Tags: filipino x-philes, photo shoot, photography, pinoy x-philes, x-files, x-philes, x-philes philippines
So the Pinoy X-Philes group photo shoot happened yesterday without any major hassles.The weather was hot and sunny so we were able to take advantage of the light. Only the usual crowd of PXP members were able to attend the photo shoot, with the exception of one who did not make it in time. But it was all good. We still had a blast while taking shot after shot of ourselves in different poses and background. We wanted to take as many good pictures as possible so we could have many choices for the postcard.
Just another test shot…
The postcard, by the way, will be our group’s official postcard, which will be mailed to X-Files News as part of the Believe in the Future Campaign, a.k.a X-Files 3 Campaign. We also have another design for the postcard as another option, which I think is equally beautiful in its simplicity.
Anyway, we thought of having the photo shoot somewhere spacious and a bit dark so we could have that X-File-y vibe. So we decided to have the shoot happened at one of our member’s house in Malate. It was actually the same place when our group had a DVD marathon in March. Sam’s place had a balcony and roof deck that had amazing views of Manila Bay and the city skyline. His place also had a large living area with dim lights which were perfect for what we had in mind.
Taking a break from the shoot and waiting for the sun to set
So there we were yesterday afternoon doing our poses in the living room looking much like The Syndicate plotting on Mulder and Scully’s doom. We had our serious facial expressions on and no one was allowed to smile or make funny faces. Of course eventually we had a few informal and candid shots of our own. We started at mid-afternoon and finished at around past seven in the evening.
The photos we took, though not done by a professional photographer, were good enough to be included in the postcard design. It will now be up to Lily, the group’s designated Web designer/programmer and co-founder, to tweak on the chosen photo and place it on the postcard. And I believe it will turn out pretty good.
It is only natural for us humans to have flaws. As individuals we choose our own paths in life. It is our own choices that define us as a person. And it is unavoidable that sometimes we stumble along the path we have chosen. And when we do, the general expectation is that we get up and try again hoping to have learned from our mistakes and make things right, if not for the better.
But there are those individuals who don’t seem to learn from their past experiences and mistakes. These type of individuals insist on doing things their way, without much consideration to those who will be affected by their decision. And every time they make a wrong decision, they tend to run to you for help expecting you to solve their problems for them. They act as if you are their keeper — like you have an obligation to them, which in truth you don’t.
These people have the power to control their own destiny. They are very much capable of standing on their own feet yet they choose to lean on others every time they hit a bump on the road or each time they feel convenient to do so. It is all right to ask for help and it is okay to help others in need. But it is not okay to take advantage of the kindness of others and constantly depend on them.
We all have our own problems to solve. We reap what we sow. Self-reliance and good sense can help us a great deal when treading through our chosen path. Constantly depending on others won’t get you anywhere.
Tags: eels, fresh blood, song, true blood
Found new good music today. I was listening to NU 107 hours ago when a song caught my attention. I was initially intrigued by the song’s beat and the vocalist’s deep, mysterious voice. The song is called “Fresh Blood” by Eels. I’ve never heard of this band before (or maybe I did I just couldn’t remember it) but apparently the song is from their latest album, Hombre Lobo.
I don’t know why but the song kind of reminds me of the HBO series, True Blood. It’s probably because of the song’s title and its catchy lyrics that goes, “I’m so tired of the same old crud/Sweet baby, I need fresh blood.” I can very well picture Bill Compton (the vampire in the show) saying this. The “same old crud” can be likened to the synthetic blood, a.k.a true blood, and fresh blood is of course the preference of all the vampires in Bon Temps.
There is some howling in the song too, which I think adds to its appeal. This is a perfect song to be played in True Blood. Maybe they can play this during a Fangtasia scene or while the always-humping Jason Stackhouse is out looking to get laid via bloody means.