Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kalihi Day 7. Today I came in during the afternoon time for lunch. There hardly any cars at the drive thru. The dine in beezyness was about 60 percent. Before going in I used te restroom and saw a bunch of aunties sitting right next to the women’s room. Good thing that put chairs by the restroom area. It is no wonder they call the restroom a CR = comfort room. There was a mixture of young and older people but mostly teenagers most likely from Farrington hanging out, taking selfies, playing on their smartphone, and tsimissing about teenagers related stuff. There was hardly a line in I came in. It started getting busier later on. Today I got a spaghetti kids meal with a side order of fries. They didn’t offer me a choice between a kiddie soft drink or pineapple quencher. They automatically gave me a kiddie soft drink. Perhaps they ran out of the pineapple quencher for now. I got a side order of fries because usually when I eat spaghetti, I usually end up having some leftover sauce and sausages so I use the fries to act like I have more noodles because technically it’s all carbohydrates. I have to make sure I run a few miles later on. The spaghetti with extra fries combo is a good carbo load meal in my opinion. As I was about to eat my meal, I noticed that they gave me a spoon instead of a fork. I was like mannn but then again I can deal with it because I am pinoy like that. 93 more days to go!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Kalihi Day 6. Today I came in during the afternoon time. Today I decided to go through the drive thru since I had to go to work later on. I came right after working out. Since I am going to have Jollibee everyday, I have to make sure I keep myself healthy and fit if you know what I mean. It was a rainy commute down. The drive thru beezyness was about 60 percent. There were about 6 cars in line. Today i just got two peach mango pies and one banana langka pie.  I got the pies to take over to my co workers for them later on. Documenting my visit is pretty tough while visiting Jollibee. I think I prefer dining in. 94 more days to go!

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Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014

Kalihi Day 5. Today is Easter Sunday. I was kinda skeptical about their hours today so I called in just to make sure that they closed at 10pm. I came in during the evening time at around 8pm. I wanted to see what the Jollibee experience is like at night and come to find out its just as poppin as it is during the day time. I thought it would be a little mellowed down but people were still here enjoying their Jollibee. It was raining when i went. There were people going through the drive thru. There was a small line when I went. I got a chickenjoy dip n strip kids meal with the pineapple quencher. Since this is the second kiddie meal that I ordered here, maybe I should try collecting all of the toys? The dine in beezyness was about 50 percent. There was a mixture of young and older people. It also seemed like small families were here to spent there eastern dinner here. I noticed that there were cups by the straw dispenser. Perhaps those cups are meant for the water. Since it was raining today maybe I should have got coffee to offset the cold weather this evening. At around 9pm, more younger people started to show up. I even saw a kid with a kendama while waiting or standing in line. I’m not surprised but like all young adults my age, I can’t stand those things.  95 more days to go!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kalihi Day 4. Today I came in during the lunch time after getting my car serviced at the New City Nissan in Kalihi. Jollibee was a perfect pit stop. In fact, Jollibee Kalihi is a perfect pit stop wherever you go. I was reading a yelp review and one yelper mentioned how they always see Jollibee from their everyday daily commute. You can’t help but to see the happiness of Jollibee. The dine in beezyness was about 70 percent. The drive thru beezyness was about 50 percent as well. However, I am not sure if I can gauge the drive thru beezyness because it is always fluctuating. It could be dead ken minute and really beezy the next. Today I ordered a B1: yumburger with jolly crispy fries meal. The percentage of Filipinos in the store at the time was about 70 percent. I think you can feel the presence of happy kalihi Filipinos having a Jollibee in the neighborhood. I haven’t realized how good the burgers are until I started eating them again. I should try coming at night to see how it’s like also. So far I have experienced that it can get busy during the afternoon time. I probably came during the busiest time since it is lunch time. If I am going to do a 100 days, I should see what’s it like at Jollibee for every hour of the day. The music that they play inside the store reminds me of like being in a McDonalds. Today they had some traditional hawaiian music on. They put down the shades because today is really sunny. As I was about to leave, I met up with an old friend, Reyn who just so happens to work at the Jiffy Lube next to Jollibee. So that was pretty cool. 96 more days to go!

