Debbie Viguié’s The Summer of Cotton Candy

Have you ever heard of the phrase Wherever you are right now is exactly where God wants you to be? Well, this chick-flick novel tells a story of something like that. It is indeed a sweet, light-hearted and honest romp through the friendships, romances, family, school, faith and video that makes a girl’s life as full as it can be.

It’s the summer vacation and Candace Thompson ain’t getting any summer allowance without working her strut off—her parents talked her through the value of working and the rite-of-passage thingy. And so she is; and since she signed up a little way behind, she has left but-to-be the Cotton Candy Operator at the Zone (an infamous theme park in their place).

At first she thought that this would just ruined her and her bestfriend Tamara’s summer bondings and get-aways; that she won’t get used to on how hard it can be, and; that she won’t even survive it all.

Well, nobody said it was easy. And truly enough, Candace went through a lot of tough times, downfalls and wisdom-earning-moments as she went by with all those experiences:  got a lot  zips and zaps as she faced wrong accusations at their workplace, yet, found strength from the One-up-Above and some guidance with co-worker friends at the park; was able to find love with a guy named Kurt and served as an inspiration for him to dream for his future; have a big fight with her bestest friend—yet, abling to patch up things between them, thus, making their relationship stronger thatn ever; valued the work that she have and her new friends that she met along the way: Josh, Martha, Becca, Sue, Pete and Roger, and; just being thankful for the crazy that stuffs she encountered and survived with the grace of God and vowing to go back and do it all ever again if she have to.

You know how sometimes we don’t understand why God puts us in a situation where we don’t want it to be? I think it is just as the same time as He’s telling us that we ain’t do things all by our own. And if we’re gonna need someone to be there, He’s the Best One that we can have. And although bad thins happen, He can turn it all around as long as we have faith, hope and trust. He’s just the sweetest Dad you and I could ever have.

I am one heck of a chick-lit –addict and when I started reading this one, I just can’t stop flipping through the next pages. Although there are some parts that I don’t agreed on, like, how Kurt abled to kiss Candace after that  first dinner date—gawd, first date and then kiss, for me that doesn’t match; or how Kurt became Candace’s boyfriend even if she doesn’t know if they have the same faith—cause for me, it’s gonna be important to have a partner that is also spiritually mature and help you to grow in your walk with the Lord, right?; and how Kurt can just kiss Candace on public and Candace kinda liked it.

Plus, I’m routing for Candace-Josh love team. That’s why. Ha ha!

But nevertheless, there are still a lot of good parts where you learn a lot.

QUOTED!!!


Here are some of the lines from the book that I really loved and made me go ‘Woah’ and ‘Yeah’:

Never date a guy you ain’t willing to marry. No good can come out of that, just a lot of pain for everybody.

-Martha

I didn’t have to be there to understand. All of us have story of that one—some of us more than one. It’s part of life and learning. Why, if babies stopped trying to walk the first time they fell down, the whole world would be full of people who crawl.

-Martha

I could tell you were crying. It’s okay,, you know. God understands when you cry in his house. Nobody can be happy all the time.

-little girl from across the aisle

You’ve heard of David and Goliath? Where there’s a will, God has a way.

-Sue

Maybe it was true that sometimes all people needed was a little self-confidence or a little encouragement .

-Candace

Hey, that’s what friends are for, right?  They keep each other’s secrets and help each other out.

-Josh

Sometimes it takes time to get what you want.

-Candace

Sometimes you don’t even know what you want until you get  what you though you wanted.

-Martha

Somedaydream: First Press Release

In this age of radio stations folding and band break ups, people are yearning for the next wave in the music industry to catapult the local talent back into the mainstream.  We are constantly searching for that artist who will break new boundaries and set new trends.  For this, most music fans turn to the international underground scene of progressive indie rock and electronica just to get their fix of good music.  All this is about to change with the introduction of a new breed of OPM music.  One that sounds refreshingly different to be considered a new indie sound but still friendly enough to be blasted on all radio stations, regardless of the target demographics.

The artist touted to start surfing the wave of change is Somedaydream, a.k.a. Rez Toledo, whose first single “Hey Daydreamer” has struck radio airplay gold with every DJ excited to play a song of international quality that they can proudly say is Filipino produced.  Not to mention the
giddiness of the lady DJs who cant help but giggle and smile when they finally saw the artist in the flesh during his recent radio tour.  His good looks and boyish charm are a healthy plus to an artist who, apart from being loved by the mainstream listeners and respected by the music scene, can easily be a target for advertisers.

With the help of mentor and producer Champ Lui Pio, Somedaydream is conquering the airwaves faster than any independent artist, or even signed artist for that matter.  The catchy hook and memorable lyrics of electro pop “Hey Daydreamer” can easily get stuck in your head that you’d start Googling the song and searching for where to download it.  Well, the good news is, you will be able to, along with the rest of Somedaydream’s tracks pretty soon under the format of what is to be known as Digital Music, or music sold online.  What seems to be the most important thing to this 20-year-old Atenean is that his music is heard.  And what better way to spread music than through the internet?  So all the music fans can hold their breaths and watch the landscape of the local music scene change as Somedaydream continues to create a new shift in the tides.

