• Asia,  Kalinga,  Philippines

    Kalinga Tattoo Gone Wrong

    After I published my story about Getting Inked by Whang Od a couple of years ago, I’ve received numerous e-mails and private messages from people from around the world asking for more information about Buscalan and the famous tattoo artist, Apo Whang Od. I am glad that tattoo enthusiasts have found their way to Buscalan and have received their precious ink. But not all experiences are created equal. While some tattoos heal quickly, some get infected. For instance, it didn’t take long for my tattoo to dry up. But my husband’s took a longer time to heal. He also had fever for a couple of days and the swelling only…

  • Asia,  Destinations,  Philippines

    Buscalan: A Warm Welcome

        The village of Buscalan in Tinglayan  sits prettily on top of a mountain, some 2,000 feet or so above sea level.   The village of Buscalan in Tinglayan  sits prettily on top of a mountain, some 2,000 feet or so above sea level. It is home to the Botbot Tribe, one of the 31 Subtribes in the province of Kalinga. When we finally get there, we find the community busy preparing for the wedding feast. A wedding! How serendipitous! Under the colorful tent, some women are making what appear to be decors made from palm leaves.     While the women are occupied with the preparations, life for…