Rising out of the calm sea just off the southwest coast, the island of Gili Gede is so big that it is often mistaken for part of the mainland.
It’s only when you get closer that you see this large land mass is actually separated from the mainland by a small stretch of ocean and is, in fact, a large island – hence the name which, translated from the native Sasak language, means “Big Island”.
• Mark your calendars – the Lombok International Dance Sport Festival will be held this year from Friday, 11 September to Sunday, 13 September.
Anyone who has attended the Dance Festival in previous years knows that this is a fantastic long weekend of world-class entertainment. This year the festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary and promises to be the best yet!
Close friends gathered at Villa Biji in Kerandangan on Sunday, 9 August
for the 100-day prayers and Memorial Service for beloved Bali and
Lombok personality Irwan Jaya, who passed away after a short battle
with cancer. 100 days or 100 years; forever in our hearts, Irwan…
Progress on the Lombok Epicentrum Mall continues to move ahead, with new retailers opening weekly.
Both the Hypermart supermarket and Matahari Department Stores are doing brisk trade and the increasing number of small retailers and specialty shops in the mall have added better choices for shopping in Lombok.
The cowboys at The Cowshed in Batu Layar continued to keep us entertained with their antics – and are earning a pretty formidable reputation for the best steaks in town!
Their monthly Pub Quiz is proving to be a lot of fun too! Last month saw a full house with more than a few wise guys pitting their brains against each other with some seriously dodgy questions and some not-so-serious answers (with the exception of the Hash Trash team, who take themselves far too seriously!)
SAVING OSCAR... The long and difficult journey of a wild-caught baby monkey
Residents and volunteers on Gili Trawangan have recently become involved in the heart-breaking story of a baby Long-tailed Macaque and are helping him towards a better and brighter future.
The story, as far as can be ascertained, is that little Oscar was originally caught in Flores and brought to Trawangan. Giovanni, a local resident and owner of Green Banana B & B was distraught at his general condition and clear depression and purchased him from locals. He then adopted and cared for him.