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ISSUE 102

 

HAVING FUN IN LOMBOK!

We love sharing the traditions of our Sasak people – the hypnotizing beat of the Gendang Beleq, the doll-like beauty of the Gandrung dancers, the mystery and magic of the Mandalika Drama – and they love our western “traditions”, as was evidenced at all the Halloween and Melbourne Cup parties over the past week. Dressing up and having fun together… that’s part of the magic of Lombok!

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A NEW HOSPITAL FOR LOMBOK!

Medical facilities in Lombok have been steadily improving over the past few years, with reasonably good facilities at RisaCentra Medical Hospital in Mataram and the revamped KlinikBiomedika in Pangutan. However, hospital facilities on the island are still quite poor, particularly in comparison to hospitals in the west or even those in Bali.

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Anyone who has watched “DC Cupcakes” knows that these little cakes have come a long way from a bit of flour, eggs, water and icing sugar. Now we have our very own version in Senggigi, with “House of Cupcake” opening recently.

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GROUP PROTESTS UNDERAGE DRIVING AND MOTORBIKE OFFENCES

A local group has met with NTB police and the local parliament to voice their concerns about underage driving and traffic offences in Lombok.

Members of the Facebook group “1000 ORANG DI NTB MENENTANG ANAK-ANAK DI BAWAH UMUR MENGENDARAI MOTOR & MENDAPAT SIM”, supported by a group of Senggigi business owners and residents, attended a meeting held at Polda (Regional Police) Headquarters on Thursday, 3 November 2011.

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THE LOMBOK GUIDE AT ITB ASIA

The Lombok Guide 2011 Annual Magazine works hard all year to promote Lombok around the world!

Our latest travels have seen our glossy full colour magazine on display at ITB Asia travel show held at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore from 19 to 21 October 2011.

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LOCAL SCENE

HALLOWEEN @ CAFÉ ALBERTO

Little ghosts and ghoulies in fabulous costumes had a great time celebrating Halloween at Café Alberto with fun entertainment and dancing on stage by some of Lombok's beautiful and talented teenagers.

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DOZENS OF FOREIGNERS DEPORTED THIS YEAR

The NTB Immigration Office reports that dozens of foreigners have been deported throughout 2011for entering the island of Lombok illegally.

M Yanis,Head of the Immigration Office in Mataram,says dozens of foreigners who were returned were mostly illegal immigrants.“We have deported people quite a few times already this year. Quite a lot of people; there are dozens,” he said.

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INDONESIA RANKS LOW IN 2011 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched the 2011 Human Development Index (HDI) on Wednesday, 2 November 2011. The index again places Indonesia at 124 out of 187 countries surveyed.

In addition, Indonesia again ranks lower than five of its ASEAN counterparts, with Singapore leading in 26th place, followed by Brunei (33), Malaysia (61), Thailand (103) and the Philippines (112).

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HATTEN WINS MEDALS AT ASIA WINE SHOW

Bali wine maker, Hatten Wines, has won three awards for their wines at the prestigious Wine for Asia International wine show held in Singapore recently.

Held in conjunction with the Wine for Asia conference, the Wine Style Asia Award 2011 has achieved international recognition as the region’s premier wine award, celebrating top quality wines for the Asian palate and market.

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QUESTION: I have recently bought a small villa in a quiet area of Senggigi on the beautiful holiday island of Lombok. My budget was quite modest so I have chosen to buy something which requires some renovation. Can you recommend a selection of essential tools I will need to get the job done?

MR FIXER: You only need three tools in life.WD-40, duct tape and a hammer. Ifit doesn’t move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape. If you can’t fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem.

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LOCAL SCENE

MELBOURNE CUP @ THE BEACH CLUB

Melbourne Cup Day has become an institution at The Beach Club in Senggigi.

Lombok race lovers joined the crowd in fancy hats to watch Australia's favourite horse race on the big screen, with sweeps, cocktails, best hat and fashion prizes. Once again Gary took the Best Hat prize with his "Outback Dunny" creation, while Heidi stole the show for "Best Dressed"

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Gili Air 

I have a t-shirt that has the slogan, “Eat, Sleep, Dive” on it. It is a great t-shirt for Gili Air. Or that is what I initially thought… but it turns out that eating and sleeping are not always so easy!

When it comes to sleeping, at first I had trouble adapting to the call to prayer from the mosque. It is loud and starts at around 5am. However, I am finding that if I relax and don’t stress about being woken up, it is oddly soothing and I am managing to drift back to sleep.

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GILI SCENE

MELBOURNE CUP @ THE BEACH HOUSE

The Beach House on Gili T once again put on a big day for Australia's famous horse race.

Crowds gathered at the popular beachfront bar for a day filled with cup madness, with hat prizes,
special drinks and a Cup menu, sweeps, Eco Trust fund raising and the annual boat races off Gili T.

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