January 22, 2008

A new glossy and my first article!


Last weekend was a special one. Not only did Joey and I successfully co-host a super enjoyable and delicious baby shower for one of my bestest friends in the world (yay, Jo! We make a great team if I may say so myself! :)), but it was also the weekend that the latest issue of Travelife (Jan-Feb) hit the stands. The issue that holds my first-ever published travelogue! :)

It's a piece about my trip to Mexico which they've laid out nicely over 6 pages. Clicking on the cover above will take you to an image of the first page, a sneak peak of the article. If you haven't already had the pleasure of browsing it's pages, Travelife is the hottest new bi-monthly lifestyle and travel glossy in town. It's editor-in-chief is none other than Liza Ilarde, a big name in the business for over a decade.

It's about time we have a locally-produced travel magazine of this caliber. Not too long ago, I cancelled my subscription to Conde Nast Traveller because it was just becoming too expensive to continue what with the other titles I already subscribe to. If I like a particular issue then I just buy it off the stands. But Travelife is a no-brainer for me, it's very reasonably-priced considering the content (P175) and it's written for the Filipino traveller.

Travelife issue jan-feb-08


I am both honored and humbled to have been asked to contribute to such a world-class publication and I am extremely grateful to Terrie Guittierez, Travelife's managing editor whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the magazine's launch party, for her kindness and patience with this newbie contributor. I really appreciate it, Terrie! :)

The latest issue has some really fascinating stories that you should check out, written by passionate travellers on dream destinations such as: Portugal: with it's countryside inns, vineyards, and port cellars; South Africa; Beijing, and Ilocos (which I'm actually scheduled to visit very soon!).

For subscriptions to Travelife, call (+632) 892-2620.

33 comments:

Franco said...

Congrats Nena!!

terrie said...

Nena!!! :D

Thanks so much for the shout-out! I really appreciate all the kind words. We always get comments about the magazine and fabulous articles we come out with, and that's entirely due to writers like you!

And I'm sure, due to your blog, we'll get even more readers who'll love Travelife! Anyways, I look forward to more collaborations in the future. Working with you was a pleasure. :)

katrina said...

Wowowow!!! Kudos, Nena! :-D I'll look for a copy soon. I've always enjoyed reading your travelogues, so I'm not at all surprised that you've gotten published. Could this be the beginning of a new career for you? ;-)

I hadn't heard of this magazine till now. Has it been around long?

christine said...

Thanks Franco! :)

Hey Terrie! Working with you was a pleasure as well. Thank you again for the opportunity and more power to your magazine! :)

Thanks Katrina! :) Yes, it's relatively new. The first issue came out in July if I'm not mistaken, so this is only the 4th cover. Do check it out, it's a great magazine!

rowena said...

Way to go Christine! It must feel so great to be able to see your hard work and love of travel culminating into a published article! Now I'll head on over for a sneek peak..

ScroochChronicles said...

Congratulations Christine!!

Ruy said...

Congratulations!!!
I'll definitely watch out for your article.
I just love the way you write.=)

christine said...

Rowena, you said it! :) Thank you. :)

Thanks so much Cookie and Ruy! :)

princess_dyanie said...

weeee! what a great way to start 2008! Congratulations!!! cheers! :)

i'll look for that mag in the bookstore! :)pa autograph ha? hehe ;)

joey said...

Congratulations Nens!!! I have always enjoyed your travel writing and so it's no surprise that someone scooped you up to borrow your wonderful "voice" for their magazine :)

I am buying this first thing tomorrow! I hope they have it in one of the newstands near me coz I'm coded tomorrow and can't wait! So glad to hear about this local travel mag...the international glossies are great but sometimes not really geared towards my needs and budget :) So yay! Looking forward to reading this...

Now, travel guru, I'm off to your Hanoi posts...Woohoo!!!

oggi said...

Congratulations!! and Yay! (although I don't know how I can get a copy). I'll just wait for your travelogue book, which is next I hope.:)

Lydia said...

Congratulations! There's nothing like the feeling of seeing your name in print for the first time. Enjoy!!!

christine said...

Thanks Princess Dyanie! You're right, awesome way to start the year! :) It must be good sign of things to come.

Thanks, Jo! :) Yes, while it's nice to read those imported magazines, this one is more practical for us. So excited for you and Hanoi!

