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!