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SweetEscape's Top Winter Destination: Niseko
22 Nov 2017PLACESBY SweetEscape

Located in northern Hokkaido Island, Niseko is a laidback town resting near an inactive volcanic Mountain Yotei. With its huge annual snowfall, Niseko receives an average 14 meters of snow which explains the cold temperature, plummeting to -4० Celsius during the coldest month of January.

Not just impressive in snow amount or cold temperature, Niseko is also most often marked for its light and dry powdery snow, making it most ideal for skiing and snowboarding. As expected, many major ski centers have sprouted in the area, along with world class resorts and international standard hotels, golf courses and other entertainment options. Niseko is also dotted with numerous hot spring resorts, known as onsen.

These modern infrastructures offer the much-needed modern comfort that pairs nicely with the natural charm of Niseko surrounding. Its main ski resort called Niseko United dominates the area with four world class ski areas that are interconnected with one another. Along with other types of accommodations, Niseko has enjoyed a rapid growth in business from worldwide travellers.

When you’re not resting in your hotel or resort, Niseko’s main town center named Hirafu is ready to dazzle you with its lively urban rhythm. Over the past 10 years, Hirafu too has developed significantly with its population of luxury hotels, apartments, bars and restaurants, and modern establishments. Still, Hirafu retains a beating pulse of old Japanese values that are quaint, tranquil, and soothing.

With award-winning resorts, breathtaking natural wonderland, and indulging Japanese customs, it’s easy to see why Niseko is garnering more and more attention, from both local or international tourists. For the best time ever when you’re in Niseko, just make sure you pack your ski gear, winter clothing and one important travel-essential, SweetEscape holiday photographer.

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

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.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your 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.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

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.

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3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

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.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

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!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

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.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

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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SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!