If you’re new to, welcome!

If you’d like to hear more about my background and why I created this website, check out the 30 minute interview I did with Kate Daniels of KRWM-FM in Seattle, Washington. —> Click Here To Listen

Did you change your name?

No, I’m still legally Monique Alvarez.

Why is your website called

“” was taken by an actress. So Derek and I decided to get creative with it. Adriana is my first name and Monika is how my name is spelled in Albania. And so it is!

How do you pronounce your website name?

A Mo-Knee-Ka dot com.

Who designed your logo and website?

I designed the logo and Derek built the site for me.

Is your website built on WordPress or Blogger?


Do you still own On Top Internet Marketing?

Yes, Derek and I own On Top Internet Marketing.  Thanks to a wonderful team and an ever growing group of loyal clients we are now able to put time, money and energy in new projects such as this one.  You can find Derek at

Why did you start a new website?

My business is one part of who I am.  On this website I seek to share the rest of me.  My passion to take care of orphans overseas, travel, food and adventure.

What does the profit from your products go toward?

The money I make from this site will be used for trips overseas, food and clothing for the children I work with and anyone I meet along the way whose mission I want to support.

How did you get involved in orphanages?

My first overseas trip was to Myanmar (Burma) to work with street kids.  Then I made several short trips through college but at age 22 I bought a plane ticket to Albania and moved into the state orphanage in Tirana.  I later was a volunteer in a baby orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya.

When did you return to the U.S.?

I came back in May of 2005 after getting malaria in Kenya.  I was initially in Colorado but in February of 2006 I moved to Tucson, Arizona.

How did you and Derek meet?

Derek and I met in Tucson in July of 2006 on a blind date.  We got married one year later.


Hungry for More,
A. Monika

 p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about.  Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long.  It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!


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