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If You Only Had Two Hours in... Hanoi
19 Mar 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

In Hanoi with only two hours to kill? We consulted our local photographer and Hanoi resident Hoa Tran Trong, who came up with exciting yet practical ideas on what you could do if ever you're left to your own devices in the Vietnamese capital for that amount of time. Check out what he has to say below.

Go To Hoan Kiem Lake

Otherwise known as Lake of the Returned Sword, it is one of the major scenic spots in Hanoi and serves as a focal point for its public life.

by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi
by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi

Take A Walk at Old Quarter

There is a lot of history to uncover in the old buildings and apartments, the small alleyways.

by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi
by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi

Cross Long Bien Bridge

The oldest bridge in Hanoi, it connects the Hoan Kiem and Long Bien districts.

by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi
by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi

Explore Dong Xuan Market

Get lost in Hanoi's largest indoor market!

by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi
by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi

Eat Pho

You should try Pho in Pho Tin Restaurant, at 11 Lo Duc Street. It is the best dish you could have in Hanoi!

"The first thing you will notice about the city is the people. I strongly believe that above all else, it's the people that make a place what it is. Hanoi is a great example of that. The locals are very friendly and they always have a smile on their faces. I think that's what I love the most about the city." - Hoa Tran Trong

You could also have Hoa Tran Trong capture your magical moments in Hanoi!

by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi
by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi
by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi
by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi
by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi
by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi
by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi
by Trong for SweetEscape in Hanoi

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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.

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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!