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Ramadhan Kareem! Sivia Azizah Shares Her Ramadan Tips When Traveling Overseas
07 May 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

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.

by Amber for SweetEscape in Hong Kong
by Amber for SweetEscape in Hong Kong

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.

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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.

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by Amber for SweetEscape in Hong Kong

"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.

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by Amber for SweetEscape in Hong Kong

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.

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by Amber for SweetEscape in Hong Kong

"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."

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by Amber for SweetEscape in Hong Kong

"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."

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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."

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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! This summer, enjoy special promotions for your photoshoot by using the code MEMORABLESUMMER80 to get USD 80 off and 20 extra photos for your 2-Hours Session or MEMORABLESUMMER20 to get USD 20 off and 20 extra photos for your 1 hour session. Use the code now and let's #MakeSummerMemorable!

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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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Make your summer in Bali memorable with SweetEscape! 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! This summer, enjoy special promotions for your photoshoot by using the code MEMORABLESUMMER80 to get USD 80 off and 20 extra photos for your 2-Hours Session or MEMORABLESUMMER20 to get USD 20 off and 20 extra photos for your 1 hour session. Use the code now and let's #MakeSummerMemorable!

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