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ISSUE 135

 

GET READY FOR BAU NYALE!

One of Lombok’s most popular festivals – Bau Nyale – will take place at Seger Beach, near Kuta on the south coast, on 2-3 March this year.

The Bau Nyale celebrations are unique to Lombok and attract tens of thousands of people every year.

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DON’T MISS BAU NYALE… Lombok’s Unique Festival!

One of Lombok’s most important and popular festivals is “Bau Nyale”, meaning “to hunt Nyale (a type of sea worm)” in the local Sasak language. It is a cultural tradition, deeply rooted in local legend, and unique to the island of Lombok.

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The Beach Club in Batu Bolong is going ahead with plans to bring Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) staff to Lombok to deal with the growing problem of roaming and wild dogs in communities around Senggigi.

In an exciting development, BAWA has advised that they have received permission to vaccinate dogs with the rabies vaccine. The approval is only for West Lombok at this stage.

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OUTCRY OVER METHANOL POISONING CONTINUES

Australian newspapers and television news continue to be dominated by negative reports about methanol contaminated drinks being sold in Lombok and Gili Trawangan.

The Australian outcry comes following the death of 19 year old Liam Davies in hospital in Perth, West Australia, on 6 January 2013. Liam died as a result of consuming vodka which was contaminated with methanol at Rudy’s Pub on Gili Trawangan on New Year’s Eve.

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NEW PUBLIC FERRY PORT PLANNED FOR AMPENAN

An article in The Jakarta Post on 5 February 2013, reports that the provincial administrations of Bali and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) plan to collaborate on opening a new ferry route connecting Karang Asem in Bali with Ampenan in Lombok.

Currently, the two islands are connected by public ferry on the sea route between Padang Bai Harbour (on the northeast of Bali) and Lembar Harbour (on the southwest coast of Lombok).

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GARUDA ANNOUNCES NEW LONDON FLIGHT

Garuda Indonesia has announced plans to expand its international network by adding a new route between Jakarta and London, making it the first airline to fly the route to the European financial center non-stop, the airline announced on 3 February 2013.

The Jakarta-London route is planned to commence in October 2013 and will connect Soekarno-Hatta Airport and Gatwick Airport, with six flights per week.

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QUESTION: I have just arrived on the holiday island of Lombok and am amazed to discover how much has changed since my last visit a few years ago. 

New roads, new bars and restaurants, new housing developments, new hotels and resorts are everywhere. Even the petrol station has a bank of new ATM machines. The instructions can be a bit confusing. Is there a simple set of instructions on how to use these money machines?

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BATAVIA AIR BANKRUPT

Privately owned airline, Batavia Air, ceased operating from Thursday, 31 January 2013.

A Central Jakarta Commercial Court declared the carrier bankrupt for failing to pay for aircraft it had leased.

The International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) filed a bankruptcy petition against the Batavia Air after it had failed to pay US $4.68 million for two leased Airbus A330’s for three years.

The aircraft were apparently supposed to be used to transport Indonesian pilgrims during the annual haj season but the airline failed to secure permissions by the regulator to fly to Mecca.

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IN GOOD TASTE…

A few weeks ago at Qunci we did our “Hell’s Kitchen” cooking competition (featured in the last issue of The Lombok Guide) and out of 50 chefs, this week I give you the number one dish! 

This dish is even more remarkable as it was not made by one of my chefs but my butcher, Mulyadi, here at Qunci!

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LOCAL SCENE

SUNDAY BRUNCH @ SQUARE

Guests enjoyed a scrumptious feast at the first “Sunday Brunch” at Square Restaurant this month

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