A dance club so famous it got it’s history poured into a film; Zillion. 2022.

A dance club so famous it got it’s history poured into a film; Zillion. 2022.

Zillion | A dance club so famous it got its history poured into a Belgian feature film!

Here’s How.

By Alan & Hannes | A Belgian duo

Street Market Hong Kong

© Photo by Alan Cuypers | 19/09/2015

The Idea Behind Zillion

How it all started.

Once a man got kicked out of the well-known night club Carré due to reasons we all know they’re not very great, but thanks to this he decided to create his own night club or discotheek we like to call it here. With a magnificant technical infrastrure never seen before and he succeeded achieving this.

It was in 1996 when that very man and his business partners bought the sports hall “Going out” at the Jan Van Gentstraat 4 in Antwerp city. A year later construction finished and the club opened its doors on 16 October 1997.

He implemented impressive light shows with industrial laser systems and scanners.

The restrooms were even used in a video clip by the Vengaboys called “Boom, Boom, Boom“.

© Photos by Alan Cuypers

Its Impressive Mechanics

One Genius Man.

As a matter of fact we are not really into clubbing and night life in general, but we do like to read about local history despite not always being a very good one. We love exploring old and abandoned sites, just like this one and capture its interior for our ever-growing archive.

People will love to see these photos once again and by this medium we try to bring back the many memories this club created for thousands of people who enjoyed the nightlife in Antwerp city of Belgium.

Zillion Spin

© Photo by Hannes Hulstaert

Memoires

How we keep this club alive.

As a matter of fact we are not really into clubbing and night life in general, but we do like to read about local history despite not always being a very good one. We love exploring old and abandoned sites, just like this one and capture its interior for our ever-growing archive.

People will love to see these photos once again and by this medium we try to bring back the many memories this club created for thousands of people who enjoyed the nightlife in Antwerp city of Belgium.

© Photo collection from Zillion

48 Hours

None-stop Pure goodness.

During its peak around 5000 visitors came to party at Zillion every weekend. It was a great success.

People came from Belgium, The Netherlands, Europe and later on from every corner around the world just to see this place alone.

Zillion became famous for its long 4-hours parties like this one in the weekend of 19 December 2003, Zillion Reunion.

Tickets were sold at € 15,-
And minimum age was 18.

Zillion Reunion Party 19-20 December 2003

Xmas Party

Survival of the fittest.

We found this invitation at Zillion during our visit, but we are not sure if this party ever existed.

If someone knows if it did. Let us know in the comments below…

FOU was the man himself, the owner of the Zillion, also known as Frank.

Zillion Xmas Party Invitation 24 December 2004

Documentary Zillion

By Dirk Leestmans.

Nightlife isn’t always safe for everyone.

It comes with many attention and media coverage in case things go not as planned and just like this man hit the news for all sorts of things.

He even admits that he could land in jail if things went really bad.

The unfortunate events happened after all and his business had to close.

© Youtube | Zillion Documentary by Dirk leestmans

© Youtube | Memories @ Club ZILLION Antwerp ( retrohouse )

Zillion Merch

All About Merchandise.

Zillion was all about merchandise, just like these couple stickers we found during our visit in July 2015.

Zillion Stickers

© Zillion Merch

Zillion Tour

By Alan & Hannes.

We were lucky enough to gain access to the Zillion thanks to a good friend. We have seen many rooms, but far from everything as it was a huge complex and also pitch-black dark. It was made impossible to enter and sunlight didn’t even go in an inch.

We used our flashlights and took long-exposure shots with our cameras. It was well worth the visit as we were born and raised not very far from this place, although we have never ever placed a foot inside this club. Especially abandoned buildings are our favorites. Hence the interest to see this place when there’s no people nor activity inside.

Time went by and so did this massive dance club and in 2017 it was demolished to make space for “The Residence” building and a gas station in the Jan Van Gentstraat.

© Photos by Alan Cuypers | 04/07/2015

The Album

By Alan Cuypers.

Let’s take a look inside.

Unfortunately we didn’t see every single room or corridor of the whole complex. It was a very warm day in Antwerp and we arrived at the side entrance where the goods went in. Packed with our cameras, flashlights and tripods we opened the locked gate and went inside. Merchandise could be found anywhere as soon as we came in. Some still in good condition and made it to my house as a souvenir.

Too bad we didn’t film our footsteps and we only took photos, video simply gives your explores another dimension and much more memory for later use. The complex was huge and creapy at the same time. Darkness is a hard and scary thing, although our flashlights helped us see where we placed our feet. Rubbish, papers, equipment, electrical wires and other stuff were lying around everywhere.

