As an urbanite, the hustle and bustle of living in a capital city like Jakarta, Singapore or Manila must be all too familiar for you. This is why every now and then a getaway is called for. It's always important to escape from your daily routines and spend some quality time whether alone or with your loved ones!
Long weekends are usually the perfect time for a quick getaway. With this in mind, we have picked the 7 best places you can explore in only 72 hours. Ready? Here we go!
Want to satisfy your rumbling tummy? You can’t go wrong in Osaka. Undoubtedly the best city in Japan for foodies, it may take about 6 hours to reach from Jakarta or Singapore but we promise that every hour is going to be worth it! Known as Tenka no daidokoro or The Country’s Kitchen, Osaka houses some of the best ramen, thanks to its famous soup base. There are also the best teppanyaki restaurants and street food sellers for local dishes and dessert treats - you can find them virtually everywhere in Osaka!
Get in touch with your aquatic side in Palawan! Go up north where you can find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, soak in the warm sun and marvel at the unique waterlife that will rejuvenate your body and soul. Suffice to say, there is a good deal of island hopping, turquoise water and out-of-this-world coastlines that Palawan has in store for you.
In the mood for family time? Kuala Lumpur is the ideal destination for you and your family. Visit the leafy parks at KLCC where you can dip into the vast swimming pool or Batu Caves to let your kids see the wonder of this ancient limestone cave - for free! Alternately, you can also head over to Petrosains Discovery Center, KL Aquarium, or Kidzania where the whole family can get together and have fun! We are certain you will leave with a memory of a lifetime.
A unique destination, Brunei is a gem in Southeast Asia where life beats at a much slower rhythm, but we promise you will enjoy every second! Visit mosques such as the golden Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, colossal palaces like Istana Nurul Iman, Royal Regalia Museum and the water village, whose locals will greet you with a lot of warmth and friendliness. Enough to satisfy any culture enthusiasts, expect to learn a lot about Brunei's rich history!
Bali is not just a traveling destination, but a complete experience altogether. There are plenty of reasons that will make you in love with this paradise island, from the world famous beaches, exotic temples, majestic mountains and sloppy hills, finest weather, amazing cultures, delectable cuisines to its friendly people. With a short flight away from Jakarta, Manila or Singapore - you will be in for a refreshing trip and return to work so much more energized.
You can't say no to a little retail therapy! If you’re up for a cheap and quick shopping trip, book your ticket to Bangkok for the best shopping experience of your life. From prestigious mall with high-rising towers, night markets where personalized arts & crafts flood the streets (don't forget the city has the world’s largest weekend market, Chatuchak), local markets filled with the freshest fruits to the mid-scale bargains - Bangkok has it all!
A short getaway is always the best time to take a pause, take a deep breath and detach. Sumba islands is the perfect destination for that reason, where technology and modern life remains few and far between. Visiting Sumba means getting up close to nature at its best, from the sleepy Waingapu town, the sparkling Weekuri Lake, or the azure water of Tarimbang Beach, in addition to lush waterfalls and vast savannah. Anytime you’re wandering in the off-beaten path of Sumba, get ready to reconnect with nature - and yourself.
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SweetEscape is an on demand photography platform. Tired of hearing the overused new year, new me slogan from your circle of friends and acquaintances? Believe it or not... we are too! It's great and all in the sense that people would like to change within the new year (hopefully) for the better. But think about it, why wait for the new year to improve yourself as a person? At least, SweetEscape would like to (if we may) propose that improving, re-vamping and enhancing yourselves shouldn't be a yearly thing - if anything, it should be an everyday thing! "What? Are you serious?" You're probably asking. Life is short, escapists, and it's definitely too short to not make any changes in our lives so that we better ourselves for others as well. With that said, here are 5 things that you could do before the year finally ends:
As humans, we don't stop growing throughout our lifetime. The things we enjoyed doing when we were younger may differ from the things we now enjoy, and that's because we don't get any younger. Perhaps you adored your toy/figurine collection when you were in your teens, and was your number 1 prized collection in your entire room. Or maybe, you were the type to hang posters of your favorite bands and role models on the walls of your room, much like that of a late 80's or early 90's teen bedroom. Surely you've gone a long way from there, and if you haven't transformed your room that much... now is the perfect time to do so! Rearrange your furniture, or maybe even Feng shui it up - it won't hurt! You'll feel a thousand times better in a freshly organized room.
