I have not seen "aunty" for a long time. Now so much older looking but no less beautiful she strikes me as a grand lady of the Baram.
She still dresses smartly and is a great sport.
When I asked her about her tatoos she gladly showed me her arms and legs. And as before she was full of stories in her quite soft toned ways.
"Of course it was painful to make the designs...one whole day just to make a small tattoo!! And the pain was truly unbearable. "No pain no beauty," she said...
"That's my naughty grandson...."
According to aunty most fairer friends of hers would like to have tattoos because the designs came out better. But those ladies like her are now a dying breed. She also knows about the new designs which are discreet and are shop made.
Miami Ink? No...it was Bario Ink.
She smiled and told the young people to study hard and look for good jobs. Bring back money to the family and enjoy a good life.
And she slowly nodded her head and went back to her memories of the old days in the highlands.