Luckily we could see a safe floor to walk on as an abandoned omplex can be a little dangerous sometimes, we are very careful with what we do. Always, everytime!

The Film

It’s going to be a great success.

Zillion’s name resonates in meany people’s heads and it didn’t take much creativity to start making a film about its past. The Covid-19 pandemic slowed down the initial start of the production of the movie as it was originally planned for 2020. As of August 2021 the production started.

As Alan got some minor extra roles in a couple different TV series shot in Belgium he saw the word Zillion pop up on the “in the picture” website and gues what, he immediately jumped right in and applied for a role.

Two days of filming nearby his new apartment on Thursday and Friday 7 & 8 October to shoot the outdoor scenes of the film were intense. Despite the long waiting in between takes it was so cool to be part of the set as a visitor of the Zillion club.

Expected feature release date is October 2022.

Link to the IMDB page can be found here.

© Zillion Film Cast Reveal | 27/02/2020

Ice Cream

Brixius, a family business.

As a matter of fact we are not really into clubbing and night life in general, but we do like to read about local history despite not always being a very good one. We love exploring old and abandoned sites, just like this one and capture its interior for our ever-growing archive.

People will love to see these photos once again and by this medium we try to bring back the many memories this club created for thousands of people who enjoyed the nightlife in Antwerp city of Belgium.

Brixius Ice Cream With The Family
Brixius Ice Cream With The Family

© Celebrating Alan’s birthday at Brixius

Brixius Ice Cream With The Family
Brixius Ice Cream With The Family

© Celebrating Alan’s birthday at Brixius

Keeping History Alive

A self portrait.

All we try to do is keeping bits and pieces of history alive through photos.

It takes a lot of research about all the places that we explore and not every detail might be correct or as accurate as in real life. Often history is forgotten or lost or deleted for all sorts of reason, that’s why we cannot guarantee that everything we right is correct. We apologize if something is incorrect, so please correct us if this is the case!

Please, leave a comment or email us at info@twin-rhino.be with the correct information and we will update this blog accordingly.

Twin Rhino | Alan Cuypers

Alan & Hannes @ Zillion - 2015

© Alan & Hannes

Have you ever been to Zillion?

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What are your experiences with club Zillion?

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From what country where you from?

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Where the Couchsurfing community brought us and what is it?

Where the Couchsurfing community brought us and what is it?

The Couchsurfing Community

Where the Couchsurfing community brought us and what is it?

By Alan & Lourdes | Budget Travellers

The Community | Travel | Comfortzone | Unity | What is couchsurfing | what’s next

The Community

Alan was introduced to the Couchsurfing idea after simply searching about it online to find an easy way to connect with fellow travel-loving people like him. And on August 6, 2016, he started doing hangouts in his own city Antwerp together with a bunch of people from different nationalities. It was Couchsurfing Hangouts that made him open up his quite introverted self-being and it worked out quite well at the time.

He enjoyed the Couchsurfing way of thinking and invited travellers alike who were looking for a free couch to crash on and they were happy to have almost a whole house for them alone, except that they had to share it with Alan as he was still home at the time his parents and sisters went on a short trip without him.

It was during the year 2015 that he learned about the Couchsurfing website and their statement; staying at someone’s property and sleep either on their floor or couch for free. He planned a trip to Riga, Latvia, but as he was brand-new on the site he couldn’t find a place to stay for free.

Not that he didn’t want to pay for hotels or anything, in fact he had to pay for one as he couldn’t find a free couch. But for once in his travel life sleeping on a couch for free would be a very nice thing to happen, and it saves the wallet from being empty while returning back home.

Exploring Palawan – Island Hopping Tours in El Nido

Exploring Palawan – Island Hopping Tours in El Nido

Exploring Palawan – Island Hopping Tours in El Nido

Exploring Palawan – Island Hopping Tours in El Nido

The famous El Nido sign at the beach

El Nido

21.08.2019

One thing that comes to mind when searching about El Nido is the Island Hopping tours that are organised here and believe us it is completely worth it see these beautiful island around El Nido and it also the only way to even see them. One needs to pay the environmental and entry fees in advance.

Let’s dive right in…

The Banca Boat of the Philippines

Guided tours of El Nido

22.08.2019

Which tour package to take?

Most tours start at 9:00 and end around 16:00, but it depends on the weather and duration of the stops. Lunch is included in the trip and you can choose a to eat fish or chicken which you can tell your guide the day before. There’s plenty of rice, fish, chicken, pork and fruits. Don’t forget to inform your guide!

