Once the pattern is laid out, hand-tapping begins.

For needle, Whang Od uses a pomelo thorn that she attaches to the end of a piece of bamboo. She smears the thorn with ink, then, using another piece of wood, taps it repeatedly into the skin until the skin absorbs the ink. Whang Od taps over the pattern two or three times to make sure the ink is absorbed completely. So basically, you get wounded two or three times on the same area until she is satisfied with the result and decides to move on. And because the thorn is not as smooth as a needle, the process becomes extra painful when the skin gets snagged on the thorn. Read more.

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Getting Around QC: Riding the COMET

  I had a very pleasant time riding the COMET this morning.  No, not that comet. :) THIS COMET.   //photo grabbed from Get Philippines’ Facebook page   The COMET or City Optimized Managed Electric Transport is an e-vehicle designed as an alternative to the various modes of transportation in Metro Manila, particularly the jeepney. GET Philippines, the company behind…

Budget Accommodation in Paris: Maison d’Accueil de l’Assomption

  If you’re looking for budget accommodation in Paris, consider staying with nuns! :)   I highly recommend the Maison d’Accueil de l’Assomption, the Motherhouse of the Assumption Sisters. This was where we checked in when we were in Paris a few months back.  The  hostel is actually a retreat house operated by the Assumption Sisters, a Catholic religious order founded in…

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Pinay Traveller Recommends: Travel Toiletry Kit from One Bag Traveler

I recently received a wonderful package in the mail.  It’s a travel toiletry kit sent over by my good friend Lengo Nunez, co-founder of One Bag Traveler. “Travel size products are not cheap but in the end, they are more cost efficient because you don’t waste any product.” Lengo and I have  worked together in Probe years ago and have…

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5 Travel Tips When Experiencing Europe for the Time

Today’s guest post by Anna Smith reminds us how important planning is especially if you’re visiting a place for the first time.   Traveling to Europe can be daunting if you’ve never been there before. The countless possible places to visit that Europe presents can also be quite overwhelming but once you’ve nailed down exactly where you want to travel…

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PinayTraveller Recommends: Bohemian Luxury in Greece

We will momentarily leave our Spain series to go to the island of Mykonos in Greece,  to a beautiful bohemian hotel located just 300 meters from the world-famous Paradise Club. Called San Giorgio, it is part of the Design Hotels community and is targeted for people “who seek simple pleasures like waking up to views of the sea, sharing good food…

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PinayTraveller Films: Ria de Arousa, Galicia

  My second film!  Yay!  But a confession.  I tried editing this down to 45 seconds BUT I had a hard time choosing which video to edit out and which to keep. So as a compromise, here’s my (less than) two-minute edit.  This short travel film features my boat ride along the Ria de Arousa one sunny morning in Galicia,…

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Cambados, Spain: Home of the Albariño

Everything about that day was perfect. Despite being gloomy before  breakfast, the sun came out by mid-morning, setting the mood for the day ahead.  I was in the company of people  whom I was slowly getting to know and appreciate. And we were somewhere in Galicia in Northwest Spain, in a historical district declared a “Cultural Interest  Asset”  in 2012.…

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Camino de Santiago: the Casa Brandariz

Last year, I had the good fortune of exploring Northern Spain, including the beautiful territory of Galicia. I was onboard the luxury train Tren Al Andalus and the journey took me from Zaragoza to A Coruña, right along the St. James or Santiago de Compostela Route. After that wonderful luxury trip, our Galician guide, Manuel, took my travel buddy and I…

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Where to Eat in Metro Manila: Marikina’s Rustic Mornings

Let me tell you about the wonderful breakfast I had recently in a charming little restaurant  called Rustic Mornings. I’ve seen photos of this restaurant  on my friends’ FB  feeds, uploaded by those who couldn’t get enough of their delicious food.  Those photos were enticing! But the real deal sealer was when my former teacher, Fr. Rene Javellana, SJ, described…

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Top 10 Things to do in and near Hanoi (a Preview)

Perfect weather at 15 degrees, breath-taking landscapes, wonderful food, friendly people… these are what I remember of my first visit to Hanoi 11  years ago.   Did you know that Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam?  Yup, it’s not  the bustling Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC, formerly Saigon) as many may  initially think.  Of course  it’s understandable that HCMC is…

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The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

“No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus.His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. No man can deny the fact that Jesus existed, nor that his sayings are beautiful. Even if some them have been said before, no one has expressed them so divinely as he.”   -Albert Einstein  …

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