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Say hello to keeping the lines of communication open with your pals this summer!
illustrations by Ben Deluyas

Summer is a time for heaving a sigh of relief and waving goodbye to schoolbooks, harrowing exams, and that growing pile of handouts on your desk. It may also be a time for saying goodbye to people you’ve come to know—the seatmate you’ve spent two semesters giggling with, your best friend who’s moving to LA for college, your neighbor who’s visiting her hometown. Though sad, goodbyes aren’t all that bad if you keep in touch. Say hello to keeping the lines of communication open and staying in touch with your pals.

Final Farewell
kit_video.jpg Before you start singing the refrain to Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye” as you tearfully see your best friend off at the airport, hold the waterworks and try your very best to turn that frown into a smile. Of course it’s sad to see someone go, but remember that farewells are never as final as they seem. Though you may be miles apart—she in sunny California and you back home in the sunny tropics—there are lots of ways to downplay the distance (at least ‘til the next time you see each other).

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kit_bullet.gif Send her care packages every so often with treats from home (Chocnut, a photo of the playground you hung out in, a prepaid card so she can phone home).
Take a cue from Felicity and make her a “Dear Sally” audio tape. You can interview all your friends, teachers, and family members, too. She can listen to the tape on lonely nights and during boring stopovers at airports.
Never underestimate the power of e-mail. Although it may seem impersonal compared to snail mail, it’s one of the cheapest and most reliable ways of getting in touch with someone who’s miles away.
Get your barkada together every month to shoot a home video for your friend. Pool your resources to send it via FedEx. You can document everything—from those Saturday afternoon soirees to just hanging out at the village park.

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Chinggay Labrador is a freelance writer for several publications in Manila and overseas. An architect by profession, she loves to travel, dabble in design, bake brownies, bike, surf, practice yoga, and contribute to her family's blog, thehappylab.com.ph. She has released three novels, and her latest fictional short story will be published this month under Buqo Bookstore. She is currently working on a collaborative novel. Chinggay is also a yoga instructor teaching vinyasa yoga, foundations and restoratives. 
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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