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A Guy-ed to a Happy New You!

Rewind to 2003: His new year's resolutions for a (hopefully) better you.

Everyone makes resolutions when the New Year hops around. Whether you actually live up to them is another story. We make these lists hoping to become better people. They are our little personal reminders, usually kept secret. But what if boys made the resolutions for girls? Imagine the things those lists would contain! We went out and asked a dozen boys their opinions. And even if they found our request unusual, they gave us their thoughts. Well, the secret's out-here are the seven things guys wish were at the top of every girl's 2003 resolutions:

You must resolve to: Say it straight.

Boys buzz: "When you say something, don't mean something else. Get straight to the point, especially when it's something important. Don't think that we can decipher everything, and then get mad when we can't. It just creates unnecessary tension, confusion, and hurt."

The details: The number one resolution for you girls, among all of us boys, has to do with better communication. We get lost. We're on different frequencies at times and can't read minds. We DO want to understand you girls, which is why we need to know that girls mean what they say. Saying "Let's be friends" is different from "Well, we can't be boyfriend-girlfriend because I'm not ready. But maybe in a few months?" Of course, this means girls must have the guts to spill the truth. It is always easier to hide behind nice little lies that don't mean much. But if this leads to confusion on the guy's part, is it worth it? One boy explained it proudly, "What can we do? We're dense!"

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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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