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Sid and Kat Maderazo’s 10th Wedding Anniversary Bliss in Queenstown
01 Oct 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

This isn't just another awe-inspiring TV advertisement set in a scenic location somewhere in an urban paradise. This is a celebration of love and an honoring to a lifelong commitment years of two people bound by trust, partnership, and love.

Early this 2018, Sid, and Kat Maderazo, together with their children, Zen, Sky, and Ocean flew to New Zealand to celebrate the couple's 10th wedding anniversary.

by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown

When they got married in 2008, unlike the usual bride who'd prefer to look her best in a custom-made gown embellished with crystals, gems, and all, Kat decided to wear a Php7,000 wedding gown from Kamuning market in Manila. Yup, she's that simple and practical. But every woman certainly deserves the best especially on occasions such as that of a wedding anniversary, so Sid decided to surprise her by coordinating with top fashion designer, Francis Libiran, and his business partner, Arsi Baltazar. Just as how fate magically works, the gown that Kat had chosen was actually a piece that Francis Libiran designed while he was in New Zealand!

For 3 weeks, the Maderazos set off in a camper van adventure where they traversed 2500 kilometers, visiting one panoramic destination to another. From Kerr Bay Holiday Park and Shantytown, Greymouth, to Hotikita and Wanaka, it was not only an Instagram-worthy adventure, but a special memory meant to be kept forever.

The couple's renewal of vows ceremony took place in a venue by Moke Lake, a really picturesque location off the beaten track. As an intimate celebration, aside from their relatives, also present were his Brap Pack brothers, Drew Arellano and Javy Olives together with their families.

by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown

Though Queenstown is known for heart-racing activities such as alpine heli-skiing and zip-lining, theirs was an adventure one for the books. The view from Moke Lake alone where they shot their post-wedding photos is like a view straight out of a postcard! As a TV commercial director, Sid knew things out so well.

On occasions when all you want to do is have fun, selfies sure wouldn't be able to justify how beautiful a setting is or how real emotions are, so it's a great idea to have a photographer to document those for you, just as how Sid and Kat trusted SweetEscape to do so.

by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown

SweetEscape has a network of photographers from all over the world who would glad to be of service to capture your best moments on occasions and celebrations such as anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, and honeymoon. On your first booking, use the code FIRSTESCAPE to get $50 off on checkout.

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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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