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Nix Alañon and Rajo Laurel: United By Love For Design And Travel
16 Jul 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

Social media darlings, Rajo Laurel and Nix Alañon, have influenced many with their story of love. In a world where relationships can easily falter, theirs has not only survived the times, but thrived. Their relationship has lasted for more than a decade and is still going strong as true love reigns over them. Here’s their story.

“We met at a party 13 years ago, we dated for 3 months and it really just felt right. Relationship for us is not without its challenges either, but we thrive by learning about and giving each other understanding more every day. Humor is an important part of who we are as this really keeps our relationship happy and healthy. Also, we know this sounds so cliche, but we learned to not sweat the small stuff, because really, if it won’t matter in the next ten years, there’s really no need to even dwell on it.

Our love for design and our creativity unites us and while we each manage our own individual businesses, we know that it cannot succeed without each other’s support. We’re lucky that we have a shared love for the creative industry and can bounce ideas off of each other, but on some days, the support we need is simply a physical presence and a listening ear as we talk about how our days went.

Another thing that we both love is traveling and we travel to get inspired. The choices of our holiday destinations depend on budget, time and desire. Our “must do” often includes local cuisine and local market. We also must visit the museum and try to fully experience the culture. We try to immense ourselves in the local culture so we do our research beforehand, for example, to see different districts and to experience how locals live their daily lives there. We always come home from each trip feeling refreshed, inspired, and that does a lot for our relationship.”

Here are a few photos of their trip in Sydney and Queenstown, captured by SweetEscape:

by Carla for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Carla for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Carla for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Carla for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Carla for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Carla for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Ferry for SweetEscape in Sydney
by Ferry for SweetEscape in Sydney
by Ferry for SweetEscape in Sydney

What Nix Alañon said about SweetEscape:

Our experience with SweetEscape was fabulous! We came home with mantle-worthy photos. Plus we got to interact with the local photographer who gave us a perspective that’s unlike any other trip. We wouldn’t have seen the places we went to if it had not been for our SweetEscape photographers. They truly know the best spots in town for sure. We highly recommend them as the photographers aren’t just amazing at what they do at capturing your travel memories, they also great local guides who take you to the best spots around town.

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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!