A whole year is a long time, 365 days long to be exact. When the same clothes are worn repetitively even over a period of 1 year, they can still become over-worn if worn too often. It's now time for you to, if not get a whole entire new wardrobe, re-vamp your closet and outfits. Do your clothes still fit properly? Are they still wearable in the times ahead? Can you still see yourself wearing your current outfits? If you answered no to all or most of them, then chances are that you need to toss them in the bin and purchase new ones. For future reference, go shopping for clothes that are more durable and timeless - that way, you wouldn't need to re-vamp your closet too often (hopefully). If your closet is mostly filled with bright and youthful colors, then try to balance it out by adding more neutral colors to your collection of items.
Have a careful look of your belongings, and recall whether were personally purchased or given by a certain person in the past. Perhaps you were in a committed relationship that just didn't last, and that's totally fine! People grow together while some just grow apart instead. In the case that you still have those belongings from your previous partner, or simply any item that brings back memories of your time together - let those items go and head on to a new chapter of your life. It could also be items that remind you of a certain time way back when, and perhaps you were a lot happier then than you are now. Having those items could really make you stuck in the past and eventually hinder you from moving forward. You wouldn't want that, would you? SweetEscape believes in you!
One of the most important things people tend to forget, is to pause for a moment and reflect upon what they have received in life. Often times we would forget about the things we have in life, and even the little things that matter are often missed. We don't blame you, life can get really tough at times... and during those times it's especially hard to sit back and be thankful for perhaps anything. Clear your mind and start from the smaller things. Do you have a roof over your head? Put aside the fact that your toilet is often clogged, or that your wooden floor is not the kind of wood that you prefer. Be thankful that you actually have a home - be thankful you aren't homeless! Do you have access to enough food and water on a daily basis? Then that's another simple thing to be thankful about. Remember, start with the little things. You'll be surprised as to how fortunate you are compared to many lives out there.
For as long as we're living on this planet, we will be making human errors - and it's inevitable. Mistakes aren't bad because you're expected to make them to be able to grow as a person. The more mistakes you made, the more you learn to avoid repeating the same mistakes again. If you have siblings, you probably have memories of their toddler days. Babies are curious beings, and chances are that you and your siblings were as well. Perhaps your parents told your kid sibling to not touch fire, but as expected, they did anyway. What happened next? Your sibling screamed in shock and pain, and your parents would give them the "I told you so" reaction. After this incident, we would like to believe that your sibling never repeated that same mistake again.
Growing up is hard, we'll give you that. But adult-ing is even harder! Think about it, first it's the school, then your first job, afterwards fall in love with your special someone, but you forgot to learn about taxes, then you'd have to learn about taxes, and don't forget the bills - electricity, water, and your groceries. We're not even half way done listing all of the adult-ing activities, but you generally get the idea. Since adults live such stressful lives, it's necessary for them to relieve from stress, de-stress and escape from the usual burden-some routine. Not to mention, adult lives seem to attract so much nuisance and irritating people almost on a day-to-day basis. For you and yourself alone, you should remember to take some time for yourself. In this case, we suggest for you to take a solo trip somewhere nice and serene where you can be free of all of your worldly problems for just a little while. It'll help you refresh your mood before the end of the year and beginning of a new year.
Last but not least (pay very close attention to this one) is you should release all feelings of anger, grudges and resentment towards anyone who have wronged you. It ain't easy, we know! But the thing is, having all of those pent up negative emotions are far from good for your mind, body and soul. You might not realize it now, but you'll slowly start to see how everything unravels as you prolong those feelings within you. If you'd like to let go of those negative feelings, try activities such as yoga and mediation. They're highly beneficial for your well being. If that happens to not be your cup of tea, then you could start a journal of all the things you feel. Trace it back, and find out why you feel those things. Once through, ask yourself, "Is all of this anger worth my time and energy?". Chances are, the person whom you have pent up emotions towards have long forgotten about their bad deeds to you, so why waste your time? They too, will get their taste of life later on. Life is short, don't waste it on negativity!
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