The following morning, Tara and I woke up with happy hearts. We had an awesome conversation with Fang-od the previous day, met the very hospitable people of Buscalan in the afternoon, and slept really well on Fang-od’s home’s wooden floor.
First thing that Tara told me was, “Good morning! I want to get another line.” So, we told Manong Francis about the decision and he relayed it to Fang-od.
There was a chance that we’d miss the last jeepney ride to Bontoc but both Tara and I knew that if she doesn’t push through with “completing” her tattoo, it would become a regret. And, I’m all for supporting her in what she wants. After all, meeting Fang-od and getting her tattoo from the last Kalinga tattoo artist started this whole journey.
So after the breakfast that I definitely needed to prepare for the hike back to Tinglayan, Fang-od and Tara went to work. Tara’s arm was already swollen that morning so she now could feel a bit of pain while getting the last line on her arm. But, she was still smiling after everything because, hey, the experience was truly awesome!
- Visiting indigenous peoples communities in the Philippines – The start of it all
- Project Breaking Down Barriers: The Adventure of Getting to Fang-od’s
- Project Breaking Down Barriers: Meeting the cutie-pie rockstar lola Fang-od
- Project Breaking Down Barriers: Getting Inked by the Last Kalinga Tattoo Artist
- Project Breaking Down Barriers: Village of Buscalan, Kalinga
- Project Breaking Down Barriers: Before leaving Buscalan, Kalinga
- Project Breaking Down Barriers: Stuck in Tinglayan
- Project Breaking Down Barriers: Sorta Creepy Bontoc Experience
- Visiting indigenous peoples communities – how we did it
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