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ISSUE 119

 

VIBRANT CULTURAL LOMBOK!

As we go to print with this issue, Senggigi is just winding up the closing ceremony for the 2012 Senggigi Festival.

For four days, visitors to our island have been treated to an amazing kaleidoscope of traditional and cultural performances and displays.

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FLIGHT SCHOOL HAS PLENTY OF LIFT

It’s now been almost one year since the first and only flight school in Lombok opened its doors at Selaparang Airport near Mataram.

While flights ceased out of that airport seven months ago, with the opening of the new Lombok International Airport near Praya, Lombok’s former airport still sees regular take-offs and landings as trainee pilots at LIFT learn to fly.

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• A new tourism and hospitality training centre opened recently in Mataram aims to raise the skills levels of Lombok’s hospitality industry. LP3 RINTAM is the first of its kind Hotel and Tourism Training Centre, headed by former Executive Chef at the Senggigi Beach Hotel, Pak Gusti Lanang.

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SWITZERLAND’S EASY RIDERS

Meet Regula Schenk (28) and Iris Brügger (31), both from Switzerland– from where they have ridden their pushbikes all the way to Lombok!

We met the girls outside our office last week when they had freshly arrived back from a few days much-needed rest out on the Gili Islands.

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HELP BABY SITI

When a report was published in The Jakarta Post a couple of months ago, a group of local people sprang into action.

The story reported on a 4 month old baby with a terrible skin condition living in a poor and remote village in Lombok and her family’s struggle to find help for their child.

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SHAKING IT UP AT DE QUAKE

De Quake, on the beachfront at the Art Market, has been one of our favourite restaurants for a long time, so we’re delighted to see the changes that have been made under the leadership of new chef, Bryce Adamson.

Canadian-born Bryce has worked in kitchens all around the world and his passion for food is evident in the types of dishes he prepares and the beautiful way the food is presented. No pretentious sprig of dill and dollop of chopped prawn in cocktail sauce here – his food is plentiful, full of flavour and gusto… much like the man himself!

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LOCAL SCENE

NUSA ALAM STUDENTS GET A TASTE FOR LIFT

The students at Sekolah Nusa Alam agree that LIFT is a great facility to have based in Lombok.

They were first introduced to the opportunities offered by the flight school when Nusa Alam held a “Careers Expo” recently, which allowed pupils to consider career options available at the end of their schooling.

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EURO DEBT CRISIS SOLVED

It is a rainy day in a sleepy Greek village where everyone lives on credit when a wealthy German tourist walks into a hotel. He places a EUR.100 note on the receptionist's desk and says he would like to inspect the rooms so he can pick one for the night.

The receptionist gives the tourist the keys and, whilst the tourist is upstairs, the hotel owner grabs the EUR.100 note and goes next door to pay his bill at the butcher.

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NEW WEBSITE FIGHTS INDONESIAN CORRUPTION

A new Indonesian website has been set up to fight corruption by “naming and shaming” offenders in one of Asia’s most corrupt nations.

www.Korupedia.org aims to be an online encyclopaedia of corruption, through which anyone can access details about corruption cases and individuals found guilty by courts.

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RARE TIGERS BORN AT BALI ZOO

BaliDiscovery.com reports that a rare white Bengal Tiger gave birth to three orange-striped cubs at the Bali Zoo on 11 June, 2012.

The proud parents are two rare white Bengal Tigers: 9 year old mother Kartini and her 8.5 year old mate, Buntung.

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ECO NOT EGO

On this planet where we live, the most delicate and significant eco system that exists resides in the oceans. On Lombok, surrounded by the sea, you cannot help but feel a great respect for its magnificent power. Now is as good a time as any to think about, and to show thanks for, the natural balance of the salty blue.

70 percent of the earth’s surface is water and the oceans hold about 97 percent of this total. What’s more, 50 - 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean, and more than a billion people depend on its abundance of life as the main source of protein in their diets.

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THE DAMAGE DONE

Coming soon to a tropical island near you... Round the clock electricity, no more persistent power cuts courtesy of state electricity company, PLN. But at what cost?

Lately the local businesses on the Gilis have been buzzing with excitement at the thought of removing the need for noisy generators, due to the PLN's grand plans of unrolling an underwater cable that would connect the Gilis to mainland Lombok’s electricity supply.

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Gili Air 

My prayers to the food gods have been answered: Gili Air has a new Spanish restaurant! The restaurant has been built along with several lovely looking cottages on the north side of the island, on almost exactly the opposite side of the island from where you get off the fast boat.

Although it doesn’t seem to have a name yet, the restaurant is due to open in the next couple of weeks. I have thought of knocking on the door and asking them if I can sample their wares, but it seemed a little rude.

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