Haha thanks Oggi! But I think we're getting a little ahead of ourselves here. :) But thank you for the vote of confidence!

Thank you, Lydia! It was a thrill, alright,seeing my name in the byline and my words on print. :) I could get used to this. hehe

The Knittymommy said...

Congratulations Nens! Now someone needs to send me a copy of this issue. Would you mind sending me this through someone whose coming to the US? I am so proud of you!

Marvin said...

Congrats Christine! I love all your travel stories and I'm sure you'll do nicely at Travelife.

wysgal said...

Good job Christine! I'm sure you have dozens of more travel articles in your future.

As an aside, one of my favorite local travel mags was this one called Stopover, but they seem to have disappeared off the face of the planet.

Toni said...

Wow! Good for you!!! It's my first time to hear of this magazine and it sounds very appealing. Congratulations on getting published!

christine said...

Thanks, KM! I don't know anyone going to the US anytime soon but let me know if you hear of anyone later and I'll send you a copy. :)

Thanks Marvin! That's really nice of you to say. :)

Thanks wysgal! :) I remember that magazine too, and I recall reading about some financial trouble they were having. That's too bad.

Thank you, Toni! :) I really love the magazine and I think you will too. In fact, I think even non-travellers would like it.

mrsa said...

Coolness! Im gonna grab me a copy today!! Btw it WAS a great shower you and Jo threw-- made all the more special bec of the sentiment behind it. :-) Loved the pate' can i get the recipe??

joey said...

Nens! In all my excitement about your article I forgot to say...We do make a good team! :) I see more parties in our future...with themes and everything! :)

nina said...

Nyek, I was holding a copy of this mag earlier, thinking whether to buy it or not. I shoul've bought it na pala! Congrats on your first article Nena! :D

Em Dy said...

Congratulations. I was just in 2 bookstores tonight and didn't see a copy. I'd get one when I do. It's a good thing they've launched one. I find Travel and Leisure expensive too. I'm guilty of just browsing in bookstores. And Business Traveler is so hard to find.

christine said...

Thanks, Mirs! And your balloons livened up the place nicely. :) I'll be happy to explain how to make the pate, it's really easy.

I'm looking forward to those, Jo! :)

Thanks, Nina! I know you, you'll enjoy the magazine. Get a copy when you have the chance. :)

Thank you, Em! I got my copies at the Rustan's in Sanctuario but have seen them in the magazine stand on the 2nd floor of Glorietta (near bridgeway to SM). :)

ginny said...

Congrats Sis! So proud of you :-)

Dhanggit said...

congrats!! i'll probably check a copy of this when i'll be in manila :-)

ps, hope you'll do a post of your upcoming ilocos tour too :-)

Rache said...

Yehey!!congratulationsNena!

christine said...

Thanks girls! :) xoxo

Dhanggit, I will I promise. :)

Sidney said...

Woah ! Congrats!
But you deserve it. Your travel stories and pictures are great and I am not surprised they discovered you. I hope you will be a regular contributor to that magazine.
I will buy one next time I see it in a newsstand.

princess_dyanie said...

Weeee!!! I was able to get a copy of the mag na! :) And syempre, una kong binasa yung article mo. :)

Amazing pics! :) Nice post! :)

More Power! :)

Btw, just call me Dyanie :)

Ben said...

Congratulations!! It was only a matter of time. :-) I may not comment on every story but I read every word and what keeps me coming back most is your lovely outlook, your childlike wonder, how you see everything like it's your first time, your positivism, you have a spirit that can't be broken. And we can feel that through your words and your pictures. I'm delighted this was recognized by the magazine and that somehow in return you received something, because your always sharing.

christine said...

Thank you, Sidney! But I'm nowhere near half as good a photographer as you are. Btw, I went around Quiapo last Saturday taking pictures and I remembered your shots of the candle sellers and anting-anting vendors outside. :)

Wow,thank you,Ben! As usual you are too kind. I'm extremely flattered! :) And actually a little speechless. haha Thanks again so much!

Rasa Malaysia said...

Congrats!! Come to Malaysia (the next time I go home) and write an article about it...I will take you on a foodie tour. ;)

christine said...

Thanks, Bee! A foodie tour of Malaysia with you?! That would be a dream!! :)