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ISSUE 115

 

LOMBOK IS BOOMING!

Investment is the word on everyone’s lips at the moment and, judging from the amount of building going on all over the island Lombok land is the hottest property around!

A visit to the Gili Islands last week showed us that new projects are under construction on all three islands as investors race to have new businesses open in time for the July – September “high season”.

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A ROYAL WELCOME AT VILLA QUEEN

Gili Trawangan’s newest – and largest – resort gave a royal welcome to visiting media from around Indonesia recently. More than 80 travel agents and media representatives were hosted at Queen Villas & Spa for the “Media & Travel Agent Fam Trip” held over the weekend of 27 to 29 April.

Located on the relatively undeveloped east side of Gili T, Queen Villas & Spa enjoys a prime beachfront location with magnificent views across the ocean to Bali.

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• Our favourite “special event venue”, Asmara Restaurant, will hold a “Jazz & Blues & BBQ Night” on Saturday, 9 June.

Popular local bands Aan Tomstone & Friends, Ary Juliyant Folklub, Agus and the Pallette Band, etc., will be playing and guest stars are welcome to join the open jam session after the official concert.

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CAREER EXPO AT NUSA ALAM SCHOOL

Sekolah Nusa Alam – Lombok’s only international standard school – held its first ever Career Expo on 3 and 4 May 2012.

The Career Expo aims to assist students in planning education and career choices for the future by introducing them to local business people to gain insights into different career paths, educational requirements, and real life experiences in education and employment.

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LOCAL SCENE

Silver Jubilee @ PURI MAS

Lombok’s longest-established resort, Puri Mas Boutique Resorts and Spa, celebrated its 25th Anniversary on 6 April 2012. Guests attending the “Silver Jubilee” celebrations were treated to a gala evening of wining, dining and entertainment, with traditional music and cultural performances and international dance, with a special appearance by Latin Dance Asian Champions, Koupey and Sutatip.

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QUESTION: 2 years ago I decided to finally put down some roots and retire to the idyllic island of Lombok. I bought some land and built a small 2 bedroom villa with pool and valley view. Nothing too fancy: just a quiet place with a verandah where I could read some books and spend some peaceful moments on my own tending my small garden and fruit trees. 

Then I met Tanti. It wasn’t long before she moved in and we were a happy fun loving couple. It was like I was 19 again!

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ANZAC DAY… Dawn Service in Senggigi

It was 5.30 in the morning on Sunday, 25 April. Although the sun was not yet up, a group gathered on the beach in front of The Beach Club in Senggigi. Around 32 Australians, New Zealanders and their families were there to commemorate ANZAC Day with a Dawn Ceremony.

The term ‘ANZAC’ stands for ‘Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’. Every year on ANZAC Day, Australians and New Zealanders remember and honour the men and women who served in world wars to defend a way of life; especially those who gave their lives in the fight.

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MOVES TO FORM SOUTH LOMBOK REGENCY

The East Lombok Regency has moved a step closer to allowing the southern region of Lombok to break away from its political ties to the east and form a new separate regency.

Plans for the creation of the South Lombok Regency (Kabupaten Lombok Selatan, abbreviated to ‘KLS’) have been afoot since 2009.

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BALI PLANS TO REDRAFT ALCOHOL LAWS

Since its opening, Café Lombi has become a well known place for coffee lovers within our expat community, as well as amongst tourists often desperately wandering around Senggigi trying to find a good place for coffee.

Starting out as a bakery, after a few months Café Lombi slowly began to shift its main focus towards the coffee sector. Because of his own interest and preference for coffee, Martin the Manager of Café Lombi had already build up a huge amount of coffee knowledge; from learning the correct definitions of the most common coffees, to roasting and blending, up to servicing and repairing all types of coffee machines.

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NTT REFUSE TO SWAP KOMODOS FOR PANDAS

The Jakarta Post reports that the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) administration has refused the central government’s recent plan to exchange its famous Komodo Dragons with China for endangered pandas, an official says.

NTT Provincial Secretary, Frans Salem, said on 3 May, 2012 that the administration had pledged not to move the Komodo Dragons from their original habitat at Komodo National Park in West Manggarai on Flores to China, and was sure local residents would reject such plans.

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PLN TALE OF WOE

The State power company, PT PLN, has blamed difficulties in acquiring land, time-consuming loan disbursement and technical problems in imported machinery for the continuing delays in completing coal-fired power plants throughout the country, including two in Lombok.

The coal-fired power plants are the first phase of the government’s ‘10,000 megawatts (MW) Fast-track Programme’, which began in 2006. 

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Gili Air 

The island has a new regular party venue! Monday night is now Safari’s party night.

As anyone who has read previous columns will know, I am not a fan of loud music. I get up very early to open the dive shop, so my evenings are mostly about relaxing and winding down.

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