17th of April 2018
Hi Manoesj- Okay this is a bit weird, how do I even start? It's me, 22 year old Manoesj. I'm writing this from the backyard of my internship at Designers Against AIDS. I'm almost finished with my degree in Commercial Communication, so we will probably go into the world of advertising. Something we've always wanted. Great start, isn't it?-  Well first of all, dump him, girl. He's not worth it. Glad we got that out of the way, now let's move on. Seriously, you have to chill out at school, everything will be just fine (except for math, I still suck...) Keep reading English books, it will help you at your internship 😉 (don't read Lolita: you won't like it.)-  Remember that girl from dance class that you don't really like? You'll be best friends in about 4 months. In 5 years you'll even be the godmother of her son, crazy, right?-  You'll start with studying ‘Speech Therapy' and you will fail big time, which is fine. You'll gain a group of really good friends.Stop taking bullsh*t from other people. 22 year old me started doing that: best decision of my life.-  You'll travel to some great places, enjoy every second of it! Don't hesitate to study abroad, it will be the best experience of your life. Don't be afraid that you can't do it, because you can! You'll meet so many great people and you will get to know yourself better.-  So that's about all I wanted to say. Oh and delete your Netlog page, those mirror selfies aren't cute.  
16th of April 2018
Let's talk about flavoured condoms. Flavoured condoms are just regular latex condoms with a flavoured coating. These condoms can help make protected oral intercourse more enjoyable for the giver. So just for fun I decided to look up the weirdest condom flavours. Let's go! 1. Bacon - So your meat can look like meat (oh dear God)2. Garlic - Well, who doesn't love a bit of garlic?3. Coffee - Great for morning sex!4. Marshmallow - Honestly, how bad can it be?5. Weed - You can ‘blow' for real now (and they even smell like weed)6. Durian fruit - The smelliest fruit in the world7. Scotch - When you hate taking shots, I guess?8. Cocktail - Taking the drink ‘Full Monty' to the next level All jokes aside: don't use them for vaginal intercourse. The artificial flavouring can contain sugars and other chemicals that may cause vaginal infections, you don't want that.    
13th of April 2018
My first week at Designers Against AIDS is already over, how crazy is that? Normally I’m always really nervous for this kind of stuff, but here it’s different. When I came here for the first time, I had a good conversation with Ninette and I felt at home right away.   This week I took over Facebook and Twitter, I also created a new Instagram page for the Charity Store (@designersforcharity). It’s so much fun creating a new page, choosing the pictures, the captions, funny quotes etc.   Another part of my job here is writing for the student blog. Coming up with a different subject every day is not easy, not going to lie. But I do enjoy it! It feels nice to be able to share my thoughts and views with other people.   Also very important: I can finally remember every cat by name! Maybe I’ll even become a (crazy) catlady, who knows.   Well, so far so good!   Have a nice weekend, we’ll talk on Monday!
12th of April 2018
Hello everyone!    Today I’m working on something really exciting: a brand new Instagram account for our Charity Store! We have so many beautiful pieces that need to be shared with the world, but no good platform to share them on -yet.   After changing my feed a thousand times I finally found a set-up that I like.  Thank god DAA has so many cool pictures that I can use.    If you are struggling with your feed, you should download the app ‘UNUM’. (it’s free!) UNUM makes it super easy to design different feeds. You can change your pictures until you like what you see.   If you don’t want to miss out on our daily posts, be sure to follow @designersforcharity on Instagram.
