lot more than I should. But never in front of Baby Froglet, and less so in front of Mrs. Froggy
  • I enjoy watching "Glee"... the shame
  • I persuaded Mrs. Froggy to buy the "Glee" soundtrack CDs for herself, but in reality am looking forward to us having a road trip and singing those cheesy songs together
  • I sing at the top of my lungs when I am alone in the car
  • I sometimes talk to myself when I'm alone in the car
  • I think I spend too much time alone in the car
  • I'm not crazy about insects
  • I'm not crazy about ladders
  • I sometimes play dumb around people just to get them to leave me alone
  • I also might agree with what those people are saying just to end the conversation
  • I am fairly opinionated
  • Well, maybe a bit more than fairly
  • I sometimes act like I understand what a conversation is about just so I don't look like an idiot
  • I used to snap a lot, but now I only I only snap if you snap at me first. Very mature, I know
I realized some of my guy friends follow my blog and know who I am, so I'm just gonna add a few things to sound like more of a man:
  • I can only do 430 sit-ups a day. Much less that what I used to be able to do
  • I punched a moose in the face for looking at my wife
  • I was deep frying a whole cow to eat before I went to the gym and to spice things up I marinated it in gun powder
Thats about it. Other than that I'm practically perfect ;)

Saturday, April 03, 2010

1001 Inventions

Pretty cool video by the Jameel Foundation done as part of the "1001 Inventions" touring exhibition currently residing in London.

"Oscar-winning actor and screen legend Sir Ben Kingsley has taken the starring role in a short feature film about the scientific heritage of Muslim civilisation. The mini-movie, entitled 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets, accompanies a global touring exhibition that this currently open to the public at the Science Museum in London. The exhibition runs till 30th June 2010 and then goes on an international tour.

In the movie, Sir Ben takes on the role of a mysterious and cantankerous librarian who takes a group of school children on an enlightening journey to meet pioneering scientists and engineers from the history of Muslim civilization"