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From Our Readers: To the One Who Let Me Go

Our love used to be very beautiful and strong but you chose to let go of it.
ART Trixie Ison

Why did you have to overthink? Or maybe you truly didn't. Maybe leaving me and giving up all that we had was something that you didn't have to overthink because you thought I was ready to be exploited. I understand that you needed space, we all do and all will at some point. But wasn't the space enough for you to not stretch it to its furthermost extent? You left me floating in the most rugged folds and depths of my mind, left it with a hole that echoed with questions that only I could hear because you chose to leave them unanswered.

And the fact that hurts the most is that I would feel that hollowness whenever I hear our songs, the songs that used to mean so much to us because of the memories it held through the years. The feelings that used to be very strong, and knowing that "our" songs and memories no longer have an effect on you makes me feel even worse. Our love used to be very beautiful and strong but you chose to let go of it. Which is kind of humorous because you thought I deserved way more than you and you were willing to settle for someone less than me. Yes I know, you have her.

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Our love used to be very beautiful and strong but you chose to let go of it.

I want you to remember this: One day I WILL stop hearing all the echoes, someone WILL make me smile again, and I WILL not give a damn about the current, present, and the future's past because it WILL no longer matter. You will always just be the figment of my past who chose not to be a big part of the future that we painted for what used to be us. I hope that with your decision you're doing what's best for you and not for your pride. Because 10 years from now, I don't want you to feel a void when you see me and by then I've already found the love of my life.

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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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