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Freedom of Expression: Kresna Julio Talks with SweetEscape
13 Aug 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Merdeka! As we celebrate Indonesia's 74th Independence Day this weekend, we talked with one of Jakarta's most celebrated radio host Kresna Julio about the meaning of freedom and about his experience with SweetEscape.

1. What Do You Think The Word 'Independence' Means?

by Joe S for SweetEscape in Jakarta
by Joe S for SweetEscape in Jakarta

I think 'independence' is when everybody is able to freely express whatever they want to express. I think freedom of expression is the highest form of freedom, and whenever someone has experienced this kind of freedom, then he/she had experienced true independence.

2. This Year Marks Indonesia's 74th Year of Independence. What Do You Think Are The Kind of Freedoms That Indonesians Have Experienced, and What Still Needs To Be Fought For?

by Joe S for SweetEscape in Jakarta

I think in our 74 years of independence, Indonesia has acheived quite far. The people can now freely elect our government freely, from representatives, governors and mayors, all the way to the president. We are also able to express our opinions freely, especially on social media, even though some people have gone a little bit too far. But so far, I think we as Indonesian people have had most of the freedom and independence that we should have.

by Joe S for SweetEscape in Jakarta
by Joe S for SweetEscape in Jakarta

The only type of freedom that we're still lacking, in my opinion, is freedom from our own old way of thinking. I think too many times we care too much about what other people might think and it makes us limit our own freedom ourselves, without the government or other people limiting it for us. Take freedom of fashion, for example. So many times we are unable to dress as we please because we're afraid of what other people might say, how society judges us. I think we need to stop judging our own selves and start thinking with more freedom.

3. What is The One Moment You Feel Most Free?

by Joe S for SweetEscape in Jakarta

There are so many! I'm a free-spirited person, so most of the time I won't allow circumstances or what others say to determine my freedom. However, if you ask me to mention one particular moment, I think that has to be whenever I went for travelling or holiday. While on holiday, I am free to do whatever I cannot do while working in Jakarta, I can wear things I can't wear while at work, etc. Also, I love to set aside some quality time for my own self, when I can feel totally free.

4. How was Your Experience with SweetEscape?

by Joe S for SweetEscape in Jakarta
by Joe S for SweetEscape in Jakarta

I did a session with my closests buddies in Jakarta, and honestly at first I was afraid that the photographer would turn out to be like some kind of a wedding-style photographer that he would ask me to pose with flowers! Fortunately, the photographer turned out to be super fun! He's an expert at directing us to pose and finding cool spots to take photos... He even turned out to be one of my friends' friend! I arrived a little bit late for our session at Kota Tua Jakarta, but the photographer was totally cool with it, and don't get me started on the results! They're perfectly retouched and I don't need to edit anything else before posting them to my social media accounts! Great job, SweetEscape!

by Joe S for SweetEscape in Jakarta
by Joe S for SweetEscape in Jakarta

Anytime you wish to celebrate your freedom, SweetEscape is ready to capture your moment for you! We capture every moment, from the little everyday moments, to the big important life achievements. SweetEscape is ready #ForEvery moment, so book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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Kelly Misa in the City: Who Says Living in the Metro Has to be Stressful?
13 Sep 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

You might associate ‘fun’ and ‘relax’ with beach resorts or mountain villas, but being in the heart of the city has its perks and doesn’t always have to be a hassle. We had the pleasure of shooting with model, television host, beauty columnist, lifestyle blogger, and mum Kelly Misa recently and caught up a bit on the beauty of city living.

1. What do you love about living in the city?

by Mark for SweetEscape in Makati

I love being central to my work and to my family and friends. It is really convenient given I don’t need to travel far to get to my destination. Also, all the best groceries and markets are in the city (my priorities because I’m a mom) and it’s just more accessible to live within Metro Manila.

2. What are some of your favorite restaurants and bars?

by Mark for SweetEscape in Makati
by Mark for SweetEscape in Makati

Being a mom to a toddler who just recently started school, I rarely go out. But as a family, we love eating out and trying new restaurants. One restaurant I recently tried and loved is Pablo Bistro in Salcedo Village. They serve the most amazing goat cheese salad as well as grilled octopus! Amazing! And just next door is Cartel Deli where you can find excellent coffee.

3. How do you spend your weekends?

by Polina for SweetEscape in Los Angeles
by Polina for SweetEscape in Los Angeles

My weekends are spent with family. Most times we spend our time together at home but once in awhile we go out and try a new restaurant, check in a hotel to go on a staycation or drive out of town to Tagaytay or to the beach in Batangas.

4. Where do you usually go to work out, detox or destress?

I go to One Life Studio in Alabang for one on one Pilates sessions. This has really helped me stretch out my muscles, strengthen my core, and fix my posture.

by Mark for SweetEscape in Makati

5. What's in a city girl's makeup kit?

A warm shimmery blush! I love Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color blush in Terrarose, and a pinkish nude lippie, MAC Velvet Teddy. Usually that’s all I wear everyday.

6. How was your experience booking SweetEscape in the city?

by Mark for SweetEscape in Makati

SweetEscape has been an absolute joy… I have captured so many amazing photos from my travels all over the world thanks to this photography app and I really can’t ask for anything more. The photographers are always kind and accommodating, and so patient with my son to get that perfect family photo.

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