Posted in Challenges, original


Image credit; Carter Saunders @ Undplash

Knock, knock, I see there’s a vacancy

The part where your heart is, is now empty

Dear friend, I know you’re in sorrow

But in despair, you don’t have to wallow

Take my hand, well search for your heart

And in time, you’ll make a new start

©Maria Michaela


For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a red neon sign that reads “Vacancy” over a black background.

Joining Sadje’s prompt again. This is for What Do You See #123

I honestly wanted to go on a murderous road on this one but came up with something else instead.

Posted in music, original

Work With Music

My mind runs a thousand miles per hour

It’s overwhelming, I’m overpowered

But music is there to save me

I hum along to the melody

The overthinking, it drowns

Music calms me down

© Maria Michaela

I always prefer listening to music while I work. I sometimes listen to classical music when I don’t want to be distracted and when I need to fully concentrate. But sometimes, it’s good to sing along too to release and relieve stress.

Posted in Challenges, original

Familiar Scent

A sweet smelling perfume whiffs the air and I'm transported to the past
Childhood days of long ago, revisited at last
The scent so familiar, I can picture the scene
My siblings playing in the yard with the leaves all green
I remember long forgotten days and I can't help but smile
This wonderful feeling, I haven't felt in a while
© Maria Michaela

Sue W and GC are the hosts of Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Nostalgia

Posted in friendship, happiness, life, original, travel


Went off to a far off place

For adventure I wanted to chase

Hopped on two planes and a boat

Found beauty that was something to take note

Took photos for memories to share

And to remember scenes beyond compare

While reviewing the pictures, a scene familiar came

Looked up the photos shared then I exclaimed!

For before me was proof of a coincidence

© Maria Michaela

A few years ago, I went to Batanes, the top most part of the Philippines. It’s not easy to get there as there are few flights and it’s a bit on the expensive side. It’s expensive for a local travel. The place had been on my bucket list and to make sure I’d get there, I told my family and friends that I need to get there before I turn 30 (set a deadline). That achievement has been unlocked.

I took lots of photos when my two girl friends and I went there. One photo was of particular interest and it is the first one below.

The upper photo was a photo I grabbed from Google which served as inspiration for me to go to Batanes. The bottom one was the one I took while behind the tour van. When I snapped the photo, I just thought that the scene was great. I never thought I’d take the same photo of the same view from my inspiration photo.
Some scenes in Batanes. It’s like the Philippine version of New Zealand
Fundacion Pacita is the one on top. It’s an expensive hotel in Batanes. The one below was a sunset taken on top a hill at Vayang Rolling Hills
This was in Sabtang, one of the islands in Batanes. The top one is a view of the place we were going for some photoshoot. The one at the bottom is the view to go back to the road where the tour van was parked.
Other places in Batanes is like straight out of Middle Earth.
Some photos of me, my girl friends and our tour group. The last photo where we’re all jumping took time. We got tired jumping but the last one proved to be gold.
Posted in original, self / self esteem

Self Portrait

I see two brown eyes looking back at me

And sometimes I see it being clouded by doubts, fears and anxiety

A jaw, serious and strong

Also quivers at the uncertainty

Hands that have known work

Also weakened by time

I may look like I have figured it all

But I question myself quite often

One thing is certain though,

I’ll continue on my journey, I won’t ever give up

I may take some rest, but a quitter I am not

© Maria Michaela

Featured image is taken from Pinterest