Start The Year With A Bang

A kawaii water park, space-opera exhibition and cultural festival await this January.

Sanrio Splash In Subic

In time to round-off Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary, the Sanrio gang has taken over Inflatable Island, Asia’s biggest floating playground. Catch the limited Sanrio Float Town (until January 31) in Subic, Philippines. Grab one of the Hello Kitty floaties, go on My Melody’s slide and hang out with the giant Gudetama, in the middle of a sunflower bed lounge. Slide, swing, climb and bounce all you want for two hours (Php788), half a day (Php988) or a whole day (Php1,088). Each ticket gives you access to Sanrio Float Town, Unicornzilla, Inflatable Island, Bali Lounge and the Floating Zoo. Tip: You save Php100 per ticket if you purchase online.


The Force Is In Tokyo

Rediscover the unforgettable characters of a galaxy far, far away in “Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition”, which runs in Tokyo’s Warehouse Terrada in Shinagawa (until January 13). Learn more about your favorite Jedi heroes, Luke and Anakin Skywalker, and other memorable characters like Yoda and Boba Fett, as you view the costumes, props and original artifacts used in the films.


Cutting-edge Culture In Sydney

Welcome the new year Down Under with the Sydney Festival. This annual festival (January 8 to 26) is hosted at different venues across the city — there are music, theater, visual arts, dance andcircus events, and some are ticketed. If you’re attending with 10 or more friends, get a group booking that lets you save 10% to 25% on concession prices. Visit the festival website to check out the full program.


This story first appeared in the January 2020 issue of Smile magazine

Written by

Kate Alvarez

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