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Fifteen inspiring TED talks that will change the way you see 2017.
  1. Jia Jiang 100 Days of Rejection

The speaker faced rejection for 100 days, this project turned research resulted in an inspiring message: don't let rejection define you.

  1. Kate Simonds I'm 17

Teens are facing a big problem, Kate Simonds points out why it's such a dilemma for people at her age to be heard when you have so much to say.

  1. Tim Urban Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator

Do you rush important to-dos a day before the deadline? This funny take on what goes on in a procrastinator's mind will emphasize why you need your rational decision maker to take control.

  1. Brene Brown Listening to Shame

It's a big realization when you find courage in vulnerability, and even more to address shame and confront that voice telling us we’re not good enough.

  1. Carrie Green Programming Your Mind for Success

We can be our worst enemies and we tell ourselves what we can't do, it's time to stop negative thinking and program yourself for success.

  1. Scott Geller The Psychology of Self -Motivation

Cue drum roll! Take a step back to understand what makes someone a success seeker rather than a failure avoider and to betterunderstand how to stay motivated.

  1. Kathryn Schulz On Being Wrong

We love the idea of being right because of the security it gives, but relying heavily on our sense of right can actually lead us to be very wrong.

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  1. Alyssa Monks How Loss Helped One Artist Find Beauty in Imperfection  

We'll all experience a certain loss at some point and no matter what form it takes, this talk reminds us to be humbled by our experiences and stop controlling what's out of our hands.

  1. Christopher Bell Bring on the Female Superheroes

Go into a toy store or department store, what do you? After this talk, you'll realize the limited options made available to specific genders and how unfair it is.

  1. Alison Ledgerwood Getting Stuck in the Negatives

A bad experience can be hard to let go, wetend to anchor ourselves on negative thinkingwhich is why it takes more effort for us to be positive. With some training, we can teach ourselves to look at the bright side.

  1. Ziauddin Yousafzai My Daughter, Malala  

A father just as brave as her daughter, narrates the story ofthe empowerment of education, and how honor and obedience defines a person.

  1. Geena Rocero Why I Must Come Out

Explore the idea of gender assignment and the confinement it brings if you identify otherwise, the speaker's story of transformation shows compassion and most of all, courage.

  1. Adam Savage A Love Letter to Cosplay 

Fashion and clothesplay a huge part of society, it communicates where we come from, who we are and our statusin life but Cosplay lets us become something more with an audience that lives and understands your role.

  1. Emilie Wapnick Why Some of Us Don't Have One True Calling  

Break free from the idea that you have one true calling, here, the speakers explores the idea that as a multitalented person, you can mix your passions and create unique results.

  1. Billy Ward How to Love and Be Loved

The speaker shares a great message of finding the disco ball, the light tower and the sun in your life.









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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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