With more issues that possibly can affect the relationship between parents and their grown-up child, some adjustments are needed. This family found out that to stay connected with each other is to get away on a trip. Read how this family’s only child, a fine young man named Samuel, shared his story about the trip to Japan and how it affected his relationship with his parents.
“My parents have been my biggest influences and supporters since day one. They instilled in me the values of unconditional love and encouragement. Looking back throughout my life, I realize how blessed I’ve been. I know my parents are not perfect, but they love me no matter what. We’re very close to each other but as time continues to pass, I feel myself becoming busy with work. There were too many days when I wasn’t able to have dinner with my parents, or even just to see their faces. So vacation time becomes a chance to reconnect with my parents.
I knew that if it wasn’t for our quality time, I’d busy growing up and forget that my parents are also growing old. That’s why I wanted to make it more memorable by preserving the memories with SweetEscape. Our photographer’s friendly and very helpful. She knows everything about the city and about the best place to take pictures. The weather was so nice that day, but when we’re done taking pictures and separated with our photographer, heavy rain fell down for hours. Our photographer said we’re lucky, I said we’re blessed.
When I look at my vacation photos from SweetEscape, I remember how precious the moment where we’re enjoying each other’s company and talking about the future. But above all, I’m grateful for my wonderful parents.”
-Samuel Hendrawan, Grateful Son.
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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