Saturday, March 9, 2019

Filipinos Seem To Be Okay With Cheating In The Elections

Thursday, February 28, 2019

David Lee Roth Quote

It was the mid 80s and I used to record the rock documentaries that the local FM stations used to play. It was always interviews with the stars and then their music played. This was so long ago that Van Halen had the original line up. I can't remember the question to David Lee Roth that brought the following quote on but who cares? If anybody can produce audio it would be cool. 

Success is never final
Failure is never fatal
The third most important part of that quotation is , it's not whether you win or lose. It's how good you looked.

Friday, February 1, 2019

JBL Glorietta And Other Time Wasters

" it seems such a waste of time , but that what's it all about"

- Billy Joel

 All of us buy things. Part of the cost of buying something is your time and whatever it costs. The key to happiness in life is reasonable expectations. If you have to lie to a customer then you do not deserve that customer.

You know all that . Well let me tell how it happened to me today Feb 1 2019.

Where :
JBL Bonifacio High Street B3, Bonifacio High St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig 0917-779-4594 (02) 799-9344

In the end it does not matter what I bought. The fact is I bought something and by now you might reaize that I got more than I bargained for. The simplest way to tell this story is with a simple time line then fill in the rest later

12:30 PM- My credit card is authorized for the amount of the purchase . Standard operating procedure is that the product is opened and tested. Right away I knew one channel was not working but they were blaming it on lack of a charge. I was being called to my lunch so I told them I will charge it with my powerbank and I will return if there is anything is wrong.

1240 I leave JBL B3, Bonifacio High St

140 PM I return to JBL and they do further charging and testing. They then finally agree with what I told them earlier that the product was defective. They said they will send somebody to the other store and I asked how long will that take? Where is this store. The answer was Megamall. I balked at that idea. Silly me. That may have been the last truthful statement I will hear while sitting in that store. I was then told of the " Glorietta " store. So I said since I live closer to that place why can't I get it there? "It has to be processed here " he countered.

210 PM I am showed to their home theater demo room. It just me and Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper. This serves to pacify me for maybe an hour till I realized very few things add up. The ETA he gave me earlier was less than an hour. This is Makati/ Manila Friday afternoon traffic we are talking about.

335 PM I left their home theater thinking I will survive not knowing what happened to Dwayne's daughter. BTW for a movie shot in Hong Kong it is hilarious that almost every car in that movie had the driver on the left seat of the car. I confronted him that when I made the decision to buy something there I did not want a stay in that store till 4 PM as part of the purchase price. We were well over his ETA. You will love his counter offer. He wanted me to upgrade ( which means more money for him and the store) even offering a woman's product which was mentioned right there on the box. He did not make any apology for not warning me. For not giving a disclaimer it was a woman's product.

I countered with the fact that they wasted this much of my time and I did not exactly feel like rewarding them. I told him I was willing to walk out of the store and complain to JBL that I have no product and at no time did he ever offer a refund.

Further defensive behavior . He kept  calling his staff tasked to go the "Glorietta" store . He kept offering his staff advice to ditch the bus and start walking/ running. I doubt the guy was coming from "Glorietta". The product eventually came and they asked to see my ID. Strange , the antagonist in this story never volunteers his name but he wants my ID.

435 PM . The unnamed clerk called me a GRAB and walked me to it. Never gave his name or a card or anything. Just the usual pinoy pacifier "pasensya lang sir". 

The Grab driver was fine as the bulk of them are. I tried telling this story but I am not sure I gave it justice. I will try to send this to JBL Philippines head office +632865 2317 . 

Forgive me but as a customer I think I have realistic expectations like:

  • realistic time estimates
  • offer of a refund if the item I paid for is defective and there is no working substitution 
  • not to have a product marketed to the feminine part of the target market offered as an upgrade substitute. 
  •  offer an upgrade that requires additional charge AFTER the initial purchase. Hours after the initial purchase. It is self serving. 
  • not spending between 2-3 hours after payment in the store . I walked into your store out of my own free will and spent money. Respect my time. 
  •  fabrication of fantasy branches. Respect my ability to Google 
  •  be accountable for short comings and just be honest.