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Good Friday, April 18, 2014

Kalihi Day 3. Today is aloha Good Friday. I came in during the morning time before going to work. When I drove up it wasn’t busy at all. The dine in beezyness was about 10 percent. When i stepped in, i was the only one there at the time. I saw ma’am Mila and sandy and asked me if I was coming again for a 100 days and I was like why not? I orders a peach mango pie and coffee to start the day. There was no line. I don’t think that much Filipinos are coming today because it is lent. Good thing Jollibee kalihi opened during Holy Week, the last week of lent and today is the last Friday of lent. Jollibee kalihi doesn’t really have anything good to offer for is Catholics celebrating the Lenten season so it’s too bad that don’t have things like the tuna little big bite and crispy bangus. As I was dining it I felt like an manong sitting in a Mcdo drinking his daily cup of joe. Instead of reading a newspaper i was on my social media haha. Anyways again not too much Filipinos or even kids for that matter during the hour I was there. There was mostly local people either dining in or getting take out. 97 more days to go!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kalihi Day 2. Today I came in during the early afternoon time. I got a yumburger tlc (with lettuce, cheese, tomato) meal with fries and a drink. I think the Jollibee burgers might be the more underrated food menu items now. When I look up the hashtag of Jollibee on Instagram, most of the posts that I see are mostly on chickenjoy and spaghetti and stuff. At the time the drive thru beezyness was about 40 percent and dine in about 50. There was a small line. I figured I go and tried to get some studying done and see how it’s like. It seemed like it was going to bee a challenge because I might have come at a prime time. The dine in crowd consisted of all types of people from students, Nanas, tatas, kids, working professionals, young adults, etc. I stayed for about an hour. It started to get busier when heading towards the mid afternoon time. It was good seeing the management on the floor again greeting and helping customers out. Ma’am Mila was there so it was good seeing her there too. The Jollibee pillow is da bomb! I used it today and it can be used for your car head rest! I am glad that I got it so worth the standing in line! I wish we got something when Ala Moana first opened! 98 more days to go!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – Kalihi Opens!

Kalihi Day 1. Today is the first grand opening day of Jollibee Kalihi. I was really excited. I woke up early in the morning to bee one of the first customers and being the Jollibee Kid… Of course I just had to. The feeling that I had really brought the inner kid in me. The excitement was similar to when Waipahu first opened but I don’t think we can expect those crazy lines to happen again since Jollibee has already been established here in Hawaii. I came in at around 6am. I was contemplating on whether or not I was going to bee the first customer but when I came there, Lola was there quietly sitting down reading her bible scriptures. I didn’t feel bad that I got beat to bee the first customer because I already accomplished that when Ala Moana opened. The staff were still setting everything up everything such as banners and signage so we had to wait a while. Lola said that she came here at 5:30 so I came about half an hour later. There was another Lola that came by who was going to stand in line with us but she ditched. So it was still me and the original Lola in line at about 6:30 am. At about 6:40 am, a few more people came in line because it started to rain. So that’s why they made a line and put some umbrellas up. Not only that but to create a barrier and barricade for a prospective line. I think that’s why they put Jollibee at the way towards the beginning of the line so that he can welcome and greet customers in. At about 6:46 am they busted out the boom box and started to play the Jollibee bids ang saya song. Then they started to play other songs. Then at last, they finally opened! All of the management and staff were there to give us a warm aloha and greeting. As I was ordering, it almost felt like I was ordering Jollibee again. That’s how excited I was. At first, I wanted to order a breakfastjoy because after all, it was breakfast time. Unfortunately, there were no breakfastjoys so I had to pick something else of course. I ended up getting a burgersteak with soft drink. I think they are going to have breakfastjoys next month. They were also giving out Jollibee pillows for the first day opening. I was glad I was one of them this time. I remember back in 2010 when I went to Jollibee Waipahu the very first day they were giving out Jollibee dolls and a mask to the first 100 customers. I ended up being the 101st customer and ran out of luck! My friend Louise got all the goodies. I was hoping Jollibee would be there to greet us as well but that’s ok. I remember Jollibee was there on the first day at Waipahu. Anyways afterwards I got a little buzzer thing for when my meal is ready. The beverage soda dispenser thingy is similar to Waipahu where you can pick out your own drink. I am really amazed and impressed with the interior design of the store even more so than the exterior. The atmosphere really brought a vibe as if I was at a Jollibee in the Philippines. They have bar stool seating and regular table seating. I can really imagine myself spending a day here reading a bag, hanging out with friends, studying, having a meeting, etc. Hopefully they do have wifi soon. I sat more towards dillingham street side by the window. The burger steak that I had was good. It was warm, gravy, and tasty. It was really cool to see the management walking around greeting everyone and seeing how everyone was doing. I saw familiar faces ma’am Jill and ma’am sandy as well as meeting new people from the new Jollibee leadership team. It was great talking story with them. The dine in beezyness at the time was about 60 percent. There was of course a medium sized line when I was going in. The restrooms are really nice as well. Let’s just say I think it would make for a comfortable experience. Sometimes people judge an establishment by the way how a restroom looks and stuff. Before I left, I decided to check out how the drive thru experience is. Before I ordered I took a selfie. The drive thru experience went pretty well and smooth. I ordered a chickenjoy kids meal with pineapple drink. After I got my food I took a selfie with the drive thru staff. I think they enjoyed that. Jollibee kid kalihi first day secures! Congratulations Jollibee Hawaii for establishing a third Jollibee store in Kalihi completing a trilogy of Jollibee stores on Oahu! It’s not bad of a distance from where I live haha. I looking forward to completing a 100 days as I make this third diary that’s all about the joy of eating at a unique place where you feel like home. 99 more days to go! Chee! #jollibee #kalihi #jollibeekalihi #jollibeekidkalihi

