Guys

Is He a Boyfriend or a Boy Friend?

You like your guy bud, you haven't said anything but are your actions giving away your true feelings? Find out if he's clued in. by Lia Cruz
Oh no! Stranded! You miss your ride home from school and he's the only one left. He says:
offers to wait with you while you call home.
asks politely, 'Do you need a ride home?" but you can't tell if he wants you to say yes or no.
insists on bringing you home until you accept.
nothing. He just drags you into his car and brings you home.
When you're assigned to work together for a class project, he walks over to your desk, pulls a chair and says:
"Can we split the work half-half so that we don't have to waste too much time?"
"So, any ideas?"
"We should definitely start with a planning session. Coffee after class? My treat!"
"Wow, I can't believe we were paired together! How lucky is that?!"
What do your friends say about the two of you?
That your lockers are right next to each other.
"You guys are bagay! You'd look cute together if you actually considered going out."
"Uuuuy, what's going on with the two of you? You're always hanging out ha!"
"You guys are sooo cute together! Kayo na ba? Hello, when are you gonna get together kasi?!"
When he shows up in your house during a family get-together, your titas react by teasing the two of you. He:
heads straight to the buffet table.
laughs it off, then teases you later on that you have a thing for him.
blushes, then asks you later if it made you uncomfortable.
gets flustered, but smiles—at them then at you.
On a regular day, while having a regular conversation, talking about regular things, how does he look at you?
Are you kidding me? I’m lucky if I can get his attention away from his PSP at all.
He looks directly into my eyes when he says important things.
He looks directly into my eyes but he tends to glance all over the place sometimes, as if he doesn't want to be caught doing it.
looks directly into my eyes all the time—whether he's saying something important or not.
Your barkada decides to go on a road trip to Baguio. As soon as you get on the bus, he plops down in the seat next to you, and:
asks to borrow your iPod, because he could really use a nap and he needs to tune out the noise.
smiles a heart-melting grin at you, saying, "We are going to have an amazing trip!"
starts making conversation by asking you where you want to go once you arrive, then offers you a stick of gum.
hands you the salami and lettuce sandwich that he promised to make you, plus a bottle of water, a bag of chips, and a tourist's guide to all the great places to visit in Baguio.
For weeks, you've been wailing about not yet having a date to the prom. Over merienda after school, you absentmindedly complain (again) to him about not being able to find one. In response, he:
laughs, tells you to get over it and just ask any old guy.
starts asking what kind of date you're looking for.
looks thoughtful then asks, "Well, I don't have one yet. We can go together if we both can't find a date," then goes back to eating his fishballs.
looks straight into your eyes, says, "Then come with me," without batting an eyelash. Then he smiles and raises his eyebrows.
It's your birthday! You attack the mountain of presents in your bedroom, and right on the top is his gift. It's:
a card. He obviously only remembered last minute.
a huge stuffed animal. Cute but not really super impressive.
the newest book from your favorite author in the world.
the necklace you saw in a store window a thousand weeks ago while hanging out with him in the mall. You liked it, tried it on but thought it was too expensive to get. He remembered!
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Katherine Go A day 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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