Feb, 2006. For the past five months I have been living in a car at the edge of woods — jobless and homeless and totally unable to find a way out. I can't sing, I can't dance, I can't scream loudly enough, but I can read and write. So here I am laying down tracks...hopefully the start of an online paper trail out of here. (Update: Miracles happen....if you are reading my story I am part of your proof.)

Monday, January 21, 2008


The birds I saw were goldfinches - just been sent pictures. If I figure a way I might put them up. Very cute.

Off to a painting class...yet again in rain.


At 7:20 pm, Blogger jab said...

Glad you found out what your birds are. And look at you off to a painting class, good on you, enjoy it. Nice one chick.

At 11:25 pm, OpenID Tiffanychaplin18 said...

Heya, I'm just writing to say I've just finished reading your book and to say thank you. I'm sorry that you've had to go through so much. I've been through some rough times myself but nothing compared to yours. I hope that I can be as strong as you. Thank You x x

At 11:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anya,

I'm from Australia. I read your book, 'Abandoned'. It brought me to tears sometimes but most importantly it brang me hope and courage.

Do you have other books? This may be a silly question but im new to reading and this book brang so much interest to me.

At 1:51 am, Anonymous mellow girl. said...

Hi Anya,

Im from Australia and i have just finished reading your book, 'Abandoned'.
This book put me to tears but it gave me so much more as well.
It brang courage and hope for my own future.
Thankyou for writing such an amazing book.
You know the real things in life, your story, are the things that make us want to change.

At 11:27 am, Blogger SmileOnMyFace said...

Your blog is once again - another inspiration to me! Its amazing to read your story through the blog and follow your days right through!

At 11:36 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi anya have just finished reading your book and to be honest i have just about had enough of life and want to end it but reading your book has made me see maybe there is hope out there . shaz

At 11:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just finished reading your book this minute and I only bought it yesterday...I couldn'y put it down! I'm taking a degree to train to be a social worker and I hope that one day I can help prevent this happening to others. You are an inspiration.

At 2:15 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anya,
I am From Australia
I just finished reading your book bought tears to my eyes, You go girl you have survived, you have made it through and an inspiration to others who are having a hard time in their own lives to keep hanging in there no matter what :)
Your an amazing person.

Lea xxx

At 5:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi there, just read your book, heart rendering, also read someone to watch over me.....so much crap in the world!
Take care and good luck

At 8:50 pm, Blogger cherry said...

hello anya,
i just read your book. it makes me cry. you are really strong.keep it up girl.

At 9:37 pm, Blogger sharon said...

hi anya
i am sharon from uk
i just finished reading yr book
while i was reading i was crying.
you are a very amazing lady and i hope that you are enjoying what you r doing.and all my love gose out to u anya xxxx
from sharon in the uk

At 10:57 pm, Anonymous (Bella) said...

Hi Anya
I live in Australia. I have read your book and I would like to say thankyou for sharing your life with us. Be proud of who you are.
Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.

Luv Bel xx

At 11:17 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi anya just finished reading ur book i think ur a very srong person after what u have been thru i knw for a fact life can be hard but ur truly amazing. best of luck for the future and may all ur dreams come true.

Ree South Wales

At 7:58 am, Blogger Sa Majesté, la Chienne de Reine. said...

Hi Anya!

I just finished reading up your book. It was so hard for me though I never experience what you had to go through. But there I was, in my room, crying my eyes out for what you've been through! I so glad that my good friend passed me your book. I linked your page in my blog. Just know that you have readers all the way in far Asia. :)

Much Love.

At 10:30 am, Blogger caroline said...

Hi Anya my name is Caroline and ive just finished your book.Thankou for sharing,Im so glad life is better for you.I have often thought about telling my story think it would have to be the good the bad and the ugly hehe.You are an inspiration a rose amoung the thorns. your story proves that no matter how bad things get there is always a bright side.Keep smiling Anya there is always someone who will smile back.Take care Caroline x

At 11:22 am, Anonymous Jen said...

Hi Anya, i'm from Australia and i have just finished reading "Abandoned". i must admit the cruelty which you endured made me put the book down more than once, i am so sorry for you childhood. being a mother of 2 children your story has made me hold them tighter and love them that little bit more. Every child deserves that. i hope one day you can have your own child and I'm sure you will not let that child have the same life you had. good on ya mate.

