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ISSUE 113

 

SPRING OVER TO LOMBOK!

With the worst of the monsoon rains behind us, and the celebration of Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere on 20 March, Lombok is being blessed with beautiful weather right now… it’s almost like Spring in the west!

April is a wonderful time to visit Lombok – and the best time to take advantage of “low season” discounts and cheap rates at hotels and resorts on the island.

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SOUTH AFRICA AND LOMBOK… A COOPERATIVE IN CLAY

What do Qunci Villas, a world-renowned ceramist and a small pottery workshop in Lombok have in common?

That’s what we came to find out when visiting South African ceramist Hennie Meyer visited Lombok last month.

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• As reported in Issue 110 of The Lombok Guide, the Department of Transport has reduced the size of the DAMRI buses operating out of Lombok International Airport.

The Department has replaced the 40-seat passenger buses with smaller units carrying a maximum of 27 passengers on all of its airport transfer routes.

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KAMI SUKA…. XO SUKI!

On a wet and windy night recently, four of us piled into a taxi in search of some real Chinese food to suit the weather. Inspired by the photos in their advertisements and good reports from friends, we headed for XO Suki in the city.

XO Suki is a popular Chinese-style restaurant chain with branches in Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali.

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LOCAL SCENE

Blue Water Cruises THE BOAT THAT ROCKED!

Around sunset, Blue Water Cruises' beautiful wooden sailing boat, Aliikai, set sail from Serangan Harbour in Bali. Cruising through the clear waters – accompanied by Tarik from Bali-based band Paramitsha on his Spanish acoustic guitar playing haunting gypsy melodies – over 30 guests from around the world headed to Gili Air for an overnight stay as they embarked on a 4-day trip; not to be forgotten.

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QUESTION: I am now a single lady animal lover who came to the idyllic shores of Lombok to relax and take some time out for myself for a change. My husband said it was him or the cats. I do miss him sometimes.

I have rented a small villa with a garden and fruit trees. One day a stray cat just arrived and moved right in. The next thing I knew she had 6 kittens. Such delightful creatures, I could hardly turn them away.

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BEWARE THE TOM CAT BITE!

The heavy rains during monsoon season bring out all types of tropical bugs and insects. The latest scourge to surge across Indonesia is the Rove Beetle, locally known as Tomcat.

The nasty critters have been causing havoc in Java recently and are now being found in Lombok and Bali.

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NTB INAUGURATES TERRORISM PREVENTION FORUM

A new organisation aimed specifically at preventing terrorism activities was inaugurated in Mataram on 4 April, 2012.

The Terrorism Prevention Coordination Forum (FKPT) brings together government authorities, teachers, religious and other community leaders to work in synergy, rather than placing the responsibility for identifying and combating terrorism solely on government shoulders.

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Gili Air 

I am sitting in my favourite place on the island – on the steps of Karang Divers shop. It's a lovely spot. I can look out over the sea and have, pretty much, an uninterrupted view over to Bali.

If you're walking past Villa Karang, where we're based, you will first notice the huge, new pizza oven that is almost finished and then see if I'm on the step. If I am, call me and you can see how surprised I look when a stranger knows my name.

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