  • Small Lagoon
  • Big Lagoon
  • Secret Lagoon
  • Shimizu Island
  • Seven Commandos Beach

Price for this tour (lunch included) : 1200 PHP / person

  • Snake Island
  • Pinagbuyutan Island
  • Entalula Beach
  • Cudugnon Cave
  • Snorkel Stop

Price for this tour (lunch included) : 1300 PHP / person

  • Helicopter Island
  • Matinloc Shrine
  • Secret Beach
  • Star Beach
  • Hidden Beach

Price for this tour (lunch included) : 1400 PHP / person

  • Ipil Beach
  • Cadlao Lagoon
  • Paradise Beach
  • Pasandigan Beach
  • Natnat Beach
  • Bukal Beach

Price for this tour (lunch included) : 1200 PHP / person

Book a tour @ JY Travel & Tours – Coron

Where to stay in Puerto Princesa?

I booked our B&B beforehand so we knew where we had to travel to after our flight. A friendly tricycle driver took us first to a tour booking operator for our next-day adventure to the Underground River of Puerto Princesa.

The B&B was called Citadel Bed & Breakfast, a quiet location on the north-east side of the city at just 1.8 km from the Kanigaran Beach to the east of the B&B and 2 km to Robinsons Place Palawan shopping mall to the west.

Full Banca Boat El Nido Tour

#PuertoPrincesaPalawan
#ExploringPalawan
#Islandhoppingtour

How to book a guided tour?

If you didn’t book an island hopping tour in advance then the “Manong Driver” is ready to help you for the bookings. He will bring you to a trusted tour guide agent and voilà you got a safer and cheaper booking.

What does a tour looks like?

Underground River tour at Sabang

  • Pick up at your hotel (8:00 am or your preference)
  • Arrive at Sabang wharf (2 or 3 hours trip)
  • Boat ride from Sabang wharf to underground river park (15 minutes)
  • Cave exploration via paddle boat (30 to 60 minutes)
  • Lunch buffet at Sabang restaurant
  • Departure from Sabang wharf to Puerto Princesa (leaves at 16:00 pm)
  • Drop-off at your hotel

It was an amazing shortcation adventure. Check booking.com for your favourite accommodation.

Air Asia present at Sabang harbour – Palawan

The Underground River

19.08.2019

Before you go!

Keep in mind a couple of things before heading to the Underground River.

You need to secure a permit at the Underground River Booking Office located at Puerto Princesa’s City Coliseum or via a tour operator. We booked our trip at … .
All of the below fees are mandatory.

Entrance fee 500 pesos 8.65 euro
Environmental fee 150 pesos 2.60 euro
Audioguide fee 85 pesos 1.47 euro

From Puerto Princesa airport, you’ll have to travel to Sabang and hop on a jeep, bus, or van in San Jose Terminal going to Sabang, which can take two to three hours.Moreover, you can’t travel straight to Sabang. You must secure a permit first at the Underground River Booking Office situated at Puerto Princesa’s City Coliseum. This is the government’s initiative to control the number of tourists that visit the protected area. Prepare your valid ID, settle the fee, and get your permit.After that, you need to head straight to Sabang Port and go to the Tourism Office. There, you’ll present your permit and pay the environmental and boat fees, as well as the mandatory audio guide. A boat will be designated for you and will take you to the Underground River entrance.You’ll then board a smaller boat that will bring you inside the Underground River. Your tour guide or boatman will use a searchlight to show you the cave’s stunning stalagmites and stalactites, rock formations, and its inhabitants (i.e., bats, birds, and reptiles).

Underground River tours last around 45 minutes. Once done, a larger boat will bring you back to Sabang Port. You can then either spend the night in town or travel back to the city.

How to get there from Puerto Princesa?

Best way to get to the Underground River is by booking a tour at … the day prior your excursion to the Underground River because you’re going to leave early around 8 am. They offer prices starting at … PHP.

Pickup and drop-off at your place of accommodation is all included in the fair.

Time of arrival back at your hotel will be somewhere in the afternoon like 4 or 5 pm depending on the season.

