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ISSUE 142

 

LOMBOK & GILI TRAWANGAN

Gili Trawangan has never been more popular… and why not, as it’s such an idyllic place to chill out for a few days!

Just a short boat ride from mainland Lombok or a fast boat transfer from Bali, Gili T is the picture-perfect paradise of aquamarine waters, shining sand and swaying palm trees everyone dreams of for a tropical escape!

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HIDDEN TREASURES IN THE CITY

Most people visiting Cakranegara – the city east of Mataram, usually abbreviated to Cakra – see little of the treasures that are hidden amongst the shops and buildings. To most, even those of us who live here, it is just another busy Indonesian city.

Yet, tucked away on back streets and wedged between busy roads and crowded buildings, the history and culture of this city remains… timeless and fascinating.

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MV AGNES… Refloating a Stranded Ship

The MV AGNES is a 2,400 ton empty weight merchant vessel driven by a 3,200 HP 2-stroke fuel oil engine.

Registered in Panama and used for carrying cargo in Asia, on her last trip she was carrying cement from Vietnam to Lembar Harbour in West Lombok.

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• A trip out to Gili T last week shows the island is still booming, with businesses opening up all the time and no shortage of visitors to keep everyone busy!

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Your say

Dear Editor

I don’t know if The Lombok Guide can do anything about this but I thought I’d let you know in case…

Last night a friend of mine got bitten by a green viper with red tail which is quite poisonous and for which you need anti-venom rapidly

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QUESTION: My name is Gunther from Bavaria. When I was 14, I hoped that one day I would have a girlfriend. When I was 16, I got a girlfriend but there was no passion, so I decided I needed a passionate girl with a zest for life. 

In college I dated a passionate girl, but she was too emotional. Everything was an emergency;  she was a drama queen, cried all the time and threatened suicide! So I decided I needed a girl with stability. 

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LOCAL SCENE

ANDREW’S BIRTHDAY @ QUNCI VILLAS

30 overseas guests, and 25 from Lombok, gathered at gorgeous Villa Qusia at Qunci Villas to celebrate Andrew Broan’s 50th birthday with an evening of delicious wining and dining, and outrageous floor shows!

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IN GOOD TASTE

Good day all and welcome to paradise! As regular readers of this column know, I’m now on Gili Trawangan, working at the beautiful Gili T Resort and The Terminal Restaurant.  

I’ve only been here since the start of May but I’ve already got my chef shoe print on the menu and my new team is learning my recipes very well. 

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CAMPUS COFFEE

Reminiscent of the trendy coffee bars of the 60’s – with a 2013 twist – Silver’s Café Bar near the College campus on Jalan Sriwijaya in Mataram is a must to visit just to soak up the atmosphere.

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