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Can We Take A Moment to Marvel at Betty and Veronica's Beautiful Friendship on Riverdale?

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"A week ago, Veronica and I weren't friends. Next week, we'll nod to each other as we pass in the hall, but that's it. In two weeks, she won't even remember my name. In three, she'll have latched on to some other girl to destroy."

These were Betty Cooper's matter-of-fact words on episode two of Riverdale, after Veronica Lodge profusely apologized, with cupcakes, flowers, and hers-and-hers spa treatments, for those seven minutes with Betty's best friend and first love, Archie Andrews. Fast forward to a few weeks later—an eternity in TV land—and B and V have not only stayed friends, but the absolute best-est. They have 1) started their own investigation into Jason Blossom's death, 2) got real with Archie over Ms. Grundy's real identity, 3) taken down a slut shamer (in a rather disturbing way but that's another story in itself), and 4) helped Betty’s pregnant sister, Polly, find shelter after she broke out of the home for troubled youths where she was banished to.

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B and V's friendship started out rocky and one-sided, but we think it's safe to say that with everything they've gone through, their relationship is for keeps. Betty of episode two never would've thought that Veronica (and V's mom) would, just a few weeks later, willingly host a baby shower for Polly despite all the possible family drama.

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But isn't that the way some friendships go? Sometimes you lose your oldest friends, your best friends for-e-ver. Sometimes you end up becoming soul mates with the people you never imagined would be there for you during your toughest times, whether that includes a murder mystery or just your average, crime-free problems. It's interesting how things play out. So the next time you meet someone new that you don't immediately take to, keep an open mind. You might have just found a friend for keeps. 

Catch a new episode of Riverdale every week on Netflix.

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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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