12 Things to Do with Your Boyfriend or Boy Friend This Year

Another year, another to-do list with your guy!
ART Naomi Torrecampo

Happy New Year, Candy Girls! We hope you've had fun during the holidays because it's going to be an amazing year for you and your bae. It's that time of the year when you're planning about your whole year again. But allow us to remind you to set your goals for your relationship, too. Need help with that? Here's a list we prepared for you!

  1. Give him 365 letters.

Make a letter for each day of the year filled with random good things you love about him or the things you'd want to tell him. You'll never know when he'll need the encouragement, so better be prepared now.

  1. Go on a breakfast date.

Instead of going out for dinners and brunch, ask him if you could go on a breakfast date. We promise it will give you a good start for the day. Plus, you can catch the sunrise together, too!

  1. Learn how to play a music instrument together.

If he knows how to play one, ask him to teach you. If you both don't know how, then you can learn together. There are a ton of tutorials online about playing instruments, and there are also studios that offer classes.

  1. Order food for each other at a new restaurant.

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Go to a newly-opened restaurant and order a meal for each other. You can have fun while eating them, too, and ask why they picked out that particular dish for you.

  1. Have a karaoke night!

Go to a karaoke place and sing your hearts out. And if you can, record as many videos as you can of each other!

  1. Ask him about what he wants to do.

Most of the time, you're in charge of what you're going to do on a date. This time, ask him what he wants to do. If he wants to watch a basketball game live, go with him. If he wants to play a video game, play against him. Make an effort to learn about the things he loves doing, too.

  1. Learn how to drive together.

Or if he already knows how to drive, ask him to teach you. You can get your student's license together, too. That would be really fun!

  1. Make a video of your date together.

You don't have to go out of the country to do so. Just do a video diary of one of your dates or one of your moments together. Or if you only get to see each other a few times each year (hello, LDRs!), you can compile photos of you together to make one cute video! This will surely come in handy during the tough times.

  1. Catch up with the friends you've lost touch with.

Admit it, once you get in a relationship, you tend to get all wrapped up in your own world that you forget you also have a barkada to spend time with. Spend a few times of each year catching up with your best friends because you'll never really know when they'll need you or when you'll need them, too.

  1. Climb a mountain together.

Go and be active this year, Candy Girls! Ask him to plan an adventure with you in the mountains while strengthening your relationship in the process. You'll surely get to know your bae better and see how patient (or impatient, yikes!) he may be when the conditions aren't exactly favorable.

  1. Dress up for Halloween.

Plan your costumes in advance and go together as a pair. It will be super fun, we promise!

  1. Reflect on your relationship.

And set new goals to meet the next year! Plus, you can also point out things you can improve so you can make the coming year a better one for each other, together.

What's on your to-do lists this year, Candy Girls? Share them with us in the comments or via Twitter @candymagdotcom. We always love hearing from you. :)









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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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