Visit No. 142. Today I came in the morning to pick up some potluck food not only for myself but for Tita Ime. We are having a Filipino for Kids Summer Volunteer Beach BBQ Potluck Salo-salo at magic island. I was going to bring chickenjoy but then Tita Ime also wanted to get me stuff for her since I was heading to Jollibee/Waipahu Shopping Plaza anyway. She wanted a family pack of spaghetti and palabok. I also got her 2 packs of Longganisa from Pacific Supermarket. While I was at Pacific Supermarket, I made a phone call in order so that I didn’t have to wait in line if there was one. Even if there was one, I hecka wouldn’t mind waiting anyway. The dine in beezyness was about 55 percent. There was hardly a line for both Jollibee and Red Ribbon. Ma’am Jing was surprised I had a lot of stuff as I was walking out. It’s been a while and usually not like me to be getting a bulk load of items. It was a special occasion today that’s why.
Happy Birthday to fellow Jaycee oldtimer Lindley! Hope he has a Jolli one!
Visit No. 142. Today I came during late morning time/pre-lunch time with my fellow Jaycee buddy Mary. We came today because she was treating to Jollibee after giving her a ride yesterday. Today I got a beef tapa breakfast joy and peach mango pie with a drink. There was a small line for Jollibee and no line for Red Ribbon. The dine in beezyness was about 30 percent. Later on at night during the aftermath of an adopt-a-school orientation meeting, Pat started talking about Jollibee to someone who didn’t know about. Right when I heard that, I immediately took out my lucky Jollibee pocket menu in my wallet and showed him. I think it saved Pat time trying to explain what Jollibee was. Again the Jollibee Kid saves the day.
Visit No. 141. Today I came in a little after lunch time with my friend Micah. During lunch time, he called me up asking me what I was doing at the moment after finishing his jury duty service. I asked him if he wanted to go check out Jollibee. He is not Filipino so he doesn’t have any background on it. However, during the Jaycees picnic a few weeks ago he asked where I got the chicken from and told him that it is from a new place called Jollibee. So today we went there and kinda showed him the ropes. He came by over my place and picked me up. I showed him a short cut route via the Kunia exit on the freeway. I gave him my suggestions as far as food goes. He ended up getting a big yumburger meal. He enjoyed the meal and told me that it is better than McDonalds. He also told me that he will definitely stop by and come back again next time. There was a small line for Jollibee and none for Red Ribbon. The dine in beezyness was about 70 percent. Today I finally redeemed my free amazing aloha coupon and ordered a halo-halo. I think Micah enjoyed the experience. He is now Jolli de-virginized. Earlier in the day, I was jealous because my fellow Jaycee partner in crime Angel was at Jollibee in the morning.
Visit No. 140. Today I came in just a little before lunch time on my way out before heading to Costco. I used the restroom first. The dine in beezyness was about 80 percent. There was a medium sized line for Jollibee and no line for Red Ribbon. I went to Red Ribbon to go and try out their Arroz Caldo meal with pandan cake and a can of Sierra Mist. I wanted to get the black forest cake but they didn’t offer it at the time. While dining in, I had to wait a while for the soup to cool down because it was very hot. I think this meal is good if you are sick. *knock on wood* I was sweating while eating it. Everytime I go to Jollibee/Red Ribbon I check in online using an application thanks to Riva and Maika, called “Foursquare.” I also use “Yelp” ever since I started this Diary of a Jollibee Kid shenanigan. I admit I am Jollibee and Red Ribbon biased haha. Even while taking my time, the soup is still beastly hot. One of my facebook friends and fellow former Katipunero Joel used Yelp to check into places. Everytime he goes to Jollibee, we would know unless he turns off the “share with facebook friends” button. This past weekend he went to Jollibee 3 times in a row which I am proud of him in doing even though it is not his intention to do so but Jollibee is just awesome like that like dat. On the subject of facebook, Jon of the Hawaii Kai Jaycees set up this 100 push ups for a 100 days challenge as an event. It reminded me of my 100 day Jollibee streak. I accepted the challenge as it will keep me in shape as an individual but more importantly as a dancer. I think I am going to add 100 crunches into the mix as well. After I did 100 pushups in the morning, I found it funny that I went to Jollibee/Red Ribbon to “recover.” LOL.
