Job openings in Travelite Magazine

Travelite is a quarterly travel magazine for elite travellers. The magazine has an international circulation focused on the Asia-Pacific region. Our readers are discerning individuals who are passionate about travelling in style and sophistication.

We are looking for creative, articulate writers with a passion for travel and lifestyle.

noun /ˈtrav(ə)lēt/

premier travel for the elite 

Travelite is a quarterly travel magazine for elite travellers. The magazine has an international circulation focused on the Asia-Pacific region. Our readers are discerning individuals who are passionate about travelling in style and sophistication.

We are looking for creative, articulate writers with a passion for travel and lifestyle.

Job Description

The writer is responsible for researching and writing articles for the magazine and the website. Duties also include proofreading and editing all print and online contents, as well as assisting the Editor with all editorial-related activities.


  • Graduate of a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Creative Writing or equivalent
  • Excellent English reading, writing and proofreading skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel
  • Fast learner and a good team player
  • Publishing experience a plus

Status: 2 Full-time positions open

Location: Quezon City, Philippines

To Apply: Send your resumes and writing portfolio to

asianTraveler asks: What’s YOUR “passion capital”?

Our friends at asianTraveler Magazine are asking:

What would you consider to be your own passion capital–that one place in the world where you go for days of pleasure, romance, adventure, and creativity? What city or destination makes you feel bursting with life and purpose?

Our friends at asianTraveler Magazine are asking:

What would you consider to be your own passion capital–that one place in the world where you go for days of pleasure, romance, adventure, and creativity? What city or destination makes you feel bursting with life and purpose?

Send us the following (through and get a chance to appear in the next issue of asianTraveler Magazine:

  • A one-paragraph description of your very own Passion Capital
  • A high-res photo of your destination (at least 1MB, original and taken by you)
  • A high-res profile picture of yourself
  • Your email address and contact number

Deadline of entries is FRIDAY, October 21, 2011.

Safe travels ahead!

Share your travel photos & experiences with asianTraveler Magazine!

Here’s a note from our friends in asianTraveler Magazine:

Where do you find YOUR “Cosmopolitan Sanctuary”?

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore (Photo by Erick Lirios/asianTraveler Magazine)
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore (Photo by Erick Lirios/asianTraveler Magazine)

We love Big Cities that are vibrant and colorful, making us feel more alive with their pulsating beats and their never-ending frenzy of sights, sounds, scenes, and flavors. But we also like those quiet corners of creativity and rest, where we can escape from all the bright lights and the buzzing sounds to unwind and simply be ourselves.

Now we’d like to ask you: What’s YOUR favorite Big City, and where here do you go to find some peace amid the urban jungle? Is it a favorite cafe? A museum? A bookshop? A little-known restaurant? A spa? A yoga studio? In one paragraph, share with us your favorite “cosmopolitan sanctuary” and get a chance to be featured in asianTraveler Magazine’s September-October issue.

Please also send us your:

Name and Location/Hometown

And TWO high-resolution (2) photos (at least 1MB): one tight profile shot, and one photo of your favorite cosmopolitan sanctuary

Deadline for submissions: Monday, July 18, 2011. (We’ll extend it to July 20 for our friends from Writer’s Block Philippines!)

“Pod Living” (Business World)

Pod Living

WHETHER ONE is traveling for business or leisure, it is customary to stay overnight in a hotel whatever the destination may be.

Unlike the usual hotels, however, Travelers Pod in Cagayan de Oro can tailor fit its accommodations to any traveler’s needs.

This cozy hotel offers a place to stay for those who are in town for either just a short stopover or an overnight visit. Open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the Travelers Pod is situated right in the heart of the city at the Gateway Tower inside the Limketkai Complex.

It is just a stone’s throw away from one of the city’s major malls and across the main thoroughfare that leads to other parts of the city and nearby provinces such as Butuan and Iligan. It is also just seven kilometers away from the airport, which makes it very convenient for people on-the-go.

The Travelers Pod has a pay-per-use concept that allows travelers to book their accommodation preference. The most basic type is the pod rest or single pod (pictured) where one can avail of reasonably priced hourly hotel rates.

