Lift You UP Blog - Always there for You: MISS BUS STOP CONTEST WITH GIVE AWAY PRIZE

Just got invited to vote on Miss Bus Stop Contest but unfortunately I can't decide yet which one to choose as I feel that I would love to wait for a bus here anytime. I will wait for other representatives, am just truly sorry I cannot share any nice enough bus stop here in the Philippines.

I never really had much experience with bus stops since the system of transportation in the Philippines is quite different and less disciplined if I must say. Bust stops in the Philippines are either bus terminals housing not only several transportation buses going to different places but also food stalls and even supermarket so one can buy 'pasalubong' for their friends and loved ones. Or they are random bus stops somewhere in the middle of nowhere or in between stores. The one thing that those working in the corporate world doesn't like about is the fact that when riding the less expensive non-air conditioned bus or jeepney you don't seem to be in control of the passengers and a lot can happen. In fact you may look and feel good in your new corporate shirts and reach your office looking like you just got off your bed. Usually these yuppies ride the more expensive air conditioned buses, taxis or brave the MRT.

waiting for the bus to arrive

We have been so used to riding jeepneys which has also become an icon of sort for the Philippines. These jeepneys run their own routes and you just have to wait anywhere they pass so you can ride their jeeps and go to your destination. These jeepneys go around their own routes over and over again picking up passengers and unloading passengers when they reach their destination.

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If you are interested, check out James OH's blog and choose the best bust stop for yourself. Click below to see more:

Lift You UP Blog - Always there for You: MISS BUS STOP CONTEST WITH GIVE AWAY PRIZE

While doing this update I saw two bus stops that I would love to have on my door step...uhmmm, lazy me loves these two:
London Bus Stop
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Vancouver Bus Stop
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No to Inappropriate and Anti-School Messages on Plain T-shirts

Retailers and some online clothing stores never learn.

Just a few weeks ago, in time for back-to-school shopping, JC Penney was forced to yank a sweater that read their “I’m too pretty to do homework so my brother does it for me”. There was an online outcry and concerned parents, furious moms and disgusted customers made use of petition website Change.org to produce thousands of signatures from people and forced them to take it off their shelves.

Cited as not giving kids today appropriate messages but rather sexist messages, these retailers should have learned especially since kids, tweens and teens are their clientele. But no, some have to do it again and force parents and customers to file a petition against them.

The recent perpetrator of these inappropriate messages on their cheap t-shirts is Forever 21, a California-based chain of stores that sells inexpensive clothing to teens. The cheap tee shirts retail for $12.80 and really look good with jeans to give teens a relaxed girl-next door look.



Unfortunately the message on it is not only sexist but in fact stupid and inane. The shirt reads “Allergic to Algebra” again sending our kids the wrong message. It seems to say that girls are bad at Math and that’s okay. There has always been a perception that guys are better at math than girls but that is so long ago and so not true. While some say that these messages are an intrinsic part of today’s in-your-face fashion especially since there really are people who never did like Algebra. But then you don’t see cheap t-shirts with these messages in the men’s section.


One doesn’t see muscle shirts that read Allergic to Algebra. It is only the girls who are targeted with these dumb messages that seem to reinforce the perception that girls can’t do math, that it’s okay not to be smart or being smart isn’t attractive or cool. And worse the perception that learning to put makeup deftly is more important than being good in school. Some says the messages is actually anti-education as it seems to say education is not important especially when Forever 21 other shirts read “Skool sucks” and “I love school” on the front and “not” on the back.



These cheap tee shirts have definitely ticked off women, even those who never liked Algebra. And some have even made their comment made known. A commenter Lenish shared:  “It’s one thing to be bad at math, it’s quite another to brag about it and think it’s cool. It’s not possible to be a master of everything, but if you want to brag, brag about what you are good at, not what you suck at.”

And PrincessJingles posted: “The last thing the young women of our world need is another reason to think being dumb is cool. … Shame on you.”

One shopper posted a photo on Reddit.com, a social news website, of a mannequin clad in the offending shirt with a green Post-It note attached: “SMART girls are cool. Don’t buy this top.”

Again, parents have a lot to say about what their children wear. Yes, tweens and teens would like to wear what is on trend and its easy enough to do when there are so many online clothing stores out there to choose from. But then we certainly pray that we gave them enough guidance not to choose these crappy messages on their cheap t-shirts.

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Remembering 9/11: The Legacy of Marie Rose Abad


The Americans in the US were not the only ones paying tribute to their loved ones who perished in the different events that made up what we call the tragedy that changed the world, Sept 11.

Maybe unbeknownst to many Filipinos, there was one American married to a Filipino who died that day. And her legacy lives on in a once squalid and reeking with garbage slum in Manila turned into an orderly village that bears her name with 50 brightly one-storey colored homes built in her memory by her husband.

As the world pays tribute to their fellowmen in the US, residents of Marie Rose Abad GK Village offered roses, balloons, and prayers for their benefactor.


According to her Philippine-born American husband Rudy, he had it built in her memory in 2004 as a tribute to their 26 years of marriage and her unfulfilled desire to help the poor in the Philippines. This she saw when they first came here in 1989. After having described to her the Philippines as a paradise, they were appalled to see the squatters, the shanties and the poverty. And she vowed that she would find a way to help which he fulfilled. After drifting for almost 3 years, having lost his other half, he decided to contribute $60,000 for the construction of a village for destitute families in Manila’s Tondo slum.

For Rudy, September 11 transformed him and taught him about suffering. The tragedy opened his eyes and made him want to do something far and beyond. He has become an advocate of philanthropy and continues to urge rich Filipinos to help the poor beyond giving alms.

