Hello! My name is Mel and I’m a self-professed Food & Travel Photojournalist. I love traveling, taking photographs, trying new cuisines, cooking, learning more about new cultures and simply meeting & getting to know people from all walks of life.

For the past 4 years, I’ve spent a part of my life living as a Singaporean-expat in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. I’ve been teaching English at one of the local Universities for a few years now. I truly enjoy interacting with the Thai students and it brings me great joy & satisfaction to see them improve, and gain so much more confidence at the end of the semester. However, I recently I felt like my life had hit a plateau and it was just repetitive teaching over and over, year after year. The wages aren’t that high and the cost of living wasn’t that too low either, so I’ve been kinda struggling financially. At one point in time, I was trying to juggle 3 different jobs in a week and it proved to be extremely exhausting. Hence, I’ve been trying to look for alternative sources of income and a variety of way that allows me to do something I’m passionate about & subsequently enables me to earn a passive income.

It’s still an ongoing adventure filled with ups and downs – but I believe that I will eventually reach that point of balance & contentment one day.

Well, I’ve started this page to share my love for food writing, photography & different cultures with all of you – hopefully it entertains, educates & inspires you!

Feel free to drop me an email  at heymeru@outlook.com, follow my visual adventures on Instagram (@thepoeticimagery) or leave a comment on any of my posts!