Day 24. Today was pretty interesting early morning at Jollibee. I found out that the workers were small kine slacking today. I ordered a yumburger and ube pearl cooler. Apparently they forgot to turn on the pearl cooler machine so I had to wait a while which I didn’t mind at all. Another customer ordered some chickenjoy and they said it will take about 10 minutes. He didn’t mind either. I also saw a bunch of cops dining in at the back along with the other workers who were eating. I guess the traditional donuts and coffee don’t cut it anymore since Jollibee opened.
Their hours are also going to change. Starting Monday, January 10, 2011, their hours are going to be 6AM to 11PM instead of 5AM to 10PM. I think those are better business hours anyway.
Day 23. Today I went in the morning before work again. I also got the same thing as the day before which was a yumburger kids meal with apple juice. I ate it for breakfast. Today there were about 5 customers. There were 2 dine in customers eating. This time I had a different cashier server worker person. She let me pick out my own toy for the kids meal. I picked a green one which I never had yet plus it is also my favorite color. That was cool.
I came up with the percentage chart for the full Jollibee experience thanks to my Tek crew fellow members and friends Nico, Josh, Shelby, and Ariel while eating at Curry House so here it is…
30% interaction with the real Jollibee mascot
20% waiting in line
10% ordering your food
10% using the restroom
10% dining in
10% beeing at Jollibee
10% taking a picture next to the Jollibee statue mascot
Happy Birthday to my friend Brenda! Hope she had a Jolli-tastic one!?
Day 22. Today I went in early in the morning before work which I haven’t done in a while. There was no line. It was empty. Only like 5 customers where there. I noticed that the amount of morning staff drastically changed from a couple weeks ago till now. There are no more extra workers out there early to greet you anymore. That’s ok because Jollibee is still the bomb like that. There were only like 2 cashier server worker people open. Today I ordered a yumburger kids meal with apple juice for breakfast. It filled me up pretty good. My friend Louise texted me during the day telling me it was my friend Lowella’s Birthday today. She also mentioned to me that she was going to Jollibee to celebrate and it was going to be her first time. I was ecstatic. I think I was more excited for her than she was.
Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Lowella. Happy Birthday to my sister’s best friend Kanani and also to Yvonne! Hope they all had a Jollified one.
Day 21. Today I came after work instead of before work. I also have a meeting to attend but I went to Jollibee first. Traffic wasn’t so bad because today is the last day before the public K-12 school semester starts. The dine in area was about 70 percent busy. There was no worker taking paper orders. The food here must be soo good that I saw one worker person from California Pizza Kitchen in line. It also reminds me of the first grand opening day when a McDonalds manger came in to check out the competition. Sometimes I see more saving seats and tables rather than eating on them. I also noticed one of the workers looks like one my friends, Sonya who lives in Maui. Everytime I see that worker it reminds me of her. Today I got a spaghetti Kids Meal. I think I need like 30 more to collect the whole collection.
Day 20. Today I went to Jollibee along with fellow Jaycee friends Karen and Jay. We went right after a HFJCC website meeting session at Jay’s office in Wahiawa. Our other fellow Jaycee friend Mary was supposed to come with us but she dug out early. After the session, Jay, Karen, and I all drove down to Jollibee with our own cars. Parking was smooth sailing and Jay got the best one out of all of us. When we arrived, Karen and I saw a fellow Katipunero friend Ruth. It was her first time there. I said congratulations. We also saw a fellow Jaycee Claire. It was also her first time there. I said congratulations, but I don’t think she heard me. She asked us how many times we came here. We said numerous times. She said oh my gosh I am such a slacker. I said to myself yes you are Claire yes you are. She was talking to another Jaycee friend of ours named Brandon. Sometimes he tries to give me challenges, Brandon that is, to see how far I will go and what I will do for Jollibee. We all came at a post lunch and pre dinner hour. Today I think I am going to get a yumburger and a halo halo. Karen couldn’t resist her craving for spaghetti even though she had it the day before. She asked the worker how much it costs for one piece of Chickenjoy. We found out if costs like a buck 69, something like that. She had trouble figuring out what she wanted to order. She ended up ordering a 3 piece chickenjoy meal with fries and a yumburger. We took some slices of chickenjoy and added it to our yumburger thus making a chickenjoy yumburger. It was really yummy. The line was the usual length. So I came to the conclusion that the only time that there is hardly a line is the mornings and near closing time at night. Out of the many times I went here I have only seen or recognized one customer twice. I see different people each time I come. The dining area was about 70 percent full.
The video that they show next to the menu is enlarged to show texture to the fullest. It reminds me of going to Dennys with my co-workers and looking at the food menus. The food on the menu is enlarged to show texture. It makes you hungrier while you stand in line. Standing in a Jollibee line is also like standing in a carnival ride line. Ordering your food and getting your food and eating your food represents you riding the ride. I also found out that there are 36 toys to collect rather than 6 toys for the Jollibee kids meals. I was like oh my goodness this is gonna be a journey for real.