It includes a single pod with a curtain enclosure (P350) to ensure privacy. This is perfect for transient travelers who need a place to rest and relax for just a short time, whether to attend a convention, an event or some other occasion.

Guests also have the option of availing of the hotel’s hot and cold shower facility, which also includes the use of towel and toiletries so travelers can freshen up before painting the town red.

The hotel also has its own baggage check-in facility where guests can secure their luggage and other belongings for a minimum fee.

Transients will also be pleased to know that the hotel has a battery charging facility and offers ticketing services. No need to head to a travel agent to book a flight home.

For the traditional traveler, the hotel also offers rooms called private pods, which can take in two people or more, depending on the size.

The deluxe pod (P1,000) has room for two persons while the executive pod (P2,000) is big enough for five people.

These private pods have their own bathrooms that come with a set of toiletries and bathrobes to boot. The rooms also have a centralized cable television system, which any weary traveler would appreciate.

Guests may also choose to rent a DVD player from the hotel and get a selection of videos to keep themselves entertained during their stay.

The design and décor of all these pods are done in earth tones, which add more to the warmth of the place and its fine ambience. Its subdued lighting and cool atmosphere also makes it a very relaxing and comfortable place to stay — at least for an hour.

To maximize the travel experience, the hotel provides whole body spa packages such as a relaxing full-body massage, foot massage, and even manicure and pedicure. Its well-trained staff is available any time of the day for such spa services.

Guests may choose to pamper themselves in one of the single pod rests or inside their own private pod. There is also an option to select all the treatments at a special package rate. After indulging in a treatment, guests will be served a pot of complimentary hot tea.

The hotel even caters to the needs of those who want to stay connected with free Wi-Fi Internet access in the entire place. Another option would be to catch up on work at the hotel’s in-house coffee shop found at the ground floor. It is a simple and quiet place where one can hang out while enjoying a light snack.

When traveling to this part of northern Mindanao, there is no need to worry about finding a place to stay for as short as an hour or as long as a day, as the Travelers Pod is always open to assist travelers.

Travelers Pod is at Gateway Tower, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. For inquiries, call (088) 851-8988, (+63917) 717-6910.

Experience India Night with Travelife Magazine!

Our friends at Travelife Magazine are organizing India Night at the Dusit Thani hotel on February 25. Check out the great offer and the colorful activities below that will bring India right within our reach:

Travelife India Night at the Dusit Thani

Join us for an unforgettable evening on Feb 25

Travelife Magazine, in cooperation with the Embassy of India, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Dusit Thani Manila, is presenting Travelife India Night, a wonderful evening of gourmet Indian food and world-class Indian music.

To reserve a limited seat for this event, please call Rachel at Travelife (813-8400/ 892-2620) or email


On February 25, 2011 at 6:30pm, Dusit Thani Manila Chef Naushad Alam will serve an Indian multi-course meal. Over dinner, H.E. Ambassador Yogendra Kumar, the Indian ambassador to the Philippines, will speak about India and answer any questions.


The highlight of the evening will be a private concert performed forTravelife Magazine by  India’s top classical artists headed by sitaristZunain Khan, son of the legendary sitarist Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, and Abhijit Roychoudhury, one of India’s top sarod artists. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind concert that is difficult to witness—whether in India or in any other part of the world.

For only Php 1,499, head to the Dusit Thani Manila for an evening of world-class Indian culture.

2011 Agenda: More traveling, more writing!

Nina rowing on the Green Venice in Marais Poitevin, France
Nina rowing on the "Green Venice" in Marais Poitevin, France

In my book, 2010 has been a year of superlatives. This year alone, I traveled to different places in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao thanks to election season and a national campaign; I rediscovered my love for jazz while covering the Miri International Jazz Festival (now known as Borneo Jazz) and traveling for free as a journalist; I went back to the Malaysian rainforest, again as a journalist at the Rainforest World Music Festival; I studied under the European Journalism Institute in Prague, Czech Republic and made friends from all around the world; and I visited girlfriends and had an absolutely charming time in Paris and La Rochelle, France. Then, to cap off the year, my husband and I are going on our much-awaited, long-overdue “mini-honeymoon” in the Philippines’s very own enchanting isles in Batanes.

