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5 Best Places To Celebrate Father's Day With Your Dad
13 Jun 2019PLACESBY SweetEscape

Quick question, who is your favorite guy in the whole wide world? Without missing a beat, we can easily answer this: “My Dad, of course!”. Just like mothers, fathers are the heart and light of the family, so obviously we can’t let the upcoming Father’s Day slide without a proper celebration for the number one man in your life! If you’re anything like us and love to honor the unsung hero of the family, it’s time to grab your father by his hand and take him to the best places to celebrate the most unforgettable Father’s day of a lifetime.

1. Dad the Football Freak: London

by Alexandra for SweetEscape in London
by Abi for SweetEscape in London

Football is probably one of the most ultimate bonding topics for dads and their kids. For many men, witnessing the glory of sports stadiums or live football competitions is listed on top of the their bucket-list. Needless to say, London will be the perfect choice as the world capital of football for this Father’s day. Legendary names like Wembley Stadium, Emirates Stadium, London Olympic Stadium, White Hart Lane, and Stamford Bridge are just a few examples to begin with since London houses over 20 historic stadiums and counting as new ones are being built. Guaranteed, not only your dad will be impressed, but any man or woman will as well!

2. Dad the Fisherman: Seattle

by Fredy for SweetEscape in Seattle

If the talks of sea monsters or record-catch excites him, look no further than Seattle to spoil your fisherman dad. Surrounded by some of the best deep-sea fishing in the world, your dad will surely experience being sleepless in seattle in this rainy state. making it as one of the world’s most lauded locations for its diverse fishing experience. Let's hope your dad doesn't run into Edward though (insert Twilight reference here).

For a quick reference, a few must-see fishing destinations in Seattle are Belvoir Place, Green Lake Park, Fairview Park, Aelliott Bay and Lake Washington. With all these places, we guarantee your dad will have some great fish'n'fun (no pun intended).

3. Dad the Adventurer: Auckland

by Chris for SweetEscape in Auckland

In search for some adrenaline-pumping, thrill-seeking and adventure-calling activities for your high-spirited dad? Auckland in New Zealand is ready to excite with its selection of dynamic activities in the nature. From the extreme ones such as sky-diving or bungee-jumping to a more moderate type such as rafting, canyoning or off-road riding, your dad is going to have his fun of a lifetime with you tagging along by his side. Everything sounds too intense? Don’t worry, light trekking or nature sightseeing is still going to be a wonderful way to celebrate Father’s Day together.

4. Dad the Outgoing One: Los Angeles

by Glenn for SweetEscape in Los Angeles
by Glenn for SweetEscape in Los Angeles

For the dads who love to enjoy everything in between, we recommend Los Angeles with its wealth of interesting things to do. The charming city has endless attractions that fit all ages, men and women. No one can resist top beaches such as Venice Beach, Santa Monica, or Malibu. How about some world class tourist destinations (Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Sign), or superb amusement park (Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland Park)? We bet your dad will say “Yes more!”.

5. Dad the Foodie: Bangkok

by Bale for SweetEscape in Bangkok

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his belly, so let’s aim accurately by taking him to one of the best culinary heavens in Asia. Not only famous for its abundance of delicious street food, Bangkok also has a wide variety of upscale dining, fancy restaurants, hipster cafes and excellent buffet fit for even the most selective food lovers. So sample your pad thai, somtam, then move to juicy jumbo prawns or tom yum, then finish off with some desserts ala local favorites such as Thai tea or coconut ice cream.

by Abi for SweetEscape in London

Whichever type your dad is when traveling and wherever you want to go with him this Father's Day, let SweetEscape to make your trip memorable and long lasting in print! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you have to do is to create your memories, while we take great photos of your every moment! (Use the code FIRSTESCAPE on your first SweetEscape booking to get USD50 off and let's) #MakeLifeMemorable!

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Capturing Triumph Through The Eyes of A Breast Cancer Survivor
17 Oct 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Back in early 2001, Maritoni Fernandez, a Philippine cinematic gem, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. At the time, Maritoni was very busy with her acting career and during a brief visit to the US to get a second opinion for her mom’s medical condition, Maritoni was surprised to find out that a lump she had noticed years prior, which she thought was benign, turn out to be positive for cancer. It’s 20 years later and she still tears up when she recalls the moment that turned her life upside down. But as surprising as the diagnosis was, her year-long struggle with a disease that could have taken her life, soon came to an end with her on top. Feeling very strongly about paying-it-forward, she’s been an iCanServe member for 19 years and has made sharing her story a personal advocacy; “The day I stop sharing my story is the day I’m no longer brave and I hope that never happens.”, she says.

Maritoni grants us an afternoon to share her inspiring story with the hopes that it gives others, going through the same experience, strength to overcome it.

by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City

Looking back, she feels blessed that she followed her instincts to have herself checked again despite getting initial medical advice that she had nothing to worry about. Admittedly, she was hesitant to bring it up again as having the thought of a possible sickness is something she didn’t want to verbalize. Being the strong and determined person that she is, soon after confirming her diagnosis, Maritoni set her mind to overcome the biggest hurdle in her life. “In hindsight, it felt like a wild roller coaster ride. It’s also a test of patience and grit.,” said Maritoni. She decided to create a relationship with her cancer to help prepare her for the long journey she had ahead of her.

by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City
by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City

During treatment, she went through 4 Chemotherapy sessions followed by 26 sessions of radiation therapy. She was then put on oral medication and was instructed to stay on it for 5 years but with the help of her medication complemented by natural supplements, her body recovered in just 3 years and was blessed with a miracle of being pregnant with her second child.

Despite the terrifying experience, her faith got her through the ordeal. She says “I knew the fight was not mine. I physically had to fight it, but the fight was really HIS. I was allowed to get sick because a lot of people are gonna learn from it. “ Her lovely daughter, Lexi shares the same sentiment saying that “The world can get to me but having faith keeps me grounded. And this is something I’ve learned from my mom’s journey.”

by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City
by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City

Ever since she was declared cancer-free, Maritoni has taken it upon herself to share her experience and inspire people to keep the faith and to not look at cancer as the end of one’s journey. Her advice to those who’ve been diagnosed? “Have faith, don’t lose hope, and pray as God is a mighty healer. Breast Cancer is not a death sentence. Follow what your doctors tell you to do but don’t be scared to get a second opinion before getting aggressive treatment. At the same time, don’t just leave your prognosis to your doctors. Do something about it and research. Keep your chin up, keep going, and find something to live for everyday - for me it was my daughter Lexi. If you do get healed by the grace of God, pay it forward.”

For this shoot, Maritoni prepares for a charity ball which she supports. She believes this is worth remembering because she attended with her daughter and SweetEscape is the perfect partner to capture this moment in this warrior’s life.

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of photographers in more than 500 cities around the world. Get your photos within 48 hours of your sessions directly to your devices through our mobile app. You can also share and download them directly from the app, so book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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