Why Is Jollibee Color Red?

Amanda’s already a veteran in Jollibee birthday parties. I think she was just 6 months then when she attended get first Jollibee party.  I could still remember that it was a very lively party with gay hosts. I was very cautious though since I was anticipating some jokes that might not be suitable for general patronage.  And true enough, sometimes there were inappropriate jokes but Amanda was only an infant way back then.

On Amanda’s second birthday, we gave her a Jollibee birthday party since she was able to pronounce Jabee already and that she’s becam a fan of this big jolly mascot, Jollibee.  See her photobooth below provided by the best photo services company in the world (www.peeknclick.com ahem for your event photography and photobooth needs feel free to visit the site)  We chose the pioneer branch as we found a very child-friendly and fun host plus their Jollibee mascots are hyper active… living up to Jollibee’s fun-loving spirit.

So two weeks ago we went to another Jollibee birthday party.  After a day, a brilliant question came from Amanda… she asked,  “Why is Jollibee red?  Bees are supposedly yellow and black” with a frowning face, seemingly upset why Jollibee is red… And so I thought about it.

  1. I tried Google if it has the answer.  The closes I got was from Yahoo answers where there were silly answers like…Jollibee being stung by another bee or being too much exposed to fast food.  One serious answer was about marketing and psychology.  Red attracts people so probably this was the real reason.
  2. Is there a press release by Jollibee about its mascot’s history?  Or maybe it’s proprietary information?
  3. Another question popped into my mind: Why is Barney purple?  Aren’t dinosaurs supposed to be brownish or grayish?  I stopped thinking after this question.

Kids surprise adults on some questions they ask.  This one in particular is something I didn’t think of when I was the three.  Was it a good thing?  Are kids today more analytical? Or was I just me who’s too introvert not to ask questions when I was small 🙂


For me, it was a good thing as I discovered her ability to analyze things and be able to express it freely to spark a discussion. It’s a skill that I developed or got serious when I was working already.  I realized that maybe parents today are more encouraging and open for kids to speak up and reason out.  This promotes new ideas to be discussed.  And as they grow up, this would lead to more advanced discussions maybe on microbiology or biotechnology or any deeper ideas that are big enough to move the world towards progress.  A word of caution though, that as far as allowing kids to speak up their ideas, respect must always be present.  We maybe raising super intellectual children needed to move the Philippines to a first world country but without respect on other’s ideas, we would be creating a society full of brilliant people without heart thus resulting to a non sustainable growth strategy.

What’s That Sign?

PictureThe most common sign we saw when playing the What’s that sign? game.

Amanda’s favorite past time which started few weeks ago was the “What’s that sign?” game.  I think this is the stage where she learned how to use the “What”.  So here’s the mechanics of the game… everytime she sees a traffic sign, she’s going to ask Mommy and Daddy, what’s that sign?  Cute isn’t it? (like Amanda’s Daddy 🙂 ) 


So what are the things me and my wife observed:

  1. Waste. Do you know what traffic sign is posted the most in Metro Manila?  It’s the No Parking sign.  Imagine that for every 5 to 10 meters starting from our house going to her school, we saw more than 15 posts of this sign.  And all were made of steel with reflective stickers or paints.  Maybe a ballpark estimate of about 2k Php per sign which amounts to 30k worth of taxpayer’s money for no parking signs.  Hmmmm… I wonder why we need that much given that we only have a two-lane two-way street (one lane per way).  Isn’t it obvious that we shouldn’t park our cars in such an avenue?  Is it a budget allocation issue for the government OR our fault on our foresight that we need a parking slot if ever we buy a car?
  2. Patience. So given we saw about more than 15 signs in such a short trip… Amanda will ask the same question over and over.  Well, it’s cute but after sometime when we’re having adult conversations and we were interrupted because of a sign that was the same about a minute ago, sometimes it would take its toll.  This reminded us that kids will be kids.  And that we should allow them to be that way since they would only be that cute and small once.  What does this mean?  We should be patient and loving in dealing with it, after all it’s not just a game but a way for kids to learn and exercise their memory.
  3. Repetition. During the first week, Amanda was asking because she didn’t know the signs.  After a week, she’s asking to tell us that she knows them.  Like if we missed looking a sign, and she asked what’s that sign?  we told her we’re sorry I didn’t see it… but she’ll immediately reply it’s No Parking Daddy!  Repetition, helps retain information to a person’s brain.  I realized that this is both a blessing and a curse.  As a blessing, this can help our kids do good in their academics or even their careers in the future… the curse part is when they repeatedly see our bad habits though.  Hopefully, I can practice being a good role model than being a clumsy rookie dad.

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U Turn… an acoustic band during the early 2000s?

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No Overtaking Sign – I have yet to see a place in Manila where this is being followed.

Surprise!

