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Posts from December, 2008

Singapore sees in the New Year in style

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Singaporeans young and old will usher in 2009 in their own inimitable fashion in Marina Bay on December 31st.

The Countdown event will see thousands of locals and visitors on Singapore tours descend on this fabulous coastal spot on this occasion for reflection and, above all, celebration.

Across the country people are being asked by the organising body to participate in Wishing Spheres, which will see thousands of New Year messages written by members of the public released into the night sky over the bay in a gesture of goodwill and hope for the world.

The evening will also see the culmination of a photography competition which will have recorded countless special moments in the lives of ordinary people from across this most fascinating of countries.

Singapore – Enjoy the wonderful shops or explore Singapore’s colonial history, whatever you do end the day with a Singapore sling at Raffles.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18925584-ADNFCR

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Celebrating our video launch with £100 voucher competition

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isango! is proud to share our first company video with the isango! family!

This was a ‘first’ for us and a learning experience to say the least (in how to brief and shape such a different creative process to website design), but we’re pretty pleased with how it’s turned out and hope you enjoy it (and don’t forget to turn the sound on!). We hope you find that it’s not only colourful and inspirational but that it succinctly gets across the message that it’s what you DO on holiday that leaves the lasting memory, not the logistics of how you get there or where you might stay.

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To celebrate this momentous event, we’d like to invite you to enter a quick and fun competition… continue reading

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Nutcracker sure to go down a storm in Singapore

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One of the most world’s most popular ballets is to make a timely seasonal appearance in Singapore this Christmas season.

On December 12th to 13th and 17th to 20th, The Nutcracker will delight fans of dance and curious visitors on Singapore tours at the Esplanada Theatre.

In the show, the life of central character Clara is transformed when she is given a peculiar doll by Dr Drosselmeyer, which then comes alive on the stroke of midnight.

Aided by the doll in evading an army of rats that find their way into her bedroom, Clara instantly becomes close to her new friend and they embark on a series of exciting adventures together, including a journey into the Kingdom of Sweets.

Featuring one of the most famous pieces of music in stage entertainment, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the ballet is set to the music of the Nutcracker Suite by legendary Russian composer Tchaikovsky.

Singapore – Enjoy the wonderful shops or explore Singapore’s colonial history, whatever you do end the day with a Singapore sling at Raffles.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18922810-ADNFCR

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Hong Kong lanterns illuminate the city

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As one of the best free events in Hong Kong, the Spring Lantern Festival promises to illuminate locals and visitors on Hong Kong tours on the first full moon of the Chinese New Year.

On the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, a number of parks and outdoor spaces around the territory see beautiful paper lanterns hung and lit to commemorate the stunning fresh moonlight cast over the year for the first time, concluding the annual celebrations.

The lanterns can take many forms, from the simple and elegant classic designs to more modern depictions of dragons and other animals, meaning there is bound to be something to please every eye at this grand city-wide event.

Based on traditional calculations regarding the position of the lunar months, the date of the event differs each year but visitors in Hong Kong throughout the Chinese New Year should prepare themselves for a festival of subtle and lasting beauty.

Hong Kong – Part mystical Chinese city, part 21st Century metropolis Hong Kong combines temples and skyscrapers.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18922653-ADNFCR

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Famous Los Angeles lights come to a climax

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Few outdoor winter events in Los Angeles are as popular as the annual Griffin Park Holiday Lights Festival, which is to close at the end of the month after a fantastic run.

On December 30th the spectacular display along a stretch of Crystal Springs Drive will come to a close and there is sure to be a surge in popularity of this long-running and much-loved attraction among locals and those on Los Angeles tours alike.

At around a mile in length the festival is impressive in terms of its scale as well as it aesthetics and this year’s display could go down as one of the best ever. Highlights include illuminated renderings of the Statue of Liberty, the Hollywood sign and an incredible Tunnel of Lights.

In addition to the lights, the festival also incorporates a Reindeer Romp at the nearby LA Zoo and the Spark of Love Toy Drive, which aims to gather donations for underprivileged children at this special time of year.

