La Vie Bohème!

“We raise our glass — You bet your ass to — La Vie Boheme!” – Mark Cohen, Rent Bohemianism has been a part of me since I was fourteen years old. Not in a tangible way, of course. As young as I was, my capitalistic tendencies were already blossoming, and I had begun accepting that…

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Toastmasters Brno

“We must travel in the direction of our fear.” Before I left the Philippines, when the Czech Embassy in Manila was still being ambiguous about how long it would take my visa to be processed, I told myself that I needed to learn something. I wrote a list of things that I should do, such…

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Culture Shock: Fashion

I can freely admit that I think that Czech people are quite beautiful. At least thrice every week, I see a girl or a guy on the trams that could probably become models in the Philippines, just because they have the foreign features that Filipinos seem to covet (for example, matangos na ilong (umm, pointy…

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Beer, as usual

Every country is number one at something. The Philippines is the number one country in terms of text messages (SMS) sent. The United States has the most serial killers. Greenland has the most land per person. The Czech Republic has the highest beer consumption per capita.   I’ve been here for a month, and I…

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