Today, I got a surprise from Amanda.  She made a personalized greeting card for me.  Their original plan was to give it to me on my birthday but she was too excited to show her work to me so here it is:

They said that the best surprise is the one that would come at the least time you expect.  This one hit it right since my birthday is still next week and was totally not expecting a gift today.  Much more than that, I didn’t know that Amanda can now write big and small letters and can even draw.

Priceless… this is how I could describe this birthday gift.


Amanda was so excited to give it to me.  It’s only from a child where you can see unconditional love to its truest sense.  She worked hard and was exhausted after making this, that’s why she was so excited to give it to me.  Mommy Cali told me that it took her about an hour to do it and was so tired when writing the last letters.

Despite all the stress at work and the business, this washed them all away 🙂

Buwan Ng Wika

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Si Amanda sa kanyang kasuotang Filipino (maliban sa kanyang tsinelas na galing din sa isang bansang sinakop ng Espanya)

Sa nagdaang buwan ng wika (Agosto) nais ko lang na gumawa ng isang sanaysay tungkol sa kalagayan ng kultura at wikang Filipino sa ating mga kabataan. Gagamitin ko rin ang salitang balbal at kolokyal sa aking paglalahad ng mga napansin ko.

  1. Nasaan na si Pong Pagong, Kapitan Basa, Manang Bola at Kiko Matsing? Ngayon ko na-realize (eto ang difference ng Filipino at Tagalog base sa aking pagkakatanda sa aking Filipino 101 class gumamit ng realize kaysa sa napagisipan) na sa dami ng cable channels sa mga nangungunang providers, ni isa eh walang nagtuturo tungkol sa kultura at wikang pinoy.  Meron mga attempt na mag-tagalized ng Disney Junior shows pero ang pagpapalit ng wika nang isang palabas ay hindi pa direktong nagtuturo ng ating kultura kung saan nakaugat ang wika natin.
  2. Kelan kaya magkakaroon nang parang High Five na show ang kabataang Pinoy?  Baka pwedeng title eh “Apir!” 🙂 Sa dami nang world-class na musikero, artista, singer at dancer na Pinoy, nakakapagtaka na wala tayong ma-produce na show na kagaya ng High Five.  Ulit napaisip ako kung bakit nga ba?  Malamang hindi ito sa kakulangan ng talento, kundi dahil ang bawat show sa telebisyon ay nag-uugat sa komersiyalismo, market-driven ika nga.  Ibig sabihin, meron ba manonood? Pag wala, walang magbabayad ng advertisements at malulugi lang ang mamumuhunan. Sa 300 na taon na sinakop tayo ng mga Kastila (pagbigyan niyo na ang pagiging nerd ko sa Philippine history), napakaganda ng kanilang naging stratehiya para mas mapalawig ang kanilang kapangyarihan sa panahon ng pananakop. Hindi sandata at pwersa ang ginamit kung hindi ang pagtanim sa kaisipan nang sinumang sinasakop nila na ang “superior” na lahi ay sila. Na kapag puti ang balat at matangos ang ilong, eto ang pamantayan ng magaling.  Matagal na nakalaya ang Pilipinas pero, ang konsepto ng “colonial mentality” pa rin ang nagdidikta sa pambansang merkado.  Sa tingin ko naman meron naman pagasa na mabago ito habang nagpapatuloy ang globalization, mas marami na ang nagiging aware na bawat kultura ay pantay-pantay at may pinepresent na competetive advantage.  Ibig sabihin, walang dahilan para hindi natin tangkilikin ang sariling atin.
  3. Patintero, langit lupa, mataga taya, luksong tinik, baka o kung anumang hayop... mga larong napalitan na ng little tykes slides, swing, see-saw, play house at ang malupit, tablet at mobile phones. Muli, wala naman masama sa paglalaro sa mga bagong playgrounds o kahit teknolohiya.  Sa palagay ko lang, may mga nawawalang pang Pinoy na interaksyon kung hindi na nalalaro yung mga larong kalye.  Siguro sa patintero ka lang makakarinig ng mga Pinoy trash talk na “isama mo pa ang lelang mong panot!” pag nakatawid ka.  Pano mo naman maririnig yun sa slide at playhouse?

Sa makabagong mundo, wish ko lang na sana ay wag mawala yung identity natin bilang Pinoy sa kabila ng globalization.  Maraming nagkukwentong mga magulang sa kin na nahihirapan sa Filipino at Social Studies ang mga anak nila dahil nagiging second language na lang ang Filipino.  Sabi sa Filipino 101 ko nung college, ang wika ay repleksyon ng kultura.  Habang patuloy na humihina sa Filipino ang mga susunod na henerasyon, pangitain na rin kaya ito nang paghina ng kulturang Pinoy natin?

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Si Lolo Ador, ang personipikasyon ng wikang Filipino. Kung susukatin ang kanyang balarila, marahil mapupuno natin ang 1Pb ng hard disk sa dami at lalim ng alam niyang salita.

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Ang dating normal na kasuotan, costume na ngayon. Baka mamaya pagkalipas ng 10 taon, ang skinny jeans ay maging pambansang kasuotan na rin?