Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Diving in Saipan and where to go in 2017

Diving in Saipan and where to go in 2017
Michelle Barrera in Saipan for Travelife Magazine

The Travelife Magazine Saipan location team 
was headed by:

Christine Cunanan
Editor in Chief

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Cover was shot on location in Saipan with

Michelle Cojuangco Barrera
Model

Tracey Heppner
Photographer

Ceia Ylagan
Styling/ Supervision/ Direction

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HARD WORK & TEAM SPIRIT 
AROUND THE WORLD 


 Kudos must be given regarding this wonderful new issue of TRAVELIFE Magazine to TRAVELIFE columnist MICHELLE BARRERA who appears like a mermaid coming out of the water on our cover, and also in so many wonderful photos inside.

The cover was shot in one of the most remote locations in the beautiful island of Saipan, known for nature and diving. I'd like to see any other luxury travel magazine try and get a similar shot, considering the efforts (and that vertical drop down a mountain) that our Travelife team took to get this shot.

MICHELLE BARERA
ON OUR COVER AND IN OUR ARTICLES

Michelle Barrera in Saipan for Travelife Magazine


An equestrienne and all-around athlete as well as an excellent baker when she isn’t living a Travelife, Michelle Barrera also wrote the hefty cover story on Saipan in addition to her regular Wanderlist column plus a feature on a cruise from Taiwan to Okinawa.

So I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said that Michelle practically produced this issue singlehandedly – with lots of enthusiasm, energy and hard work.

Michelle Barrera in Saipan for Travelife Magazine

WITH A LITTLE HELP
FROM MY FRIENDS


And with a little help, of course.

Ace photographer and indefatigable traveler TRACEY HEPPNER was responsible for most of these dreamy and dramatic shots in Saipan, and the week-long shoot.

As I've already written, this turned out to be a seriously athletic pursuit that involved climbing down vertical mountains and trekking for miles, when they weren’t paragliding in the air, that is. And, of course, diving in Saipan.

The Saipan cover shoot, by the way, was supervised on location by TRAVELIFE Managing Editor CEIA YLAGAN.

The Travelife team in Saipan


EVERYONE AT TRAVELIFE MAGAZINE 
IS REALLY LIVING A TRAVELIFE


In fact, practically everyone in TRAVELIFE Magazine was out living a #Travelife last month so most of our stories were produced in-house.

We had an empty office for a few weeks and then everyone returned almost simultaneously with wondrous tales to tell.

Travelife editorial assistant Patricia Cendana
in Bangkok for Travelife

PATRICIA CENDANA of the Travelife editorial team flew to Bangkok to discover more about the exquisite crafts of Thailand that are under the special patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

Meanwhile, our Travelife Finance Officer MARICEL DIOSANA spent a week exploring the many interesting theme parks of South Korea, a country that is currently leading the world in entertainment innovation. She found herself bundled up in a snowcoat riding a dogsled down a mountain of artificial snow in September. Talk about a surreal kind of fun.

PORTUGAL: 
THE NEW FOODIE DESTINATION



Then there’s our foodie columnist JEROME MARTIN who recently spent a few days on holiday in Portugal and who continues to wax rhapsodic as I write this piece, about the romantic atmosphere of Lisbon, complete with the aroma of grilled sardines in the air.

He landed in Lisbon just in time for one of the city’s biggest festivals and describes with gusto both the dancing in the streets and the delicious egg tarts in Lisbon he encountered. No pun intended, you just have to read his story.

VISITING THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Ambassador Jaroslav Olsa in his art-filled home

In the same general area, Czech Ambassador Jaroslav Olsa shares in this issue the many reasons why you need to put the Czech Republic in your bucket list for 2017.

Personally, I don't need any convincing as I've already lost count of just how many times I've been to Prague, which I consider one of the most romantic cities in the world.

The Charles Bridge of Prague

I've also driven across most of the Czech Republic, to its most far-flung corners, to hunt out UNESCO World Heritage sites, beautiful spa towns, abandoned villas and castles, and very good food.

Once Prague and the Czech Republic get into your head, trust me. You will never be the same again.

DIE SCHWARZWALDSTUBEN:
THE BEST RESTAURANT IN GERMANY

Die Schwarzawaldstuben in the Black Forest


Finally, I write about my happy discovery of a centuries-old family-owned hotel in Germany’s Black Forest, blessed with calming nature all around and home to Die Schwarzwaldstuben, the acknowledged best restaurant in Germany, holder of three Michelin stars continuously for over 20 years.

There are many famous restaurants in Germany, but this is certainly the granddaddy of them all. And that night that we dined there at Die Schwarzawaldstuben, we had the best table in the house.

Die Schwarzawaldstuben in the Black Forest


We had such a wonderful time here -- not to mention an unforgettable Michelin three-star dinner -- that I hope to return next year. But that’s getting ahead of myself.

One of the yachts of LuxuryIstanbul.com


By the time you get this issue, I’ll have just returned from a holiday in Istanbul, one of my favorite countries since I first set eyes on it 26 years ago, relaxing in the Four Seasons Sultanahmetone of the loveliest and most intimate hotels in the world.

We only ventured out of this intricate cocoon of design and good taste only for a gourmet meal every so often and a day out on an amazing private yacht exploring the Bosphorus all the way to the Black Sea, as always living a #Travelife.

So now you know where to go in 2017. Get a copy of our new issue and start checking your calendars.

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