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The Hidden Gems of Yogyakarta According To Depepedia
09 Aug 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

Let’s play a little game. Can you guess where this photo was taken?

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Tokyo? Wrong!

How about this one?

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Bali? Wrong again!

All of these photos were taken in Yogyakarta, by the keen eyes of David Dwi Praharsa or more popularly known as David Depe, the one behind the rising travel account on Instagram, @depepedia.

Raised in Yogyakarta, David’s dream is simple: to share his adventures, especially ones that can be found in his hometown. He wants to showcase another side of Yogyakarta and to give his audience options other than the three famous must-dos: taste the signature Gudeg, visit the Borobudur Temple, and experience heritage at Kraton.

Through his account, @depepedia, he tries to bring the most relevant and useful content to his audience. Although he doesn't share using his personal account, he believes that he can still relate with the audience by replying to every DM that comes in and to give them local insights tailored to their interest. As a fan-boy at heart, he knows that getting replied matters a lot.

Depepedia is filled with David’s curated content. He finds that his account works both ways: as he recommends places to visit, he often receives a lot of references from his followers too. However, David still maintains a standard for the recommendations he places on Depepedia; he will not post a restaurant recommendation if he hasn’t tried it several times first.

At food vendors all around Yogyakarta, you will find "Depepedia Approves" stickers. Although he admits that he didn't start off Depepedia to empower local business, he find that this is a favorable impact to sharing what he likes.

Now, are you ready to explore Yogyakarta?

You can start off by checking out these two hidden gems in Yogyakarta, recommended by Depepedia:

Resoinangun Garden

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Roti Bakar Premium

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Riverside Javanese Cottages

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Situs Warungboto

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While you're already in this beautiful city, don't forget to capture your moments!

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Real Stories from Real Clients: What Makes You Love SweetEscape?
28 Nov 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

The idea of getting someone professional to take your photos might not appeal to everyone, but here in SweetEscape we firmly believe that once you tried a SweetEscape session, you'd immediately fall in love with it and would want to book more. No, this is not a marketing campaign, it's a fact! Don't believe us? Check out these real stories from our real clients on why they love SweetEscape so much!

1. The First Timer

Our very own Creative Director, Jalu, wasn't really a big fan of being photographed. However, after 8 months of working in SweetEscape and (naturally) getting exposed to SweetEscape's beautiful photos in a lot of beautiful locations around the world, Jalu started to feel that maybe being photographed isn't such a bad idea after all.

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So, for his family holiday in Tokyo this year-end, Jalu booked his first-ever session. What impressed him the most is how easy the booking process turned out to be–just through the app. His interesed was piqued even higher when he met the photographer who was very friendly and easy to converse with.

"I also noticed how professional their cameras and gears were! So it made me even more convinced that my photos would turn out to be great!" said Jalu.

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

When Jalu received the photos, he was surprised at how beautiful the photos turned out to be. His wife loved the session and the photos, his young daughter–which he feared wouldn't enjoy the shoot–also absolutely loved it, even he himself looked good in the photos!

"The photographers really know how to find the perfect angle for you, I never thought my photos would turn out these great!" said Jalu. "I absolutely love it, and I'd definitely book more sessions when I travel to other interesting locations in the future."

2. The 'Seasoned' Lovers

Sheena Buraga and her husband Daniel are truly one of the most unique clients SweetEscape had recently. Their 'Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept is really inspiring, and SweetEscape is proud and honoured to be a part of their love journey from the very start when Daniel first proposed to Sheena in Tokyo (spring), to their pre-nup shots in Nami Island (autumn) and Niseko (winter), and finally to their final pre-nup shot in Siargao (summer).

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by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao

"Between May and June 2018 after the proposal, we started planning for our wedding. At first we thought that the photos in Tokyo would be our proposal / engagement photos, and we wanted to capture another pre-nup photoshoot, not with SweetEscape. But when seeing our proposal photos shot by SweetEscape, everybody said that our pre-nup shoots will look less beautiful compared to the super-beautiful photos of our proposal taken by SweetEscape! Considering this, and since we were travelling to Nami Island, South Korea in the autumn, we decided to create this 'Four Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept with SweetEscape!" said Sheena when asked about what made them keep taking their pre-nup shots with us.

3. The Reporter

TV reporter Najla Hilabi always puts an extra care for her Instagram feed; she wants it to look extra neat and beautiful, and this was her initial reason to use SweetEscape. After knowing about us from an Instagram ad, she decided to book her first session for her trip to Prague.

"I don't know if I'd ever go back to Prague again, so I thought it was important to capture my moments there with a proper photography service," said Najla.

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by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

What impressed her was eventhough there were some language barrier with the photographer, the photos still turned out beautiful, and the photographer brought her to the hidden gems of the already enchanting city. This, in addition to the beautiful photos she received afterwards, made her book another session for her recent trip to Tokyo.

"I feel that SweetEscape always maintains their standard of quality. You don't just get your raw photos, you get perfectly curated and professionally edited photos, and this careful production process really makes me love SweetEscape!"

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So, don't let anything make you doubt us! 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!