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Waipahu Visit 225.  Today I came in during the afternoon with the homie Nico.  We were actually at the new Kalihi location because they had a pre-opening blessing ceremony in which Ma’am Mila invited me to go over and check out.  The new location looks really good and I am excited for it…

First off the store looks amazing! This is 3rd location that Jollibee has opened here in Oahu, Hawaii and finally they have come into town in the heart of Kalihi.  I thought they would open one in Kalihi before Ala Moana due to the heavyily concentrated Filipino population but hey they finally did it.  I was there for a little pre-opening blessing and ceremony that they had going on where they had all of the Politicians, investors, endorsers, management, staff, etc.  The store took over the former KFC location and what a better replacement than the almighty Jollibee huh? It is conveniently located on the intersection of North King St. and Dilingham right across from the car dealership and Jack in the Box.  It is a highly visible location and everybody upon everybody is gonna know what Jollibee is all about whether you driving, bussing, cycling, walking, etc.  Parking will be a little tough as there really is not that much in the little plaza that it is located in.  I do know there is a small underground garage parking area though.  The restaurant is right next to a bus stop going town side and there is also several other bus stops in the area so bussing it to the location will be pretty convenient.  By looking at the drive through menu, it is pretty much the same thing as the other Jollibees here in Oahu (yumburgers, chickenjoy, spaghetti, palabok, peach mango pie, halo-halo, kids meals, etc.) As I was looking at the drive thru menu where you order, one new thing that I observed was a cream macaroni soup big bowl which sounds pretty interesting.  There business store hours are 7AM to 10PM daily.  Those are pretty good hours I would say.  One thing that I am looking forward to is the drive thru experience.  I am really hyped and excited on the success and future fun experiences at this location.  Time for Diary of a Jollibee Kid 3! Cheee!

The dine in beezyness at Waipahu was about 15 percent.  There was hardly a line for Jollibee and Red Ribbon.  I saw Ma’am Sandy today and she was sad because I guess they tried finding me during the blessing ceremony at Kalihi but I left sooner.  She ended up treating me and Nico to a meal which was really nice of her to do.  I got a palabok, crunchy chicken burger, and soft drink.  I asked her if they were going to have that creamy macaroni soup at Kalihi and I guess that was a typo because she said that they are not supposed to have that.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Waipahu Visit 224.  Today I came in during the early afternoon time with the homie Nico before teaching the Waipahu High School Fil-Am club tinikling practice.  The dine in beezyness was about 35 percent with hardly no one in line.  Today I just got a Halo Halo which I haven’t had in a while plus I had already eaten lunch beforehand at home.  I cannot wait until Jollibee opens, then I will go there everyday or at least try to and so the trilogy commences.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Waipahu Visit 223.  Today I came in during the lunch time with my home gurls Ariel and Kimmy.  We came in during the lunch time before going off to Waipahu High School to teach tinikling again as usual like we do every week.  The dine in beezyness was about 35 percent.  There was hardly a line for Red Ribbon and Jollibee.  Today I got a ube pearl cooler and chickenjoy dip’n strips with honey mustard.  As I was ordering, saw Ma’am Sandy and verified if Jollibee was going to open on Saturday, April 12, however, she said that they delayed it back to Tuesday, April 15 due to the Pacquiao fight.  I thought it would have been perfect to open on Saturday as it will be a big day for Filipinos that day.  Ariel and Kimmy went over next door to Pacific Supermarket because they wanted to get Nestle Milo for Nico.  That reminds me of the Milo Blast that they have in the Philippines.  I recall seeing an instagram post saying how they should have some food menu items in Jollibee USA from Jollibee Philippines and vice versa.

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