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Top 5 Tips When Travelling in London According To Amanda Zevannya
30 Apr 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

It's not where you travel to, but who you travel with goes the popular saying. And here at SweetEscape, we love our adventurous couples who enjoy going to new places and discovering new things. "We chose London because we agreed that we should go for somewhere we had never been to before. We were looking forward to getting lost and being surprised, basically!" said Amanda Zevannya when asked why she and her husband, Gideon Simanjuntak, decided to hit the Square Mile City for their honeymoon. Read on to check out Amanda's top five tips on what you should do if you're planning to head over to London too!

Buy Oyster Card

The e-ticket makes it easier for you to travel around London, be it by train or by bus. It costs cheaper too!

Ask The Locals

As a tourist, of course you don't know your way around. So don't be shy to ask the locals to get to places! Londoners are generally friendly compared to other Europeans.

Keep Track of Your Expenses

Prices in London are typically higher compared to other countries, especially if you come from an Asian country. You don't want to come home and be stressed out by your credit card bill, do you?

Take A Lot of Photos

London is a photogenic city. Nearly all of its spots are gorgeous to take photos in, especially if you're on a honeymoon. At the risk of sounding touristy, I would say the Westminster area is mindblowing - it's too beautiful for words!

Enjoy The Trip

Last but not least, don't forget to actually enjoy the trip! It's important to cherish every moment, especially with your loved one.

by Aleksandra for SweetEscape in London
by Aleksandra for SweetEscape in London
by Aleksandra for SweetEscape in London
by Aleksandra for SweetEscape in London

What Amanda Said About SweetEscape

"This is not our first time doing photo session with SweetEscape. And we have never been disappointed by either the session or the photos. They are as beautiful as you see on SweetEscape’s website and social media! Our photographer was a Russian, but she knows London pretty well and she is a nice person as well. We loved every second of it!" - Amanda Zevannya

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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!