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New Home, New Memories
25 Sep 2017STORIESBY SweetEscape

Remember one of our favorite couples? They've shared their honeymoon story, and now these newlyweds share their story as they're settling into a new life together in Sydney.

"Arnold recently opened a restaurant here in Sydney. I moved to be with him, of course. We still have other businesses in Surabaya, so I still go back every few months.

Our first days of living in Sydney were great, since this amazing city isn’t too challenging. Sydney offers great coffee and food, amazing beaches and transportation is easy. Apparently when we moved here, we were on the second month of our marriage, so there was definitely a lot of adjustment. Especially in a new place, where I have to rely on Arnold - which I wasn’t used to, but he’s always been my best friend.

Our lifestyle has changed since we moved here. We’re busier, but at the same time, we treat each other better and appreciate each other more. The lifestyle here suits me more, and doesn't really make me miss home. The only thing I miss are my amazing family and friends." - Tiffany, Newlywed/Sydney Newcomer

What Tiffany & Arnold Said About SweetEscape

"We chose to have the photos taken in Central Park, which is in our neighborhood, and also at Bondi coastal walk, which is our favorite place in Sydney. These photos were taken on Monday, our only day off. Our Monday is like other people’s Saturday or Sunday, it’s our Date Day! Our photographer did exactly that - document our perfect date day. It means a lot for us to have photos of this particular phase in our lives, being young newlyweds in a brand new city."

by Ferry for SweetEscape in Sydney
by Ferry for SweetEscape in Sydney
by Ferry for SweetEscape in Sydney
by Ferry for SweetEscape in Sydney
by Ferry for SweetEscape in Sydney
by Ferry for SweetEscape in Sydney
by Ferry for SweetEscape in Sydney
by Ferry for SweetEscape in Sydney
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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!