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The Voice: 5 Amazing Guest/Judge Performances This Season

The show ups its game with Nick Jonas, Taylor Swift, and their very own judges.
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  1. Nick Jonas answered our prayers this week with his gospel version of "Jealous" featuring the Top 8 and a choir. He turned his chin music way up, puffing his chest and making us go on YouTube ASAP to replay those four minutes over and over again. I only wish he sang more parts, but then we would've missed out on things like his little moment with Chris Jamison, who sang the heck out of "Jealous" a couple of weeks ago. Too. Cute.

  2. Watching Taylor Swift mentor all of the contestants gives you a peek inside her crazy beautiful mind. Her mentoring style is direct but kind with a dash of dry humor, and it's this combination that makes her so real and so fun to watch. When she took the stage to sing "Blank Space," you could see the science and the art that go into her performances. This girl can really do no wrong!

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  3. Pharrell's album G I R L is hands down a masterpiece, so watching him perform "Hunter" was a real treat. When you think about it, the song is pretty explicit, but Pharrell makes it sound like the sweetest love song. The stage production was sexy chill, just them girls hanging in their underthings and bathrobes, NBD. It could've been sleazy in the hands of somebody else, but Pharrell's zen makes everything he does cool and classy. Bonus: check out his "Come Get It Bae" number last season.

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  4. What's better than a Pharrell show? A Gwen and Pharrell show! The boos first took the stage last season, singing Gwen Stefani's 2005 hit "Hollaback Girl." They collaborated again this season and performed "Spark the Fire," which doesn't quite have the magic of "Hollaback Girl," but to be fair, it's hard to come up against something so B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

  5. And what's better than a Gwen and Pharrell show? A Gwen, Pharrell, Adam, and Blake show! The judges opened season seven with a seriously cool performance of No Doubt's "Hella Good," with Gwen taking the lead and the boys bowing down to the queen. Here's hoping they team up again in the finale!

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The Voice airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:10 pm on AXN. 

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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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