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ISSUE 130

 

LOMBOK FOR CHRISTMAS!

It’s our favourite time of the year and the Christmas parties have already started. If you haven’t booked your Christmas holiday on Lombok yet, don’t delay… festive season looks like being a busy time on our beautiful island!

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FESTIVE FEASTS!

Christmas is a special time for sharing with family and friends, enjoying great traditional foods and relaxing in comfortable surroundings. In this issue we bring you the best places to celebrate Christmas on Lombok!

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• The women of Kuta Lombok invite you to come to their Lombok Handicraft Market that will be held on Sunday, 16 December 2012 from midday to 8 pm at Solah Beach Bar & Restaurant on Jl Raya Pantai Kuta (the beach road), Kuta.

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QUNCI LAUNCH NEW QUNCI BITES MENU

Never a resort to rest on its laurels, Qunci Villas has just released its new Qunci Bites menu, now available in all areas of the resort, as well as Quali and Quah Restaurants and Nooq Bar.

In keeping with the resort’s distinctive “Q” branding, the new-look “Qapas” menu uses an innovative pricing structure to encourage guests to sample and share the tasty “Bites”.

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THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS…

Christmas is a time for giving… for decorating the tree and wrapping presents, and for choosing and giving gifts to those we love.

Of course, you can head to Mataram Mall for a huge choice of everything from cameras, electronics, clothing, toys and more; or you can go local with these great gift ideas and support our local small businesses!

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AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN LANGUAGES

The Lombok International Language Institute (LILI) is a new development for Sekolah Nusa Alam.

SNA is opening its doors to the public for English Language and Bahasa Indonesian lessons in the evenings from January and have employed a highly experienced and expert English Teacher from the British Council in Jakarta: Mr Sam Broughey will be arriving with his family in January.

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QUESTION: I am a single person who has retired to the idyllic shores of Lombok and at this festive time of year, I am faced with endless invitations to dine with friends.

Why can’t they just leave me alone! I am sick of turkey and plum duff with rum custard. Do you have any suggestions for a simple Xmas meal that doesn’t cost too much and is quick to prepare?

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IN GOOD TASTE…

As a chef, my biggest passion is food but I have to admit my biggest pleasure is booze!  

So instead of food this week – since most Lombok chefs still hesitate to contact me with recipes to contribute to this column! – I was crying at the Nooq Bar at Qunci and my bartender suggested I have a drink or 20.

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LOCAL SCENE

AUSSIES MEET CONSUL GENERAL

More than 80 Australians (and a handful of Canadians and New Zealanders) turned up to meet Australian Consul General, Brett Farmer, at a reception at Taman Restaurant in Senggigi recently.

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2013 MINIMUM WAGE RISE

The Head of the Department of Manpower and Transmigration NTB, Ir. H. Mokhlis, MM said that the department has proposed the provincial minimum wage (UMP) be increased to Rp 1.1 million per month starting in 2013.

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ACCOR REBRANDS AND TARGETS TOURISM SPOTS

Hotel operator Accor is rebranding its economy hotel line to expand its hotel network under the Ibis brand. The company also plans to build more budget hotels in tourist destinations to anticipate higher demands.

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A GILI LITTLE CHRISTMAS!

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, the dazzling white sand beaches of Gili Trawangan could be mistaken for snow, but you won’t find stodgy cold-weather fare at the island’s top restaurants and resorts!

Read on for our special summary of the great Christmas celebrations the island has on offer!

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MAHAMAYA… It’s Ultimate Paradise on Gili Meno!

What started as a dream has become a beautiful reality for a family who relocated from the humdrum of London to the blissful peace of Gili Meno.

Ali Roberts, together with her brother David and her husband Hamzar – and their 5-year-old daughter, Maya (who lends her name to the resort) –moved to Gili Meno almost two years ago and set about building Mahamaya Boutique Resort.

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GILI SCENE

MELBOURNE CUP @ THE BEACH HOUSE

Melbourne Cup Day at The Beach House on Gili T is legendary – the big race, gallons of champers, a delicious buffet lunch and an afternoon filled with fast and slow boat races, stand up paddle board and kayak races and lots of Loppy punters!

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