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6 Easy Tips to Level Up Your Instagram Stories

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IMAGE Steph Sison ART Gab Gutierrez

You may have mastered curating your Instagram feed. Next in line for you to conquer is the Instagram story! You don't want to have the same content from Snapchat, so you face the dilemma of being extra creative on your IG stories. Continue curating your feed by spicing up your stories. Here are six fun ways you can exhibit just that:

  1. Layer your text.

Choose two colors that would either complement or contrast your photo. Type in your text twice, but layer the second version slightly askew over the other. This creates a little dimension with your typography, and elevates your text from the usual flat look. 

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  1. Doodle a frame over your subject.

No need to be perfect, just scribble on the photo to frame the focal point of your image.

  1. Overstatement is key.

Your viewers will learn just how passionate you are about your photo. Use word repetition to your advantage by duplicating a word or a phrase, and overlay it on your image.

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Pro tip: Hold down the swatch dots when changing text color to customize your shade.

  1. Play with proportion.

This tip is effective for emphasizing keywords or hashtags, especially if you're working on your branding. Remember that you can upload photos you've beamed to your phone. Just apply Instagram story editing tools to make the photos look consistent and natural.

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  1. Brush pen is made for busy photos.

If you've got a busy photo, scribble a little with your brush pen to calm things down before adding a hand or typewritten text.

  1. Make use of emojis.

What Instagram stickers can't provide, your phone's emoji library can! That said, you can apply and repeat as many emoji icons as you like. You can even layer them using your brush pen.

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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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