Rafa Nadal Remains To Be My Champion


I am gutted because Rafael Nadal did not win the 2011 US Open but at the same time proud that he really did well on the match. The Rafa of old was back and I am so happy for him.  Though some do question the timing of Noles medical time out we cannot accuse him of doing it to stop the trend Rafa was on...he was serving and being good at it as usual. We have to admit that Novak Djokovic played brilliantly.

As one reporter described it and I quote:
Djokovic’s style will never be quite as mellifluous as Roger Federer’s, and neither does he have the pugilistic quality of Nadal 
At the moment, though, he is a more complete player than either. He has become unbreakable – an agile and beautifully balanced athlete who has developed a near-mystical faith in his own ability. 
The certainty of his vision is uncanny. We saw it in the semi-final, where he faced match point on Federer’s serve and whipped an untouchable return crosscourt. And we saw it again yesterday.
Rafael Nadal remains to be my Champion. He may not have won the title today, he may have lost to Novak 6 times over the year but I remain a believer. He is still my RAFA!

Remembering 9/11: Where were you in Sept 11, 2001?

Ten years ago, on Sept 11, it was late at night or should I say almost early morning and I was watching TV alone when suddenly CNN broke the news about the Twin Tower attack. I was shocked that it could happen to a country like the USA. Then when I saw the tower collapsing, I felt it was crumbling, people jumping from the tower and people looking up at them in shock and horror knowing that they couldn't help.

I have not always agreed with some of the US policies that affected our political will and human rights but on that day I wasn’t thinking about imperialism and ideology…I wasn’t an activist rallying for change. I was just a human being shocked by the capacity of people to hate that they can do something so horrendous without any qualms. Maybe they had, but I didn’t see it the first time they hit the tower, nor the second time they did, or when they tried to hit the white House or the Pentagon. They didn’t have qualms about killing some 2,819 innocent people.


Why the video and the pictures of the chairs? The video is because I love what former President Clinton said about the passengers of Flight 93. He commended the passengers because being citizens did not give them the mindset like a soldier who are ever ready to give up their lives in the hope of saving others. But they did because if they didn't then the plane would have gone directly to the White House. And what these passengers gave was an 'incalculable gift'.

The tribute in Bryant Park was 2,819 empty chairs on the lawn facing the site where the World Trade Center once stood, one chair for every life lost. As one noted 'The number of empty chairs captures the enormity of the lives lost and the stark emptiness of it just drives home the point that I hope is never forgotten. 2,819 people were here one moment and gone the next. 2,819 went to work or boarded a plane one morning ten years ago thinking it would be another ordinary day and they never came home.'



No to T-shirts With Sexist Messages

Been wanting to write about a lot of things but time has been running really fats for me…at the end of the day all I want to do is stretch out on my bed, put up my legs, and pray I get to sleep the soonest. But alas it isn’t possible with several kids wanting this or that. I have only one son but have several nieces and nephews. 

Yesterday though I saw this girl wearing what I thought was a one of those simple plain t-shirts only to realize there was a slogan on the front which was quite small I had to stare at it to read. Then I saw her looking at me, I guess waiting for my reaction which of course she didn’t have to wait for long. 

I gave her what my son calls my ‘tiger look’ or the ‘stare that could kill a thousand ships’…oh yes, my own son has different names for it. Going back to the girl…how would you as a mother or a woman feel when you see a girl wearing a t-shirt with ‘Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful, hate me because I have huge boobs.’ I did not give her a look because she did have a bigger boobs than me but what she has can already be seen, there is no need to advertise it in such a way that gives more people to stare longer than necessary.


And so I had to research about it and to my dismay there are stores that sell those kinds of shirts and no, this isn’t the first time and yes I am not alone. There have also been negative reactions over it and worse in Australia they had this store which sells baby clothes with ‘negative’ slogans on it. I just wonder why parents would buy their kids t-shirts that just demean us women. Am not simply talking feminist and the like but there are slogans that eggs on the much talked about sexualization of the young girls which I blogged about before. And there are t-shirts I would not like my nieces to wear or slogans I would not want to see on my son’s girlfriends shirts.
Demeaning slogan!

Harmful!

Take a look at some of the mild ones I saw that parents should ban from their children’s wardrobes. I don't dare put some of the really, really wild ones. The black one has the acronym WIFE on it with meanings like Washing, Ironing, F!****ng, Etc as if that's just the jobs of the wife. The last one is the worse for me because it belittles what hell the sexually abused experiences with a slogan like: It's not rape if you yell SURPRISE. 




Again this goes back to the topic I wrote about in my old post about provocative apparel, the one that tackled about the sexualization of young girls. Again, I have to reiterate that it is up to the parents to make sure what their children buy and wear. Parents are the ones who buy or give their money to their teens to buy and I do believe they  still have the right to challenge their children's choices. 

There are simple and cheap shirts in other good online shopping stores like Amazon and the like. Here are some examples:
  





District Threads Junior Womens Heathered Jersey Ringer Tee



District Threads Junior Womens Tick Stitch Tee Top

It's so nice to see young girls wear what is best suited to them...not act and look more mature than I am and wearing just enough...not too much that they look old and not too little that they show a lot of skin. Maybe, they would think I am a prude but I would rather see a young lady enjoying herself at being teen rather than on make-up, beauty tips, sexy clothes and boys. There is a proper time for that and too much too soon wont make them mature but just maybe they would face problems earlier than usual.

P.S.
As I was writing this blog, I saw on the news about the victory over  JC Penney and American Apparel's as they decided to discontinue sale of controversial t-shirt with a message that reads: “I’m too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me.” Consumers, particularly parents, started making noise and one member of the online petition website Change.Org started a campaign with with the message: “Stop selling clothing with sexist messages for girls.”


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