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Friends will be coming over today. I\’ll be cooking a chicken dish called \”Adobong Manok sa Gata\”. I just recently learned how to do it, after getting over my confusion about the fact that there\’s an adobo dish that doesn\’t use soy sauce, just vinegar and coconut milk. My dad says it\’s adobo so who am I to argue? I love the dish. Absolutely love it. I don\’t know if my friends will like it but what the hell. If there\’s any kind of food that\’s quintessentially provincial, then this is it.

Tomorrow is the 20th of December, and a comics convention will be held at Bicol. I wanted to go, but it\’s too close to Christmas and it\’s pretty hectic at home and at work. Anyway, here\’s a poster:


And the cover to the anthology the organizers are releasing:


I\’ve wanted to go back to Bicol for quite some time. The first and last time I was there was in 1983 for the National Boy Scout\’s Jamboree. I was assistant Scout Master of the San Beda College contingent. Oh yeah, I was a Boy Scout from grade school up until high school. It was probably the only extra curricular activity I had. Looking back on it, it wasn\’t bad, but I wonder why I had stuck to it for so long. I guess I just love collecting the badges. If I tie you up to a tree with my knots, I assure you, you won\’t escape.

I love buying notebooks. Have you seen the new kinds of notebooks coming out now? Great thick creamy paper, hardbound with beautiful covers. I have a Moleskine that was given to be by a friend, but I love the much cheaper counterpart from Scribe, which looks and feels like a Moleskine notebook. I use the Scribe a lot for scribbles, sketches, story ideas, passwords, accounting, addresses and contact numbers. It\’s pretty handy because it fits right in the pocket. I always teach any aspiring artist to carry with them small notebooks like this to carry around all the time so they can sketch at every opportunity.

But the bigger notebooks, I love buying them. I just got a really nice one for myself for Christmas. Actually, I remember buying one last year.

(Interrupted by smiling garbage men carrying an envelope. Sigh. Christmas!)

Anyway, I remember buying this really beautiful notebook last year, resolving to write stuff in it. Actually, I never did. I remember buying another notebook the previous year. I got so far as writing in a few pages. Pathetic! This new notebook I got so far as write the date. I think that\’s an accomplishment! I want to write stuff in there… but what? I could write story ideas (well, that\’s what my Scribe is for already), or maybe diary entries. I used to have an actual diary long before I had this blog. I must admit, I\’ve become less personal when doing diaries online, so I guess that\’s something I can come back to. There at least I can say everything I want to say about people and they won\’t know about it. ahaha!

One definite New Year\’s resolution of mine is to start writing letters again. I resolve to hand write at least one letter a week and send it, post office style. I also plan on getting a turntable. Vinyl seems to be making a comeback. I miss the scratchy sound they make before the music starts playing. I still have all my old vinyl records. I pretty much took good care of them and I\’m quite sure they\’re still in pretty good condition. My favorite musicians are actually releasing new music on vinyl, along with CDs and downloads. I want to get them not only because I love vinyl, but because I also get to see huge album covers. I miss those covers.

Sigh. I just found out that the unripe papaya that I needed to cook the adobo sa gata is already RIPE! I can\’t use that! I guess this dish would have to go papaya less. Sorry guys!


12 Responses to “Old School Stuff and a Comics Convention”

  1. KC Cordero on December 19th, 2010 9:42 am

    nakaka-miss nga ang mga cover ng album. in the late ’80s ay may mga reviews pa ng cover sa jingle song mag, ngayon ay wala na sa mga naglalabasang bagong music magazine.
    i bet you have a springsteen LP. merry christmas. :)

  2. Gerry Alanguilan on December 19th, 2010 10:45 am

    KC… tama ka dyan. he.he. Ang dami kong plaka ni Bruce.

  3. Jose Mari Lee on December 19th, 2010 12:12 pm

    Dear Ate Charo, Dikong KC and Kuya Gerry:

    Maalaala mo pa kaya, Ate Charo, noong ginagawa natin ang Alindog, di ba’t puro vinyl records ang ginagamit nating music sa show? Hahaha!

