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40 Thoughts While Watching The Vampire Diaries Series Finale

OMG, they really killed off (spoiler)!

Even if you hadn't kept up with the Mystic Falls gang for a while, we bet you still sat up and took notice when Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce/a million other characters) came back for the series finale last weekend. Eight seasons—that's eight years of our lives, and our 2009 selves would never forgive us if we didn’t pay homage to the show one last time. Let's dive in!

  1. OMG, is Bonnie really dead? Is this how Elena comes back to life?
  2. #BedGoals
  3. Haiii, Elena, haiii, bb girl! You haven't changed one bit!
  4. Wait, does Elena know about Bonnie and Enzo?
  5. Hello, Vicki—um, bye, Vicki.
  6. Oh, she's back! And Damon strikes again.
  7. Damon and Elena reuni—

  1. Oh, wait, it's Katherine. Of course, it's Katherine. Welcome back, girl!
  2. And of course she has the devil doing her bidding. Because she's Katherine.
  3. Omg, is all this talk foreshadowing Caroline's death? We mean, if there was a place where promises were meant to be broken, it’s got to be Mystic Falls.
  4. Awww, a Stefan and Elena moment. 
  5. Yep, Damon trying to kill people who annoy him and who can't die is definitely a thing.
  6. Don't tell me this is the last time Stefan and Caroline ever see each other!!!
  7. Matt's tito hair: weird but somehow works.
  8. "We saved you!" Caroline's girls are cutie patooties.
  9. Stefan, you just got married, okay? Put your hero hair away!
  10. Damon got you there, Stefan. Now be a good human bunso and do as your vampire kuya says.

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  1. Bonnie is basically us right after hell week.
  2. Wait, Stefan's blood is the cure? Obviously a little lost here.
  3. Nooo, not Stefan!!!
  4. What did he whisper in Elena's ear???
  5. Awww, it’s Stelena’s first song.
  6. Lexi! Looking good, girl.
  7. Raise your hand if you've missed Elena's narrating, too.
  8. Damon and Elena reunited at last!!!
  9. "Tell Caroline I heard her and I will love her forever, too." DONE.
  10. LOL at Matt's "Dear Diary."
  11. Tyler's back!
  12. Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted: A spin-off waiting to happen. 
  13. Jo!
  14. Jeremy!
  15. Sheriff Forbes!
  16. Klaus with the $1M donation! "However long it takes." <3

  1. "And that's my life: weird, messy, complicated, sad, wonderful, amazing, and above all epic." Yes, it is a good life, Elena.
  2. Also, nice long bob!
  3. Awww, the whole family's back.
  4. "Hello, brother." The last two words of the series!
  5. Goodbye, TVD. Thanks for the memories. <3









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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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