Hi! I’m Paula, the blogger and photographer behind Gobble the Cook. I’m happy to see you here and I hope you’re enjoying browsing through the recipes. I try to update as often as I can but writing a blog is quite an effort to do. Anyway, I’m not quite sure how to write an engaging ‘About Me’ page so I guess I’ll just do a Q & A then.
Q: Do you have a job other than being a blogger?
A: Yes, I’m a full-time software analyst and a part-time home cook and baker during weekends. On weekdays, my time is spent looking at SAP screens and racking my brains over project deliverables. On weekends, I divide my time between catching up on sleep/personal time and cooking/baking/taking photos.
Q: Why did you choose to start this blog?
A: I’ve always wanted to do something different from what I do normally. When you’re working as a project consultant, it’s easy to get mired in rules and client expectations and technical stuff.
But this blog is my own space where I can share my recipes, post my food photos, and generally just express myself in my posts. There’s nothing technical here other than the oven temperatures and ingredient measurements. I do this for fun and to interact with other people too.
Q: When did you start your blog?
A: I started getting interested in food photography back in 2015. Although I do like to cook and bake before, I didn’t get into food photography until I got back from my leave of absence from work. I didn’t own a camera other than my phone and I certainly didn’t know anything about camera settings nor composition or Lightroom. My first phone photos were more for documentation – sending the pictures over to my sister. But my sister got interested in photography and being the good little sister that I was, I followed suit as well.
I had a very small and tentative blog over at WordPress.com early 2016. My first post was on Pumpkin Pies (in February). I had little background on blogging but I was quite happy to post something. I moved over to self-hosted WordPress.org quickly because I wanted to have a cute website with all the bells and whistles(I’m easily swayed like that).
I blogged faithfully at least once a week until something derailed me in August 2016 (it’s quite silly but still stings me until this day). I was still updating my Instagram account almost daily but I couldn’t bring myself to write a blog entry. The latter half of 2016 was, quite frankly, horrible.
Fast forward to 2017. I made a New Year’s resolution to start anew and that included jumpstarting this blog. I encountered a hiccup while cleaning up the site’s databases; I deleted all the content from my site. I have spent the last 2 months trying to get everything up and running.
Q: Fun facts!
I love to read – I have a small library in my room now (the rest are in storage or given away when we moved to a new house) and I have a few hundred books (according to my sister) in Manila and a few more books in my hometown, Bacolod.
I love anime – My phone lock screen and wallpaper show my favorite anime character of all time, Rukia. Just to let you in on a secret – it was anime that derailed me in 2016, ha ha.
I love/hate taking photos – It’s a chore to start because I need to take out my camera, set-up the props and stuff on top of preparing the food, but when I’ve started, it’s quite fun to think of creative shots.
I don’t always take/post the photos – My sister sometimes takes the photos and posts them on Instagram or Facebook. She was the one who set-up my Instagram account and encouraged me to take up food photography.
I live in Singapore – I’ve been here for close to 7 years.
Welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoy your visit today!