Friday, May 31, 2013

The serious business of traveling, and reading Travelife Magazine

Last night, a group of Travelife Magazine readers and friends who've traveled together on one of our wonderful Travelife trips met up for a long overdue reunion.

As we'd all gotten pretty close, I offered to host it at my house, which is centrally located.

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Everyone brought something for a pot-luck dinner.

What a feast we had.

Someone sent his driver over ahead of time with a luscious cochinillo from Tinee de Guzman. I was to tempted to start eating this, that I actually messaged him: "I can't guarantee this will still be intact by the time you all get here..."

And when everyone did arrive and it was time to cut the cochinillo up, this guy actually cut it up with a saucer. I couldn't believe it. And, of course, I just had to have the first slice....

Meanwhile another guy brought two large platters of paella ordered takeout from Alba's.

Someone else brought a great pomelo salad from the Dusit Thani's Benjarong, and still another had her driver go all the way to Pampanga for a luscious chocolate cake that she knows I just love.

A couple also brought a beautiful platter of cheese and cold cuts, and a great organic salad.

Anyhow, the list of delicious food is too long to complete, so let me just say that everyone brought something wonderful.

As for me, I was too busy to cook last night so I ordered amatriciana pasta and a cake from Sweet Bella, and took care of most of the wines.

I think we drank something like five or six bottles until close to 2 AM.

A Sweet Bella chocolate cake


About half of the group were friends and readers who I'd met for the first time on our Travelife trip.

But there was basically only one degree of separation between us, and we all soon became good friends.

And now literally everyone has committed to joining the next Travelife trips, and they're especially excited about Chile.

One of them said, only half-teasingly: "There should be something called Travelife Elite, for those who've already gone on several Travelife trips. We get our own section at the front of the bus, and wine for the long drives."

This was all very amusing conversation.


But last night really gave me a very valuable insight into Travelife Magazine's readers: we're avidly followed by people who are as serious and passionate about traveling as we are.

And they've traveled as extensively as we have, too.

I don't think any other travel magazine in this part of the world can say that their core readership is composed of seriously well-traveled people.

Everyone had just returned from a trip, or was leaving on one shortly.


And this reunion was so long in the making precisely because so many people were away on their own versions of a Travelife, at any given time.

Last weekend, for instance, about half the group were away on their own versions of a Travelife. Someone was in Japan, another person was away on a cruise, and several others were in Europe.

I was in Vietnam last weekend, and this weekend, I'm in Hong Kong.

And next weekend, I'm flying to Istanbul and Paris for a quick trip, while someone else is going to Boston, and a couple of others are headed elsewhere.

It's pretty hard to keep track of all the interesting travels of everyone reading Travelife Magazine, the leading travel and lifestyle publication and the only choice of serious travelers.


And what a conversation we had yesterday.

It taught me two valuable things: how to explain the meaning of the word "maumay," when someone asks me exactly what this means.

I honestly didn't know what this meant, but now I get the picture so clearly...

I also realized that I should never be absent from one of these reunions so that I don't become the topic of conversation by virtue of my absence. So those of you who were supposed to be there last night but who weren't, you know what we talked about....

More later, on just another very enjoyable evening in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.


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