Josevich

Josevich

Josevich

I've always meant to save money, buy cars, properties, raise a family, etc. But the world is too big and beautiful, and it calls me to explore! Until then, the usual go-to-work-pay-bills-then-die type of life will have to wait. Follow me on Instagram @HaroldBernal



Asia » Philippines April 29th 2019

I haven't written anything in a while. Since my last entry about Spain I've been to Italy, France, Belgium, Singapore, UAE, Ethiopia, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Indonesia, and I've also been traveling a lot in the Philippines lately. I've been incredibly busy lately and haven't found time and energy to write. But today I found myself looking at properties in Dumaguete after my recent trip there. It's a coastal city in the island of Negros in central Philippines. I've been born and raised in Manila and I thought I wouldn't exchange it for any other city in the Philippines because it has the most vibrant art scene. You can't find theater, symphony, ballet, international touring casts of wold famous musicals, and other music acts in any other place outside of Metro Manila. I've traveled to many ... read more
Casaroro Falls
Jumping into Katibawasan Falls
Clown fish in Siquijor

Europe » Spain » Catalonia October 21st 2018

I've always wondered what it would be like to go to Spain. The Philippines was under Spanish rule for 333 years so the Spanish influence is big. So big that we think it's our own. Spanish words are part of language and I was surprised when I studied Spanish that words that I thought were Filipino were actually Spanish just spelled the way Filipinos spell. Like how we ask "How are you?". We say "Kumusta?" and only later in life did I realize that it came from the Spanish phrase "Como esta?". Made me wonder how pre-colonial Filipinos greeted each other before we had the word Kumusta. I landed in Barcelona and had no idea how to get out of the airport. I saw a group of Filipinos and asked them. It seemed that there were ... read more
La Sagrada Familia
Plaza Reial
City Hall

Europe » Vatican City September 24th 2018

Since Vatican City is supposedly a sovereign country although I find it hard to believe, I thought I'd write a separate entry just for it. It is said to be the smallest country in the world. I've heard a few other countries call themselves that. But it's really hard to wrap my mind around the idea that a place as small as the Vatican city which for me isn't even big enough to be a city is actually a country. Yes I know they issue passports so you can be a Vatican citizen. But so does Hong Kong and Taiwan. They are much bigger than the Vatican yet they are part of China. Peace out to my brothers and sisters and Hong Kong and Taiwan! There are less than 1,000 Vatican citizens. Most universities have bigger ... read more
The Creation of Adam
The Discobulus of Myron (Discus Thrower)
Scam ring

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 25th 2018

It was a rainy afternoon when I arrived at Ciampino airport. The temperature dropped significantly compared to Greece. I expected that part but it wasn't too bad. I expected the commute to the city to be difficult like from what I've researched but it turns out you can buy return bus tickets right in the airport and it was only five Euros. I went outside to walk to the bus station only to find my ticket missing. I walked back to the airport and found my ticket wet on the ground. I arrived in the city late at night. My hostel was not too far from the drop off point so it was convenient. Upon arriving at the street where my hostel was supposed to be, I couldn't find it. There were no signs. I was ... read more
I came to Italy to take this selfie!
I don't even need to name this. You all already know
Circus Maximus

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini June 8th 2018

I arrived early in the morning when none of the shops were open yet. Stepping out of the bus I was so excited! Everything looked sooo beautiful! It was just like in the movies and all the travel magazines I've read. Walking along the pathways next to the cliff facing the ocean I had to stop a few times to take in everything. What a lovely morning with clear blue sky, the peaceful Aegean sea, the Cycladic architecture; and to have that all to myself. I felt like I was in a movie. Lost in Santorini. I literally was except without the cameras. It was still winter but it wasn't so bad. It's just like spring in Korea, about 12C. I was having problems locating my hotel even with Google Maps. There were three other hotels ... read more
Oia
Couple in Oia at night

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 10th 2018

I knew that this was going to be one of the highlights of my traveling days. I told my self a couple of years ago that after I've visited Europe I'll be content and just stay home and save my money to buy useful things that grown men should be accumulating. Like properties, cars, and stocks. But I also said that years ago about the States and still I kept on travelling. So we'll see! I was travelling alone as usual. Europe is very expensive for most Filipinos who rely on a working man's salary like me. And that's most of the people that I know so I already knew I was gonna have to do this alone so I didn't mind. Even I wasn't sure if I could afford it but I just went anyway. ... read more
Erechtheion
Acropolis
Street performer in Athens

Asia » Japan March 16th 2018

I want sure I was on the right train because Google maps was showing me different stops from the stations we were passing by. I think it was because I rode the local train and Google was showing the route for the express train. I didn't mind as long as it got me to my destination. I asked the lady next to me and she said it's okay. I trust the Japanese in giving directions. They never let me down. Sometimes there are train ticket machines that have no English translation ants the locals help me out by pressing the buttons for me. I was the lone guest at my hostel in Nara. Japan really does have the best hostels I've seen anywhere. It was impeccably clean. The attendant was a Spaniard so I asked him ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Osaka March 12th 2018

It immediately started to get very confusing as soon as I stepped out of the airport. This is not the first time for me to have absolutely no clue how to get out of the airport so I wasn't panicking. I tried to figure out the machines that were selling train tickets but to no avail. So I asked a guy at the booth and he pointed me to the room that sells tickets. I was told by a Filipino woman who's a resident of Japan at the airport in Manila that the unlimited train ticket was expensive so I just bought one way ticket to my AirBnB. Thank God for Google Maps! You're never really lost wherever you are even if you don't speak the language there. I just followed Google Maps and found my ... read more
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Asia » Philippines January 23rd 2018

My dream is to visit all seven continents of the world. I've already explored most of East Asia, and I've also been to Australia and North America, so the next logical step is to go to the notoriously expensive Europe. I was hesitant to apply because I do not have much money in the bank but I want to travel for at least four weeks. Then one day while working I got a notification on my mobile that Scoot, the Singapore based budget airline was on sale. I checked and the return tickets cost just a little over $500! I'm an impulse buyer and that was a temptation I could not resist. After buying the tickets I thought "Oh no! I can't afford to go to Europe!" I asked around if $2,000 was enough to travel ... read more

Asia » Philippines November 16th 2017

A lot of people I know go to Boracay almost regularly. I already know that I'm not a party person so I've never considered going to Boracay. But since everyone has been, even some of my non-Filipino friends, I felt that I was missing out. So I booked a flight to Boracay after it was announced that we would have a five day long weekend in November to give way for the ASEAN Summit that was being held in Manila. I was alone on my first day. Check in was not until the afternoon so I went to church first like I usually do on Saturdays. I couldn't pay attention as I was so sleepy. For some reason I couldn't sleep the night before. It seems strange for me to be excited about a trip to ... read more
Binucot Beach, Romblon
Binucot Beach, Ferrol, Romblon
Fish Sanctuary, Looc, Romblon




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