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ISSUE 195

 

Ramadan… Dispelling the Myths

It’s that time of the year again, when Muslims around the world will be participating in their annual fast.

The month of Ramadan – locally known as ‘Bulan Puasa’ – starts around 18 June this year and, as Islam is the majority religion of Indonesia, many people across the archipelago will be fasting for the next month.

Every year around this time, we receive emails from tourists who are wondering whether to visit Lombok during Ramadan... so now is a good time to dispel some of the myths!

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• Visitors interested in seeing some AUTHENTIC SASAK CULTURE in Lombok can see some great performances of traditional dance and theatre in Senggigi at the moment.

The Sanggar Kalanguan group is holding performances of Cupak and Gurantang dramatic theatre, accompanied by Gendang Beleq (the big drums of Lombok), Bala Anjani, Perang Topat, Mandalika and Cendrawasih – all theatrical dance performances.

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URGENT NEED FOR FAST BOAT REGULATIONS

The explosion and fire onboard one of the fast boats operating between Bali and Lombok last week highlights the urgent need for stringent regulations to be enforced for those offering boat transfers between the islands.

In the latest incident, on 5 June, a loose fuel line is believed to have sparked an explosion on the boat which then ignited fumes trapped below the deck, causing a second explosion that shattered glass and blew out sections of the upper deck.

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PUB QUIZ AT THE COWSHED

The smart crowd headed to The Cowshed in Batu Layar on Thursday, 28 May for a great meal of some of the best steaks in town before putting their thinking caps on for a few hours of irreverent fun at the popular steak house’s first Pub Quiz event!

Tables were set up for teams of four, with a maximum of 16 teams competing, and those there just for dinner quickly found themselves too interested to stay out of the game!

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GILI TRAWANGAN... Paved Paradise

A visit to Gili T every few months is an eye-opener for how quickly development on Lombok’s most popular island is changing the once picture-perfect environment.

Despite numerous meetings and commitments over the years to stop development on the beachfront, buildings on the beach seem to be taking over at an alarming rate.

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HAPPY 2ND ANNIVERSARY SUDAMALA!

Guests were treated to an extravaganza of fabulous entertainment when Sudamala Suites & Villas in Mangsit celebrated its 2nd Anniversary on 2 June 2015.

After enjoying a stunning west coast sunset with cocktails and canapés on the beachfront, special guests and visitors from around the world were entertained by the multi-talented Sudamala staff, who received awards and prizes from their generous employers before performing an epic Kecak Dance, Peresean (stick fighting) and fire dances – including an awe-inspiring fire performance on the beach!

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