We Still Want to Believe

July 27, 2009 at 11:20 PM | Posted in Fandom, Movies, TV | Leave a comment
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The Pinoy X-Philes’ celebration of the first year anniversary of The X-Files: I Want to Believe movie release happened last Saturday, July 25. As all the X-philes all over the world knows, July 25, 2008 was the date of the US theatrical release of the movie. My group and I decided to celebrate it by holding a simple dinner at one of our fellow member’s residence. And to make the celebration more meaningful, we held a private screening of I Want to Believe. My fellow X-philes and I have already seen the movie five or more times but we didn’t mind watching it again.

Our IWTB-XF stuff

IWTB Anniv cakeIt was agreed upon that we would have a pot luck dinner, with each attending member bringing his or her own prepared food. But since some of us would be traveling far or couldn’t cook a decent meal (including me, hehe), we ended up just buying takeout food and bringing them to Sam’s (the host) house.

The private screening was supposed to start at 6:00 PM but since the five of us (Lily, Christie, Vel, Enna, and me) arrived late and we still had to arrange the food and wait for the other guests, the film showing didn’t start until past 8:00 PM. By then, we just dined while watching the movie. We used the projector and white screen again for the film showing. Three of us brought each of her own DVD copy of the movie as well as other I Want to Believe-related stuff. Too bad two of our long-time members couldn’t join us that night because of professional and personal reasons.

As always, my fellow X-philes and I enjoyed the evening immensely. We wanted to watch even the bloopers/gag reel of I Want to Believe, but there was not enough time. It was decided by the group beforehand that we would also watch an episode of Kolchak: The Nightstalker – the inspiration behind the creation of The X-Files – as most of us hadn’t seen the classic 70’s series. So that’s what we did after we’re done watching the second X-Files film.

IWTB private DVD screening

I Want to Believe private screening

We originally intended to leave Sam’s house before midnight but it was already past 12:00 AM when we’re through watching the pilot episode of Kolchak. And since Vel, Lily, and Christie didn’t want to go home in that ungodly hour due to safety reasons, they opted to stay at Sam’s overnight. I didn’t want to go home alone in that hour either so I decided to join them. We slept on the four couches in the screening room and left the house at around 8:00 AM the next morning. I wasn’t able to sleep properly at Sam’s so I was still feeling sleepy and groggy when I got home. But the experience was all worth it.  Like what Scully said in the “Bad Blood” episode, “I do it all for you, Mulder. I do it all for you!”

Shippers’ Night

July 8, 2009 at 11:37 AM | Posted in Fandom, Lifestyle, TV | Leave a comment
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Three months after the last DVD marathon I had with my groupmates from PXP, I decided that we hold another one this month. As my group always holds marathons in different venues, this time I thought of holding it at a hotel. Through the generosity of the management of The Mabuhay Manor, a balikbayan hotel in Pasay that caters mostly to OFWs, I was able to procure a room that my groupmates and I could use as our venue for the marathon.

at the pool

So my groupmates and I decided to hold the marathon there last July 4. It was sort of a special Pinoy X-Philes DVD marathon as the gathering was small and limited. In the last marathon, only Lily and I stayed overnight at Sam’s house. This time, five of us were going to stay for the night at the hotel. But since none of us were able to bring a portable DVD player, we just decided to use Lily’s laptop.

inside room 210Three of us checked-in at The Mabuhay Manor at noon last Saturday. Sammy the bellhop graciously led us to our room on the second floor. The room that was given to us was spacious and squeaky clean. The two beds were comfortably soft and there was enough space in the room for an extra mattress. The closet in the room was also big and airy, and there were two side tables we could use. The bathroom, though small, was spotless and furnished with the necessary amenities. My groupmates and I were very pleased with the room set-up. It was a perfect venue for a DVD marathon.

After settling in, we headed out to the Mall of Asia, which was just nearby. We met with Christie there and had our late lunch. Shortly after we went back to the hotel and waited for Eugene to arrive before we could start the marathon. Sure enough, at about 4:00 PM, he arrived. We found out unfortunately that he wouldn’t be able to stay for the night with us since he had to go to work the next day. Being the only guy in the bunch that day, I guess that was a good thing.

at the bridgeway me, Lily, Vel

The swimming pool at the hotel looked too good not to try so the five of us decided to take a swim first before starting the marathon. Ever since Eugene joked that he was going to wear a red Speedo at the marathon just like Mulder did in one episode of The X-Files, us girls (especially Lily, LOL!) were looking forward to see if he really dared. But he didn’t! There were only a few people at the pool and most of them were kids. So we still had the pool quite to ourselves.

The marathon started at around 6:00 PM. We couldn’t decide on which X-Files episodes to watch so we just randomly chose the ones we like. Eugene was only able to watch two episodes before he went home. After we had dinner, the night turned into a Shippers’ Night as we watched classic shippy episodes like “Triangle,” “Small Potatoes,” “Bad Blood,” and “How the Ghosts Stole Christmas.” Good thing there weren’t any Noromos present that night or they would be rolling their eyes in exasperation! Christie brought her DVD copy of Bleak House (the BBC drama series) so we watched a couple of episodes from that one too. The marathon lasted until the wee hours of the morning and by the time it ended we were all too exhausted to stay awake.

watching Reflections on TXF-2

A few hours of sleep and we woke up that morning feeling sluggish. So we trooped to the hotel restaurant at Lobby Lola’s and had our buffet breakfast to perk us up. The staff greeted us warmly at the door and showed us to our table. A staff promptly served us coffee and hot chocolate and we had our fill of the menu: a choice of Filipino or American breakfast. We had a lovely, hearty breakfast and lingered at the restaurant for a while then headed back to our room. Not content with the marathon the night before, we watched a couple of episodes more then packed up our things and prepared for check-out.

last pic before check-out_2 check-out time

We took a cab from the hotel through the receptionist’s help and headed off to Makati where we had lunch together. We split up afterwards and I went home tired but happy. The marathon was a whole lot of fun. Too bad some of the members couldn’t join us. But even though we were just a small group that day, we still enjoyed the experience. Thanks to the management and staff of Mabuhay Manor for making our stay at the hotel worthwhile.

A Thing of Beauty

July 2, 2009 at 8:49 AM | Posted in Beauty, Photography, Writing | 2 Comments
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As the old saying goes, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” What may be ugly or uninteresting to others can be beautiful to me and vice versa. I have a different view when it comes to how I see the world. As an artist (Yes, a writer can be called an artist. I have encountered a few people who seem to relegate artists only to those who design, paint, or take photos. Well duh.), I take pleasure in observing things around me. I may not be much of a talker but I observe.

I delight in the simple things in nature. I can get awestruck just by looking at the sea, a blossoming flower, or even a morning dew. To me, that is beauty. I’m an audience not an actor. I’m creative not technical. I’m emotional not mental. I can get inspired by just the littlest of things or ordinary events happening around me. Beauty is symmetry. Symmetry is beauty. Beauty is in a perfectly-shaped seashell. Beauty is watching a dog make fine pawprints on the sand. It is personal and subjective. Some people don’t understand why I delight in taking pictures of a footprint, a tree, or any random thing I find beautiful. These people don’t seem to appreciate nature or the things around them. They grew up seeing things as they are and taking them for granted. They are analytical. They don’t get passionate about the simple things.

Given the opportunity, I would like to try photography sometime. My main medium of communication is a pen and paper — or in this case, a computer. I think it would be neat to take up photography as a hobby. I might be using another medium (i.e., a camera) but the message would be the same — that is to communicate.

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