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ISSUE 191

 

DIVE INTO LOMBOK!

Turtles, sharks and mantas from our famed Gili Islands; pristine reefs teeming with colourful fish on our southwest islands; the deserted splendour of our east coast islands; Hammerheads and challenging “adrenaline dives” off our south coast – leave the world behind and dive into the clear blue waters of Lombok!

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TAMBORA... How NTB Changed the World!

This month marks the bicentenary of the largest volcanic eruption on earth in 10,000 years and NTB (the islands of Lombok and Sumbawa) is commemorating the 200 year old event that changed the world.

With its “Tambora Menyapa Dunia” – “Tambora Greets the World” – programme, the NTB government hopes to raise the profile of the region and attract more visitors to the little-known site of one of the world’s most significant and deadly volcanic events.

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Fluency Bahasa offers a variety of classes to people who want to
learn to speak Bahasa Indonesia in a professional and friendly environment.

Private tuition as well as group classes are available at beginner, intermediate or advanced levels. You can also tailor-make a course to suit your particular needs.

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PRESIDENT JOKOWI VISITS LOMBOK AND PROMISES RP 1.8 TRILLION FOR MANDALIKA PROJECT

Indonesian President Joko Widodo paid a quick working visit to Lombok on 10 April 2015 and has promised to inject funds to kick-start the stalled Mandalika Resort Development Project in South Lombok.

The President and First Lady Iriana Widodo stopped over in Lombok after attending the opening ceremony of the national congress of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) in Bali.

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LOMBOK PROPERTY & VILLAS MOVES FORWARD!

Regulars in Senggigi driving past Lombok Property & Villas are probably doing a double-take, thinking the office has moved forward by a few metres!

No, it’s not an optical illusion.

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LOCAL SCENE

ORCHID SPA 6TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Orchid Spa celebrated their 6th Anniversary by giving their 50 staff a day off at the beach on 2 April. The happy team from all three Orchid Spa salons in Senggigi, together with their partners, enjoyed lunch at Warung Paradiso in Mangsit and spent the day playing on the beach, dancing to dangdut, and competing in games for cash prizes from their generous boss, Ibu Dian.

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LOMBOK’S QUEEN OF RECYCLING!

Aisyah Odist is a local lady who is passionate about rubbish! In a society that usually places little importance on rubbish and its effects on the environment, Aisyah stands out as one-of-a-kind.

From an early age Aisyah was aware of the rubbish problem in Indonesia and sought out ways to make a difference. Fortunately, her parents supported her, allowing her to pursue her lifetime ambition of seeking solutions for waste management and educating others.

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CHEF NIZAR ACHMAD @ QUNCI VILLAS

Throughout the year, Qunci Villas in Mangsit has been hosting its “Chefs in the Wild” series – bringing acclaimed international chefs from around the world to prepare special gourmet menus at the resort.

“Chefs in the Wild” gives Lombok visitors and residents the opportunity to sample world-class dining by some of the best chefs in the world, while also introducing Lombok as a destination to high-fliers of the culinary world.

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NTB GETS RP 11 BILLION TOURISM PROMOTION ASSISTANCE

The Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, has agreed to provide financial assistance to Rp 11 billion to NTB (West Nusa Tenggara, or the islands of Lombok and Sumbawa) for tourism promotion of the region.

Rp 10 billion of the funding comes from the state budget for tourism promotion, with an additional Rp 1 billion for the “development of tourism awareness groups” in 2015.

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