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Pretzels Are Heart

We went on a half day today to get some school requirements. We arrived at the office around 12:30ish in the afternoon.

There were still a lot of things to do with so little time left. Team Impact Evaluation (Jek and Mari) were busy with their matrices; Team Culture (Shels and Jandi) were discussing their transcription problems; and, Team Audience Research (Me and Mayu) were analyzing and interpreting our data in the best way that we can. All is waaaaaaaaay behind the deadline. We’re a dead meat! Hakuna Matata, we’re just gonna extend.

Our Trainers, being the supportive people that they are, delivers something for us to eat later in the afternoon: chocolate-filled pretzels! Yay! Easier way to cope up with stress is to indulge in choco sweetness!

Next week should be something productive. Hopes high. Energy recharged. Weekend, here we come!

Double the Trouble

The day at the office just went by not knowing we’re on for a big surprise. We’re busy doing our own stuffs when someone knocked at the door.

Guess who?

It was Sir Rei, and a special guest—

*drum rolls*

Mr. Edward Brown himself in flesh. Ding ding ding!!! Sir Rei is touring Mr. Ed in the Noisy-ISACC-room (where the Interns are staying); we are also introduced with the man behind the Our Father’s World. He looked at us with familiarity. He remembers the faces of those who spilled coffee in his books. Not. He doesn’t even know that that ever occurred. He knows we helped in selling his books way back yesterday at the Seminar.

Sir Rei then asked us to go upstairs so we can get our own Ice Creams. When opportunity knock, what do we do? Grab it. Grab it as tight as we can! We didn’t think twice about the offer, we obeyed the order as soon as it was given. Man, it’s for the cold-cravings of our entire being at stake there. Ha ha!

Meet and greet an author. Check.

Ice Cream waiting for grabs, here we come.

So we went up to the third floor main office. Just when we thought meeting one author is enough, we’re so wrong. At the time we went in the Silent Room, Kabam! The one and only, Madame Melba–the ISACC President, who’s also a book-writer was there! What do we do? What do we do? Before we knew it, she is commanding us to eat our Ice Creams over the counter. If every bosses in the world will be like that, employees’ tummies will be happy. :) Ha ha!

Meet and greet the ISACC President. Surprising but fun. Check.

We ate a lot. Took pictures, shared funny thoughts with Mr. Ed and had the Day of our lives. Oh yes, it certainly is. Cheers!!

Good Heavens!

We were asked to attend the Care of Creation Seminar at BM07 of the Greenhills Christian Fellowship (GCF) today. It’s one of the Center for Market Training(s) again. This time, though, the participants included a group of Korean people; there were Teachers, Environmentalists and so forth who were also there. I have a feeling that these were the same people who belong in ISIP-ISAK. But then again, this is just me.

Us, Interns were seated at the back-most part of the room. We’re assigned to sell the books written by authors Edward Brown and our very own, Madame Melba Maggay. When we saw the prices of those, we’re (or I was) like Wow. Is there a gold page in those? It costs 400-500php. Again, wow.

Lo and behold, at our break time–when we got all the cookies and coffees at our table–guess what happened? Miss Shane assigned Mayu to take care of the video-cording of the seminar. And so, she struggled her way out, bump here and there resulting to…..Coffee Spilling!!! And oh my, there were two 400php and one 500php books that were stained! S-T-A-I-N-E-D! 500 + 400 + 400 = 1 300php all in all! Where are we gonna get that? Gawd.

We’re so good, we come clean with our Trainers. They said, we just need to let it go, be quiet and hope that the books will be purchased soon enough. Obedient kids we are, we acted like nothing happened. Ha ha!

On to the seminar. Mr. Ed Brown, the author of Our Father’s World (the book we just stained due to our genius acts) was one of the speakers. He taught of taking care of the environment with a pinch of biblical perspective on it since he’s a Pastor at their church as well. From his speak, I learned that we are the change waiting in ourselves. We need to change how we think to save our environment. We should do something about it; be it in a simple or major way. Mr. Ed is really a pocketful of sunshine; very positive, indeed!

Find your way out.

Don’t over-think but don’t let them smell the coffee-stink! Care for the environment, buy coffee-stained books. They’re really fashionable, I’m telling you! Ha ha! Laugh and shed tender love and care for Mother Earth given by the Father-up-above! Woot woot!

Almost But Never Quite

We met each other few years ago

One sunny day, one room full of people

Your eyes are bold and brown

Your skin so soft and smooth

Then your smile, I need not to say more

I managed to keep silent on what i feel

For i know, it’ll never seal the deal

Never

 

(chorus)

You are the talk of the town

I am a no one

You are the cool guy

They think I’m no cool girl

The world we belong never meet together

And so i ask, will we ever be given a chance of forever?

