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!
Day 15. So today I went to Jollibee straight after work. I was going to go in the morning but most of my time took up me having to pick up my father from the airport. My father was coming back home after a Christmas vacation in the Philippines. I also had to go straight to work right after. So after work there was mild traffic which was good. The drive was ok. However, I couldn’t wait to get to Jollibee. My friend Randy texted me earlier in the day at work saying that he was at Jollibee. I guess he was having lunch with his gf. So today’s afternoon line was slightly mild. I guess I can compare a Jollibee line to Hawaii traffic, sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. I was standing next to a guy who kept on coughing. Dude cover your cough I thought to myself. The dine in beezyness was about 60 percent. I was also standing next to a bunch of Ilocano speakers. I also saw this Haole dude which tripped me out. I think that’s like the 3rd Haole I say since I started coming to Jollibee from day 1. The Ilocano Manangs had trouble choosing what to pick and eat. I would have helped them out but I cannot speak Ilocano. I am starting to see more new workers. The dining area was about 70% beezy with Jolli families. So today I figure I get a kids meal because I want to collect all the toys now. So I got a chickenjoy kids meal with rice and apple juice. I also got a mac salad and buttered corn on the side. I am also going to start organizing my receipts by putting it in a binder with sheet protectors. When I came home my mother is starting to worry about me because I go and eat at Jollibee too much. Eating a kids meal is like eating a regular adult meal because of the size of the take out plate.
On a side note a couple of entries ago I wrote about my sister Riva looking like one of the girls in the picture eating a friend chicken while looking at the guy who is playing the guitar. So I also noticed the guy playing on the guitar looks also like my friend Samuel. He likes to play guitar and stuff and looks exactly like him but he’s not Filipino.
Day 14. Today was a pretty crazy drive to Jollibee. It was hecka raining thunda, lightning, cats, dogs, and flying lechons. So I think today is the first time I am going to Jollibee at night because I have a board meeting with the Jaycees at Max’s of Manila which was like sssoooo perfect because Jollibee is right next door. I gave my friend Mary a ride after picking her up at the mall. This time the line wasn’t so bad compared to during the day time. So this marks me going to Jollibee at all times of the day, during the morning, noon, and night. The dining areas seem semi packed but it sounds packed because of all the dine in noise. The dine in beezyness seems to be about 80 percent. Even though I was supposed to be at Max’s of Manila for the meeting I jetted down to Jollibee. It felt weird going through the day without any Jollibee in my system. During the line, I saw many Pinoys and Pinays wearing 3 Stars and a Sun T-shirts which was awesome to see. My friend Louise would have a lot of pictures in her facebook album. I have a whole facebook album dedicated to 3 stars and a sun car decals and tattoos. Standing in a line is also cool because you will always have kids running around you as if they were your little nephews or nieces.
I just overheard a guy saying that a yumburger tastes like Wendys burgers what the fuck man you don’t even know how dare you say that shet in Jollibee what the fuck are you even doing here man get the fuckj out if you are going to say shet like that you don’t even deserve to be in Jollibee and this line don’t you ever fucking compare Jollibee to another fucking restaurant because Jollibee is THE PEOPLES FOOD. You know why I call it “The People’s Food,” it’s because you see the lines, you see the customers, and you see the workers. Jollibee is like the Disneyland of Food. This is Food Heaven. There is always a damn line everyday. People come here everyday from the East West South and North to eat and be Jolli and relive memories of good times of Philippines and stuff so yeah.
So during the line, I also called my friend Karen if she wanted anything from Jollibee to eat and if anybody else wanted something. They ended up wanting 3 yumburgers (1 for Karen and 1 for Randy and I also got 1 more yumburger for myself) 1 spaghetti, and 1 buko pandan pearl cooler. In total my order was 3 yumburgers, 1 spaghetti, and 1 buko pandan pearl cooler. Their ube pearl cooler was broken again.
So after the meeting everyone was excited about Jollibee because I went there and maybe because I brought JBee to them. It was weird bringing Jollibee to a Max’s of Manila restaurant but I didn’t care, I was proud. Randy wanted to go back there again to get some more Jollibee even though I already got him a yumburger earlier. That was our appetizer. I also got my fellow Jaycees friends Jay, Karen, Ronelyne, Niccolo, and Mary to go to Jollibee too. So after the meeting all 7 of us total went over to Jollibee. It is like we were all high schoolers again. As we headed towards the meal line Randy got shut down and the worker told him to go around. I guess the worker was preparing to expect another huge line coming up. It seemed like we started a even longer line after because it was a small line to begin with. So it was Randy’s first time at the new Jollibee Waipahu location. He was a Jollibee Virgin so the girls kept on telling him to go in front to order first but he refused. Eventually he went ahead anyway. It was really cool and nice to see my Jaycee family coming to and eating together at Jollibee. It was also a December Birthday Celebration with Rachel, Karen, Niccolo, Mary, and I. This time I only ordered a peach mango pie which I had Karen fetch for me. Everyone else got buko pandan pearl coolers, halo halo, and peach mango pies. During the dine in, Karen and Randy were really innovative with their halo halos. Randy dipped his peach mango pie in his halo halo. Karen mixed her buko pandan pearl cooler with her halo halo. I was really jealous. I should have done that a long time ago but I am proud of them for being Jollibee innovators. It was a Jolli night indeed. Karen also asked if she can have some of Randy’s balls (from his buko pandan pearl cooler). She wanted him to share his balls with her. That was hilarious. He replied he doesn’t share his balls so easily. She wanted his buko pandan balls really bad. “Pakibigay ang balls mo,” says Karen. More than one said Karen. She wants the really big ones exclaimed Karen. More than one she said. Dining in at Jollibee at night was an interesting experience. It was a lot more homie and maybe because there wasn’t so many people. We stayed there past 10PM and they still had doors open. There were more customers trickling in.
