About

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It has almost been five years now since I set foot Czech Republic.  Originally from the Philippines, I first came to the United States in search for “greener pastures.”   Living there for several years, I thought it was going to be home for me.  But little did I know that the stars had a different plan for me.  I met and fell in love with a Czech Man.

Like all great love stories, ours involved marriage and children.  After several years of living in the States and weighing the advantages and disadvantages of raising a family there, we decided to settle in the Czech Republic, my husband’s home country.  

Since I have never lived in Europe before, I am blogging about our experiences here.  This will basically be a journal of my adventures as I try to fit into my new home – from learning the language, discovering cultural eccentricities and raising a family in a multi-cultural household.  In this blog, I hope to give you a glimpse about life in the Czech Republic through a transplant’s eyes.    I also intend to share with you personal experiences about the many beautiful places in Czech that are not normally found in tourist books.

So come with me as we journey through the Czech Republic together!

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107 thoughts on “About

  1. patty phillips June 8, 2011 / 11:18 am

    wow, so nice to catch up with you on your blog! Well done Miss Grace:). We send our love to you and your adorable family. Sorry we did not get to see you before your left….our loss.
    Love you big,
    Patty, James

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  2. daisy November 18, 2011 / 12:00 pm

    welcome to cz! 🙂 i hope you’ll like your stay here. chada dinhi?

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  3. lovefromlilacs April 22, 2012 / 7:22 am

    Thanks so much for liking and following my blog. I love the photos on yours – so beautiful in Warsaw! And Belgium chocolate sounds absolutely great.

    xx

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    • Stefany June 3, 2012 / 6:43 pm

      Wow, fantastic blog fromat! How lengthy have you ever been running a blog for? you make running a blog look easy. The total look of your site is fantastic, let alone the content!

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  4. Tina's Pharm June 12, 2012 / 7:09 am

    Thanks for checking out my blog! Have fun on your adventures in Czech!

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  5. Naomi Baltuck June 12, 2012 / 11:00 am

    Hi Grace, thanks for the ‘follow.’ I am looking forward to following your blog too, and learning all about your new home. It has been a pleasure to meet you!

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    • Grace July 15, 2012 / 3:21 am

      Hi Marney. Thank you very much for the nomination!

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    • Grace July 17, 2012 / 10:35 pm

      Thanks for the gracious comment!

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  6. Teacher Tina July 24, 2012 / 9:35 pm

    Thanks for the nomination to the Liebster Blog award. When I lived in Cagayan de Oro for a year, I visited Bukidnon multiple times. I would love to go back there again.

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    • Grace July 25, 2012 / 10:19 pm

      Hi Diane,

      Thanks for stopping by. I just added your blog link on my “Czech These Out” page. Will be sending you my link shortly. Thanks again!

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  7. wordswithnannaprawn July 27, 2012 / 12:07 pm

    Hi Grace, thanks for being my 50th follower today!!! I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog 🙂

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  8. adinparadise August 2, 2012 / 1:20 pm

    Your little boy is adorable, Grace. I’ve never visited the Czech Republic. It must be very different to The USA. I look forward to reading more about your life there. 😉

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    • Grace August 3, 2012 / 10:53 am

      Yes,there are a lot of cultural differences between the US and CZ. It was a difficult adjustment in the beginning but I am now starting to appreciate everything about this country I now call home. I am hoping that through my experiences, people will see what CZ is all about. Thanks for visiting and for the gracious comment. 🙂

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      • adinparadise August 3, 2012 / 3:07 pm

        😉 Have a lovely weekend, Grace.

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      • Grace August 4, 2012 / 10:06 pm

        Thank you, you too!

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    • Grace September 2, 2012 / 4:48 pm

      Thanks, Reena! I’ll check it out.

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  9. adventurousandrea October 9, 2012 / 5:03 am

    I really have enjoyed what I’ve seen of your blog!

    Recently, I’ve been looking at Au Pair jobs around Europe. A few have been in the Czech Republic. Do you have any recommendations, in regard to assimilating into the culture?

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    • Grace October 10, 2012 / 12:06 pm

      Thanks, Andrea! I hope you do get to come by Czech. The best way to assimilate into the culture is to avoid all prejudices and keep an open mind. Goodluck on your adventures!

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      • adventurousandrea October 10, 2012 / 3:13 pm

        I really hope to!

        Thank you so much. 🙂

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  10. neongreenmilk October 9, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    I like your photos. Hopefully someday I will get a better camera so I can have a better blog 😛 but I just started so can’t expect too much.

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    • Grace October 10, 2012 / 12:04 pm

      Thanks! A good camera helps, but learning how to shoot good pictures is more important. 🙂 I look forward to seeing your pictures.

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  11. Gunta October 9, 2012 / 8:19 pm

    Silly me, I suppose I ought to TELL you that I’ve named you to join the Circle of Appreciation… for details go to http://wp.me/pXX8J-1A6

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    • Grace October 14, 2012 / 9:10 pm

      Thank you very much!