Underground River Entrance

Me and my love at the Underground River

Posing in front of the Underground River sign

Palawan Aircon Van Transport to El Ndio

Going to El Nido Beach

The famous El Nido sign

The El Nido rocky formations

Swiftlets Inn Breakfast Goodness

Banca Boat

A handful of tourists on the Banca Boat

Tropical Beach Lunch with some tourists

El Nido’s Last Boat

Coron Travel Tours

Choosing a tour in Coron

Rain at the rocky lake

Banca Boat nearing the beautiful nature

Coron Harbour

Hiking in Coron

Corto Del Mar Hotel – Coron

Corto Del Mar Hotel – Coron

Corto Del Mar Breakfast – Coron

Coron Tourism

Coron Tourism

Coron Tourism

Coron Tourism

Coron Tourism

Coron Landmark with Cross

French Fries at Lobster King – Coron

Prince Jacob – Tricycle

Exploring Palawan – The Underground River Tour

Exploring Palawan – The Underground River Tour

Exploring Palawan – The Underground River Tour

Exploring Palawan – The Underground River Tour

Beachfront of the Underground River in Puerto Princesa

The Philippines

19.08.2019

This trip was our most exotic trip to date and it took us to the memorable Philippines by airline departing from Hong Kong. Alan booked everything in advance and chose perfect accommodations along our path of our journey.

On our schedule was Manila, Palawan, Negros and to finish Hong Kong again before heading back home to Belgium.

To finish with the intro, this holiday was as beautiful as it can ever get. Read on to find out why…

Puerto Princesa – Citadel Bed & Breakfast

Puerto Princesa

19.08.2019

Acclaimed to be the greenest and cleanest city in the Philippines!

01. How to travel to Puerto Princesa?

Via airline AirAsia from Manila is the easiest way and it only takes 1 hour and 13 minutes. We flew to Puerto Princesa and made our way up north from there to Coron via the world-famous aircon vans.

After arrival at the Puerto Princesa Airport grab a tricycle instead of a van just to experience the real Filipino way of getting to your destination and it’s much more affordable as well.

Puerto Princesa – Citadel Bed & Breakfast

02. Where to stay in Puerto Princesa?

We booked the Citadel Bed & Breakfast, located on the north-east side of the city at just 1.8 km from the Kanigaran Beach to the east and 2 km to Robinsons Place Palawan shopping mall to the west.

Puerto Princesa – Citadel Bed & Breakfast

#PuertoPrincesaPalawan
#ExploringPalawan
#Islandhoppingtour

How to book a tour?

If you didn’t book an island hopping tour in advance then the “Manong Driver” is ready to help you for the bookings. He will bring you to a trusted tour guide agent and voilà you got a safer and cheaper booking.

What does a tour look like?

Underground River tour at Sabang

  • Pick up at your hotel (8:00 am or your preference)
  • Arrive at Sabang wharf (2 or 3 hours trip)
  • Boat ride from Sabang wharf to underground river park (15 minutes)
  • Cave exploration via paddle boat (30 to 60 minutes)
  • Lunch buffet at Sabang restaurant
  • Departure from Sabang wharf to Puerto Princesa (leaves at 16:00 pm)
  • Drop-off at your hotel

It was an amazing shortcation adventure. Check booking.com for your favourite accommodation.

Air Asia present at Sabang harbour – Palawan

The Underground River

19.08.2019

Before you go!

Keep in mind a couple of things before heading to the Underground River.

You need to secure a permit at the Underground River Booking Office located at Puerto Princesa’s City Coliseum or via a tour operator. We booked our trip at … .
All of the below fees are mandatory.

Entrance fee 500 pesos 8.65 euro
Environmental fee 150 pesos 2.60 euro
Audioguide fee 85 pesos 1.47 euro

How to get there from Puerto Princesa?

Best way to get to the Underground River is by booking a tour at … the day prior your excursion to the Underground River because you’re going to leave early around 8 am. They offer prices starting at … PHP.

Pickup and drop-off at your place of accommodation is all included in the fair.

Time of arrival back at your hotel will be somewhere in the afternoon like 4 or 5 pm depending on the season.

Underground River Entrance

Me and my love at the Underground River

Posing in front of the Underground River sign

Palawan Aircon Van Transport to El Ndio

Going to El Nido Beach

The famous El Nido sign

The El Nido rocky formations

Swiftlets Inn Breakfast Goodness

Banca Boat

A handful of tourists on the Banca Boat

Tropical Beach Lunch with some tourists

El Nido’s Last Boat

Coron Travel Tours

Choosing a tour in Coron

Rain at the rocky lake

Banca Boat nearing the beautiful nature

Coron Harbour

Hiking in Coron

Corto Del Mar Hotel – Coron

Corto Del Mar Hotel – Coron

Corto Del Mar Breakfast – Coron

Coron Tourism

Coron Tourism

Coron Tourism

Coron Tourism

Coron Tourism

Coron Landmark with Cross

French Fries at Lobster King – Coron

Prince Jacob – Tricycle