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ISSUE 107

 

IMLEK IN LOMBOK!

As we publish this issue, Chinese people around the world are celebrating Chinese New Year, known as “Imlek” in Bahasa Indonesia; and the beginning of a 15-day celebration at the start of the Chinese Lunar calendar.

Lombok is home to a large community of Chinese people who will celebrate the start of a new year and the first day of Spring on 23 January 2012.

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ILLEGAL MINING GETS LOMBOK IN THE NEWS… FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS

Once again, reports on the dangers and environment damage posed by illegal gold mining in Lombok are gaining the island negative attention both nationally and internationally.

A damning report by Bali-based Australian journalist, Deborah Cassrels, published in national newspaper "The Australian" on 31 December 2011 has been picked up by wire media and duplicated on websites across the World Wide Web.

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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.

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MONSOON SEASON BRINGS BAD WEATHER

It’s that time of the year again, when the monsoon season starts across Indonesia, bringing with it rains, high winds and dangerous ocean conditions.

The monsoon refers to the winds, not rain, caused by the normal reversal of NE or SW prevailing winds at this time of the year. As Lombok is only 8 degrees south of the equator, it has a typical tropical climate with two seasons: the dry season and the monsoon, or rainy season.

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LOCAL SCENE

THE GREAT BIBI COOK-OFF!

"My Bibi is a better cook than your's" sparked off the first-ever "Great Bibi Cook-Off" in Senggigi on 15 January. Organised by Leanne and Terry, and hosted by Yvonne and Dennis at their home in Secret Garden, guests participated in a blind tasting of dishes prepared by nine different bibi's. The winner was Ibu Nur, with her delicious Ayam Wijen (Sesame Chicken). Runner up was Ibu Rusdiayu with her wonderful combination of Ayam Bumbu (Spicy Chicken) and Rendang (Spicy Coconut Beef)

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QUESTION: My husband and I have bought a small villa on the tropical holiday island of Lombok. We have been married for 38 years and have decided to stick together and try to make a go of it, despite constant disagreements and arguments. The one thing we do agree on is that Lombok is where we want to stay and enjoy our well-earned retirement. 

During the first year of our marriage, when my husband spoke, I listened. For the next few years, I spoke and my husband listened. Now, we both speak and the neighbours listen. 

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MOVE TO NON-SUBSIDISED FUEL UNCLEAR

The government’s plan to control the sale of subsidised fuel, starting in April this year, still seems to be unclear.

Consumer groups and analysts have slammed the government’s plan to prohibit private car owners from using Premium, the widely used state-subsidised fuel, saying the infrastructure to provide alternatives on a large-scale is not yet ready.

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MINISTRY MOVES TO CONTAIN LION AIR DRUG FALLOUT

The Jakarta Post reports that the Transportation Ministry is moving fast to contain the damage from the use of recreational drugs by pilots and cabin crew, by expanding the protocols for drug abuse prevention.

The ministry has issued a circular requiring airline companies to intensify drug tests on pilots and crew members as required by the Standard Operating Procedures for Drug Abuse Prevention. The circular also demands that the procedures be applied to all types of commercial airlines.

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Gili Air 

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!

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