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Four Ways To Spend 12 Hours in Singapore
19 May 2017PLACESBY SweetEscape

This tiny little dot in the world map is often picked as a travel destination because despite of its “smallness”, this country actually offer quite a huge experience that involves a rich mixture of adventure, sightseeing, cityscapes, and culinary indulgence. In short, it has everything you need. You’ll need a week max to be able to experience all the fun that it has in store. But, what if you only have 12 hours?

There are two alternatives in general, the first one is to take the city tour, or explore the city on your own. If you prefer the latter one, here’s a list of activities you might find enjoyable to do.

Explore The Ethnic Sites

If you are into ethnic stuff, you should visit those three places during the 12 hours you have. All three will give you a rich cultural experience plus plenty of delicious foods. While Little India and Chinatown are specifically portraying the Indian and Chinese culture, the Kampong Glam highlights the Middle Eastern heritage. Try visiting the Malay Heritage Centre, Arab Street and Sultan Mosque.

Go For An Architectural Trip

If you are into cityscapes, you should visit several famous architectural spots in Singapore. First one, you can go to The Pinnacle (the best flats in the world), go to the 50th floor after you purchase the ticket for $5SGD, and enjoy the view of Singapore from its beautiful wooden deck. If you’re a Disney freak, go to the The Sandcrawler building, the HQ of Disney and Starwars in the South East Asia). Also, make a visit to Victoria Concert Hall and you'll be mesmerised by the beautiful details.

Stroll Around The Hipster-ish Area

If you’re looking for Instagram worthy #ootd spots with your travel companions then you should stroll around Tiong Bahru, Ann Siang Hill and also the Haji Lane area. These three offers a lot of artsy buildings, concept stores, instagenic coffee shops and dessert stops, bookstores, and bakeries!

Explore Changi

If you still have a couple of hours left before your next flight, you can spend your time at Changi Airport and you'd probably never get bored. There are so many things to do and to see before your boarding time. Try Singapore’s larget slide at Changi Airport Terminal 3. The smaller one is free, while the larger one costs you like $10SGD, but you have to spend it by purchasing stuff at the airport and keep the receipts as your tickets. Another useful fact you need to know about Singapore is that If you are travelling with cabin size luggage or backpacks and you feel like leaving them to make your strolling way lighter, then you can put it at the Luggage Store Services. It’s available in every terminal and only costs $5SGD per bag.

If you are having a stopover in the city, don’t forget to have our photographer capture your every moment. Twelve hours is long enough for you to create sweet memories with your loved ones, right?

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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!