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I know it hurts but I also know through time you will heal.
ART Trixie Ison

I know you're looking for an explanation and answers to the questions you always thought about when you stay up late at night. I left you for a reason that as cliché as it may sound was true; I ran out of love. I left you hanging in the thoughts and promises of forever. I'm not numb and stone-hearted if that's what you're thinking. Because after some time, guilt and regret came into my system after I saw you and you were so miserable. Yes you still want us back but I don't know how to tell you that I wasn't happy with you already and I cannot pretend that everything will be okay with us anymore.

I know it hurts but I also know through time you will heal. And I know someday you'll realize that you deserve better than what we had because I admit that I'm not perfect, I made mistakes and we had our fair share of fights and misunderstandings. And if you're wondering, yes you still cross my mind and I still miss you but I try so hard not to talk to you because I know that you and me are still in the process of moving on, and communicating with each other will only make it harder. Yes, you're not the only one who's trying to move on here, don't think that you're the only one who's hurting, don't ever think that leaving you was easy for me because the all the I love yous I tell you all the time was genuine.

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I know it hurts but I also know through time you will heal.

We don't always fight for the person we love, because sometimes letting go is for the better. You may not still be able to understand me now, but I soon hope you will. 

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Katherine Go 2 days ago

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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