The next two weeks are sure to be a happy time with Chinese New Year (called Imlek in Bahasa Indonesia) and Valentine’s Day both being celebrated in February.
Lombok is home to a large community of Chinese people who will be welcoming the beginning of Spring and the start of a new year on 10 February. If you are in Lombok during this time, ask your hotel desk or tour guide about dragon dances and Chinese celebrations taking place around the island. To all our Chinese readers, gōng xǐ fā cái!
Chinese New Year is on 10 February, 2013 and the Chinese community in Lombok will be celebrating as we bid goodbye to the Year of the Dragon.
According to the Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2013 is the Year of Water Snake. The colour of Water in the Five Elements system is related to Black. Therefore we can say 2013 is a Black Snake, Water Snake or Black Water Snake year.
• Anyone who lives in Bali or Lombok understands what we mean when we talk about “the dog problem”. Indonesians aren’t generally great at looking after pets and dogs are left to fend for themselves, roaming the streets, rummaging in rubbish bins for food, and breeding out of control.
A new Yayasan (non-profit foundation) aims to teach new skills and provide a better future for unskilled villagers at the Cemara Yacht- maintenance/building and Sailing School in West Lombok.
Yayasan Kebon Sepatu, which already operates a Hibiscus tea farm on Lombok, recently held their official “foundation stone laying ceremony” at Cemara, a small village on the coast just north of Lembar Harbour.
QUESTION: I am a musician who has come to the idyllic shores of Lombok to chill out, build a small house with a pool, and write some songs for my latest solo album.
I have been in the music business for over 40 years and was the other half of the duo, “The Simbollocks”. Sim (my singing partner for over 30 years) has recently died from kidney failure in Bali. After his untimely death, I tried to perform solo as the other half of The Simbollocks, but the name wasn’t quite the same without Sim.
This issue’s recipe is brought once again by my friend, Lamberto Valdez, Executive Chef for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, and currently Consultant Chef at The Sheraton.
I’ve been busy doing our version of “Hell’s Kitchen” at Qunci and, in the next few issues, I will be sharing the winner’s recipes in here - which hopefully gives the other chefs in Lombok the 5 minutes it takes to print a recipe, snap a picture and get published!