A bustling metropolitan where many people from around the world flock to work, it goes without saying that life in Jakarta is very hectic. No wonder Jakarta residents scramble out of the city on the weekend for a little getaway. With this in mind, here are the top 5 places you could escape the city from - in only two to three hours!
Steeped in culture and history, Kuching will make the perfect weekend getaway from Jakarta for you! Hit historical landmarks and sites such as The Astana and Fort Margherita, or stroll along the city's oldest street, the Main Bazaar, which houses the best antique and handicraft shops in the country.
Situated near the Malacca Strait, Penang is known for its rich heritage and architecture as well as a wide range of modern entertainment and retail choices, natural features such as beaches and hills, and, of course, its world-famous cuisine. There's never any dull moment in Penang!
As one of the few places in the world having been given a World Geopark status by UNESCO, Langkawi is probably best known for Langkawi Geopark and its two land main island areas: the Southern Islands, with a heavier tourist population, and the islands to the north east which are more secluded with little tourist traffic. Roam around Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, or Pantai Kok, and marvel at the tall coconut and casuarina trees. Simply a tropical paradise!
Formerly a part of Malang, Batu is simply the nice, short getaway you're looking for with its astounding natural attractions. There are plenty of sites to visit in Batu, including Cuban Rondo Waterfall, Jatim Park (Jawa Timur Park), and Alun-Alun Batu. Don't forget to go to the historic colonial-style hotel, the Kartika Wijaya.
There is more to Batam than merely the hub between Indonesia and Singapore. Visit Tua Pek Kong Temple and Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple to restore some inner peace, or take a walk at Barelang Bridge, where you can enjoy a picturesque seascape and wait for the stunning sunset while you’re here!
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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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