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Nicole Tantoco and Miko de los Reyes: Honeymoon Memories in Siargao
21 Sep 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

From her lavish Broadchella-themed despedida de soltera to the intimate yet wonderful wedding ceremony, could we just take a moment to appreciate and somehow drool over Nicole Tantoco’s journey from being a bride-to-be to finally transitioning to the gorgeous Mrs. Miko de los Reyes?

One-half of high society's latest "it" couple, Nicole Tantoco-de los Reyes, recently tied the knot with Miko de los Reyes at Sta. Elena Golf & Country Estate. A beautiful Filipiniana-themed ceremony took place, followed by a reception at Antonio's in Tagaytay. After all of the planning, preparation, and merriment, the newlywed needed, but more like, deserved a honeymoon—and the next thing they knew, they were off to Siargao!

Technically their mini-moon or mini honeymoon (yup, that's a thing!), the couple decided to join Miko's aunt and uncle for his birthday celebration with a couple of friends and family. Aside from ticking this place off of their bucket list, it was a chance for them to enjoy each other's company even when responsibilities await in their married life.

Such a laid back setting in an island miles away from the metro sure did give the couple some quality time. "It is so beautiful there, and it is so relaxing to just absorb the sights of daily life while trike-ing around or hanging out and watching the pros at Cloud 9," Nicole shares.

Of course, they never missed the surfing experience. Fondly known to be a haven for surfers, Siargao has those waves that are incomparable with any other location. "That feeling of catching a wave is just exhilarating! No wonder so many people get hooked on surfing and end up moving to the island", Nicole adds.

They also went island-hopping from Naked Island to Dako Island, where they enjoyed a feast of fresh seafood and liempo from a boodle fight. They also got the chance to visit Sugba Lagoon, the famous Instagram spot where a diving board in the middle of a tropical oasis is situated.

by Janos for SweetEscape in Siargao
by Janos for SweetEscape in Siargao
by Janos for SweetEscape in Siargao

A perfect honeymoon you may call it, but what made their moments more meaningful is the fact that they were saved in form of photos through SweetEscape. Nicole and Miko usually do not bother taking picture on their travels, but this time, they let Janos, a SweetEscape photographer from Siargao, capture the best moments for them to remember. "It was such an easy and natural solution to think of using SweetEscape's service for our upcoming Siargao trip. We downloaded the app, booked our photographer, and specified a time and date for the shoot. The island was so familiar to him (Janos) and his camera, and he knew all the best places to shoot! It was very relaxing and casual, and Janos directed us where to stand or sit, and we felt like we were just talking and hanging out as he snapped away. When we saw the photos we were surprised because we didn't even know he had been shooting already! The whole thing was so fast and seamless and the photos were beautiful! So natural too. We thought it was a fun experience and would definitely use SweetEscape again," Nicole narrates.

by Janos for SweetEscape in Siargao

SweetEscape definitely makes a trip memorable and convenient because you don't have to worry about getting nice photos of yourself, because a SweetEscape photographer could do it for you. With a pool of over 2000 photographers from more than 400 cities across the world, every travel memory could be saved with SweetEscape.

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5 Most Beautiful Savannas In The World
20 Jun 2019PLACESBY SweetEscape

At the mention of the word ‘ savanna”, your mind probably wanders to the vast grassy plains of Africa. But do you know that there are actually a few savannas in the world that are worthy of your attention? Even more surprising, some of the best ones are located in Indonesia, ready to be explored to your heart’s content. So without further ado, let’s unleash our inner Simba or Nala, it’s time to roam here in our 5 picks of the most beautiful savannas in the world:

Real Life Lion King, Serengeti (Africa)

by Chelsey for SweetEscape in Cape Town

Said to be a major inspiration to the movie Lion King, the Serengeti goes as far as the eye can see- and then some more. The seemingly endless grassland is located in Tanzania, Africa and is one of Africa’s most classic safari destinations. It’s the home of the Big Five, over 500 species of birds and Agrica’s most well-known great wildebeest migration.

With countless tour packages available for your choosing, more and more attractions are introduced including hot air balloon, camping, walking safaris and so on. Excitement aside, nothing beats the tranquility of just sitting and waiting for sunset or admiring the landscape up close.

The Stunning Jewel of Sumba - Puru Kambera, Sumba (Indonesia)

by Virgians for SweetEscape in Sumba
by Virgians for SweetEscape in Sumba

Home to East Sumba’s savanna, the grassland expanse is an iconic jewel that will struck any traveler with an awe-inspiring wonder. Just a 30-minute drive from Waingapu, the open stretches of grassland gets even more dramatic with backdrop of rolling hills at one side and oceanic stretch at the other. Cue in the galloping sandalwood horses and there you have it, the best nature scene one could ever wish for.

In fact, the golden-yellow savanna and blue skies have made the screen plenty of times in the movies. It’s also a highly-requested prewedding location, all thanks to the beach that is adjacent to the meadow with the same name.

The Soothing Colors of Nature - Palouse, Washington (USA)

by Fredy for SweetEscape in Seattle

The Palouse is the most serene and pastoral of the seven wonders of Washington. Located in the Southeast area of the state, the grassland boasts a unique landscape that is also a designated wheat and barley plantations. As the produce matures from time to time, the Palouse changes in colors too, from lush shades of green in Spring to crispy harvest brown in summer.

The meadow is a gem that captivates the hearts of many photographers, ready to hunt for the next most picturesque memory under the sun. One thing is for sure, with such wonderful sight to see, any shot is going to be as good as it gets.

Savana Selo- Mount Merbabu National Park, Salatiga (Indonesia)

by Hakim for SweetEscape in Yogyakarta
by Hakim for SweetEscape in Yogyakarta

We’re not kidding when we say some of the best savannas in the world is in Indonesia. Just check out our next contender, Savana Selo that is nicknamed after the pathway to reach it. With the majestic mount Merbabu as the backdrop, you can expect to find a few savanna spots, all with the same exotic yet carefree panorama. The beauty often stops hikers in their tracks, inviting them to take a long rest while absorbing the fresh view it has to offer.

Plenty of other mountains in Indonesia also share the same geographical feature of mountainous savannas. To name a few, there are Mount Sindoro, Mount Lawu, Mount Bromo, Mount Argopura and the list continues! So if you are yet to step foot in Africa or other foreign countries, Nusantara beckons your savanna visit anytime of the day.

Pretty in Pink - Nari Park, Seoul ( South Korea)

by Hendry for SweetEscape in Seoul

Nothing gets more instagrammable than the stretch of lovely pink savanna in the form of one endless park. It’s one of the most visited places in Korea during autumn, the pinkish and violet grass sway dreamily like one huge fluffy carpet.

The pink sea of flowers is not the only thing that you get to enjoy, because Nari Park also houses many different other floral species that share one thing in common : extra prettiness! Just get your camera ready and prepare to experience a day of natural beauty at its finest height.

by Virgians for SweetEscape in Sumba

Whichever savanna you decide to experience the "Circle of Life", let SweetEscape make those festive colors and joyful memories last a lifetime in print! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you have to do is to create your memories, while we take great photos of your every moment! (Use the code FIRSTESCAPE on your first SweetEscape booking to get USD50 off and let's) #MakeLifeMemorable!

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