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MULANG PEKELEM… Ceremonies with the Volcano

Every year, on the full moon in either October or November, a sacred ceremony called “Mulang Pekelem” takes place on Lombok’s Rinjani volcano.

A Hindu ceremony, said to date from the 17th century, Mulang Pekelem is a pilgrimage up the 3726m volcano to the lake in the crater. Here, over the 4 days of the event, people make offerings and pray for the safety and prosperity of the island and its people, in a ceremony intended to maintain harmony between man and the universe.

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• Fortunately, we can stock up on all sorts of Christmas goodies at Temptations Pantry & Bakery in Green Valley.

Get your order in now for imported US Christmas turkey. These are hard to find in Lombok but Temptations supply delicious self-basting turkeys (the ones with the pop-up timer so anyone can cook a turkey!) for Rp 195,000 per kilo. Pre-ordering is essential!

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BALI TOURISM STRONG (DESPITE VOLCANOES!)

Bali tourism arrivals are an important barometer for tourism in Lombok, as many of our visitors travel from Bali to access Lombok.

Therefore it is good to see that, according to Bali tourism website, balidiscovery.com, foreign tourist arrivals for the first nine months of 2015 show strong growth, despite setbacks caused by airport closures due to volcanic eruptions in August.

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A TALE OF KEYSTONE COPS AND GHOST BUSTERS…

Last month, a public ferry operating the route between Sumbawa and Lombok ran aground on the small island of Gili Lampu, just off the east coast of Lombok.

The ferry, KMP Kormomolin, departed from the Port of Poto Tano, West Sumbawa on Sunday 18 October at around 1.00 pm bound for the Port of Kayangan in East Lombok, but sent out an emergency call when it foundered on a reef near Gili Lampu, at around 2:25 pm.

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AN EASY GETAWAY ON GILI GETAWAY

The recent airport closure was a good opportunity to try out Gili Getaway fast boat again for a quick trip to Bali.

A 30 minute drive up the coast from Senggigi saw us arrive at the Gili Getaway dock in Teluk Kodek where we boarded the fast boat. We then made a short trip across to Gili Trawangan, where the majority of passengers embarked for their transfer to Bali.

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THE VINNETTE... Stylish Dining at the Epicentrum!

The opening of the Lombok Epicentrum Mall has brought wonderful new dining opportunities to the city and one of our favourites is the recently-opened The Vinnette.

Located on the 2nd floor, in the arcade of cafés and restaurants near Ace Hardware, The Vinnette is a refreshing alternative to fast food options at the Mall.

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GILI T COMES TO THE COWSHED

The Cowshed bridged the gap between Gili Trawangan and Lombok with its first ever “Boat, Bus, Beast and Beer” event on 10 November.

Around 60 Gili T residents boarded a chartered boat from Gili T to the mainland, where they were transported by bus to enjoy a night of fun and frivolity – including a “Beast and Beer” feast of beef and lamb cooked on the spit– at the popular steak house in Batu Layar!

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SLCA KUTA BEACH CLEAN UP

The South Lombok Community Association (SLCA) continued their good work in “Keeping Kuta Clean” with another ‘Beach Cleanup’ event on 6 November.

The beach cleanup started from both the ‘tourist’ and the ‘fishing village’ ends of Kuta beach, returning the beautiful beachfront at Kuta to pristine condition once again.

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9 DECEMBER NATIONAL HOLIDAY FOR REGIONAL ELECTIONS

On Wednesday, 9 December 2015, Indonesia will hold simultaneous regional elections (Pilkada) across 9 provinces to elect governors, district heads and city mayors.

The Indonesian government has declared the date a national holiday.
The decision is aimed at enabling voters employed outside of their districts to cast ballots in the regional elections.

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