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ISSUE 116

 

LOMBOK NATURAL BEAUTY!

This issue is packed with interesting reading; much of it related to Lombok’s pristine environment and its wonderful natural resources.

So many articles related to sharks, manta rays and turtles wasn’t by design… it just seems to be the topic on everyone’s lips these days. With visitors to Lombok always delighted at the quality and variety of marine life on the island, in this issue we explore the sustainability of marine tourism and the threats faced by both development and traditional local practices.

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CRAFTS AND PERESEAN AT SESELA ART MARKETS

During the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, the village of Sesela was a thriving arts and crafts community.

Over the years, however, the popularity of the area declined and the small shops lining the road were boarded up or converted to houses. Crafts people found new jobs and many people lost interest in the traditional skills of woodworking, carving, weaving and other handicrafts.

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• One of our favourite restaurants – the popular De Quake at the Pasar Seni in Senggigi – is currently closed for renovations.

Although it’s hard to go without the delicious Thai specialties and the best Strawberry Margaritas in town, we’re assured that when De Quake reopens on 7 June we’re going to be delighted with the fresh revamp being made to the stylish venue overlooking the beach.

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NESTING TURTLES ALERT AT THE BEACH CLUB!

The Hawksbill sea turtle is a critically endangered species and is protected under International protection laws. Destruction of turtles and their offspring is illegal.

Unfortunately due to insufficient education in Indonesia, turtle eggs are often taken from their nests and can be found for sale in local markets all over Indonesia.

It is important that expatriates and visitors to Lombok take on the role of educators and lead by example. Turtles are wonderful creatures and an important tourist attraction in Lombok.

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LOMBOK ATTENDS THE MAJAPAHIT TRAVEL FAIR

The Majapahit Travel Fair (MTF) is the biggest travel exhibition in eastern Indonesia and one of the most important national travel expos in Indonesia.

The event is held annually with the main objective of providing business opportunities for the travel and tourism industry to market East Java and Indonesia’s tourist attractions, hotels and resorts, destinations and cultural heritage to both domestic and international tour operators.

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THE TRAGEDY OF TANJUNG LUAR

Tanjung Luar is a small village on the east coast of Lombok, around 70 km and two hours’ drive from Senggigi.

The village’s main claim to fame is its large fish market, which supplies Lombok with most of its larger deep water fish. Visits to Tanjung Luar are often sold as part of a tour package to tourists and the village is promoted on websites as an interesting place to visit.

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LOCAL SCENE

PERESEAN @ SESELA ART MARKET

Spectators can witness exciting and dramatic Peresean (traditional stick fighting competitions) accompanied by local gamelan music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4 - 6 pm at Sesela Art Markets.
Last week some of Lombok's daring young braves put on a thrilling performance to the delight of an enthusiastic crowd!

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Mr Fixer is taking a well-deserved holiday but has left us with some fond memories of the good old days:

Why our great-grandparents had fond memories of their youth...(I'm surprised they remember anything!!!)

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MONKEYS SURFING AT HOTPLANET?!

It's rare to find monkeys in your bathroom in East Lombok. Most times they just roam in the large forests at Heaven on the Planet Resort and Ocean Heaven Resort, near Ekas Bay on the southeast coast.

Their behaviour in the wild is amazing to watch and they play endlessly in the forest. There’s lots of bossing by the males, while the young lads are always trying to sneak past and have their way with the ladies.

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DUTCH TO BUILD BIOGAS REACTORS IN NTB

A report in The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, 9 May 2012, says that the West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) provincial administration, assisted by the Dutch government, is developing biogas and renewable energy under the Home Biogas (BIRU) program on Lombok and Sumbawa Islands.

Biogas reactors work using anaerobic digestion, which is a series of processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.

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PRESIDENT SBY LOW KEY VISIT TO LOMBOK

Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, flew into Lombok for a low-key visit on Friday, 19 May 2012.

The visit was part of a working meeting to evaluate the progress of the national government’s ‘Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Growth’ (commonly abbreviated to MP3EI).

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KOMODO ISLAND NAMED AS ONE OF THE NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF NATURE

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 

In the last issue, I made the mistake of saying that the rainy season was over. It’s never a good idea to tempt fate - which means we’ve had a few stormy days lately but as I write this, the sun is shining again. 

This storm was just after the full moon. Around the Gilis during the three days of the full moon is one of the best times to dive. The influence of the moon often causes the fish to behave strangely; they might get closer to you, or you’ll see them resting on the reef as if they are asleep.

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