11th of April 2018
  Today I want to talk about Todrick Hall. Todrick is an American singer, actor, dancer, director, drag queen, choreographer, songwriter and YouTuber (damn son). Sometimes I already struggle with updating my Instagram page… I don’t know how he does it. About two weeks ago Todrick came out with a new visual album called ‘Forbidden’. In my eyes ‘Forbidden’ is truly a masterpiece. Every song tells another story and they all follow up. It all starts in Nacirema, an imaginary place where everything is reversed. (See what he did there?) In Nacirema being gay is the norm and heterosexuality is a sin. People of color are privileged and are dominating the street image. Adam and Steve instead of Adam and Eve. Not a detail is left behind. My favorite song on the album is called ‘B’, it’s giving me some serious Béyonce vibes. “Hope you’re happy with Melania ‘cause you lost Michelle Obama” did he just go there – oh yes he did! Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8giXiRyGbg Be sure to check it out and show Todrick some love, he deserves it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8giXiRyGbg  
10th of April 2018
  On this sunny day I wanted to talk to you guys about The Phluid Project, the first completely gender-neutral shop in the world. This project is committed to redefining gender labels. They create a place for self-expression where everyone can unapologetically be themselves. The Phluid Project is a place where you can pick out favorite outfits without any judgement. I’m absolutely pro gender-neutral clothes, unfortunately not everyone is on board. Not so long ago Hema, a Dutch retail store, decided to go gender-neutral. I couldn’t believe my eyes, so many people were (are) against it. One reaction in particular took my attention. Someone took the Hema logo and suggested they made a new one: sHEMAles. People read and see what they want to believe, all that Hema is doing is removing labels. I don’t see how you can be against that? What are your thoughts about gender-neutrality? If you’re interested to do some shopping, here is the link for the Phluid Project: https://www.thephluidproject.com/store/  
9th of April 2018
Hello everyone, let me introduce myself. My name is Manoesj, I’m a senior student Communication Management at Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerp. Maybe you’ll remember me, I’m the girl in the red dress. To complete my education I will be doing an internship at DAA. As the new social media manager (sounds fancy, doesn’t it?) I will be taking over Instagram, Twitter, the charity store and of course this student blog! Today is my first day here at DAA. I have my own desk and an amazing view. When I look outside I can see a little basketball field where children come together and play. Mouse and Spooky already came over for a little cuddle. So far so good! I’m really excited to start this internship. This Wednesday the consultants from 180 Degrees are coming over to talk about their new ideas for our charity web shop. I’ll keep you guys posted.
27th of September 2017
It all started out with a simple Google search on a peaceful Friday night. I began searching "most underrated TV Series 2016" as I was frustrated to find a new series that could get my mind off waiting for Game of Thrones. I was particularly curious about this one series and immediately began to watch it. It was called Z Nation. So here I am watching another human made depiction of how a zombie apocalypse turns the world into chaos. By the way, this is not an advertisement but a complex journey to how the human mind works in finding inspiration to write.    As I was watching Z Nation and was slowly dragged into the fight between humanity and the undead, I discovered the that real fight was between hope and fear. It was hope to save humanity and fear for what seems to be a fatal end of the world. I began to dive in their imaginative world and asked myself, what would I do if I was stuck in that apocalyptic world. My brain automatically calculated dozens of survival strategy until I came to feel desperate as I realised, OMG that is not a world to raise children in. There goes my dream to have a happy family and grow old in a cute homey house while knitting socks and sweaters.    Though the enemy might not be zombie, the world I am living in awakens a fear of hopelessness all the same. What will happen to the next generation? The youth that is the future of the human race. With the increaing onumber of HIV infections, is this a good environment to start a family? How can I sleep peacefully at night, knowing that there are things that are important to know that I choose to ignore? Will my children be OK?    