Come Stay with Us for a Dazzling December!

INSIDE brings you this season’s offerings at our serviced residences to help you make the most out of this festive cheer!

Issue: Dec 2010

Whether you’re in Singapore or Sydney (featured above), it’s time to make merry and end the year on a spectacular high!
Credit: Tourism NSW, Robert Wallace

Lights are up and year-end sales have kicked in. With so much festive decorations and celebrations happening in December leading up to 2011, it shouldn’t be difficult to throw yourself into the year-end festivities with joie de vivre! From dance festivals to Christmas light-ups and countdown parties, there’s really no reason not to have fun wherever you are! And if you are staying with any of CapitaLand’s serviced residences – Ascott, Citadines or Somerset, you’d be sure to enjoy the joyous warmth of the season with the beautiful decorations and activities – offerings of the season to make you feel like it’s home away from home.

Sizzle in Singapore

From end November, the streets of Singapore are adorned with lavish Christmas decorations and lights especially in the heart of town, Orchard Road.

To witness the wilder side of Singapore, head on down to ZoukOut 2010 - A Dance Music Festival! Close to 30,000 are expected to turn up at the ZoukOut 10th anniversary event happening on December 11 at Siloso Beach, Sentosa to party all through the night from 8pm to 8am.

On the last day of 2010, Siloso Beach transforms into the ultimate countdown party arena at the Siloso Beach Countdown Party 2010/2011, touted as Asia's grooviest New Year celebration! Usher in a brand new year with ten hours of solid partying at five unique zones across the 1.2 km beach stretch, with a giant foam pool you can dive into.

If you’d prefer to end the year with a bang, you won’t want to miss the Marina Bay Fireworks Countdown 2010/2011, the hottest countdown celebration in town. With the iconic Marina Bay Sands as the backdrop, the tranquil waters of the bay will reflect the dazzling fireworks sky above Singapore's iconic cityscape – what a feast for the senses it will be!

Poise yourself for the awesome celebrations by staying at any of our serviced residences which are located in prime locations with convenient access to these major highlights. Be in for a treat if you are staying at Somerset Liang Court or Citadines Mount Sophia in Singapore because Christmas is celebrated early on December 11 with a special excursion to Marina Barrage for our residents! Enjoy fun-filled with activities such as kite flying and a special appearance by cartoonist, Peter Draw, who will teach kids how to draw.

Somerset and Citadines residents will also be roped in to help fulfil Christmas wishes of 50 underprivileged children from Touch Community Services, making this a meaningful Christmas.

Vivacious Vietnam

Even though Christmas does not have historical roots in Vietnam, people across the country are filled with the holiday spirit. The French introduced ‘Noel’ and Catholicism to the country years ago, and it is marked by the sounds of bells ringing at midnight on Christmas Eve to signal the universal desire for peace. Experience an evening of sacred music on Christmas Eve from the many churches in Ho Chi Minh City such as the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and be part of the partying crowd that throngs the Dong Khoi Street and Le Duan Street and enjoy the brightly decorated Christmas displays along the way.

Join the throngs of crowd strolling through Ho Chi Minh City District 8, otherwise known as ‘Christian town’ and experience the unique Christmas atmosphere

These major attractions can easily be accessed if you are lodging at Somerset Ho Chi Minh City. While you are here, you can also celebrate the season of sharing and giving by enrolling your child to be one of the 20 residents who will dress up as Santa Claus, all for a noble cause! They will embark on a mission to share happiness at the Dieu Giac Temple Orphanage, which shelters and cares for over 120 abandoned, orphaned or street children. Besides putting up festive decorations at the orphanage, the little residents will play games with the children, sing carols and dish out presents to brighten their Christmas. In addition, Somerset Ho Chi Minh City will be specially decorated with a key card Christmas tree at its lobby. Among the ordinary key cards, there will be 125 special edition key cards which are nicely decorated with the Christmas theme and residents’ names. These special edition key cards are for sale and all money collected will be donated to Dieu Giac temple orphanage.

