Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Travelife's Editors-at-Large, Part 2

Domestic Editor at Large Gabby Malvar is spending a year traveling all over the Philippines for Travelife Magazine.


GABBY MALVAR
Domestic Editor at Large

The other side of the Editor at Large coin is modern-day corsair Gabby Malvar, a former multinational corporate man. This Atenean and ex-University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music enrollee has often gone the extra, unbeaten, mile to see the world. In one particular case, that extra mile has ended up stitched on his face and arms. He's also battered a couple of cameras and computers along the way -- an Apple computer, for instance, ended up in a ravine, we heard, when his motorbike skidded down some steep roads. But he’s living the life doing it and writing about it; just as we’re having a great time editing and publishing it. We hope you will enjoy as much reading about his adventures.
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Click here to read about the rest of the Travelife Editorial Team:
Christine Cunanan, Publisher & Editor in Chief
Dexter de Vera, Creative Director (coming soon)
Jon Vicente, Managing Editor (coming soon)
Rafe Totengco, Global Editor at Large

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You are rough and ready when it comes to travel. Has ‘five-star only’ ever been an option as a mode of traveling?
Gabby: I’ve only travelled five-star when someone else was willing to pay for it. I consider myself a budget traveler. I will stay in hostels and bed and breakfasts. To get around, I will ride trains, buses, tricycles, motorcycles. I’ve even been known to get on a horse or two.

What would you consider your primary survival tool when traveling?
Gabby: I would have to say a tripod, but for more than just good photography. Personal safety is a key concern especially when you’re in isolated areas. You can use a tripod to defend yourself. And it hasn’t set off alarm bells in airports yet, but I’m sure they’ll get to that.

Which do you prefer: Concrete Jungle? Or jungle, jungle?
Gabby: Jungle, jungle. I love the great outdoors, and sleeping in a tent under a full moon or on a bench on a moored bangka (outrigger canoe). I am not much of a shopper and I try to avoid crowds. Don’t get me wrong though. I gravitate towards museums and structures with interesting architecture but the draw of glaciated peaks, wildlife and battered crags is just much harder to resist.

What’s the most memorable meal you’ve ever had?
Gabby: A parillada in Buenos Aires, which is a plate of grilled meats such as chorizo, chinchulines (intestines), bife de lomo (tenderloin), chicken and morcino (blood sausage) dipped in chimichuri (a kind of salsa) with a hint of lemon and washed down with Malbec, an Argentinian red wine.

Travel destination you’d return to in a heartbeat, and why?
Gabby: Kyoto, Japan. I am fascinated with Japanese culture, its feudal history and the samurai tradition. I’ve been to Kyoto several
times already but for some reason have always failed to bring a camera. Now I know there must be something wrong with me.

Read about Gabby's travels in every issue of Travelife Magazine, the Philippines' leading travel & lifestyle publication.

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Click here to read about the rest of the Travelife Editorial Team:
Christine Cunanan, Publisher & Editor in Chief
Dexter de Vera, Creative Director
Jon Vicente, Managing Editor
Rafe Totengco, Global Editor at Large



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