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A Quick Guide on Vacation Destinations for Your Weekend Getaway
24 Aug 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

We all have tough days at work or in school, and the only motivation we could think of is the upcoming weekend. When luck favors you that a holiday comes after the weekend, there's no better way to spend it than traveling!

Take advantage of the upcoming long weekend and book that flight now because 72 hours to spare is gold!

To help you decide on which country or destinations to visit, here are options to choose from:

Hong Kong

Would you mind visiting a jam-packed city when there are lots of attractions to see and experience? Considered as a business and tourism hub, Hong Kong has a lively street vibe with towering apartment buildings and bustling street markets. Its MTR system makes major tourist attractions accessible and helps tourists and locals alike in saving time for transportation. Here's a tip: Never leave Hong Kong without experiencing a Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car and of course, having fun at Disneyland!

by Jeffrey for SweetEscape in Hong Kong
by Jeffrey for SweetEscape in Hong Kong

Bangkok, Thailand

Just 2 and a half hours away from Manila is Bangkok, a popular destination if you're feeling like going on a shopping spree on a weekend! Bangkok's Chatuchak market has great bargains for clothes, shoes, bags, and of course, street food such as Pad Thai, Mango Sticky Rice, and the famed Thai Milk Tea. For fresh finds, try Thailand's unique way of shopping for goods by visiting the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi.

by Preecha for SweetEscape in Bangkok
by Preecha for SweetEscape in Bangkok

Singapore

Never be too touristy to take a photo with the Merlion as your backdrop because no one leaves Singapore without such memory! The modern and progressive city of Singapore offers astonishing views, starting off with the famed Supertrees at the Gardens by the Bay. And if you really want to get the likes and hearts, visit the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands for your digital universe-inspired photos.

by Hisham for SweetEscape in Singapore

Taipei, Taiwan

Aside from grabbing a cup (or two!) of authentic Taiwanese bubble tea, your first order of business must be taking a selfie from Taiwan's skyscraper, Taipei 101. Ride one of the world's fastest elevators as it takes you up the 89th floor of the observatory deck with the view of the city of Taipei.

by Raphael for SweetEscape in Taipei
by Raphael for SweetEscape in Taipei

Siem Reap, Cambodia

If you're looking for more serene tourist destination on your getaway, visit Angkor Wat, one of the world's most famous UNESCO heritage sites. It is best to visit this site on afternoons so you could catch the golden hour for more drama in your photos. But remember to always follow your guide when approaching or entering the temples and respect the monks, as well as the locals you see around.

by Ploy for SweetEscape in Siem Reap

When visiting these cities, always see to it to be informed of their traditions as courtesy to the locals and their culture. Also, do not forget to take lots of photos to preserve your memories! If you aren't that type who gets on your knees or basks under the afternoon sun just to be able to snap the perfect photo, SweetEscape's got you covered!

SweetEscape is an online platform with a pool of local photographers in over 400 cities around the world, making it sure that a good memory never gets forgotten. No matter what the occasion or celebration is, SweetEscape's got a professional photographer ready to turn your experiences into perfect shots.

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8 Things To Do This Holiday Season, The Filipino Way
17 Dec 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

Filipinos are known for their long holiday celebration. Many traditions and new ways keep this season alive no matter which city or town you go. You won't run out of things to do (but your budget probably will!) when you celebrate the holidays in the Philippines through these activities:

1. Go Christmas shopping in bazaars.

It's this time of the year when massive pop-up year-end bazaar and sale events happen, so go ahead and take advantage of the markdown madness to complete your Christmas gift list.

2. Complete the Misa de Gallo.

How many masses have you attended so far? Get up early or spare an hour so you could attend the mass at night because as they say, completing the 9-day or -night series will make a wish come true.

3. Visit music and lights shows and displays around the metro.

As soon as the holiday season comes, many parks and tourist attractions open Christmas-themed shows that are perfect for all ages. These Instagram-worthy locations are usually free of charge, making them picturesque and cheery venues to gather with your friends and families.

4. Spread the holiday cheer through Christmas carols

It has been part of the Filipino tradition to gather in groups and sing either classic or remixed tunes as they go from one house to another. Just as long as you know the lyrics to the in-trend Christmas songs, you'll definitely get those coins, or if you're lucky, you'll receive bills from your kind neighbors!

5. Organize a reunion party.

Many Filipinos love merrymaking, so expect most of your December weekends, and sometimes, weekdays too, to blocked off with schedules of parties. It's also a time to meet the newborns or catch up with the relatives who you haven't spoken to for a long time. Make your reunion party more memorable and let SweetEscape photographers turn your moments into beautiful photographs. Special for this holiday season, get 50% OFF on your 2-hour photo shoot, anywhere in Manila.

6. Pick a gift for your "monito" or "monita"

The Filipino version of Secret Santa is a more exciting and interesting one because gift-giving is done in small batches. Whether the category's something big, something fluffy, something embarrassing, or something naughty, you'll surely go home with a smile on your face because your friend or officemate could surely find a gift to pull that category or theme off!

7. Go on a staycation with your family

For some Filipinos, the holiday season means quality time, without the hassle of preparing feasts or organizing parties. Some simply prefer staying in or booking an accommodation where they could all relax and exchange thoughtful gifts after a hearty meal.

8. Go for a quick holiday vacation.

To some who've been looking forward to a unique kind of celebration for the holidays, setting off to another country is an option. School or office breaks give them a chance to explore new places, making their holidays a more memorable one.

In times like these, memories are meant to be saved. Especially if you've waited long enough for your family to be complete this holiday season, don't miss the chance to document those moments — let SweetEscape do it for you.

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