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!
• 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.
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”
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.
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.