My name is Stella Pereira and I was born in Blantyre, Malawi where I grew up in an incredible family of six filled with amazing talents, from musicians to artists, cake decorators to seamstresses even architects and inventors.

In March 2008, I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension. I have since been inspired to become an artist, photographer, cake decorator, and avid maker.

I am completely in love with Life and in awe with its simple little details.

Pangaweka is where I share my inspirations and aspirations.

Thank you for being part of it!

If you’d like to say hello{ info@stellapereira.com }

88 responses

  1. Your blog is elegant and beautiful, especially your photography. Breathtaking!

    June 13, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    • Thank you so so much Kalhu!

      June 13, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      • : D

        June 13, 2012 at 8:02 AM

  2. Great photos and a lovely blog! Definitely following this one! šŸ˜€ ~Aims

    June 16, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    • Thank you so much! I have been fortunate to have had some great light. Have a great weekend

      June 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

  3. I love your photos! And recognize some familiar Cambridge streets šŸ˜‰

    June 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    • Thank you! Cambridge is amazing, and you seem to have some very privileged rooftop views.

      June 18, 2012 at 8:54 PM

  4. Thanks for the like at my blog sweets. I’m loving your photographs. In fact which camera do you use? I would love some tips.

    June 21, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    • Thank you for your lovely comment. I’m a mere amateur and use a Canon 1000d. I just shoot away and hope for the best šŸ˜‰

      June 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

  5. Muli bwanji!!! …thanks for dropping by my blog UMLUNGU… dad used to live in blantyre… malawi …one of my favourite places in the world… good to meet you g*

    June 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    • Ndili Bwino kaya ino! Wow loved hearing that greeting. Blantyre šŸ™‚ It is a great place heim? Such rich, fond memories…

      June 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM

  6. Hello Stella and welcome to the cyber world! I like your sophisticated photographs! Congratulation! And I am really interesting in all your stories!!!
    I’ll certainly return to your blog…again

    Lilla alias spajzgirl..

    June 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    • Hey Lilla! Thanks for dropping by… And I certainly hope I can keep you engaged šŸ™‚

      June 27, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      • Absolutely!

        July 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

  7. So pleased to have found your blog – thanks for stopping by mine šŸ™‚ I’ll be back …

    June 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    • So glad for your wonderful visit! Thank you

      June 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM

  8. I really love the simplicity of your blog, Stella! Really beautiful and interesting photos.


    June 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    • Thank you so much Kathryn for you lovely comment and for taking the time to visit my little blog.

      June 27, 2012 at 2:23 PM

  9. What beautiful photos! I think I’ll have to try that apple recipe when I get home. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a “like”! šŸ™‚

    June 27, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    • Thank you! Let me know how you get on. Meanwhile, enjoy your wonderful travels.

      June 28, 2012 at 9:30 AM

  10. I love your very beautiful and sensitive photos. The gift of “seeing” beauty have obviously been shared between everyone in your family. šŸ™‚

    July 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    • Thank you so much for you wonderful compliment. You are right! I am always so grateful for having been shown the simplicity of beauty.

      July 3, 2012 at 1:48 PM

  11. Thank you for visiting and liking my blog.
    As a first time visitor I was quite thrilled by your words and pictures.
    I will be back.

    July 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    • Ohhh I’m so glad you liked my words… and pictures! Thank you so much and please do visit soon:)

      July 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      • Thanks for your latest visit and like. I have been out all day doing not very nice stuff, but for the 3 minutes I was actually outdoors it decided to ‘chuck it doon’, as we say in Scotland!
        So I got drenched again. Getting quite bored with this summer …..

