Hi there – Welcome to Girl Eat World where I go beyond instagram to record my travel and food stories! My name is Melissa Hie and I am the “Girl” in Girl Eat World. As the name suggests, I love eating and traveling the world. You probably know me through my instagram, @girleatworld.
How I started Traveling
I moved around quite a bit with family and school as I was growing up. I would occasionally do a little bit of exploring, like a short weekend trip to Las Vegas or San Francisco, but I was not really a traveler. I was a poor college student back then and I assumed traveling would require a lot of money.
After completing my university degree in California, I moved to Singapore alone without knowing a single person. While this is not exactly something nobody has done before, I wasn’t really an adventurous person back then so moving to a new country alone was a challenging experience for me.
Little did I know moving to Singapore ended up opening a whole new world to me. Thanks to Singapore’s strategic location I was able to travel to nearby Asian countries in a timely and cost-effective manner. After a short trip to Thailand, I discovered my love for being on the road. Most importantly, I discovered that you don’t have to pay a fortune to travel. The year after that I went to Europe for the first time… and the rest is history.
Since my move, I’ve come to love Singapore and have found my own place and friends here. I am now a proud Singaporean after gaining the citizenship in 2017.
Here is a list of places I have visited so far since then. My goal is to visit at least one new city (or country!) every year.
How @GirlEatWorld started
I have always enjoyed telling stories and have grown up blogging with the likes of blogger, livejournal, xanga, etc. Unfortunately none of the blogs stayed after I started working full-time, but I did keep up my travel blog and found it very useful for future reference.
Fast forward to Summer 2013 – I went on my first backpacking trip to Europe by myself. I didn’t feel like asking strangers to take pictures of me and I’m not too fond of selfies, but I AM always eating so I took pictures of food at whatever memorable site I was in. I posted these pictures to my personal Facebook where I received plenty of positive feedback from friends so I kept on taking one at every city I visited, for my own personal amusement.
One of my friends (who owns @nycars, a popular Instagram for unique vintage cars) convinced me to create a dedicated Instagram for my food pictures. I toyed around with the idea but only got around to it after my Japan trip in May 2014 — about 8 months after I started taking these pictures. And that’s how the @girleatworld Instagram was born!
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My Other Interests
Food, Travel and Visual story-telling are my three main passion. That much is obvious from this website.
Other than that, I’m really just a geek girl at heart. I enjoy playing games, mostly RPGs and tower defense game (Final Fantasy VII is still my favorite game of all time), watching sci-fi shows (I am a die hard The X-Files fan since I was 13) and doing some (front-end) coding for work.
I also enjoy diving, the kind that takes you under water, which sort of overlaps with travel too. It takes me to obscure places I never thought I would ever visit! I have logged over 100 dives so far. I love going on liveaboards where you live on a boat for 5+ days and eat, sleep and dive straight from the boat. I have been on a liveaboard diving trip to Raja Ampat and Komodo islands in Indonesia, Sipadan in Malaysia, and Similan islands in Thailand, to name a few. My favorite dive operator is White Manta.