Hello! Welcome to Girl Eat World.
My name is Melissa and I am the “girl” in Girl Eat World. As the name of this blog might have suggested, I love eating and traveling the world. You might have gotten to know about this blog through my instagram @girleatworld, but this blog is where I go beyond Instagram to record my travel tips and food stories!
How Girl Eat World (the blog) started
Blogging and I go way back – I have been blogging for close to two decades since 2001. I was pretty nerdy as a kid – I learned HTML and CSS on my free time and I loved building websites. I was part of the early adopter of Blogger before switching to WordPress since their beta days (when it was still called b2/cafelog). Back then, I was blogging about video games and all kinds of cringe-worthy topics as any teenager would. I kept a blog til well into early adulthood, but it did not survive after I started working full-time and had less idle time on my hands. I abandoned blogging for a few years.
Fast forward to 2014, I accidentally found success with my instagram and discovered that I still love telling stories. With this renewed enthusiasm, I decided to give blogging another try. This time, I created a dedicated travel blog and named in Girl Eat World – which is this blog you are viewing right now!
Long story short, that’s how Girl Eat World started. Since then, I’ve been super duper extra lucky to have explored places I never thought I would visit – such as Ukraine, Jordan, middle of Australia, and Tasmania – done the diving trip of a lifetime in Raja Ampat, spent loads of time in Bali and Japan, crossed New Zealand off my bucket list… and the list goes on!
Lastly, I just have to highlight that blogging is not my full-time job. I’m still happily employed as a Product Designer in Singapore.
My Annual Year Reviews
To illustrate my travel journey on this blog every year (and mostly for my own benefit), I write these year-in-review posts. Feel free to check them out if this interests you:
- 2020 was still a good year, all things considered
- So 2019 was a pretty crazy one…
- Wrapping up 2018: Travel Highlights and Personal Milestones
- What 2017 meant to me
- The Highlights of 2016 Travels
So, you want to know more about me?
- If you want to know how I started traveling, what camera I use and how I edit my photos, please visit my Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page
- For features or articles that have been written about Girl Eat World (both of the Instagram and this blog), please visit the press page
- I have visited 36 countries so far – you can view my travel map here
- To keep up with my travels in real time, you can follow me on 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 blog. Other than that, I’m really just a geeky girl at heart. I enjoy playing games, mostly RPGs and tower-defense game.
My first-ever website, the one that inspired me to self-teach myself how to code and is the entire reason I still have a job, was a character shrine for my favorite game of all time – Final Fantasy VII. I also love watching sci-fi shows (I am a die-hard fan of The X-Files since I was 13 years old) and doing some (front-end) coding for work and personal projects.
I also enjoy diving, the kind that takes you underwater, which conveniently overlaps with travel most of the time. It has taken me to obscure places I never thought I would ever visit. I have Advanced PADI certification and have logged over 100 dives so far.
Hi Melissa, thanks for the detailed information on the Visit Japan Web prior to entry into Japan
We realized that under the section for pre-registration for quarantine procedures, there is a remark that travellers could complete a part of the quarantine procedure on a website before entering Japan.
Does it mean that we could do the following:
Create a new VJW account via its website either on computer or mobile phone, input the registration info such as passport number, flight number, arrival date in Japan and other required information and also upload our vaccine certificate for the Quarantine section and await for the square to turn blue.
Thereafter, we will log out of the VJW website either on computer or mobile phone and log in again to the VJW app in our mobile phone to complete the Immigration Clearance and Custom Clearance.
Hey Grace, yes you can login to the VJW account on another device using the same password and username
i am traveling to Japan this weekend which not have take to book JR pass thru Klook as exchange order take 14days to receive.
so i plan to have a single trip JR pass to Odawara to Kyoto.
However i do need another JR pass to travel from Kyoto to Nara/Osaka/kobe/Himeji /Hiroshima/Miyajima Island.
Can you advice which pass should i purchase?
I am planning to travel singapore with my 3.5 year old baby girl.
So i was searching on google for some activities for kids and i found your blog.
Generally i dont read blogs too much but i just read your whole blog and it’s really helps me lot.
I dont know how to say thanx to you.. But you are really great writer and eater 🙂 as i have seen ur many pics with foods.
Your all pics are awesome.
Thank you so much Hardik! This means a lot to me. I hope you will have fun with your baby girl!
If you are not a US person, perhaps consider North Korea. The history of the country is fascinating. Thank you
I feel inspired by your blog while researching for my blog! I am also living in Singapore and loves to travel. Started the blog fairly late compared to you and is mainly using it to pen down my experiences and work on my writing. Maybe we can meet up someday? 🙂
Hello Melissa- greetings from England. Like most good things I found you by accident and have really enjoyed what I have read so far. Is England on your travel list- so much history and I am sure that you would really enjoy a Steak and Kidney pudding!
Hi Phil! I have been to the UK twice, but only to London and Bath. I did visit Edinburgh too in one of my trips! This was before i started this blog though, that’s why there are no posts on the UK. Hope to explore more once travel restrictions have been lifted!
Hey there. I just stumbled across your blog when was after some info on Nusa
Penida recently and its really good hope you get back to travelling soon . btw 39 countries is really impressive. I’ve been to 26 so far.
I love your blog, Melissa 🙂
You’re such a great person!!:)
Whatever school project, your blog is the best!!:)
🙂I love your blog 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼I like how you explain the recipes of korean food … I am Mexican but I love korea and I want to visit each of the places you recommend us thank you very much Melissa … You would visit 🇲🇽 is beautiful and we have a meal to suck your fingers 😉😉🤗🙂🙃
I would recommend for you to visit Papua New Guinea, located just north of Australia. Check out our Instagram Account @beautiful__png
Greetings from Trinidad & Tobago Melissa. I loved the episode that showcased South Africa so much! Is it possible to get info on the black and white scarf you wore with the leather jacket in some of the final scenes in that episode of Girl Eat World please? Thank you in advance.
Hi Semoy, the person you are looking for is Kamini Pather, who does the TV show Girl Eat World. I am a different person 🙂
Wow thats so cool.
Do you happen to visit KOREA before?
I would like to recommend to come to KOREA to learn more.
(from KOREA/ Seoul)
You shoud come to Perú, nominate the world fodie destination.
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 😊
Thank you Efi 😀
i’m so interest to you Melissa. may I got your message to my email? [email protected]
thank you for all your posting. I love it!!
You should come to Mexico we have delicious desserts
What is your heritage
You’ve got a portuguese-food-lover-fan here. Lovely project, great style and most importantly, FOOD! 🙂
Oh gosh, I hope to visit Portugal some day. Thank you for dropping by Catarina!
I like your hobbies and your all pictures you are doing great job
Thanks Sandeep 🙂
Your photos is so beautiful!!you are so awesome:-)
Thank you Maria!!
Hi dear, u r my all time favourite developer. I have seen ur https://MelissaHie.com site. which was One page site with 6 different colors. N butterfly pic on home page. which was developed in 2007.
I’m big follower of ur. good work. keep it up.
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!