Day 12. Today is my favorite holiday. It’s Christmas! My how time flies by so fast. So for today’s Jollibee adventure we went straight there without even opening our presents first?! WOW. Out of my years of living my sisters and I always open up our Christmas gifts when we wake up. However, instead we went to Jollibee first to get food. My sister Heide hasn’t gone to Jollibee yet so I was excited to take her. Jollibee for Christmas lunch is just as good as Jollibee for Birthday lunch. So when we went there, there was a line but it wasn’t so bad. We ordered a family pack of Spaghetti, 12 piece bucket of Chickenjoy, and a family pack of Palabok fiesta. We also ordered a halo-halo for Heide. As we were in line we observed a few things. In one of the big pictures in the restaurant, the back of one girl’s head eating a chickenjoy looks exactly like Riva’s back of head. That was pretty funny. It seems like they are running out of Jollibee cups because they also had Pepsi logo cups? It also seems like they just quit putting out the condiments by where they have the little Jollibee kiosk with extra straws and cup lids for drinks. It was pretty cool to see that Jollibee was open for Christmas. I guess it makes us Filipinos feel extra special to go to a place where we can still feel at home on a special holiday. I even saw the restaurant manager there observing and helping people to registers. In addition, I was eavesdropping on a conservation with a couple of workers while we were waiting for our food. They were talking about the beezyness of the restaurant during the day and what not. She said ho you don’t even know this is slow time for us. And yes she was right, even though there was quite a line it is nothing compared to what busy means to them. They are truly Jollibee pros. One of the staff crew workers asked us if we wanted plates and we said yes. We thought it would be Jollibee themed plates but it wasn’t. It was just some white generic paper plates. Another successful and pleasant visit to Jollibee on Christmas day.
One thing that I observed about those Spaghetti or Palabok Fiesta family pack bowl plate thingies is that you can actually save them and use them for tupperware. Only Jollibee can serve and easily hand out of such authentic dining materials.
But wait there is more. While I was running Christmas errands, my mother called me and said to go pick up 3 more spaghetti family packs. I was like what the. But I was ecstatic because I got another excuse to go to Jollibee again. What a treat. So when I came back to Jollibee it wasn’t busy at all. The dine in beezyness is about 55%. In addition to the 3 spaghetti family packs I also got a ube pear cooler to cool off. They asked me if I wanted paper plates again and I said yes. This time it was black generic paper plates. This was the 2nd Saturday that I went to Jollibee 2 times. Last time I went there 2 times in one day was my birthday on December 18.
Happy Birthday baby Jesus and Merry Christma and fellow Jaycee Mary!
Day 19. First and foremost. HAPPY NEW YEAR! When I started this diary entry I wanted to put 2010 but it’s 2011 already. My how time flies by soo damn fast. Now we have to get used to writing 2011 and not forgetting it’s a new year now. So today I went during the peak of dinner time. Earlier in the day, I woke up to Karen’s text that Jollibee was closed due to electrical problems and I was like no freaking way that this is happening in the start of a new day for the new year. Hell nah this is happening and Jollibee never closes. I had faith that we will reopen during the day because that is very uncharacteristic of Jollibee. They would not do that to true and blue loyal customers such as myself. At the same time I was super scared because my streak will be over before it reaches it’s prime it will be over before the new year even started if they closed for good today. It would also be a bad start to my new year especially if I don’t have any Jollibee in the first day of the new year. It would also destroy my new years resolution of coming here everyday for one year since they opened. I called them several times to see if they are going to open and sure enough they will open today. I was like oh hells yes. I think I spoke with the manager and she said that they were not supposed to open because of the power problem but they will do so anyway and go back to business once everything is good to go and fixed. So after hearing that news I was super duper stoked. My new years will not be ruined. I had my Jollibee faith and hopes alive. I was going to go over there before going over to my fellow Jaycee Jeoffrey’s place because today is his birthday. He is a New Year’s baby. So when I went there I saw my sister’s friend and dorm-mate Zyrah. I was kinda talking story with her about Jollibee. It was her first time there along with the rest of her family that she was with. I told her that she should experience the whole Jollibee experience by standing in line, ordering, dining in, using the restroom, and taking a picture with the Bee. But I think they were only going to do take out. She mentioned that she reads my diary which is awesome to hear. I also say my fellow Jaycee Pat along with his mother who was taking some Jollibee to go. A few moments later I saw Karen who had some Jollibee in her hand. She said that Pat had gotten some Jollibee for her. We were going to go to Jeoffrey’s place together so she waited for me and started eating her Chickenjoy spaghetti. I was just going to get an ube pearl cooler. A few moments later I saw another fellow Jaycee Rufino. It was really nice seeing him. I congratulated him for his graduation and his accomplishments with his work in Washington DC with Senator Dan Inouye. He also mentioned that he is keeping up with my diary which was great to hear too. He came to Jollibee all the way from Waimanalo to check out what all the hype is about. He flies out to the mainland for work the next day. It is a good thing he gets to experience some Jollibee before he leaves. The dine in beezyness was about 70%.
