Seattle is a city made famous by the romantic movie Sleepless in Seattle starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. The city has developed greatly since the movie was made, which was in 1993. It has now become a popular tourist destination and a place to study.
Of course the most iconic structure in Seattle is the 605-foot-tall Space Needle. On the observation level, which you can reach via a 43-second elevator ride, see the doodle-on-a-napkin concept that led to the Space Needle design. You can see Elliott Bay, the Cascade Mountains, and even Mount Rainier while feeling on top of the world!
Another fixture of the city’s skyline is the Seattle Great Wheel. This is the perfect place to take one-of-a-kind photos in the sky against the city, water, and mountains on the horizon. With three rounds around in one of the air-conditioned gondolas, not only can you take as many photos as you want, but also just enjoy the stillness and the great view. For couples, this could be a romantic experience in the sky.
Visit Pike Place Market where you can get plenty of sights and sounds such as the original Starbucks café that has kept its original look. In a way, you go back in time as you sip on your favourite drink. There is also the famous Market Theater Gum Wall, which is a brick wall covered in used chewing gum. Yes, it is disgusting to look at and smells too, but you have to admit that it is a work of art. Nowhere else in the world you can find something as unique and crazy as this. So, immortalize it in photos, just don’t get too close to it though.
Seattle’s original downtown is full of beautiful old buildings in Romanesque Revival style, such as the likes in Pioneer Square. Be a part of the classy and joie de vivre crowd who venture into the ivy covered bars, boutiques, and art galleries where the historic meets the 21st century.
If you are looking for a place to run around or have a picnic, Gas Works Park in Seattle is a nice choice. It is a 19.1-acre public park on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, located on the north shore of Lake Union at the south end of the Wallingford neighborhood. There is a poetic juxtaposition of the old wreckage of industrialism set among the sprawling green of nature.
Lastly, visit Washington University with its 500 buildings including over 26 university libraries, the UW Tower office building, art centers, museums, lecture halls, laboratories and conference centers. Spend a few hours in its large garden surrounded by beautiful pink apple blossoms and immerse yourself in blissfulness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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