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A Family Day Out at Coogee Beach
16 Jul 2017PLACESBY SweetEscape

As one of Sydney’s oldest beachside suburbs, Coogee is a huge attraction to the locals. One of the reasons would probably be its few remaining women and children oceans bath in Australia such as the Wylies Bath and the Giles Bath. These ocean baths are an important feature of the Australian coastline. With strong waves and windy weather, the Coogee Beach is unlike any beach in Bali. The waves could be tough to the swimmers looking for a fun time under the sun. That is why the ocean bath is a huge plus point to any beaches in Sydney!

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If your family is quite the adventurer, learning how to surf would be very much endorsed for the amateurs, not for the beginners. Other than surfing, your family could also find underwater adventure by learning how to dive the deep blue ocean with Pro Dive Coogee. That is only if your kids are old enough to start diving.

Your family can also find lots of exciting dry adventures on the land such as camel riding! It’s definitely not the Sahara desert but riding camels on the sand will definitely excite your kids. Another activity that will excite them would be taking them to the nearest old skool arcade such as the Pinball HQ at Coogee Diggers. Known as Sydney’s coolest pinball club and the friendliest place in Sydney, Pinball HQ has variant collections of pinball from the 90s to the modern ones. What an experience to your family, right?

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While your kids are having fun on the beach, it’s time for the parents to grab some light bites along the way. Since there are countless food stalls and restaurants nearby, grabbing snacks and lunch wouldn’t be a problem. To us, we would recommend Coogee Pavilion’s Fish and Chips for the main course. Don’t get yourself too filled up as many other food and beverages to be tasted. If you wish to light up the night with some romance, Coogee Beach is also filled with fine dining places for the lovers.

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If we sold you enough Coogee Beach already, it is probably best to start arranging plans to visit Sydney. A trip to Coogee itself would be very convenient by bus. Make sure to spend a day in Coogee as you will find many random explorations in every steps of your way. If you wish to explore Coogee Beach with Sweet Escape, you can do so anytime, but we would recommend the early daylight or the late sunset as the golden hour of outdoor photo taking.

So, take a trip to Coogee Beach and don’t even worry about capturing good photos anymore. Let Sweet Escape help you to capture your family day out moments.

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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!