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ISSUE 137

 

EASY LOMBOK FOR EASTER!

Now that the worst of the monsoon is over, the skies have cleared and beautiful weather is here again… just in time for the crowds that flocked to Lombok for the Bau Nyale Festival and the Nyepi long weekend this month.

Lombok was busy with people escaping the Day of Silence on Bali and is now getting ready to welcome holiday-makers for the Easter break.

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MAGICAL MONSTER PARADE

Thousands of people lined the main streets of Mataram to witness this year’s Ogoh-Ogoh Parade.

Around 264 monsters were paraded through the streets at the multicultural event, with Balinese Hindu, Sasak and even westerners joining in the fun!

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A STAR FOR LOMBOK… Helping Kids Shine!

Tucked away in a small laneway in Kerandangan Valley, just a few minutes north of Senggigi, is a very special place known as “Tanah Bintang”, which roughly translates as “Star Land”.

On a small parcel of land, two separate two-storey buildings house a number of classrooms, meeting areas and workspaces where children come willingly to learn new skills that will hopefully help them build a future.

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• “African Weeks” is now on at Lombok Coffee House! Coffee connoisseurs and the curious can try distinctive coffees from the African continent. Currently available are coffees from Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia (the country where coffee was first found).

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SHAKING IT UP AT DE QUAKE

We popped into De Quake last week to see what’s cooking, after hearing that Chef Patrice has been making some changes to the menu.

The popular café on the beachfront in the Art Markets has a reputation for good food and is a fine place to kick back and relax while watching the ever-changing beach scene.

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INDONESIA SHOWCASED AT LEADING TRAVEL SHOW

Indonesia took centre stage at the world’s leading travel show – the five-day Internationale Tourismus Borse, popularly known as ITB Berlin – held from 6 to 10 March 2013.

This year was Indonesia’s 44th appearance at ITB and, for the first time, Indonesia became the first ASEAN country to be the official partner country of ITB Berlin.

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THE BEACH CLUB IS GOING TO THE DOGS!

Now that we have everyone’s attention with that headline, please take a moment to read this important information!

As many of our regular readers know, The Beach Club in Senggigi has arranged for the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) to come to Lombok at the beginning of April and address the dog problem in Senggigi.

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LOCAL SCENE

BAU NYALE 2013

Lombok’s unique Bau Nyale Festival attracted tens of thousands of people this year to beautiful Seger Beach in South Lombok

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QUESTION: I have only been on the idyllic tourist island of Lombok for a few days and I have already fallen in love with a local beauty and am considering getting married. How much will it cost?

MR FIXER: This is an impossible question to answer as most married men are still paying for it. Hope this helps!

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IN GOOD TASTE

This is a recipe from Nyoman, Sous Chef at Qunci Villas:

Wok Prawn Kemangi is a dish by Sous Chef, Nyoman, which won third place in our recent Qunci “Hell’s Kitchen Cooking Competition”.

The combination of fresh prawns and basil is very simple, but easy and fast to cook and very tasty.

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