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Bali Trip Tips: Four Local Customs You Must Know
14 May 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

When you go to Bali, you'd definitely notice that this is a land rich in cultural heritage and religious traditions. Although the locals are generally extremely hospitable and nice towards tourists and foreigners, as considerate travelers, we should always respect these customs. Before you go to Bali this summer, check out these four local Balinese customs, to make sure that your time in Bali stays memorable.

by Greta for SweetEscape in Bali

Local Custom No. 1: How To Act

by Andi for SweetEscape in Bali
by Adi for SweetEscape in Bali

The Balinese people are generally deeply spiritual and they held culture and traditions very highly, so as travelers we should respect these traditions by acting accordingly. More modern people usually are more acustomed to public display of affections, but this is highly irregular in Balinese (and–frankly–Indonesian) customs, and could be found disrespectful.

Local Custom No. 2: Hands and Fingers

by Marcel for SweetEscape in Bali

When giving or receiving something from the locals, remember to use both hands. This is considered a high compliment and a sign of respect to both the items given to us and to the person giving / receiving it. It's a simple gesture, but would show that you are considerate to the local customs. Also, remember to not point to someone using your index finger, as this is considered arrogant and disrespectful. Instead, use your thumb or outstreched palm when pointing towards a person, as a sign of respect.

Local Custom No. 3: Temple Culture

by Adi for SweetEscape in Bali

The nice weather in Bali makes us inclined to wear more revealing clothes, which is appropriate considering the situation, however when entering temples or other cultural spaces, do remember to cover yourselves up! For girls, if you're having your period, you might want to refrain from entering the temples, as local customs forbid women from entering the temples when they're having their period.

Local Custom No. 4 : Stepping On Offerings

by Marcel for SweetEscape in Bali

Wherever you go in Bali, you can find these small, leaf-basket offerings. Sometimes you might inadvertently step on these offerings because they're practically everywhere, even on the streets, but whenever you can, do watch your steps when you walk around the island to not step or kick these small offering baskets.

by Andi for SweetEscape in Bali

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Congratulations! Five Ideas For Your Graduation Photo Shoot
18 Jul 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

Congratulations, Graduants! After years of grueling work and many sleepless nights studying, you're finally graduated! Taking photos to immortalize one of your biggest achievements in life is a necessity, but sometimes you might feel that taking the same old poses at the same old locations might be boring. Worry not, for we have compiled five ideas for your graduation shoots this year!

1. Campus Love

by Louis for SweetEscape in Melbourne
by Nicholaus for SweetEscape in San Francisco

You spent days, nights, months and years in this space studying and working, but (most-importantly) you made new friends in the campus that would last forever. What better way to make the memories last forever than to capture your graduation shots right there at the place where very corner holds a special memory of your journey together.

2. Go Downtown

by Haris for SweetEscape in New York

As much as you spent your days in the campus, there must be nights and days where you walk and explore the city where you study, especially if you're studying overseas or in a different city. Walk down memory lane through your favourite shopping streets or the city's famous restaurant alley and capture your graduation photos in those spots.

3. Famous Landmarks!

by Haris for SweetEscape in New York

Especially for you who go to school in world-famous or historic cities, you might want to take your graduation shots at the city's famous landmark. A picture speaks a thousand words and nothing tells a better university-life story than a picture (or lots of it) in London's Tower Bridge and Big Ben, NYC's Brooklyn Bridge and Liberty Island, or Tokyo Tower. Trust us, the picture will turn into a treasure to show your children in the future!

4. Single Fighter vs #SquadGoals

by William S. for SweetEscape in Jakarta
by Greta for SweetEscape in Los Angeles

Friends are always needed to help you go through the rougher times of your college life, and capturing your graduation together with great photos is always a great way to make your friendship more memorable. However, as much as you enjoyed your time with your squad, there are always times when you had to fight your way through classes and lectures on your own. Celebrating your success in going through that and coming out on top with a solo photoshoot is not a bad idea!

5. Because You Loved Me

by Michelle for SweetEscape in Toronto
by Nicholaus for SweetEscape in San Francisco

By the time we graduated, we must have realized that our journey through college would never be possible without the support and love of our loved ones, be it our parents back home, or our significant others that supported us day to day, near or far. Celebrate your graduation by taking great photos with these most important people in your lives!

by Andrew for SweetEscape in Melbourne

Wherever and whomever you want to take your graduation photos with, let SweetEscape capture the moment for you! We capture any occasion, any time, anywhere by connecting you to a growing network of photographers in 500+ cities around the world, and your photos will be ready for download in 48 hours after the session via the SweetEscape app and our website. Book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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