About Girl Eat World

Welcome to Girl Eat World – My name is Melissa Hie 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 came here through @girleatworld, but this blog is where I go beyond Instagram to record my travel and food stories!

Me in Bagan, 2015
Temple hopping in Bagan, Myanmar

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 loved building websites, and I was part of the early adopter of Blogger before switching to WordPress in their beta days. I was blogging about video games and all kinda of cringe-worthy topics as any teenager would. However, my blog did not survive after I started working full-time and I abandoned blogging.

In 2014, I accidentally found success with Instagram and discovered that I still love telling stories of my travels. With this renewed enthusiasm, I decided to give blogging another try and this time I created a dedicated travel blog and named in Girl Eat World in 2015 – which is this blog you are viewing right now! That’s why you can’t find entries older than 2015 in this blog, although my old blog is still alive and well – which I won’t link since the content is so embarrassing 😐

At The Great Wall of China

So 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, hopefully.

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 at the best company ever, called TradeGecko. We were acquired by Intuit during the tumultuous year of 2020, and we are hiring in Singapore. Get in touch if you have product skills – Product Manager, Designer and Engineers!

At Ubirr Art Site in Kakadu National Park

My Annual Year in Review

To illustrate my travel journey on this blog every year (and mostly for my own benefit), I do these year-in-review posts. Feel free to check them out if this interests you:

So, you want to know more about me?

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, that inspired me to self-teach myself how to code and is the entire reason I have a job, was a character shrine for Final Fantasy VII. I also love watching sci-fi shows – I am a die-hard fan of The X-Files since I was 13, and doing some (front-end) coding for work and personal projects.

I also enjoy diving, the kind that takes you underwater, which conveniently sort of 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.


  1. Manisha Solanki says

    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.

    • Melissa says

      Wow that’s old school πŸ™‚ 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!

  2. Maria (@mashaforrussia) says

    Your photos is so beautiful!!you are so awesome:-)

  3. Catarina says

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

    • Melissa Hie says

      Oh gosh, I hope to visit Portugal some day. Thank you for dropping by Catarina!

  4. Efi Fitriyyah says

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

    Greeting from Bandung πŸ™‚ Wondering if we can meet up someday 😊

  5. Alejandro Teus Honig says

    You shoud come to PerΓΊ, nominate the world fodie destination.

  6. intel007simon says

    Do you happen to visit KOREA before?
    I would like to recommend to come to KOREA to learn more.

    (from KOREA/ Seoul)

  7. Semoy says

    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 πŸ™‚

  8. Beautiful PNG says

    I would recommend for you to visit Papua New Guinea, located just north of Australia. Check out our Instagram Account @beautiful__png

  9. Alejandra says

    πŸ™‚I love your blog πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌI 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 πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ is beautiful and we have a meal to suck your fingers πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ€—πŸ™‚πŸ™ƒ

  10. Carinne Chin says

    I love your blog, Melissa πŸ™‚

    You’re such a great person!!:)

    Whatever school project, your blog is the best!!:)

  11. Tim Davis says

    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.

  12. Phil says

    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!

    • Melissa Hie says

      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!

  13. Roo says

    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? πŸ™‚

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