Thursday, November 13, 2014

Letting Go

Time to say goodbye,
Vanish this bizarre feeling,
Accepting my defeat
Ready to accept the real thing.

I am ready to conquer my fate,
My journey for the next race.
Enough of  this illusion,
Shaking my head, stop this imagination.

Tired of believing the unreal circumstances,
Taking the risk, hardly to achieve.
As I look up unto the sky,
Rainbow appears at the northeast side.

Having peace of mind,
Out from stressful life.
Thankful for this awakening,
Replenishing a weary soul.

Photographs by: "Yours truly"
Text originally created by me.
Location: Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Angsana Ihuru-Maldives

Love and Happiness

Loving your own family

1. Happy families...know who they are.

When your family agrees on its core values — and consistently lives by those standards — you'll build a stronger family identity and reduce conflict.
Holiday Trip in Maldives. Family from Spain

2. Happy families...lean on others.

3. Happy families...bounce back.

Truly happy families have the resiliency to face life's challenges and stay strong. 

4. Happy families...breathe.

Families do better when they have plenty of laid-back time together.  the best way to build happy family connections is simply to enjoy one another spontaneously.


You can make your life happier. It is a matter of choice. It is your attitude that makes you feel happy or unhappy. Recently, I was on vacation, a bonding moment with my loved-ones and friends. 
I can't explain the feeling of coming back home after 3 years away from home (due to work). 

We meet various situations every day, and some of them may not contribute to happiness. However, we can choose to keep thinking about the unhappy events, and we can choose to refuse to think about them, and instead, think about and relish the happy moments.
All of us go through various situations and circumstances, but we do not have to let them influence our reactions and feelings.
If we let outer events influence our moods, we become their slaves. We lose our freedom. We let our happiness be determined by outer forces. On the other hand, we can free ourselves from outer influences. We can choose to be happy, and we can do a lot to add happiness to our lives.
Life has ups and downs.  There are frustrations, embarrassment, grievances, and grudges. On the contrary, when positive vibes envelope us, there is satisfaction, joy, contentment  and peace of mind.
As human beings, we are sensitive when it comes to loved-ones and friends. We become over-protective. 

Below are photos taken in Maldives
My guests from France, Russia, China, Japan, India, and Spain.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Finding a Perfect Match (part 3)

What is a healthy relationship?
A healthy relationship is when two people develop a connection based on:
- Mutual respect
-  Trust
- Honesty
-  Support
-  Fairness/equality
-  Separate identities
-  Good communication
-  A sense of playfulness/fondness
Source: UW Seattle

Life as a single person offers many rewards, including learning how to build a healthy relationship with yourself. However, if you’re ready to share your life with someone and want to build a lasting, worthwhile relationship, life as a single person can also be very frustrating.
Finding the right romantic partner is often a difficult journey, for several reasons. Perhaps you grew up in a household where there was no role model of a solid, healthy relationship and you doubt that such a thing even exists. Or maybe your dating history consists only of short, abrupt relationships where you or your partner gets bored too soon, and you don't know how to make a relationship last. You could be attracted to the wrong type of person or making the same bad choices, due to an unresolved issue from your past. It's also possible you're not putting yourself in the best environments to meet the right person, or that when you do, you don't feel confident enough to approach someone. There is fear in your heart. Then eventually, instead of opening your doors for a new relationship you deprive yourself to be loved by other opposite sex. On the other hand, having a new short-term relationship after break-up is just only a sweet revenge from your past failed relationship. The worst thing is, if you are using someone else as a rebound or just to feed your fantasies. 

This is another article of mine I want to share.  The experience I felt with these  lovely couples from China.
It was on August 16, at the arrival jetty when Mr. Peng and Ms. Rui (honeymooners)visit Jumeirah Vittaveli. Plastering their biggest smile ever with high spirit as they make a pose in front of the camera.
The following day, we did a 45-minute photo shoot around the island. Full of laughter and action as we go along with the shoot.
Despite warm weather and heat of the sun, they still manage to smile and show off their genuine expressions which make  the capture more realistic.
As we go along, Ms. Peng (Florence), shared their love story.  They are very kind, humble and funny couple.

I am very grateful, that I am part of their memorable experience during their  vacation here in Maldives.
Below are the pictures taken in Jumeirah Vittaveli

Blessed couples (Mr. Wen Peng & Ms. Liu Rui)

Wedding on Aug. 30, 2014 in Chi Feng City, Nei MengGu Province, China

A promise that will last forever. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

More than Words

Photographer: Yours truly, Miechelle
Place: Maldives

These are my collection of photographs and poems I created.

A relaxing moment in this kind of scenery
Fresh air and calmly water tickles my deepest soul

Looking unto the horizon,
The endless distance, 
the invisible walls.

As I spread my wings to fly
Higher as I reach the sky

As I turn my head from where I started,
I could hardly imagine, I've reached this far.

Feeling exhausted as April ends
Tomorrow will be another battle
Come first of May.

I never imagine for this,
Neither aim for it.
Yes, I dreamed for a star
And pictured to reach the milky way.

I couldn't imagine how fast the time flies,
Slowly as I turned back to see my footprints on the sand
I can still see the footsteps that will always remind me
The time I started my journey.

I was captivated by this scene,
A scenery that deep into my soul
Finding the truth behind those shadows.

