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The guy with the FUNKY fashion taste and also with a FLAIR for graphic designing. I'm Amirul Nasir, or you can call me Rool, for short. 21 years standing in the feet of the Earth. Singaporean. Currently serving the nation till 02/06/12. I'm a Ngee Ann Polytechnic Mass Communication (Class of 2010) graduate. Creative Director, someday? More about me?


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    Love the blog layout? Want something like that? Or even better? Yes, I do design for blogs too at an affordable rate! For more details, feel free to drop a message to my email, amirul.nasir [at] gmail [dot] com!

    Apart from blogs, I do design for events, editorial designs, interactive designs. I am a designer afterall.. right? Or even photo editing! Let me know what you need and I'll try my best to get it done for you.

    Thursday, December 15, 2011
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    Almost a decade ago, Girls Aloud won Popstars: The Rivals, a reality TV singing contest and they went on to become one of UK's biggest girl groups ever. And since then, every other girl group were overshadowed by their success and no other girl group could ever beat or achieve the height of success that they've received.

    Just five days ago, Little Mix was crowned as the winner of UK's X Factor, becoming the very FIRST girl group to win the X Factor series. And there has been predictions that they'll be as HUGE as The Spice Girls, one of the best girl group from my generation. Well, it's too early to tell but I hope they get the success that they deserve!



    (Their best performance, in my opinion.)

    Congrats Little Mix!

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    Saturday, December 10, 2011
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    One Tree Hill returns for one last season.

    In a nutshell, Chris Keller (Tyler Hilton) returns. Heck, even Chad Michael Murray makes an appearance. (I hope he's in more than one pathetic episode) And what's up with his hairstyle, man? It seems that Nathan is gonna die. (Yeah, someone always dies. Or something really bad happens to him. Just look at how depressed Haley is.) And, Brooke has twins. (After all that she's been through, she deserves it.) I hope Hilarie Burton is back for at least one episode too, please! (For us fans!) And they bloody better give a good explanation as to why Peyton and Lucas missed Brooke's wedding. (What good reasoning is there to actually miss your Best Friend's wedding?)

    Cheers to the last season of one of the best TV drama series of our decade filled with memorable quotes, underrated music and not forgetting the suspense, drama and excitement that it has provided us throughout the years.

    I grew up watching this show whilst I was still a young adolescent. And even up till now, I can still find myself relating to their story lines.  So One Tree Hill, here's to a great final season and thank you for all of the memories.

    New Episode of One Tree Hill premieres January 11th 2012.
    (And I absolutely can't wait!)

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    Thursday, December 08, 2011
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    Gorgeous Victoria Beckham. I love you.

    I am extremely proud of this woman and her success. She is now the Queen Of Fashion after winning the Best British Designer Award recently at the British Fashion Awards, beating out other fashion heavyweights such as Stella McCartney, Tom Ford and Burberry. 

    Victoria has always been a huge inspiration for me. When she first started out, critics were mocking her and her dresses and look where she's at now? Everyone is DYING to get her dresses. She's a hard worker and she deserves the success she has been getting over the past few years as a fashion designer.

     I love her latest collection that's featured in the latest issue of Elle US Magazine. 
    Don't you just find the dresses adorable? I want it!

    And guess who was recently spotted wearing one of those dresses?
    KATY PERRY.

    And not forgetting one more.....
    For Baby Harper. 
    (I can just imagine baby Harper in that. I'll just drown in her cuteness!)


    Love you Victoria.

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    Wednesday, December 07, 2011
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    (image via JennyBunz)

    So you find yourself in this situation.

    You are crushing hard on one of your close friends. Obviously, s/he has no clue how you feel about them. You want to tell them but you're afraid. You feel silly for feeling afraid. But can you imagine the consequences should s/he know? How it might actually put your friendship at risk?

    So after much deliberation weighing out the pros and cons, you decide that it's best not to tell them.

    Your eye lights up every single time you meet. You feel butterflies in your stomach. And when your eyes meet, you look away because you're shy. Conversations with s/he are endless and you never want the night to end. Even when you're out with a group of friends, all you see is him/her and nothing else matters.

