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ISSUE 194

 

WILL GARUDA PICK UP THE PERTH - LOMBOK ROUTE?

Following our story last issue (#193, published 18 May), about the Lombok government asking Silk Air to pick up the Perth - Lombok flights formerly operated by Jetstar Airlines, local newspapers this week were reporting that Garuda Airlines is in discussions to re-open the route between Lombok and Perth.

Certainly rumours have been swirling since Jetstar suspended its direct flights between Lombok and the West Australian capital in October 2014. Garuda, Air Asia, Virgin Airlines and Silk Air have all been cited as having plans to re-commence flying the route.

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GILI AIR football fans don’t have to worry about missing out on the STATE OF ORIGIN series out on the island.

THE BEACH CLUB GILI AIR is the only place on Gili Air that will have the State of Origin series showing on the big cinema screen, right on the sandy beachfront. Game 2 will be on Wednesday, 17 June and Game 3 will be on Wednesday, 8 July.

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BEWARE BEER BANDITS!

On 16 April 2015, the national government in their infinite wisdom decided to ban the sale of beer and alcoholic beverages in mini-markets and convenience stores throughout Indonesia.

Beer is still available in larger supermarkets, restaurants, bars and cafés but shoppers can no longer pop down to their local deli and buy a beer.

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PERESEAN… More than just Stick Fighting!

Peresean, or stick fighting, is a popular traditional sport unique to the Sasak (indigenous people of Lombok).

Traditionally, Peresean is a test of courage for a man and a symbol of masculinity, held in esteem by the Sasak people.

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BARTENDER IDOL 2015 @ Marina Café

Some of Lombok’s best bartenders put their skills to the test this month at the “Bartender Idol 2015” Bartending Challenge held at Marina Café in Senggigi from 19 - 22 May.

In the biggest bartending challenge of the year – sponsored by Bali Moon,  Marina Café, Hatten Wines, Square Restaurant and Vodka 9 – 25 participants competed in flashy performances to win prizes totalling more than Rp 15 million.

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HENNIE’S BIRTHDAY @ QUNCI VILLAS

Qunci Villas once again surpassed itself when the stylish resort in Mangsit hosted a fabulous party to celebrate the 50th birthday of acclaimed South African ceramist, Hennie Meyer.

A select group of international guests were treated to “Hennie inspired” cocktails and a fantastic cabaret show before enjoying a five-course “African Birthday Dinner” created by African Chef Malonga (flown in for the event) accompanied by fine wines by Dimatique.

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