Nyepi, the “day of silence”, will be celebrated in Bali on 12 March this year. For 24 hours, until 13 March, people in Bali are required to stay inside and avoid all light and noise. Restaurants and bars are closed, the streets are quiet and there are no flights into or out of Bali airport.
Our Balinese community in Lombok also celebrates Nyepi but, as we’re a multi-cultural island, we keep the lights on and life goes on as normal. Restaurants and bars are open, there’s music and dancing, and all the usual fun in the sun. Plus, we join with our Hindu friends for one of the best Ogoh-ogoh parades around!
• Those who like to start the day on weekends with a long, leisurely brunch will be delighted with the launch of the new Brunch Club @ Sheraton.
Available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm, guests can enjoy a luxurious buffet brunch at one of Lombok’s finest resorts. Brunch is served poolside amongst the lovely gardens which lead down to the beach and includes a huge selection of breakfast dishes, including cereals, fresh fruits, bakery items and pastries from the onsite bakery, and egg dishes with all the accompaniments.
Weird and wonderful flying machines were well in evidence at the Gebyar Dirgantara Air Show 2013 held to celebrate the Anniversary of the Air Force over the weekend of 23 and 24 February.
The Air Show was held at the Selaparang Airport and featured displays of ultra-light aircraft, paragliding, hang gliding, paramotoring and other aero sports, as well as live bands, performance motorcycle displays and more.
A new report has declared Sekotong, in Southwest Lombok, a mercury emissions 'hotspot'.
The Global Mercury Hotspots report released in Indonesia in January this year is part of a larger project being conducted by the Biodiversity Research Institute and Ipen, a global network of non-governmental organisations, to raise awareness about mercury emissions in the country.
Indonesian, Bali and Lombok governments continue to feel the pressure as the Australian, UK and New Zealand governments, together with travellers and parents from around the world, voice their protest over the sale of methanol contaminated alcohol in Indonesia.
Over the past two weeks, there have been numerous reports on the problem in local Indonesian newspapers and in national papers, The Jakarta Post and The Jakarta Globe.