I read an article in Republika.co that believed that an important step to eradicate HIV/AIDS starts with the family. It seems logical. We spent our youngest and most important years inside our family. We learn to socialise  through our family. Our first morals, values and principles are produced within the walls of our homes. How we act in the outside world somehow reflects how our family has taught us to be. The survivors of a zombie apocalypse also choose a pack and form a team that they call family. Those families shape how they react to problems that comes from being alive in a chaotic zombie world. In other words, our family, friends and our environment prepare us with ammunition to face the world. And in the world that we are living in, the best ammunition is knowledge.    So, I preach to myself that I should not be scared to want to start a family. I, as a future parent, will provide them with all the necessary knowledge to survive not only the zombie apocalypse but also the fight against HIV/AIDS. The first step is to equip ourselves with the proper understanding of the issue. Do not teach our children to ignore, but to face reality. But most importantly, teach ourselves to acknowledge the issue that is in front of us.    p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #1061c8} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #1061c8; min-height: 14.0px} span.s1 {text-decoration: underline ; color: #4787ff; direction: ltr; unicode-bidi: embed} My young-adult readers, the future starts with us. First published by Asia against AIDS-Back To Zero: Indonesia 
25th of July 2017
How difficult can it be to find a nice place for an internship? I’m already on page 68 of 104 and still there isn’t anything I want to commit to. Come on Manoesj, keep going. I turn to page 69 (!) and there it is: Designers Against Aids. I go to the website and the first thing I see is “Sex with a bun in the oven”. All right DAA, you got my attention. After some more research, I decide to go for it. After changing my e-mail five times, I hit send. Two weeks later, it’s time for my interview. There I am, standing in my red dress, ringing the wrong doorbell. Great start, Manoesj! The ‘interview’ went great in my opinion. Ninette and I talked about my vacation, my study programme abroad and I even got to meet one of the cats! Spooky seems really nice.   Just when I wanted to leave, the weather changed completely. Out of nowhere the rain started pouring down. I guess I’ll take this sudden apocalypse as a good sign? In September I leave for Erasmus. This means that I will be studying abroad for five months! When I return I will start my internship at DAA. I’m pretty sure my last year in college is going to be awesome!  
10th of February 2017
Pregnancy is a great time for sex. Not kidding. For one, you're not going to get pregnant again, at least not at the moment, so no worries there. And if you have any body image hang-ups (*angrily shakes fist at society*), you can go ahead and flush those down the toilet. Yes, you're huge, but you're supposed to be huge — you know, for the baby. None of this matters, though, because you're also riding some insane hormone surges that give you sudden desperate urges to have sex, like, now. Here are some crazy-hot ways to do it that are 100 percent pregnant-lady-approved. 1. Bun in the ovenYou're not supposed to lie on your back too much during the second and third trimesters, so straight-on missionary is pretty much off the menu. But if that's your favorite position, turn it on its side by putting a pillow under one side of your butt and back. Have him lie facing you on his side and intertwine his legs with yours. If your belly's getting in the way, he can lean his torso away from you and thrust more straight up into you. All the benefits of missionary — that is, you can just lie there (during pregnancy this will seem hugely appealing) — without the notable drawback of compressing the vena cava, a vein you'll be needing to properly Give Life and whatnot.2. Womb with a view Pregnancy means lots of doggy-style sex. Spice it up by moving to the living room and kneeling on the couch, facing the back. He'll also be in fine position to reach around and stroke your labia, which — like seemingly everything else on your body during these months — is swollen as hell. In this case though, that's a good thing. Real good. Oh, you'll see.3. Peas in a podSpooning is a good go-to position during the third trimester because your tremendous belly will be getting in the way of your Love (this will not be the last time your kid does this). To make it mind-blowing: hold a bullet vibrator on your clit by squeezing your legs tightly together as he rocks into you from behind. No better way to feel both turned on and well-loved than a cuddly spoon fuck.4. Bedside service Prop yourself up on a ton of pillows and sit at the edge of the bed, opening your legs wide. He can kneel or stand and adjust your pillow situation for height. Once you hit optimal pillow placement, rub your clit while you both watch his smooth, slow thrusts into your gorgeous round body. And if you can't reach your clit, have him rub it for you.5. The mama bear moanThere's a lot about the whole "birthing a child" experience that will make you feel animalistic and undignified (oh, just wait 'til you meet the breast pump). So embrace your primal nature by having him kneel on the bed and sitting back on his lap in sort of a kneeling reverse cowgirl — then do it like they do on the Discovery Channel (sorry, that song was gross, but you get it). Moan loudly and let yourself go feral. Cathartic and super hot.I think that even when you're not pregnant, these sex positions are worth a try, because why not? Just remember to always play it safe!From 'Asia against AIDS-Back To Zero: Indonesia' 
