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ISSUE 146

 

BOOK FAST FOR LOMBOK!

High season has started in Lombok and our resorts are buzzing with holiday-makers enjoying our gorgeous beaches and natural beauty.

This year, Ramadan coincides with high season but visitors shouldn’t let that bother them. Our restaurants and bars are open, our hotels are filling up fast, and visitors to our island are welcomed at any time of the year.

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ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER!

It started with a photo of a very strange-looking bamboo boat someone posted on the internet. We hadn’t seen one like it before so, after a bit of searching, we set out to hunt down the unique craft and found it not far from Senggigi, on the Meninting River.

The owner of the craft is Pak Jumait, a charming local man who has been operating trips on the river for around 13 years. The unique craft is called a rakit and can only be described as a type of bamboo gondola. Pak Jumait owns two of these gondolas, which he built himself with bamboo from the jungle near Suranadi.

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TWITTER: LOMBOK MORE POPULAR THAN HAWAII

Republika.co.id reports that Lombok is more popular than Hawaii and Tahiti as favourite vacation spots in the world, according to Prapancha Research, who analysed 4,113,072 chirps on Twitter social media site posts about beautiful vacation spots during the two-year period from 4 July 2011 to 4 July 2013.

“Lombok is five times better known than Hawaii and Tahiti, two sites [that are] world-renowned tropical islands,” Executive Director of Prapancha Research, Geger Riyanto, said on 8 July 2013.

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If you’re in the city during Ramadan, you may have to hunt around for somewhere to have lunch or a cup of coffee at the moment. Below are a list of opening times for popular city cafés and restaurants during the fasting month.

• Lombok Coffee House is on the 3 rd floor of the Mataram Mall (in the ‘new’ section towards the rear parking area, near the entertainment arcade).

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NEW SPIRIT WITH NEW UNIFORM

Holiday Resort Lombok staff recently got a boost with fresh new uniforms for hotel personnel.

The new look features a bright blue colour and incorporates traditional batik with modern styling. The resort decided to use batik as the base material as batik is a traditional symbol of Indonesia, while the blue colour is a symbol of the Holiday Resort logo and its sea location. 

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QUESTION: My wife hated me (but never enough to give the diamonds back!)  We were married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. My friends told me to go to Lombok to find happiness but what’s the use of happiness? It can’t buy you money! 

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel old. In fact, I don’t feel anything till about noon. Then it’s time for my nap. 

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MERPATI UP FOR GRABS

The Jakarta Globe reports that, after several unsuccessful attempts to save the airline, the government has announced its plan to sell its stake in debt-ridden Merpati Nusantara Airlines.

State-owned Enterprises Minister, Dahlan Iskan, revealed that offers would be open to prospective investors for the next two months. In a bid to draw interest, the government has set no terms and is willing to listen to any offers, he said.

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BALI TO LOMBOK FERRY FARE INCREASE

The tariff for the public ferry crossing between Padang Bai Harbour in Bali and Lembar Harbour in Lombok has increased, effective from 24 June 2013.

The rate increase came as a surprise to many inter-island travellers.

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LOCAL SCENE

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN LOMBOK

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN LOMBOK

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IN GOOD TASTE

Good day everyone! For this issue’s recipe, I again go to my new chef at Gili T Resort: I Made Merta. I was going to do one of my own recipes but we got some fresh salmon from the best local importer, Bruno (my main guy for any seafood and fish in Lombok), and I Made created a special dish that knocked my socks off! (Okay, I'm on an island so I’m not wearing socks... but metaphorically he did!)

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NEW FAST BOAT FOR BLUE WATER EXPRESS!

Just in time for the high season, one of our best and most reliable fast boat operators – Blue Water Express – has announced the launch of the newest vessel in their fleet.

The new BlueWater Express V, operating between Bali, the Gilis and Lombok, has a licensed capacity for 48 passengers – making it the largest boat in the BlueWater fleet.

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