Visit No. 139. Today I came in during lunch time after attending a first aid/CPR training workshop that the Hawaii Jaycees hosted at Servco Toyota. The dine in beezyness was about 85 percent. There was a long line for Jollibee and none for Red Ribbon. When I first entered the line, a couple of girls in front of me and a couple in the back dug out and left the line saying it was too long. It reminded me of the time when Jollibee had long lines when it first opened and people would give up. People nowadays do not have enough patience. Today I am just going to get a chickenjoy kids meal. After I got my meal, someone recognized me and told me that she remembers me from one of the Jaycee meetings talking about my Jollibee 100 day streak and what not. I told her I stopped the streak but I’m here and still going. Fellow jaycees Jay and Rowena also came by. Rowena bought a pandan cake from Red Ribbon and told her that it was a good choice. That cake is really really good. It ranks 2nd on my Red Ribbon cake list. The toy I got was a crocodile and it made me think that they should have Jollibee action figures as toys like the mascots from Jollitown with Jollibee and friends. After eating and dining in, I went to Red Ribbon to get some pastries, specifically the french sponge mammon cake and mocha mammon. There was a line forming at the Red Ribbon soon thereafter. They also have a new chickensoup type of food menu item which I have to try later on.
Happy Birthday to fellow former Katipuneros Jon and Mariel! Hope they have a Jolli one! RIP Amy Winehouse!
Visit No. 138. Today I came in the morning before an appointment I had at Schofield for work. The store was pretty much empty. There were a few customers. It’s been a long time since I came early in the morning. Before I stepped inside, I saw Gilbert and gave him the Jollibee CD he asked for when I first met him at the FilCom Center on Saturday for the Fil4Kids program. I put in some Jollibee songs he requested which includes Parokya ni Edgar’s “Iisang Sarap.” It’s a good rock song for Jollibee. I also like the music video. It always reminds me of how good and Jolly Jollibee is. I noticed that they reconstructed Jollibee line again. Instead of having a long vertical line, they kind of minimized it into more like a zig zag towards the front of the store. Anyway, I just ordered a spam breakfast joy. Ma’am Jing was there and asked if I wanted coffee with my breakfast joy. I am not much of a coffee drinker myself so declined the offer. It’s been long since I ordered breakfast I forgot they offer free coffee for them.
Visit No. 137. Today I came in the afternoon after volunteering for the last Saturday of the Filipino for Kids Summer Program at the Filipino Community Center. Prior to coming, Jollibee actually came to the program and made a special appearance. I was just excited as the kids, if not more. They came in and the Jollibee mascot assisted in presenting certificates and goodies to the kids. It was cool to see how Jollibee was interacting with the kids. One of the kids asked if Jollibee can fly haha. Those kids are silling like that. At the end of the presentation and program, Jollibee started dancing around and taking pictures with some of the kids and families. It was very heartwarming and fun to see. Since the kids did Tinikling during the program, I should have asked if Jollibee can Tinikling too. That would have been awesome to see. Jollibee also brought some yumburgers for the potluck. Out of the Jollibee staff that came down was Ma’am Mila, Sandy, and Gilbert. When I came in the store, I noticed they moved the line again more towards the middle/left side. I guess they made it so that it is more accessible to the Red Ribbon line. The dine in beezyness was about 45 percent. There was hardly a line but when I was the first in line, a line quickly formed right behind me. I just got a 6 piece chickenjoy bucket to go for the potluck picnic I was going to next. I saw Ma’am Jing and she gave me a Jollibee Bee Loyal card. It’s almost pretty much the same thing as the pick up order card, it’s just that you’ll have to spent 15 bucks or more per visit and you get a Jollibee pillow which to me looks like a balloon after 5 visits.
