Jollibee Kid’s 2020!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! AND HAPPY 2021!!!

Oh boy, it has been quite a jolly and not so jolly year! I am sure you know. And this will be a major jolly update for sure! The last time I did a post was back in the beginning of 2020!! Man, you would have thought that I would have more time to do blog posts right? Moreover, who would have thought that all of us would have experienced a year that we all hoped to live to the fullest PIVOT to a year that we are hopeful to live to the fullest!!

Just like in 2019, I took a MAJOR break from posting Jollibee stuff within the past year in 2020 due to my transitioned status as an engaged Jollibee Kid that headed into the sacrament of marriage with my Jolli Fiancee! Now, she is my jolly wife! However, we still kept 2020 very Jolly and tried our best as a couple and as individuals to remind everyone that good things are still happening during the year. Just to go off-topic for a bit, a lot of my time from Spring to Summer 2020, was wedding planning with my fiancee. And long story short, our wedding rehearsal turned into the real thing on August 19, 2020. Now, we are enjoying our life as newly jollied husband and wife 🙂

In 2020, I continued to visit and eat at Jollibee. However, one of the most devastating things that started the dreadful year took place when I decided to take a stroll to the original Jollibee location within the Waipahu Shopping Plaza area. I believe, it was a January 2, 2020, when I decided to take a visit to the original store in Waipahu, HI. I must have swing by the nearby Savers store to donate some items. When I pulled into the parking area, I noticed that the store was kind of covered up with brown wallpaper and stuff. I thought to myself, maybe they were doing a renovation project or something. When I pulled out of my car and walked further in, I started to read the signage that was on the door. I further thought to myself, it is probably an update on when they are going to re-open and how long they will take to do it. As I read the sign, I could not believe what I was reading and what I was comprehending. I had to read it a second time and then a third time. I kept on re-reading the sign to make sure I understood what it said. I kept on reading the bolded text, “It’s been a pleasure to serve you.” It finally crossed my mind that it was regretful message from the store that the restaurant location has permanently closed, effective January 1, 2020. And then the sign goes on to say to visit their other O’ahu, Hawaii locations.

Right then and there, I started to tear up a bit and took a few steps back. As I was processing, a few other people stopped by the store and started to read the sign. A few others were also in disbelief. One person said they were looking forward to ordering a chickenjoy. Another elderly person wanted some spaghetti. I think we all in that moment, started feeling a sense of grief as well. I took a few more minutes to further process and somewhat reflect on my JollibeeKid journey. This was the store that started it all for the presence of Jollibee in Hawaii. I remembered that I was the 101st customer at this location when it had it’s blockbuster opening on Tuesday, December 14, 2010. And then from that day, created the Jollibee Kid and the 100 day journey of everyday joy and happiness at a place where that feels like home. I started to reflect on the many memories, the many adventures, and the many times where I enjoyed good company with family and friends. Iintroduced many people to the wonders and joy of Jollibee at this very store location. Anyways, I told my jolly fiancee about it at the time and she also could not believe it. I had to take her and show her about two days later on January 4, 2020, and she indeed could not believe it as well. Although, she was Ok overall, I still took several moments again to mourn and grief about real closure of this store location.

Anyways, despite the closure of the original Jollibee Hawaii location in Waipahu, HI, I continued (of course) visit Jollibee in 2020. I believe my visits where still geared mostly at the Kapolei, HI location, which is the closest restaurant location to my point of residence. On February 14, 2020, my wife and I had a Valentines’ day date at the beach and of course we had Jollibee. We had ordered a chickenjoy and spaghettijoy meal with pineapple quencher drink. It was of course a jolly one. In March 2020, I heard about raving news about the much anticipated open of the new Jollibee Hawaii location on the island of Maui, HI. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to visit the new restaurant store location due to the devastating and unfortunate occurrence of the COVID19/Coronavirus pandemic hitting and impacting the U.S. Once control of the pandemic settles down and is safer or the safest to travel, I will plan to visit and eat there one day for sure.

Throughout 2020, I was glad that Jollibee USA did not totally shut down it’s operations in response to the COVID19 pandemic. I would have been even more devastated if that were to have occurred and 2020 would totally not have been so jolly at all! For most of my Jollibee visits throughout the pandemic, I went to the Kapolei location where they did not have dining. However, like most food places, there was only take out and drive through options. Throughout 2020. I did not notice much new Jollibee USA foods that came out. Surprisingly and unfortunately, I did not get to try the ube pie that came out. Based out of online and social media reviews, I heard that it was good but still not as great and comparable towards the famous peach mango pie! Even without eating and tasting the ube pie, I would definitely have to agree with that.

