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5 Things You Missed While You Were In School (September 17)

Taylor Swift tweets Bethany Mota and Derek Hough, Harry Styles's health condition—plus updates on Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas, and Dominique Cojuangco!
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Bethany Mota and Derek Hough's "Shake It Off" number on Dancing With The Stars got a shoutout from Taylor Swift herself! Turns out T-Swizzle loved the dance they did using her latest single. One question, though: Could Bethany be the singer's new BFF? We think it's possible!

Hope you're feeling better now, Harry Styles! The One Direction cutie appeared like he was having chest pains during a 1D concert. Although rumors said that he had it checked after the show, Harry was still spotted out and about Los Angeles. Aww, maybe BB just needs rest.

Nick Jonas didn't just celebrate his birthday a few hours ago. He also dropped the music video for his latest track, "Jealous" on the same day. Check out the music video below, featuring his girlfriend Olivia Culpo!

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Ariana Grande has taken to Twitter to slam rumors that she is a diva. The singer even quoted words from the musical Rent to finish her statement "I've said this before, but I promise it's true. What you focus on expands. What you put out, you get back," she said. "Live for love and your life will be pretty... And here's some more love for you. Even those who are unkind. Here's some love for you, too. You need it most. Not to quote Rent but I'm about to quote Rent. Share love. Give love. Spread love. Measure your life in love. (I quoted Rent and I’m not apologizing). I love you."

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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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