Saturday, October 27, 2012

TRAVELIFE Magazine's Oct-Nov 2012 issue: Discovering more of our amazing world


Every issue of TRAVELIFE Magazine is full of great adventures by real travelers who just happen to also write very well. This truly amazing October-November issue features some of the most exotic destinations on the planet.

LOVELY TAIWAN: 
SO NEAR, SO UNDER THE RADAR

We shot our cover in Taiwan, and the Travelife team for the Taiwan cover shoot was led by Travelife Magazine General Manager Gel Bayona and the photos were shot by Joanne Marie de la Rama.


Our cover girl is the spunky and smart formel model and businesswoman Chal Lontoc-Del Rosario, who incidentally knows EVERYTHING in Taiwan like the back of her hand.

THE TAIWAN EXPERTS



I'd traveled with Chal already to Taipei about two years ago, and we'd had a really amazing food trip. We'd eaten in the kind of places where people don't speak English and so you don't really know what they're serving -- but you'll never be the same again after each meal.

This time, I think I was in the Czech Republic at the time of this trip, so Chal traveled with the Travelife team sans me. Together they explored the best of Taipei and Hualin.



On this trip, they found wonderful restaurants and unique spa resorts that I’d certainly like to visit. I seriously got Taiwan fever reading about where they went, what they ate and did. 

Checking the final layouts of our Taiwan cover story, I found myself with one eye on my appointment book, trying to find a free weekend for a quick jaunt to Taipei this year. 

No such luck – but that’s one more destination to look forward to in 2013. 

No one does cover specials like Travelife Magazine. So if you're thinking at all about a trip to Taiwan -- and you should -- then make sure to pick up this issue before it sells out.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOTS OF COURAGE


Topping the list of Travelife adventurers for this issue is Russian diplomat Ilya Kuznetsov, an endurance driver like no other.

With his equally courageous wife Olga and another couple, he embarked on a marathon journey on the Rough Roads of Russia from Moscow to the north of Russia, literally to the ends of the earth.



Ilya and Olga Kuznetsov spent several days in a land last inhabited during World War II, littered with empty bunkers and devoid of people and any sign of civilization. For the last leg, they drove for hours and hours on land and mountains without roads. No GPS or mobile connections either.

This is certainly not a trip for the faint-hearted, but it is definitely a fascinating read for all. It's probably the most exotic place I can ever imagine on this planet -- or at least one of them.



SAILING THE BLACK SEA 
INITIALLY WITH SKEPTICISM

Meanwhile, Contributing Editor Jerome Velasco writes about his trip within the same general continent but to a more vivacious coastline synonymous with music and an Imperial past. He sailed from Istanbul to the Ukraine, Bulgaria and Romania on a Silversea cruise in June.


Initially skeptical over what he would find in the towns and cities along the Black Sea, Jerome eventually admits to receiving A Fascinating Education on cultures and civilizations so few people in our part of the world understand.

A MEAL TO REMEMBER



By the way, for his regular Hungry Traveler column, Jerome writes about a very famous and controversially delicious restaurant in Spain -- the chef is a genius and his style of cooking is one that people either love and understand or dislike intensely.

Read what Jerome has to say in this issue...

Scroll down to read more about this amazing issue...


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THE LONDON OLYMPICS ON A WHIM
AND A CAMERA

Contributing Editor Dondi Joseph flew to London on the spur of the moment for the Olympics.

He took about two minutes to get organized and then off he went in search of good stories and photos In The Midst of History Unfolding.

He writes about the infectious excitement that gripped the city as athletes competed for medals and everyone else made merry in the streets and in the pubs.

FUN IN THE SUN
FOR A 50TH BIRTHDAY IN MALLORCA

Editor at Large Rafe Totengco recalls a wonderful summer holiday in Mallorca, that lovely Island in the Sun that’s a great favorite of mine as well, to celebrate his sister’s 50th birthday.


His account of having to climb over fences and navigate unsavory fields to reach a nondescript restaurant that serves the best paella on the island will certainly entertain you. I’ve also added a few must-visits of my own, from my most recent holiday last year, including afternoon tea at the oldest patisserie in Mallorca.

NOT HERE TODAY,
NEVER HERE TOMORROW EITHER.
FOREVER ON A TRAVELIFE.

Editor at Large Gabby Malvar disappeared for several months; and then one day he simply appeared at the office with beautiful photos and equally inspiring and observant prose about places as disparate as China, Corregidor and Myanmar.



But we’re used to his comings and goings – that’s a TRAVELIFE for you. As I said, we're the only magazine produced by real and real serious travelers. Even if we weren't publishing the Philippines' leading travel and lifestyle publication, we'd still be traveling in exactly this same way.


For this issue, he shares his musings on and photos from China and Corregidor, as well as from three of the loveliest churches in the Philippines.

VIRTUAL TOURISTS
ARE NOW PART OF A TRAVELIFE


The energetic travelers behind VirtualTourist.com also join TRAVELIFE as a regular section featuring some of the most interesting places to see and things to do in the world. Walk This Way is about the most hair-raising skywalks in the world.


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BACK TO THE MEDIEVAL AGES
IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Meanwhile, Sandee Masigan flew from Manila to Prague via Hong Kong and Istanbul, and then drove to the little town of Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic about an hour from Prague. She was just in time for a most interesting annual town festival that literally took her back to the Medieval Ages.



The townsfolk were all dressed in medieval clothes and everyone was gathered in the field for re-enactments of battles, dances, jousts and feasting. She walked for hours taking photos and sampling all the goodies from 700 or 800 years past.

WE WISH YOU ALL 
AN AMAZING TRAVELIFE

As for me, I wrote about my wonderful trip to Jordan and Israel just weeks before printing. This time around in Israel, I did a bit of the historical places, but I focused mostly on the cutting edge new attractions of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

What an eye-opener these places were. I just loved the creative and yet aggressive and dynamic vibe of Tel Aviv.



No one travels or writes like TRAVELIFE Magazine. And as a plus, we give you so many ideas for discovering everything amazing about this world that’ll make you so happy just to be alive and to able to dream about living a never-endingly eventful TRAVELIFE.

Go pick up a copy of this most wonderful issue as soon as possible.





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