Marhaban ya Ramadan! The holy month of Ramadan is here, and all Muslims around the world go on the month-long fasting period. Ramadan is not only about restraining oneself's from eating and drinking, but to also restrain our thoughts and words from the negative ones, in order to cleanse the body, mind, and soul (fitra) and to prepare us to welcome Eid al-Fitr by the end of Ramadan.
Ramadan should not prevent travelers to go on holiday. However, sometimes it might be difficult for Muslim travelers to find proper food for Iftar (the meal to end the day's fast) and suhoor (the meal at dawn before the start of the day's fast), especially when you travel to non-Muslim majority countries.
Sivia Azizah, a young Indonesian singer/lifestyle influencer had this experience a few times. Speaking during SweetEscape's #MakeSummerMemorable campaign launching event, Sivia stated that during her Ramadan travels, she likes to keep an optimistic approach.
"I believe that even in a non-Muslim majority country, there are still Halal foods to be found. I can go to supermarkets to get my own food for iftar or suhoor," said her.
Sometimes, Sivia also used one particularly common Indonesian tradition when traveling overseas. "Isn't it common for Indonesian travelers to bring foods from Indonesia when traveling overseas? A lot Indonesians are not used to trying local food from their destinations, so they bring Indonesian foods and condiments to cope. I think this is also a good alternative to make sure that you have proper, halal foods for your Ramadan," said Sivia.
"Although," she added, "Honestly I am very much into trying local foods! People like to bring kecap, sambal, or other condiments from Indonesia when they travel overseas, but I prefer to try the local, OG, foods! I think that's one of the best possible experiences one can get when travelling to a new country."
"When I travel, I never worry about whether or not the food would suit me, even during Ramadan. As long as it is Halal and delicious, why not?" she added happily. "I recently traveled to India with some of my friends. They all brought their Indonesian sauces and foods... I think I was the only one not bringing any food from home! I love Indian food to start with, but anywhere I go, that's how I want to experience my travels."
Sivia concluded, "I think the key is to keep it simple. For me, I don't think that iftar and suhoor needs to always be a special meal everytime. Even if what's available are only a piece of bread and some water, that would be sufficient."
Wherever you plan to go this Ramadan, let SweetEscape capture your moments! 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! For first time Escapists, don't forget to use the code FIRSTESCAPE to get USD 50 off your first booking, and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!
Congratulations, Graduants! After years of grueling work and many sleepless nights studying, you're finally graduated! Taking photos to immortalize one of your biggest achievements in life is a necessity, but sometimes you might feel that taking the same old poses at the same old locations might be boring. Worry not, for we have compiled five ideas for your graduation shoots this year!
You spent days, nights, months and years in this space studying and working, but (most-importantly) you made new friends in the campus that would last forever. What better way to make the memories last forever than to capture your graduation shots right there at the place where very corner holds a special memory of your journey together.
As much as you spent your days in the campus, there must be nights and days where you walk and explore the city where you study, especially if you're studying overseas or in a different city. Walk down memory lane through your favourite shopping streets or the city's famous restaurant alley and capture your graduation photos in those spots.
Especially for you who go to school in world-famous or historic cities, you might want to take your graduation shots at the city's famous landmark. A picture speaks a thousand words and nothing tells a better university-life story than a picture (or lots of it) in London's Tower Bridge and Big Ben, NYC's Brooklyn Bridge and Liberty Island, or Tokyo Tower. Trust us, the picture will turn into a treasure to show your children in the future!
Friends are always needed to help you go through the rougher times of your college life, and capturing your graduation together with great photos is always a great way to make your friendship more memorable. However, as much as you enjoyed your time with your squad, there are always times when you had to fight your way through classes and lectures on your own. Celebrating your success in going through that and coming out on top with a solo photoshoot is not a bad idea!
By the time we graduated, we must have realized that our journey through college would never be possible without the support and love of our loved ones, be it our parents back home, or our significant others that supported us day to day, near or far. Celebrate your graduation by taking great photos with these most important people in your lives!
Wherever and whomever you want to take your graduation photos with, let SweetEscape capture the moment for you! We capture any occasion, any time, anywhere by connecting you to a growing network of photographers in 500+ cities around the world, and your photos will be ready for download in 48 hours after the session via the SweetEscape app and our website. Book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!