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4 Things to Remember when Choosing Boracay as your Holiday Destination
24 Oct 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

Some things do not stay as they are, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad thing. In Boracay’s case, its temporary closure meant a better opportunity for locals and tourists alike to become more responsible settlers and visitors of the island. While many people still dream of visiting this piece of paradise, here are things to remember as you choose Boracay as your holiday destination:

1. Clean as you go

When on the island, a simple rule has to be followed: clean as you go. Though this is a basic rule to be applied anywhere you go, this one thing is an essential when visiting Boracay . You sure don’t want to get your beach selfie ruined by a pile of trashes as your background, so better not contribute to this wrongdoing.

by Kokoy for SweetEscape in Boracay

2. Rest and relax

Contrary to what it was once known for, wild parties and extreme water activities may not be allowed to take place as the island reopens this October 2018. A beautiful island such as Boracay deserves to be an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. So, if you’re down for days of pure relaxation and some me-time, then this destination’s for you.

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3. Get off your gadgets

You can definitely survive a day or two in here without internet connection. Cellular data connection is good out here, but we think you’re not going to need to scroll down on your Instagram feed as you stay in this island because it’ll be a waste of time. We guess you’d rather sunbathe or take a dip in Boracay’s cool waters rather than browse on social media on such a lovely summer day.

by Kokoy for SweetEscape in Boracay

4. Make the most of your stay

Despite the changes, Boracay remains to be a stunning beach destination on its version 2.0. It still has the same (or even better!) powdery, white sand and turquoise waters that you may enjoy on your vacation here. It still has the same sunset that everyone wishes to take sight of, and it still has the same friendly and hospitable people who welcome you and cater to your needs during your stay.

As this world-class island continues to fill its visitors with awe of its natural beauty, it will never be too difficult for you to choose Boracay as your holiday destination, no matter what the occasion it may be.

by Kokoy for SweetEscape in Boracay

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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

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