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Taylor Swift's latest guest at the 1989 World Tour's Staples Center stop is giving us all the feels! John Legend sang his hit romantic song "All of Me" with the hitmaker and made all of us fall in love with the song all ...
 
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We can't get enough of these performances from the 87th Academy Awards!
We loved the 87th Academy Awards with How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris hosting the event. He opened the awards ceremony with a performance called Moving Pictures, singing about the evolution of the movie industry. You go, NPH, nailing the whole ...
 
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The music industry's biggest event this year just finished recognizing the cream of the crop. Here are the things you might have missed from the show earlier.
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Zac Efron's new girl(?), Time magazine's 2014 Most Influential Teens—plus updates on One Direction, the 2014 American Music Awards, and Lorde!
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Check out which videos top the list of John Legend and Questlove!
Their playlist is a collection of videos that inspired the making of their album, Wake Up! and some live performances. John and Questlove share that the 2010 album is a, "collaboration of songs from the '60s and '70s that inspired social and ...
 
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Check out what tunes make the actor happy.
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From John Legend to Linkin Park, everybody wants to take on Adele's hit single!
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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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