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How To: Sit Back and Relax After A Long Week Of Work
16 Aug 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

We're well aware that most of our escapists are daily workers of the 9 to 6, or 8 to 5 (or even earlier). Work is obviously a routine activity, and we can all agree that it gets too much and overwhelming at times. Since work is the reality that we have to deal with, we're at least blessed with the fact that we earn money from it - and we can use it for whatever purpose with whomever we want!

Remember, escapists, that life is about balance. Too much of anything will not do you any good, believe us (Even drinking too much water is bad for you)! With that said, SweetEscape is here to tell you that you deserve a break from all that hard work you do every day. How? Read on for some great ways of relaxing after a long week of work.

by Deo for SweetEscape in Bromo

1. Netflix and Stay In

Ever since you started working, what are things you couldn't do like you used to? Remember back in those carefree days when you didn't have to think about going to bed early for the next day, and you could do just about anything you wanted to without worrying what the next day will be like? Surely, one of the things you miss the most about your life back then was being able to just stay home and do nothing all day long (except for the usual trips to the bathroom etc). So, stay in at home - and netflix all day! You'll be surprised at how such a simple day will bring you so much happiness, like a kid at a candy store.

by Sam for SweetEscape in Singapore

2. Staycation - the next best thing to a proper vacation

Eventually after months and years of working, you'll be thinking to yourself... "A vacation would be perfect this time around". However, sometimes we face downsides in life - perhaps your wallet isn't as thick as it was, or maybe you're still busy paying the down payment for that dream home of yours. All of that leaves you with, well, just enough money to go by your days. On the bright side, you're in a lot of luck! The very reason why the idea of staycation was surfaced is for people like you. Go and head over to that favorite airbnb of yours, or check out some cute and cheap hotels in your hometown and stay there for the weekend. You'll be coming back to work the next week feeling reborn and oh-so-fresh after that semi-getaway.

by Agik for SweetEscape in Bali
by Agik for SweetEscape in Bali

3. Get into reading a great book

Not much of a traveller, or not in the mood to go out of the house? You can pick up a new book to read, and make sure you've read the reviews beforehand to see whether it suits you (or not, whichever!). Books are a great alternative that you can enjoy while relaxing in the comfort of your own bed, couch or on the bench of your local park. Indulge in your book while you enjoy the nice breeze with the occasional brushes of falling leaves, or perhaps, you'd like to go to that homey coffee shop downtown. By the end of this trip, we guarantee you will feel a whole lot more fulfilled!

by Ksenia S for SweetEscape in Venice

4. Go to a spa - spoil yourself!

It doesn't matter if you are a male or female, go ahead and spoil yourselves in that favorite spa or massage destination of yours. You deserve it. Your body needs relaxation too, you know. It's the main reason why spas were created in the first place, to relieve people of their daily life stress and workloads. Get the full-day spa, if need be. You'll spend hours being spoiled in the spa place without having to worry about a thing.

by Nathania for SweetEscape in Bali
by Nathania for SweetEscape in Bali

5. Go somewhere refreshing (preferably new)

Had your eye on an exciting new place for quite some time, now? Look over your travel book'o'wishes and go through your checklist. Since this is only for the weekend, we suggest you go somewhere local or near - save the farther ones for a longer break! Since human beings aren't meant for monotone lives, the occasional spike in the same old routine will do you a lot of good!

by Andi for SweetEscape in Bali

6. Do something fun, the weirder the better!

To save you all the trouble from thinking of what we mean, we'll sum it up for you right here, right now. Escape rooms, paint ball, break room... get the idea? Google them and find the closest one in your area, and we guarantee you'll be thrilled by doing any of these activities. Found something even better or weirder? Great! Whatever it is, do something out of the ordinary. You'll find that going back to work the next week easier than ever before after this!

by Fatih for SweetEscape in Cappadocia
by Fatih for SweetEscape in Cappadocia

Whether you're doing something relaxing or extraordinary for the weekend, remember to book a session with SweetEscape to capture those moments for you! Anytime, any where, and for any occasion you would like to have, you can simply book your session in less than two minutes through our website or mobile app. SweetEscape is always ready #ForEvery moment!

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Capturing Triumph Through The Eyes of A Breast Cancer Survivor
17 Oct 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Back in early 2001, Maritoni Fernandez, a Philippine cinematic gem, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. At the time, Maritoni was very busy with her acting career and during a brief visit to the US to get a second opinion for her mom’s medical condition, Maritoni was surprised to find out that a lump she had noticed years prior, which she thought was benign, turn out to be positive for cancer. It’s 20 years later and she still tears up when she recalls the moment that turned her life upside down. But as surprising as the diagnosis was, her year-long struggle with a disease that could have taken her life, soon came to an end with her on top. Feeling very strongly about paying-it-forward, she’s been an iCanServe member for 19 years and has made sharing her story a personal advocacy; “The day I stop sharing my story is the day I’m no longer brave and I hope that never happens.”, she says.

Maritoni grants us an afternoon to share her inspiring story with the hopes that it gives others, going through the same experience, strength to overcome it.

by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City

Looking back, she feels blessed that she followed her instincts to have herself checked again despite getting initial medical advice that she had nothing to worry about. Admittedly, she was hesitant to bring it up again as having the thought of a possible sickness is something she didn’t want to verbalize. Being the strong and determined person that she is, soon after confirming her diagnosis, Maritoni set her mind to overcome the biggest hurdle in her life. “In hindsight, it felt like a wild roller coaster ride. It’s also a test of patience and grit.,” said Maritoni. She decided to create a relationship with her cancer to help prepare her for the long journey she had ahead of her.

by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City
by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City

During treatment, she went through 4 Chemotherapy sessions followed by 26 sessions of radiation therapy. She was then put on oral medication and was instructed to stay on it for 5 years but with the help of her medication complemented by natural supplements, her body recovered in just 3 years and was blessed with a miracle of being pregnant with her second child.

Despite the terrifying experience, her faith got her through the ordeal. She says “I knew the fight was not mine. I physically had to fight it, but the fight was really HIS. I was allowed to get sick because a lot of people are gonna learn from it. “ Her lovely daughter, Lexi shares the same sentiment saying that “The world can get to me but having faith keeps me grounded. And this is something I’ve learned from my mom’s journey.”

by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City
by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City

Ever since she was declared cancer-free, Maritoni has taken it upon herself to share her experience and inspire people to keep the faith and to not look at cancer as the end of one’s journey. Her advice to those who’ve been diagnosed? “Have faith, don’t lose hope, and pray as God is a mighty healer. Breast Cancer is not a death sentence. Follow what your doctors tell you to do but don’t be scared to get a second opinion before getting aggressive treatment. At the same time, don’t just leave your prognosis to your doctors. Do something about it and research. Keep your chin up, keep going, and find something to live for everyday - for me it was my daughter Lexi. If you do get healed by the grace of God, pay it forward.”

For this shoot, Maritoni prepares for a charity ball which she supports. She believes this is worth remembering because she attended with her daughter and SweetEscape is the perfect partner to capture this moment in this warrior’s life.

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