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ISSUE 157

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, LOMBOK!

For many people, the start of a new year sets the tone for the year ahead…

Your perfect beginning may be the exhilarating freedom of being on top of Mount Rinjani when the new dawn breaks over our mountains, or on one of our islands preparing to dive fabulous reefs, or poised to catch the next magnificent wave off our south coast.

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LOMBOK CELEBRATES NEW YEAR!

The whole world celebrates on New Year’s Eve and Lombok is no different! The streets of Senggigi will be packed, the Gili Islands will be rocking, and all over Lombok people will be celebrating as we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome in 2014.

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INDONESIAN NATIONAL HOLIDAYS FOR 2014

Indonesian national holidays (tanggal merah) for 2014 total 19 days.

National holidays have increased by one day over 2013, due to the addition of May Day this year, as announced by the government recently.

There are a total of 4 “shared public holidays”, introduced by the government to create long holiday weekends, in 2014.

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• Good news for people travelling between Bali and Lombok, with Garuda Indonesia adding extra flights between the two islands.

The new schedule, just released, lists three flights every day from Lombok to Bali (increased from one flight daily), with a new morning flight available at 10.10 (arriving in Bali at 10.55).

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LOCAL SCENE

10TH ANNIVERSARY & CHRISTMAS @ QUNCI VILLAS

More than 400 guests from around the world celebrated a Christmas to remember with the party event of the year at Qunci Villas. Entertainment featured stage shows by South African performers, Three Tons of Fun

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A MONTH TO REMEMBER AT QUNCI VILLAS

December has been a month to remember at “Indonesia’s Leading Resort” – Qunci Villas in Lombok.

The popular resort in Mangsit has hosted a number of prestigious events to celebrate its 10th year anniversary – as well as being named the 2013 winner for "Leading Indonesian Resort," presented by the World Travel Awards in Dubai last October – culminating in a fantastic Christmas Party on 7 December.

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IN GOOD TASTE

Good day all and welcome to the end of 2013 in paradise. Reflecting back on this year, it’s been a truly wicked ride! I started off the year as the Executive Chef at Qunci Villas, which went on to win 2013 Leading Resort in Indonesia, and in May, I got my own resort to run! What a buzz!

Speaking of buzz, I’m going to do something different in this issue as – let’s face it – no one cooks at this time of year! Restaurants are full, no one sweats over a stove all day (except the pro chefs!), so I’m not going to do a recipe this time.

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BAMBOO FESTIVAL ON THE BEACH

The first Lombok International Bamboo Architecture Festival was held on the beach at Batu Bolong from 1 to 8 December, 2013.

During the week, teams gathered on the beachfront to demonstrate the many uses of versatile bamboo. Weird and wonderful shapes were constructed – some functional, taking the form of buildings, sun canopies and seats; some purely fanciful, with shapes and techniques showcasing the bamboos flexibility and myriad uses.

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LOMBOK COMPETES IN NATIONAL GYMNASTICS

On the 26 November, Wallace Magee and her mother, Leanne, flew to Citraraya Hall in Surabaya to represent Nusa Alam Gymnastics Club at the national gymnastics competition, Kompetisi Kejusnas VIII. 

The competition is held annually and this was the first time that Lombok had ever taken part in the event. One of the club’s coaches, Ibu Kadek, attended the event from the opening on 25 November until 1 December. 

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A GILI NEW YEAR!

For many, there’s no better place to be on New Year’s Eve than on one of the three Gili Islands.

Gili Trawangan is famous as a party island and the last night of the year sees almost the entire island become one big party, as all the crowds and parties merge together along the beachfront.

Gili Meno and Gili Air offer their own charms with plenty of party choices, dancing and music at the hotels, bars and cafés around both islands.

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