On April 2, 2020, I decided to try to do a vlog of some sorts by doing a “Jollibee Mukbang.” With this particular attempt, the plan was to do a series of Jollibee Mukbang over my social media/Instagram” @jollibeekid . The series would entail me ordering a batch of Jollibee food items and just talking about it while I was live on my social media. Unfortunately, this was the only one and done attempt for 2020. I ordered a Jollibee burgers because it was a while since I had burgers. The Mukbang series would have entailed highlighting and talking about the three main Jollibee foods of burgers, chicken, and noodles/spaghetti. Anyways, on this day, I ordered the yumburger, the yumburger TLC, and Amazing Aloha burger. I ate and provided jolly commentary over the burgers. I also ordered a pineapple juice quencher and peach mango pie drink. To summarize, I talked about, if I were to order a burger, my go-to choice would be the original yumburger because I just like classic burgers. In regards to what to drink when having a Jollibee meal, the pineapple quencher drink is what makes a Jollibee meal, jolly. And of course, the best dessert from Jollibee, is the famous peach mango pie. I think that was pretty much it in a nutshell.

More Jollibee adventures continued through Summer 2020, when I did another visit on May 15, 2020. I went on an early evening time just to go and get some Jollibee halo halo for dessert. My wife and I had two of them when we went on a nice picnic type of date for the two of us. During the Summer, we also continued to go to Jollibee for random jolly drive through cravings, whether it was for chickenjoy or spaghettijoy. Prior to my wife and I’s marriage on on August 19, 2020, our last meal before we go married was actually a bucket of chickenjoy to share with my in-laws so that was awesome. During the Fall, we also continued to go to Jollibee for random jolly drive through cravings, whether it was for chickenjoy or spaghettijoy.

More Jollibee eats continued in late 2020, when my wife and I find out that God has blessed us with the expectation of our first jolly child together! JollibeeKid’s Kid coming soon! Unfortunately, as far a pregnancy craving goes, the only thing that she would like a crave is spaghettijoy. Through the thanksgiving and Christmas season, we also continued to go to Jollibee for random jolly drive through cravings, whether it was for chickenjoy or spaghettijoy.

And that pretty much wrapped up my brief Jollibee visits, adventures, eats, and experiences from this past 2020. What a year it has been. Thank God that Jollibee still kept 2020 Jolly.

Aloha,
Jollibee Kid Gabe

Jollibee Kid’s 2019!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! AND HAPPY 2020!!!

Boy it has been quite a jolly year! And this will be a major jolly update for sure indeed! As a I mentioned and posted in my last post back in 2018, I took a MAJOR break from posting Jollibee stuff within the past year in 2019 due to my status as a newly engaged Jollibee Kid heading into the sacrament of marriage with my Jolli Fiancee. However, we still kept 2019 Jolly – Yesssahhh Blesssaahhh.

In 2019, I continued to visit and eat at Jollibee, mostly at the Kapolei, HI location. To kind of roll it back a little though – Late December 2018, was when the ever famous and popular Jollibee Funko Pop toy showed up at limited and selected Jollibee USA stores! One of them included the Kapolei Jollibee store! My jolly Fiancee and I were super jolly excited! My fiancee and I copped one as we were one of the first few to get it on December 5, 2018. She actually got it as one of my early birthday / Christmas present which I love her for. However, I would say Jollibee USA made a pretty shady deal in order to get it. You had to spend $30 in food in order to by the $40 Jollibee funko pop. So in actuality, you had to spend about $70 at Jollibee just to get the toy. However, being the Jollibee kid that I am of course that was no problem. It is always on display at home. During that same month in December 2018, my fiancee and I also visited a Jollibee during a holiday trip to her home state in Washington. We visited and ate at the Seattle, WA location with jolly family.

On February 23, 2019, I tried that Jollibee tuna pie which came out in Jollibee USA stores for a limited amount of time. I observed a ton of criticism and negative feedback online and on social media about how nasty the tuna pie is. But I was like O’COME ON PEOPLE. If you love Jolliee, you will try it and be open minded to it. HOWEVER, I tried to emphasize and told people to give it a chance! When I tried it the first time, it was GOOD! It was like having chicken pot pie but tuna style!!! But that’s just the Jollibee in me. Others can believe and feel what they want.

More Jollibee adventures continued through Summer 2019 when the Jollibee pineapple float came around! It was one of my favorites and go-tos for sure during the summer time! I think the only thing that made it not so jolly was the amount of ice that they usually put in when I ordered the pineapple float. But al the same time, it kept the ice cream that was inside the float intact! It is pretty much the Jollibee pineapple quencher drink with ice cream! So GOOD! Also with real cut/sliced pineapples inside! So Good! The price was so jolly Good too!

More Jollibee eats continued in Fall 2019, with some stops to other Jollibee locations such as Ala Moana Center mall and Kalihi. Meals consisted of mostly Jollibee yumburger, chickenjoy, and jolly spaghetti kids meals. I always got the kids meals because not only am I a Jollibeekid/Thee Jollibeekid but I got it for the novelty toys. One day, I will give it to my own kids. During a visit to Jollibee Ala Moana in September/ October 2019, I noticed that they have a pretty cool Jollibee video in front of the store where it shows animated Jollibee dancing and being typical loving jolly Jollibee! The animation is pretty cool because it really attracts the kids and kids love it. It makes people (I can imagine especially the Japanese tourists) really stop and try to check out and see when Jollibee food is all about!

And that pretty much wrapped up my brief Jollibee visits, adventures, eats, and experiences from this past 2019

Aloha,
Jollibee Kid Gabe

Jollibee Kid Fall 2018 Update!