I am by no means a travel junkie–we have WBP co-founder Nikka Sarthou for that enviable title–but I see travel as an integral part of personal growth. I take every available opportunity to travel not only to see new places and discover different sights, but also–and more importantly–to meet people from different cultures. I enjoy learning about the world’s history through travel, and I find that the more we learn about where people came from, their unique ways of life, and the humanity that binds us all, the less we feel judgmental about our differences. (*Insert goals for world peace here*)

All in all, travel widens one’s horizons, tests one’s character, and, in my opinion, makes one a more tolerant and better educated (and better overall!) person.

This is why I was absolutely THRILLED to see THIS POST on my Twitter feed. Not only is Travelife Magazine one of the best-edited travel magazines in town, it also has been a very supportive partner of Writer’s Block Philippines, and it aims to bring travel closer to its readers through their new programs, Travelife Tours and Travelife Experiences.

Their first tour took place last year in Turkey (which, unfortunately, we missed because of our workshops); this year, not only are they doing a reprise of the Turkey tours, but they are also taking readers to Cebu, Japan, Malaysia, India… and a couple of my personal favorites and must-experience destinations: Morocco and Spain (!!!).

The ancient and mythical ruins of Ephesus in Turkey | Image from Travelife Magazines Suitcase Tales
The ancient and mythical ruins of Ephesus in Turkey | Image from Travelife Magazine's Suitcase Tales

(Mental note for me: The Spain tour begins the day after 2nd wedding anniversary! *Hint, hint* to the Universe?)

For those who can’t leave town just yet, Travelife also offers Travelife Experiences: cultural nights that aim to introduce audiences to new destinations by previewing another country’s culture, right in our own backyard. According to their blog, the first Travelife Experience will be Travelife India Night on February 25, “a wonderful evening featuring an Indian degustation dinner prepared especially for Travelife, a talk by Indian Ambassador Yogendra Kumar, and a private concert by some of India’s top sitar and sarod musicians.”

(Hubby and I love Indian culture! India Night is a must-see as well!)

If I were to make a list of must-have experiences in 2011, I put the Travelife tours on that list. They not only make traveling to exotic destinations convenient and accessible, they also give writers plenty of inspiration–and potential face time with Travelife editors themselves. For those like me who intend to travel and write more in 2011, that’s a winning combination that’s not to be missed!


MiLi Universal Power Banks: The Perfect Travel Partner!

For traveling freelancers, being on the road can pose a problem when power runs out on your much-needed mobile phone or device. Seeing how most, if not all, individuals today are largely dependent on technology, we simply cannot afford to be disconnected. MiLi aims to provide a solution to this issue—by keep your devices powered up anytime, anywhere, so that you can stay connected and in-tune with what is happening with the rest of the world.

While MiLi’s flagship products are made specifically for the iPhone range, it recognizes the need for a portable charger for non-users. Thus, the brand introduces its line of Mobile Universal Power Banks that are designed to power up other varieties of mobile devices, including the most popular cellphone brands today. These power banks are equipped with enough juice to take your cellphones through an additional full cycle, yet are sleekly designed to be light, compact, and easily transportable.

Power Miracle and Power Crystal

MiLis Power Crystal product line
MiLi's Power Crystal product line

The two most popular of the MiLi universal range, the Power Miracle and Power Crystal are portable, external battery packs that can charge just about any device! They come with a range of adapter tips that fit the Nokia, Samsung, Blackberry, HTC, LG, iPhone, iPod, and most other devices that work on either a mini or micro USB. With 2,000mAh of power capacity, they can add roughly another full cycle to your mobile devices, depending on use. And recharging the power banks is simple as plugging them into your computer, laptop, or a USB adapter via the included cable wire. The best part: Both are as compact as a small bar of soap and come with a traveling pouch!

Universal Charger

Whether you’re a flyer or are constantly on a road trip, this is a staple in any traveler’s survival kit. Most of the time, universal wall adapters and car chargers are two separate things. The MiLi Universal Charger comes with both—a range of the 4 essential worldwide wall adapters, plus a car adapter for those unexpected road trips. It also features 2 USB ports so that you can charge 2 devices at the same time.

