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ISSUE 165

 

EASTER BREAKS IN LOMBOK!

Now that the monsoon is over, the skies have cleared and beautiful weather is here again… just in time to welcome holiday-makers for the Easter break.

Warm days of sunshine, magnificent sunsets and cool breezes in the evening… come on over to Lombok, the weather is fine!

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PURA GUNUNG AGUNG… The Hidden Temple

One of the things that amazes me about Lombok is that, even after fifteen years of living on the island, there are still new things to learn and places to discover.

I was reminded of this when we decided to search for a mysterious Balinese temple in Gunung Sari. We’d heard snatches of information about this temple over the years but, as the main historic temples (such as Lingsar, Suranadi, Gunung Pengsong, Batu Bolong, etc) are so well known, it didn’t seem that such a little-known temple would be very important.

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LAROZ CAFÉ … Tasty and Top Value!

It’s been a couple of months since Laros Café & Lounge opened in Senggigi and we have to say, this is a great little place for excellent food!

Owned and operated by Ngurah (of Qunci Villas fame), Laroz is located on the road to Senggigi Beach and is directly opposite the Pool Villa Club.

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• There are a lot of expats now living in Green Valley, the housing estate at the southern entrance to Senggigi, and at least one resident thinks that it’s time for people to get together to address the issues that come from living in a community.

Green Valley resident, Angela, is calling on other residents to meet and discuss the possibility of forming the “Green Valley Association” to tackle such problems as rubbish and waste disposal for the area.

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LOMBOK RECORD BREAKING TOURISM ARRIVALS!

The Bureau of Statistics (Badan Pusat Statistik or BPS) has reported a record number of foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia in 2013.

The Bureau recorded 8.8 million tourists for the year, an upsurge of 9.4% over 2012.

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AMPENAN SHOWCASES HISTORY

As part of their efforts to promote the revitatlisation of the old port town of Ampenan, the City of Mataram held a touring museum exhibition at the renovated harbour area.

The exhibition, held from 28 - 31 March showcased some of the objects held in the NTB State Museum’s collection of the former Port Ampenan’s history.

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LOCAL SCENE

MONSTERS ON PARADE!

This year’s Ogoh-Ogoh Parade through the centre of the city was a wonderful and colourful event. Around 86 banjar participated to show off the best monster creations on the eve of Nyepi 2014

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MOVE TO REMOVE ALCOHOL FROM SUPERMARKETS

In a bid to restrict the distribution of alcoholic beverages, the Surabaya municipal administration is set to impose a ban that will prohibit the sale of beverages containing over 0.5 percent alcohol at supermarkets and minimarts.

“We will give supermarkets and minimarkets three months to remove all products containing more than 0.5 percent alcohol from their shelves,” the Chairman of the Council’s special committee, Blegur Prijanggono, told The Jakarta Post on 5 March 2014.

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LOMBOK EXPAT SUFFERS METHANOL BLINDNESS

In related news, The Lombok Guide has confirmed that an expat resident of Lombok has been blinded due to methanol consumption here last month.

The German citizen, who lived near Senggigi, fell ill after drinking what he believed to be imported spirits at one of the older Chinese restaurants on the beachfront in Senggigi.

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