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Style

At least part of the process of growing up in ‘modern’ society involves going through ‘phases’, which are manifested outwardly in our manner of dressing. So when I was younger, everybody was a skater, or a punk, or a metal head, or a B-Boy/B-Girl, or rude boys/girls, or something or other. This exists now too, but I think the lines are more blurred. Now that I’m older that type of thing isn’t exactly age appropriate, but the desire to dress up and dress nice still exist.

Anyway, where I was going with this is that for myself I’m trying to find a grown-man style for myself. Ladies in this regard have it easier. Just look at the number of hijabi women’s style blogs that have popped up in the last few years. But how do men go about finding a style that’s dressy but casual, nothing too fancy but in accordance with the sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ?

Rapper/poet Baraka Blue in the picture below is close to what I’m imagining. An outfit that would be fairly ordinary ‘smart casual attire’ but the sunnah accessories of the beard, kufi, shawl and ring make it recognisably Muslimin wear. Wallahu Alam.

Baraka Blue

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Sony Ericsson Aspen

The Sony Ericsson Aspen is a nice phone running on Windows Mobile 6.5, and the weak camera aside if I hadn’t gotten my Nokia E72 I would’ve considered getting this. Unfortunately its release was delayed for a while, putting it out of the running for me. Plus I’d gotten my E72 for zero dollars on contract, thus continuing my support for Nokia and their S60 platform.

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Puma Metropolis Collection XS850 Tech NL Hi

Saw these on Complex.com. Guess what, I like these too! I don’t really have any technical styled sneakers, but these would be cool.

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Puma G. Vilas

Puma G Vilas

Puma G. Vilas

Saw these at the store. I like them too.

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Adidas Rod Lavers

adidas Originals Men’s Rod Laver Tennis Shoe

I’ve always thought these were nice. No idea why they were never brought into Singapore.

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Tech Talk

I got a Creative Zen Vision M 60GB, my primary means of listening and watching media on the go in 2008, which even back then was pretty long in the tooth (the player had been introduced in December 2005, and I remember craving for it back then). Yes I’m used to waiting a long time for things. It’s cool to have this outdated, yet still pretty good piece of technology in my hands, like seeing people with first generation iPod Nanos on the train, and to take it even further back not too long ago someone I knew still regularly used a cassette Walkman.

I guess sometime over the next few years I’ll have to make a change, and I considered the iPod Touch, but I have no idea whether it would be worth it to go back to the pain of using iTunes on a PC again. The iPhone is right now out of the question because I don’t really want to be tied down to a data plan, and I think I’d like to have a phone with a better camera for those situations where you just have to take a shot and you don’t have a camera handy.

I wish Creative would make a comeback from behind and produce a media player that was as good as the Zen Vision series was back in 2005-2006, but even their very promising Zii Egg platform doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, which is sad really.

Peace.

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Like Mike Skinner, I love my phone

Consumer pressure to buy a new phone is always there. But I’ve been very happy holding on to my Nokia 6120 Classic for a year now. Part of it is I guess the fact that this is the first phone I’ve had that I’ve actually done things with.

I used to be one of those people who hated when people talked about their phones (and this was back when mobile phones didn’t do jack). Now though, I use my phone to listen to the radio, play MP3s, play games and check the internet (not too often). I’ve got a Qur’an app and an ebook reader in there. I know none of this is very impressive, but I’m not a difficult person to satisfy (I think).

So even though my phone isn’t terribly fancy, getting new apps helps keep it alive so I’m not too tempted to get a new one.

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Wallet

Wallet

A surprise gift from the lovely, talented and generous LG.

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Wishlist

Can be found here. Regularly updated!

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Future planning

FutureTechLoveTop

I know its far too early to begin to think about such things, but I’ve got an idea of what I’d like to see in my bedroom in the future. Living on less as I have been for the past year gives me the perspective to understand that I can guiltlessly throw out the clutter in my room (save for the small mound of trash I would no doubt be adding to a landfill somewhere).

Still, I think I’d like to finally replace my desktop PC with a laptop. Azumi has been helping me put together custom-built CPUs for a number of years now, but I think I’ve come to the realisation that it’s been pretty futile. I don’t game anymore, so I don’t need custom parts. I just need something that works. What I’d like is a multimedia-oriented notebook PC (I’ve been looking at choices from HP and Acer in particular),  hooked up to either an LCD monitor or an LCD TV that would serve as a second monitor or just something to watch TV on while I’m on the computer.

I’d also probably replace my parents aging laptops with new ones. My mum would probably get a netbook with a 10″ (although I guess by this time next year we’ll be up to 12″ as a standard)  screen. I’m just a little worried whether she’d have to squint to see the screen properly.

That’s about it for now I guess.

Peace.

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