 

Time came, I don’t know how it happened

We shared weird thoughts about girls and boys

We had many of laughters

We’re so close, we love each other

We’re friends and that’s all that matters

My feelings grow two-folds

But i know, you’ll settle for us being the same-old

Same-old

 

(chorus2)

You are the Lennon of the Beatles

I am the Somebody of a band Never-Heard

You are the superstar

I am the fan

The world where i am with you

Is a world of contentment even if eternity’s long due

 

(bridge)

No, i know you won’t

Would you know that this song’s for you?

Would you know that my feelings are true?

Would you say that you feel the same way too?

Would you?

Or i’ll just convince myself that you do?

 

(chorus3)

You are the melody and harmony

I am the lame song lyrics

You are the love of all

I am the nobody

This is the world where we are

Almost but never quite

One thing i promise is

I’ll be forever by your side

 

This is a song lyric (haven’t thought of the music yet) for someone only I-know-who. My writer friends were so inspiring and so I dedicated this to them too. Who knew writing could be so much fun these days? Oh yeah!

Am I Artistic or What?

With my nineteen years of existence, never did I write a poem, novel, story or whatever it is that is too creative that  I may give to someone. Never. Until now.

When I first heard the “Hey Daydreamer” (HD) song, I thought, Wow. Cool. Another from a foreign artist. Well guess what? I faced the word IN YOUR FACE in all-caps, bolded, italicized and underlined for this song was from a young Filipino artist.

Weeks later, I bumped into Andi9 and Jessica’s (of the Magic Top5@5) Ustream and found myself really mesmerized by the guy behind the works of Someday Dream–the genius responsible for the HD song. *Watch his live performance at the Magic booth here!!* From then on, I kept an eye on the band’s has-whats for I surely know that there would be so much more in them now and in the future.

TRIVIA!!!


  • Rez Toledo is the guy behind the works of the song Hey Daydreamer and the one-man band, Someday Dream. He is twenty years old; a Sophomore student at the Ateneo De Manila University, taking up Management.
  • Hey Daydreamer is a song inspired by a girl he (Rez) really admired a couple of years back. If you know how to do the math, that’s how old the song is. Its Unplugged Version was released last 14th of February at the Magic Top5@5 when CJ from the Big Meal got some problems playing out at their program. Currently, the song placed the eighth spot at the Magic 30 Countdown and fourth on RX top 7  Countdown.
  • They (the Dream Team) got the name Someday Dream courtesy of Rez’s creative juices and random thoughts.
  • They’ve done a lot of radio guestings lately–Magic’s Top5@5, Jam 88.3, Magic’s Big Meal, Playtime on RX 93.1, the Drive on 99.5 RT, Wave 89.1 and surprise visits on Magic’s On Demand and Mellow 94.7.
  • Champ Lui Pio (of Hale) is helping out the band on making its name in the music industry.

Stalker or Fan? I followed him on Facebook and Twitter as well. I was really happy because the guy appreciates and keeps the fans posted. He makes it appoint to reply from all those fan concerns and comments; he sincerely shows gratitude for all the support he’s getting.

Actually, what made me really glad was this (him taking time to reply to those fan comments I’m talking about).

And so, even if I don’t wanna be one, but from the looks of it I am (one heck of a Fan!!). Here’s a song lyric (have no idea of how it would sound, yet) for the guy who inspired me to write stanzas of non-sense thoughts and verses of crazy antics. He won’t be able to read this anyways, and so, I’ll be living relieved.

You Got Me at ‘Hey’

It was a Thursday afternoon

When I saw you from across the room

I captured the time, it was exactly four

You pulled a chair and sat uncomfortably

You picked your guitar and sing a song for me

And just like that, my heart opened up the door

 

(chorus)

I always remember the first line of the chorus

With that dashing smile, you simply look mysterious

You got me at ‘Hey’, Mister

That’s all that I can say

I’m forever yours if you stay that way

 

I wrote you a letter and you gave one back

You always say my name, I don’t know how to react

‘Hope I can meet you soon’, is that what it reads?

I jumped up and down; i blushed,

Am i head over heels?

Twas then i heard your song again

 

(chorus)

 

(bridge)

I dunno how long i’ll get your sparkly-feel

In this dream, I made you sound so real

Still, it was a fun roller coaster ride

You bet, i don’t wanna leave this world behind

Then i heard it all again

 

(chorus)

 

Please stay that way

I hope you stay that way

Please?

Hey!

I genuinely hope that he’ll stay humble, cool and simple. Well yeah, Someday Dream rocks!! Woot woot!

p.s.:
I’m not really a fan.
p.p.s.:
Fine. I am. Whatever.
p.p.p.s.:
This is so hard to admit. Dang! I’m a fan.