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Meeting the Salvatore Brothers

Melissa gets to meet the cast of The Vampire Diaries and visits the set!
photos courtesy of Melissa Yupangco

ETC recently had a Fly to Atlanta promo for The Vampire Diaries. Viewers had to watch the primetime telecast of the show every Tuesday at 8 pm to be able to answer the question posted on their website. Luckily, Candy met up with the grand prize winner, Melissa Yupanco, who got to fly over to Atlanta to visit the set of The Vampire Diaries last April and meet the cast. She gushes about what she loves about the series.

What makes The Vampire Diaries different?

Melissa becomes honest and says that the book doesn't really stand out, but adds that Twilight fans like her will love it! She emphasized that when it came down to the series though, it definitely became such a hit because of the hot cast!

Expectations. Melissa hoped to see Tyler (Michael Trevino) come back in the latest season and shares how she wants Stefan (Paul Wesleyand Elena (Nina Dobrev) to end up together as well as Klaus (Joseph Morganand Caroline (Candice Accola). Melissa also wishes for the introduction of new characters and plots that make the show so interesting. She mentions how she favors the series being unpredictable, with a lot of plot twists that she hopes to continue so the series won't end.

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Top 3 Fave Elena Moments

Melissa gushes that her top most fave Elena moment was when Stefan was still working for Klaus and walked out of Mystic Realm and called Elena. Elena, almost missing the call, told Stefan how she loved him and to hold on to that, and Stefan was crying!

The second runner-up is handed to the Delena team, when Damon (Ian Somerhalder) told Elena, "I don't want you to forget but you have to" and a tear rolls down his cheek.

Lastly, Melissa's third fave was in the first season of the series when Stefan was going to break up with Elena, the look of worship that Elena gave when she turned Damon around when he was turning into a vampire was Melissa's fave part. We heart it too!

Wait for the next issue of Candy magazine if you want to read more deets about Melissa's experience with meeting the cast! And check out the slideshow below for her photos from the trip.

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

They say time heals all wounds, but it has been ages - is heartbreak exempted?

I have forgotten when was the last time we shared a smile - the last time when I saw the glow in your eyes and the last time when you whispered an I love you to me. I have forgotten when, but here I am - writing to you again.

I do not know if you will read this or you will just add this one to my proses and poems that you left unread, but you see, I am still hoping. I am mailing the pain of us to the gods out there - hoping they can take the pain away. I should have gotten over you, but instead of forgetting and accepting our ending, I am writing about us in tissue sheets, carving about us on trees, telling about us on the back of my journals, hoping that a thousand or a million write ups about us, can make me forget about what happened.

I am writing, waiting for the point where I can no longer write anymore, for I have none to tell - but when? I have nothing in me anymore, but the memories of us - and no matter how hard I try put those to its own grave, the memories grow back like lilies in the swamp - painful and beautiful at the same time.

No matter how hard I try to silence those and put it at the back of my mind, those ring back, playing like the favorite song we used to listen. They say heartbreaks turn into poetry and that is what happening to us - but poetry should be dulcet and dreamy, why does ours sound like pain and agony? They say time heals all wounds, but it has been ages - is heartbreak exempted? Darling, I guess not.

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