In this issue we feature Rebo Buntung – one of the traditional rituals of the native Sasak people of Lombok.
We are constantly being amazed at the rich and diverse culture of our island – whether it be traditional Sasak rituals, drama and music, or the colourful festivals of our Hindu, Arab and Chinese communities. Visit us soon... there is so much to see in fascinating, colourful Lombok!
It’s just after 7 o’clock in the morning and we are speeding across the smooth highway that connects the west of the island to the east. As always when I travel this road, I am entranced by the scenery passing by; the beauty and diversity of Lombok.
We pass through cities bustling with activity and commerce, and then through small towns that look like throwbacks to the 1950’s.
• Aussies, looking for a place to celebrate Australia Day on 26 January? Fortunately, Glenn and Dee have returned from their trip to Australia and will be celebrating with their annual Australia Day BBQ at The Beach Club in Batu Bolong.
Get your akubra on and head to The Beach Club for a few cold ones. Throw a couple of prawns on the barbie… the fun starts at 1pm! Ph: 693 637
Arak is a local home-brew made in the villages in Indonesia. There is no government control over how it is made, its alcohol content, or what ingredients are used. The number of deaths from methanol contaminated arak is a tragedy… don’t become a victim!
As a general guideline, travellers should avoid locally brewed drinks sold on the side of the road, and in bars and restaurants.
Surat kabar Australia telah diisi oleh banyak berita selama beberapa minggu terakhir, sebagai reaksi dari kekagetan dan kemarahan warga Australia terhadap masalah keracunan methanol di pulau Gili, Lombok baru-baru ini.
Sejak tahun 2009, jumlah turis yang terbunuh atau teracuni oleh miras oplosan lokal dan minuman yang terkontaminasi oleh methanol adalah sangat mengkhawatirkan.
QUESTION: I am a British expat who has decided to spend 3 months on the idyllic holiday island of Lombok and have some fun. My idea of a relaxing time is to chat with friends over a meal and have a few beers and then go home to sleep it off.
I usually end up in the ever popular Happy Café where I can get my sinuses cleared for free but just the other night, I had a few too many and decided to leave my hire car on the street and get a taxi home.
Well, January is already flying past and, with Valentine’s Day coming up soon, I thought I’d please a few of our regular clients who rave about the Red Velvet Cake I make here at Qunci.
Once again, though, I’d like to shout out to all Lombok chefs: it takes minimal effort to get in touch with me to contribute a recipe here and – other than Chef Lamberto (from the Sheraton) and Chef Patrick (from De Quake) – none of you are promoting yourselves or your food!!