Finally, I was able to convince and treat myself into getting a Macbook Pro. Since I was still eyeing much on the budget, I just got the entry mode 13" with i5 processor. The unit came with a pre-installed Snow Leopard but I was able to register and get the Lion OS upgrade for free.
All I can say is... no wonder a lot of people like to have and own a Mac. The feel, look, the power and convenience...
At least I could now say that I know how to use a Windows, a Linux, and now a Mac.