        July 4, 2012 at 6:41 PM

  12. A really great looking blog and I am looking forward to more stories/episodes

    July 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    • Thank you again! I’ll certainly keep digging for more stories to tell…

      July 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

  13. i’m so glad you stopped by and led me to your beautiful blog! i’m looking forward to following your brilliant photos and scrummy sounding recipes šŸ™‚

    July 11, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    • Hey Karen! Thank you. Pssst, I nicked “Moira’s Brownies” while I was there šŸ˜‰

      July 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      • i hope you love them as much as we do šŸ™‚

        July 12, 2012 at 2:58 AM

  14. Hi Stella, thanks for liking my post! Luv your photos, they’re beautiful.. your recipes are quite interesting. I’ll pick one and try it out, if I can find the ingredients here in M’sia šŸ™‚

    July 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    • Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment! Let me know when you’ve tried a recipe:)

      July 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM

  15. Yay Malawi.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    • Yay Malawi indeed! Gave me a beautiful childhood… Have you seen my Malawi?

      July 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM

  16. Hey Stella, thanks a ton for stopping by the blog. As soon as i saw panga weka as the blog name i was curious ai! I grew up in Zambia for the good part of my life, is nice to bump into neighbor šŸ™‚
    Great blog and artwork as well, the pictures are mouthwatering eish! Throw in some African dishes too šŸ™‚

    July 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    • Ohhh wonderful! Muli Bwanji? I have a great project coming up soon soon! I think you will approve: My four Tables… A ode to a Malawian, Mozambican, Portuguese and Indian background.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

  17. Thanks for the likes ! your blog is amazing ! great pictures

    July 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    • Thank you!!! For stopping by

      July 20, 2012 at 8:53 AM

  18. Ahh brilliant! Ndilii bwino, zikomo šŸ™‚ that sounds like an amazingly eclectic mix! Cant wait to see the same rendition in the context of food šŸ™‚
    I’ll definitely be following closely
    Motsale bwino Stella!

    July 20, 2012 at 7:55 AM

  19. Wow! Your photos are amazing! I am extremely flattered that you liked one of my posts! Thank you!

    July 20, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    • Thank you so much! I’m flattered that you came to say hi:)

      July 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

  20. Hi Stella, thanks for the visit and like! Your recipes and photos are equally delicious, can’t wait to read more!

    July 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    • Ciao Caro! Thank you for popping by… I’ll try to keep you happy:)

      July 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM

  21. Hi Stella!
    I nominated you for photography competition as I always love your photos! Have fun picking the photos! http://travellingtonito.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/its-like-a-rainbow-its-comes-in-colours-everywhere-capture-the-colour-competition/

    July 25, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    • Hello Tonito! I am so incredibly flattered by your nomination and terribly excited to find my favorite shots… Thank you!

      July 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM

  22. Hi Stella, just to let you know that I am about to nominate you for ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ – congrats! The nominations and guidelines for the award will appear on my next post…

    August 9, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    • Hi John! Thank you!!! For the nomination and the pre-exhibition advice. So very flattered.

      August 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      • How did the show go?

        August 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      • Ohhh the show was great! Response – Great, even the sun was great and friends and the tipple and the picnic. And it looks like it might be repeated in Cornwall, at some point šŸ™‚ Thanks for asking!! How was your week?

        August 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM

  23. mvagbulos

    Hiya! I’ve been reading and following your blog for some time and I love your posts + photos! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award šŸ˜€ For more details view this post: http://nelsville.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/unexpected-goodies/ , and post the image award on your blog. Take care and have a wonderful day! ā¤ (:

    August 15, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    • Yay!!! Thank you šŸ™‚ So good to know that you like these little things I do. Thank you thank you Thank you

      August 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      • mvagbulos

        you’re welcome! šŸ™‚

        August 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM

  24. There are so many photography blogs out there, but yours stood out the moment I stumbled upon it. So much warmth, and vibrancy. Keep on creating šŸ™‚

    August 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    • OH MY GOSH! Wow… That certainly made my day!! Thank you! So so glad you like… I use photography to slow down the pace and notice special moments more. Wonderful that you can feel what I see. THANK You!

      August 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM

  25. I just wanted to say that your photo’s are inspiring, very beautiful! Looking forward to more!

    September 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    • Thank you so so so much!