When Karen and I arrived at Jeoffrey’s place for the party, we had a nice conversation about Jollibee. My fellow Jaycees Rowena and Jay told me I should start keeping a record of my weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. All just for the heck of it. I was also thinking about having to accept whatever the cashier server worker person offers me whenever I order something just like the movie “Super Size Me,” when the guy has to say yes whenever they ask do you want to Super Size your meal. But the Jolibee peeps usually ask if you want a peach mango pie, pearl cooler, or halo halo with your order.
Happy New Year and Happy Birthday Jeoffrey. Hope you had a Jolli one and have a Jolli one.
Day 18. Today is New Year’s Eve. I came during lunch time to buy lunch before going over to my sister Riva’s place again to play video games again. There was choke traffic and I parked on the other side of the street again. The line wasn’t that bad. I thought it would be worse because it was lunch time and it was New Year’s Eve. The dine in beezyness was about 60%. Outside there was a worker cleaning the windows. Another worker offered me a menu. I don’t think he remembers me yet. I am starting to see a lot more non Ethnic Filipino husband or wives coming in with their Filipino husband or wives along with their families. I was standing next to a non Filipino wife who was talking about Jollibee where she lives in the Bay Area San Francisco. She mentioned that it was HELLA cheaper there. Well obviously it is cheaper there woman because that is the mainland and we are here in Hawaii woman. She said it is like 5 bucks cheaper for a combo meal there than here. She was also talking about the food and she was trying to talk like how she knows everything and all but she really doesn’t know. I would actually like to visit one of the Jollibees in the mainland one day. It is too bad that they do not have gift cards yet here for Jollibee. They have gift cards and certificates in the mainland and I am wondering if they would accept that here in the Hawaii location. So today I ordered a yumburger kids meal with apple juice, palabok fiesta, 2 TLC yumburgers, and a Buko Pandan Pearl Cooler. I got food for Riva and Maika too. Happy New Years!
Day 17. Today I went after playing video games at my sister’s Riva’s place. I was playing my 2 games Michael Jackson: The Experience and Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii. It was awesome. So I arrived at the start of dinner time like 6. There was choke traffic around the area. I had to park on the other side of the street. I was standing next to an Ilocano Manang saying how they are going to open up another Jollibee location in Kalihi. When they do open up in Kalihi it is going to be busier than the Waipahu location guarantee. She was saying that if they open up one there than they will put Popeye’s Chicken out of business which is pretty much true. I predict the next location will be in Iwliei next to Costco around Max’s of Manila area. So the reason why I am coming around this time is because I have a meeting with my Jaycee boss for next year in 2011 who is Jay. I also noticed that they moved the Jollibee condiment cart thing to free up more dine in room. I think the small move looks better too. I also noticed that the worker who was taking paper orders skipped me. I think it is because he recognized me and I probably don’t need my order taken down because I know what I want and I don’t need to look at the brochure menu and I am a Jollibee pro like that. When I ordered I had a brand spanking new server cashier worker. She looked pure Haole but I think she may have some Pinay blood in her. You never know you know. She didn’t talk like a true Jollibee worker but she tried her best and I gave her some slack. I sense that she is still a rookie. Jay was gonna be hecka late so I ordered some food for him. He wanted a yumburger, peach mango pie, and a drink. I got a spaghetti kids meal. They gave me a toy I already had but that is OK. I asked them if they can do a Palabok Fiesta Kids meal but they couldn’t. So after I ordered Jay was still not here so I saved some seats for us. I think Karen had a meeting with him earlier in the day so I kinda felt bad but Karen just had to copy me.
So it was pretty much a packed house with Jolli families. It was full in the front and full in the back. The dine in beezyness was about 90%. I was damn lucky. So I also stood next to an another Haole who was with the Ilocano family. He kept on bumping into me and I had my backpack on. People these days do not have a sense of personal space. I also noticed that the Kids meal costs just as much as regular adult combo meals. Maybe it is because of the toy which adds to the extra cost but it should still be cheaper. Jay and I had a really good conversation about our organization this year and our hopes for next year. About an hour later I saw a group of friends one was Black, one White, and one Oriental. No Racial. I was like wow out of the many groups of people I think this group is like 1 out of 500 where the group does not consist of a Filipino. Every time I step into Jollibee I feel like I am in the Philippines. Today I saw the workers provide the kind of service that Jollibee excels in that beats all food restaurants world wide. I saw workers clean out tables right after customers, took customers food out of their hand when they were done, the manager helping and serving food to the customers, and just so much more. It was a very warm feeling to see.
Happy Birthday to my friend Rizza! Hope she had a Jolli-riffic one!
Day 16. Today I went over to Jollibee in the morning time which I haven’t gone during that time for a while. When I got there it was empty. I was in shock. I had to rub my eyes and blink a few times to see if that was really true. I was I had a camera to take a picture of it. Really the restaurant was empty. I looked in the back to see if there were any dine in customers but there was nobody. This was a rare moment indeed. So I was in and out in less than 3 minutes. It was just me and the Jollibee crew workers. I got a yumburger with fries and apple juice kids meal. This time I got a different toy. So I need about 4 more to collect the whole collection. I still can’t believe the restaurant was empty when I went there. I had the meal for breakfast.
Happy Birthday to my friends Josh and Jovanie. I hope they had a Jolli birthday!