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      • catrionakn October 14, 2012 / 10:22 pm

        You are welcome 🙂

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  12. viewsplash October 16, 2012 / 10:37 am

    Firstly, you make an amazingly cute family! Next up, it’s a nice blog name you have! Nicely chosen and last… thanks a ton for following my blog! Will keep visiting!

    Cheers
    Sam

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    • Grace October 16, 2012 / 10:42 am

      Thank you too, Sam! I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.

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      • viewsplash October 16, 2012 / 10:44 am

        No Problems! Please carry on… 🙂

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  13. Chic Pinay October 22, 2012 / 9:16 am

    Thanks for the visit and comments you left on my blog. Bisaya pud di ay ka? I want to visit your Czech Rep. someday. Is this where Prague is? 🙂

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    • Grace October 22, 2012 / 9:28 am

      Yup, Prague is the capital of Czech. Oo, bisdak sad ko. 🙂

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  14. Barbara October 22, 2012 / 5:54 pm

    Hi, thanks for visiting my blog.. I’m Irish, My ex husband was from Yugoslavia and my children are British. I live in England now with my English children and husband. I know how you feel, although thankfully I don’t have to learn another language! I’m not very good at them!

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    • Grace October 23, 2012 / 10:47 am

      Yup, the language part is by far the greatest challenge. 🙂

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  15. willbfit October 25, 2012 / 7:26 pm

    What a beautiful family you have! Such a cute son! Looking forward to reading more of your posts, and seeing that part of the world through your eyes! ~Maria

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  16. tripstakepeople October 29, 2012 / 3:31 pm

    Hooray! Another ex-pat, ethnic conglomerate family! Thanks for the like.

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  17. misty maples farm November 8, 2012 / 7:06 pm

    Grace, Thank you so much for the follow. Looking forward to seeing where your blog takes me…

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  18. iRuniBreathe November 21, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    Grace,
    Great to have you aboard as a follower of my blog. Thank you! I’m fascinated by your blog, given that both of my parents are Czech and most of my extended family still lives there. I’ll definitely be watching your site for news from “home” — of sorts.
    Na shledanou!

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    • Grace November 21, 2012 / 10:43 pm

      That’s interesting to know. No wonder you’re so into running. Are you in any way related to Emil Zatopek? 🙂

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      • iRuniBreathe November 21, 2012 / 11:05 pm

        Ha ha… No, I started running as an easy way to try regain fitness after having a baby. If only I was related to Emil. Perhaps then I’d be faster!

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  19. adminwho December 11, 2012 / 3:25 am

    Very interesting cultural situation you are in. And best of all, you seem to have a happy family! Best of everything and keep blogging 🙂

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    • Grace December 29, 2012 / 4:28 pm

      Thank you, Ganesh! I hope you had a great Christmas.

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  20. photographymemoirs January 10, 2013 / 7:47 am

    Greetings from Australia grace,
    I love the fact that you look so happy with your husband and beautiful child and after having experienced so much in life are trying to adjust to a new home and make the most of things.
    God bless

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  21. Jo - Over the Edge of the Wild February 1, 2013 / 11:02 am

    Hi Grace,
    Thanks for visiting and following our blog 🙂 I’ve enjoyed having a look through your posts too. You seem to be having a great time!!

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  22. MrsBoardwell February 5, 2013 / 2:53 pm

    Greetings from North Wales (UK) & welcome aboard new virtual friend ^_^

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  23. Sam February 24, 2013 / 4:23 pm

    Lovely blog Grace..! Thankyou so much for visitng my blog and those sweet words..I am sorry i was so late in returning the favor, i am slowly learning ‘blogging’ on the whole..! Cheers

    Sam =))

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      • pegges March 14, 2013 / 10:30 pm

        You’re welcome, you deserve it 🙂 love your blog

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  24. Patricia Jordan March 16, 2013 / 9:15 pm

    Congratulations!

    I have nominated your blog for another Versatile Blogger Award.

    Learn more about the award here.

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  25. Dr. Philip April 26, 2013 / 6:54 pm

    Thanks for paying my humble little site/blog a visit! Now I have a new blog to read and follow!

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  26. Paul Handover April 27, 2013 / 1:07 am

    Appreciate very much your decision to follow Learning from Dogs.

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  27. The Tipsy Nomads April 27, 2013 / 7:12 am

    Hi, I nominated you for a Liebster Award here are the questions: wp.me/p2OEbw-3V Good luck with your travels!

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  28. lauriekozlowski April 29, 2013 / 6:07 am

    Hi Grace. You have a lovely blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Thanks for the follow. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  29. shivani pandey April 29, 2013 / 10:57 am

    Hey thanks for visiting and following my blog…would love to travel with you across the czech republic…will explore more of your stories…good luck with your travels

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  30. Elina August 6, 2013 / 3:46 pm

    You are living exciting times Grace, in a very unique family! Similar story with us here, multicultural 🙂 I wish you enjoyable pregnancy and waiting time for a new miracle. You seem to be in great shape and very active. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and following, I appreciate it very much!

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  31. Chip Monck August 9, 2013 / 2:15 pm

    You live in one of…if not my favorite country in the world! I have spent significant time in Brno, and think Prague is the most amazing city I have ever been to. I’m jealous! And look forward to reading about your adventures there.