At 12:27 am, Anonymous thomo said...

Hello Miss Peters,
my name is Jason and i am a 34 yr old male and i have just finished reading "Abandoned" and it made me very choked and angry at the same time, I just like to say wot a very strong lady you are, my aunty gave your book to my mum and when she finifhed reading it i asked if i could read it i had to put it down on a few times as it realy was wot my mum said a tear terker i don't think i have ever read a book that has got me so angry before like your book did.
All the best for the future

At 12:57 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anya, just finished reading your book, bought and read on the same day. You really are an inspiration to all people out there who have struggled at one point or another in their life.

I wish you all the luck and good health in the world. I hope you find what you are searching for.

Claire, England

At 3:53 pm, Anonymous xxjoxx 16 said...

Hey anya u prob get this alot! but i hav just read yore book and it is so sad to read i hope u r enjoying yore life now and enjoy it coz u only live once n lifes 2 short my mum used to say to me xjox

At 5:42 pm, Blogger Steve said...

Hello, i am an 18 year old boy living in Singapore and I happened to read about you on Reader's Digest and still going though the archives. I really admire your courage and how you survived without a home. And it is very inspirational that you are able to bounce back from the difficulty and is living a better life now. :) And i hope your story will touch many more people.

Looking forward to buying your book. (:

At 6:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,read your article in the Readers Digest and felt compelled to come and read your blogs. Kudo's to you for you have given hope to the hopeless.

from Pakistan.

At 12:34 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anya
I too am from Australia and just finished your book. Read it in one sitting because I wanted to know that you are okay. I wish for you happiness and contentment. Thank you for sharing your story.
Regards Heather

At 6:24 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i bought your book last night and read 3/4 of it, only stopping coz it was 3am and i needed to go into work today. it was horrifying and heartbreaking to read what you have been through. u didn't deserve any of that. i really hope life gets better and better for you every day. my thoughts are with you.

At 9:57 am, Anonymous BabyEclipse said...

Hello, Im 13 and from Singapore. I've read about your story in the feb issue of reader digest. I had the sort of "oh my god" feeling when I was reading it. Many people would have given up on their lives if they had the same situation as you.I admire you for being so strong and the fact that you can take hardships. Your story is also inspirational. When there's a will, there's a way. Good luck in what ever you do. =)

At 12:39 pm, Anonymous Cheetah said...

Hi there
Just read your story in Readers Digest for the Netherlands.
I admire your strength for keeping up faith.
Thank you for sharing your story to all the people in the world.
Gues that's one of the strongest feelings a human can have,
not giving up on live.

Wishes you all the best
and lots of love, you deserve it !


At 1:44 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just finished reading your book this morning. I cried so much during it, and got so angry at the horrible things you have had to go through. You are such an inspiration to everyone. And such a strong person. I will never know how you got through such a horrendous time, you really are a star!! I smiled when you finally managed to escape the horrors and smiled even more at the end of the book when i read how you lifted yourself up and decided you wouldnt be beaten!!

I want to thank you for deciding to write your book and make me realise how thankful i should be for my life

Best wishes to you, and good luck in all you do

Michelle x

At 8:10 pm, Blogger toni said...

Hi Anya,
I have just finished reading your book, words cannot express what l was feeling whilst reading it, you are a truely amazing person, a true survivour, may you find peace and happiness, take care Anya.
Toni Ipswich Suffolk.

At 10:30 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm frm singapore.came to know of ur blog too. Will come back often to read and get to know u better.
is/are ur book(s) sold here in singapore? would luv to have my hands on them.

all the best, ya

At 10:55 pm, Blogger WanderingScribe said...

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At 9:30 am, Anonymous Ellie said...

Hi Anya

You are truly truly an inspiration to all.Your strength of will is and will continue to be amazing I am sure. I bought your book yesterday and have just finished it. It was hard to read at times but we only to had to experience it through words you had to live through it minute by minute. I will continue to read your blog to follow your life. Way to go sweetie.

Ellie from Leeds UK

At 9:33 am, Blogger WanderingScribe said...

