About Girl Eat World

Me in Bagan

In Bagan, January 2015

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 ย love eatingย 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 doย 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 travelling would require a lot of money.

After completing my university degree in California,ย I moved to Singapore by myself, without knowing a single person. I wasn’t really an adventurous person back then so moving to a new country alone was admittedly a challenging experience for me. Slowly though, I’ve learned to love Singapore and have found my own place and friends here!

Little did I know moving to Singapore ended up openingย a whole new world to me. Thanks to Singapore’sย strategic location I was able to travel to nearby Asian countries in a timely and cost-effective manner. After a short trip to Thailand in 2010, I discovered myย love for being on the road. Most importantly I discovered thatย you don’t have to pay a fortune to travel. The year after that,ย I went to Europe for the first time… and the rest is history.

Here is a list of places I have visited so far since then.ย My goal is to visit at least one new place every year!

At The Great Wall of China

At The Great Wall of China, May 2015

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 blog stayed after I started working full-time, but I did keep up my travel blog and found it very useful for future reference.

At Ubirr Art Site in Kakadu National Park, May 2015

At Ubirr Art Site in Kakadu National Park, May 2015

Fast forward to Summer 2013 – I went on my first backpacking trip to Europe by myself. I didnโ€™t feel like asking strangers to take pictures of me and Iโ€™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 positive feedback from friends so I kept on takingย one at every city I visited, for my own personal amusement.

The swing at Ombak Sunset

Swingin in the oceanย atย Gili Trawangan,ย August 2015

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 โ€” about 8 months after I started taking these pictures. And thatโ€™s how the @girleatworld Instagram was born!

View of Amman from Wild Jordan

In Amman, Jordan – May 2016.

Do you want to know more?

  • For more frequently asked questions, please visit my FAQ page.
  • For features or articles that has been written about Girl Eat World, please visit the press page.
  • To keep up with my travels in real time, follow me on Snapchat (GirlEatWorld),ย Facebook and Instagram.
  • I also have a personal instagram that is more geared toward general travel picture and my daily life in Singapore.

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 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) ย and doing some (front-end) coding for work.

I also enjoy SCUBA diving, which sort of overlaps with travel in a different way. It takes me to obscure places I never thought I would ever visit!


    • Wow that’s old school :) I’ve recently updated my site though, so the butterfly went away. I’m more of a black-white simple design fan now. So much has changed in 8 years!


  1. Catarina says

    You’ve got a portuguese-food-lover-fan here. Lovely project, great style and most importantly, FOOD! :)


  2. Drop by here just wanna say hi. I admire your instagram, and thinking to knowing your traveling stories here.

    Greeting from Bandung :) Wondering if we can meet up someday ๐Ÿ˜Š


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