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    • Grace August 9, 2013 / 2:21 pm

      Thanks, Chip! I hope you can come by and visit this country again.

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  32. Le Clown August 9, 2013 / 4:34 pm

    Grace,
    Have you stumbled upon Milan Kundera yet? Or is he in France and too hard to get a hold on?
    Le Clown

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    • Grace August 9, 2013 / 9:29 pm

      No, I haven’t. Milan Kundera is one of the most intriguing writers that I hopefully would like to meet one day. I heard that he does travel back to Czech from time to time but when he does, he’s always incognito. 🙂

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  33. Sanjana August 12, 2013 / 11:44 am

    How fascinating! Such a multi-cultural household where even the child is not the same nationality as the parents! 😀

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  34. swamiupendra August 13, 2013 / 8:10 am

    Hi Grace! Thanks for stopping by my site and liking my posts. Interesting to know about you and your family. You have a nice blog.

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  35. meticulousmick August 18, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    Grace, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and giving a follow, really, really appreciated. Now you must be a good linguist to be learning Czech, with additional letters too. know all about false friends from my Portuguese days, far too many of them. Seeing different cultures is fascinating and I look forward to seeing how you get on. MM

    PS apologies for delay in reverting back to you but have been away on holiday.

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  36. sincerelykymberly August 19, 2013 / 9:31 pm

    Thank you for liking my post! I’m glad to have come across your blog as well as we have a lot in common. It’s always important for me to support other mama bloggers! Especially filipino ones ;)! Best of luck!

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  37. 9agz3 August 20, 2013 / 5:42 pm

    Thanks for following my blog! Look forward to reading more of yours!

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    • Grace August 20, 2013 / 9:46 pm

      I’m not much of an artist. Hoping to learn from you. 🙂

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  38. kattrinna August 21, 2013 / 9:41 am

    I was just browsing through and I know I will love your blog! I’ve always been fascinated with Europe and Prague is one of my favorite places & I had such a memorable experience there. Although you’ve pretty much summarized your past few years of how you ended up there (as read here in your about page), I know it must be pretty amazing! Looking forward to reading your journey and being inspired even more about the world out there! ^_^

    Oh, and thanks for following my blog!

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  39. Andrew Blumetti August 22, 2013 / 8:49 am

    Thanks for checking out my blog- much appreciated!

    Yours is excellent- I look forward to following!

    -Andrew

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  40. buildingmybento August 27, 2013 / 11:25 pm

    Salamat for liking my post about Guatemala City! Have you been before? Do you reckon the Philippines has any of its own Eiffel Towers?

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    • Grace August 28, 2013 / 2:44 pm

      No, I’ve never been to Guatemala before…and I don’t think we have anything resembling the Eiffel tower. Or I could be wrong.

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  41. edwardiwata August 29, 2013 / 9:33 am

    Hi, Grace, thanks for visiting and glad to meet you. Your blog looks fascinating, and it looks like you’re in for a real cultural adventure. My wife enjoyed Prague on a recent business trip, and I had a great time reporting on the Manila & PhilIppines economy years ago. Best wishes to your family and baby!

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  42. gemini232006 August 30, 2013 / 12:52 pm

    My plan is to visit Czech before we leave Germany. Any suggestions besides the cities? all my friends go to pottery shop

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  43. Son of Sharecroppers September 3, 2013 / 12:22 am

    Hi, Grace,

    Thanks for following my blog! I’ve been enjoying delving back into your archives, and I look forward to further posts.

    Your name is wonderful, by the way–and it’s also the name of my youngest child . . .

    All the best,

    Dan

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      • kukolina September 3, 2013 / 12:03 pm

        Your welcome G! 🙂

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  44. dailypedal September 5, 2013 / 4:49 am

    Pinoy! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by at my photoblog.

    Keep your journey exciting!

    Mabuhay! 🙂

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  45. belsbror September 7, 2013 / 5:10 am

    Small world! Thanks for following my blog, kabayan. 🙂
    I’ll check your posts from time to time. 🙂

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  46. Uncle Spike September 18, 2013 / 11:03 am

    Good to see how many of there are out there who have swapped their country of birth for somewhere completely different – it’s the spice of life I reckon.
    Thanks for spotting my blog and for the follow. It’s still a bit new, so not that much on there yet – but it’s varied, so I hope you’ll like it. It takes time to get followers, so I treasure all my ‘newbies’ still 🙂
    Uncle Spike

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  47. upsidediy January 31, 2014 / 9:42 pm

    Looking forward to reading about your adventures!✽ ✾ ✿ ❀

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  48. iamlostandfound April 2, 2014 / 10:58 am

    Hi Kabayan! God bless with your adventures! 🙂 I’ll definitely czech your blog time and time again 😀

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  49. tereza August 4, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    Hi, I´m a native Czech and my boyfriend is a native Filipino! God bless you!

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  50. jacksonjc9 August 21, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    hello grace! I enjoyed reading your blog and wish to read more of your adventures, Keep them coming 🙂 The pic is really beautiful 🙂

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