15 To-Dos for the New Year

What you need on your list of resolutions.
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  1. Keep a Notebook

A notebook will serve as an outlet to jot down what's on your mind and help you reflect but as simple as that seems, it can be left untouched after some time. Start a daily entry to record your inspirations, dreams or special memories. This pin gives you 35 things to do with your notebook.

  1. Establish Goals

Sleeping more or eating healthier are resolutions you should still follow, but it's time to set long-term goals such as, what job you would like to get or putting up a small business. These bigger goals require more planning, look into this pin that takes you through the process.

  1. Love Yourself

We can be exposed to a lot of stress and negativity that we allow to happen. This year, stay on a positive mindset, give yourself time to breathe and be patient with yourself. Remember, you're still growing.

  1. Do Less & More


Do a list and divide it into a Less and More section where you can write down what bad habits and traits that you might be doing and it’s positive counterpart. Your 2017 is chance for a better you.

  1. Stop a Bad Habit

This informative read explains that our emotions are the source of our actions that can keep us motivated or lead us to overeat or overwork, and eventually cause you to form habits. This pin summarizes 3 steps you can do to understand and reassess a habit.

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  1. Start a Healthy Habit

Taking care of your body should be top priority and though there are so many good eats out there, we have to admit it’s not the best for us. Consider setting a health goal each month.

  1. Room Resolutions

The New Year is the perfect opportunity to focus and declutter your room because honestly, there’s a lot to throw away and you probably won’t regret it.

  1. Eliminate Stress

Being calm is easier said than done, do you know simple acts like little sleep or poor diet can make you more susceptible to stress? Here are 21 ways you can remove it from your life this 2017.  

  1. Reading Challenge

Begin the new year with a new book, it's time to brush up on your reading and finally get through your TBR list. This is a fun challenge to take on to keep you motivated to read a book.

  1. Money Challenge

Save more money when you know how much you'll earn. On a jar, label it P5 or P10, etc. and give yourself a number of days to save but the key is to place the total amount by the end of the period so you're always  aware of the end goal.

  1. Watch More Film

Instead of short videos online, commit to watching more movies and documentaries that have a wider breadth to learn from.

  1. Declutter Your Laptop

If you find your laptop freezing and loading takes forever, try these simple steps to clean out and organize your digital files, just like your room.

  1. Stop Buying Lunch

And by this we mean to stop relying on fast food. Put that money in healthy meals you can DIY and invest it in ingredients that are top in benefits.

  1. Learn to Say No

Don't feel bad about declining, don't make excuses and simply say no. When you stand firm on your decision you are able to prioritize what you really need.

  1. Start a Memory Jar

Begin 2017 with a good memory and end it with one as well, keep a jar and fill it with highlights that'll happen so by the 31st, you can reminisce all the good memories that made the year amazing.









About the author
Melanie Santiago
Intern, Contributing Writer
Frustrated painter and writer, Melanie also takes time to drop by and share the stories she comes across.

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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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