Notes from Sison, Pangasinan Part IX

It’s pouring cats and dogs. I was on my bed thinking of KJ, my newest crush, when Uncle Isabelo called me. So I stopped ‘imagining’ and, after ‘rewearing’ my boxer shorts, I immediately went to the dirty kitchen where Uncle Isabelo’s cleaning edible frogs with warm water and salt. When he saw me approaching, he seriously asked me, ‘Are you gonna eat these?’ Since I don’t want to disappoint him, I gladly answered back, ‘Yeah, I’ll try.Uncle Isabelo smiled and then he patted me on my left shoulder before mixing the ingredients with the cleaned frogs. (Photo above: Pork Adobo saved me from eating Adobong Palaka)

I was thankful during lunch because adobong palaka was not the sole dish on the table. If this wasn’t the case, I have to pretend again that I’m full or that I’m not in the mood to eat lunch, so I’m thankful to Ate Ruth who spent much of her time cooking pork adobo and ginataang gabi with tinapa. And it’s a good thing also that Uncle Isabelo didn’t dine with us. He went to Rosario, La Union so I was saved from my ‘lyings’.


After lunch, I took a quick bath to refreshen myself, and then I went to my room again, this time I brought with me some old copies of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. This time, I thought of reading previous articles of Conrado de Quiros instead of rereading Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. But pork adobo was agood sleeping pill. I suddenly felt drowsy and, when I couln’t anymore contain my’ drowsiness’, I went to my bed and took a nap. (Above photo: Ginataang Gabi, an all-time favorite Bicol specialty)

I woke up at two in the afternoon. It’s still raining hard!

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