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Bianca Gonzalez-Intal: On Making Memories Through Motherhood
28 Aug 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

A mother, wife, talk show host, writer, social media influencer, and now, a YouTuber.

How could a woman be everything all at once?

Just like some fine wine that gets better with age, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal proves that not even the sky’s the limit when you are surrounded by the people you love and who loves you back, and when you love what you do.

In her mid-30s, she does and has what a woman could ask for: a dynamic job, a supportive husband even through hectic basketball schedules, an adorable mini-me—that is Lucia Martine, and soon, a second child to bring more joy to her life.

Delving into the digital world through her relevant and honest tweets, Instagram posts, and Paano Ba 'To vlogs, Bianca recently surprised her social media followers after announcing her second pregnancy. But unlike her first with Lucia, she shared through her regular mommy diaries update on Instagram the struggle of having Hyperemesis Gravidarium in her first trimester, making her lose some pounds, but still keeping the baby safe and sound.

Also, thanks to social media, many moms learns of her regular workout that's perfectly fit for pregnancy conditions like hers. Bianca does pre-natal pilates to keep herself fit and strong enough to still carry Lucia whenever she likes to and to be ready to get baby # 2 out in the world soon.

Lucia, on the other hand, might not fully understand what it's like to be an older sister, but Bianca definitely wishes for the best. "So far, she understands the concept of a baby in mommy's tummy but we'll never really know 'til the day she physically sees a little baby at home!", she says.

What Bianca says of her SweetEscape experience:

Even through all these struggles and amid their busy schedules, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, together with her husband JC, and their daughter Lucia, managed to squeeze in some family time in Singapore with a quick session from SweetEscape. "It was a very easy, relaxed session as we explained to our photographer Hisham what we really wanted. Nothing too posed, just as if capturing us on a holiday", she shares.

Here are some of the photos from their Singapore trip:

by Hisham for SweetEscape in Singapore
by Hisham for SweetEscape in Singapore
by Hisham for SweetEscape in Singapore
by Hisham for SweetEscape in Singapore

It isn't everyday that a hardworking woman like Bianca gets to be on a vacation with her family, so she made sure to have all of their precious moments captured by a SweetEscape photographer.

On your next travel, book your first session with SweetEscape and get $50 OFF using the code FIRSTESCAPE.

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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.

by Donny for SweetEscape in Bali

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!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

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!