    You drop hints after another, even obvious ones, but s/he never seems to get it. Irregardless of that, both of you flirt a lot with each other, even to the extent of giving each other affectionate nicknames that only the both of you know.

    S/he is extremely particular when loaning out his CDs for fear of it being damaged but s/he loans it to you anyway and tells you to take care of it as if it were your own. S/he never loans it to anyone else but you.

    You stare at your whatsapp, waiting for a message at least because hopefully s/he is thinking about you too right now and might be sending you one shortly. What a loser, right? You get tired of waiting, so you initiate the conversation and then start feeling sorry for yourself for making the first move.

    You confide in each other about almost everything when it comes to matters of the heart. You sense a tinge of jealousy from them when you mentioned that you've been seeing someone. As ironic as it may sound. But here's the thing, you do know that there is a chance that s/he likes you back but you're unsure.

    Then you're told that s/he will be going on a first date with a stranger. Being the stupid person that you are, you encourage them and tells s/he to 'go for it' when you clearly meant otherwise.

    From first date and eventually turning into weekly meet ups, even meeting close to midnight to have ice cream. I mean, who does that, seriously? After every date with the third party, s/he tells you that their date is amazing and s/he can't wait to see their date again.

    Because you're such a spiteful person who gets jealous easily (and also partly because you're such a huge fan of Cheryl Cole and she says that "Anything that's worth having is sure enough worth fighting for."), you act like the possessive boy/girlfriend and say,

    "So now you don't have time to meet me at all? Ever since you meet your date?"

    The reply?

    "Oh so it's okay that you're always meeting your date last time (jealousy in the air) but when I do it, you have issues with me?"

    Of course, you replied back with a casual "Just joking la. Why so angsty?" and your friendship resumed as per normal.

    You're unsure if they're still seeing each other though chances are, they're not anymore. And you don't want to ask about it just because it might make you look like the biggest busybody.

    Then you dream about s/he, which just happened to be not one of those innocent dreams. Your best friend tells you to go for it while the window is open. But you hesitate.

    Do you let s/he be the one that got away? Or do you just be silly and tell? And risk being awkward around s/he forever? There could probably a chance that s/he is reading this right now and maybe, just maybe, s/he will end up making the first move. I'm a coward when it comes to making first moves.

    What do you do? Because I seriously do not know. 
    (Someone enlighten me.)

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    Tuesday, December 06, 2011
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    To celebrate Olly Murs' for having the Number 1 album in the UK at the moment, I officially declare this week to be all about him. How can you just not love him, right?


    Olly's debut single 'Please Don't Let Me Go'

    I waited so long 
    I need to know, darling, what is on your mind
    Normally I try to run and I might even want to hide 
    'Cause I never knew what I wanted 'til I looked into your eyes
    So am I in this alone? 
    What I'm looking for is a sign
    That you feel how I feel for you, baby, please don't let me go
    P.s  Now Olly, please come to Singapore for a gig or something. I'm beggin' you. #MURSARMY

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    I think that I am secretly possessed by a spirit from ASOS. And since we know that 'Idle Hands Are The Devil's Playground' and combine that with my 'typical impulsive shopaholic' behavior, I ended up buying quite a number of stuff from ASOS. I mean, how could I not when most of the items were on MASSIVE discount, right? (inserts innocent face)

    I've been eyeing on that canvas bag for a long time. And when the price significantly dropped by 50%, I knew it was a sign from God telling me that I should grab it. It's gorgeous, right? As for the rest of the accessories, they're really gorgeous and my overall look would never be complete without them.

    Yeah, I am superficial like that. Judge me all you want, please.

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    Monday, December 05, 2011
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    Santana & her mom.
    “Look, I have to tell you a secret. A secret that I've kept hidden for a long time... I’ve tried so hard to push this feeling away and keep it locked inside. But every day just feels like a war. And I walk around so mad at the world. But I’m really just fighting with myself. I don’t wanna fight anymore. I’m just too tired. I have to just be me.”

