If there is one place that has long been our favorites, it has to be bookstores. Never mind the fact that this is the digital era where books have to take a step back, we reserve a special spot for bookstores because there’s simply that irresistible aura, smell and feeling that only a bookstore can give you.
First, there’s the dreamy romantic vibes hidden between every tall wooden shelf in a bookstore. The parade of book spines decorates your surrounding, from thin to thick, from paperback to hardcopy, giving you a colorful palette that is just perfect for any holidaying couple. The dim lighting shining down from the ceiling and the hushed tranquil atmosphere lend to an overall lovely setting that rivals that of a natural panorama.
A lot of bookworms will tell you too how the smell of book can be more intoxicating than any fragrance of perfume. So if you see anyone trying to get a scent of a book, he or she might be guilty of ‘bibliomania’ or that good aroma of a book!
This is also true for the bookstore itself. Walk inside a bookstore and you’ll be greeted with a chemistry of air, a nostalgic remembrance of ol’ good times, and a whiff of fresh sheets of papers with printed inks. Some bookstores even offer an in-house cafe for you to pair your evening of good read with a warm sip of cappuccino.
Last but not least, bookstores carry a myriad of tones. It could be elegant with furnished mahogany bookshelves to relaxing with carpeted floor in modern bookshops, every bookstore is a promise of adventure that you can embark on with your lover or family members. If you bring along your kid, there’s something so magical about little ones and stacks of book too, wouldn’t you agree?
So if given the chance to experiment, we highly recommend you to try out bookstores available in your destination. These are the places where storytellers meet and tales were told. And trust us, it’s going to show in every fiber of your photography results and we promise, you’re going to love it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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