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5 Reasons Why Boracay Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List
24 Oct 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

Boracay — the famed island paradise located in the Philippines, boasting its long stretch of powdery white sand and turquoise waters. Just a few minutes before the sun sets in this side of the world, its waters glistens as Paraw sailboats approach the shore, painting a quaint scenery to mark a beautiful ending.

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If that description still doesn’t convince you, here are 5 reasons that will make Boracay your top 1 destination for your tropical escapade.

1. It is a family-friendly island.

First things first — we're sure you've heard of the temporary closure of one of the world's most beautiful islands, Boracay. The 6-month rehabilitation surely did a saving because as of this writing, a lot of changes have already happened to the once exploited and overcommercialized island. Today, aside from the daily tourist entrance limit, stricter rules are now being implemented to ensure that children, teens, and adults alike can enjoy what Boracay has to offer without the fuss.

by Kokoy for SweetEscape in Boracay
by Kokoy for SweetEscape in Boracay

2. Its clear waters and powdery white sand are enough to make you stay.

Talking about the postcard-worthy stretch of white sand beach of Boracay never gets old. You may have visited a lot of beaches or islands in your travels, but Boracay’s got that charm that would make you feel like basking under the summer sun for days.

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3. Sunsets here are surreal.

Search for “Boracay sunset” in Google, and there you’ll see photos that are not only Instagram-worthy, but also one for the books. You can always lay on the white sand beach and just wait for the sun to set over the horizon — it’s the perfect time to take a breather.

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4. People here are friendly and hospitable.

Known for their hospitality and warm welcome to locals and tourists alike, Boracay's got that home-away-from-home vibe that'll keep you coming back. Whether you're staying in a 5-star hotel or in a bunk-bed type accommodation, hotel and restaurant staff will surely make you feel like you are indeed in one of the best islands in the world.

by Kokoy for SweetEscape in Boracay

5. Affordable luxury and fun

If you’re down for fun and luxury at the same time, then Boracay's the perfect destination for you. Even when you’re travelling on a budget, you will still be able to experience the best out of this paradise because accommodations, restaurants, and activity packages come in options that fit all sorts of budget. You may even be surprised to know that choosing luxury hotels or resorts may come handy as your primary option because the amenities and services are all worth the prices.

by Kokoy for SweetEscape in Boracay

In Boracay, dreaming of that picture-perfect vacation is never too hard. Now that it’s finally reopening as a better and even more beautiful destination, never miss the chance to relax, have fun and take photos because not it’s not everyday that you get to set foot on such a stunning location.

May it be a birthday or wedding anniversary celebration, a family gathering, or a simple beach getaway, SweetEscape is here to save the memories for you! SweetEscape is an online platform that lets you book a photographer from over 400 cities in the world to capture your vacation or holiday getaway memories without the hassle.

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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!