    I am having dinner here at Lula’s Sweet Apothecary
    100% vegan at 516 East 6th Street NYC. I figured, I should visit the worldwideweb while having my coffee. He-he. Man, the vegan food in this joint is tops. Yes, it’s better than Adobong may gata (Alanguilan’s Bicol dish (Laguna style), doon sa amin, may siling labuyo pa po ito :).

    Yes. You can actually buy turntables now with USB connection. They’re everywhere.

    The mid-nineties was the beginning of the vinyl comeback in north America. In that decade, RAVES were the craziest events. And it was so funny, because wherever you attend this event, the music was all from vinyl records. The most popular: JUAN DE LA CRUZ BAND. Most of the songs were in Tagalog, but the crowd of young people went ga-ga (or gago) over this band. So, when they came here last year, their concert was a huge success (of course, I was there. He-he).

    Yes, I, too, am a fan of vinyl records, and of the Juan de la Cruz Band (and I must admit, several Springsteen LP as well). I have lots, in fact. And yes, I own a turntable with USB connected to the computer for easy burning to CDs. It’s just perfect for someone like me who’s body is almost near death, but whose heart was just born yesterday. He-he.

    In the 1967 film “The Graduate,” Mr. McGuire offers one word of advice to Dustin Hoffman’s character, Benjamin Braddock: “Plastics”

    McGuire was 50% prophetic. Though Electronics became the “leader” of the future, plastic never went away. In everything we use, plastic is still there. We see them in any computer and/or cell phone and other electronic devices, plus credit cards. And yes, including the vinyl record which is also made of plastic – made from ethylene (found in crude oil) and chlorine (found in regular salt).

    “Plastic.” Di ba ito rin ang mundo ni Dra. Belo & Hayden Kho? Bwahaha. Ay, ibang plastic nga pala iyon.

  4. Reno on December 19th, 2010 4:16 pm

    Pang-dessert na lang yung papaya. :)

  5. Jonas Diego on December 19th, 2010 11:43 pm

    The chicken was great but pretty much everything on the table was too. Special mention to your mom’s popular amapalaya salad. That was quite a treat, grabe!

    I don’t think I need to eat for a few days. He he he!

    Letdown lang yung liempo na dala ko. Good for 3-4 persons daw. Letse! I should’ve gotten liempo from Andok’s na lang kung ganun.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas to you guys! See you all on the other side. :D

  6. auggie on December 20th, 2010 9:35 pm


    Saan ba nakakabili ng Karayom sa turntable? sira yung turntable ko kaya hindi magamit yung mga LPs dito. Meron akong first album ng ROLLING STONES, on mono.Meron din akong IRAKERE,band from Havana, regalo sa akin ng isang Cuban trainee.


  7. Gerry Alanguilan on December 20th, 2010 11:45 pm

    Auggie… alam ko sa Raon nakakabili nyan.

  8. Michael on December 21st, 2010 5:54 pm

    Where is Scribe available? Do they have sketchpad notebooks similar to Moleskine? I LOVE Moleskine and am hoarding the large Sketchpads.

  9. Gerry Alanguilan on December 21st, 2010 7:33 pm

    I got my Scribe at Powerbooks, I think. Or maybe National. It really looks like a Moleskine. Check it out.

  10. noel cervantes on December 21st, 2010 9:05 pm

    great the bikol komiks convention was a success..we are planning to built the bikol komikero studio here in the naga city as soon as the new year comes!..we are very optimistic and strong and wise! up philippine komiks!–noel cervantes!

  11. Dennis B. Gonzaga on December 22nd, 2010 8:03 pm

    The 2nd Bikol Komiks Convention is over. We were quite surprised that the local radio and TV media picked up the scent of the event considering that our promotion was mostly by word-of-mouth and DIY-guerilla tactics.

    But there’s just no rest for the weary. This early, we are already preparing for the 3rd Bikol Komiks Convention this May 2011.

    Up Bikol Komikero!
    Mabuhay ang Komikerong Pinoy!

  12. Dennis B. Gonzaga on December 22nd, 2010 8:05 pm

    At maraming salamat Gerry sa iyong suporta.