What a wonderful start to the New Year it was in Lombok! As we said goodbye to 2013 and welcomed 2014, thousands of people flocked to our island to celebrate the holidays, with many saying it was the busiest season ever!
There’s every reason to expect this will be an exceptional year for Lombok in terms of tourism and investment. Oh well… we know we can’t keep paradise a secret forever!
DEREK PUGH NEW BOOK... Turn Left at the Devil Tree
Lombok seems to be fertile ground for writers, with another of our resident expats – Derek Pugh – having recently published his third book.
Derek’s new book, “Turn Left at the Devil Tree”, was released on 1 December 2013 and is his latest work. The book will be launched in Lombok on 11 January by Mark Heyward, who published his own book “Crazy Little Heaven” in August last year.
• Lotus Bayview Restaurant, on the beach at the Art Market in Senggigi, needs no introduction for those who live in Lombok, having a good reputation for delicious and authentic Italian food.
On Christmas Eve we enjoyed a delightful evening dining on Italian specialties like Spaghetti Marinara, Prawn Ravioli and Capesante Gratinate – local scallops covered in tangy cheese, garlic, bread crumbs, parsley and olive oil and baked on the half shell.
Special thanks to Sakinah and her team at Asmara Restaurant who
put on a fabulous Christmas Lunch every year for guests and expat “orphans”. Guests enjoyed a delicious turkey lunch, door prizes,
carols by the Childrens Gospel Choir, and a visit from Santa!
We first wrote about Dewi in Issue 106, published on 9 January 2012. Dewi was a young 17 year old Lombok girl from Sade village in South Lombok who was selling pineapples and bracelets on the beach in Kuta to pay for her schooling.
Thanks to her hard work, and the support of some generous western sponsors, Dewi was able to return to school and passed all her final exams to attend university.
The long-awaited revitalisation of the foreshore at the old Ampenan Port is underway.
The programme, undertaken by Mataram City, is part of plans to renovate areas in Ampenan which are recognised as having historic significance. The plans include preservation of heritage buildings in the town and the revitalisation of the port.