Su objetivo es visitar un lugar nuevo cada año. Y de paso, también saborearlo. Hablamos de Melissa Hai, la chica de 31 años que a través de ‘Girl Eat World’ ha conseguido encandilar a Instagram con sus aventuras culinarias por el mundo. Con dos años de andadura, esta indonesia acumula un grueso de más de 300.000 fans que buscan algo más que fotografías foodie.
Con una estética muy cuidada, Melissa comparte imágenes en las que incluye un plato o un dulce típico enmarcado en un fondo emblemático de cada uno de los destinos a los que viaja. De ‘pudina paratha’ frente al Taj Mahal en la India, a las míticas patatas fritas en Bélgica, pasando por inmortalizar ‘trdelníks’ frente al Reloj Astronómico de Praga o hanamis dango en Japón, lo suyo es una vuelta al mundo a base de deliciosos bocados.
No se considera una fotógrafa profesional, y según explica en su blog, solo realiza las imágenes con su móvil, concretamente, distintos modelos de iphone. Sobre las aplicaciones que utiliza, el secreto de su éxito está detrás de la famosa VSCOcam, una app que al igual que Instagram, dispone de varios filtros que ayudan a dar diferentes atmósferas a la fotografía. Al respecto de lo que elige fotografiar, Hai «pregunta a amigos locales o hace una investigación primero» explica para S Moda.
5. Pudina Paratha at Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Bucket list that got an unexpectedly crossed this year! Taj Mahal is the most intrinsically beautiful building i've ever visited. All of the patterns on this building were not painted, they are marble inlays – the result of hand-shaped precious stones which are then placed over marbles that has been carved *exactly* to fit the stones. The marbles are then polished, and the result is a smooth marbles with stones embedded on the surface! #mindblown
Amante de la comida y de viajar, Melissa reside actualmente en Singapur con un trabajo como diseñadora UX a jornada completa que le financia todos sus viajes. Como trata de dejar bien claro desde su web, nadie le paga por ello y tampoco se considera una persona de alto poder adquisitivo. Es precisamente Singapur lo que le permite viajar tanto, tanto a nivel de ahorro por “los impuestos tan bajos” como la posibilidad de “conseguir vuelos baratos”. Gracias a su posición estratégica ha podido recorrer gran parte de Asia sin costes excesivos. Además, trata de seguir varias pautas para ahorrar dinero como viajar en “vuelos baratos” o quedarse en “hostales de 6 a 8 camas” si viaja ella sola, lo que hace que solo gaste entre “8 y 25 dólares la noche dependiendo de cada ciudad”. Si bien es cierto que le han ofrecido ciertas ofertas para viajar gracias al éxito de su Instagram, «solo unas pocas le interesan y encajan» con su tiempo: «Por ejemplo, acabo de volver de un viaje con la Oficina de Turismo de Jordania en el que he estado ocho días viajando a través del país y saboreando su comida» nos comenta.
Su primer viaje fue en 2010 y desde entonces, no ha parado. La idea de crear ‘Girl Eat World’ surgió a raíz de viajar sola a Europa. Como no le apetecía pedir a extraños que le hiciesen una foto, no le gustan demasiado los selfies y siempre está comiendo, tomaba fotos de comida en cualquier lugar memorable en el que se encontraba. La buena acogida que tuvieron estas imágenes en su Facebook personal le llevaron a crear un Instagram de sus instantáneas de comida, y el resto es historia.
2. The cutest Hello Kitty donut in Shibuya crossing in May! I don't think anyone's surprised this made my top 3. I first saw the donut ???? on instagram while browsing the Shibuya location tag and asked the pic owner, a japanese girl, where i can get it. As soon as she replied I took off to find it and the rest is history! Sadly when I went back in December, the hello kitty donuts are no longer there :/ It's crazy to think that this was taken even before #girleatworld was created. I used to call these the "stuffing my face around the world" series 😛 Only one day left to 2014, one more picture tomorrow! can you guess what my no. 1 is?
