This past Monday was my payday in the Philippines. Stopping at a Shakey’s Pizza Parlor was on the agenda at almost the last minute.
It’s a long story but… if I was using a United States bank in the United States, my payday would have been on Friday. Getting paid on the 4th used to be a big deal because my car payment was due on the 3rd of each month. It’s not a big deal anymore because I no longer have car payments.
There are two Shakey’s Pizza Parlors at the freeport zone. One is near the Pure Gold building on Argonaut Highway and the other is close to the hotels on Waterfront Road.
There used to be one in downtown Olongapo City but the owners moved their business to the freeport zone. From what I’ve heard, they entertain a lot more customers there.
You can believe me or call me a liar. Monday was the first time I’d ever set foot in a Shakey’s Pizza Parlor. I’ve walked past or driven past them on many occasions and in multiple countries. I just never thought to enter.
My wife, Josie, accompanied a Japanese friend to a Shakey’s Pizza Parlor when I was stationed on Okinawa back in 1987 or 1988. She didn’t eat anything because her friend ordered pizza with squid on it. Josie doesn’t like fishy things on her pizza, not even anchovies.
In fact, it was the first American franchise pizza chain, founded in 1954. Today, there are way more of those pizza parlors in the Philippines than the United States.
My entourage and I went to the Shakey’s Pizza Parlor near the hotels on a whim. I was renewing my Philippines driver’s license at the freeport zone anyway. A license, by the way, that expires on my birthday in 2022.
If I want pizza, I usually go to the S&R New York Style Pizza place at the Harbor Point mall. I can now say that the Shakey’s Pizza is just as good, even if it’s a dollar or so more in price.