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ISSUE 127

 

LOMBOK IS HOT!

Although the rainy season has started in some parts of Lombok, visitors to the island will find the weather to be very warm at the moment, with average temperatures of around 33 degrees Celsius.

Most of Indonesia is experiencing a heat wave, as the sun is positioned directly over the south of the equator from now until January 2013.

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GULA MERAH… SWEET FRUIT OF THE PALM

Driving through the Pusuk Pass, the road north of Gunung Sari, in the late afternoon is a lovely experience. You can see small stalls selling fruits and vegetables grown in the cool mountain Pass and visitors often wonder what are on the tables piled high with strange-looking hard brown balls.

Gula Merah or Gula Aren is the locally made palm sugar and is produced from the juice of the sugar palms (Arenga Saccharifera) which grow here.

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MANDALIKA RESORT… Update on a Stand-still Project

It is now more than one year since President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony for the contentious Mandalika Resort development in South Lombok.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony on 21 October 2011, the President said that investors, especially those involved in developing the Mandalika resort area, must be really serious in investing their money there.

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• It’s almost Melbourne Cup time again and Lombok loves to celebrate Australia’s most famous horse race in style. Held on the first Tuesday in November, this year’s event takes place on Tuesday, 6 November.

The Beach Club, on the beach in Batu Bolong, “does” the Melbourne Cup in true Aussie style every year, with the race televised live on the big screen at the bar and followed by a delicious BBQ lunch.

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SHAME ON YOU, INDOMARET!

A phone call from a reader last week alerted us that something fishy was going on at Indomaret Supermarket, next to the Santosa on the main street in Senggigi.

The caller said she had just purchased a copy of The Lombok Guide from the supermarket and wanted to advertise with us.

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AIR ASIA LOMBOK – KL TAKES OFF

AirAsia celebrated its inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Lombok on Friday, 12 October, 2012.

The low cost airline announced the launch of its KL-Lombok flights two months ago, with special introductory fares from as low as Rp 299 000 one way. Ticket sales were brisk, with travelers at both destinations snapping up the cheap deals.

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HOLIDAY RESORT PROMOTES LOMBOK AT PATA

The PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Travel Mart 2012 was held from 25 – 28 September 2012, at SMX Convention Center in Manila, The Philippines.

The Holiday Resort Lombok was represented by its General Manager, Mr Stefan Leu, who travelled to Manila to promote Lombok and The Holiday Resort.

 

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DRUG TRAFICKERS OUT OF LUCK IN LOMBOK

Customs officials at Lombok International Airport have been kept busy over the past couple of weeks with two significant drug busts on international flights from Singapore.

On Thursday, 11 October, a South African woman was arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle 2.6 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of around $500,000 into Lombok.

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IN GOOD TASTE…

This is a recipe from Mohammed Ali, Executive Chef at Qunci Villas:

NASI GORENG ALA MANGSIT

This week I’ve chosen a staple of Indonesian cooking: Nasi Goreng. Translated, the name basically means fried rice!  

Nasi Goreng has been called the ‘national dish of Indonesia’ although there are other contenders. There are many Indonesian cuisines but few national dishes.

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SOUTH COAST LADIES ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES!

Enterprising local ladies in Kuta have formed a group to pool their resources and are taking the initiative to carve out a new future for themselves.

The group is made up of six women who live in the impoverished village of Ujung in South Lombok. Literacy and education in the village is very low and the chances of employment are slim.

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LOCAL SCENE

SUNDAY SESSION @ THE STUDIO

Guests enjoyed a sunny afternoon of music and culture at The Studio on The Hill with music by Mark, Qisie and Ary Juliant, and magical shadow theatre / performance art by Ismiadi.

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QUESTION: Last year my wife and I decided to buy a small holiday home on the idyllic island of Lombok. It is now showing signs of wear, so we decided to do some renovations.

The whole place needs painting so I thought I would employ a local Indonesian worker to do the job. I phoned a handyman who gave me a price, which I thought was a bit excessive so I asked him if he could meet me half way. He said he couldn’t leave the house until his wife came back.
 

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8TH INDONESIAN BIOROCK REEF RESTORATION WORKSHOP

The Gili Eco Trust will hold the 8th Indonesian Biorock Reef Restoration Workshop on Gili Trawangan from 12 to 18 November 2012.

The Biorock process is an amazing reef restoration technology used in many places around the world to regenerate coral reefs, prevent beach erosion, and preserve and restore marine biodiversity.

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