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How to Have Memorable Holiday Moments Captured
09 Jun 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

Do you know what actually makes a great holiday photo? Some would argue that it depends on the location, like a family photo on a garden full of Sakura trees or a memorable picture in front of the London Royal Palace. Some others would argue that a great family photo depends on the photographer or the camera. Even a photo on Iceland wouldn’t be a great one without a state of the art camera with a great eye behind it.

Despite of all those arguments, we truly believe that a great holiday photo depends on the person in itself. By that, we believe that a holiday photo should be able to capture the mood and the personality of the ones being captured. You can have a nice background for your holiday photo, but it wouldn’t be as nice if the subject stands still looking bored in every poses. That is why we compile some of our favorite holiday photos from London and Sydney that could be an inspiration for your next holiday getaway.

Exude your witty persona

Instead of looking cute or charming on your next holiday photo, why not be funny and witty instead? Rethink your angle and poses in such a way that shows the genuine fun you’ve been having in your holiday. Ignore all the Instagram posy photos and be your true self. Let loose, have fun and ignore all the watchers.

Interact with the other subjects in the photo

If you were usually behind the camera, this would come as something natural to you. But if you are the subject of a group photo, you might want to interact with the group instead of the usual smiling and posing style. Your little interaction with the peers will bring your photo to life. It might be awkward at first, but after a few times you will be quite used to it.

Take candid shots

Ask your friends holding the camera to take candid shots during the holiday. The best shots are usually spontaneous and unplanned. That’s why you need to have your camera ready at all times! It could happen when you’re eating or even when you’re packing.

Capture the surroundings

Try to capture a bit of the surrounding environment so the memories of your vacation, especially some particular places, can last a lifetime.

Wherever you go, make sure to bring home memorable photos that will put a wide smile on your face once you take a look at them again. Follow those 4 simple steps and we are sure that you will get those kinds of photos. For less hustle, talk to us and we will make sure of that!

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Stay Fit This Ramadan with Jennifer Bachdim
22 May 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Many of you fitness enthusiast and health-conscious Escapist might be wondering how can you stay fit and healthy during Ramadan. We are fully aware that keeping your work out regime on track is not as easy to be done while fasting and your energy level is considerably lower. Worry not, for your fellow fitness enthusiast Jennifer Bachdim is sharing her fitness tips and trick during Ramadan to inspire all of you to stay healthy!

by Joe for SweetEscape in New York
by Joe for SweetEscape in New York

1. Have a Clear Goal

by Joe for SweetEscape in New York

So many of my friends and followers have asked about work out during Ramadan; what should they eat, when should they work out. I think what's most important is for us to have a good and clear goal for this month. You shouldn't target to lose weight or gain muscles or to hit your best personal record during Ramadan, you should just aim to be healthy, active and fit. Keep the level you have already, or even if you have to adjust your level a little bit it's fine because you're fasting and you can't train during the day. That should be your fitness goal during Ramadan: to be active and healthy.

2. When Should I Work Out?

by Joe for SweetEscape in New York

I think the best time for working out is definitely before iftar, maybe an hour before. Get a good 20-30 minutes of work out and after that you can cool down and eat your iftar meal. Conversely, you can also do it after breaking your fast. Have a simple and light meal like oats with fruits so that the digesting period is not too long, and then you do your work out. Afterwards, you can have another meal and drink.

Basically, you can do your work out whenever you feel is best for you. If you're exhausted at the last hour before iftar and you don't feel like working out, then you shouldn't. But if you still feel fit and you still have the power then you should do it!

by Marcel for SweetEscape in Bali

Also, many Indonesians like to do bukber (Buka Puasa Bersama – eating iftar meal together). I suggest that before you go for bukber you do some simple exercises first so you can really enjoy your meal, or else you'd have to only eat a simple and light meal so that you can do your work out afterwards.

3. What Kind of Exercises Should I Do?

by Joe for SweetEscape in New York

As I've mentioned before, your fitness goal during Ramadan should only to be fit and healthy, not to gain muscle, lose weight, etc. To help you stay fit, you can just do 5 to 6 types of simple, at-home exercises, repeating it 3 to 4 times.

4. What Kind of Food Should I Eat During Ramadan To Stay Healthy?

by Marcel for SweetEscape in Bali

Complex carbs like brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, and oats are filling and will keep you full longer. I usually mix it up with some fruit, or you can mix it with chicken for a savoury option. Always eat fruits and vegetables because you want a good supply of fiber and vitamins while fasting. You shouldn't eat too much fried food! I know a lot of Indonesian cuisine has a lot of good fritters and fried dishes, but you should refrain from eating too much of them.

by Marcel for SweetEscape in Bali
by Marcel for SweetEscape in Bali

If you're a coffee drinker, maybe you should reduce a little bit of caffeine and you should not take too much sugar. Instead of sugar, you can use honey or dates! I know dates are very popular during Ramadan and it's a great option to break your fast; they're delicous and naturally sweet, so you can use dates instead of sugar.

by Joe for SweetEscape in New York

Drinking enough water is also very important. Drink 8 cups of water a day. I would suggest you split it into four times of two cups: 2 cups during Sahur, 2 cups at iftar, 2 cups after Taraweh, and 2 cups before going to bet. Of course if you can drink more, you should definitely do that.

Most importantly, just enjoy the special month of Ramadan! Be happy and don't forget to spend your time with your family, friends and loved ones!

by Marcel for SweetEscape in Bali

Watch Jennifer's full tips and tricks video down here!

Wherever you plan to celebrate your Ramadan, let SweetEscape capture your moments! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you have to do is to create your memories, while we take great photos of your every moment! This summer, enjoy special promotions for your photoshoot by using the code MEMORABLESUMMER80 to get USD 80 off and 20 extra photos for your 2-Hours Session or MEMORABLESUMMER20 to get USD 20 off and 20 extra photos for your 1 hour session. Use the code now and let's #MakeSummerMemorable!

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