Dieu Giac and keycard
S(left) Residents of Somerset Ho Chi Minh City will spend a meaningful Christmas reaching out to the needy at Dieu Giac temple orphanage (right) All proceeds from the sale of personalised special edition key cards will be donated to the orphanage as well.

Gate Crash a Party in China!

And as we approach the end of 2010, end it on a high! New Year’s Eve parties are a big thing in Beijing, so whether you are a big fan of mega-club experience or warehouse party, you will be spoilt for choice.

Especially if you are staying at Somerset Grand Fortune Garden Beijing, have no fear of missing out on the cool acts. Located in Chaoyang district, Somerset Grand Fortune Garden puts you in close proximity to some of the best nightspots in Beijing!

Catch Swedish DJ Stella Nutella at Centro for its Bubbly Cheers New Year’s night, or try your luck at Club China Doll, which transforms into a casino for the year’s most original New Year party. All the tables will be covered in green felt and the staff will turn into croupiers, inspectors and pit bosses. Music will be supplied by Beijing’s finest dance DJs alongside special guests from Afrosoul and Mixtape entertainment.

While if you are looking for wholesome fun for the family, children will be in for a treat at the residence’s pre-Christmas party! Games will be organised and Father Christmas will be giving out presents to children as everyone tuck into a sumptuous Christmas buffet!

Be Amazed in Australia

If you are heading Down Under in December, there will be so much in store for you!

Stay in comfort and convenience at Citadines on Bourke Melbourne and indulge in drinks and canapés such as mini Christmas puddings and mince pies at the Christmas event held on December 15 in the lobby.

Out there in town, you can grasp the opportunity to send your Christmas list direct to Santa from Santa’s Post Box in the City Square, and even receive a reply from the man himself! While you are on the way, stroll down Bourke Street and catch a glimpse of the Nutcracker themed Christmas windows at Myer. Over one million Australians and overseas visitors flock to the iconic Myer Christmas Windows to see the specially selected theme brought to life in its spectacular display, so you shouldn’t miss it!

Crowd, Christmas tree
Discover the spirit of Christmas in Australia! Join the crowds in their carol (left) or simply be mesmerised by the enormous Christmas tree at Melbourne’s City Square (right)!

For a charming evening, head down to Sidney Myer Music Bowl to catch the Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight, a Melbourne Christmas tradition now in its 73rd year. It promises to be as vibrant and captivating as ever. Kids will be bowled over by brand new Christmas Spectacular ice show at the Harbour Town Christmas on Ice and there will be plenty of free kids’ activities throughout December!

If Sydney is where you plan to be over the holidays, stay at Somerset Darling Harbour and walk over to Sydney Town Hall to enjoy the immensely popular Christmas Projections which will light up Sydney Town Hall and other buildings on Macquarie Street. 12 slides, rotated every night, will be projected, evoking images of the 12 Days of Sydney Christmas. Enjoying watching this part of the city transform into a huge canvas every night from 26 November to 25 December from 8:30pm to 1:00am.

And do stay on for the New Year! Sydney has recently been acknowledged by numerous media sources as having the world's best New Year celebrations, topping the list of cities such as New York City, Edinburgh, Paris, and London! Join in the crowds of more than 1.5 million people enjoying the celebrations around the Sydney Harbour and be wowed by the over 80,000 fireworks are set off from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and six other firing points covering 6km along Sydney Harbour!

Under the stars and the dawn
Enjoy the spectacular fireworks display overlooking Sydney Harbour
Photo Credit: Tourism NSW, Robert Wallace

The event can be seen from a 16-kilometre radius around Sydney and attracts an average of 300,000 international tourists each year. The Harbour of Lights Parade adds to the attraction as cruise boats covered in fairy lights cruise the centre of the harbour all night. Well, you could be in one of these vessels and enjoy prime position for the evening!

So, as we end this issue with all the offerings that this season brings, here’s wishing all our INSIDE readers a prosperous and wonderful year ahead!

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