Dear Jollibee Kid fans and Community of Jollibee Kid Hawaii family and friends,
 
Frequent blog posts about visits, experiences, and stories regarding my adventures to Jollibee will be limited due to my status as a newly engaged Jollibee Kid heading into the sacrament of marriage with my Jolli Fiancee. More jolly fun to come! Please continue to stay jolly tuned!
Aloha,
Jollibee Kid Gabe 🙂

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Kapolei Day 40. Today I came over along with my newly Jolli fiancé and soon to be brother in law for a first of the month jollibee run. We came over for breakfast time and for some good jolli food. The jolli fiancé and I got tocino breakfastjoys while bro in law got a Chickenjoy breakfastJoy. He is also a huge jollibee fan just like I am. We sat near the end of the restaurant where it has jollibee dancing there jolli twist on the wall. It was a good dance session. Bro in law even tried mixing the jolli twist the the famous floss dance. The dine in beezyness was about 30 percent. The drive thru beezyness was about 20 percent.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Kapolei Day 39. Today I came in during the late afternoon time with Jollibae. One of our other friends, Nico, also came by to eat with us too larer on. We found out that they have a new menu item! This time it was the adobo rice! It sounded very interesting and of course we had to try it out. I guess we came in initially to eat an early small dinner. Originally we were going to get a Chickenjoy but Jollibae and I got two adobo rice, a side of jolly crispy fries and a peach mango pie. The new adobo fried rice is about $1.29 plus tax which is a super good deal. The dine in beezyness was about 40 percent. The drive thru beezyness was about 30 percent. When we finally got to taste the adobo fried rice it was so good. It is not too vinegary if you like your adobo vingergary but it is still good. It is also good with ketchup so I would recommend adding that. It is more on the garlic side if you like your adobo garlicy. He adobo rice has a couple of pieces of pork in it so with that said it is more rice than anything else. We were conversing and came to find that it would also be really good to eat for breakfast along with tomato and egg and make it super Filipino like that. Anyways the adobo rice is in Jollibee USA locations now so try it out.

 


Friday, July 6, 2018

Kapolei Day 38. It has been a really long time since I have been going to Jollibee Kapolei as a part of my visits. I was glad that I was able to stop by for a meal through the mist of my busy schedule with work and extra activities that I have going around with life. Sometimes the Jollibee Kid life gets you going or slowing down per say. Anyways, the dine in beezyness was about 40 percent. The drive thru beezyness was about 30 percent. It was actually national fried chicken day and what a better way to celebrate than with the next fried chicken in the planet! ChickenJOY!!! I got 2 Chickenjoy kids meals both with pineapple quencher drinks. Both of the meals was actually for me. Had a long day at work so I ate the both of them!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Kapolei Visit 37. Today I came in on a Tuesday night for dinner with Jollibae after a quick workout at 24 hour fitness. The dine in beezyness was about 35 percent. The drive thru beezyness was about 30 percent. I got the new egg sandwich and regular jolly crispy fries while Jollibae got a Chickenjoy kids meal with pineapple quencher for Jollibae. It was a pretty mellow night and a nice night to go to Jollibee. I noticed that they have a new store hours sign in front of the door.

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kapolei Day 36. Today I came in on a Sunday night for dinner. It’s been a long time (almost 6 weeks) since I went to Jollibee Kapolei. I have been out due to a job training outside of home. But now that I am back in Hawaii, I can start going back to Jollibee. Anyways, it felt good seeing Jollibee again and eating Jollibee again. One thing that noticed for sure is they don’t have the now open signs anymore. The drive thru beezyness was about 40 percent. The dine in beezyness was quite a bit at 70 percent. There was a lot of people for a Sunday night at Jollibee Kapolei in my opinion. I didn’t really noticed any new menu items. Jollibae came along and we both got a C1 and C2 Chickenjoy meal with jolly crispy fries and a pineapple quencher. It was crispylicious and felt good eating Chickenjoy again.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Kapolei Day 35. Today I came in during the evening time accompanied by the most people / entourage that I had going to Jollibee Kapolei. It was a few friends and family because I am going to go away home from the island for roughly 5 weeks due to a job related training in the mainland. So obviously I will be away from Jollibee Kapolei for a very long time. Jollibee USA does not have a Pennsylvania location unfortunately. Anyways, the dine in beezyness was was about 60 percent. The drive thru beezyness was about 40 percent. Jollibae and I got a burger steak, jolly crispy fries, Chickenjoy kids meal, and spaghettijoy. My friend Micah and his wife went and got to try out Jollibee for the first time and it was good. They also now have a new menu item most likely because of the Lenten season of the catholic tradition of not being able to eat meat specifically on Fridays. But anyways it is the new egg mayo sandwich. It is similar to the egg mayo little big bite but with a different bun. Anyways, we all had a jolly good time. I will be missing Jollibee for a while…

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kapolei Day 34. Today Jollibae and I came in during the evening time for dinner. We actually just went through the drive thru area. The dine in beezyness seemed to be able 40 percent. The drive thru beezyness was about 40 percent as well. We just got a jolly spaghetti and two side orders of rice. We were just going to go eat at home.