She who roams

IMG_7857One of the temples in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Hi 🙂 I’m Andrea, the human behind this blog.

I started writing more seriously about food back in 2013, but I have always had an interest in running my own photography and food blogs… a pet project I’ve had since I was just 14 years old. I’m in my early twenties now and I still have the same passions for food and photography. In fact, the interest has only grown as I’ve had the freedom and privilege to roam the world more often than I did as a kid. I’ve grown increasingly passionate about culture as well as people that I meet from around the world.

I’m here to…

  • Tell the story of the food, through food culture and the people behind the food.
  • To learn about culture through my travels and interactions with locals and trying local cuisine… and share these experiences with you guys!
  • To better appreciate food as a holistic experience rather than just focusing on aesthetics or taste. (It’s a whole process from the farm-to-table, and to the conversations over the table and even the lessons you learn as you prepare meals together!)

IMG_7392Hearty vegetarian meal at Touch-A-Life Soup Kitchen in Siem Reap, Cambodia

I would say my passion for food stemmed from my dad, who always searched for the best food. He always emphasised the importance of a good aftertaste, something I still hold firm to today. I grew up understanding the importance of a good meal, and dining together as a family. In fact, I found out that my grandfather used to cycle from one end of Singapore to the other just to get the best fish balls in his time, so I guess it does run in the family! 😛

 

IMG_8489WWOOFing in Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island – My german friend, Maud!

Beyond food, I’m quite an active person and I like being outdoors in nature. Since I grew up in a small city, my exposure to nature has been limited to the garden spaces and small forests/hills we have here. But traveling has allowed me to experience the majesty of Nature in many ways that I can’t find back home in Singapore.

The craziest things I’ve done so far include spending a month WWOOFing in Canada on my own and feeding over 600 villagers in Cambodia from the back of a tiny tuk-tuk. (Update: I recently did this again, but this time we cycled out to the villages!) Both were amazing experiences, and I would do that all over again!

Meeting people is one of the best parts of travelling. And I love interacting with the locals and living like one of them when I’m there! I’ve been very heartened by the love I’ve received on my travels, and it motivates to give the love that I’ve been so blessed to receive.

IMG_7754With the local kids in Cambodia (Touch-A-Life Soup Kitchen)

I wasn’t always such a daring person. In fact, I’m an absolute scaredy-cat and trust me, I know how scary it is to be in a foreign country all on your own. But I’ve found that the best way to overcome your fear is to face it. For me, that was one of the reasons why I started traveling on my own and I’ve never looked back! I’d love to travel around the world and experience different cultures and cuisines, and learn all kinds of crazy and random things.

If I had to give a piece of advice, it would be to travel with an open heart and open mind.

Be willing to talk to strangers, to try new things and to learn. Step out of your comfort zone and get ready for a wild ride! 😀

 

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