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.