Don’t you think that Hollywood is sometimes overrated?
We all know that we can’t withstand the charm of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land, or Hugh Grant’s dazzling act in Love Actually. These western modern romantic movies are written and produced so well and they got us thinking that the best romantic places lies under the city lights of tall New York buildings. Add Justin Bieber’s Mistletoe and we might even fixate ourselves into the idea of a romance under the snowfall of a Christmas Eve.
With all that in the scene, what about a little romance in the Eastern side of the world? We believe that romance doesn’t depend on the place, but the condition of the heart. When two are deeply in love with one another, any place could turn into a mystical romantic scene just for the two of them. You don’t have to go far to find romance with a loved one.
Take some of our photo-shoot in Ratu Boko Temple for examples. This archeological site located near Yogyakarta could be transformed into one of the most romantic photo-shoot site that you’ve ever had. With 16 hectares of relics located in the village of Bokoharjo and Prambanan, Ratu Boko Temple is definitely an exploration that will take a day to accomplish!
The first three terraces are reached through a massive gateway built on two levels. The deformation of the stones used for this gate has proven that it surpasses the test of time. Perhaps, bringing your loved one here could also be a lesson on a love that stands through the ages?
Walk pass the gate and you will find Candi Pembakaran and Candi Batu Putih. Both Candi serves a great view of its surroundings that will definitely be an aesthetic plus point to your couple photos. With nothing but green grasses and old relics, you will find yourself in a mystical yet enchanting mantra of Ratu Boko Temple.
At the northern part, lies two caves that were formed of sediment stones. These caves are called Gua Lanang and Gua Wadon that served as a meditation place. Today, it no longer serves its ascetic purpose, but it is still definitely aesthetic enough to be in your Instagram feed.
This holiday season, don’t go too far. There are too many sites in Indonesia yet unvisited by you and your loved one, just like this temple. Create your special time anywhere at any place and share it to your friends through high quality photos taken by one of our photographers. We have so much faith in them that we believe you could take them anywhere and the result would still be gorgeous!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
SweetEscape now offers a one-hour photo shoot that'll capture your best holiday moments in 1-2 spots. Your edited photos will be ready in 3 business days, just in time for sharing with everyone else around the world. Learn more about our one-hour photoshoot here: https://www.sweetescape.com/en/one-hour-photo-shoot