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ISSUE 163

 

LOMBOK – NYEPI ESCAPES!

Nyepi, the “day of silence”, will be celebrated in Bali on 31 March this year. For 24 hours, until 1 April, people in Bali are required to stay inside and avoid all light and noise. Restaurants and bars are closed, the streets are quiet and there are no flights into or out of Bali airport.

Our Balinese community in Lombok also celebrates Nyepi but, as we’re a multi-cultural island, we keep the lights on and life goes on as normal. Restaurants and bars are open, there’s music and dancing, and all the usual fun in the sun. Plus, we join with our Hindu friends for one of the best Ogoh-ogoh parades around!

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YOU CAN SEE BALI IN LOMBOK!

Here in Lombok, the local people have a saying: “You can see Bali in Lombok... but you can’t see Lombok in Bali!

This is especially true during Nyepi – the Balinese Hindu “Day of Silence”. You really can see Bali in Lombok!

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SENGGIGI CONDOTEL PLANS GO AHEAD

As we reported in July last year (Issue 145, published 8 July 2013), plans are going ahead for the construction of a condotel in Senggigi.

The site for the condotel is on the hill at the south end of Senggigi, diagonally opposite Café Alberto.

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• Thank you Telkom Flexi – which used to market its service as a solution to land-based telephones, combining the practicality of a “home phone” with the convenience of being portable. It allowed businesses on the move to have a non-mobile telephone number with a handset that could be taken anywhere, effectively creating a mobile office.

Now Telkom are planning to liquidate its Flexi service and has dropped around 11 million subscribers without warning.

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PROPERTY SALES IN LOMBOK BOOMING!

As we predicted in our first issue of 2014 (Issue 158, published 6 January), land and property sales in Lombok have taken off at an unprecedented rate!

Most noteworthy is the sale of three significant hotel properties in Mangsit, all having sold for record prices in the first two months of the year.

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LOCAL SCENE

ART EXHIBITION @ QUNCI VILLAS

Lombok residents and overseas guests enjoyed cocktails and canapes at the opening of an exhibition of art and sculpture by acclaimed Indonesian artist, Teguh Ostenrik... artist-in residence during the resort’s “Month of Love”

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RIP CURL GROM SEARCH SENGGIGI

A big crowd gathered on Senggigi Beach for the first of the Rip Curl Grom Search 2014 Series on Sunday, 9 March.

The Rip Curl Grom Search series was started in Australia in 1999 and gives surfers aged 16 and under the opportunity to showcase their talents in a fun, friendly but competitive environment.

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QUNCI EXCELS FOR FINE DINING

Qunci Villas rounded off their “Month of Love” events in fine style on 1 March with a special six course degustation menu prepared by visiting guest chef, Hadleigh Troy.

Chef Hadleigh, together with his wife Carolynne, owns and operates the acclaimed Restaurant Amuse in Perth, West Australia. Amuse is consistently ranked amongst the best restaurants in Australia and has won a number of awards including “Restaurant of the Year – 2013/2014” from the Australian Hotels Association.

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TURNING RUBBISH INTO RICHES

Those of us that live in Indonesia know that there are two major challenges that face this developing country: education and waste management.

Education for young local children is still poor and not readily available to many poorer communities. Rubbish is a major problem, with little education for the local people and a lack of infrastructure in place to cope with the growing problem of waste disposal.

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