Nice to meet you!

I’m Clarisse, a 25 year-old currently juggling a stressful day-job and my multitude of hobbies-slash-passions. Most days I’m half-crazed from exhaustion, but the thing that keeps me going- and who cares if this is going to sound a tad cliche- is love. I love being able to do them all.

I live in Manila, the Philippines– this teeny country close to the equator. Despite the perennially warm weather, I like to spend most of my free-time in the kitchen trying not to make a mess (which I have discovered is hard to do when you love to bake), or in front of my computer writing, blogging, and searching for inspiration (not necessarily in that order, but sometimes all at the same time).

For the record, I am not a food expert nor have I ever been trained as a chef. I started baking cupcakes for fun when I was 16 because I thought they were cute, but it wasn’t until after graduating from university (Animo, La Salle!) that I realized how much I actually enjoyed baking. There’s more to it than cupcakes apparently, though they are a pretty good place to start.

It did not take long before baking and cookery jumped into the mix of my ridiculously wide array of interests. I got so hooked on it in fact that I began looking for an outlet to record my experiences. Inspired by the beautiful food blogs around the blogosphere, I decided that starting my own was the best way to do just that. The perks of having a food blog was that not only would I get to chronicle my kitchen learnings, I can practice my photography and writing as well. See, photography was my college crush turned lifetime best friend, and writing is my greatest love. Whichever angle I looked, exploring the space where all of these paths diverged was a win-win.

Of course, being a total baking noob, I have a long way to go in terms of learning all the ropes. Right now, I rely heavily on existing recipes, often picking those that are extremely interesting for the palate, or those that will teach me some new techniques. (Thank you to authors and fellow food bloggers for sharing your recipes and your wisdom! Rest assured that I will always credit you when I write about your recipes.) My desire to learn as much as I can about baking and cooking has propelled me to go on wallet-emptying buying sprees acquire a collection of cookbooks which I often turn to for ideas. Slowly I am learning how to tweak recipes to my liking. My goal is to eventually be able to develop recipes of my own.

Being self-taught, most of what I know I picked up through reading, experimentation, plus a lot of trials and errors. Most of the recipes that will appear on this blog might be dessert-related since I really have a special love for baking. Ironically I don’t have much of a sweet tooth (I like spicy and sour foods), but there’s something about turning mere flour and eggs into beautiful baked goods that makes me feel like I’m doing magic. (Pumpkins turning to carriages ala Cinderella is probably a bad analogy, but you get the picture right?) I enjoy feeling like Hermione Granger with a spatula as my wand!

So to make a potentially long story short, this blog is first and foremost my personal food journal, where I jot down my feelings relating to any recipe I’ve made or any food-related encounters I’ve had. Secondly, I hope it will become a tool that will encourage other aspiring bakers and cooks to experiment in their own homes. I know a lot of people like the idea of “homemade” and “made from scratch”, but somehow they don’t take that extra step into the kitchen. Remember that you don’t have to have a culinary degree to be able to whip up something good!

Each recipe I pass on here has been tested and loved at home. Also, I like to modify the instructions from the original source based on how I did it or my own understanding. To support the text are step-by-step photos I like to take for each recipe to act as a guide. I hope the photos also make the “tough” recipes a little less intimidating. Hopefully these will help produce the same good results for you as they did for me.

I certainly hope that you find the trip with The Tummy Train worthwhile and fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s with the name? The Tummy Train is actually a combination of the two main things this blog centres around: food (tummy) and travel (train). I believe that food and travel will never be mutually exclusive. After all, a country’s cuisine tells many stories about it beginning from how a dish was put together, cooked, and even served. The cuisine is simply too big a part of a country’s identity to ignore.

Eating around the world
Since I love to travel as well, I’m looking forward to writing about the places I visit, and of course with that the cuisine!


Looking to collaborate? You can check out my Collab and Contact page for more information. For business inquiries; and/or anything you may want to share, comment, suggest, or ask me, kindly e-mail me at clarisse [at] thetummytrain [dot] com, or use the contact form on this page.


PS. I put a lot of thought and effort into coming up with my content and photos, so please please please do not take them without proper credit or permission. Thank you!

-June 23rd, 2016


  1. Your photos are just gorgeous and I think it’s great you’re developing your passion so young. Although, I guess at your age I was inflicting some pretty bad experiments, and some decent ones, on my college roommates. Good luck with your journey. You’re off to a great start.

    • I can absolutely relate to the experiments bit. My victims are always my three younger brothers. Haha! And thank you so much! Your comment means a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi, Clarisse! I’ve been on the hunt for local baking and/or food blogs to follow and am I glad I stumbled onto yours. There’s plenty of stuff out there, but not a lot that’s as thoughtfully expressed or put together. It’s now my new favorite blog. Definitely looking forward to your next baking experiments!

    • I just checked out your blog. Nice to meet another Filipino food blogger! I love how your recipes go around the world. The Indian food is making me crave! The variety of your recipes is inspiring for someone like me who has been trying to cook more but ends up baking way too much instead haha! XD

      • Thanks! My first love is baking and cooking is a close second. I started with a dessert blog first but then I decided to broaden the horizon of food and venture off to cooking as well.

        • I’m still trying to do the cooking part haha! I have a ton of recipes lined-up but somehow I always prioritize the baking recipes. ๐Ÿ™

          • You’ll get to it! I started the same. I have index cards of recipes to try and I tend to put all the baking ones in front but eventually, I learned to mix and match. Pairing is the way to go ๐Ÿ˜‰ Btw, I have been browsing through your blog and my gosh, the photos are just on point! Copied a few links of your recipes to make as well. Thanks in advance for those!

  3. You have a super amazing blog! I was just wondering, what widgets do you use for your sidebar? I’m just getting my baking blog started and am looking for ways to improve its appearance.
    Keep up the good work, your photography is amazing!

    • Hi thanks for visiting. Congrats on the new blog! My widgets are mostly just text widgets. I simply code in a combination of pictures and HTML. ๐Ÿ™‚

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