Just in time for Myanmar trip next week – This #WeEatWorld by my friend @nycars shows the magical view that puts Bagan on my "must visit" list. Follow @nycars for awesome – and punny – cars! As for the caption, i'll keep it true to @nycars' words: "It's taken while travelling in a hot air balloon over Bagan, which is located in central Myanmar along the Ayeyarwady River. I would love to see a hot air balloon chase in a movie one day, it would take around 5 hours. But there's certainly something very peaceful about drifting with no sound as the sun rises over this incredible place. The large structure is the Sulamani Temple, built in 11th century and one of around 3000 temples in the area. The puff was Myanmar street food, and was filled with peanut and sugar and was quite disgusting. My tip, avoid eating dubious street food before getting on a hot air balloon. Please enjoy, and please go visit Bagan. It's incredible." (I'll still try the street food tho :P)
???????? Limonana aka Lemon Mint ???????? at the Dead Sea at the beautiful Kempinski Ishtar @kempinskiishtar. It was quite a surreal experience to be floating in the dead sea. As soon as you enter the water, you can feel instant weightlessness. Then you just lay back and it feels like you are laying down on a floatie! Definitely a bucket list ☑️ After dipping into the dead sea, you can also try the mud therapy which is supposed to be good for your skin. I found the earthy smell a bit too overbearing so I only had it on for about 3 minutes, but it did make my skin feel super soft! Limonana has been my drink of choice in Jordan. It's a popular drink in the middle east, made of lemon juice and fresh mint leaves, served frozen as a slushie. The perfect drink to cool down on a relaxing hot afternoon by the pool. Right behind the Limonana is the Dead Sea and the country border between Jordan and Palestine. Aside of the weightless feeling, it is unreal to realize you are looking at different countries on each side of the sea! #VisitJordan #ShareYourJordan #ShotOniPhone6sPlus Follow me on snapchat and facebook for more real time update! ▶️girleatworld◀️ on both platforms.
???????? Hanami dango amidst sakura blooms in Arashiyama, Kyoto. There are Sakura everywhere in Japan right now! ???????? I have always wanted to eat Hanami Dango myself and finally got the chance to do so yesterday. This rice cake snack is so important to japanese culture that there is even an emoji for it ->???? It's sakura season right now in Japan, which marks the beginning of Spring. Since sakura season only lasts about a month (usually April), it became an important tradition to go to the nearest park with picnic mats and some packed food for sakura viewing – also known as Hanami. Hanami 花見 means "watching flowers" (hana 花 = flowers; mi 見 = eyes / to watch) and Dango means "dumplings / rice cake". Japanese eats dango as snack all-year round, but this variation with pink, white and green is traditionally eaten during Hanami season. The pink color comes from azuki (red bean) and the green is from green tea ????! ???????????????????????????? #RealLifeEmoji #EmojiIRL #EmojisInTheWild #ShotOniPhone6s
???????? Bucket list ☑️ The majestic Treasury at Petra, Jordan had been in my bucket list for a very long time and I'm ecstatic to cross it off today. The Treasury needs no introduction. If it looks familiar, you may have seen it in Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade. Built around 200-300 BC through sandstone carving by the Nabateans, The Treasury has become the ultimate symbol of Jordan. It was absolutely magical to see this in person. These days not many things gives butterflies in my stomach with anticipation, but butterflies were definitely fluttering today as I walked down the 1.2km siq leading up to it. However The Treasury really is just a tiny fraction of what the rose city Petra has to offer. There are so much history to experience here, and the city is only 50% uncovered with much of the excavation and research done with the help of Brown University. This is a Za'atar and roasted sesame filled bread we got from a local bakery before heading into Petra. Za'atar is a well-loved herb here in the middle east. I was told you can most definitely expect to find Za'atar in every household in Jordan. The taste is tangy and very flavorful, making it an excellent pair for bread. #VisitJordan #ShareYourJordan #ShotOniPhone6sPlus Follow me on snapchat and facebook for more real time update! ▶️girleatworld◀️ on both platforms.
8. Teddy Bear cookie in front of London's Tower Bridge in March ???????? Visiting London was like a dream come true and I even got to do it twice this year! I got this cookie from Borough Market – a must visit for all who loves food. My personal favorites here: Chorizo Roll, Duck confit sandwich and Scotch eggs, then wash it all down with coffee from Monmouth coffee ☕️
Sushi roll in front of the entrance to Gojoten shrine in #Ueno park #Tokyo #Japan. I love the row of red entrance gates (called #torii), which usually indicates a shinto temple. Ueno park itself is pretty chill. I got a box of sushi from a nearby convenience store and had my lunch there. I didn't go during Sakura time, but this park is supposed to be the prime location for Hanami (sakura viewing)!