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ISSUE 122

 

LEBARAN IN LOMBOK!

Over the next week, the whole island will be celebrating the end of Ramadan on 19 and 20 August. Idul Fitri, or Lebaran, is one of the most important times of the year in Indonesia… a time of celebration and reunions with families and friends.

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AVOID LOCAL ARAK BREWS!

Travellers and residents are again being warned of the dangers of drinking Arak and local cocktail brews often served in bars and nightclubs in Bali and Lombok.

A number of foreign news sources are reporting that an American tourist suffered poisoning that left her partially blinded after drinking local distilled liquor or arak at a Bali nightspot.

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• If you’ve ever wanted to learn to speak Bahasa Indonesia but didn’t know where to start, now is the time! Sekolah Nusa Alam (Lombok’s only international standard school) is about to commence teaching Indonesian language classes for adults.

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DAY VISIT TO THE MUSEUM!

Most visitors to Lombok are keen to know more about the island – the people, the culture, the history and the evolution of a tourism destination about which little has been written.

This is an island that was once part of the famed Spice Islands trade route. Its shores have seen successive waves of Chinese, Indian, Arab and Dutch traders and explorers from around the world, who have all left their mark.

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LOMBOK… Through a Traveller’s Eyes

We met Don and Jerry – two intrepid 60-something travellers from Arizona in the US – when they visited Lombok last month. Don is an accomplished painter and an avid writer of travelogues about the many places they have visited around the world. Below is Part 1 of an extract from his writings about Lombok:

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ANGKASA PURA I TO TEAM UP WITH LION AIR

The Jakarta Post reports that state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I (AP I) will be collaborating with the largest domestic budget airline, Lion Air, to further develop facilities in four airports across the country.

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WILL THE EUROPEAN CRISIS AFFECT TOURISM?

The Jakarta Post reports that state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I (AP I) will be collaborating with the largest domestic budget airline, Lion Air, to further develop facilities in four airports across the country.

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LEBARAN TOPAT… uniquely Lombok!

The end of Ramadan is a time of celebration all over Indonesia, but in Lombok it is a time of double celebration.

Idul Fitri, the holiday that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, was celebrated on 19 - 20 August this year. For most people, the holiday lasts for a week or more, with public offices closed for the longest holiday of the year.

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LOCAL SCENE

CELLAR PARTY @ SQUARE RESTAURANT

The Cellar Party, held on the first Friday of every month at Square Restaurant is fantastic value and a great way to meet people. This month guests enjoyed free flow wines from Australia and SOuth Africa and a delicious array of foods prepared by Executive Chef, Made Suyana.

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QUESTION: My wife and I are holidaying in the sunny paradise island of Lombok at the moment and it seems every restaurant and café now has free Wi-Fi.

This comes in very handy to check up with my family and friends back in Europe. I have joined Myface (or whatever it is called) and now I have over 500 friends.

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Now that Ramadan is over, party nights return to normal and the all night crowd can party the night into morning.

Although there are plenty of places on the island that have a lively scene any night of the week, the rotating “party nights” are the biggest and most popular.

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