Pocket Pal

This is the more affordable alternative to the Apple USB adapter that you find in most Apple accessory stores. The Pocket Pal plugs into an outlet and charges your devices via a USB port. It is also the most adorable little travel charger you will ever come across!

MiLi continues to develop innovative, external battery products that are attuned with the needs of the advancing electronic gadget industry. Each product is quality-tested and are accredited with Apple (bearing the much sought-after “Made For Apple” labels) to ensure gadget safety standards. So no matter what your mobile device may be, MiLi’s got you covered.

Visit the official Philippine website to view the complete product range: For inquiries, MiLi (Philippines) can be contacted via email ( or mobile (0915-4843268). You can also follow them on Facebook ( and Twitter (@MiLiPhil) for instant product updates and announcements.

Have fingers, will travel: How to use your passions to fuel your own adventure

*This entry was taken and revised from The Art of Changemaking In the June 6 edition of the radio segment “Edumacate Me”, DJ Vince Golangco and I talked about freelance writing and also touched on travel writing. While I don’t claim to be a travel writing expert, I have to admit: I’ve been bitten by the travel bug, and I don’t want to be cured.

But let me be the first to admit: I have always taken traveling for granted. I grew up in a family of airliners, and I had always seen travel as one of those requisite perks of life that were more usually inconvenient and unwanted than coveted and exciting. Although I came to enjoy the trips that my mom brought us to when my siblings and I were growing up, I never particularly looked forward to taking a road trip or boarding a plane. Until now I find myself averse to the thought of having to make year-long plans for one-week holidays.

All that changed when I discovered the world of travel writing, and when I realized how enriching, fulfilling, and THRILLING it could be to travel the world–sometimes for FREE–and then have the enviable job of immortalizing those experiences on print.

It all started with music

Paul Zialcita in the Rainforest World Music Festival 2008 | Photo by Suchens SKPaul Zialcita in the Rainforest World Music Festival 2008 | Photo by Suchens SK

My first assignment as a foreign journalist came when I  covered the 2008 Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia. My then-boyfriend, Paul, (who is now my husband!) was performing at the festival with his band, and it turned out that applications were also open for foreign media to cover the event. By then, I already had been covering the arts & culture beat for an upscale lifestyle magazine, so I pitched the story to my editor–who liked the Filipino angle taken in an international context. I sent in an application to the Festival’s organizers, passed the screening process, and later on found myself on an all-expenses-paid trip as one of 400 foreign journalists in that event. That marked my entry into covering international stories and began my relationship with my Malaysia media family.

Tip #1: Use your passions to fuel your adventure!

Advocacy helps, too

Homeless World Cup 2009, Milan, Italy | Photo by NTZ
Homeless World Cup 2009, Milan, Italy | Photo by NTZ

My next big break came through the 2009 Milan Homeless World Cup, an international sporting event that brought together dignitaries, sporting celebrities, and teams of homeless footballers from around the world. Paul was once again invited to perform at that event (yes, it helps to be married to a one-of-a-kind performance artist!), and I made the most of the event by volunteering for the media corps and adding my social networking skills to the event’s media operations. We had to find a sponsor to fund our trip to Milan, but the rewarding part of it was meeting other journalists and volunteers from around the world… and witnessing the best of humanity shine through at a changemaking (and life-changing!) sporting event.

Another unforgettable moment: The Homeless World Cup coincided with the date that Paul and I had planned to get married (9/9/9) so we also decided to “marry our advocacy” by getting married in civil ceremonies while in the midst of our volunteer work in Milan.

Tip #2:Never underestimate the power of changemaking. It could end up changing YOU and YOUR life.

The power of a great essay

Here’s another (open) secret: I’m a nerd, and I love the idea of applying and competing for scholarships. I spend weekend mornings scouring the Web for competitive applications to which I can apply my passion for advocacy work, politics, cultural discourse, journalism and anything else that might be relevant to international decision-makers. I then go through application after application, filling out forms and composing gut-wrenching essays on the state of freedom of speech in the developing world, the challenges of journalism amid war, the role of culture and the arts in an increasingly complex world, and other non-weekend, non-lifestyle topics.

