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Lovescopes (July 2016)

The half-year mark's the perfect time to look into your love sitch.
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Aries

(March 21 to April 19) 

You want what you want. In and out of romantic relationships, you shouldn't have to settle for anything less than what you believe you deserve. Other people may call you out on being selfish, but there's a fine line between holding your ground and selling yourself short. Check in on where you're coming from—if you feel that compromising your relationship is beating your integrity down, forget that guy and move on.

Taurus

(April 20 to May 20) 

Right now, going against the grain seems to be the more "popular" choice. Everyone's down on being a little more conservative, following tradition, especially with feminism surging onward and upward. Some of society's rules when it comes to the roles women play in relationships are antiquated, but some of them do make sense. Take time to hear out the other, less popular side. You may have a thing or two to learn from old-fashioned advice.

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Gemini

(May 21 to June 20)

The status quo can be extremely comfortable. When you never have to DTR, you and your guy can stay in your cozy little limbo without having to be vulnerable or make any sacrifices. Thing is, your comfort zone will only take you so far and sooner or later, you're going to have to make bigger decisions that will move you further or ahead or have you pulling back. It's time to toughen up and be brave enough to make a stand when it comes to where your relationship is headed.

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Cancer

(June 21 to July 22) 

If you feel like love's been giving you a rough time, don't lose hope. Problems do run out eventually and now's the time to just settle back from all the issues and give yourself a good rest. It’s tempting to get swept away by jadedness. The challenge right now is to find that spark of optimism that’s still in you—somewhere! Without hope and the conviction that the best is coming, we’ll all just be eternally sad. And no one wants that! Chin up, Cancer. It's time to smile again.

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Leo

(July 23 to August 22)

Look, if you want something to happen between you and that guy you've been interested in since forever, then you're just going to have to up and do something about it. No more waiting by the sidelines. You're pretty good at going for what you want, don't let that rare braveness die away—not now! You've got a good shot at making things work, if only you take the first step.

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Virgo

(August 23 to September 22)

After the honeymoon period, the truth of the matter is, relationships and love is hard work. It's not all emoji heart faces and walks in the park, you know? If you want this fun fling you're having to last—and we mean, serious relationship from high school to college kind of thing—then you’re going to have to put in time, effort, understanding, and compromise to work. And your boyfriend's got to do the same thing too—it’s not going to happen if only one of you is putting in the elbow grease.

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Libra

(September 23 to October 22)

Can you try to lighten up about love, Libra? You don't have to take everything so seriously all the time. Of course, commitment is a serious issue, so is a potential long distance relationship, or seeing your boyfriend continue to hang out with that best girl friend of his who you've never had a good feeling about. Shake things off, even just for a bit. Remember why you got into this in the first place—that could help lighten your love load.

Scorpio

(October 23 to November 21)

So you're going through a ton of changes, and maybe he is too. It isn't easy, juggling family and school and friends and a relationship. Sometimes, it’s tempting to just forget everything else so you can just spent 24/7 with your guy. Don’t forget that it isn't you and him against the world—you've both got other responsibilities to handle apart from your commitment to each other. You're going to need to make every other aspect of your lives run smoothly if you two are going to make things work.

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Sagittarius

(November 22 to December 21)

It's time to forget every single thing you've been insecure about. You're a ten! No matter what your shadows like to tell you when you're feeling down and out. Once you realize your very own authentic awesomeness, it's going to be so easy for everyone else to see it too (yes, we mean that guy you've been crushing on). Back away from the shyness, Sagittarius. He's waiting for you to shine because you see how spectacular you are.

Capricorn

(December 22 to January 19)

Love can feel like a whirlwind, which isn't exactly your most ideal scenario since you would much rather have everything planned and predictable, easy and effortless. For as long as you find someone who's reliable enough to navigate these shores with you, you'll be perfectly okay. It may take time, but once all the upheaval is over, you can look back on this trying time with absolute pride that you made it through and you're stronger for it.

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Aquarius

(January 20 to February 18)

You're having a spectacular season of luck and sunshine (despite the rains). Ride the high and enjoy every minute of it. Have enough courage to go out on a limb when it comes to romance. Love's never going to feel this way again—so relish every kilig moment while it lasts, and while the good vibes keep coming. Don't forget to tell your guy how special he is too… he'd love to hear that.

Pisces

(February 19 to March 20)

When you're love-confused, it's easy to just shrug your shoulders and leave everything up to fate. Don’t make the mistake of taking control of your love life away from your hands. Of course you've got a say in what happens to you—whether that means choosing to stick to a certain relationship, or to move on to someone new. We only become victims of fate if we allow it. Remember, you're the captain of your ship.

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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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