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ISSUE 139

 

SURF’S UP LOMBOK!

With the worst of the rainy season now past us, Lombok has been blessed with some beautiful sunny weather over the past few weeks... and some great surf.

Whether you’re trying out beginner waves in Senggigi, blissing out on uncrowded right and left-handers at Kuta and Ekas, or challenging the big barrels of Desert Point at Bangko-Bangko, Lombok has it all – as Rip Curl competitors discovered when they surfed Lombok recently!

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BATU JAI… (It’s a Damn Shame)

People flying to and from Lombok from the Lombok International Airport often comment about the “large lake” they can see, located just north of the airport.

If you look out of the window of the plane to the right as you take off from the airport, you will see a very large body of water sparkling below. This is not a lake but actually Batu Jai Dam.

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• The Square Sunday Brunch is on again, on Sunday, 21 April.

The popular brunch at one of Senggigi’s best dining venues runs from 11am to 3pm and features a big selection of breakfast and lunch dishes, including cereals and fresh fruits, eggs and all the trimmings, as well as a buffet of tasty main courses, sushi and sashimi, salads and desserts.

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BEWARE OF DUTCHMAN BEARING CAMERAS

Balidiscovery.com reports that Kees Van Der Spek, a Dutch investigative journalist, is at the center of growing controversy over three separate and very explosive videos – now going viral – each depicting Bali’s tourism industry in a most unfavorable light.

The first video was apparently recorded several months ago at a busy traffic intersection in Kerobokan, Bali. Using concealed microphones and multiple hidden cameras, the Dutch journalist managed to capture a very amiable, but no less corrupt, traffic cop extorting Rp 200,000 (US $20) from the journalist for his failure to wear a helmet or carry a valid driving license while riding his motorbike.

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RIPCURL GROM SEARCH LOMBOK 2013

“When is there going to be another contest?” one keen young Lombok surfer asked in February. Mid-March we got news from Kimen (from Kimen Surf  Shop in Kuta, South Lombok) that Ripcurl was coming over to Lombok to work with the locals in running a surfing competition for the young local kids. 

Everybody was ecstatic hearing this news. So on the 31st of March  the “Ripcurl Grom Search” was held at Seger Beach in Kuta, Lombok.

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LOCAL SCENE

JAWA POS CYCLING LOMBOK AUDAX

On 26 January 2013, they organised Lombok Audax 300 km and were joined by 81 participants from various provinces in Indonesia and from 9 different countries including Italy, Holland, Germany, Argentina, USA, UK, Russia, Singapore, and Malaysia.

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MANDALIKA PROJECTS TO START THIS YEAR

A report in The Jakarta Post on 27 March, states that ‘the Mandalika Resort in Lombok – which is projected to become Indonesia’s new premier destination in addition to the neighboring island of Bali – is due to see the start of several projects this year.’

The report goes on to say that ‘the Development Director of the state-run Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC), Edwin Darma Setiawan, said the construction of access roads, hotels and resorts in the area’s 1,035 hectares would begin within the next few months.

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QUESTION: I am a recently divorced male and I have chosen to spend my valuable time and pension on the idyllic island of Lombok and unpack my bags for good. 

My estranged wife actually packed my bags and as I walked out of the door she screamed: “I wish you a slow and painful death you bastard!” 

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NATIONAL MOTOPRIX CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LOMBOK

The National Motoprix Championships were held in Lombok at the end of last month, with riders from Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa and the islands to the east (NTT) competing in the annual motorcycle series.

The crowd-pleasing Championships were not only a fight between the riders to be the best in Bali, NTB, and NTT; but also a war between motorcycle manufacturers to be the fastest on the tarmac.

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IN GOOD TASTE

Good day everyone!  In this issue, I am featuring a delicious dessert from my good friend Patrick Opperman, Chef at De Quake Restaurant in the Art Markets in Senggigi.  

Patrick recently introduced a new menu at De Quake, adding his French flair to all the offerings.  

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INDOWINES LAUNCHES AFFORDABLE WINES IN BALI

Indowines is busily launching its Plaga range of wines made from imported Chilean and Western Australian grapes and bottled in Indonesia.

During a series of tastings conducted across the Island, Plaga is initially promoting three varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Rose.

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WEST LOMBOK LAND DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATED

The Chief Ombudsman for NTB is leading an investigation into land certificate problems in West Lombok.

The Chief Ombudsman (Republic of Indonesia) for West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Adhar Hakim, conducted an on-site investigation without prior notice at the office of the National Land Agency (BPN) West Lombok, on the morning of Monday, 25 March 2013.

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