With fellow journalists at the European Journalism Institute. Yes, I was the smallest one in class! | Photo by Labinot Hajdari (Kosovo)
With fellow journalists at the European Journalism Institute. Yes, I was the smallest one in class! | Photo by Labinot Hajdari (Kosovo)

It sure paid off because, in July of this year, I attended the European Journalism Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, where I had a sensory-overloaded week of  adventure, discovery, friendship, and genuine learning. While there, I met fellow journalists from all over Europe, the Americas, and parts of Africa and Asia; we went around the city streets looking for unique places to photograph, interesting people, unique story angles, police incidents; we met working journalists from the United States and Europe; and we learned a bit more about how media operates in that part of the world. It was my first time to travel to Europe all by myself, my first time to attend classes in that part of the world, and I will forever remember and cherish all the experiences and lessons I have had and learned while in Prague.

A bonus: After that one-week program, I took a side trip to France, where I discovered Paris in less than 24 hours (and lived to write about it) and then visited a dear friend in the seaside town of La Rochelle–where I rowed a small punting boat for over two hours in what is known as the Green Venice in Marais Poitevin, among many other simple exploits and discoveries in the quiet but charming French country/seaside. My Parisian experience is now immortalized in the current issue of asianTraveler Magazine, while my features on Prague and La Rochelle will come out next year. 🙂

Outside the Louvre; Paris, France (July 2010) | Photo by NTZ
Outside the Louvre; Paris, France (July 2010) | Photo by NTZ

The good news for YOU is that there are dozens–if not hundreds–of these competitions going on each year. As long as you’re open to the idea of competing for a rewarding intellectual adventure, then you could be one step closer toward discovering the world almost for free.

Tip #3: Don’t be afraid to put your brains to the test. Compete for fellowships and short-term (if not full-blown) scholarship programs, and make the most of your international experience by soaking up the knowledge and networking that will be available to you. Use writing as a way to document your adventures, release your tension from too much studying, and earn some extra cash on the side.

Go back to basics

Of course, traveling doesn’t just mean going outside one’s own country. The Philippines is blessed with an abundance of natural and human resources that make it a paradise for local and foreign travelers alike. You don’t even have to hop on a plane or take a long road trip just to discover gems from our very own history and culture.

With this in mind, we at Writer’s Block Philippines decided to develop a writing tour that will give Filipinos and foreigners alike a taste of the travel writing lifestyle–right in our own backyard. The first run of this workshop was so successful that, on Saturday, November 20, we once again will be joining the irreverent and irrepressible Carlos Celdran for a walking tour of Intramuros, and then we’ll frame that “mini-travel” experience with writing and photography lectures that will encourage participants to explore, shoot, discover, and then WRITE.

Walk Write This Way 2.0, November 20, 2011
Walk Write This Way 2.0, November 20, 2011

If you’re free on Saturday, do join us for the tour and see what else you will discover about your country (and, perhaps, yourself) as you walk the cobblestone streets and admire the stone walls that have held centuries worth of secrets. Use the experience as your stepping stone to more travel adventures and feed your passion for discovery because, indeed, INSPIRATION IS EVERYWHERE.  You just need to open your eyes, free the questions in your mind, take your feet out for a walk, and use your fingers as your passport to a world of exciting discoveries… and truly unforgettable travel stories.

*Can you guess what Tip#4 is?

You Go, Girl (published in Travelife Magazine)

Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou and Nina Terol-Zialcita, of Writer’s Block Philippines, contribute to this issue’s Survival Guide (You Go, Girl) a very practical take on girls traveling solo. Mostly borne of painful experience, we hope it helps spare you trouble. Yes, guys, too.

Here are some excerpts from the contributors page of Travelife and some unpublished tips on traveling solo.

Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou and Nina Terol-Zialcita, of Writer’s Block Philippines, contribute to this issue’s Survival Guide (You Go, Girl) a very practical take on girls traveling solo. Mostly borne of painful experience, we hope it helps spare you trouble. Yes, guys, too.

Here are some excerpts from the contributors page of Travelife and some unpublished tips on traveling solo.

What for you is the holiday destination?