The festival has been running for the last 13 years, attracts some half a million visitors each year and is organised by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
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Christmas Shopping Adventures: New York

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This post is the first of 3 about our favourite places for Christmas shopping and the things you can do while you are there. Today, New York.

It goes with out saying that New York is one of the world’s most fabulous Christmas shopping spots!

Why not turn your Christmas shopping trip to New York into a Holiday adventure? continue reading

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‘Giant’ LA street party kicks off 2009 with a bang

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A huge street party in Downtown Los Angeles is set to usher in the new year in style later this month.

On January 31st the Giant Maximus party will occupy a sprawling seven-acre site off 8th Street and Figueroa to celebrate the biggest party night of the year.

For the third year running the event will bring together some of the biggest names in the dance music business for an unforgettable night of action underneath the collection of heated ‘big-top’-style marquees.

This year’s event will run on the theme of ‘circus’, meaning freaks and stilt-walkers galore should be out in force around the event, delighting revellers on Los Angeles tours with their antics as the clock ticks on towards midnight.

Multi-talented DJ, producers and musician Moby will be headlining the main stage, alongside such legendary names in the dance music world as Benny Benassi and Paul Oakenfold.

New York may have its dropping ball in Times Square but for the clubbing fraternity of the City of Angeles there is only one place to be on NYE – Giant Maximus.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18921090-ADNFCR

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“Zoopendous” fun in Los Angeles

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A popular monthly event at the famous Los Angeles Zoo offers a rare chance to experience a different side of this terrific family attraction.

The first Zoopendous Nights of 2009 will be held on January 24th and 25th, with plenty of zoological fun in store for all the family.

The event gives younger visitors on Los Angeles tours the chance to see the attraction after dark and take part in some unique and very hands-on experiences.

After gorging themselves on pizza and salad, the youngsters can listen to some animals stories to send them off to sleep before waking up to the sound of the natural world rising for the day all around them, with a hearty continental breakfast to look forward to as well.

The city has enjoyed a zoological attraction since 1885, with the current Los Angeles Zoo opening in 1966. One of the original residents, an alligator named Methuselah, is still on display to visitors today.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18919767-ADNFCR

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Hong Kong marathon to take in the city’s historic sights

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Early in 2009 the Hong Kong marathon will once again see some of the world’s top runners and a large number of eager amateurs make their way around some of the spectacular sights of this top destination.

Visitors on Hong Kong tours will join the many thousands who line the route, which begins on Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon Peninsula and ends up in Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island.

While the main race kicks off at 08:00 there are number of other events which will see a very early start for competitors, such as the Half Marathon Challenge which begins at 06:50 and the 10km Challenge, which starts at the highly unsociable hour of 05:15.

The event began in 1997, when the course took runners from Sheung Shiu in Hong Kong to Shenzhen in China, crossing the border as a symbol marking the return of the territory’s sovereignty to China after 99 years in British hands.

Hong Kong – Part mystical Chinese city, part 21st Century metropolis Hong Kong combines temples and skyscrapers.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18919761-ADNFCR

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Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong

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The Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong are truly a sight to behold and rival anything found elsewhere in the world.

From January 20th to February 1st the coming year of the Ox will be the cause for much merry-making in Hong Kong, as the annual festivities reach fever pitch.

The tradition night parade on January 26th will begin at the Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon before winding its way through the city streets and finishing at the new World Centre.

Enormous time, effort and – of course, this being Hong Kong – money is put into the floats and costumes on the parade, which promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2009.

Elsewhere during the festival, visitors on Hong Kong tours can enjoy the fiesta, which allows the public to get a closer look at the parade attractions, beautiful flower markets and an incredible firework display over Victoria harbour on January 27th, which will light up the night sky in an eruption of colour and noise.

Hong Kong – Part mystical Chinese city, part 21st Century metropolis Hong Kong combines temples and skyscrapers.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18919753-ADNFCR

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