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5 Tips to Waking Up to a Good Morning

No one likes to start the day off on the wrong foot! Candymag.com Correspondents Thea and Mai give you tips on how to start your day with a smile.

Gone are the days where you are enemies with the alarm clock. Trying to bargain for more sleep is so last year. It is time to unleash the morning person within you, Candy Girl! These 5 tips are sure to help you start your day right. Here’s to 366 days of good mornings!

  1. Prepare the night before.
    Before going to bed, have everything ready for the next day. Prepare the clothes that you will wear, your assignments and/or projects, and other things that you need to bring to class. This will keep you from forgetting something in the morning when you're already on your way to school! Doing so will also save you from rushing around and getting stressed early in the morning.

  2. Eat a good breakfast.
    What better way than to start the day right with a satisfying meal?  Milk, cereal, fruits, and you are good to go! With the busy day ahead of you from school or work, make sure to fuel up with the nutrients and energy you will need. Get that instant energy boost from your first meal of the day!

  3. Have a simple skin care regimen.
    Washing your face with cold water will not only help you stay awake. More importantly, the splash of cold water on your face will also aid in closing pores, constricting your blood vessels, and reducing puffiness and visibility of dark undereye circles. Also, don't forget to apply moisturizer and sunscreen. Moisturizer helps in hydrating your skin while locking in moisture. Meanwhile, applying sunscreen 30 minutes before you head outdoors will protect your face from ultraviolet radiation that may damage your skin.

  4. A prayer for your thoughts.
    There's nothing like a day that is jumpstarted with a prayer. Praying for the day ahead will result in a calm and peaceful self that will keep you optimistic and positive no matter what may happen throughout the day.

  5. Be optimistic.
    This is the instant solution to a great day. Begin the day with good vibes by thinking of happy thoughts in the morning. Remember, it is another dayto make things right and actually make a difference. Being optimistic allows you to think your day through and get tasks done.
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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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