So my dad asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and I said I want a new camera. He agreed, and is even willing to buy me a new phone in addition to the camera, sweet. Honestly, I don't really care for phones, I just want a new camera.
So I've short-listed a few cameras that had caught my eyes, and top of the list is the Panasonic Lumix GF-1, heard great reviews on it. I think I'll get a semi-pro camera for now, I'll upgrade to a DSLR only after I go to the states in the fall of next year since it's so much cheaper there.