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Patti Grandidge's Memorable Easter Moments
29 Mar 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Popular Filipino pastry chef and new-mom Patti Grandidge talked about her family's traditions during the Easter long-weekend, and how her holiday routines might change now that her little boy Neo has arrived. She spoke to us after her recent SweetEscape session in London together with baby Neo and her husband, Jon Herrera.

Hi Patti! Since the Holy Week is coming, how do you usually celebrate it? Any particular traditions?

by Natasha for SweetEscape in London
by Natasha for SweetEscape in London

Funny enough, I’ve spent the last 3 Holy Weeks in the city. My husband and I usually do a trip a few weeks before the long weekend (like our recent London holiday with our new baby!) and find it relaxing to be in Manila while everyone else is away. My family goes to church on Easter Sunday and celebrates after with brunch. Now that we have Neo, I’m looking forward to starting new traditions!

When you go on short staycations during the long weekend, what do you usually do together? Do you plan to do anything different this year now that you have a new baby?

by Natasha for SweetEscape in London

We don’t do much during our ‘staycations.’ We take it slow and easy, walking our dog, grabbing coffee, easy meals at home or nearby. The vibe is so different, so we enjoy the quiet time while we can. This year, I hope to get a few swims in with Neo and take him on stroller walks while all the cars are nowhere to be seen!

Is there a particular Easter memory that is memorable to you?

by Natasha for SweetEscape in London
by Natasha for SweetEscape in London

Jon and I were in Italy for our honeymoon over Easter weekend a few years ago -- totally unplanned! The dates we booked happened to cover the holiday, so we got to spend it there. The majority religion in Italy is Roman Catholicism, so it was special to be there during the Easter weekend while everyone observed and celebrated.

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by Natasha for SweetEscape in London
by Natasha for SweetEscape in London
by Natasha for SweetEscape in London

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Lexi Gancayco's Healthy Summer
20 May 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Fitness enthusiast and instructor Lexi Gancayco shared her healthy tips to prepare yourselves to welcome summer!

1. How Do You Get Your Summer Body Ready?

by Kristanto for SweetEscape in Bali

Honestly I don't think there's such a thing as a 'Summer Body'. You'd want to keep your body healthy and fit consistenly all year round. But I think how you keep your body consistently healthy and fit is really by having a good balance of consistent work out and a balanced diet; not depriving yourselves of anything but not indulging too much on good food as well.

2. When You Go On A Holiday Sometimes Your Diet and Fitness Regime Got Messed Up. How Do You Maintain Your Fitness During Trips?

by Kristanto for SweetEscape in Bali
by Kristanto for SweetEscape in Bali

Of course when you are on holidays or vacations, you really should maximize the whole experience of wherever you are, so you should not deprive yourselves of any experience–including food–, but as I mentioned before, you should also not indulge yourselves too much. It's all about balance. For example, if you know that you're going to have a big meal that night, do a lot of activities like walking or working out in the hotel for 30-45 mins in the next morning. You should not even do it everyday, doing some workout every other day is enough. Basically, watch what you eat; it's all about balance.

3. Any Must-Have Healthy Food / Drink For Your Travels?

by Kristanto for SweetEscape in Bali

Water! Wherever you go, bring water with you. I had to learn this the hard way because I was on vacation last year and I fainted out of dehydration. I didn't realize that I didn't have enough water. So wherever you go, fill up a water bottle with you, and keep yourself hydrated.

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