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ISSUE 121

 

HOLIDAY IN LOMBOK!

As our front page photo shows, Lombok is rightly known for its laid-back style and natural beauty… friendly locals, travelling by horse cart and stunningly beautiful beaches.

With the dry season bringing clear sunny weather and cool breezes in the evenings, isn’t it time you booked your holiday in Lombok?

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PISA KAFÉ… ITALIAN IN THE CITY!

It’s always great to see a new eatery open in the city, especially if it is a modern and clean place that offers something a little different from the norm.

Pisa Café opened recently and is located next to Mirasa Bakery in Cakra (see Cities Map, page 56). The vision of Ibu Sumelia, who owns both businesses, was to open a café that re-creates the feel of a true Italian café or trattoria in the city.

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• With high season making everywhere in Lombok busy, many people are finding it necessary to book flights between Bali and Lombok well in advance. If daytime flights are fully booked, consider taking the Garuda flight later in the day. Garuda operates the last flight of the day and uses large and comfortable 737-800 aircraft for their Bali-Lombok route.

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DAY TRIP TO THE PEARL FARM!

One of the first things visitors to Lombok notice is the sellers on the streets and the beaches offering strings of pearls for sale, at prices that seem too cheap to be believed.

Lombok is famous for its pearls and is often referred to as the “Pearl Island”, attracting buyers from all over the world to purchase these beautiful and precious “gems of the sea”.

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ROTARY MATARAM’S HARD WORK REWARDED

The Rotary Club of Mataram in Lombok is a fully-chartered member of Rotary International in Indonesia. It is a voluntary, non-profit Club that raises funds, mainly from overseas, for carrying out community projects in Lombok.

In recent years the Club has built and installed “Bio Sand” water filters in villages throughout Lombok, providing free clean water for over 4,000 local families.

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TAKBIRAN… THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS!

The month of Ramadan is due to end on 19 August this year and for those who are in Lombok at this time, it’s a great opportunity to join in the celebrations that take place at the end of a month of fasting.

Pawai Takbiran, or the Takbiran Parade, is celebrated throughout the towns and villages of Lombok in recognition of the successful completion of the holy fasting month and heralds the start of the Idul Fitri holiday.

 

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LOCAL SCENE

SHERATON LAUNCHES AIRPORT LOUNGE

Hotel partners, guests and media attended
a cocktail party at the Sheraton Senggigi
Beach Resort to celebrate the opening of the
Sheraton Lounge at Lombok International
Airport (BIL).

The stylish lounge is located on the first
floor of the airport (next to the boarding
lounge) and is open to the public for a
modest fee. Complimentary snacks, tea,
coffee and cool drinks are served throughout
the day; there is free use of laptops, free
WiFi, reading materials, a private smoking
room and a VIP lounge available.

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QUESTION: I am a Dutch citizen who has been living and working in Lombok for some years now. It seems that I have been working illegally without a correct working visa and it came as a great shock when the immigration authorities interviewed me.

They have taken my passport and I am now awaiting deportation. I have tried everything I can think of to avoid the inevitable, including reporting everyone I can think of to the authorities in the hope that, if I am not the only one, they might not take such an interest in me.

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MERPATI RESUMES LOMBOK – SUMBAWA FLIGHTS

Merpati Nusantara Airlines plans to re-open its route linking Lombok to Sumbawa (its neighbouring island to the east) this month.

The service is scheduled to begin in mid-August with a frequency of two return flights per week, operating every Tuesday and Friday; departing Lombok at 14:20 and departing Sumbawa at 15:30.

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LOCAL SCENE

FAREWELL TO KAREN @ ASMARA

Family and friends gathered at Asmara Restaurant to farewell popular longterm Senggigi resident, Karen Hughes. A retired nurse, during her time in Lombok Karen has freely helped many ill and injured residents and local people, as well as volunteered in villages and local schools teaching children English, reading skills, and playing the recorder. Karen will return to the UK after more than a decade in Lombok, leaving behind many fond memories and life-long friends.

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NOW GILI AIR HAS THE BEACH CLUB TOO!

Since it first opened on the beachfront in Batu Bolong, The Beach Club has been one of the most popular places to stay near Senggigi.

Australian owners, Glenn and Deidre, purchased The Beach Club in 2006 and set about transforming the run-down bar into a place where travellers could enjoy a beautiful beachfront location close to the centre of town.

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gili bytes log

High season has arrived on Gili Air, although it has done so rather gradually and without the flood of crowds seen in recent years.

The chat around the island is that this July was much quieter than last year. And, even though Gili Air businesses expect August to be busy, they don’t expect the same issues in previous years where, because of limited accommodation, people have needed to sleep on the beach.

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