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More Cool Photo Spots To Inspire You Going Down Under!
10 Apr 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

Need more conviction to hit up the Southern Hemisphere? We have six more destinations in Australia and New Zealand worth your visit. Read on!

Waitematā Harbour, Auckland

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and marvel at the sparkling waters of Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour. We suggest that you head over to the Auckland waterfront, one of the harbour's most popular areas for a picture perfect setting. Afterwards, join the cruise tour for the best view of four major Auckland icons: the Harbour Bridge, Rangitoto Island, Bean Rock and the Sky Tower.

by Jason for SweetEscape in Auckland

Moke Lake, Queenstown

This one's for the whole family! There is plenty to do at Queenstown's picturesque Moke Lake: from boating, camping, horseback riding to swimming. You can also get to the scenic Lake Dispute, a high country lake renowned for its fishing spot, by walking or mountain-biking from Moke Lake.

by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown

Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth

As one of the largest inner city parks in the world, Perth's Kings Park and Botanic Garden showcases an outstanding collection of Western Australian flora. Be sure to relax at one of the many scenic picnic and BBQ areas or purchase food and drinks from casual Kings Park and Bovell Kiosks or the award-winning Fraser's Restaurant!

by Cathy for SweetEscape in Perth

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

The beach and tourist hub that put the Gold Coast on the map internationally, Surfers Paradise surely lives up to its name. A wide, paved boulevard lines the entire stretch, ideal for walking, biking, skateboarding, or roller-blading. Once your tummy is rumbling, we recommend seeking out Elston for brunch, or Betty’s Burgers for seriously tasty (and cheap!) eats.

by Camilla for SweetEscape in Gold Coast

Henley Beach, Adelaide

Adelaide's Henley Beach is a must-visit whether you’re after a quality dinner, a quality swim, or a bit of both. Surrounded by a range of high-end seafood restaurants, we highly recommend Grange Charcoal Chickens & Seafood for fantastic steak as well as fish and chicken burgers. Looking for a lighter bite? Head over to Bakers of Henley for the tastiest spinach quiche in town.

by Arifyanto for SweetEscape in Adelaide

Port Arthur, Hobart

We already recommended Hobart before, but there's more to the city: we recommend that you visit Port Arthur, famous for its heritage areas and an open-air museum. Get your best shots at Salamanca Arts Centre, where you can find a scenic combination of theatres, galleries and arts.

by Jon for SweetEscape in Hobart

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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.

by Donny for SweetEscape in Bali

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!