      September 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM

  26. Hi Stella, I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award. Please read my latest post.

    October 8, 2012 at 8:32 PM

  27. This sounds an incredible way of being brought up šŸ™‚

    January 11, 2013 at 6:38 PM

  28. Thank you for visiting my blog, Stella (although it is written in Norwegian…) I have to credit you for your lovely photos. You have an eye for details and I love your image construction. Gives me tons of inspiration !Great work šŸ™‚

    February 19, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    • Hi Anette, Thank you for stopping by and your wonderful comment. I just love your style!!!

      February 20, 2013 at 9:21 AM

  29. Really nice blog! Really lovely images and food! Thank you!!

    February 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    • Thank you ever so much Serena!

      February 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM

  30. Thanx for visiting. šŸ™‚ I’m right there with you. šŸ™‚

    March 9, 2013 at 1:00 AM

  31. What a lovely blog you have:-)

    March 11, 2013 at 1:52 PM

  32. So very much enjoy reading your blog and I decided to nominate your blog for The Liebster Award (which is an award for new bloggers)! You can check out the nomination and read through the rules on my blog
    http://whyishersostroppy.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/finally-recognition-for-my-late-night-efforts/. Keep writing and I will keep reading! I hope you accept the nomination!

    March 13, 2013 at 1:33 AM

  33. Whit B Nimble

    I am so happy to have found your site! Lovely illustrations and words. You have a new follower. ^^

    March 18, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    • Whitney, So glad you like these little things of mine. Thank you so very much

      March 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM

  34. I thought I was already following you, but wasn’t. Just corrected that! Such lovely stuff.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM

  35. I rejoice with you for the blessings of an awesome family and the many gifts you enjoy from the hand of God. James 1:17

    March 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

  36. Apu/Thorsten

    Very inspiring blog! Lookin’ forward to more beautiful pics and stories.

    Have a good one!


    March 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM

  37. lovely things here stella – i love your delicate picture on the recent post. thanks for visiting my blog- it will be lovely to follow you here and see what you are doing

    March 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

  38. Thank you for stopping by my blog and following it šŸ™‚ I love your artworks. so beautiful.

    March 25, 2013 at 9:19 PM

  39. I really like your blog. Happily following.

    April 10, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    • Oh such a sweet thang to say! Thank you

      April 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

  40. Hi Stella,
    Thanks for stopping by and liking our blog post. Your photography and paintings are just beautiful. I’m very envious of your talents!

    April 20, 2013 at 11:57 PM

  41. Hi Stella. I LOVE your portraits. You crop them in a really interesting way. All the best,

    April 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

  42. Luciana Mariano

    What a beautiful girl with such a beautiful, sweet and delicate work!
    You are very talented!

    May 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM

  43. I’ve only just noticed you’re originally from Blantyre. I visited Malawi years ago and stayed w fortnight in Blantyre. Beautiful place and people.

    August 2, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    • Hi Juliet! So glad you liked Malawi. I haven’t lived there for a very long while, but my childhood was a wonderful one, surrounded by beautifully calm people and places. Did you get a chance to visit the lake? Lake of Stars is around this time of the year šŸ˜‰

      August 5, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      • I loved the lake – my friend was working in Blantyre and we stayed in a lovely hotel somewhere near Lake Malawi. I remember swimming in a pool and sipping on a delicious Malawi Gin and Tonic – bliss.

        August 5, 2013 at 7:16 PM

  44. nexi

    Beautiful poetry, beautiful blog…!

    September 13, 2013 at 9:49 AM

  45. You have a wonderful blog. It will give me great pleasure to follow it. šŸ˜„

    September 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

  46. Ana

    I just found your blog by accident šŸ™‚ you are truly lovely and even more adorable because you have a Portuguese surname šŸ™‚ can’t get more Portuguese than Pereira šŸ™‚ in fact it can, how about Castanheiro? Wishing you all good things of Life and happy cooking šŸ™‚

    October 4, 2013 at 7:18 PM

  47. Thank you for following our blog. What a wonderful blog you have, I especially love the photos, you clearly have a great eye… I wish I was so creative!

    November 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM

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