About Girl Eat World

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.

in Bagan, Myanmar

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.

At The Great Wall of China
At The Great Wall of China

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.

At Ubirr Art Site in Kakadu National Park, Australia

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!

In Amman, Jordan

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 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 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.

On Sipadan Island, March 2015
On Sipadan Island, Malaysia

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.


  1. 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.

    • Melissa Hie says

      Hi Semoy, the person you are looking for is Kamini Pather, who does the TV show Girl Eat World. I am a different person 🙂

  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 😊

  3. Catarina says

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

    • 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!

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