Wednesday, December 19, 2012

TRAVELIFE's Dec 2012 - January 2013 issue: One of our best issues ever

A self-portrait taken last month at the Armani Suite
of the beautiful La Residence in South Africa


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OUR GREAT OUTDOORS ISSUE 

This special TRAVELIFE Magazine issue on the joys of the great outdoors is our best and thickest yet.



Our editors literally went out on a limb in the last three months, traveling to some of the farthest corners of the earth on some truly amazing adventures.

They’ve brought back enthralling stories and wondrous tales of places you’ll certainly want to include when you start planning your own trips for 2013.

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THE WONDERS OF KOTA KINABALU

Exotic Kota Kinabalu


For our cover story, a ten-person TRAVELIFE team flew to Kota Kinabalu (KK) to discover exactly what makes it such an attractive destination. We found a peaceful paradise that’s tamed by the wild and highly recommended as a convenient getaway from the stress of modern life.



In fact, I enjoyed the sunset walks on the beach and the communing with nature so much in KK that I returned about three months later for a proper holiday.

But that’s TRAVELIFE for you. We only write about places and experiences we believe in.

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A SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA 

Last month, we spent two weeks in South Africa sampling the best of this beautiful country. You'll be reading more about the places we visited and the things we did over the next few issues of Travelife. But for this December 2012 - January 2013 issue, we've written about our experience on safari.





One of the highlights of this never-endingly eventful journey was a safari in the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, a 65,000-hectare property in Greater Kruger National Park that's considered one of the most luxurious safari experiences in the world.

We were very lucky to be able to see the Big 5 and so many more animals besides. What an amazing and enjoyable experience this was. Going into the wild, in search of animal life, is an experience I recommend everyone to try at least once.



Most people will even want to try it over and over, after their first taste of a safari. Take it from me. I'm already planning my second one for 2013. Yes, it's back to Africa for another safari, albeit an entirely different kind this time around.

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By the way, I was looking just now through my own magazine when I saw the advertisement of South African Airways on page 9. Take a look. It's got unbelievably low fares to Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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A 5-DAY CLIMB TO MACCHU PICCHU 

Many people have been to Macchu Picchu in Peru, but few have trekked up the hard way. Contributing editor Dondi Joseph literally had me gasping for breath with his story on walking up and meeting the Sun God.



He undertook a five-day 58-kilometer hike through adverse weather and fantastic scenery just to reach the gates of this lost city. There are easier ways to do this, of course, but Dondi's choice is probably the most exciting and exhilarating.

We had a chance to discuss his experience last month, and he said it was difficult to climb in all kinds of weather conditions, but he enjoyed every minute of it. The hardships were worth it, he said.







This certainly makes me want to put Peru into my bucket list for next year as well, although I can tell you now that I'm going to be taking a luxury train to Macchu Picchu if I do go. No camping in tents for five days for me...

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THE ATI ATIHAN FESTIVAL,
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL



Editor at Large Gabby Malvar traces his roots to many places including the province of Batangas -- yes, he's a descendant of the distinguished General Malvar from the days of the Katipuneros -- and to the island of Aklan

So the annual Ati Atihan festival is not just a photo opportunity or a tourist attraction for him, or a weekend of partying. In this issue, he recalls his memories of this event in a most poignant way.

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KYOTO, THE TRAVELIFE WAY 

Finally, we have a special section on Kyoto that I’m almost sure few magazines can equal. No one knows Japan like we do, after all.




TRAVELIFE’s editors know Japan inside out, and in this issue we’ve given you two f the best experiences possible in Japan’s ancient capital.

Kyoto is all about beauty in simplicity, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Tawaraya Ryokan, an almost threadbare property that’s nevertheless considered by connoisseurs as the finest inn in the world.

It's the gold standard by which every top inn compares itself with.


Complimenting this, contributing editor Jerome Velasco, another big fan of Japan and Japanese food, praises the design and artistry of the Kikunoi Honten, one of Japan’s most venerated temples of dining and a consistent recipient of three Michelin stars.


GREAT FOOD IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE



In this issue, Jerome also writes about what the meals were like on safari in South Africa.

After four days of pretty amazing meals and lots of unusual game dishes (think medallions of springbok and impala carpaccio here...), this self-confessed jaded foodie became a fan of Sabi Sabi's gourmet meals in the middle of nowhere.

"Sabi Sabi just isn't the place to start a diet," he says.

Fine dining on safari in South Africa


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WHERE TO GO IN NEW YORK



Travelife Magazine also gives you a taste of a great New York Christmas via a hot list of the best activities and neighborhoods to visit for the entire family.

Whether you find yourself in the East Coast or not for Christmas, this is still a very enjoyable read


TRAVELERS FIRST, WRITERS SECOND 



As always, even our contributors are all passionate travelers first and writers second. That's what makes us different from everyone else.

All of our editors, and most of our contributors, would still be traveling in this same way whether they were writing for the Philippines' leading travel and lifestyle publication or not.

But fortunately, they're writing articles for us.

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OUR CONTRIBUTORS ARE ALSO
ALL TRAVELERS FIRST



Ruby Escosa finds herself in China, near the border of Tibet, in search of a lost horizon, while Ginggay Hontiveros and Gilbert Sape flew to Myanmar and finds themselves enthralled by a land of promise in intriguing and exotic Myanmar.



Charlene Pe recalls her warm thoughts and cold encounters in Austria, another country that's simply magical in the winter.


Meanwhile, adventure traveler Cecily Mabasa also shares some of her top picks for the best glamping destinations for 2013.

Putting this issue together made even me starry-eyed at the thought of places and cultures waiting to be explored in 2013.

Travel is truly uplifting, inspiring and life changing. We hope it’s going to be a big part of your new year, and that TRAVELIFE will never be far from your side.

Write and share your travel thoughts with us. 
We'd love to hear from you.
travelife@travelife.biz

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