In short , since I have no intelligence to insult, please don't insult my stupidity. As I looked over to see how much I have to pay Grab. The name on it : Al Loreto . Too bad I can't give Al five stars for putting up with my rant during  the ride over.

JBL Bonifacio High Street B3, Bonifacio High St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig 0917-779-4594 (02) 799-9344

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Moronic Claim

What a stupid , moronic claim . And no I am not talking about me being refined and civilized. The numbers may be correct but every brag requires context. Aquaman came out in the US Dec 19 or 21. It did very well during the peak movie going time. I am assuming the movie they are promoting came out the second week of January. Actually you see the column LW. Stands for “ last week “ . Upside was not ranked because it was not out. The gross figure you see there is 100% of the gross of Upside. Aquaman ‘s figure is about 7% of their total take and yet Upside beat that 7% by 3 million . So  yes for that week it beat Aquaman but they did not have the same starting line . Some advertising people think all of us are imbeciles.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Something I Noticed In The Film The Prestige

I recently watched an older movie that I never got to see before. The Prestige ( 2006) is about two rival magicians ( illusionists) who were former partners . They keep trying to outdo each other throughout the film as the stakes keep getting higher. I noticed what I thought of a gaffe ( at least for the period)

There is a scene where there is a formal inquiry about one of those transparent tanks of water you see onstage. This inquiry is held in London and the units used to describe the capacity of the water tank was gallons. Maybe my assumption they would use  "liters" in 19th century London but that might be just me. Possible that was a concession given to American audiences? Then again maybe gallons was acceptable at the time according to this. 

prestige movie 2006  gallons tank water liters metric

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Halloween Todd Schindler Memory

Back in 1987 I met Todd Schindler.      I have not seen him or heard from him since the late 90s. Yet some of his stories still resonate with me.

This particular story goes back to Todd's time in an IGA grocery in Hamilton, Ontario. I used to remember the name of his funny ( intentionally or unintentionally ) co -worker known for the phrase " we are here to make money". It might come to me eventually.

One day a female customer came to this co-worker looking for a particular canned soup called Scarios.

The clerk then replied that he was sorry since that soup was unavailable but they did have product from the same line called Alpha-Getti. Which I imagine would be the exact same thing except a different shaped cutter was used to generate letters instead of ghosts and goblins.

The customer then replies to the clerk with a curve ball " But I want to be scared when I eat."

Most of us at this point would throw our hands in the air and try to explain logically that they were physically constituted the same or whatever route. But our grocery clerk protagonist was undaunted. His reply:

" Pretend you are scared."

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Do You Really Listen To Music?

Do You Really Listen To Music?   Of course everyone thinks that they do. I remember very clearly a night in the fall of the 1983 listening to Side 2 of Springsteen's Born to Run and bring so out of breath at the end (Jungleland is the last song on Side 2) and just saying thank you rhetorically to Bruce and the band.  That was my first time to hear most of the songs on there. My story has nothing on this guy. When you really listen to really good music it is all over you and you are somewhere else. I doubt anybody tried to do a film/ video dramatization of this song nor should they. Just listen to it the same way I did. Put on headphones and just you and the band. Really listen to the music . 

Funny, I played this song on my "ghetto-blaster" on a caleche ride in Old Montreal, on my first date with a beautiful young lady named Donna, back in May of 1984. We had tickets to see The Boss in August (Born in the USA), and I wanted to introduce her to Bruce in an intimate and memorable setting. I think we both teared (and hugged) listening to the song - one of those unexpected yet understandable emotional reactions to the sounds and poetic verses of a man you know is prophetic. Riding around beatiful Montreal on a horse-drawn carriage at night with the proclaiming and stirring sounds of Bruce Springsteen all seemed so cool and so right! So, on the night I proposed I borrowed a "limo" (my mom's Civic!) and drove down to Old Montreal. I played Jungleland on the car's cassette deck (pretending to play the local radio). Well that just set the mood, along with a chain of events which would end up with Donna saying, "yes"! That was back in 1991. We've had 3 kids and 2 dogs since, and last summer we were lucky enough to see Bruce (again!) in Montreal; he closed with Jungleland, and we embraced as we smiled and cheered (and wept).