Lately

It seems like forever since I wrote my last post. Too many things have happened that I couldn’t seem to put them in order.

Anyhow, we’ve had several visits this summer and early fall. First off, my husband’s cousin and her son from Moravia to spend a weekend with us.  We brought them to Prague and Kutna Hora, since it has been awhile since they visited these  beautiful cities.

Here’s a picture of us in front of one of the most beautiful churches here in the Czech Republic, the St. Barbora Church in Kutna Hora.

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The weather was not in our favor during their visit but we were still able to snap some beautiful pictures of Prague.  It is breathtaking in any weather.

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My friend Melba and her daughter also spent some time with us.  It was nice for the babies to see each other again.  This time, we contacted some alumni from the university where we had our bachelors and had a mini reunion in a cafe in Prague.

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A couple of weeks ago, My friend Mymy also came for a visit with her son.  She lives in Prague and it was her first long out of town drive since she got her license a year ago.  She also has a toddler who is close to Michaela’s age, so it was nice sharing motherhood experiences with her.

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Lastly, my son has started going to a state primary school and my daughter is turning one pretty soon.  How time flies.

Photo credit:  Jan Strnad (www.atelierkolin.cz)
Photo credit: Jan Strnad (www.atelierkolin.cz)

It seems like only yesterday since we made the significant decision to move here in CZ.  Since then, every year is marked with significant milestones.

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Babies Bonding

These past few weeks, I consider myself lucky to  have been visited by good friends.  On my last entry, I mentioned about the Swiss family that visited us.  This past week, our good friends from Innsbruck came by for a visit.

My friend Melba, with her daughter Nat, came and stayed with us for a couple of days.  Nat and Michaela were born a few months apart.  It was the first time they met.

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It was fun seeing the girls bonding with Jakub.

It was also interesting to see them talking to each other in their own little world.

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We got them identical bows, and placed them together in a mat for a photo shoot.

But it was a little bit difficult to get them to stay still and look at the camera.  Something else is always more interesting.

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Until finally….

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…Bam!  We eventually managed to get the coveted shot.

But more than anything else, the visit was more valuable for the mommies.  It was very therapeutic for Melba and I to talk about our experiences in raising kids in a multicultural household, adjusting to life in a foreign land, and most especially about adjusting to life as a stay-at-home mom.

We never got the chance to visit a lot of places due to the weather and to the children’s moods, but I had a great time just chatting with Melba and seeing our kids playing together.

At the end of their visit, Nat’s dad and her grandma picked them up.  Obviously, they have been missed.

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Luckily, we managed to get a group shot before they left.

I wish we were closer so a visit like this can be done more often.  But I can’t complain.  At least we get to see each other almost every year.

 

Are You Adventurous?

Having lived in 3 continents, and travelling to various parts of the world, I may as well consider myself adventurous.  Well over a month ago, my friend Reena of www.reenareigns.wordpress.com, passed on the adventurous blogger award to me.  Thank you very much, Reena!

 

To receive the award, one has to answer a couple of questions:

  1. In which country or region would you like your next adventure to be?   I would like to explore the African continent.  I’ve read and heard a lot of good things in this part of the world but have never visited it.  I hope I will have the chance to explore Africa someday.
  2. Where would you recommend for an adventurous time? It depends on how much time you have for this adventure.  There are a lot of interesting places in Asia, the US and Czech.  But if you have limited time, I would recommend visiting the Yosemite Valley in California.
  3. Most interesting culture: What I find interesting may change as I age, but I currently  find Czech culture pretty interesting.  After living here for a year, I found out that it has a lot of similarities to my own culture, but also a lot of differences when it comes to Asian culture in general.
  4. Favourite activity: Tasting the  food, conversing in the local language and spending time in historical places.
  5. Most dangerous risk taken: Hiking in Bryce Canyon, Utah.  I’m a wimp when it comes to heights.
  6. Favourite quotation:
    Adventure is worthwhile in itself. – Amelia Earhart

  7. Happiness is: CONTENTMENT

As part of my blogging journey, I have met a lot of wonderful people who inspire me everyday with their own adventures.  Though I cannot name everyone, here are the 12 bloggers who I think should also be receiving this award:

Writing Between The Lines

Crazy Train To Tinky Town

Another Day in Paradise

I write what I Like

Bucket List Publications

50 Year Project

The Open Suitcase

On the Road with Jim and Mary

Adventures of Andrea

24/7 in France

Toemail

A Big Life

Please check out these blogs.  I’m sure you’ll also feel like you’re part of their adventures.

 

Liebster Blog Award

I am not a very artistic person.  Thus, I have subscribed to blogs that discuss topics related to art, fashion, interior design and garden design.    As we are currently building our own nest, I intend to educate myself in these areas since the responsibility of beautifying our home rests on my hands.

One of my favorite blogs on interior and garden design is Patina and Company.    I just love her gorgeous garden designs! Although she considers landscape design as a hobby, one can see her innate talent with the gardens she has created.   Being the talented person that she is, she had been awarded the Liebster blog award and she was very gracious to share it with me.    Thank you very much, Patina!

The rules for receiving the award are as follows:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to his or her blog,

2. Copy and display the award logo, as above, and

3  Nominate five new recipients, each with fewer than 200 followers (I hope I get this approximately right), to receive the award and notify them by commenting on their blog.

And so, my nominees are the following:

1.  Kwentong Nanay

2.  Sage x Clare

3.  No Milk No Cry

4.  Amaryllislog

5.  Reenareigns

Please visit these blogs.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.

“Happy Day”


This past weekend, a couple of friends visited us in Kolin. There was a children’s event at Kmochuv Island and we went there to check it out.

A famous TV personality for a children’s show was supposed to show up.  But for some reason, her appearance got cancelled.    Ironically, the event was called “Happy Day.”  But I guess it wasn’t too happy for the kids who got disappointed with the TV personality’s absence.

So the organizers made sure that the kids enjoyed the children’s disco.

But for our group, it didn’t matter at all.  We still managed to have fun.

..At least the kids did.  We were there for the children’s disco.

It was fun to watch my little boy dance.

At the end of the event, everything would’ve been perfect except for a mini meltdown.  He refused to wear shoes!

Luckily, his ever-patient daddy dealt with it.  After all is said and done, it was still a “happy day.”

How was your weekend?

An Eventful Weekend

Despite the scorching heat this past weekend, it was a very eventful one.  On Saturday, friends from Prague and Brno came to visit us.

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Jakub had a new favorite buddy –  Kuya Mico.

He always likes to play with big boys.

On Sunday, they bonded again because we went to Prague for the FCA dragonboat recreational activity.

While the kids were checking out the boats, we were paddling on the river.

The dragonboat activity exceeded my expectations.  In a scale of 1 to 10 for fun, it was a 10!  I got nervous in the beginning fearing that the boat would capsize because all the paddlers were amateurs.  But we amazingly did well.  Thanks to a great team and wonderful coach –  FCA President Marison Rodriguez.  The Prague Dragonboat Club were gracious enough to let us use their boat and their facilities, and the generous members of FCA brought yummy food, so the bbq portion that followed the activity was equally enjoyable.

With fun activities, good food and good friends, this weekend was one of the best I’ve had here in Czech.

Photos courtesy of Arnel Cueto and Glenn Sanchez