Ana: Amsterdam! I want to see the infamous red light district and learn why Amsterdam is considered the world’s most sexually liberated city. As a journalist and sexual health advocate, part of my trip is documenting attitudes toward sexuality and women’s issues, traced back to a nation’s history or religion.

Nikka: That would be Amanpulo where I can bask under the sun, frolic in the sand, and cool in clear, blue waters. I just want to immerse myself in one of the Philippines’ most beautiful destinations. Nothing spells holiday like your own private paradise.

Nina: Greece, because I would love to see the birthplace of democracy and philosophy, where empires rose and fell, and the Mediterranean Sea. Besides, I can imagine the great photo opportunities!

You Go, Girl

More (unpublished) travel tips about flying solo and surviving the experience:

  • Since you’re traveling alone, make sure that someone else knows your itinerary and check in with them frequently to let them know that you’re safe–especially when traveling cross-country or moving from one destination to another.
  • Check your hotel for free WiFi, and maximize Skype whenever you need to get in touch with family and friends from another part of the world.
  • Try not to draw too much attention to yourself through your clothes or expressions. You never really know what can provoke someone else to pose a threat to you. And when someone DOES cross the line, keep your cool and DO NOT engage them–especially if you cannot speak their language. While in the Paris metro, a small bald man rushed up to me and whacked my head with a rolled-up newspaper or magazine. I didn’t know why, since I didn’t even notice him during the trip, but I chose to not engage him and just let him walk away (after making sure that I didn’t get pickpocketed or violated). I didn’t want to provoke any more hostility on his part, and since I came out of it pretty much unscathed, I just charged it to experience–and a good story to tell. ~Nina, during her side trip to Paris when she went to the European Journalism Institute in Prague for a scholarship
  • Allot a budget for your trip, including shopping money and emergency cash, just in case. The first time I went back to the States after ten years, I realized that I forgot to bring a camera. Since I wanted to document my trip, it was necessary for me to purchase one there. Good thing I had extra money with me so I can do so. Having a credit card would also be helpful for emergencies, but keep in mind the conversion rates before you make that first swipe. ~ Nikka, during her vacation in the U.S.A.
  • Always carry some loose change. You’ll never know when you’ll need it for emergency phone calls, metro or bus tickets, vendo snacks and drinks, and others.
  • It is important to list down the toll-free numbers of your credit card issuers and keep them handy. In Rome, on the way to the Vatican, I was pickpocketed and had to call my two bank issuers to report the loss using their landline number. I could have saved on roaming charges if I had known the toll free numbers. ~ Ana, during her European tour
  • Always bring a medicine kit wherever you go.
  • Adjust your beauty practices depending on your destination.
  • Your hand carry should always always have your basic toiletries, night clothes, underwear and an extra set of clothes because you never know if you baggage would be delayed or lost.

Special Turkey tour rates from Travelife Magazine!

*This is a taken from an email announcement by Travelife Magazine*

Over two thousand years in seven days,
with a little help from TRAVELIFE Magazine

TRAVELIFE Magazine is organizing a very special one-week tour of Turkey at an unbeatable price, in cooperation with award-winning Turkish Airlines. We’ll be visiting magical Istanbul, the Virgin Mary’s house in Ephesus, and the ruins of great and ancient Greek and Roman cities around Izmir. Stroll through the remnants of Constantinople. Marvel at the Blue Mosque. Go Christmas shopping in the famous Grand Bazaar.


This non-profit  seven-night tour costs US$1999* and includes all flights and tours, five-star hotel accommodations, most meals, and even a private Bosphorus cruise. You’ll see all the major sights and there will be enough time for shopping and optional opportunities to experience Turkish culture and dine in some of Istanbul’s best restaurants. Your return ticket is even flexible, in case you want to extend your stay in Turkey or head on elsewhere.


There will be two groups: Nov 13-20, 2010 and Nov 17-24, 2010.
For more information, call Rachel at the Travelife office at (+63 2) 813-8400/ (+63 2) 892-2620 or email Or visit or our blog at

Isn’t it time you experienced the amazing?

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity from TRAVELIFE Magazine, the Philippines’ leading travel and lifestyle publication.

*economy class twin-sharing basis or single supplement applies
**business class upgrade option available