What a wonderful start to the New Year it was in Lombok! As we said goodbye to 2011 and welcomed in 2012, thousands of people flocked to our island to celebrate the holidays, with many saying it was the busiest season ever!
As a new year begins, it is time to reflect on the changes 2011 brought to Lombok and to speculate about what the coming year may hold for our beautiful island.
The Lombok International Airport opened to mixed reactions on 1 October 2011. Local government authorities were caught unawares by the response from local people living in the small villages throughout Lombok, who flocked to the airport to witness the “modern miracle” of flight.
With a new year beginning, we bring you the official list of Indonesian and Bali Public Holidays for 2012:
1 January 2012:New Year 2012 – Tahun Baru Masehi
23 January 2012: Chinese New Year – Imlek 2563
1 February 2012: Galungan (Bali Holiday only) 11 February 2012: Hari Raya Kuningan (Bali Holiday only)
January is a busy time of the year for The Lombok Guide as we begin preparing our 2012 Annual International Magazine. Each year we publish 5000 copies of The Lombok Guide 2012 Magazine – a 120-page full colour, glossy magazine – which is mailed to travel agents and industry partners around the world, as well as being used throughout the year at international travel fairs and expo’s to promote Lombok.
My name is Dewi. I live in Sade village in the south of Lombok. I am 17 years old and I have 2 younger sisters and 2 older brothers.
My parents are both farmers who work in the rice fields, which takes a lot of their time and is very tiring work. I started working in the rice fields to help my parents when I was 10 years old. I went to school in the mornings and then went to help my parents in the fields afterwards, which was very hard for me but it had to be done, as our lives depend on agriculture.
After a fairly lengthy period of consistent electricity supply, Lombok is again experiencing power cuts and blackouts. Senggigi businesses and residents were particularly annoyed when the lights went out on Christmas Eve, with the blackout lasting most of the day and again into the night. With hotels at high capacity and forced to run expensive generators during the high season, we are left asking: “When are the PLN going to get it right?”
However, the problem may not just be with the PLN (state electricity company) as recent reports show:
Asmara is a favourite for Senggigi residents celebrating Christmas with family and friends. This year Sakinah and the Asmara team created a magical day with a traditional Roast Turkey lunch accompanied by the lovely Florentia children's choir singing Christmas carols.
QUESTION: My husband and I have recently bought a small retirement villa with valley views in a quiet area of Lombok. We have always been animal lovers, so we were delighted when a stray cat just walked in one day and never moved out. She is called Claude. Well why not? She has clawed the carpet and clawed the curtains – so the name seemed to suit!
Welcome to 2012! I hope you had an amazing start to the New Year or, if nothing else, you had so much fun that you had to lie down for a while!
2012 is an exciting year, or the date is at least. If the Hollywood interpretation of the Mayan calendar is correct, 21 December 2012 is when it all ends. Or it all begins, if you want to take the more optimistic view of something no one is entirely sure about!