Afterwards we took pictures with the lifeless Jollibee statue outside and spent a good half hour there. It was mostly the girls fault because they were in love with JBee. I think I got them to become Jolliholics like me too.
Day 13. Today is the day after Christmas. The aftermath of the culmination of what everyone has prepared for during the past month. I headed down to JBEE during the lunch time and there was of course a line. Obviously there was a line because it was lunch time. Even though I just wanted to get a yumburger and pearl cooler ube drink, I didn’t care for the line. The line means nothing to me even if I have to wait more than an hour. I made sure I had nothing to do while I was standing in line for Jollibee. To pass the time I figure I write my diary entry to on my iTouch and transfer it over to facebook later. Some people are on their phones (probably on facebook updating their statuses that they are at Jollibee), some on their iPods, and some just having conversations with family and friends. The dining area seemed pretty packed obviously because it was lunch time. Out of the many times I went to Jollibee I would say 1 out of 100 customers coming in are non-Filipino. It is an interesting dynamic to see where Jollibee can hold it’s on purely on the Filipino population. Standing in a Jollibee line is kinda like riding the bus with a bunch of nanas and tatas speaking in their native tongue. And then you got the younger generation of Fil-Ams talking about whatever they got going on in their young lives whether it’s Katy Perry’s new album or the speculation of the iPad2 coming out next year. I also see some workers that I usually see in the mornings working. Something I also noticed was the different work attire girls and guys have. The girls got yellow and the guys got blue. I am also starting to see some new workers which reflects the company’s new hires.
Day 11. Today is Christmas Eve and Jollibee is open! They are going to be open on Christmas and New Years Day too! How is Awesome is that. Only Jollibee I tell ya. The one week that they have been open must have brought them one months worth of good business already. They are running strong indeed. I always wonder if they will run out of food during those endless and unlimited amounts of lines. Anyways today I went slightly later in the morning because I had no work. However, I was scheduled to work at the UH Football Hawaii Bowl game vs. Tulsa. I had 4 tickets to the game which I gave away to my sisters and my friend Mary. I got a Pearl Cooler Buko Pandan and 3 Yumburgers. I got the 3 yumburgers for my friends Josh, Ariel, and myself for the game that we will be working.
Day 10. Today I went in the morning before work. It was empty. Today, I had the Buko Pandan Pearl Cooker for the first time. I think it is just as good as the Ube Pearl cooler. I don’t hate on Jollibee food because it is just too good to hate. I also got the chickenjoy spaghetti and I saved it for dinner. When I ate it for dinner, I had it and added it with rice at home. It was bomb.
Happy Birthday to my fellow TEK Niccolo. Hopefully he had some Jollibee to fufill his day.
Day 9. Today I went in the morning before work. It was empty. I just ordered a burger steak with rice. I was going to have it for lunch. It was super good with the rice and gravy. Take that Zippys loco moco!
Happy Birthday to my good friend Peter. Hopefully he had some Jollibee to fufill his day.
Day 8. Today I went in the morning before work. I got a ube pearl cooler and yumburger. I drank the ube pearl cooler for breakfast. I also saved the yumburger at our work fridge and didn’t eat it till later. I am starting to notice there is a slight line in the mornings because they do not have that much people working the registers as much.
Happy Birthday to my fellow Jaycee Rachel. Hopefully she had some Jollibee to fufill her day.
Day 7. Today I went in the morning before work. It was empty. I ordered a yumburger and peach mango pie. I saved the peach mango pie at our work fridge and didn’t eat it till later. I had the yumburger for breakfast.
Day 6. Today my crew and I have 2 grad parties to perform at. A bunch of them all slept over at Louise’s dorm. I didn’t sleep or stay over because I had to do something with family. We were all going to meet up there before the gigs. They had a slumber party. So before going there in the morning I went over to Jollibee. I ordered a Spaghetti family pack and 8 yumburgers. This was all for the crew. Some of them ate the spaghetti and I was glad they all demolished the yumburgers. I noticed that there was still some leftover Jollibee from the day before in Louise’s fridge. I added my plate of spaghetti along with the fried rice that they were cooking for breakfast. That was some good stuff. My friend Ariel made me some blueberry cupcakes with fresh blueberries on the side with whipped cream for my post birthday. I was very happy. What a good way to start the day.