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Come Home for Thanksgiving!
21 Nov 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

It's this time of the year again. Is the good 'ol turkey ready to become the star of your Thanksgiving dinner?

Half of the people may be busy looking for new recipes to prepare for such a wonderful celebration, while the other half's trying to weigh the options on whether to go home or not for this holiday. As a kid, you might not have experienced thinking and worrying about what to do, what to wear, and when to finish your endless list of tasks for Thanksgiving, but now that you've grown up, decision-making becomes the hardest part.

by Natthaya for SweetEscape in Salt Lake City
by Natthaya for SweetEscape in Salt Lake City

If you're a thousand (or more) miles away from home, it's surely a tough call. With all of your friends' Instagram stories of doing groceries and running for last-minute errands, it's a major FOMO moment for you. This dilemma would only make your head and heart hurt, but come to think of it — Thanksgiving happens only once a year, so you better make the most out of it.

by Jeffrey for SweetEscape in Hong Kong

It'll sure be a warm and overwhelming feeling to go back home and to reunite with your family, friends, and of course, your pet. Topics to be discussed over the Thanksgiving dinner may seem awkward especially if you're in college, but that's the essence of it all — the fun, laughter, reminiscing, and the quality time spent together.

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

If you've got spare time, this holiday break may also be a chance to unwind and relax. Go to your favorite tourist spot as a child, visit your relatives, drive across towns, or spend a day at the beach. These moments, for sure, are the ones that you long for, so do not waste time, and save those memories so you could always remember them!

by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown

You sure had those funny picture-taking moments when you had to shout just for everyone to calm down and smile for that one last shot, right? That's one unforgettable experience, but let's leave the hassle out of the picture. SweetEscape, with our pool of professional photographers from all around the world, is here to capture your Thanksgiving happenings, anytime and anywhere. Nothing ever comes close to the priceless memories made with our loved ones, so book a session now with SweetEscape!

by Wei for SweetEscape in Melbourne

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

by Donny for SweetEscape in Bali

3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!