With its variable climate, Melbourne takes the opposite direction by heating up from December to February. You can enjoy an average temperature between 14 - 25.3°Celsius that is dry and quite enjoyable. So if you’re not a fan of cold weather, Melbourne is just the perfect answer for your wanderlust!
And when you’re in Melbourne, don’t miss out the “splash of colors” in the iconic Brighton Beach. You won’t be able to miss this sandy beach with rows of iconic bathing boxes. Lined along the foreshore of Brighton beach, there is a total of 82 to 90 of these little boxes painted in the most vibrant and dynamic colors.
These cut bathing boxes were originally used as changing area back in the 1800s for the ladies. Now, it is a property that reflects the lifestyle for those who are willing to pay for it. One bathing box can be quite costly too at around $ 200,000, but this means you can enjoy it from the inside to all your liking, despite the lack of electricity or running water.
This awesome beach is a great spot for your chilling activities such as people watching, sunset dreaming, strolling with your loved ones, sun tanning or taking selfies and holiday photography. It is also an excellent place for swimming and decent surfing, especially when the wind picks up.
Melbourne has long been known as Australia’s cultural hub too. You can expect to find everything here, from sophisticated shopping strips to historical heritage buildings. At anytime you’re done with the charming metropolis of Melbourne, simply head to the coastline. You’ll be sure to discover a slice of summer in its glory and forget about snow in December for a while.
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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