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Different Types Of Journaling You Can Do Using Your Old, Unused Notebooks

It's the best time to pick up a new hobby and put those notebooks to use.
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Admit it, we’re probably not the only ones with a pile of extra ~cute~ but painfully unused notebooks quietly stacked on our study tables. While they’re pretty to look at, maybe it’s time you dust off the cobwebs and actually use them this time around. And in case you haven’t heard, journaling is kind of a big thing right now, so it’s the best time to pick up a new hobby and put those notebooks to use. Here are some journaling ideas to start you off:

DIY Planner

Make 2020 your year by starting your own bullet journal! Basically, you get to create and layout your own planner the way you want to, so you’ve got the freedom to choose a system that works for you.

Reading Journal

Planning to get back to your old hobby of reading as many books as you can in a year? Track your progress by converting an old notebook into a reading journal. List down the books you’ve already read to inspire you, as well as the books you wish to read this year. You can also dedicate one whole page to a single book, decorate it, and write down your thoughts about it.

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Music Journal

Unleash the inner fangirl in you by starting your own music journal dedicated especially to your favorite artists. List down your all-time favorite tracks, your current faves, and the artists you love the most. For fans of K-pop, starting a K-pop journal is a fun way to channel all your love for your idols and ult groups. Dedicate pages for your biases and get your creative juices flowing by designing each page.

Art Journal

For artists or wannabe artists, an art journal is an effective way to track your progress. Grab an old notebook lying around and decorate it to reflect your personality or art style. Whenever you have the itch to draw, bring it out and start scribbling!

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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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