26th of November 2016
When you think about condom advertisements, you think of the standard ones with a couple ready to crawl under the sheets to get ‘cosy’. But it doesn’t always have to be boring and ordinary, so I started looking for some really nice and striking condom campaigns. And yes, I found a lot of creative advertisements that are also quite memorable. To see them, I added a link below, so you can see them all for yourself and get inspired.   With this article I also want to emphasize the importance of using a condom. Because you might ask yourself: “Can sex still be fun with a condom?”. Yes, of course it can! Using a condom isn’t a tool to measure the pleasure of intercourse at all. However, a lot of people still claim that sex isn’t as good with a condom because of the feeling of 'wearing a raincoat' down there. To counter that, I wonder how the feeling of having HIV must feel, or having an STD, or getting pregnant by someone you don’t love enough, or you just not being ready to raise a child. There are absolutely no benefits to not using a condom, unless you see all the consequences above as benefits.   To get rid of that ‘raincoat rubber feeling’ I listed some tips & tricks to make sure a condom doesn’t ruin your happy times with your loved one, or whoever you want to have sex with. Firstly it’s important to find a brand that you like, trial and error are the way to get there. The condom’s size is also pretty important; wearing a raincoat that’s too big or too small doesn’t feel good either, right? Before you get to the fun part: it’s always handy to get out your condom first so you won’t have to look for it and interrupt everything. That makes it all a bit less awkward too. And use lubes, seriously, lubes are magic! Did you know that a warm raincoat is always nicer than a cold one? Well it works exactly the same with condoms. Put it on, let it warm up a bit, do your thing. And if you still don’t like condoms, then use those super-thin condoms that feel like natural skin. There you go, reasons enough to get wrapped up!   Have fun looking at these creative advertisements: http://deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/viral-and-trending/220316/10-condom-ads-that-went-viral-for-breaking-stereotype.html   
1st of November 2016
The clock is ticking... In 2 hours' time (midday Brussels time on December 1st), the customised bags by Vetements, Kenzo, House of Holland, Nicopanda and 8 other great designers will be for sale here, for 500 euros per bag: http://artiststudio.eastpak.com/artists There's only one of each, so if you want one, be fast!!! Once again, Eastpak Artist Studio has succeeded in bringing together an impressive line-up of fashion designers from some of the world’s most renowned fashion houses. A diverse and exciting mix of creative vision, talent, and energy! All customized backpacks will be sold online from December 1st (World AIDS Day) with all porceeds going to support the work of Designers against AIDS.The designers are: Demna Gvasalia/VETEMENTS (pictured),  KENZOCHRISTOPHER RÆBURNNICOPANDAAMI PARISWANDA NYLONHOUSE OF HOLLANDJACQUEMUSGIAMBATTISTA VALLIALEXANDRE VAUTHIERINAN and the winner of the Wild Card, British fashion student Zeba Safdar. Ever since its launch in 2010, Eastpak Artist Studio has inspired a breath-taking array of originality and artistic creativity. Offering some of the world’s most talented and creative minds a special-edition “blank” Padded Pak’r® backpack and with it, a “blank canvas” for expressing their own personal vision. Redecorated, reconstructed, reinvented and reinterpreted, the 12 Eastpak Artist Studio artists have once again transformed Eastpak’s most iconic backpack into 12 unique works of art. To raise much needed funds for the charity organization Designers Against AIDS. This year, some of the biggest names in the business have followed in the footsteps of Jean Paul Gauthier, Walter Van Beirendonck, Manolo Blahnik and other past contributors to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and improve the prospects for those affected by the disease around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to secure your own unique piece of this inspiring project. The creations from this year’s edition of Eastpak Artist Studio will go on sale for 500€ per unique bag via the website below on World AIDS Day, December 1st, 2016. As there's only ONE bag per designer, you'd better move fast.Read more here: http://artiststudio.eastpak.com/artists 
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