Hi Nur,
Don't think my book is available there, I'll check but don't think so. Although you can order it from here if you like, by clicking on the link over at the side of the blog, under the pink book cover. I don't think it takes too long to get to you, it's from Amazon.

Thanks for stopping to say hello, and thanks to everyone else too, it feels good to read your comments and know that people are reading.

At 1:02 pm, Blogger fairywholovestowish said...

i read ur story in the reader digest and was truely touched by ur story there hence decided to make a 'visit' to ur blog. i am going to buy 'Abandoned' after reading that touching story
good luck :)

At 2:13 pm, Blogger Parang Boi said...

Good to see that life turned for the better for you.
I wish you happiness.

From a little red dot.

At 8:19 am, Anonymous stillwaters said...

Hi Anya!

I am from Asia. I have just stumbled upon your blog and is starting to visit your archives and hopefully be able to read all your entries in the shortest possible time.

This is just to wish you the best in everything. Having been born into a poor family in a poor country, I know it it feels to barely make ends meet. I am happy that everything has turned well for you.

I hope I can find a copy of your book here in my country.

At 9:14 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi. just finished reading your book and it was so emotional. i could only imagin what you went through. im glad your up and geting back on your feet again. good luck. x

At 10:15 am, Blogger Shadori said...

Hi there Anya, read about your rough times in 2006-2007 in the latest issue of Reader's Digest (February 2008). I am a Singaporean born into an average household, and although I can't say I've experienced anything as terrible as you did in the past 2 years, I must say that everyone will definitely encounter roadblocks in the long long road of life. Heard that you currently aren't homeless anymore, that's definitely a good thing! ;)
Keep moving forward in life and don't let any little (or big) setbacks impede you!

At 2:15 pm, Anonymous kerrie said...

i have just read your book and i think you are such an inspiration to us all,i couldnt put your book down until i got to the end,you are so brave and i am so happy for you that things are starting to turn around for you well done

At 2:42 pm, Anonymous anet said...

Hi Anya,
Well done for surving. How strong you were and are. Good luck darling.
I read yr book in a day.
Take care
anet uk

At 2:43 pm, Blogger smile like you mean it said...

Iv recently finished your book, I'm only 16 and dream to have the courage you do one day. your an inspiration to every type of person and every class, and in some way we can all relate to feeling alone, but your story gives that glimpse of hope that we all need. never feel alone, your book is amazingly touching, and was out of stock in many book stores i went to. its great that your book is so successful, no one deserves it more. you deserve to be recognized for your consistent belief and courage to get there in the end.... and you did!!!!! :-) x x

At 10:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Singapore you might find the book in MPH, Borders
or Kinokuniya stores.

At 2:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anya
I'm from Australia.
I have just finished your book and would like to say that you are a very amazing and strong woman. I take my hat off to you for all the strength you have demonstrated to get where you are. May 2008 be a better year for you. Take care.

At 7:54 am, Anonymous hassey said...

Hello Anya!

I'm from Philippines. I've read your story from the Reader's Digest and I was very much inspired upon reading it. Thank you so much!

At 1:23 pm, Blogger shicen said...

hi... I am a student from Singapore and I have read about your story on reader's digest . Well you know, I was really touched by this article even through I am only 16 years old . Yes , maybe I was too young to understand the adult life , but certainly , I was really felt sad for you . I have a very big family
and there were always someone there whenever I was depressed about something . SO I could not really think how it will be like if there were not anyone who is there to support me . So thank you very much to let me know the importance of a family ....:D

At 2:04 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am a student from singapore, studying rite now, read abt ur life from reader's digest and hab to do a short worksheet on ur story = =, admire the way u live lidat, keep writing ^^ ( btw, nvr seen a blog bigger dan urs b4... )

At 5:29 pm, Anonymous AIMZ said...

Just finished reading your book! oh my word it was so emotional!! I've passed it on to my mum and she is now reading it. I had some stuff when i was younger but never anything like you had to go through! It just proves what a strong couraged woman you are. I’m so pleased you are back on your feet!
Aimee x

At 7:01 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI Anya my name is Donna. I have just finished reading your book 'abandoned'. IT was a truely amazing read. I was at tears all the way through just wasnting to jump in and grab you and have you live with me. Am just 20years old and recently been told by a friend of a similar situation of yourslef and now she lives with me 30 miles from him. You are inspirational and i truely admire you. Hope theres another book soon.
lots of love a friend afar xxxx

At 9:22 pm, Anonymous Loz said...