Visit No. 136. Today is hump day Wednesday and I came in the afternoon before practicing flip tricks and stuff with the fellow crew friends at Kapolei regional park. I just stopped by and got an ube frizz bar for a snack. I didn’t know they had the ube flavor till Karen told me. I noticed that they have a new business hours sign at the door. It’s pretty cool because it has the Jollibee marketing font and such. The dine in beezyness was about 30 percent. There was no line for Red Ribbon and Jollibee. Ma’am Sandy was at the counter and told me that they will be coming to the Filipino for Kids Summer Program Finale on Saturday at the Filipino Community Center. I was excited because I know that the kids will be excited. The mascot will also make an appearance which is going to be awesome. So after tasting the ube frizz bar, I would have to rate it as 1)Ube, 2)Mango, and 3)Coconut. I think that’s all the flavors they have.
I returned again at night for dinner with Ariel and Josh. I saw one of the staff workers Marvin again who wasn’t working at the time. I was surprised because he was there earlier at the same spot/table when I was there earlier in the afternoon. He was surprised because I came back again, along with seeing Ma’am Sandy. There was a small line for Jollibee and none for Red Ribbon. The dine in beezyness was about 40 percent. I got a Jolli Hotdog and drink from Jollibee and Beef epanada and mango bar from Red Ribbon. It was the perfect dinner after a productive practice session.
Visit No. 135. Today I came in with my fellow crew member and friend Nico after volunteering and doing a Tinikling dance workshop with the children and youth of the Filipino for Kids Summer Program this morning at the Filipino Community Center. We came in at lunch time so it was pretty busy. There was a long line for Jollibee and no line for Red Ribbon. Nico and I ordered from Red Ribbon. I think for the past couple of visits or so I haven’t ordered from Jollibee which kinda saddens me. I think it is because I just want to get the most out of Red Ribbon first. So the dine in beezyness was about 90 percent. I ordered the Palabok meal with pandan cake and a can of natural sierra mist. Nico got the dinuguan meal. So comparing Red Ribbon’s palabok to Jollibee’s palabok, it has no shrimp in it, less sweet/sour/spicy, and more chichiron in it. It was good nonetheless. The pandan cake was absolutely delicious. After tasting it I know rank my Red Ribbon cakes… 1)Ube, 2) Pandan, 3) Choco Mocha Crunch, 4) Rocky Road, 5), Mango, and 6) Caramel. We saw some of the other Fil4Kids peeps come through to Jollibee/Red Ribbon. Ate Cheryl called me up while she was in line telling me it was her first time at Jollibee. I didn’t know there was still Jollibee “virgins” out there. Well actually a couple days ago, my partner in Jaycees, Angel, told me it was her first time at Jollibee too. Anyways, Ate Cheryl asked my suggestion on what to get. I told her to get a number 9 spaghettijoy combo with pearl cooler on the side. I think that is a good starter for newbies. When we were done with our meals we checked up on them to see how the Jolli experience is going so far. Hopefully they had a Jolli one for the rest of the day.
Visit No. 134. Today I came in with my sister Riva, Maika, and Karen. We came in at dinner time. I didn’t go to Jollibee but dined in at Red Ribbon. The beezyness was about 60 percent. Jollibee had a small line and Red Ribbon hardly had a line. I got a chicken epanada and cheese ensiamada. There was a kids party happening right in front of the store. It was pretty cool to see because normally they would have kids parties in the back. We saw the Jollibee mascot coming out and did a quick dance routine as a part of his entrance. We saw Ma’am Jing and she gave us some left over candy from the party. The birthday entourage left tons of chickenjoy uneaten. We thought it was all going to be a horrific waste but I guess they took the leftovers home.