“It all began with an honest confession.
In late 2015, I went out on a year-end dinner with a bunch of friends from my bible study community. Angga was also there. We had been around each other many times before, but this time around we were sharing personal stories and looking back on the year that would soon come to an end. I told them truthfully how terrible and disappointing the year was for me – I'd been denied a health care program in the United States for my Multiple Sclerosis and I'd quit my job too. After the dinner, Angga unexpectedly gave me a call and we ended up talking for about 5 hours. It felt like talking to my best friend. Later on I found out that he felt compelled to reach out to me after hearing my story during the dinner.
Our relationship did not begin officially until about 5 months after that phone call. It wasn’t easy because I had to be absolutely sure that he was serious, able and willing to deal with me. I also consulted those closest to me about the relationship. Thankfully, many showed us their support and offered their prayers. I must say that being with him is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. We have our common grounds but we’re also different: I’m shy and I tend to overthink, he helps me relax and take things easy. Meanwhile, Angga is not a good planner, but I am. We balance each other out, and it’s not only in a figurative sense
It has been 22 months since our first date, we're about to tie the knot this year in May (on the exact date that we started our relationship) and I'm constantly touched to see the sincerity. The selflessness he has consistently shown from the beginning of our relationship until now. He is never embarrassed to go out with me even when I'm on my walker, and I often trip and fall. He always helps to push my walker whenever I get tired of walking. His positivity and acceptance makes me feel safe and energised. When I was first diagnosed with this condition, I questioned whether there would be a special man with unconditional love that can dispel my doubts and captivate my heart. I found the answer in Angga.” - Winda Napitupulu
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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