Page 2 of Josevich Travel Blog Posts

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah September 22nd 2017

We arrived by boat in a small island called Labuan. I loved Malaysian food when I was in Kuala Lumpur a few months ago so I was excited for that again. Labuan, they say, is where people from Brunie come to chill from the strict rules of their country. It’s only a two hour boat ride away. They had alcohol, bars, clubs, hookers, the works. They had some sites for tourists which we planned to see, but then it rained. I wasn’t too disappointed though because we got a pretty good deal in Agoda for our accommodation. We got an $80 hotel room with free buffet breakfast for two for only $30! I rarely get to sleep in proper hotels. That only happens when I’m travelling with family. Otherwise it’s the usual backpacker hostel. The ... read more
Urangutan in Sepilok
Croc in the river!
Snorkeling in Sapi Island

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan September 18th 2017

The plane to Brunie from Manila was not even half full. Just goes to show how few Filipinos go there. We arrived late at night and were hoping to be able to walk to our hotel. The immigration officer asked for return tickets which I didn’t have since we were taking the ferry to Malaysia with no prior reservation. I showed him my ticket for Manila from Kota Kinabalu and I was relieved that that was enough. We walked out of the airport only to go back after aimlessly wandering because there was no walkway for pedestrians. We had no choice but to take the expensive taxi. We paid about $16 for a ten minute ride. Strange that we didn’t find any ATM there. Good thing we brought US dollars. Our room was too expensive for ... read more
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
Kampong Ayer
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

Asia » Philippines » Cebu July 19th 2017

I've been travelling abroad at least twice a year in the past few years but have not traveled much in my own country lately so I thought I'd change that this year. Three Philippine islands were voted to be in the top 10 most beautiful islands in the world by Conde Nast and other travel magazines but I have yet to see those places! Boracay was number one, Palawan as top two, and Cebu in top 5. Cebu was never really on my list a few years ago so I was surprised when I saw it in Conde Nast's list as the top 5. With the arrival of social media I've been seeing lot's of photos and videos of Cebu that made me want to go. When I was younger I thought it was just another ... read more
Kawasan falls
Photo by Diuvs DeJesus
Hello sardines!

Asia » Vietnam July 14th 2017

My couchsurfing host was going to pick me up from the airport. I gave his name and number to one of my close friends just in case he was a serial killer. We drove for about an hour and twenty minutes in his motorcycle. First day and I was already getting the classic Vietnam experience! I arrived late at night so he just took me to the apartment I was going to sleep in for the night. He didn't live in that apartment it was just his work space. He lived with his parents so I had the apartment all to myself! Another big win for couchsurfing! Free airport pickup, free bed, plus free tour guide! Weather in Ha Noi was perfect. It was rather chilly at night. Though it was May which is summer in ... read more
Sapa kids
Catba National Park
Halong bay

Asia » Laos June 16th 2017

I knew that Laos was a poor country like Cambodia so I was expecting shacks and dirt roads. So I was very surprised when I got out of the airport in Luang Prabang. The streets were paved and clean and the houses were pretty! It did not look like a poor country at all! I was expecting it to look as underdeveloped as Cambodia but it exceeded all my expectations.I also expected it to be flat like Siem Reap because the country is landlocked but they had beautiful mountains!... read more
Vang Vieng
Rabia from Canada
Kuang Si

Asia » Thailand June 2nd 2017

After 12 hours of traveling from Cambodia I arrived at a market somewhere in Bangkok. It was different from the dropoff point I expected so I panicked a bit 'coz I had no idea where I was. I asked for directions to the train station and luckily it wasn't too far. I was told not to walk by the shanties along the railway when no one else is walking there but I was too tired to bother looking for another way when I got there. My friend told me not to take the bus because it's more difficult to get to their place via bus. But I got lost trying to find the place she wanted me to be. I took the wrong turn and rode the wrong bus and got so lost until a friendly ... read more
Koh Larn
Songkran in Pattaya
Where I almost slept

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap May 24th 2017

I got on a motorbike taxi and instructed the driver to take me to church. He didn't know where it was so I opened Google maps and instructed him where to go. It's amazing how much easier traveling is now that we have this technology. You're never lost! When we got there it looked like no one was around. I walked around what looked like a school and towards the houses behind it. There were dogs aggressively barking at me. So I walked slowly knowing that I can't out run them. I almost gave up then I walked back to the school and saw a girl who she pointed me to a room where church was happening. The service was almost over when I got there. They start and end early. I was invited to lunch ... read more
the crowds
Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur May 22nd 2017

As always my last day at work before my vacation was hectic and I finished just in time. And I had to work looong hours daily before leaving to make sure that everything was ready before I left. It is often stressful to take a vacation but it is all worth it!I arrived in Kuala Lumpur at 2am. The capsule hotel at the airport was fully booked so I just slept on the chairs. Or at least I tried to. I was just diagnosed with mild scoliosis a month before. Sitting for long periods ... read more
Batu Caves
KL Lake Gardens Park
Batu Caves

Asia » Indonesia » Bali January 21st 2017

The thing about traveling that I hate the most is getting scammed. It's one of the reasons why I've been avoiding traveling in Southeast Asia. That and because we have the same weather, same flora, same looking people, same developing country status except for Singapore, they're so near and easy to get to so I can go anytime, etc. But I've been putting it off long enough so this year I will be traveling in Southeast Asia and in my own country. Conde Nast listed three Philippine islands in their best islands in the world list and I've never been to any of them! When people tell me they're from Germany I fully expect them to have travelled to most of the countries in Western Europe. I figured I should hold myself to the same standard. ... read more
La Favella with the gang
Suluban beach

North America » Canada » British Columbia November 28th 2016

I almost didn't recognize Vancouver when I looked out the window as my plane was about to land. It was like seeing a place for the first time. It was so green! My previous visits were Winter and Spring so it was mostly brown and the trees were bare. Summer completely transformed Canada.The weather was perfect. It was like a pleasant Spring day everyday. I loved the night markets. Although they were not like the night makets back home where it's actually dark. It was night market in broad daylight. How fascinating! It was warm enough for me to wear shorts, flip flops and tank tops! Yet it wasn't humid so I never broke a sweat. I went camping in Hope. It's a small town surrounded by mountains two hours drive away from Vancouver. The sun ... read more
Kids picking blackberries in Hope, BC
Deer Lake
Cliff diving in Lynn Canyon

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