About Me

Every person has a story. Each has their own impressions of life and expressions of how they tell their story – mine is through poetry. In every experience may it be about the weather, a lesson learnt, a prayer or just a thought…I jot it down. I then put the words together – somehow they connect until it becomes a full story to tell. I usually write at night or at dawn – which explains the moon, the stars and wishing wells. I sometimes would wake up with a title or a line…so I have pens and a note pad next to me. Poetry is a hobby and I’m still learning the ropes of writing…learning to put words together like a proper writer should. The aspirations, inspirations and moments of each day – I learn..I discover more of ME and who I am as the journey continues…I discover who I have become. While my hobby keeps me on my toes, let me share this hobby (and this journey) with you. As you go along, please let me say “Thank You” for stepping into this journey with me…the glimpse of who I am.

Hi, my name is Anasthasia Maria Maura Ray Daniela. Old tradition told me I have to have my great grandma, grandaunt, granduncle, mom and dad’s names especially as the second born grandchild and as the first granddaughter. Thank God my parents realised it’s such a long name (imagine adding my mother’s maiden name and surname to it). I can relate to those who remain to have long names (including those in Guinness Book of World Records) Until one day they’ve decided to shorten it to “Ana Mariela” (*phew, what a relief). I grew up with my maternal grandma Epifania whom I have learnt so much about life, living, dreaming, hoping, praying, and so much in between. I want her to be remembered and be always part of me, hence I signed the name “Anja-Mariela” here and any future blogs I might start…maybe.

I live in UK, came from one of the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. I came to UK in Feb 2001. Being far from home, homesickness really hit me. Writing became my solace as it helps my confidence and creativity. It gave colour to my being and my world in an unfamiliar place. Writing makes me feel like I am talking to someone (well apart from my beloved cat of course). It is like expressing what my thoughts are…my feelings are, and the depth of me – of how I view the world…of how I live my world…and how I hold my world in my heart.

I have a 13-year-old (that’s how long we’ve been together but no idea of her real age) black cat named Shadow – a rescue cat. She used to hide a lot from me…shaking and very frightened. She’s been traumatised deeply by her previous owner. It took me a year to finally stroke her and then another year to cuddle her. Now, she hides in dim areas to relax and probably get away from me (love booping her nose). Together we became each other’s comfort…each other’s company…each other’s motivation…and each other’s inspiration.

10th Dec 2014 at 5.33 pm

Have lost my Shadow- my muse and my writing companion. After almost 14 years, she has decided to take a rest from the world of the mortals and travelled over to the Rainbow Bridge. She has taken a place among the stars to shine down on me – my angel and my guide.


My Shadow – I have made sure you are with me…wherever I am…you are there. Please know that I have loved you and always will…forever!

Goodbye and will see you again…..


“We’re constantly striving for success, fame and comfort when all we really need to be happy is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.” ~ H. Jackson Brown


“I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course.” ~ Abroad with Mark Twain and Eugene Field, Fisher


“A catless writer is almost inconceivable.  It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys.” ~Barbara Holland







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