I admit, since Forever 21 opened this year, I haven’t checked it out. I’ve just heard
urban legends stories about this store. Apparently, on its opening day, it was a blockbuster. Girls from all walks of life lined up at the entrance waiting for the bouncer’s (yes they need a bouncer) go signal for them to go in. That’s how jam-packed the store was on its opening day.
To explain, Forever 21 kasi sells affordable clothes. You can find tops that cost 300 pesos, dresses that can go as low as 450 pesos and shoes for like 1,200 pesos. The best thing here is that the designs and quality of their merchandises are great. Correct me if I’m wrong but it’s like Mango and Zara clothes, half priced.
Now do you understand already what the commotion is about?! =D
Anyways, the other week, I learned that Forever 21 will be on sale the next weekend, October 15, 16 and 17. I imagined the worst na talaga. Dudumugin ng tao yan. As in, girls screaming to get inside while elbowing each other and long lines that will rival that of the mega lotto’s on it’s grand draw.
But I HAD to go. I haven’t shop for my selfish self since I got pregnant with Anika. I felt I deserve this. So I asked permission from my hubby and my allowable spending amount. He told me 3k. As in 3 thousand pesos (you know naman how hard to pay the household expenses nowadays, we do not earn THAT much [though I wish we did! hehe] ). I seriously deliberated kung sa 168 Mall in Divisoria na lang ako magpupunta. But my friends told me that 168 Mall will forever be there with its cheap clothes samantalang Forever 21 minsanan lang magsale. Okay convinced. I will brave the Forever 21 sale.
I was up at 7am last Saturday. I was prepared to bring it on! Laking Mango and Zara sale ata ito. Hubby dropped me and my friend in Megamall at around 9am. Luckily, one of my friends who was in the guestlist (those super duper lucky few who can get in the store at 9am instead of 10am) cannot make it so she gave her slot to me. I was ecstatic!!!!!!!!! I rushed inside Megamall’s Building A to look for Forever 21. I passed by Payless Store. They have din pala a store here in Megamall. I thought they only have it in Filinvest Mall in Alabang.
I want to commend my schoolmate, Rep. Emmeline Aglipay of Democratic Independent Workers Association (DIWA) for authoring the proposed Magna Carta of Household Helpers (House Bill 1815) or more popularly known as the Kasambahay Bill.
This Kasambahay Bill protect the rights of our kasambahay (household help), giving them regulated working hours, rest days and benefits.
See the content of the bill below which I read fromthis certain Yahoo! news page:
Under the bill, a duly notarized and signed employment contract shall be executed by and between the employer and the helper before the start of the work, in a dialect or language understandable to both parties. The bill requires the employment contract to include the following:
-a period of employment not more than two years for initial service and renewable annually;
-monthly compensation and mode of payment;
-allowable leave, rest day and holidays;
-working hours, rest periods and day off;
-living quarters and food and medical provisions;
-duties and responsibilities;
-Social Security System and PhilHealth contributions;
-and annual salary increases.
Any stipulation that the service of a helper is without compensation should be considered void. The bill proposes that the minimum salary of household helpers be not lower than P3,500 a month in Metro Manila; P3,000 in chartered cities and first-class municipalities; and P2,000 in other municipalities. Such salaries should be in addition to the helper’s lodging, food and medical attendance. All household helpers should also be entitled to 13th-month pay, equivalent to a month’s basic salary. The helpers should also be covered by SSS and PhilHealth.
The bill states that the normal hours of work for a kasambahay(househelp) shall not exceed 10 hours a day, exclusive of a one hour break each breakfast, lunch and dinner. All work done beyond the normal hours shall be duly compensated. Household helpers will also be allowed eight hours of continuous rest per day.
Helpers who have rendered one year of service will be entitled to an annual 14 days vacation leave with pay. They will also be granted maternity and paternity leave. Employers should also allow helpers aged 18 and above to pursue their education. The cost of the education shall be shouldered by the helper. Violators of the provisions will be liable for damages, from P5,000 to P20,000, apart from other possible penal or civil liabilities under the Revised Penal Code
Makatarungan right?! This bill could lessen (if not remove) those maltreatment / anti-human rights cases committed by the mean employers to these poor maids.
I remember Girlie telling me a story about our previous neighbor’s maid:
The maid’s salary daw is only 500 pesos a month. The maid was medyo aanga-anga (gullible) so she agreed. However, during pay day, her amo (the girl) would require the maid to play tong-its with her with pustahan. The amo will get mad if she refuses. The thing is the maid doesn’t know how to play tong-its so obviously after every session, the maid’s salary ends up back with the amo. Mean no?!
I hope the President approves this bill nang mabawas bawasan na mga salbahe sa mundo.
Parang I want na Rep. Aglipay to be the first one to cut Anika’s hair.. Beauty and brains eh.. Not a bad combination! (and besides, mahal pamasahe papuntang America!)
I got this from A Crazy Mom’s World blog. I became teary eyed also after reading it. What this mom said is so true and I can totally relate. Reading it was like listening to my mom’s advice two years back, before I had Anika.
Being a Mom
My status in my fb page was like this:
I am torn this weekend. Where to go? Forever21 Sale or 168 Mall? Quality or Quantity?!
Before I learned that Forever 21 will be having a sale this weekend, I already made plans with my friend to go to 168 Mall before it becomes congested with pre-holiday shoppers. I had comments from my fb friends for that status and they all told me to go to Forever 21 because 168 Mall will always be there pero super minsan lang ang Forever 21 sale.
Okay. I’m convinced.