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ISSUE 171

 

TREK IN LOMBOK

This month we climbed Mt Rinjani – Lombok’s majestic volcano – for a view of Lombok from the top!

Tens of thousands of people visit Lombok every year to trek through our tropical forests and challenge the magnificent 3726m peak that dominates the island’s landscape... just another reason to visit Lombok soon!

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PLEASE PROTECT RINJANI!

This month Dian Cahyadi, co-owner of The Lombok Guide, climbed Mt Rinjani with Dian Hadi from Temprina (our printing company in Bali), together with friends Rudy, Maman and Dai from Peduli Lombok Timur.

Below is Dian’s story. It’s not the usual “Wow – what a great experience” story, but it’s one that needs to be heard… as often as it takes to make a difference.

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ART AND BATIK MAKING AT PURI MAS

Puri Mas Boutique Resort in Mangsit is well known for bringing art and culture to Lombok, particularly with their International Dance Festival held in Lombok every year.

This month, they continue to bring a little art into our lives with a special exhibition of painting and batik making.

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Banana Tree Café opened in Senggigi a few weeks ago and has been creating plenty of buzz amongst the expat crowd!

Banana Tree is set up in a fresh casual style with tables outside for watching the street scene or comfortable seating inside, and specializes in offering excellent coffees in a neat café style! The homemade muffins and cakes baked fresh daily go great with a cup of your favourite brew too.

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FREE HEALTH CARE FOR LOCAL VILLAGE

Almost 100 local people from the poor village of Kampung Duduk Bawah received free health care this month, thanks to the efforts of the Lombok business community and the Bali Diva Community.

Funds were raised at a special charity luncheon hosted by Qunci Villas in Mangsit and attended by 40 women from around Bali and Lombok. A portion of ticket sales were donated to the charity.

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LOMBOK INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL

Now in its 9th year, the annual Lombok International Dance Festival held over the weekend of 21 and 22 June 2014, was the biggest and the best yet!

During the two day event, spectators were thrilled by world-class performances in dance styles that ranged from traditional ethnic to modern street dances, and from classical ballroom to theatrical drama.

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FASTING WITH FOOD

Indonesians love their food and especially during Ramadan you’ll find small stalls set up along the street selling all sorts of delicious snacks in the late afternoon as the time to break the fast approaches.

The food is usually extremely cheap, as well as being tasty and exotic. If you’re an adventurous “foodie”, here are just a few of the great taste sensations you can try in Lombok.

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MICHELIN STAR CHEF @ QUNCI VILLAS

Visiting guests were in for a special treat when Qunci Villas in Mangsit hosted the first-ever Lombok Tourism Development Forum on 25 June 2014.

Attendees at the prestigious event included delegates from the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism, the Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation, and local government, as well as some of the top hotel and tourism development experts in SE Asia and selected investors in Lombok.

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