Spawned by this tweet, actually:
As a fan, it’s a joy to see Robbie Williams sing alongside his original Take That band mates for a Meerkat Music online special. If I’m not mistaken, the last time Williams performed with Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, and Mark Owen was two years ago at the 2018 X-Factor finale where the former serves as a judge.
It wasn’t really a surprise Williams showed up for this online special. On few occasions after leaving Take That for a second time, he’d casually banter about joining the remaining trio in future tours, depending on his schedule. (This Meerkat gig is so easy, no need to be somewhere else, just perform in your own house.)
Some folks are still wondering why Jason Orange wasn’t part of the reunion. It can be remembered that Orange amicably parted ways with the group in 2014 not long after the relatively short-lived return of Williams. Would have really been a treat if he showed up to complete the five.
As for the Meerkat Music performance, it was fun to watch. When they were singing their classic “Pray”, I found it both hilarious and awkward that Howard, Gary, and Mark faithfully executed the dance steps associated with the song while Robbie just, well, calmly swayed to it.
Update: Here’s the encore, in case you missed it:
They say never write when you’re angry. Understandable. It is extremely difficult for me to say anything cohesive about how MERALCO is continuing with its grand swindling of its consumers by forcing them to pay for electricity they didn’t actually use.
And where are your usual noisy politicos and activists that grumble at every move the government makes? Oh, they’re so mum in all these since they are close friends and associates of the oligarchs that (mis)manage the country’s electricity services. They can’t even carry the cudgels for the common tao when it matters the most. (They’re only good at toppling presidents that don’t serve the interests of the greedy elitists.)
They probably even have special arrangements with the power provider, who knows, maybe even free electricity. Anything is possible in this ultra-crooked rich-controlled system we have here.
The nerve of these MERALCO people to even say that we “wait” for the “corrected” bill to be issued soon. If they really wanted, they could have given us all the real numbers and actual consumption at the get-go. Later on, they will have the temerity to unceremoniously cut off services to households who decide to sit out and wait for the factual readings before settling their dues.
Damn you, power oligarchs and your coddlers!
Well, the COVID-19 lockdown/quarantine is going to be extended until, at least, the end of May here in Metro Manila. I took the opportunity to try other food services that allow delivery or pickup in order to add to food stocks at home. Ended up checking out KMall Philippines.
Since I love noodles, I wound up getting some. (I ordered 20 items. Photo shows the products I picked.) I carefully waded through the product catalog, double-checking translations just to make sure I am not getting any of those ridiculously hot and spicy ones. I don’t want to pass burning hot poop ever again. There, I said it. (But it looks like the Chicken with Cheese variant says “Hot” in it. I didn’t notice it during order time. Oh, well.)
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Although I have long been a regular consumer of web-related products (domain names, hosting, etc.) and other services sold online for more than a decade now, I am not a user of e-commerce stores based in the Philippines. Too many stories of online sellers misrepresenting their products to the point of actually defrauding their customers. I got discouraged.
The COVID-19 lockdown forced me to try buying grocery items through the Philippine portal of an international e-commerce company called the Lazada Group. Then I experienced one of the horror stories of online shopping that you usually stumble upon on the Internet via social media sites.
So I ordered a Nescafé Creamy White 3-in-1 Instant Coffee pack of 30 sachets, priced at ₱177.73, close to just $4 USD. (I meant to buy it for my wife who wants creamier instant coffee. Yeah, I just had to put that in for friends who know that I prefer black coffee.) The supplier branded itself as a “Nestlé Official Distributor” under the LazMall (Lazada Mall) category.
After waiting for a month (a month!) for that particular item to arrive, imagine my shock and anger when I opened the package to reveal a single sachet. Yes, just one sachet! Not 30! No wonder the packaging felt so strangely light!
Filed a complaint online at Lazada, but I was totally ignored. To this day. Then I found out from the messages left on the site that I wasn’t the only one defrauded by the seller. Obviously, what they did to me was not a mistake.
It was their modus operandi.
These unscrupulous people are giving Nestlé Philippines and Lazada a bad name. And apparently, based on the comments at that particular product page, this ugly practice has been going on for quite a while now. What are the authorities doing about this? Maybe no one has filed a formal complaint yet?
Don’t worry, deceitful sellers. You can shove my measly $4 down your throats. I wish the wicked group behind this nefarious scheme choke on whatever grub their ill-gotten cash bought and collectively die slow and excruciating deaths.