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ISSUE 154

 

COOL IN LOMBOK

After the sweltering weather over the past month, the start of the rainy season in Lombok is a welcome relief!

Almost overnight, our island is lush and green again… as our cover photo of Sembalun Valley shows.

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KUTA BEACH TO REGAIN ITS BEAUTY

Anyone visiting Kuta Beach (not the Kuta in Bali, but the beautiful one on the south coast of Lombok) would immediately recognise the beauty of this area and its potential as a tourism resort.

Unfortunately, for many years now, the stunning views have been largely blocked by the increasing number of stalls and shacks erected by local traders along the beachfront.

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NEW PROVINCE FOR SUMBAWA?

National newspapers report that the House of Representatives have given the green light to the establishment of a number of new provinces and regions in Indonesia.

On 25 October, 2013, the House of Representatives agreed to the formation of 65 new administrative areas, including the creation of eight new provinces in Indonesia.

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• “We’re making a list, we’re checking it twice…”  It’s now less than 6 weeks to Christmas (where did the year go?!), so good boys and girls all over Indonesia will be checking their mail boxes to see if their invitation to the Qunci Villas Christmas Party has arrived!

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LOCAL SCENE

GEOFF’S 50TH BIRTHDAY @ CAFE ALBERTO

Family and friends gathered at Cafe Alberto, on the beach in Batu Bolong, to celebrate the 50th birthday of expat resident Geoff McCarthy in true Lombok style!

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IN GOOD TASTE

Good day and welcome to paradise! The weather is still beautiful here on Gili Trawangan, even though we are officially in “rainy season”.  We sit at my bar in Gili T, watching Lombok get rained on across the sea, while we enjoy the sunshine on our faces! 

This week, I’m going with a beautiful Lombok theme to celebrate the current Mango Season! Mangoes from Lombok are big juicy and ever so sweet! 

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HOLIDAY RESORT PROMOTES LOMBOK AT ITB ASIA

Lombok has once again been represented by the Holiday Resort at the ITB Asia in Singapore.

ITB Asia is an annual three-day trade show and convention for the travel industry. Now in its sixth year, the event is considered to be Southeast Asia’s premier travel show and expo.

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NEW SENGGIGI JETTY TAKES SHAPE

As we reported in Issue 150 of The Lombok Guide (16 September 2013), the Transport Department has decided to take charge and fix the impractical jetty built on Senggigi Beach by the West Lombok Tourism Department in 2011.

Previously, the Transport Department had examined the jetty and found it to be “poorly constructed”, as well as being “below standards for safety and usefulness”.

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BAWA HELPING OUT IN KUTA

While they may be shut down in Bali (temporarily, we hope), the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) has been busy helping out the street dogs in Kuta, Lombok.

The BAWA team was in Kuta from 16 to 18 October and carried out operations to sterilise 25 male and female dogs. Dogs were rounded up from the streets in Kuta, as well as a number of dogs roaming the beach.

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SENGGIGI SURFERS PAY FINAL RESPECTS

Local and expat surfers paid their final respects to young surfer, Aryande Samudra, in a unique ceremony in Senggigi recently.

Aryande, only 19 years old, was killed in a traffic accident while riding his motorbike near Senggigi.

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SENGGIGI SURFERS PAY FINAL RESPECTS

Local and expat surfers paid their final respects to young surfer, Aryande Samudra, in a unique ceremony in Senggigi recently.

Aryande, only 19 years old, was killed in a traffic accident while riding his motorbike near Senggigi.

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HOTEL VILA OMBAK CELEBRATES 15 YEARS!

Since it first opened in the early 1990’s, Hotel Vila Ombak has been setting the standard for resort accommodation on Gili T.

Back in those days, while the rest of the island was slowly converting thatched bungalows to brick and working their way up to showers instead of mandi buckets, Vila Ombak was quick to recognize that some people just need the comforts of modern living when they go on holiday.

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