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ISSUE 190

 

STUNNING SOUTH LOMBOK

Our south coast is attracting a lot of interest from investors and it’s little wonder… Lombok’s south coast beaches are amongst the best in SE Asia!

Recharge your batteries with a few days spent on long stretches of un-crowded beaches with breath-taking views, clear azure seas, sparkling white sands and big blue skies. That’s stunning South Lombok!

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KEEPING DANCE AND CULTURE ALIVE AT PURI MAS

Visitors to Lombok are always asking us where they can see traditional Sasak cultural performances (Sasak are the indigenous people of Lombok).

Traditional performances can be found all over the island, but it’s not always easy to know where and when an event will take place, especially if you are only in Lombok for a few days.

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What's Hot

• Well done to everyone who supported the Gili Triathlon on Saturday, 28 March!

The event raised more than Rp 40 million, which will go towards the cost of buying a rubbish incinerator for Gili T (although the Gili Eco Trust says they still have a way to go before raising the total cost of Rp 2 billion... but they won’t give up!)

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HANDS OFF OUR LAND!

The controversial Benoa Bay Reclamation Project has run into another obstacle with the NTB (Lombok and Sumbawa) government refusing a request to be allowed to dredge sand from Lombok and deposit it in South Bali.

Tirta Wahana Bali International (TWBI) – a company controlled by Indonesian business tycoon Tommy Winata – is proposing to reclaim more than 700 hectares of mangroves in Benoa Bay to build hotels, a convention centre and entertainment complex.

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PLN LEAVES US IN THE DARK… YET AGAIN!

Lombok is once again being plagued by electricity blackouts and it seems that the electricity problems that affected much of the island during 2012 are back again.

The frequency of power outages has been steadily increasing over the past month, with intermittent cuts during the day and some blackouts at night lasting for up to 4 hours at a time.

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NOW FOREIGN WORKERS MAY NOT HAVE TO SPEAK INDONESIAN

The Jakarta Globe reports that the Indonesian Manpower Ministry is backtracking on its plan to require foreign nationals working in Indonesia to pass an Indonesian language proficiency test.

At the beginning of this year, Manpower Minister, M Hanif Dhakiri, said his department would immediately implement new government regulations for foreign workers in Indonesia, including requiring them to demonstrate fluency in Bahasa Indonesia.

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LOCAL SCENE

WINES MAKE A SPLASH @ VERVE BEACH CLUB

Verve Beach Club in Mangsit hosted a private tasting of Splash Wines for a limited number of guests this month.

Produced by Jansz Estate Wines from the famous Yarra Valley wine region in Australia, Splash Wines are available in Indonesia– especially Bali – and are also popular in Phuket, Thailand, as reasonably priced and good quality wines.

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LOCAL SCENE

ROSIE’S BIRTHDAY @ KUTA

From Kuta, Lombok to New Zealand – family and friends had a fabulous time celebrating Rosie’s (from Kuta Heights Development) 60th birthday at Family House in Kuta.

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