Hi Anya its Lorraine here, just finished reading your book in record time i could not put it down.
I feel this story will be with me for a lifetime.
You are a fighter,a believer and a survivor and i wish you all the luck in the future.
With love Lorraine. xxxx

At 7:34 am, Blogger Li Ann said...

Hi there! I just read about you and your blog in Reader's Digest today. I haven't read through your blog yet but I just want to let you know that your story is inspiring. I think you're very brave. If it was me, I don't think I'd survive on my own *hugs*

At 1:42 pm, Anonymous Stum said...

Hi Anya, I just read your article in Reader's Digest and of course came to check out your blog. I think your story is a very inspiring one, especially those who are like you. Spread your message more; your light will go far.

At 1:43 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anya, Have just finished your book. Amazing. Thankyou you have made me realise that problems don't go away by ignoring them to talk about them is the first step to solving them.

At 2:12 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey! just read the feature on the reader's digest Asia 'bout you! was so touching! thanks for inspiring me!

At 7:36 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anya, read about you in the latest issue of readers digest and i am really amazed at your courage and also saddened by what has happened. I hope you are safe and stronger now, no longer alone and homeless. I will keep you in my prayers.

God bless.


At 10:04 am, Blogger H3artB3at said...

Hi Anya, i just read ur article in the Reader's Digest too. with property price hike like nothing ever, ur story really makes a statement to everyone , how are things gonna end if it continues to be like this? more homeless people?

hope everything going great at ur side :> and happy new year !!!

At 10:06 am, Anonymous Khairiyah said...


I read Readest Digest and read the article about you. I'm from Singapore by the way. I'll drop by the library to search for your book.


At 11:36 am, Blogger annette said...

Dear Anya
just read your book words fail me at the injustice of your childhood and the people who should have been there to love and care for you be sure live life to the full i may not have a lot in this world but one thing i have plenty of i give to you give to you and that is love and hope be safe and happy always Anya your friend annette(nsw australia)

At 1:40 pm, Anonymous mirr said...

dear anya, i got to know your story through feb 2008's edition of reader's digest. it inspired me. your touching story truly inspired me. you gave me courage to face life and handle all problems. i hope i can be as strong as you. gd luck in ur life (:

At 2:49 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just finished reading your book and what an inspiration you are to many others whom like yourself have had it tough!

Life does not always treat us kind and we are not always given choices. however, you are a true fighter. Something, both your mother and father should be proud of.

Your book is amazing, like many other of your readers, it took me just hours to read, totally gripping.

I hope that life treats you better than it has done, continue to be strong on your feet.

At 3:08 pm, Anonymous Annabel said...

I read the article about you in Reader's Digest and I want to say that I was really touched by it.

I'm really inspired by you and I hope you're leading a happier life now.

All the best! (:

At 9:30 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi anya,
i think u r really inspiring. you have given me the courage to move on in life and most importantly, to face all obstacles with bravery and courage.
thank you. i owe it to you.

At 1:26 pm, Blogger My Life St0ry. said...

Hi, i m from Singapore a gal age 12, Eunice Chew, i have read finish your story in readers' digest. They are just interesting. Hope you could just post more.

At 2:34 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi anya

what a book could`nt put it down hope you find everything you wish for and more you deserve it you are a true survivor all the best for the future take care x x x

kelly hotmail

At 2:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anya..

I'm frm Indonesia, Asia..
I'm 14 years old.
I study about you in my humanity class wth my lovely teacher n my friends.
I'm so glad to found ur blog
i'm so inspired by you.
u r so brave n strong to face all of ur obstacles.
i hope i could face all my obstacles like u.. =)

Tke care n god bless


At 8:46 pm, Blogger chanteuse.sanders said...

Hope you get what you deserve. I know quite a few people like you and they had happy endings. I hope you do too... I haven't read your book, but I will... ^^,
As for me... well, hope I get my happy ending as well.


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