    "Everyone has secrets, Santana. They're called secrets for a reason."
    I too, have my own fair share of secrets. Though I prefer to keep most of it to myself until I think I'm ready to talk about it, I do share some of them with close friends and family members. Because keeping secrets inside of you for far too long - It slowly kills you.

    The last time I shared a secret with a friend nearly killed our relationship. Heck, I was supposed to feel relieved for telling them because they are a huge part of my life and they deserve to know what it is I'm hiding from them. Most of the time, I don't seek for acceptance. But I felt afraid because for the first time in my life, someone else had the upper hand in our relationship and whatever he/she does next could either make or break my life for good.

    But I'm glad it's all good now. And watching Glee? It really gets me sometimes. This time 'round, it hit a nerve because I could relate to the situation so well, it's a little scary.

    Though it took me a lot of pain and trouble to realize that sometimes, Ignorance is Bliss. And secrets are called as such for a reason and never was I going to put myself in the same situation ever again. At least not any time soon.

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    'In Case You Didn't Know' who is currently sitting at the top of the Official UK Albums Top 100 Chart this week...

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    It's none other than...
    Congrats Olly! You deserve the top spot! 

    Now you can go on with your life once again. But if you ever find yourself in an awkward social situation, at least you can tell them, "Did you know that Olly Murs knocked off Rihanna off the top spot and got the Number 1 album in the UK?" 

    There you go.


    You can now be 'coooool' and watch his music video.
    (But since Vevo decides to be a prick, you might have to watch it on YouTube instead.)

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    Sunday, December 04, 2011
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    I love reading my monthly horoscope. Being the naive boy that I was, I used to flip through the latest issue of Readers' Digest just to read my horoscope and 'foresee my future'. It's a self-esteem booster (though it brings a negative impact at times.) especially when your horoscope reads something positive like, "Your sense of personal power will be strong on Thursday!" or even "Consider assisting a colleague who may require a helping hand this Sunday. Remember, good deeds generate good karma!". And I extremely love it when my horoscope tells me I'd meet a special someone on this date, which I do most of the times, as ridiculous as it may sound.

    Though many might think that our horoscopes defines us for the person that we are, I think it's the other way around, considering that I have met other fellow Scorpios and they exhibit traits that are similar to mine thus making several encounters to be quite unpleasant. When we get along, we become the best of friends but when we have a disagreement, oh boy get your knickers ready for another World War is bound to happen.

    Being a Scorpio, I am a very stubborn, willful and an extremely determined person. I know what I want (most of the time) and I make sure that I get it. I tend to have high expectations of everyone around me and their opinions about me (and end up worrying if I don't meet their expectations). God bless to my future partner who decides to spend the rest of their life with me, because even I can't stand my own behavior at times.

    (Source: ScorpioHipsters)


    This describes me perfectly, whether I like it or not.


    I had a conversation with a friend, who just graduated from QUT, the university where I intend to further my studies at once I am done with National Service (in just a few months time!). Though millions of questions were asked, I was just seeking advice from her, mainly because I wanted to know what to expect before I do reach there eventually.

    Here's what she had to say about Scorpios.
    "One of the reasons why you're asking this many questions (which is good!) is because it helps you to deal with the 'unknown'. And one other piece of advice that I could give you - Don't take it too hard on yourself. Knowing that you're a Scorpio, I know you take it really hardly when you don't meet your own and others expectation. Control is the biggest trait of your element. Use it."
    It's like she knew me inside out! Even though I accused her of stereotyping Scorpios, (Here's her take on Scorpio people on her blog.) it's true! I am all that. I never knew I liked to be in control in most situations. So I wrote down the things I do that could probably define me as the 'Control Freak'.
    I'm the kind of person
    who likes to hold the remote control while I'm watching the television. (and when I don't, I can't help but to worry someone might just switch channels while I'm in the midst of watching my favourite show)
    who plans ahead in almost everything I do. (Let's see. I started planning for my 21st birthday since a year ago. And I picked my group mates for my third year studies in Mass Comm while everyone else is happily enjoying their two months semester break.)
    who has high expectations of what people think about me. (It's not that I worry about not being liked or popular, I just don't like it at all when people misinterpret my intentions me and give judgement on the things I do.)
    who sets up a calendar schedule on what TV shows to watch every single day. (Who else actually does this?!)
    So I guess being in control in most situations reassures me. It doesn't hurt to be one step ahead of everyone else all the time, does it? And when things are not in my favor? I tend to panic. A LOT. Might even get extremely dramatic. Or even run away. And I don't appreciate people acting on decisions without discussing it with me first.