As sun rises early at dawn
Awakening me from a deep sleep.
Yawning out loud and embracing cold wind
Here I am again sailing, like a brave sailor man.

Vast horizon, so far we are apart
Across this deep blue sea,
We cross short distance.

A single chirp from you,

Makes sweet melody,
To my sleeping soul.

Who will fit in this kind of place?
Who will share a promise for a lifetime?
Who will spend his time for the future?

Being alone is not to be weak.
Being alone is not for being afraid.
Being alone, being tough, being patient
To wait for the right time.

I need someone to call when I'm feeling blue
I need someone to love whose like you
I need someone now, Yes it's true
I really need someone, and it's you.

I want to see again the stars on your eyes,
Just to forget my million cries.
Let me hear again the beat of your heart,
Although I know, you love me not.

Stay with me just even a friend,
Stay with me until the end.
I pray to God  who sits above,
To let you feel my hidden love.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My Points of View: My Journey, My struggle

My Points of View: My Journey, My struggle: Thirty-two years of existence and  thirty-two years of overflowing blessings from above. Another year for me to prove my worth. Still a l...

My Journey, My struggle

Thirty-two years of existence and  thirty-two years of overflowing blessings from above. Another year for me to prove my worth. Still a long journey. The road can be slippery or rough. The way can be a wide-winding road.

Living in this world independently is quite tough. Decision-making, saving and investing for something  are my top priorities as this moment. I am not getting any younger anymore. I am looking forward what kind of life I am heading to.

There is no turning back, but face forward and take the challenge along the way. There are lots of single women out there who turned successful in their chosen careers,  who were so contented and happy just being  themselves.

Sometimes, it crossed my mind, how does it feel, having my own family someday. With a loving, responsible, supportive husband and kids who will call me, "Mama". All my fantasies and illusions keep playing behind my mind. Well, to dream is the only free in this world.

People come and go. They can be  good influence or the opposite.. These people made history as part of my past,  my  present or can be part of my future.

I cannot foretell my future nor foresee what will happen at present time.
God only knows what is best for me. Having my faith is the only shield I am clinging on.

Below are my compilations of landscape shots in Dubai and Maldives Island Resort:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Points of View: A moment to remember

My Points of View: A moment to remember:  Learning from the hand of a Professional Photographer.

A moment to remember

January 6, 2014  when I left Angsana Velavaru, and moving to another new assigned site. It was on January 7, when I started my duty in Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru.  It was my first time to be in this resort after more than two months stay in Angsana Velavaru.  I still miss Velavaru with all my friends and happy memories we have shared.
Then I met my colleague who is already a Professional Photographer  in Philippines.  It is my  first time to work  with him.  I told to myself, "This guy is a serious and strict man". And yes indeed, my intuition is always correct. (yeah maybe in some instances).
He popped a question I won't ever forget was, "Do you have concern in terms of sales?". And replied back, "Yes". (The rest is history).
He taught me everything from camera,  the process and system in Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru,  and the island itself. After 2-3 days in Vabbinfaru,  I went to Angsana Ihuru  (these 2 island resorts are just near to each other).  We worked  as a team. He guided me to the right track (sometimes he gets mad at me, coz I am stubborn and my stupidity in other things as far as job is concern).
Within 2-months working in two resorts (Ihuru and Vabbinfaru), we have ups and downs. Conflicts will be always there. Contradicting ideas, pride, and indifferences are the main reasons why I and my colleague fought with each other. But at the end of the day after duty, we compromise.
He is not only a colleague to me, but a good friend, adviser,  and mentor.  During my 2-months stay in Vabbinfaru-Ihuru, I learned a lot not only in terms of Photography. He enlightened me to the word of God. Though I practice Roman Catholic teachings,  listening to the sermon of a Priest is not enough.
He re-direct me to the Bible, and  shared some Bible verses to my withered soul.  From that very moment, I knew the Holy Spirit is guiding us.
It was February 27, when I left Vabbinfaru-Ihuru and moved to Kuredu Island Resort.  I was sad leaving the resort  and saying goodbye to all good friends and to my mentor.
God wants me to be matured and tough enough that's why I was being transferred to a far flung Island Resort.
Many things happened in Kuredu Island Resort.  After 1-month stay in that resort,  I was assigned in Jumeirah Vittaveli.  Never in my wildest dream that I can be a leader who will lead the group.
Then there was a big event in Jumeirah, actually a wedding ceremony with group of people as invitees. I asked my District Manager that I need help regarding this event.
That was the time when my Boss uttered  the name of my mentor.  He was working then  in Paradise Island Resort after some changes and re-shuffle of staffs. The rest is history again.
It is a great experience and opportunity to be re-united again with my mentor. Every wedding ceremony that  Jumeirah Vittaveli has, he is always the lead professional photographer and I am the shadow behind the scenes.  So far, I am learning from it.
I am thankful for his patience and keen understanding though sometimes he gets irritated easily. We jive in one common interest  which is photography.

Look up! As Mr. Angelo Ongchua, lead photographer, guides the bride
  The story and stunts behind the scenes.

Chinese Couple taken in their Lagoon Villa, Jumeirah Vittaveli

Pointing to other direction, as Mr. Angelo Ongchua directed a pose to the groom


The stunt of  the lead photographer. 
Not only photographer but also a stuntman    

She's doing documentary:)

He can be a model.


Last shot!