MANILA, Philippines — Are you planning to do your holiday shopping early to avoid heavy traffic and to get the best deals? Staying true to the Christmas spirit of giving and sharing, here are some gift suggestions that dabble as works of charity. Personalized footwear for a cause MYOH at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall includes a selection of customizable shoes such as espadrilles. Departing from its usual summer schedule, Make Your Own Havaianas (MYOH), touted as the country’s biggest flip-flop customization event, is happening just in time for the most wonderful season of all. This year, flip-flop label Havaianas takes on the theme “Wilderness of Joy,” offering hundreds of options to customize your own pair. Finish your unique sole and strap combination with a variety of pins: a slice of pizza, a palm tree, a smiley face, and the commemorative rainbow pin, where part of the proceeds goes to Save the Children – a non-profit organization that … [Read more...] about LIST: Gifts that give back
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By Travis M. Andrews The Washington Post Fri., Nov. 9, 2018 Comedian Cameron Esposito was thinking about rape jokes long before the #MeToo movement. Can they be told? How should they be constructed? Who has a right to tell them? So it’s only fitting that she released a stand-up special this summer titled Rape Jokes. But it isn’t a collection of boundary-pushing quips. Instead, it’s centred around a night when she played a drinking game with a man who proceeded to sexually assault her after she was drunk. And it walks the razor-thin line between uproarious comedy and deeply serious drama. Esposito is one of many creatives using comedy to explore issues of sexual assault and harassment. Rape has often been used as a punchline that makes an audience laugh uncomfortably. But with the rise of the #MeToo movement, several comedians and TV shows are flipping the script by focusing on the survivors of sexual assault. Their humour tries to expose rape for … [Read more...] about Female comedians take back the ‘rape joke’ in the #MeToo era
By Alanna Rizza Special to the Star Mon., July 23, 2018 The ’90s are back — but that’s old news. High-waisted pants, flannels, colourful crewnecks and chunky sneakers are back in style and everybody is talking about Friends. I can’t help but wonder why ’90s pop culture is having such a huge comeback, and will it Stop right now, thank you very much? Everybody loves nostalgia — it reminds us of the good old days when our lives were less complicated. Nostalgia most often comes in 20-year cycles, but that time frame could be shrinking because of the internet, social media and Netflix, said Scott Henderson, an associate professor at Brock University’s department of communication, popular culture and film. “A generation that goes back to its childhood does it at a time when life gets serious,” Henderson said. “They might have kids now, they have a mortgage, a full-time job and they want to go back to a time when … [Read more...] about The ’90s are back. But is the internet ruining nostalgia?
Daylight was drowsily on its way to breaking — pale light streams crawled through the window’s blinds, only to eventually flop down onto my bed sheets. It was a Saturday morning after all — I would’ve remained in bed and woken at a later time to the sight of the fully risen sun, had my mother not decided to turn the air conditioner off and persistently demand me to throw my blankets aside at six. She reasoned that it was a good idea to go on a morning walk while I had the chance, because my study streak for next week’s exam was something she deemed unhealthy. As she was insistent on having me come with her and because I was slightly remorseful that she had normally gone on these walks alone, I slipped into a pair of sport shoes and began strolling the streets of a neighborhood I grew up pacing back and forth in. “You know,” she began after several minutes of silence. “Exercise is said to relieve stress. And with the weather being this … [Read more...] about Short Story: Better Evenings to Come
VICTORIA BECKHAM made a quiet presentation of her autumn-winter collection in New York on Sunday before hightailing it to London for the 10th anniversary of her label. The entrepreneur, mother of four and former Spice Girl broke with her traditional format for what she called “a quiet celebration of where we have come” since her first appointments in New York a decade ago. Husband David, last month awarded a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, sat next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour in the front row with three of the couple’s children – Romeo, Cruz and Harper. His wife, who appeared at the end to acknowledge the applause, dressed elegantly in black pants and a sweater, unusually walked over at the end to give her family members each a quick hug. It was a layered, working women’s approach to the coming seasons – the safari suit look, belted macs, buttoned-up collars and big belts with enormous slouch bags, worn on the shoulder half dangling … [Read more...] about Keep calm, Posh Spice tells New York