Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The truly wonderful April - May 2014 adventure issue of Travelife Magazine



This issue is literally a kaleidoscope of amazing journeys all over the world.

Over the last few months, our Travelife contributing editors have been zealously hopping on planes and trains to reach some of the most intriguing destinations on the planet; and they’ve recorded their experiences for Travelife Magazine, the country’s leading travel & lifestyle publication.

REAL TRAVELERS ON GREAT ADVENTURES: 

GABBY MALVAR UNEARTHS THE SECRETS OF NAGASAKI





Contributing editor Gabby Malvar led the Travelife Magazine team of four that flew to southern Japan recently to shoot our cover story on Kyushu -- perhaps the first cover story on this part of Japan.

As you may be aware, we at Travelife Magazine know Japan like the back of our hands, so it was a great pleasure to share the best of this less-trodden part of Japan with our readers. The Travelife Magazine team, too, had great fun exploring a truly beautiful region.

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JEROME VELASCO ON THREE EXOTIC TRIPS

Contributing editor Jerome Velasco racked up thousands of airmiles to gather material for a record three articles in this issue.

A safari in Tanzania

First and foremost, he writes about a truly unique safari in Tanzania’s Selous, the last bastion of wilderness in already pretty wild Africa and one of my favorite places in the world.



There’s no Big 5 game viewing here, but there are hundreds of hippos in the river and great opportunities for fishing and walking safaris.

If you want to get away from everything and everyone, this is most definitely the place.

In fact, Steffi Graff and Andre Agassi stayed in the exact same set of luxury villas at The Retreat, about a month before. This probably the best place in the world to avoid paparazzi.



A cruise around the French Polynesia

Then he took his children on a cruise around French Polynesia, a destination he says is even harder to get to than Africa, even if it looks so much closer on the map.

He diligently chronicles an enjoyable week in this idyllic paradise.

Two of Asia's best restaurants



Finally, Jerome returns to his first passion, which is not really safaris but truly good food.

On a short visit to Bangkok, he snagged reservations at two of Asia’s best restaurants and gives us the spicy low-down on these. Since he visited, these two restaurants have made it to the list of Asia's best restaurants.

DONDI JOSEPH CHASES THE AURORA BOREALIS
ACROSS ICELAND



Meanwhile, Contributing editor Dondi Joseph continues to entertain us with his amusing narration of his arduous hunt for the elusive aurora borealis. He writes about his adventures in such an entertaining way that I'm practically ready to reserve a ticket to Scandinavia afterwards.

He recently braved the freezing cold in three of the chilliest places on earth, just for glimpses of those elusive Northern Lights.

In this issue, he recounts his trek through Iceland with his camera to capture these mesmerizing dancing lights across the sky.

Never one for an uneventful Travelife, his very serious trip is punctuated by vignettes of pleasurable coincidences, which made me seriously want to plan a trip there next year.

DAVID LIM SAILS TO ALASKA



Contributing editor David Lim sailed from San Francisco to Alaska with two wary guests who were not entirely convinced about the joys of cruising.

They endured some pretty rough seas, but in the end were rewarded with glimpses of majestic glaciers and memorable evenings onboard. David even managed to overcome his distaste for helicopters for a flight to see the majestic glaciers.

And then he ended his trip with a memorable meal and lots of champagne on the terrace of his suite, sailing back to San Francisco, living a never-endingly eventful Travelife, of course.



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GABBY MALVAR
AND THE HIDDEN TREASURES 
OF THE PHILIPPINES.


Meanwhile, Gabby Malvar disappeared for a few crucial weeks, leaving us to all but wonder if he’d finally gotten lost or stranded on one of those isolated and rather dangerous islands he so loved to explore.

But one day he turned up at the Travelife Magazine office, straight from the airport, rumpled and tired, but with a grin on his face.

He handed in two short but eloquent masterpieces about a river in the hinterlands of the Philippines that offered recovery and solitude -- places no one has probably written about before.

AROUND & AROUND & AROUND THE WORLD
IN 60 DAYS



As for me, I went around the world a couple of times in the two months that it took to produce this issue.

Read about my stays at The Retreat, a very special lodge at the edge of nowhere in Tanzania, and at Majeka House, a luxury country hotel with way too many pigs in South Africa.



I also wrote about how I sailed from Bali to Singapore, narrowly escaping a volcano eruption in Indonesia, to end up at a jampacked restaurant along Orchard Road in Singapore, throwing prawn crackers and all kinds of food into the air at the start of dinner, to celebrate the last evening of Chinese New Year 2014.

As always, it’s a never-endingly eventful Travelife, of course.


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