    I'm quite freaked out by my behavior now. Haha.

    The next time you're ever considering in getting into a relationship with a Scorpio, make sure it's worth the risk (and know what you're getting yourself into) or you'll end up getting pinched most of the time. We dominate most of the relationships we're in and we get extremely angsty when we do notice something that could potentially threaten the relationship.

    But hey, I'm a Scorpio and I know I'm definitely worth the risk. So, go on and take a chance with me. Heh. Because what would hurt you the worst will love you the most, as long as you can tame the Scorpio inside of me.

    And who knows, I could let you be in control once in a while, whenever I feel like it.

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    Saturday, December 03, 2011
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    (Source: rkramer62)

    As she made her way towards my table, I was strongly enticed by the familiar scent of Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume. Carrying the widest smile like she always does every single morning, Farhana greeted me, "Good Morning, my dear annoying Amirul", before returning to her seat. My reply to her would always be, "You're looking as pretty as ever."

    Farhana was different from other girls. There was something special about her that I just can't describe. For a woman, she actually has broad shoulders and her behavior could be described as a tomboy. Her face radiates happiness every single day, it was almost as if she was glowing. But I know one things for sure, I am definitely not attracted to her at all. Plus, she has a doting boyfriend and she was way older than me. I'm guessing a good 7 years difference. I exceptionally loved how she never fails to wear a scarf of different colors 'round her neck every single day.

    She has a flair for art and is an extremely talented graphic designer, who was very good at multitasking - something which I am not so good at. I got to know her while I was on internship at a local publishing company 4 years back. Since it was the month of Ramadan (The fasting month), both of us would be stuck in the office during lunch time and I'd be seated right next to her, watching every single thing she does on the computer while she does her work and she'd be sharing her life story with me at the same time. Talk about multi-tasking, this girl is a pro.

    Being the oldest in her family, she had to give up her true passion which involves teaching art to little kids and work (which she did over the weekends), just so that she could support her family financially. She shared photos of her family with me, especially one of her younger sister. "My younger sister is as annoying as you. You should get together with her sometime!", she'd tease occasionally. And my reply would always be the same, "Eek! She's not pretty la!"

    Once I was done with the internship, we lost contact for a while. I didn't manage to snap a photo with her on the last day of my internship, as she was sick and had to stay at home. Little did I know, that would have been the last time I'd see her in my life.

    Two years later, I received one of the most unexpected phone call.
    "Amirul. Do you still remember Farhana?"
    "Of course I do! How is she?"
    "She has just passed away."
    Words could not begin to describe how I felt at that point of time. My mind, which was previously occupied with deadlines to meet for my Advertising Project was now flooded with memories I had with her while I was interning at the publishing company. I just stopped whatever I was doing and was left completely stunned. It was so sudden. She didn't deserve it. But why? - The question that filled my mind because she was one of the nicest girls I've ever known and God had to end her life just like that.

    Truth is, she had been battling a leukemia-related kind of disease for the past two years and no one knew about it. She was even on television on a show called LifeWatch. (Of course,I missed it because let's face it - Who watches TV nowadays?) As I watched the video clip of her struggle, I slowly wished for a miracle to happen, which unfortunately did not happen. It's like you're watching one of your favorite TV Shows and someone spoiled the ending for you and you chose not to believe him simply because you didn't want it to be true. If there ever was a time I wished for happy endings in a movie, that was it.


     
    (A video clip of Farhana on LifeWatch)


    The start of December marks her birthday & her Facebook wall was flooded with messages from friends, family members and it all seemed so surreal. It's saddening to see messages from her loved ones who's still in disbelief that she's not here anymore. She may not be alive and kicking but the memories and the conversations I've had with her? That'd definitely last a lifetime, no matter how short it was.

    Rest in peace Farhana.

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